Deosai Plains – World’s Second Highest Alpine Plains


Deosai Plains or deosai national park is a 70 x 30 km plain between Astore and Skardu. It is one of the highest large plains in the world at a height of 13700 feet above sea level. The word ‘Deosai’ means ‘the Shadow of the Giant.’

Weather of Skardu


Location of Deosai National Park

If you’re fond of adventure and some of the most spectacular views called the roof of the world and this place has everything. The best time to visit is between 15 July to 15 August when the wildflowers used to at their peak blossom.

How to Reach Deosai Plain

From Astore, one has to reach Chillam Chowky where one enters the Deosai Plain. Right in the beginning, there is a lake. The SheoSar literally means ‘blind lake’ because the exit of water from the lake was considered hidden.
The total crossing may take many hours. 3 to 4. Or longer. But the track across the plain is pretty much leveled, gravel-type road, with easy crossings. A 4WD is recommended but not essential.

From Skardu, it takes about four hours drive to reach Shosar lake at the end of Deosai Valley. Warm clothes are recommended and one can feel getting heavy breathed quickly as it is around 12000 to 13000ft.
The most interesting feature is the flowing water through the plain. In the good old days, vehicles used to cross the water struggling to fight the flow and the obstacles in the rivers. Now, bridges have been built over the rivers. However, I personally believe that these bridges, made of concrete have spoiled the beauty of the region.

Wild Life in Deosai

There are many endangered species of animals like Brown Bear, white Leopards, and Markhoors found at Deosai Valley.

Brown bears are usually far away from the road and from the tourist traffic. People interested in watching bears have to detour and go sideways quite a long way. However, in winter, these bears come quite near the areas occupied by humans.

A few tent hotels have cropped up here and there. However, solid construction is prohibited in the area because the government has declared this a national park

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