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Skardu is a city in Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan, and is the capital of Skardu District. Skardu is found within the ten kilometres wide by forty kilometres long Skardu valley, at the confluence of the Indus and Shigar Rivers at an altitude of nearly 2,500 metres. The city is considered a entranceway to the eight-thousanders of the close Karakoram mountain range. The city is found on the Indus, that separates the Karakoram from the Himalayas.

The climate of Skardu throughout the summer is moderated by its mountain setting. The mountains block out the summer monsoon, and summer precipitation is so quite low. However, these mountains lead to very severe winter weather. Temperatures will drop to below -10 °C in the midwinter.