Sadpara Lake is at an elevation of 8,650 feet above sea level and is spread over an area of 2.5 km². Sadpara lake is near Skardu. Sadpara Lake is also called “Satpara Lake”. The melting ice of deosai plains is the main source of sadpara lake which provides fresh drinking water to the Skardu Valley.
This is a freshwater lake, a dam is also being constructed, this dam will enhance the water capacity of the lake and also the breathtaking views and beauty of the lake. Satpara Dam is a medium-sized multi-purpose concrete-faced earth-filled dam located downstream from Satpara Lake on the Satpara Stream approximately 4 km from the town of Skardu in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan.
How to reach a heavenly beautiful lake?
From Skardu Bazar, a road turns towards Sadpara Village. After crossing Sadpara village, Sadpara Lake occurs. On the zig-zagged road, Sadpara Lake is an extremely beautiful spot. This road is without safeguards means no guardrail on the edge. On the one side are tall gigantic mountains; on the other a deep steep (KHAI). The person traveling on the road first time feels his heart sinking. Owing to dangerous roads, the journey towards the lake is often called “A Wilderness in Peril”. Yet, keeping in view the scenic beauty of Deosai and sadpara lake, this is not an expensive deal. The lake is reached almost 20 minutes by jeep drive from Skardu.
Folk about Sadpara
This lake is famous as “Gold lake” because its water seems to be very shining in the daytime. Among the local people, a story about this lake is famous. They believe that there is a gold mine at the bottom of this lake. This lake is a very hot point among tourists because of its marvelous and breathtaking beauty. The beautiful and serene environment of this place attracts tourists. We can say this lake is the hidden pearl of Baltistan, with its amazing turquoise waters.
Beautiful Island and Motel
A small beautiful desert island located in the middle of the lake fully surrounded by crystal-clear fresh water. A beautiful Government Motel is located on side of the island but unfortunately when the dam will complete this beautiful island and motel will disappear into the water. This is a fairy-tale-pleasing island in the center of the lake. Tourists can access this island by boating.
During boating, tourists enjoy the eye-catching views of the lake, and the large mountains surrounding the lake which give a breathtaking view. The lake’s crystal-clear waters present a marvelous and picturesque view to visitors by mirroring the freezing mountains; encircled around the lake.
Activities during visit
Tourists can spend a memorable day at the bank of the lake. They can enjoy camping, fishing, motorboating, and rowing at the lake. These are available at the side of the lake; fishing equipment is available at a very cheap rate. But if you are a professional hunter, then go with your own equipment. Local photographers are also available surrounding the lake area. A walk around the lake will refresh your mind and soul. You will love it. This will prove a memorable activity.
The weather in this area
The weather in this place is extremely uncertain. Sometimes, the snowfall began in June and July months. Clouds and sunshine often overlap each other. At one moment, the sun is shining at its full length. Within seconds, rain starts. The beauty of this place is at its apex between 15 July to 15 August.
Why do we visit Skardu and its surroundings?
In Gilgit Baltistan, Skardu is at the merging point of the Shigar and Indus Rivers. Four of the World’s 14 Eight-Thousand peaks are in Skardu. Therefore, trekkers, mountaineers, and tourists rush towards it from every corner of the world. Besides, Deosai National Park, scenic Lakes, and historic Forts of Skardu too, attract tourists. It is famous for delicious peaches, apricots, apples, and pears.
Recommendation for visitors
- Before planning a memorable tour of this lake, please consider the weather on priority bases.
- I recommend that if you are going for the first time, you should go with a tour guide.
- You must buy enough food from Skardu or from Nagar and take some dry fruits. Do not play with the environment.
- The weather in this place is unpredictable, so to avoid any inconvenience must take an umbrella, jacket, and boots. In winter the temperature goes down to minus 6 C, so please take warm things to bear this harsh weather.
- Do not drive if you are new to the mountains. Please hire a local jeep for traveling.
When should we visit?
June to September are the summer months here, but if you want beauty and serenity, then come in the last week of September. October is also a good month to visit the lake. In winter, you will enjoy heavy snowfall here, but the roads are blocked due to heavy snowfall. So, plan your tour in the summer months and make it memorable and enjoy the picturesque views of the lake and the beauty of Pakistan’s northern areas.
Where should you stay?
This place is not populated, so you have to stay in Skardu. As you know, this lake is 7 km away from Skardu. So stay in Skardu and plan a one-day tour to visit this place. In Skardu, so many hotels provide accommodations on an economical budget. They provide a comfortable stay along with a high-end ambiance.