Blind lake or jharba xho is a scenic lake between Skardu and Shigar. Although this lake is in District Shigar. The blind lake is nearly 30 minutes drive from Skardu city. The lake is on the way to the Shigar district from Skardu. A pearl and a hidden gem for adventure lovers. Visitors can enjoy walks on sand and rocks and lush green grass. A hidden pearl between mountains and a famous Cold desert Sarfaraga Skardu. Most importantly this lake is on the way legendary route of K-2, the world’s second highest mountain.
Water Source of Blind Lake
Although there is no direct source of water. Perception and probably possible that the great Indus river is the main source of water for this lake. The lake is surrounded by the Indus river on one side and the Shigar river on the other side. Both of the rivers may be a source of water for this lake. District Shigar is the home of many of the eight-Thousander mountains. The most famous among them is the world’s second highest mountain K-2. This district has great destinations for mountaineering, hiking, trekking, camping, and other adventure sports.
A small fish farm is established by the government of Pakistan on Blind lake. The main aim of this is to test fish farming in the lakes of Gilgit-Baltistan. This is part of the research of a University according to one of the authorities of the lake. Trout fish is a famous fish in Gilgit-Baltistan. This fish is almost entirely present in fresh lake water and rivers. There are more than 300 lakes in Gilgit-Baltistan. The most famous among them are Shangrila lake, Upper Kachura Lake, Sadpara Lake, Sheosar Lake, Attabad Lake, and Rainbow Lake. The majority of the lakes still need to explore.
Raft (Zakh) Competiton
The locally famous Boat Zakh is using for years here to cross rivers in Gilgit-Baltistan. For the first time, a Raft or Zakh competition was organized during the Sarfaranga Cold Desert jeep rally in Skardu. That was a great expedition and a good initiative to preserve this traditional Raft of Baltistan. On the occasion of Noroz, a competition is organized by the local district administration on this lake.