Sarfaranga desert is also known as the Skardu Cold desert located at a height of 7,500 feet. On the way to Shigar, one cannot miss it. Nature unfolds itself with a vast variety there a desert with cold winds surrounded by mountains and Indus river flowing nearby. Sunset is beautiful here. The calmness of a desert is at its best surprising and mesmerizing experience with sunset at top of sand dunes.
Nice for a short trip to take group photos in a desert with the mountainous surroundings. Not far from Skardu city it’s hardly at 30 minutes drive.
Sarfaranga Cold Desert rally
Sarfaranga Cold desert rally bought this hidden Gem to the world. The jeep rally is conducting here for the past 3 years in the month of August. Almost 80 to 85 vehicles and some bikers are participating in this rally. People from all over Pakistan and especially Gilgit Baltistan go there to enjoy the rally and to support such types of activities in the region. Furthermore, the cold desert rally will give a chance to show the cultural variety of GB and extend the tourism industry in the region.
GB Government and Pak wheels are the organizers of this rally. The rally track was 35 km in 2018 which was further increased by 54 kilometers in 2019. About 10km of the track is rocky. There are 4 terrains on this track which include sandy, hilly, and powder. Although the track is a bit difficult it’s a tradeoff between safety and performance.
The reward for the winner of this jeep rally is 3.5 million. along with a jeep rally, a marathon was also organized in 2019. Temporary Tent village on the bank of Indus River for the participants is amazing. Different food stalls and local dishes are available there. During the rally, a freestyle polo match was also organized in the Shigar Polo ground.
Power Paragliding and Horse riding
Recently this year in the month of June Power Paragliding and Horse riding is introduced for the first time in Sarfaranga Cold desert Skardu. Lot of opportunities are still there for many other adventure games here. Local tourists and many foreign tourists are enjoying in the Cold desert. These has become new source of income for local community. Although still the pandemic situation in the whole region a huge number of tourists are present here.