Visit Guide to Deosai National Park

Deosai National Park is a rugged 843 square kilometre high-altitude alpine plain of undulating hills surrounded by the majestic peaks of the Western Himalayas and the Karakoram Range. Separating the Skardu and Astore districts of Gilgit-Baltistan, Deosai ranks as the second-highest plateau in the world. With an average elevation of 4114 metres from sea level and reaching 5200 metres, it is in the same league as Tibet’s wind-swept steppes.

Getting There

To experience one of Asia’s most stunning alpine wetlands in security and comfort is best to visit by private Jeep or motorbike tour from Skardu. As vehicles navigate Deosai’s battered tracks towards 4250-metre-high Sheosar Lake – whose shores fill with some 114 species of plants during the spring and summer – it’s common to see golden marmots standing tall and proud out of their holes.

What to Expect

Deosai is currently on the tentative UNESCO World Heritage Site list for its importance as a prime remaining habitat of the critically endangered Himalayan Brown Bear population. The plateau is also rich in biodiversity, including animals like the Tibetan wolf, fox, and Himalayan Ibex.