Skardu is a 20- to 24-hour drive from Islamabad via the Karakoram Highway.
It is known as the Karakoram range because a pass called the Karakoram Pass crosses it.
The third pass, and the only one now frequented, is that of the Karakoram, an extremely easy though very elevated one.
On the 19th of August, leaving my tent standing, I started to visit the Karakoram pass, the limit of my journey to the northward.
Beyond the Karakoram pass (18,550 ft.) is a lofty bleak upland with salt lakes dotted over its surface.
The Shyok and its affluent, the Nubra, rise in the giant glaciers to the south-west of the Karakoram pass.
After the abandonment of this pass, that of Karakoram, forty leagues east of it, became the principal route to Central Asia.