My husband and I camped out at Deosai with ATP (Adventure Travel Pakistani) in late June. This is not a place for the fussy or faint of heart. The drive there from Skardu is long and rugged, and once you there, you are truly and absolutely disconnected from civilization. Even in summer, it is very cold, dropping to - 5 Celsius at night, and the only accommodation is tents. There are stall toilets at designated camping grounds. You have to arrange for your own food - we were luckily with a group so they took care of all the cooking arrangements. The altitude can also make some people sick.
But what a magnificently beautiful place. The numerous streams and lakes that dot Deosai are the clearest you will ever see, and watching golden marmots running across the meadows, or catching a glimpse of a Himalayan brown bear, are truly once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We even saw flocks of zomo (a Yak-type cattle) and a whole caravan of gypsies crossing the plains. The nights were spectacularly starry, and our local Balti drivers entertained us with beautiful songs and music.
I would love to go back one day, especially during the flower season (August).
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