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Flying in the Region of Skardu, Pakistan


The Skardu Valley is located at the confluence of the Shigar and Indus Rivers. It is surrounded by the large Karakoram mountain range. This area is home to some of the highest mountain peaks in the world, such as the famous K2 peak, 65 miles to the north-west from the departure airport of Skardu.

Skardu International Airport (ICAO: OPSD) is an international civil airport in Skardu, Pakistan. The Lahore Area Control Centre (ACC) air traffic controllers provide en route and terminal control services to aircraft in the Lahore Flight Information Region (FIR).

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The quality of the generated imagery is quite good and believable.

This flight followed the narrow Indus River valley which heads north-west.

Leaving the Indus River valley and entering the Gilgit area.

Gilgit was an important stop on the ancient Silk Road, and today has road connections to China as well as the Pakistani cities of Skardu, Peshawar, and Islamabad.

Approaching the Gilgit Airport (ICAO: OPGT) which is a small civilian airport situated in Pakistan. The Hunza river flows to the right, and is famous for ruby mines, 60 miles to the north-west in the Hunza valley.


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