Astore District ( ur|ضلع استور) is one of the 14 districts of the Pakistani-administered territory of Gilgit−Baltistan
. Its administrative headquarters are located at Eidgah
in the Astore Valley
. The Astore District is bounded by Gilgit District
to the north, Roundu District
to the northeast, Skardu District
to the east, Kharmang District
to the southeast, Diamer District
to the west, the Neelum District
of Azad Jammu and Kashmir
to the southwest, and the Bandipore District
of Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir
to the south.
The Astore Valley has an area of 5,092 km² and is at an altitude of . The valley has approximately of glacier cover. The nearest glacier
after entering the valley is the Harcho Glacier,and the most accessible glacier is the Siachen Glacier
Eidgah is connected to Gilgit, which is well connected by air with Islamabad
and by road with Islamabad / Rawalpindi, Chitral
, and Skardu
. There are two ways of access to Eidgah. The first is from Skardu
via the Deosai Plateau
, but that route cannot be used from November to June due to heavy snowfall. The second way, year round, is from Gilgit
Around 1600, according to the Imperial Gazetteer of India
The Astore Valley has a moderate climate during the summer. In the winter it can snow up to 2-3 feet (60-90;cm) in the main valleys and up to 4-5;feet (100;150;cm) in the mountains. In the Mirmalik Valley, it can snow up to in February.
The main language spoken in the valley is Shina
, which is the national language of Pakistan, is the second most frequently spoken language. There are different dialects of Shina spoken in the region. Since the Astore Valley has a history of modest tourist traffic during the summer, local guides and police in Eidgah and Tarashing may speak some English.
According to the Alif Ailaan Pakistan District Education Rankings 2015, the Astore District is ranked 32nd out of 148 districts in terms of education. For facilities and infrastructure, the district is ranked 114th out of 148, and the first lady governor of Gilgit-Baltistan
, Dr. Shama Khalid, was from the Astore District.
In the past, due to rough modes of transportation, there were some negative perceptions about travel in the Astore Valley, but nowadays there are paved roads connecting Islamabad
by way of the Karakoram Highway
. However, landslides and rockfall may still be issues in some areas of the Indus Valley. There is a permanent road to Gilgit, as well as seasonal road access to Skardu
via the Deosai Plateau
. It's now possible to obtain several types of vehicles (jeeps, SUVs, taxis, and wagons) and to hire jeeps and SUVs at affordable prices. The most used vehicles are jeeps and SUVs, with a local preference for Pajeros and Landcruisers.
Category:Districts of Gilgit-Baltistan