Kharmang Valley

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Kharmang Valley
وادئ کھرمنگ
Tolti Kusuru.JPGTolti.jpgManthokha aabshaar (water fall) skardu photo by me.jpgTolti Indus River.JPG
Kharmang Valley وادئ کھرمنگ is located in Gilgit Baltistan
Kharmang Valley وادئ کھرمنگ
Kharmang Valley
وادئ کھرمنگ
Hassanabad on Gilgit-Baltistan Map
Coordinates: 34°56′40″N 76°13′21″E / 34.94444°N 76.22250°E / 34.94444; 76.22250Coordinates: 34°56′40″N 76°13′21″E / 34.94444°N 76.22250°E / 34.94444; 76.22250
ProvinceGilgit Baltistan
DistrictKharmang District
Time zoneUTC+5 (PST)

The Kharmang Valley (Urdu: وادی کھرمنگ), also known as Kartaksho[1] is one of five main valleys in the Gilgit Baltistan region of Pakistan.[2][3] The area became a district in 2015, with temporary headquarters at Tolti.[4] The valley sits about 120 kilometres (75 mi) from Skardu.[5]

Tourist destinations include Manthokha Waterfall, Khamosh Waterfall, Mehdiabad valley. Kharmang is where the Indus River enters into Pakistani territory from Leh District in India.


Kahrmang is a Balti word that consists of two parts (khar means "fort" and mang means "abundant"). The name Kharmang was given to the valley in the era of Ali Sher Khan Anchan,[6] who built many forts in this region because of its strategic importance.


According to the Gazetteer of Kashmir and Ladak (1890), Kharmang is an old ilaqa of Baltistan that consists of the right bank of Indus from the border of Ladakh to the village of Pari, and from the source of the Shingo River to the village of Tolti on the left bank of Indus.[1]


Kharmang valley is a populated area. The approximate population is about 20,000 households (approximately 60,000 people); most of the population resides in scattered villages. The main source of income is subsistence livestock rearing for their livelihood and agriculture and unskilled man power working abroad and urban centers of Pakistan. Many Kharmang people work in Gulf countries with a majority in Kuwait, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. Natives of Kharmang Valley speak Balti and predominantly follow Shia Islam, with the exception of a few people who belong to Noorbakhshi who live around Mehdi Abad.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b Gazetteer of Kashmir and Ladak, Calcutta: Superintendent of Government Printing, 1890, pp. 494–495
  2. ^ "Kharmang Valley" Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Kharmang Weather Forecast". Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Kharmang now GB district". Archived from the original on 2015-11-24.
  5. ^ "Kharmang on map". Google Maps. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  6. ^ "Etymology of word Kharmang". Retrieved 4 November 2019.