The last day in Skardu was spent shopping in the morning followed by a good walk up the nearest local berg. We aimed for a big black rock tower, although we knew we could never make it. We had our first deception that we all get in the Himalayas - it was deceptively large. After climbing to 3500m , 1250 above Skardu it looked even further away than when we had begun. It was still a good 1000 very steep meters above when we turned back arriving at night. A pleasant walk in the Karakorums!
To the north we got views of the "foothills' , five to six thousand meter peaks on the way to the Baltoro, and below a very scenic Green Skardu.