Roundu Valley

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Districts of Gilgit-Baltistan: Rondu is coloured yellow.
Districts of Gilgit-Baltistan: Rondu is coloured yellow.
Roundu is located in Karakoram
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Coordinates: 35°40′48″N 75°1′37″E / 35.68000°N 75.02694°E / 35.68000; 75.02694Coordinates: 35°40′48″N 75°1′37″E / 35.68000°N 75.02694°E / 35.68000; 75.02694
ProvinceGilgit Baltistan
Time zoneUTC+5 (PST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+6 (GMT+5)

Roundu Valley (also Rondu; Urdu: وادی روندو‎) ( also known as Rong Yul in Balti)[1] is the fourth biggest[2] valley of Baltistan after Skardu, Khaplu, and Shigar in Gilgit-Baltistan, northern Pakistan. The valley is Baltistan’s westernmost, and is the main trade and travel route between Baltistan and Gilgit. It gives its name to an administrative district (status promoted from tehsil in 2019).[3]


The population of the Roundu Valley are Balti who speak Balti and Shina, archaic forms of Tibetan language. It is located about 65-70 km from District Skardu. It's one of the Subdivisions of Skardu. Its headquarters is Dambudas and 100% population of Roundu valley belongs to Shia sect of Islam.

Although the population of Dambudas is not greater than that of Stak and Tormik valley, however it sit in the middle of the Roundu valley so it is currently the capital of Roundu valley. Literacy rate is around 90% in Roundu. About 75% of the residents speak Balti and around 25% speak Shina, but Shina people are bilingual due to living with Balti people for long time in the area.

Notable people[edit]

Captain (r) Sikandar Ali of Islami Tehreek from Gunji is member of Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly from Roundu. He is Chairman Public Accounts Committee of Gilgit-Balstian. He defeated Raja Nasir Ali Khan of MWM in 2015 General Election with a narrow margin. Raja Nasir Ali had claimed rigging of Election, but the case is still under review.

There is a THQ hospital in Dambodas and several Basic Health Units in other villages, like Stak and Tormik.

Major areas of Roundu are: 1- Dambudas or Thowar 2- Istak (commonly known as Staq) 3- Tormik 4- Bilamik 5- Gunji 6- Yaulbu 7- Baghicha 8- Talu 9-Tallu Broq 10- Manndi 11- Shout 12- Harpo


  1. ^ Ali, Wazir Qalbi (2005). Qadam Qadam Baltistan. Skardu: Baltistan Book Depot.
  2. ^ Hussainabadi, Yousaf (2003). Tareekh-e-Baltistan. Baltistan Book depot, Skardu. Jabir, Abdul Hayee
  3. ^ "GB cabinet decides to upgrade Dareal, Tangir,Gupis Yasin and Roundu as districts". Radio Pakistan. 20 April 2019. Retrieved 19 June 2019.