The Katpana Desert at Skardu, Gilgit-Baltistan in Pakistan, this desert is also known as the “Cold Desert”.
There are sand dunes in Skardu around the Indus river. This desert stretched from the Khaplu Valley to Nubra Ladakh and Shigar Skardu valley to Zanskar, Pakistan. But the largest desert area is found in Skardu and Shigar valley. Locally called Biana Naqpo and Katpana biana. Katpana Desert is located near Skardu Airport while Shigar desert is located on the way to Shigar valley.