Ghanche has two sub-division, Khaplu and Masherbrum. Hushe, under the shadow of Mashabrum peak, is the gateway to various important peaks and glaciers. A 102 km drive from Skardu mostly along the Shyok River takes to Khaplu, the district headquarters of Ghanche. Khaplu Fort Palace and Chaqchan Mosque are the interesting places to visit. The mosque built around 1500 AC is the oldest mosque in Baltistan. The building shows Buddhist influence and Tibetan architecture. Ghondoghoro Pass at 5,650 m is one of the most popular and challenging trekking routes in the world. Other places to trek with relative ease are the base camp of Masherburm Peak and Thalle La. Balti is local language while Urdu and English is widely spoken in Ghanche district.