Shigar  is the headquarter of its namesake district and tehsil in the Baltistan division of Gilgit–Baltistan in northern Pakistan. It is located at the bank of Shigar River in the most remote and dramatic part of the region. It is a popular site for tourists and trekkers and contains many historical buildings of architectural significance associated with several different communities.The town is inhabited almost exclusively by the Balti people of Tibetan descent. Almost 95% of the population belongs to the Shia sect of Islam and the remaining belong to the Sunni and the Norbakshi sects. It is the gateway to the great mountain range of Karakoram including where5 Eight-thousanders of the world falls, including the K2 . The town serves as a gateway to the Karakoram mountains including K2 ,via the Shigar Valley.