Karakoram Highway
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Karim Uddin
Saskatchewan, Canada1,850 contributions
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May 2014 • Family
Karakorum highway is adventure road connecting China & Pakistan. It is road through Himamalaya, Karakorum and Pamir mountain ranges. These ranges are called to be one of highest mountain ranges in the world. The road is from Havelian, Pakistan to Kashgar, China and the distance is 1200kms. It also known as Pakistan & China friendship highway. Driving over this highway is not less than a fun adventure and it goes through world highest pass "Khunjerab" and where today is actual border of Pakistan & China. This road start to build in 1966 and completed in 1978 under supervision of Chinese engineers.
Written June 4, 2014
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svendborg s
Jakarta, Indonesia11 contributions
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May 2015 • Friends
From Khunjerab pass to Islamabad this highway connects dozens of villages, civilizations and cultures and the landscape is overwhelming. This is the only way which connects China to Pakistan and Northern Areas to rest of Pakistan.
Avoid to travel in public buses as this has the highest number of accidents each year. Definitely something worth doing when in Pakistan if you have the time, but not recommended to do it alone due to security issues, I traveled KKH as part of tour organized by a local well reputed tour outfitter Vertical Explorers Tours, well recommended.Road is incredible all along the river upto Thakot Bridge and the photos are truly spectacular. It is well worth driving if you can put up with the police security hassle in Kohistan districts of NWFP province of Pakistan. Does have the wow factor but a road is a road after so many miles of twists and turns. One can see Rakaposhi, Nanga Parbat and numerous other peaks and towns traveling on this wonderland connecting highway.
Written August 12, 2015
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DorinaKT
Sibiu, Romania2 contributions
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Oct 2013 • Family
No surprise people life can go active till 100..I feel a strong connection with Pakistan. I have been many times on Karakorum Highway: on the bycicle, in the car, as a couple, as a family with kids. The surrounding are amazingly beautiful and Hunza people are ambassadors of this intriguing and impressive land!
Written September 1, 2014
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alikarim
Dallas, TX1,245 contributions
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Jun 2016 • Couples
We travelled the KKH from Kashgar, China up to Islamabad, Pakistan, where it ends (Via Khunjerab Pass border between China and Pakistan). It is a spectacularly scenic drive with majestic snow capped mountains of the Pamirs, Karakoram, Himalayas and the HIndu Kush mountain ranges. High peaks, and many many glacier originated rivers (Hunza, Indus, etc) everywhere.
The KKH road itself ranges from excellent to very bad, and is under reconstruction in many places by the Chinese. Great engineering feat as this highway crosses very mountainous areas. Due to these mountains, there are many many daily landslides, rockslides and glacier slides that blocked the road. In general, the Chinese side of the KKH is in much better repair than the Pakistani side.
Note that in Kohistan, Foreigners are NOT allowed on the roads after 4PM and before 8AM; due to some Taliban activity there. So plan your drive on KKH through Kohistan District appropriately.
Written September 18, 2016
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Nawab Tanweer Ahmad
Karachi, Pakistan419 contributions
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Sep 2015 • Family
The Karakorum Highway, considered as the eighth wonder of the world due to its high elevation and the difficult conditions in which it was constructed, starts from the Abbottabad Mor near Hassanabdal (Islamabad) and enters Xinjiang Uyghur Region of China from Khunjerab Pass (Gilgit-Baltistan) at an altitude of 16,200 feet after covering distance of nearly 806 KM, making it the highest border crossing of the world. The breathtaking beautiful surrounding, the mountains and the river Indus traveling along with this highway make the traveling on this highway a Journey to remember for a lifetime. At the start, the highway crosses through Mansehra the region surrounded by high mountains, the enters Chillas where the highway moves alongside the Indus river where the highway is at the edge of the mountain and you can see the river Indus flow hundreds of meters below. Then the highway enters the Gilgit-Baltistan region, the region of Nanga Parbat and K2 Mountain. There is a point at Karakoram Highway where on a clear day you can view the awesome peak of Nanga Parbat, at the Raikot Bridge a road connects with Karakoram Highway that leads to the Fairy Meadows, the base camp of Nanga Parbat. As you get closer to Gilgit city there is a Junction point of Karakorum, Hindukush, and the Himalayas, a must point to stop for photography. There is also the Confluence of River Indus and River Gilgit at this point. The scenic beauty and awesome mountain views start as soon as the Karakoram Highway enters Hunza region, the Paradise on Earth. At Hunza from Karakoram Highway, one can see the 1100 years old Altit Fort, there is also a 1000 years old village called Ganesh on the way to Attaabad. Near Attaabad, there is an archeologic site that contains the store carving that belongs to Romans when they travel to china through Silk Route. The highway traveled till the Khunjerab Pass at the altitude of 16,200 feet the border that connects Pakistan and China. There are many Hotels and Restaurants alongside the Karakoram Highway where one can spend a night or two with peace and comfort or eat local food. For those who love scenic beauty, awesome mountain views and flowing rivers, this is a journey one must have and do remember to bring your camera.
For more on my trip “From South End (Karachi) to North End (Khunjerab Pass) of Pakistan [-12ft to 16002ft]” visit mday-1-rawalpiny pagedi-to-naran.html
Written January 31, 2016
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outdoorpye
Vancouver Coast and Mountains, Canada30 contributions
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May 2023
The Karakoram Highway (KKH) is an awe-inspiring marvel that traverses the stunning landscapes of Pakistan, connecting the regions of Gilgit-Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. As I embarked on a journey along this legendary highway, I was captivated by its beauty and the mesmerizing sights that unfolded before me.

The KKH is more than just a road; it is a gateway to adventure and a testament to human ingenuity. Winding through towering mountains, deep valleys, and along the banks of mighty rivers, it offers a breathtaking panorama at every turn. The sheer scale of the landscapes is awe-inspiring, and the sense of insignificance in the face of nature's grandeur is humbling.

One of the most remarkable aspects of the KKH is the cultural tapestry it weaves. As I traveled along the highway, I encountered diverse communities and experienced their rich heritage firsthand. The warm hospitality of the locals, the vibrant markets brimming with colors and flavors, and the ancient archaeological sites dotted along the way added depth to my journey, making it a truly immersive cultural experience.
Written July 9, 2023
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drnaseertanoli
Abbottabad, Pakistan8 contributions
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Aug 2017
Travelling via Naran to khunjarab top china border is a lifetime enjoyable experience You have wonderful road with scenic view and delicious foods especially at PTDC restaurants The journey is safe and the terrain is wonderful especially if you have a good vehicle and nice company.
Written September 18, 2017
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flyfisher66
Islamabad, Pakistan2,977 contributions
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Dec 2016 • Family
Traveling along KKH is very adventurous and extremely educative. I have done it numerous times during past 26 years and every time I have a new feeling about it. I have seen this road in worst of conditions too but even then there is something special about it. Weather one is passing through the pine forest on the green hills of Besham or the absolutely barren landscape of Chilas or the orchards in Hunza Valley or the Attabad Lake that was never there few years back or the winding road near Khunjerab Pass where it becomes the highest highway anywhere on planet earth, KKH is very unique and absolutely fascinating. Truly a man carved wonder that took hundred of lives of Chines and Pakistani soldiers before completion.
If you live in Pakistan and haven't traveled along KKH up to Khunjerab Pass, you have missed a lot. If you are visiting Pakistan that traveling along KKH should be a priority thing for you. You wont regret it I can assure you.
Written February 23, 2017
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Sporadic Traveller
Karachi, Pakistan171 contributions
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Jun 2019 • Family
The KKH (Karakoram Highway) is no doubt the 8th wonder of the world. Men of unmatched courage & unbeatable will carved it through the insurmountable mountains under the most hostile circumstances in the era when there was not even any telegraphic communication was possible. Their story would induce a current through one's spine. Now when we travel with extreme comfort on this extraordinary path, we shouldn't forget the innumerable martyrs who laid their lives to turn an impossible & crazy dream to reality.
The Karakoram Highway(known informally as the KKH) is said to be the highest paved international road in the world. It's the road to paradise – if you like exploring the mountains, that is. It's regarded as one of the world's hardest alpine climbs.Due to its unique features, the Karakoram highway has been called the "Eighth Wonder of the World". ... A section of the road goes through the Karakoram Mountains at a height of 15,466 feet.
 It is a 1,300-kilometre (810 mi)  is a 1,300-kilometre (810 mi) national highway which extends from Hasan Abdal in the Punjab province of Pakistan to the Khunjerab Pass in Gilgit-Baltistan, where it crosses into China and becomes China National Highway 314. The highway connects the Pakistani provinces of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa plus Gilgit-Baltistan with China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
Written July 1, 2019
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Ranger_ofthe_North
Abbottabad, Pakistan252 contributions
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Sep 2016
Traveling over Karokaram Highway is experience of a life-time. From Balakot to Naran, and onwards, through Babusar top and into Chillas, the views are breathtaking. There are various places to stay the night at road-side hotels, and a number of areas where you could possibly set up camp and stay in tents or in the vehicles.
Hunza is a place to stay.... for a long time. For life... may be. But rest assured that if you stay in Hunza for a few weeks, you will never regret it. Life there is so smooth, so easy, so comfortable, and with so much to see.
Looking at the sun rise from a particular spot allows you to see the first light hitting one of the high peaks, the Golden Finger, first, and then with distinct delays, it hits 8 peaks within a few minutes...... A view to absorb and to treasure for life.
Hunza to Khunjrab is a very unique road, passing through the highest mountain ranges in the world. Khunjrab top is the highest metal road in the world, with very unique views
Written March 15, 2017
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