Karakoram Highway has the stunning beauty of the landscape, is surrounded by the mighty mountains, runs through Hindu Kush, Pamirs, Kunlun Mountains, and Karakoram Range is an international high altitude road. Karakoram Highway connects Pakistan with Kashgar western Xinjiang region of China. Karakoram highway also known as the Pak-China friendship highway in both countries.
The road took 20 years to compete with workers’ sacrifices of deaths due to Asia’s rugged and challenging terrain. That’s why Karakoram highway is called 8th wonder of the world. Karakoram highway completion date is 1978; however, it was opened to the public in 1985. The beautiful Karakoram highway is also called Zhongba Youyi Gonglu by Chinese.
The Highway is a great place to get a panoramic view of towering mountains, and it is, maybe, only one among the places from where you can witness an 8000-meter high mountain from your car window. As it is the highest paved road in the world, the highway reaches 4,800 m at Khunjerab Pass.
Tourists around the globe travel on this road to witness the region’s majestic beauty. It ends from the Pakistan side at Khunjerab Pass (Pak-China border). Karakoram highway weather is cold and remains cool even on summer days.
One more question frequently asked, is the Karakoram highway safe to travel? Yes, as it lies in such a part of Pakistan, with a nominal crime rate. Gilgit Baltistan is considered one of the safest parts of Pakistan.
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