The Karakoram Highway is the most grand and enterprises street on the planet at a tallness of 15,397 ft. above ocean level.
The Karakoram Highway, additionally named the ‘eighth ponder of the world’, is a standout amongst the most well known streets to movement in Pakistan.
The development of the expressway started in 1959 and was finished in 1979. It was opened to general society in 1986.
Karakoram Highway Length :
Karakoram expressway is a 1300 km national interstate in Pakistan which reaches out from Hasan Abdal in Punjab area of Pakistan to the Khunjerab Pass in Gilgit-Baltistan, where it crosses into China and progresses toward becoming China National Highway 314.
karakoram highway map
Death rate : 7.5/10
The Karakoram roadway joins China and Pakistan at the Khunjerab Pass, at an elevation of 4,693 meters. It’s inclined to avalanches and surges and to exacerbate the situation, the street is unpaved in Pakistan.
It has been named the “Companionship Highway” by the administrations who fabricated it, notwithstanding 810 Pakistani and 82 Chinese laborers losing their lives amid development, for the most part in avalanches.
It is the highest fringe crossing on the planet, more than 4800 meters (about 16,000 feet) in the Khunjerab Pass at the outskirt.
It is the highest border crossing in the world, over 4800 meters (roughly 16,000 feet) in the Khunjerab Pass at the border.
Tourist guide :
The expressway is a popular tourist fascination, and is one of the most astounding cleared streets on the planet.
The expressway is open around the year, however the vacationer time is for the most part from May till late November.
Street condition is great as the legislatures of Pakistan and China have remade the parkway. It isn’t prudent to take autos, 4×4 is favored yet a Van/liner would fill the need.
Starting point of karakoram highway :
It starts from Havelian and winds through many beautiful spots such as Mansehra, Thakot, Abbottabad, Besham, Pattan, Sazin, Chils, Gilgit Baltistan and Hunza.
It has more than 20,000 bits of rock art along the expressway that are assembled at 10 sites in the middle of Hunza and Shatial.
There are a couple of military checkpoints in transit where you have to go out and enlist and furnish them with a duplicate of your identification and visa, it’s extremely no issue.
Gilgit is by far the biggest town in Northern Pakistan, and you are guaranteed to stop by here for at least one night. Gilgit is the transportation hub on the Karakoram Highway. It’s from Gilgit you will have to arrange transportation to head east towards Skardu, West to Chitral or North towards China.
There is no reason to spend much time in Gilgit, its better to move on to Skardu or Hunza Valley.
World’s highest border crossing :
The fringe crossing between Pakistan and China is on Khunjerab Pass at 4800m (16.00feet), formally the world’s most astounding outskirt crossing.
Mandatory pass picture on Khunjerab
The only ATMs are in northern Pakistan is in Gilgit, but they are often empty. So you are better off bringing enough cash with you.
The bus from Rawalpindi to Gilgit is around 1800-2200 Rupees .
Most guesthouses are 500 – 700 Rupee for your own room with bathroom.