Karakoram Highway

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.  This Highway connects Pakistan with Kashgar western Xinjiang region of China. It is also known as the Pak-China friendship highway in both countries.

Importance of the Highway 

The Karakoram Highway is not just a road but a lifeline for the region’s people, facilitating trade, transportation, and cultural exchange between Pakistan and China. It serves as a vital link for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), connecting the port city of Gwadar in Pakistan to China’s western regions and bolstering economic development and regional connectivity.

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 road 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). Its 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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