The Karakoram Highway known as the KKH is considered the 8th wonder of the world by people. It is the highest paved international road in the world. It is also called as the Pakistan-China friendship highway because it connects Pakistan to China and at its peak exist the Pakistan and China border which is called as the Khunjerab pass.
The Karakoram Highway
It is 1300 km national highway which starts from the Hasan Abdal in Punjab province of Pakistan and goes upto Khunjerab in Gilgit-Baltistan and upon entering China, this highway is called China National Highway.
The Karokoram Highway connects China and Pakistan across the Karakoram mountain range through the Khunjerab pass, at an elevation of 4,693 metres(15,397 ft) above the sea level. The road is one of the scariest and hair rising jeep trip in the world. 810 pakistani and 82 chinese workers lost their lives bulidind this mighty road. Landslides and earthquacks are the most important reason of the deaths which occurred buliding this road, here is an photograph showing this dangerous road:
It is a real dangerous road and proper preparations are essential in order to have a safe journey on this mighty road. Due to its climb in the elevation over thousnads of feet, and pass through the remote areas, it is important when driving in these conditions to be prepared. Check weather forecasts properly before starting the tour. And remember its cooler so take your warm clothes with yoursleves. The Karakoram Highway is best travelled in the spring or early autumn. Heavy snow during harsh winters can shut this road.
Here is an photograph showing Karakoram Highway covered in the snow during winters:
Beautiful scenery is visible. Road has mountains and rivers on its sides. Beautiful valleys and towns come during travelling. Hunza, Passu village and Gilgit is present during the travel and people love these towns and enjoy their trips. Road is very smooth and amazing weather increases its beauty. River on one side and high mountains on the other side explores the beauty of this road.
Here is an proof of beauty of this road, THE MAGICAL PASSU CONES ON KKH:
The border crossing between China and Pakistan at Khunjerab Pass is open only between May 1 and December 31 of every year. But it can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. Avalanches and heavy snowfalls can sometimes block some sections of the road and can be extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice. Conditions can change quickly and be harsh. Road closures can be frequent, so check conditions before traveling to this area.
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So we should trip this mighty KKH in autumn or early spring season and enjoy the breathtaking and matchless beauty of this mighty road, surely trip of KKH is in my plans. I am surely gonna visit this 8th wonder and capture its beauty.