Local name: China-Pakistan Friendship Highway

The Karakoram Highway is around 12.00 kilometres long and you’ll frequently drive above 4.000 metres altitude. So it’s literally a high way! It’s the ultimate way to see the Himalayas in all their grandeur. And it’s ideal for many stops to do some hiking or climbing.

Along the way you’ll notice beautifully decked-out trucks with lots of colours and often (religious) messages. But, the general rule here is: the strongest, or rather the largest, vehicle gets the right of way. Truck driver often just take the right of way, so be warned.

Trucks along the Karakoram Highway.
Trucks along the Karakoram Highway. katorisi

Along the way you’ll notice beautifully decked-out trucks with lots of colours and often (religious) messages. But, the general rule here is: the strongest, or rather the largest, vehicle has the right of way. Truck driver often just take the right of way, so be warned.

This amazing highway connects the Chinese autonomous region ofXinjiang with Pakistan through the Karakoram Range. This famous road runs through these mountains across the Khunjerab pass at around 4.693 metre.

You’ll see a few glaciers on your drive, and also waterfalls, small villages and people who survive in this wilderness with their animals.

The Karakoram Highway (KKH for short) follows one of the ancient routes of the Silk Road.

It’s a very adventurous journey, even if you only follow it for a short distance. There are more and more travel operators who organise trips to this part of the world.

More information: www.tourism.gov.pk/northern_areas.html

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