Karakoram Highway - the mighty 'eighth wonder of the world'

Before you jump to plan for your dream adventure travel, have a look at the beauty of Karakoram Highway.
Published March 20, 2016

The Karakoram Highway, also dubbed the 'eighth wonder of the world', is one of the most famous roads to travel in Pakistan if you're an adventure lover looking for a thrill.

It starts from Havelian and winds through many beautiful spots such as Mansehra, Thakot, Abbottabad, Besham, Pattan, Sazin, Chils, Gilgit Baltistan and Hunza, connecting China's Xinjiang region with Pakistan's Gilgit–Baltistan region in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at an altitude of 4,693 m/15,397 ft.

The twisted path comes across miles and miles of barren land with rocky mountains staring you in the face. 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.

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Riding along the highway to take in the spectacular view becomes extremely dangerous at various points as the paved international highway has been cut through the highest and the mightiest mountains of the world, The Himalayas and The Karakoram.

The Karakoram Highway Pakistan

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The fearless road builders of China and Pakistan took almost 20 years to complete this 805-mile long highway which has been stretched over the hills, gorges, valleys and rivers.

Undoubtedly it is the techniques of modern engineering which carved this massive roadway in such a gruelling area — about 15,000 men of the Pakistan Army along with Chinese workers came together to cut through one of the most difficult terrains in the world.

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