Construction of the Karakoram Highway began in 1966 and was completed in 1978.
The total length of Karakoram Highway is 1,300 km of which 887 km is in Pakistan and 413 km is in China. This highway starts from Hassan Abdal in Pakistan and goes from Haripur Hazara Abbottabad Mansehra Besham Dasu Chilas Jaglot Gilgit Hunza Nagar Sast and Khanjarab Pass to Kashgar in China.
The construction of this road took the world by surprise as for a while the world’s largest companies were unable to do so. A well-known European company had declared it impossible to build it after an aerial survey. Despite the dangers of severe snowfall and landslides, the construction of this road is a miracle, it was made possible by Pakistan and China together.
According to a survey, 810 Pakistanis and 82 Chinese lost their lives in its construction.
According to the report, 8,000 tons of dynamite was used to cut the hard and rocky chest of the Karakoram Highway and 30 million cusec meters of rocky mountains were cut down by its completion.
What is this highway?
This highway is wonderful, sometimes charming, sometimes mysterious, sometimes calm, sometimes it makes a lot of noise, sometimes it asks questions and sometimes it answers. Curious to know the history of the Indus River.
The starting point of Karakoram Highway is in Hazara district where lush green scenery and lush valleys accompany you to Thakot.
From Thakot, the Indus River flows along the Karakoram Highway to Jaglot, then turns towards Skardu.
After Thakot, the area of Kohistan begins where rivers of water descending from distant heights play an important role in making the journey memorable and interesting.
After Kohistan, the area of Chilas begins, which is an area consisting of rocky mountains.
Chilas district is an important area of Dia Mir, also known as the gateway to Gilgit-Baltistan.
Chilas can also be reached from Naran via Babu Sir Top. After Chilas, the Karakoram Highway starts to revolve around Nanga Parbat and then comes the Raikot Bridge. This is the place from where jeeps are rented to go to Ferry Meadows and Nanga Parbat base camp.
After Raikot, Nanga Parbat becomes a beautiful combination of the Indus River and the Karakoram Highway, forcing tourists to be quiet for a while.
After this the Gilgit division begins, after which the first important place comes to Jaglot. From Jaglot goes the road to Astor Deosai and Skardu Baltistan. Another highlight of Jaglot is that the three largest mountain ranges in the world, the Himalayas, the Hindu Kush and the Karakoram, converge here, and there is no place in the world where the three great ranges converge.
After Jaglot, the capital of the Northern Territories, Gilgit, begins, which is prominent due to its commercial, political and social features.
Naltar Ashkuman Ghizer and Shandor etc. are reached by jeep from here. Beyond Gilgit begins the Nagar area, known as Raka Pushi Peak.
You will get to see this beautiful and gigantic peak from place to place on the Karakoram Highway.
Nagar and Hunza are located on both sides of the Karakoram Highway. Coming here, the beauty of Karakoram Highway is on its whole Joban. I don’t think that any tourist who reaches this point of the highway will bite his fingers and teeth in surprise.
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There are excellent examples of this. The area of Hunza and Nagar is very beautiful. High peaks, glaciers, waterfalls and rivers are the hallmarks of this region. Rakapushi Ultra Batura Kanyang Kush Dastgil Sar and Fasu are prominent mountains of this region.
There is also an artificial but very attractive lake called Ataabad which is 21 km long and was created by the fall of a mountain.
After the Slow, the Karakoram Highway is near Khanjrab, the last stop in Pakistan. The area from Sast to Khanjrab consists of uninhabited, difficult mountains and continuous climbs. The Karakoram Highway at Khanjrab Pass has an elevation of 4,693 meters, making it the highest highway in the world. Khanjarab is home to some of the world’s most unique animals, including Marco Polo sheep, snow leopards, marmots, bears, yaks, markhors and blue cows.
On this road, Khanjarab has got the status of a national park. On this road, along with lush mountains, rocky and barren mountain ranges and huge snow-capped peaks, numerous waterfalls, pastures and glaciers, you can see all kinds of geographical views that not only your journey. Make beautiful but also leave a deep impression on your heart and mind. It is not just a road but it is the eighth wonder of the world.
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