Karakoram Highway The 8th Wonder of the World

Aug 28, 2019
Driving on the Karakoram Highway (KKH), known as Shahrah e Karakoram, is considered one of the best road trip experiences in Pakistan. And if you think we are exaggerating, we invite you to visit the highway and prove the opposite! Rightly described as the eighth wonder of the world, the Karakoram Highway is undoubtedly a marvel of technology. The highway was completed in 1979 and released to the public in 1985.


If you are one of the adventure seekers and are planning a trip through the KKH, here are some important things to keep in mind that you should know about this wondrous stretch in Pakistan to China.


The Silk Road, which connected China with the Indian subcontinent, was one of the most important trade routes several centuries ago. The road was then converted into a mega-highway, originally known as Pak China Friendship Highway. Experts refer to the Karakoram Highway as an architectural masterpiece. For more than 20 years, the brightest minds in Pakistan and China have needed to complete the highway, which stretches over canyons, valleys, hills and rivers for hundreds of miles. Around 15,000 Pakistan Army men and thousands of Chinese workers have joined forces to build the KKH, which was built in one of the world's most dangerous areas.


The Karakoram Highway, which has many curves and turns, stretches over miles of valleys and barren land with an incomparable view of the surrounding mountains. The Pakistani section of the highway officially begins in Hasan Abdal in Punjab, 50 km northwest of Rawalpindi. On the other hand, the city of Kashgar is the starting point of the Karakoram Highway in China.

The Khunjerab Pass on the Karakoram Highway is the border point between Pakistan and China. However, if you plan to enter China from Pakistan or vice versa, you should know that the Khunjarab Pass is closed from November to March due to heavy snowfall.

The KKH has also been included in the China-Pakistan economic corridor, which has already or will have various sections of the highway repaired to provide an improved travel experience.


Shahrah e Karakoram is an impressive 1,300-kilometer road that leads through many beautiful areas in northern Pakistan. It is a two-way road that can be used all year round except for the part of the Khunjerab Pass, which is closed for a few months every year due to heavy snowfalls. The Pakistani section of the Karakoram Pass is 806 kilometers long and starts in Hasan Abdal, a city in the Attock district of Punjab, and ends at the Pak-Chinese border


One of the reasons why the KKH is called the Eighth Wonder of the World is that the height of the Karakoram Highway near the Khunjerab Pass is 4,800 meters above sea level, making it one of the highest roads in the world. However, travelers will be happy to know that the ascent is very slow so they may not experience travel sickness. However, it is still recommended to drink plenty of fluids.


The Karakoram Highway is one of the main tourist attractions in Pakistan, with spectacular views of the world's highest mountain ranges, the Himalayas and Karakoram. You will find many breathtaking natural attractions as you drive further up the highway. The KKH's 300-kilometer stretch between Islamabad and China holds some hidden treasures that every tourist in Pakistan needs to explore. In addition, you will be astonished by the natural beauty of Mansehra, Abbotabad, Thakot, Pattan Besham, Sazin, Chils and Gilgit Baltistan. Do not miss the fascinating view of the Hunza River in some places as you drive along the Karakoram Highway. Because you are at high altitude, you may feel hungry more often. In fact, the Karakoram Highway is used daily by hundreds of truckers, tourists in Pakistan and traders who prefer to dine at the local restaurants along the highway.

Jagah Online, Pakistan’s Property Marketplace

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