Karakoram Highway/Silk Rout Pakistan

Karakoram Highway/Silk Rout Pakistan

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Karakoram Highway

Karakoram is a Turkish language it means 'crumbling rock' is an incredible feat of engineering.The original track started from Xian in China, Karakoram highway, connecting the Northern Areas of Pakistan to the ancient Silk Road, runs approximately 1,300 km from Kashgar, to Havelian, located in the Abbottabad District of Pakistan.
As it became popular, the route was used by the invaders, raiders, explorers, hunters, missionaries and philosophers.Buddhism, Islam and Christianity came to this region through the Silk Route. The road has also given mountaineers and trekkers easier access to the many high mountains in the area. High mountain ranges and glaciers are visible from the road, which also passes through green valleys of great natural beauty. Rock art and petroglyphs are found all along the road.
The Silk Road construction started from 1966 and completed in 1978(20 years)During construction 810 Pakistani and 82 Chinese workers lost their lives, mostly in landslides and falls, while building the Karakoram Highway.


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Afzal - Oct 2, 2008 5:50 am - Voted 10/10

Nice Album!

Nice Album, Please add some new photos and information about KKH. Thanks

Karrar Haidri

Karrar Haidri - Oct 2, 2008 1:56 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Nice Album!

Thanks Afzal for your kind comments, Yes I will add more pictures and information.


nader - Oct 2, 2008 9:06 am - Voted 10/10


What is the elevation of the highest point on the highway?

Karrar Haidri

Karrar Haidri - Oct 2, 2008 2:11 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Highest

Thanks for your vote Nader.The highest point is Khunjerab Pass (4800m, 15,750ft)near Hunza also the international border between China and Pakistan.


Eleutheros - Dec 28, 2008 1:20 pm - Voted 10/10

Thanks for posting!

I never got any good shots of the Silk Route, despite taking coasters and buses from Pindi to Gilgit 4 times.

Karrar Haidri

Karrar Haidri - Dec 29, 2008 8:36 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Thanks for posting!

Thanks for your sharing your views and vote!Cheers.


drshahidiqbal - Dec 30, 2008 11:02 am - Hasn't voted

Good Job

Uou have very good photos. KKH is 8th wonder of world.Plz keep more photos

Karrar Haidri

Karrar Haidri - Dec 30, 2008 12:44 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Good Job

Thank you doctor sahib for sharing your nice comments to this album, Yes you are right that KKH is 8th wornder of the world.
In this summer 2008 Widening and expansion work of the 335km Karakurum Highway (KKH) started from Khunjerab (Pakistan China border).The $510 million worth highway is expected to be completed by 2011.

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