The highest paved road in the world and a once in a lifetime road trip for adventure lovers, the Karakorum Highway stretches over 1,300 kilometers between Pakistan and China with its highest peak at the Khunjerab pass.
As a prodigy beyond the wonders of civil magnificence, the Karakoram Highway is often referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World – and there is no denying it!
Once you set on to the road trip to Karakorum, there are a few things to bear in mind.
It is not for everyone. The roads are long and treacherous. The facilities are low. And the travel could take anywhere between 10-14 days for an enjoyable trip.
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Spring and fall are the perfect times to travel the Karakoram Highway – temperatures at lower elevations aren’t too hot, in the mountains it won’t be too cold. In the Spring, you’ll get to see a ton of cherry blossom trees in Northern Pakistan, and in Fall the entire trip will be through beautiful golden-coloured trees.
Summer is also a good time to travel the KKH, although it’ll be a bit busier with Pakistanis trying to escape the summer heat by heading to the mountains.
About the journey itself, the crazy idea of exploring the amazing Karakorum Highway is a rare occasion of witnessing sunsets that feel closer to the heart and night sky that feels like a blanket.
Along the way, there are grasses mown by flocks of roaming sheep, goats and idle camels and pocked with white yurts against the green grasses and dark brown mountains beyond. There are vast lands that are left for nature to do its magic and vast lands that are occupied by the marvels of God.
The Karakorum is definitely the only place where travelers can admire an 8000 m high mountain peak The Nanga Parbat from their car seats. The splendid and scenic view of the great mountain ranges; The Himalayas, The Karakorum and The Hindukush.
Now different travel partners will have a different set of travel itenaries. With Eventica Travels, once you depart from Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan, you take a long scenic trail until you witness the sights of the glorious Fairy Meadows and the majestic Nanga Parbat.
You can make a stopover to breathe in the serenity that these places exude.
On the road ahead, where you are just a few miles away from Gilgit, you are advised to take day trips to the beautiful Naltar Valley.
Further down the road, once you reach Gilgit, Baltistan, there are scopes of stay-ins at the Batura, one of the largest and longest glaciers outside of the Polar Regions. Since you will be in Hunza district, one of the most scenic and fairy-like districts in Pakistan, you will also be able to witness the Borith lake in Gojal, Hunza Valley.
Along the way, the tour guides in Pakistan would also allow you to stay a day around the Atabad valley and Passu Glaciers until you finally reach the Khunjerab Pass, which is your ultimate destination.
Take a direct trip to the Karakorum or a laid-back one with multiple stopovers at worth-seeing landscapes, contact your travel agent beforehand.
The road also leads to various cultural tribes ranging from Panjabis to Ismailis, to Tajiks and Uyghurs- a great learning experience of traditional and cultural diversity.
The road to Karakorum is long, diverse, anticipating, unpredictable, and most importantly one with breathtaking sights of the beautiful places in Pakistan. A solo road trip or a guided tour with trip planners, any travel plan is only going to lead to a delightful escapade.