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17 Stunning Views of Pakistan’s Karakoram Highway – The 8th Wonder Of The World


At a height of 15,397 ft. above sea level, the Karakoram Highway (KKH) is the highest paved international road. It is also considered as the 8th wonder of the world. The highway connects Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan region to China’s Xinjiang region which is why it has also been nicknamed the ‘Friendship Highway’ in China.

The construction of the highway began in 1959 and was completed in 1979. It was opened to the public in 1986. Many Chinese and Pakistani workers lost their lives to the construction of this monument of a highway that people come to view. The beauty of the nature that can be seen from the highway and how the mountains were cut to reach such a height are beyond belief.

Here are a few pictures to show the beauty of this amazing highway.

1. Starting point in the South – KKH

Sign Post at the Start of Karkoram Highway

2. Karakoram Highway Bridge – Amazing engineering

Karakarom Highway bridge

3. Karakoram Highway in the Autumn

KKH in the Autumn 640

4. U-shaped tunnel cut into the mountain

The U shaped tunnel cut into the mountain

5. Ancient rock carvingsĀ visible along KKH

Ancient rock paintings seen along the highway 640

6. Karakoram Highway Tunnels

KKH Tunnels

7. Landslide on KKH – Just look at how steep the angle of the road is!

Blocked highway

8. View of theĀ Karakoram Highway

View along KKH

9. Karakoram Highway passing through Gojal

KKH in Gojal

10. Dangerous yet scenic bus route

beautiful yet scenic bus route on the highway

11. Karakoram Highway

Karakoram Highway

12. Heights of Karakoram Highway

KKH near the top

13. Beauty of Karakoram Highway

Beauty of KKH

14. Dangerous tunnel cut into the side of the mountain – There’s barely enough room for a car

Dangerous u-tunnel cut in the side of a mountain 640

15. Close up view of the tunnel – tight sqeeze

close up view of the tunnel 640

16. Reconstructed Youyi bridge on KKH

steel bridge on KKH

17. Chinese Gate

Chinese welcoming gate

Don’t you think its time to take a road trip along the 8th wonder of the world and see for yourself the beauty it has to offer?