Khunjerab Pass, Hunza
The ultimate climax of the trip on the KKH is the Khunjerab Pass, which is at an altitude of 4,733 meters (15,620 feet). It is one of the highest paved road connecting Pakistan Northern area to China western provinces. From Sust, the immigration post on Pakistan's side, you climb gradually till you reach close to the pass, where series of hair-pin turns takes you even higher, and then to the plateau of this remote pass.
If you are going into China you will require a visa/passport. If not, tell the immigration post on Pakistan side at Sust that you are just going to the pass and returning.
The KKH also traverse through the Khunjerab National Park reserve, and further down Susut there is a post that may ask you to pay entrance fee to this. In our car we had a Pak Army officer, so we were able to go for free ;)
Mountain views are awesome. You can observe the scenery changing, on distant mountains yaks grazing, and orange colored marmot running around. At one moment you are below the clouds and its cloudy, then the other on top, and its sunny with blue skies.
Due to high altitude, we were warned by our host, Lt. Col in Pak Army, that we should only stay for half an hour, or if any of us start feeling dizzy or getting headaches, short of breath, return at once...sure sign of altitude sickness.
On your stay you may be greeted by Pakistan border guards posted on this pass.
Usually Khunjerab is officially opened from 1 Apr to Nov 15. Crossing is weather dependent as during winter, the pass is closed due to snow.
While on your way to Miar peak walking on the white Miar lake you will come across this natural lake of Miar called "Miar Lake". It is a rest place for the trekkers as well. The lake is getting bigger & bigger each day because of the constant melting of ice.
One can start trekking from the village of "Hopar".(2700m), only reachable by a narrow stretch of jeepable road from the Kakoram Highway, in the Nagar Valley.From the village one can enjoy the sight of this work of nature. Along the trek you will come across many well known peaks & have to cross other glaciers like Hopper ,Barpu & Baltaur.From there you will reach beautiful campsite of Berichikor. At Berichikor you can enjoy rest or socialise with other groups as the way ahead is very long & tiring.Drink as much water & hot drinks as you can.Butter tea is the best.From here you can trek up to Miar Peak walking on Miar glacier.zigzag route up the steep mountain was hard going and there were times one will wondere what on earth I am doing paying for such physical torture but after climbing further up the snow white Miar Glacier come into view, and the pain of our aching muscles disappeares at the sight of this spectacular work of nature.There is a lake on Miar glacier too.Take some rest here & wake up to the beauties og nature at sunset.
Due to the construction of the Karakoram Highway.Barpu became one of the least visited areas by foreign visitors. From Nagar Village, 75 miles from Gilgit, along the Hunza river one can trek towards the glacier leaving Rush lake Barpu glacier winds down towards Nagar valley like a highway.From here you can descent into Barpu valley and camp, alongside the Barpu glacier at Chokotans with small streams, springs and lot of juniper trees.
'''Khunjerab Pass''' (sometimes Khunerjab Pass) is a high pass on the northern border of Pakistan with China. It peaks at 4,730 metres (15,520ft) and is the highest point on the Karakorum highway. This section of the road was completed in 1982 and is possibly the highest metalled border crossing in the world. The Pass is often snow covered and during the rainy season (December-April), because of mudslides the Pass is closed to all vehicles except large trucks. Although the actual pass isnt that long but it has the views of one of the best scenery in the world.
Definitely Must See, The highest metal border crossing in the world. My first impression was that this place was going to be as tight as it could be but what can I say? It is quite open (and safe) up there though after Sust the road isnt in too great a condition and I would refer jeeps. It has its own special beauty up here and if your lucky (or unlucky) you might run into snowfall. You will definitely run into a couple of landslides at least one your way so keep an hour or two in advance. Khunjerab Pass is the northern border between Pakistan and China. Check my Photo Album in my Home Page for more details about this place.