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KKH is a feet of engineering where over 1000 people lost their lives. The road is carved through various mountains passes and is subject to landslides, especially during rainy season.
When a landslide occurs, traffic can be blocked for days. However Pak Army engineers of Road Maintenance Battalion (RMB and FWO) makes it a top priority to clear and repair the road network. The reason being that this is also a major supply route for the Armed forces supplying forces stationed in the northern territories.
Another ingenuity that one can find is that transporters then create a link/bridge inbetween blocked areas. The buses will take you to the place where the landslide has occurred, you disembark there, local porters will be available (for a small fee) to carry your luggage, who will then cross on foot the effected area, and then there will be another bus available on the other side to take you onwards.
Landslides are rampant during rainy season (July-August). Be prepared for long delays.
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Enemies of Nature. Beware!
Enemies of Nature, Beware! The fairies are sensitive creatures and are easily disturbed by foreigners, and they therefore cause landslides and rockfalls! Well, maybe the fairy-believing mountain-people living in the remote regions of this area don't know the much more modern and understandable reasons for landslides. Back to the point, landslides and rockfalls are common especially north of Hunza. Smaller landslides are usually cleared within an hour or two but larger landslides which wash away the road or wash away bridges can take upto 2 weeks!! These kinds of landslides are usually rare though....however smaller landslides are very frequent. On an excursion to the Khunjerab Pass, you will encounter at least 2 landslides on the way, therefore keep an hour or so extra in your timings!
Watch out for landslides on the Karakoram Highway
Just as we started off towards China, we came up to this landslide which had buried the road. It took about 15 minutes to clear the road.
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