Following the KKH from Islamabad in Pakistan to Kashgar in the Xinjiang region of China is possibly one of the most adventurous things I've ever done! The 1300km of road takes in some of the most spectacular mountain scenery, and crosses the highest border in the world - the Khunjerab pass at 4,693 m.
There are 2 bridges to do
just take a walk from Passu, down to the left side of KKH
you'll see the first bridges
take a deep breath
p.s. for a short people like me, it was so hard to walk cross the bridge
too short hands - could not reach both of strings
too short legs - could not reach each long steps
but it's worth to do - I love to get back to cross the bridges again and again
The Journey starts from Islamabad, the Federal Capital of Pakistan. You will go along Indus Valleys traveling on Karakoram Highway the eighth wonder of the world. From Gilgit you will travel by Jeeps to Gotulti in Ishkoman Valley. The surrounding of the valley consists of extremely greenish alpine landscape. You will come across impressive granite wall of about 1000 meters, which is easily accessible. After two days trek you will reach Bari Lake. The whole area is summer pastures of Ishkoman people who are very friendly & helpful who will offer milk, yogurt etc. The altitude of camp would be 3850 m.
You will be among numerous peaks of 6000 meters. According to prevailing rules of Ministry of Tourism, a climbing permit is required to attempt an above 6000 meters peak. However, you can climb a peak bellow 6000 meters without any permit. The trek will further continue to Darkot in Yasin Valley then to Gazin Chitral.
The KKH follows old tracks, which were used since more than 2000 years by the traders from China. On some rocks you can see the carvings, which this ancient traders made. Some carvings are said to be from the Stoneage.
The Karakorum Highway was build to connect Pakistan and China with a paved road. Pakistani and Chinese worker worked together. The Chinese men building the bridges and the Pakistani making the road. It was opened to public in 1982. Since I first met a young woman, who came to China via the Karakorum Highway in 1987 I have dreamed about doing this myself.
The landscape, the people, the weather - everything was just fantastic, when I did this trip in 1992.
The road is open from June to October, but can be closed due to snow or landslides in this time.
On the road to Besham we stopped in a small village, to see, to smell, to hear the local pakistan life. One thing was sure, not many travellers stopped here. I believe these people were as curious as we were.
Day walks and treks in the north of the country, just off the Karakoram Highway.
Stunning mountain scenery, clean air, friendly people.