The Karakoram Highway, also known as the Friendship Highway in China, is the highest paved international road in the world. It is 1300km long and links Kashgar in China with Havelian in Pakistan. It was completed in 1986, after 20 years of construction. The highest point is the international border crossing at the Khunjerab pass, which lies at an altitude of 4800 metres a.s.l.
Shown in this gallery is the Chinese section of the highway between Kashgar and the Khunjerab pass. The scenery along the highway is breathtaking. The highway initially crosses the plains area, then enters the Pamir mountains through the Ghez river canyon. It passes by the Kongur Tagh mountain, the Karakul lake, the Muztagh Ata mountain, Tashkurgan before reaching the Chinese border at the Khunjerab pass.
01 Karakoram highway and Pamir mountains 02 Petrol station 03 Tree-lined Karakoram highway
04 Karakoram highway and Pamir mountains
05 Panoramic view of Pamir mountain range 06 Karakoram highway and Pamir mountain range
07 Karakoram highway and Pamir mountains 08 Man preparing noodle dish in Upal 09 Butcher in Upal 10 Basket with green grapes 11 Fruit seller in Upal
12 Fruit market in Upal 13 Fruit market in Upal 14 Snow capped Pamir mountains 15 Wheat field and bank
16 Sheep herd and shepherd 17 Panoramic view of Pamir mountain range
18 Snow capped Pamir mountains
19 Panoramic view of Pamir mountain range 20 Shashan sand mountain and lake
21 Shashan sand mountain and lake 22 Panoramic view of Shashan sand mountain and lake 23 Shashan sand mountain and lake
24 Panorama view of Shashan sand mountain 01 Ghez river and red mountains 02 Ghez river and red mountains
03 Red mountains at sunset 04 Camels 05 Camel 06 Camels
07 Camels 08 Camels 09 Camels 10 Dry rocky mountains
11 Valley and mountains 12 Mountain ridge with snow 13 Narrow valley and glacier 14 Cliff 15 Karakoram highway
01 Glaciers 02 Glaciers 03 Ridge and glaciers
04 Snow capped peaks 05 Ridge and glaciers 06 Panorama view towards east 07 Evening view
08 Snow capped peaks 09 Glaciers 10 Glaciers 01 North face of Muztagh Ata
02 Panorama view of Muztagh Ata 03 Panorama view of Karakul lake and Muztagh Ata
04 Panorama view of Karakul lake and Muztagh Ata 05 Karakul lake and Muztagh Ata 06 Panorama view of Karakul lake
07 Panorama view of Karakul lake and Muztagh Ata 08 Panorama view of Karakul lake and Muztagh Ata
09 Panorama view of Karakul lake and Kunlun mountains 10 Panorama view of Karakul lake and Kongur Tagh mountain
11 Panorama view of Karakul lake and Kunlun mountains 12 Karakul lake and Muztagh Ata 13 Kyrgyz yurt
14 Kyrgyz yurt 15 Karakul lake and Muztagh Ata 16 Glaciers 17 Sheep grazing along shore
18 Karakul lake and mountains 19 Karakul lake and mountains 20 Karakul lake and Muztagh Ata 21 Kyrgyz woman and children 22 Shore and snow covered  mountains
23 Shore and snow covered  mountains 24 Muztagh Ata 25 Muztagh Ata
01 Valley and city 02 Street with shops 03 Street with shops 04 Tajik women and children in traditional dress 05 Trees along street
06 Tajik girl 07 Tajik woman in traditional dress 08 Tajik woman in traditional dress 09 Tajik woman in traditional dress 10 Mosque gate 11 Fortress
12 Fortress walls 13 Fortress ruins 14 Valley with white yurts
15 Valley with white yurts 16 Valley with white yurts 17 Valley with white yurts 01 Valley and mountains
02 Dry hills 03 Newly built highway 04 Plain and mountains
05 Our taxi in the middle of nowhere 06 Valley and snow capped mountains 07 Grazing yaks 08 Grazing yaks
09 Karakoram highway 10 High altitude scenery with snow capped mountains 11 Snow capped peaks 12 Highway and snow capped mountains
13 Dry valley and snow capped mountains 14 Snow capped peak 15 Valley and snow capped peaks 01 Paved road and mountains
02 Border to Pakistan and Chinese soldiers 03 Tourist and Chinese soldiers 04 Panorama view
05 Snow covered mountains 06 Khunjerab national park and mountains 07 View towards China and mountains 08 Pakistani border checkpoint
09 Memorial to the road builders 10 Snow covered mountains 11 Pakistani milestone 12 View towards China and mountains 13 Pakistani border milestone
14 Panorama view of valley 15 Chinese border tower 16 Chinese border tower
17 Snow covered mountains panorama view
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