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.
Kashgar to Karakul lake photo gallery  - 24 pictures of Kashgar to Karakul lake
24 photos of the Karakoram highway between Kashgar and the Karakul lake
Ghez river canyon photo gallery  - 15 pictures of Ghez river canyon
Kongur Tagh mountain photo gallery  - 10 pictures of Kongur Tagh mountain
15 photos of the Ghez river canyon
10 photos of the Kongur Tagh mountain, at 7649 metres the highest peak of the Kunlun mountain range in China
Karakul lake and Muztagh Ata mountain photo gallery  - 25 pictures of Karakul lake and Muztagh Ata mountain
Tashkurgan photo gallery  - 17 pictures of Tashkurgan
Tashkurgan to Khunjerab pass photo gallery  - 15 pictures of Tashkurgan to Khunjerab pass
25 photos of the Karakul lake and the Muztagh Ata mountain
17 photos of Tashkurgan, a city along the Karakoram highway and a former stopping point along the Silk Road
15 photos of the the Karakoram highway between Tashkurgan and the Khunjerab pass
Khunjerab pass photo gallery  - 17 pictures of Khunjerab pass
17 photos of the Khunjerab pass, the border crossing to Pakistan and at 4800m the highest point of the Karakoram highway
Gallery with all images
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