Recent economic development in Gilgit-Baltistan found its greatest manifestation with the construction of the Karakoram Highway (KKH). It connects China and Pakistan for vehicles, at an elevation of 4,693 m (15,397 ft) across the Karakoram mountain range, much like the caravan routes of the Silk Road did for humans on foot and their Bactrian camels. Due to the elevation of this engineering achievement, due to its winding curves and tunnels, it is also called the “Eighth Wonder of the World”.
From wholesome valleys to the rarefied air of the highest highway, the K.K.H passes through kaleidoscopic scenery. The landscape changes almost after every mile and cannot be described merely in words. A drive along the highway is an extraordinary life experience nobody can forget after going through just once. It is also an opportunity to meet modern day traders and even taste unique herbal medicine that soothes the body from the cold.
After a long interval of centuries, Pakistan and China agreed in 1966 to construct this highway for mutual benefit. Although the highway does not follow exactly the old Silk route, it can be said to have revived its spirit. The Silk Route once connected famous landmarks, some of which still exist.
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Day 01: Arrival in Islamabad, Pakistan Day 02: Drive to Taxila & visit archeological museum & sites – continue on the KKH to Chilas.
Day 03: Drive to Karimabad, Hunza – en route stop at junction point of three mountain ranges. Day 04: Free Day in Hunza
Day 05: Drive to Gulmit passing via Attabad Lake en route – visit Borit Lake and Passu Glacier.
Day 06: Day trip to Khunjerab pass, the highest place on the KKH and back Gulmit.
Day 07: Drive back to Chilas & visit ancient rock inscription en route.
Day 08: Drive to Islamabad. Day 09: Departure time flight back home.