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The Karakoram Highway

Posted: Sat Feb 08, 2020 10:57 pm
by howdy
In keeping with our continuing education: I suggest you turn the sound off.


The attributes of this unbelievable roadway, the Karakoram Highway, extending from Pakistan to China, It is fast becoming recognized as the 8 th man-made wonder of the world. Known informally as the KKH, it is the highest paved international road in the world. I would not like to have to drive this road in the daytime, let alone at night. Yikes!!!
At its peak, near the China/Pakistan border, it is considered to be one of the world's hardest alpine climbs. The Karakorum Highway connects China and Pakistan across the Karakoram mountain range via the Khunjerab Pass. Its maximum elevation is 4,693 meters (15,397 feet) above sea level.
810 Pakistani and 82 Chinese workers lost their lives in landslides and falls while building the highway.
The route of the KKH traces one of the many paths of the ancient Silk Road, and has a total length of approximately 1,300 Km. (800 miles). 887 Km. (551 miles) in Pakistan and 413 Km. (257 miles) in China. It was started in 1959, and completed 27 years later in 1986.



Re: The Karakoram Highway

Posted: Sat Feb 08, 2020 11:04 pm
by 03Lightningrocks
That highway would be a fun challenge on a motor cycle! It took me 2 seconds to understand why you recommend turning the sound off. Hahaha

Re: The Karakoram Highway

Posted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:22 am
by warnmar10
03Lightningrocks wrote:
Sat Feb 08, 2020 11:04 pm
... It took me 2 seconds to understand why you recommend turning the sound off. ...
I think she's the one who broke up the Beatles too.

Re: The Karakoram Highway

Posted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:33 am
by C-dub
Aww, she's not that bad. Catchy little tune.

That would be a great motorcycle ride. A little slow in a lot of spots, but gotta be awesome scenery!

Re: The Karakoram Highway

Posted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:08 am
by RoyGBiv
Wow.

Re: The Karakoram Highway

Posted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:15 am
by Tex1961
NO, nada, nyet, nein.

NOPE
NOPE
NOPE

Re: The Karakoram Highway

Posted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:36 am
by WildBill
03Lightningrocks wrote:
Sat Feb 08, 2020 11:04 pm
That highway would be a fun challenge on a motor cycle! It took me 2 seconds to understand why you recommend turning the sound off. Hahaha
I wonder if they have gas stations and rest stops along the way.

Re: The Karakoram Highway

Posted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:51 am
by Beiruty
WildBill wrote:
Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:36 am
03Lightningrocks wrote:
Sat Feb 08, 2020 11:04 pm
That highway would be a fun challenge on a motor cycle! It took me 2 seconds to understand why you recommend turning the sound off. Hahaha
I wonder if they have gas stations and rest stops along the way.
No gas station is needed, when you are riding a bicycle in China.

Re: The Karakoram Highway

Posted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 10:33 am
by The Annoyed Man
My mother took that road from China to Islamabad Pakistan back in the 1990s. She is a very nervous passenger under the best circumstances, and she said it was absolutely terrifying. Back then, it wasn’t paved all the way.

Re: The Karakoram Highway

Posted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 4:58 pm
by 03Lightningrocks
The Annoyed Man wrote:
Sun Feb 09, 2020 10:33 am
My mother took that road from China to Islamabad Pakistan back in the 1990s. She is a very nervous passenger under the best circumstances, and she said it was absolutely terrifying. Back then, it wasn’t paved all the way.
I dunno. This road looks pretty scary. It may have been the one on that truck driver show? #1 Yungas Highway Or The Death Road In Bolivia – Most Dangerous Roads In South America.


Re: The Karakoram Highway

Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:22 pm
by The Annoyed Man
03Lightningrocks wrote:
Sun Feb 09, 2020 4:58 pm
The Annoyed Man wrote:
Sun Feb 09, 2020 10:33 am
My mother took that road from China to Islamabad Pakistan back in the 1990s. She is a very nervous passenger under the best circumstances, and she said it was absolutely terrifying. Back then, it wasn’t paved all the way.
I dunno. This road looks pretty scary. It may have been the one on that truck driver show? #1 Yungas Highway Or The Death Road In Bolivia – Most Dangerous Roads In South America.

Yeah, I’ve heard of that road before. My mom's trip was from China to Pakistan over the Karakoram pass. I have two Persian rugs she picked up in an open air maker in Islamabad on that trip. She had traveled around China some before the caravan she was with went over that pass. They entered China via Beijing, spent time in Mongolia, in the Gobi desert, and then went over the mountains. At that time, the Karakoram Pass road wasn’t paved all the way. She has pictures of it.