The Karakoram Highway in China and Pakistan

Cycling with incredible mountain views

The Karakoram Highway is the highest international road in the world, reaching an altitude of 4,700 meters at Khunjerab Pass.

Starting in Kashgar, China, cyclists can travel up to 1,200 kilometers on mostly unpaved roads, but the views are as breathtaking as the riding.

The snow-capped Karakoram Mountains are always within sight, towering over the Hunza Valley. You will also come across some small villages and towns near the Cathedral Ridge, with glaciers reaching the road.

Bicycle map view of Karakoram Highway ...

A superlative bike route

In recent years the highway has sought to become an adventure tourism destination. Pakistan attracts few international tourists compared to domestic ones.

The road provides cyclists access to the many high mountains, glaciers, and lakes in the area. The highway provides access to Gilgit and Skardu from Islamabad by road.

The Administration of Pakistan-administered Kashmir and the Xinjiang Administration of China issue border passes. Karakoram Highway has been described as one of the most beautiful destinations in the world.

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