Near the Roof of The World – the Karakoram Highway (Part 1)

The beginning of the day on the Karakoram Highway.

At the destination, Karakul Lake.

Glacier visible along the Karakoram Highway.

Passing through stunning scenery and linking China to Pakistan, I had the privilege of visiting parts of the Karakoram Highway for a day trip from Kashgar; Karakul lake was our destination.  The ride up the highway was dramatic: glaciers, jutting mountains, rushing waters and oases, and a truck accident that was  cleared just 2 hours after we arrived at the scene; drivers were stranded along the highway for 3 days prior and the news had not spread beyond the scene of the accident itself; we departed from Kashgar without knowledge of the accident and nearly turned back to Kashgar before reaching Karakul lake.  Fortunately, there were no fatalities from the accident.  For all of the images from this journey, see the slideshow at the end of this post.  The images I’ve chosen to narrate from are a brief, snippet selection.

The wrecked truck at the scene of the accident on the Karakoram Highway.

The authorities removing the wrecked truck.

Trucks stuck along the highway.

At the scene of the track accident, I fell off a large rock afters stepping on top of it, assuming it was on a solid foundation.  It rolled under my weight and I fell on my back into the rocks below.  Amazingly, I escaped without a scratch and so did my Nikon D90 and lens.

After falling off the large rock.

Our driver helping me up.

A large piece of amber for sale along the Karakoram Highway.

Somehow, a large piece of coral made it thus far inland to be put on sale.

A view along the Karakoram Highway.

Unexpectedly, the view of dunes, the clear blue sky and clouds mirroring in the body of water along the Highway was more stunningly beautiful than our destination of Karakul Lake itself.

At Karakul Lake.

At Karakul Lake.

The restaurant at Karakul Lake.

On the way back to Kashgar on the Karakoram Highway.

Relief supplies in transport to Pakistan.

Unfortunately I did not to travel the entire length of the Karakoram Highway into Pakistan, in which second highest mountain on Earth (but considered the most dangerous to summit) in the world, K2 is located.  I highly recommend anyone traveling to China to consider visiting the Xinjiang region in general and Kashgar and the Karakoram Highway specifically.

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5 Responses to Near the Roof of The World – the Karakoram Highway (Part 1)

  1. J says:

    Are you sure it’s called Karakorum? Cuz that’s actually a city in Mongolia.

  2. Osama says:

    Hey Rob! great work.. the pictures are amazing! makes me want to go there too :). A classmate once traveled back to Pakistan by train from Hangzhou and then by bus from Xinjiang onwards. Too bad he doesn’t like to take pictures or write blogs…
    Well you’ve made a believer out of me. Will definitely plan a trip there. Again, great work. Waiting for part 2.

  3. Iman Rahim says:

    G’day Rob,

    Nice Photos thanks for sharing…Hope you made it to Hunza as well…


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