Khunjerab Pass Featured

Khunjerab Pass, elevation 4.880m, is a high mountain pass in the Karakoram Mountains in a strategic position on the border of Pakistan and China. The Khunjerab Pass is the highest paved international border crossing in the world and the highest point on the Karakoram Highway. The roadway across the pass has superseded the unpaved

Mintaka and Kilik Passes as the primary passage across the Karakoram Range. On the Pakistani - administered side, the pass is 42km from the National Park station and checkpoint in Dih, 75km from the customs and immigration post in Sost, 270km from Gilgit, and 870km from Islamabad. On the Chinese side, the pass is the southwest terminus of China National Highway 314 (G314) and is 130km from Tashkurgan, 420km from Kashgar and some 1.890km from Urumqi. The long, relatively flat pass is often snow-covered during the winter season and as a consequence is generally closed for heavy vehicles from November 30 to May 1 and for all vehicles from December 30 to April 1. This is one of the international borders where left-hand traffic (Pakistan) changes to right-hand traffic (China) and vice versa.

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