At 15,396 Ft, Pakistan Is Home To The World’s Highest-Altitude ATM

by Suchismita Pal
At 15,396 Ft, Pakistan Is Home To The World’s Highest-Altitude ATM

Want to withdraw cash from the highest Automated Teller Machine (ATM) in the world? You need to visit Pakistan’s Khunjerab Pass then. Perched at a height of 15,396 feet, the ATM is flanked by snow-capped mountains and is operational since 2016. In the same year, it also entered the Guinness World Record for being the world’s highest ATM.

The Khunjerab Pass ATM lies on the edge of Pakistan, near the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CEPEC).

Khunjerab Pass ATM, The Highest ATM In The World

Highest ATM In The World
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The National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) had constructed this ATM in a span of just four months. While the cash machine was set up as a cash withdrawal and bill payment facility for the locals and other people near the border, it soon became a tourist hotspot due to its breathtaking location and ‘highest‘ status. Traversing the rugged terrains and reaching the ATM can be one of the most thrilling experiences a traveller can ever have.

Interestingly, the ATM functions on solar and wind energies. No wonder, it is one of the most photogenic ATMs in the world. The authorities take extra care for the maintenance of the Khunjerab Pass ATM during winter. As the winter temperature in the region dips to sub-zero levels and the entire region gets wrapped in a blanket of snow.

The Khunjerab Pass ATM helps with cash withdrawals, digital bill payments and also fund transfers.

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Spot Snow Leopards In The Region

Highest ATM In The World
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Khunjerab also houses the third-largest national park in Pakistan, the Khunjerab National Park. It is home to gorgeous snow leopards and the endangered Marco Polo sheep. Other animals residing in the national park on the lap of the Karakoram range include Himalayan ibex, Himalayan brown beer, Tibetan wolf, blue sheep and large-eared pika.

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Have you already bookmarked this ATM on your bucket list?

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