Why Is The Karakoram Highway In Pakistan Also Known As The ‘Eighth Wonder Of The World’?

A journey to the road of ‘Eighth Wonder Of The World’ in Pakistan!

by Ankita Mazumdar
Why Is The Karakoram Highway In Pakistan Also Known As The ‘Eighth Wonder Of The World’?

Are you taken aback by the title? Because to your knowledge, there are only seven wonders of the world so when did the eighth wonder come into existence? Do not worry, you will get to know all about it. Well, for the roadways this particular highway is termed as ‘Eighth Wonder Of The World’. A road trip across the Karakoram Highway would be such a mesmerizing sight! You will be able to behold such beautiful landscapes changing from time to time. Now, let us know why is it termed as the ‘Eighth Wonder Of The World’.

The Marvel That Is Karakoram Highway In Pakistan!

A 1,300 km Karakoram Highway in Pakistan connects to China and you will be amased by its spectacular views of the landscapes. This highway is largely known as National Highway 35 or China-Pakistan Friendship Highway. The highway extends from the Punjab province of Pakistan’s Hasan Abdal to Khunjerab Pass in Gilgit-Baltistan. Then it crosses over to China and thus starts the China National Highway 314.

Karakoram Highway has many names and everything goes to the marvel that this man-made civil structure with modern engineering at its peak! Another popular known fact about this highway is that it is the highest paved international road in the world! It does not stop there and it will continue to astonish you with its beauty and factual information. Karakoram Highway is also one of the world’s hardest alpine climbs to do and one such pathway is made at 15,466 feet! Indeed a road to paradise.

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Why Is It The ‘Eighth Wonder Of The World’?

You might notice how the beauty of the Karakoram Highway is reflected and talked about more than the route itself. That is one of the reasons why it is often referred to as ‘Eighth Wonder Of The World’. The multiple displays of breathtaking landscapes range from rocky hills to snow-peaked mountain ranges to barren lands to alpine lakes to glaciers and more! You will be in awe of the natural beauty that transerves throughout the China-Pakistan Friendship Highway just from your four-wheeler vehicle! Isn’t that awesome? Hence it is also known as the ‘Eighth Wonder Of The World’.

What is interesting is that there are around 20,000 rock art! These are located at 10 sites between Hunza and Shatial. So look out for these if you are planning to travel soon. You would not know what the next turn on the Karakoram Highway will bring you face to face with magnificent natural beauty!

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