The majority of the roads and highways leading to the Khunjerab Pass were found to be fairly smooth and well-built. However, portions of the route between Dasu and Chilas were still under construction, making driving hazardous.
The picturesque and natural splendor of northern areas, as well as well-built tourist resorts frequented everyday by a large number of foreigners, including those from China, Korea, Malaysia, and European nations, were particularly stunning. The weather was mild across Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B), although it was cold in the Khunjerab Pass, approximately 4 degrees Celsius. The fact that the Pakistan-China border entrance gate was staffed by only one security official was startling.
This reflected the reality that the two countries share a great deal of trust, peace, and harmony. According to the security guard, a large presence of security personnel is not necessary to protect the border because neither side poses a security concern. The guard also stated that the border was now closed but will likely reopen on June 1 for trade between the two countries. During the journey to Khunjerab Pass, it was also seen that most of the highways were lined with PakChina friendliness signs and posters.
The building of the Dasu Dam was reported to be in full swing, with Chinese management at a few locations appearing to be particularly dedicated to its early completion. The Karakoram Highway, also known as N-35, spans 1,300 kilometers and connects Pakistan’s Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, and G-B provinces with China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (China). By road, the route connects Islamabad with Gilgit and Skardu. This roadway is currently preferred by tourists.
The CEN reporter saw gigantic 7,000-meter peaks, gorgeous blue lakes, and met some of the world’s most welcoming people along the roadway. There are five tunnels and multiple bridges along the route. The longest tunnel is 3,360 meters (1,020 feet), followed by 2,736 meters (8,976 feet), 435 meters (1,427 feet), 410 meters (1,350 feet), and 195 meters (640 feet), with the Shishkat Great Bridge on the Hunza River measuring 480 meters (1,570 feet).