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Notes on the Geography of Pakistan: Karakoram Highway

Pictures from the highway that connects Pakistan to China.

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Pakistan: Karakoram Highway picture 1

A sign more than 5,000 kilometers from Beijing and almost 2,000 from Karachi.

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And you thought that highway engineers were humorless souls.

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Much of the route south of Gilgit passes through very dry country.

Pakistan: Karakoram Highway picture 4

Part of the barrenness is the result of logging, with crudely squared timbers torrented down to a point where they can be hoisted to trucks running along the highway.

Pakistan: Karakoram Highway picture 5

Pre- and post-hoist.

Pakistan: Karakoram Highway picture 6

Time to load up and head to Islamabad. Note the hoisting A-frame.

Pakistan: Karakoram Highway picture 7

The local equivalent of fast-food: a roadside shop with weapons for every taste and budget.


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