Saturday, November 26, 2005

Khunjerab Pass (the higest border crossing in the world)

The Khunjerab Pass is 4,733 meters (15,528 feet) high, which is the highest border-crossing in the world. It is also the highest point on the Karakoram highway. In order to go to China we bought the tickets from NATCO (Northern Area Transport Company) they provided us with the four red 4x4 jeeps, the one you see in the pictures bellow, we arrive from Karimabad to Sost around 2 pm, we rented a room in hotel, it was cheap (300 Rs for two person) and good. Sost is not really a town; it’s a hub for transportation to and from China. The seaniery is magnificent from Huza to Sost, beautiful view of snow caped mountains. After spending the night in Sost we woke up early next morning, checked out from hotel and went to Natco but bus stand, after having custom we sit in our 4x4 jeep to start the journey toward the world's highest border pass. In our jeep we had two other foreigners (New Zealander guy and a British girl), we first stop at the entrance of Kungerab pass Park to pay some entry fees, after a few KM drives we were stop because of a land slide. We had waited for around half an hour before we begin our journey again. It was snowing at that time in the month of July. We stoped again afert few KM and this this because of a big truck from China was stucked in the road, so the whole road were blocked, so the people decided use the off the road track, we begun by putting stones to making off the road track some how plane to pass our jeeps.

The intresting thing happened when we get to Tashkurgan/China the first village near the border, at that point we had final imigration point in China. First the imigration officers cheacked our temperature(i think because of SARS/BirdFlue) and when my turn came, i handed in to the imigration officer my passort, then he asked about the medical certificate, all Pakistani national need to have medical certificate from a doctor in Sost in order to get to China, as i wasnt aware about it, so i didnt get any... i told him that i dont have it as i wasnt aware of it....he said, without it i can not enter to China, he told me in Urdu pakistan wapis chaloo, which means go back to Pakistan, i almost panicked and my chances to go to China was fading away, i showed him my KELA card and my medical insurance from Finland, which off course didnt help much, and after a long discussion he let me in.


Blogger davislotf said...


I would like to see if you are interested in licensing some of your photos from the Karakoram Highway, in particular the Khunjerab Pass, for a TV documentary I am working on. If interested, please email at your earliest convenience. We are approaching our deadline, so i look forward to hearing from you soon.

Davis R.

7:33 AM  
Blogger Assad Naeem said...

Dear Asif Bhai...
me and friends are planing to explorer china via karakoram highway... Kindly give me some details and share urs experience. love u n waiting for urz feedback

12:57 AM  

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