Along the Karakoram Highway

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By Choong Ching Teo

Atop the world’s highest border crossing.

One of the world’s most scenic mountain roads lies in the heart of the Asian continent, situated along the ancient Silk Road that connects Western China with Pakistan. The Karakoram Highway stretches over 1,300km at an elevation of 4,693 metres high, crossing scenic spots like the Khunjerab Pass, Kunlun Mountain Range, Karakul Lake and semi-nomadic settlements of the Kyrgyz people

A breathtaking scenery of the Kunlun Mountain Range seen along the highway, one of Asia’s longest mountain chains stretching over 3,000 kilometres. This photo was taken from inside the vehicle for it was too steep to stop by the road
A group of Kyrgyz children who ran towards our vehicle trying to sell souvenirs. The dusty roads and the vast emptiness left me in awe – these were some of the toughest kids I’ve ever met
The mighty snowcapped Mount Muztagh Ata as viewed from the Karakoram Highway. It is one of the most popular hiking spots in Western China
Kyrgyz people are mainly semi-nomadic herders. They keep goats, sheep and yaks, as well as Bactrian camels and horses

For the rest of this article (Asian Geographic No.115 Issue 6 /2015 ) and other stories, check out our past issues here or download a digital copy here

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