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Khunjerab Pass, Tashkurgan County

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Khunjerab Pass or Khunjerav is a high mountain pass in the Karakoram Mountains in a strategic position on the northern border of Pakistan's Gilgit–Baltistan Hunza – Nagar District on the southwest border of the Xinjiang region of China. Its name is derived from two words of the local Wakhi language : 'Khun' means Home and 'Jerav' means a creek coming from spring water/water falling.Sino-Pakistani border crossingThe Khunjerab Pass is the highest paved international border crossing in the world and the highest point on the Karakoram Highway. The roadway across the pass was completed in 1982, and has superseded the unpaved Mintaka and Kilik Passes as the primary passage across the Karakoram Range. The choice of Khunjerab Pass for Karakoram Highway was decided in 1966: China citing the fact that Mintaka would be more susceptible to air strikes recommended the steeper Khunjerab Pass instead.On the Pakistani side, the pass is 42km from the National Park station and checkpoint in Dih, 75km from the customs and immigration post in Sost, 270km from Gilgit, and 870km from Islamabad.On the Chinese side, the pass is the southwest terminus of China National Highway 314 (G314) and is 130km from Tashkurgan, 420km from Kashgar and some 1890km from Urumqi. The Chinese port of entry is located 3.5km along the road from the pass in Tashkurgan County.
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  • Visited this place in 3rd week of July. It's an amazing place with truly wonderful sceneries and mountains surrounding the pass. The road that enables one to reach this place in Pakistan is amazing an...  more »
  • The journey from Karimabad to Khunjerab pass is one smooth ride. Just sit back and enjoy the ride and that is one relaxing experience. Khunjerab Pass is definitely a destination worth visiting. It is ...  more »
  • The views from Tashkorgan to Khunjerab which is about 2.5 hrs drive is amazing. The roads offers incredible views. Khunjerab pass is at about 16000 ft and is a must visit place.  more »

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