Adding a new destination: Pakistan

by Stephen
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This post was written long before I decided to travel around the world by bicycle. I have kept the post, for historical purposes. At the time the post was originally written, the idea was to spend a much shorter time, travelling by trains, buses, ferries, and so on. I still definitely intend to visit Pakistan, and very much look forward to cycling along the KKH!

Over the last week, I’ve been thinking about adding in the country of Pakistan (after visiting India). Pakistan was not originally on my list of countries that I’d been wanting to travel to, mostly due to the security situation there. I had intended to fly from India to Vietnam. However, I’ve decided that I want to take a trip along the Karakoram Highway (KKH), which continues on through to China. As well as crossing the Himalaya, it’s also the world’s highest international road. Added to this, it has the world’s highest border crossing – at over 4,800 metres (16,000 feet)!

My route through Pakistan will begin with the border crossing from Atari, India. Lahore will be the first Pakistani city, of any size, that I’ll be visiting. From there, I will be making my way up to Islamabad. Just to the north of Islamabad, I’ll be joining Pakistani route N35 – the Karakoram Highway (KKH). I will then follow the highway through to China, where it crosses the border at Khunjerab Pass. From there, it’s hopefully a visit to Tibet (depending on restrictions at that time!), before heading to Kunming, and crossing the Vietnamese border at Hekou.

Image credit: Photo taken in July, 2004, by Kogo. Used freely under the GNU Free Documentation Licence
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