For the next two weeks the Karakoram Highway will shape our travels. It’s the road from Kashgar, China, to Islamabad, Pakistan. It passes through the Karakoram ranges for which the world’s second highest mountain, K2, was named. Historically it was an important silk road trading route, but today we understand it is a well maintained highway, redeveloped with Chinese money. China wants to increase its linkages with Pakistan, and is especially interested in shipping goods from Karachi.
The highways is known for outstanding scenery. The first leg today from Kashgar to Tashkurgan was genuinely breathtaking. But we understand the best is yet to come.