Karakoram Highway


Karakoram Highway

road, Asia
Chinese  (Wade-Giles) K'a-la-k'un-lun Kung-lu, 

      roadway that connects Kashgar, China, with Islāmābād, Pak. The road, which took almost 20 years (1959–78) to complete, extends for about 500 miles (800 km) through some of the most rugged and inaccessible terrain in Asia; it runs through or near the Hindu Kush, the Kunlun Mountains, the Karakoram Range, and the northernmost Himalayas.

      The highway was a joint Pakistani and Chinese project and required the skills of about 24,000 workers. Mud slides, rockfalls, and other avalanches were a constant danger, and the road's construction was particularly hampered by the unforeseen movement of glaciers in the region. Even after its completion, the highway continued to require heavy maintenance, but it reportedly had a notable economic impact on the Uighur, Tajik, and Kyrgyz peoples who inhabit the mountainous region.

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Karakoram Highway — Coordinates: 35°36′N 74°39′E / 35.6°N 74.65°E / 35.6; 74.65 KKH redirects here. For other uses, see KKH (disambiguation) …   Wikipedia

  • Karakoram Highway — Route du Karakorum  Ne pas confondre le massif montagneux avec la ville de Karakorum en Mongolie, ancienne capitale de l Empire mongol. La route du Karakorum (ou Karakoram Highway, abrégée KKH) est une route stratégique construite par les… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Karakoram Highway — noun the highest paved international road in the world that connects China to Pakistan across the Karakoram mountain range, through the Khunjerab Pass at an altitude of 4,693 metres (15,397 feet), which makes it by far the highest paved… …   Wiktionary

  • Karakoram Range — Mountain system, south central Asia. Extending 300 mi (480 km) from eastern Afghanistan to the Kashmir region, it is one of the highest mountain systems in the world; its loftiest peak is K2, at 28,251 ft (8,611 m), the world s second highest… …   Universalium

  • Karakoram — Geobox|Range name=Karakoram image caption=Baltoro glacier in the central Karakorum with 8000ers Gasherbrum I II. country=Pakistan| country1=China | country2=India region type= region=Gilgit region1=Ladakh | region2=Baltistan border=Himalaya|… …   Wikipedia

  • Highway — For other uses, see Highway (disambiguation). A German Autobahn in Lehrte …   Wikipedia

  • Karakorum highway — Route du Karakorum  Ne pas confondre le massif montagneux avec la ville de Karakorum en Mongolie, ancienne capitale de l Empire mongol. La route du Karakorum (ou Karakoram Highway, abrégée KKH) est une route stratégique construite par les… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Route du Karakoram — Route du Karakorum  Ne pas confondre le massif montagneux avec la ville de Karakorum en Mongolie, ancienne capitale de l Empire mongol. La route du Karakorum (ou Karakoram Highway, abrégée KKH) est une route stratégique construite par les… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Karakorum Highway — Verlauf des Karakorum Highway Der Karakorum Highway oder Karakoram Highway (KKH, Urdu ‏شاہراہ قراقرم‎; chinesisch 喀喇昆仑公路) ist eine internationale Fernstraße, die Kaschgar in der Provinz Xinjiang (Westchina) mit Havelian i …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Leh–Manali Highway — Leh Manali Highway लेह मनाली राजमार्ग Lēha manālī rājamārga Route information Length: 479 km (298 mi) …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.