Day 1: Rawalpindi to Naran
From South End to North End of Pakistan, Karachi to Khunjerab [-12ft to 16,200ft]
Date: 15th September 2015
Pakistan is the country with multiple options for the travelers, there are places for the nature lovers like snow-covered mountains, beautiful lakes, forests, green plains and rivers or places for those who love history like ancient forts, shrines, or Mughal architecture. I and my family are nature admirer and we, for the most part, go to the places with mountains, streams and green fields. This time, we plan to travel to Hunza Valley, a 3,000KM route from The South end of Pakistan, Karachi to the North end of Pakistan, Khunjerab Pass (the Pak-China Boarder).
We travel from Karachi to Rawalpindi by train and reached Rawalpindi on 13th September 2015, Rawalpindi commonly known as Pindi among people of Pakistan is a city in Punjab adjacent to the capital Islamabad. It also acts as a center point for the travelers who wish to travel to Northern Area, Kashmir or Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region. There are numerous expensive as well as budget hotels and restaurants in Pindi so one can stay effectively in Pindi for whatever length of time that one wish, there are various places too in Pindi that can be visited. After staying for one day in Rawalpindi we begin our excursion toward Hunza on 15th September 2015.At 9:00 AM we went to Pirwadhi from where Transport is available toward any part of Pakistan, Bus, Van or a Coaster, we opt to travel by Coaster till Mansehra. The coaster was air conditioned and very comfortable, and started its journey toward Mansehra at nearly 10:00 AM, there was a substantial traffic jam on G.T Road (N5) toward Peshawar and that squandered our part of time. In any case, in the wake of intersection at Tool Plaza, the movement got typical and our voyage began once more, we were getting a charge out of each snippet of it as well as every one of us are exceptionally amped up for this excursion. At Abbottabad Mor, our coaster took a right turn and now we are travelling on the Eighth Wonder of the World, “The Karakorum Highway (N35)”, we have read about this highway many times but this is the first time we were travelling on the highway. As of Wikipedia, The Karakoram Highway (KKH) is one of the highest paved international roads in the world. The 1,300 km (806 km in Pakistan) long highway, connects the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China and Gilgit–Baltistan of Pakistan across the Karakoram mountain range, through the Khunjerab Pass. Due to its high elevation and the difficult conditions in which it was constructed, it is referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World, and this is the Highway on which we will be travelling to our destination The Khunjerab Pass.