The word karakoram is a compound word Qra and qrum has originated from the Wakhi language, which means utterly rugged or another words it means thoroughly rough and rocky. Karakoram is universally known for its gigantic and majestic splendor and perpetual existance.within the colossal and glamorous beauties of its ranges lay the mysteries of dozens of secred and fair tales entombed. In order to meet your ernest desire to explore the mysteries and glamour of the Karakoram zone, the only Hunza magic tours will hereby serve you at best to fulfil your lurking desire.
K2 - The King of Karakoram
Northern Pakistan has the most beautiful and mightiest mountains on earth. From the for bidding heights of the five peaks which are over 8000m, to the dozens that are over 7000m high, all have one thing in common, they are majestic, mystical and magical, K-2 the king of the Karakorams is the second highest peak in the world at 8611m. The undistinguished name of K-2 gives no indication of the majestic and difficult nature of the peak. Reinhold Messner, the first climber to ascend all 14 of the 8000m (260000 ft) summits, gave it the undoubtful accolade of being more difficult than peak. The facts undoubtedly bear this out in the years since its first ascent, K-2 has a fascinating history, perhaps even more so then Everest. He name K-2 arose when, in 1856, captain T.G Montgomeric of the British survey of India saw this peak and the surrounding once from a distance of 180km (120 miles). He named the peaks according to their apparent height. K-1 (K for Karakoram), k-2 and so on. (Masherbrum was accorded the name K-1, as it seemed to be higher than chogori, or K-2.
Karakoram Highway (8th Wonder of the World)
Welcome to the Karakoram Highway the ‘high land’ of peace, love and joy …
Explore the natural beauty. Land of high adventure, unique treks, hikking and mountaineering, jeep safaris rock climbing, white water rafting or simply relax the middle of world's beautiful mountains. Journey along the amazing karakoram highway (KKH) never give a feeling of arepeated travel experience. Its like developing a teste for some thing, each travel experience is a reward in knowing better the existance of live miracle. he land scape changes almost every kilometers. The very idea of construction of this highway was pronounced an impossible mission by world renowned experts in road building technology. Its implementations termed lunatic. oday in its final shape the highway is a modern wonder of the world, a brave achievement by man kind, a sheer demostration of self sacrifice for the confort of follow beings; through determination, team work and perseverance. 900 kilometer in lenght, with its end trail into china, the KKH National Park; a breathtaking scenic drive portray some of the world's eight most picturesque mountains, Nanga Parbar, Haramosh, Rakaposhi, Diran, Ulter peak, Golden peak, Tupopdan passu Cathedrals, passu cones, Gulmit Tower. Shisper peak, mystique eight mountain tribes and their eight languages, Hindko, Pushto, Khwer, Kohistani, Shinaki, Balti, Burushaski, Wakhi; and eight rare wildlife snow leopard, markhor, maracopolo sheep, ibex, yak, urial, double humped cemal and kohistani partridge). At certain stretch of the highway, travellers are mismerisad of an experience of travelling out this world-in total isolation and ruggedness, a form of pure natural beauty which does not prevail in any other part on earth. uaint villages, pretty waterfalls are attractive features of the drive.Thakot bridge, mark the joint Pakistan- China army project, the offical kkh beginning from Havelien is lined by pine trees and beauti fied by terraced fields. from Thakot it follows the mighty Indus river, with its source in Tibet, is one of the longest river of the World. the kkh follows the mighty Indus river for 310 km from Thakot to the point where it meets Gilgit river, where it highlights the phenomenal of inter looking of the three greatest mountain systems on earth i.e. the himalayas, the karakorams and Hindukush. Leaving behind Besham, the Kohistan region and on entering Chilas, the scenari makes an abrupt chane, from lush green to bare mountains and ruggedness, look like Tibet and moon landscape, untouched by the monsoon rains. Travellers pay tribute in short prayers at many monumental sites along the highway in memory of about 900 human lives lost in the processes of building the road. To build a highway along these Granite mountains was an incredible feat of engineering. It took pakistani and chanese engineers 20 years to complete the road. The progress was measured not in miles but in yards, given the difficulty of terrian, 15000 pakistani and 10,000 chinese worked on the road. The chinese concentrated on bridge and the pakistani Army engineer on the road. The workers learn to be expert in rock climbing and belonging. KKH is also known as a friendship highway between china and pakistan. The great mountains which bow to one of the greatest achievements of mankind, KKH was opened to travellers in 1978, the journey made easier for mountain lovers. No where in the world travellers could enjoy the sight of mountains as high as over 8000 meters, while cruising in confort. Along the drive from chilas to the border of pakistan and china, some of the most facinating mountains on earth, the khunjerab pass (4733m). The highest paved road border crossing on earth. At certain stretches of the KKH, sections of original ancient silk route marges with the present day road. Geologists consider this a particulary interesting areas. For nature lovers, photographers and writters, the KKH national park is simply a wonderland. The khunjerab pass 4733m is open for foreigners from 1st may to 30th November for crossing over to china.