all-weather road, the Karakoram Highway connecting Rawalpindi/Islamabad
with China's Xinjiang Province runs through the Northern Areas.
805 kms. dual carriage metalled road starts from Havelian 100
kms. from Islamabad and winds through Abbottabad-Mansehra-Thakot-Besham-Pattan-Sazin-
Chilas-Gilgit-Hunza to the Chinese Frontier across the 4,733
meters high Khunjerab Pass. The road built by the Pakistan Army
engineers in association with the Chinese experts and technicians
has been described as a marvel of civil engineering and even
as "The Eighth Wonder of the World". Completed in
15 years, it has been forced through some of the world's toughest
terrain. The road not only opens up the Northern Areas to trade
and travel but provides easy access to hitherto closed regions,
connected by jeep or goat tracks.