Journey to the West - Karakoram Highway

Leading away from Kashgar to the southwest is the Karakoram Highway. It follows the treacherous route used by merchants on the ancient Silk Road crossing the Pamir range and into what is now Pakistan.
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Camel graze along the Karakoram highway

Camel graze along the Karakoram highway

The journey begins on the Karakoram highway outside Kashgar in China's far western region of Xinjiang. The destination: Tashkurgan, high in the Pamir Mountains near the border of Pakistan.

The journey begins on the Karakoram highway outside Kashgar in China's far western region of Xinjiang. The destination: Tashkurgan, high in the Pamir Mountains near the border of Pakistan.

Flat bread and yak's milk tea at a home along the Karakoram highway

Flat bread and yak's milk tea at a home along the Karakoram highway

After climbing through rugged mountains from Kashgar, the Karakoram highway reaches Tashkurgan. In the days of the ancient Silk Road, this broad valley and stone walled fortress would have been a welcome sight for weary caravans.

After climbing through rugged mountains from Kashgar, the Karakoram highway reaches Tashkurgan. In the days of the ancient Silk Road, this broad valley and stone walled fortress would have been a welcome sight for weary caravans.

Wall of the Stone Fortress at Tashkurgan

Wall of the Stone Fortress at Tashkurgan

The rugged Pamir Mountains come nearer

The rugged Pamir Mountains come nearer

Road side vendors sell souvenirs from old pool tables along the Karakoram highway.

Road side vendors sell souvenirs from old pool tables along the Karakoram highway.

Yak calves huddle together for protect as they cross a river on a highway bridge.

Yak calves huddle together for protect as they cross a river on a highway bridge.

The people of villages near Kashgar make their way to market early in the morning along the Karakoram highway.

The people of villages near Kashgar make their way to market early in the morning along the Karakoram highway.


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