A new all-weather road, the Karakoram Highway connecting Rawalpindi/Islamabad
with China's Xinjiang Province runs through the Northern Areas.
The 805 km. dual carriage metalled road starts from Havelian 100 km. From
Islamabad and winds through
Abbottabad-Mansehra-Thakot-Besham-Pattan-Sazin-Ghils-Gilgit-Hunza to the
Chinese Frontier across the 4,733 metres 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 also provides easy access to hitherto
closed regions, connected by jeep or goat tracks.