Deosai Park Road is one of the most spectacular roads in the world. It’s located in Skardu Gilgit-Baltistan province, in northern Pakistan. The road has a length of 82.4 km. It includes gravel and asphalt sections and crosses several rivers on scary bridges, as well as one of the most spectacular bridges in the world.
The road runs at an average altitude of 4,114 meters (13,497 feet) above the sea level. It’s located in the Deosai Plains, the second highest plateau in the world, after the adjoining Tibetan Plateau, between the ridge of the Himalayas and Karakoram. It climbs to the Sheosar Lake, Blind Lake, at an elevation of 4,142 metres (13,589 ft) above the sea level. The lake is considered as one of the highest elevated lakes in the world. The road climbs up several monuntain passes, including Ali Malik Mar pass (at 4,082m-13,392 ft above the sea level) and Chhachor Pass (at 4.209m-13,809ft asl).
The road is 4x4 only. It’s accessible only in summers. The territory is known as the land of giants which remains a snow-bound bailiwick in the chilling winters. For just over half the year - between November and May - Deosai is snow-bound. In the summer months when the snow clears up, Deosai is accessible from the Astore Valley in the west and Skardu in the north .
The road links Astore district and Skardu. Due its unique location and the climb in elevation over thousands of feet, and passing through remote areas, it is important when driving in these conditions to be prepared. There are still a lot of snow fields on the surrounding slopes at the beginning of summer, so melting water makes the path completely muddy. Its passability is then very difficult.
Your wheels will be astounded at the wonderful views of the mountains spread out before you! They are terrible for drivers who are prone to vertigo. In many places the road is bordered by a drop of hundreds of meters (many hundreds of feet) unprotected by guardrails.
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