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Gilgit-Skardu Road

Gilgit - Skardu Road is a spectacular and dangerous mountain road located in Gilgit–Baltistan, Pakistan. The road is 167km long.

The road starts off the Karakoram Highway, in Gilgit, the capital of Gilgit-Baltistan within the namesake district, at an elevation of 1,500 m (4,900 ft) above the sea level.

 

The road is paved but includes gravel sections. It goes along the River Indus. It’s an all-weather road. The road is winding, in some places only wide enough for one vehicle, and in many places bordered by a drop of hundreds of meters (many hundreds of feet) unprotected by guardrails.

 

The travel is around 8 hours. The roads can be blocked for weeks at a time depending on conditions (though two to five days is more normal). This road was constructed by Pakistan Army Engineers with association of Chinese Engineers in 1982.

  

The road ends in Skardu, a town and capital of Skardu District, in Gilgit–Baltistan, at an elevation of 2,226 m (7,303 ft) above the sea level.

 




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