The National Highway 15 (also called N-15) is a highway located in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, in the north-west of Pakistan, with a total length of 240 km (150 mi).
The road is mostly asphalted. It is often used as a bypass for the N-35 and connects the cities of Mansehra in Mansehra District, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, at an elevation of 1.088m (3,570ft) above the sea level, and Chilas, a small town in the Gilgit-Baltistan province, on the left side of river Indus.
National Highway 15 is very popular among tourists who visit Naran and the surrounding areas. Naran is one of the most scenic towns in Pakistan, attracting thousands of tourists, trekkers, photographers and nature-enthusiast, every year. The town is located in upper Kaghan Valley in Mansehra District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province at an elevation of 2.500m (8,202ft) above the sea level.
In winter the road is blocked due to heavy snowfall and it is very difficult to reach these zones. But avalanches and heavy snowfalls can block some sections of the road anytime and can be extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice. Conditions can change quickly and be harsh. The route demands 100% concentration. This road has humbled many egos. Drivers must remain cautious as the pass has been known to claim the lives of careless drivers.
Pic: Sikandar Khattak