A memorable road trip to Ali Malik Mar Pass in Pakistan
Ali Malik Mar Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.082m (13,392ft) above the sea level, located in Skardu Gilgit-Baltistan province, in Pakistan.
The road to the summit is mostly unpaved. It’s called Deosai Park Road. 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.
Tucked away on the northern part of the country, the road is 84km (52 miles) long, running north-south from Skardu to Astore Valley Road. A 4x4 vehicle is required. The road crosses several rivers on scary bridges. Located within the Deosai National Park, the pass is 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.
Pic: Javeed Iqbal
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