Gilgit-Skardu Road

Dare to drive the Gilgit-Skardu Road

Gilgit-Skardu Road is a spectacular and dangerous mountain road located in Gilgit–Baltistan, Pakistan. The road is 167 km (104 mi) long.

The road, called Strategic Highway 1 (S-1), starts off the Karakoram Highway, in Gilgit, the capital of Gilgit-Baltistan within the namesake district, at an elevation of 1.500m (4,900ft) above the sea level. It ends in Skardu, a town and capital of Skardu District, in Gilgit–Baltistan, at an elevation of 2.226m (7,303ft) above the sea level. 
The road runs along the River Indus. It’s an all-weather road. Initially the surface was gravel, but over the years some sections were paved. Gilgit-Skardu road is very important from the tourist and also strategic point of view. 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 drive is 8 hours. The road 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. You can view many beautiful villages and largest suspension bridges and valleys on this road.
Pic: By Shikari7 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

 

 

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