Completed in 1978 by Pakistan Army engineers, with assistance from Chinese technicians,
the Karakoram Highway stretches approximately 700 kilometres from Islamabad,
through the Karakoram mountains and into China. It is a remarkable feat of
engineering cutting its way through deep valleys and desert plains into the mountains
of northern Pakistan, providing communication between the districts of Chitral,
Gilgit and Baltistan and the major cities of Islamadad, Rawalpindi and Lahore.