Karakorum Highway (KKH)

Riding on paved roads feels like heaven after days of rough tracks. We are riding on the Karakorum Highway in north Pakistan and that goes all the way to China. The KKH was a part of the ancient silk route, that took Marco Polo over the mountains to China. Nowadays it is still used for transporting goods and everything goes in the beautiful painted Pakistani trucks. The bad thing is they drive like crazy...

Karakorum Highway; Beautiful Pakistani trucks

The views are supurb and mountains go up to 7000 meters. We enjoy riding here. And everytime we stop to take pictures. It is just breath taking...

Karakorum mountains

Then at 80 km from the Khunjerab pass (border China) a landslide blocks the road completely. We park our bikes and want to take a look. But a few minutes later rocks are falling down. Men run away. Panic! More landslides. We move our suzuki's back and talk with some truck drivers. They tell us that they are waiting already for one day and that maybe tomorrow the road will be cleared. As it is not possible for us to enter China (no visa and no guide), we decide to go back. And enjoy the views from the other side...

Panic!, a landslide...; Beautiful views on the KKH

Back on the road. Later that afternoon we stop in a village to buy some food. There we meet Mohamed and he invites us to his house. We follow him on his
motorbike, back up a hill. His whole family comes outside to welcome us. Then its time for a tea and a talk about cultures. That is always interesting.


Fresh groceries; Mohamed and his family

We can pitch our tent in the garden and the kids are amazed. Yep, that's how we live...
After diner when it gets dark, we go with Mohamed up the hill to see the lights from the village. "We sit her every night for the view, because we don't have a tv", Mohamed explains. But the real reason is that here he can smoke a joint...

Camping at Mohameds house

 

 

 

 

 

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