The Khunjerab Pass is the highest-paved international border crossing in the world and the highest point on the Karakoram Highway. The roadway across the pass was completed in 1982, and has superseded the unpaved Mintaka and Kilik Passes as the primary passage across the Karakoram Range. The choice of Khunjerab Pass for Karakoram Highway was decided in 1966.
Khunjerab Pass located at an altitude of 15,397 ft, is a high mountain pass on the Northern Boarder of Pakistan and South west border of Xinjiang region of China. It is accessible via Karakoram Highway while passing though Attabad Lake, Gulmit and Sost.
Khunjerab National Park:
Khunjerab National Park is a high altitude National park in the region of Gilgit Baltistan of Pakistan. It is considered one of the few highest altitude parks in the world. It is home many endangered and threatened animal species like the Snow leopard, Marco Polo sheep, and Himalayan Ibex.
It is located just a few kilometers from the border town of Sost in Pakistan and comes under no man’s land between China and Pakistan. The park is named after the Khunjerab pass which is the highest mottled road border post in the world situated at 16000 feet above sea level.
The Khunjerab National park lies within the Karakoram-West Tibetan Plateau alpine steppe ecoregion and is one of the most important alpine biodiversity regions within Pakistan. The WWF of Pakistan has a management plan to protect the alpine flora in Khunjerab National Park will on focus on community-based conservation with a strong element of environmental awareness raising. The aim is to control grazing, and increase the population of Snow leopards, Marco Polo and Blue Sheep.