By Haroun Rashid 

Passing through the Cathedral Ridge near Passu village۔

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has opened a new era of development opportunities in Pakistan. Economic interests have strongly compelled the emerging super power China to spread the network of communications, including roads and railways in Pakistan for accessing the strategically important Strait of Hormuz from the shortest possible approach via Kashgar and Gwadar.

Karakoram Highway from Sust check post further heads to Khunjerab Pass, the final destination that borders China۔

In recent years, the Chinese companies have invested in several multi-million dollars infrastructure projects, and one of the outcomes is Karakoram Highway (N-35). The road is a prominent tourist destination, not only for local tourists but among foreigners as well, for its smooth journey through the mesmerizing and spectacular scenery of Gilgit, Nagar, Hunza, Gojal, Sust and Khunjerab valleys.

Gojal Valley is also known as Upper Hunza Valley bordering China and Afghanistan.

Travel on this road gives the tourists chance to experience several six and seven thousanders peaks of Karakoram such as Rakaposhi, Hunza Peak, Pasu Sar, Passu Cones, and others.

Karakoram highway further is being connected with the Motorway network, which will shrink the trade time between China and Middle East and the West.

Recently, I have had the chance to travel and explore the Northern region capturing the beauty of these places with my mobile phone.

A view of beautiful Attabad Lake. The lake was a result of massive landslide that submerged Attabad village in 2010 and claimed 20 lives۔


A view of Rakaposhi peak from Central Hunza Valley. Rakaposhi is 27th highest peak in the world with height of 7,788 meters۔


Sust dry port is a major trade junction between Pakistan and China۔


Passu Cones or Cathedral Ridge is the most beautiful and picturisque location in the Hunza Valley۔


Haroun Rashid is a multimedia journalist, media trainer and a researcher based in Islamabad.

All photos are by the author.