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karakoram highway

Postby RachelWhite » Sat Nov 23, 2013 10:59 am

Could anyone who has cycled the karakoram highway please advise the best time to go and whether it is relatively traffic free?
Perhaps also the biggest difficulties you may have experienced?

Thank you so much
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Re: karakoram highway

Postby RonK » Sat Nov 23, 2013 4:50 pm

Dunno if there would be many here who have been that way.

crazyguyonabike.com probably the place to go.
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Re: karakoram highway

Postby il padrone » Sat Nov 23, 2013 5:21 pm

I don't know anyone personally, but you could try here - it's pretty old now, and many of his links are dead, but it will give a personal account of the journey. Beware Janne Corax is a real hard man; he and another bloke (Martin Adserballe) were the first to cycle across the untracked wilderness of the Tibetan Chang Tang - about 15-20 days without sight of another human being!!
Riding bikes in traffic - what seems dangerous is usually safe; what seems safe is often more dangerous.
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Re: karakoram highway

Postby RachelWhite » Sat Nov 23, 2013 7:31 pm

Thank you so very much, I'll have a look a this pages. Ill share anything I find!
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Re: karakoram highway

Postby Warin » Mon Dec 09, 2013 6:14 pm

Other links for info on the KKH ?
Possibly Lonely Planets Thorn tree..
HU http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hubb/southern-asia/ -Mainly motorcyclists.
It does close over winter - details are on the HU site. Traffic? It is a main link between China and Pakistan, so trucks.
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Re: karakoram highway

Postby mjg9001 » Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:46 am

AFAIK the KKH was closed to cyclists last season (I tried to ride it, was advised not to for this reason) - the local police put you on a bus instead. You can ride the Chinese side though. Worth noting that a bunch of tourists were killed on the KKH last year. You'd be unlucky, but worth knowing it can happen.
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