Photographer's Note

I have just come back from a trip to China and Pakistan where I travelled the full length of the Karakoram Highway, the road that joins the ancient Silk Road at Kashgar in Chinese Xinjiang province with the Punjab region in Pakistan (and, indirectly, its capital, Islamabad) through the highest paved border crossing in the world (Khunjerab Pass, c. 4700 metres above sea level). The highway is approximately 1,300 km long but I travelled about 3,000 km from Lahore in Pakistan to Urumqi in China.

Karakoram Highway is also the place where some of the world's highest mountain ranges collide: the Karakoram, Hindu Kush and the Himalaya and where you can look at some of the highest mountains in the world (such as Rakaposhi, 7,788 metres above sea level) while waiting at a bus stop.

This image shows the contours of the landscape near the village of Sost which is the last stop before the border on Pakistani side. What looks like smoke in the top right corner is a section of the Milky Way and the line on the left is an airplane trail. The lights at the bottom are cars travelling along the Karakoram Highway.

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