Dare to drive the dangerous Deosai Park Road
Deosai Park Road is the name of a very defiant drive in the Skardu Gilgit-Baltistan province of Pakistan. It’s one of the most spectacular roads in the world.
Tucked away in the northern part of the country, the road is 84km (52 miles) long, running north-south from Skardu to Astore Valley Road. It’s mostly unpaved. A 4x4 vehicle is required. The road crosses several rivers on scary bridges, as well as one of the most spectacular bridges in the world.
Located within the Deosai National Park, the road climbs up to Ali Malik Mar pass (at 4,082m-13,392 ft above the sea level) and Chhachor Pass (at 4.209m-13,809ft asl) and runs along countless lakes, including the Sheosar Lake, Blind Lake, at an elevation of 4.158m (13,641ft) above the sea level. The lake is considered as one of the highest lakes in the world.
Located in the Deosai Plains, the second highest plateau in the world, after the adjoining Tibetan Plateau, between the ridge of the Himalayas and Karakoram, the road is accessible only in summers. The territory is known as the land of giants which remains a snow-bound bailiwick in the chilling winters. For just over half the year - between November and May - Deosai is snow-bound. In the summer months when the snow clears up, Deosai is accessible from the Astore Valley in the west and Skardu in the north. There are still a lot of snow fields on the surrounding slopes at the beginning of summer, so melting water makes the path completely muddy. Its passability is then very difficult.
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