Location and direction
Gilgit lies about 10 kilometers (6.2 m) off of the Karakoram Highway (KKH). The KKH connects the city to Chilas, Dasu, Besham, Mansehra, Abbottabad, and Islamabad in the south. Towards the North, it is connected to Karimabad (Hunza) and Sust, and to the Chinese cities of Tashkurgan, Upal and Kashgar in Xinjiang.
Gilgit-Baltistan borders the Wakhan corridor of Afghanistan to the northwest, China's Uygur Autonomous Region of Xinjiang to the northeast, the Indian-controlled state of Jammu and Kashmir to the south and southeast, the Pakistani-controlled state of Azad Jammu and Kashmir to the south, and Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to the west.