Location and Direction
Gilgit lies about 10 kilometres (6.2 m) off of the Karakoram Highway (KKH). The journey from Islamabad to Gilgit takes approximately 20 to 24 hours. The KKH also connects Gilgit to Taxkorgan and Kashgar in China via Sost and the Khunjerab Pass, which is the highest paved international border crossing in the world at 4,693 metres (15,397 feet).
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.