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The Pakistan-China Khunjerab border, the vital land crossing connecting the two nations, has reopened for bilateral trade and tourism following a four-month hiatus due to winter conditions, according to a report by Wego. Situated at a daunting altitude of approximately 15,000 feet above sea level, the border plays a crucial role in facilitating economic and cultural exchanges between the two countries.

According to established protocol agreement dating back to 1985, the border undergoes seasonal closure from December 1 to March 31 due to heavy snowfall and harsh weather conditions. However, with the advent of spring, the passage has resumed its operations, allowing for the movement of both passenger vehicles and goods transport between Gilgit-Baltistan in Pakistan and Tashkurgan in China.

The reopening of the Khunjerab border signifies the revival of bilateral trade and tourism activities in the region. Beyond mere economic transactions, this development fosters deeper interactions among communities and strengthens the ties between Pakistan and China, extending beyond mere economic transactions.

Khunjerab Pass, deriving its name from the local Wakhi language, holds historical and cultural significance. The name “Khunjerab” translates to “blood creek,” reflecting the rugged terrain and challenges faced by travelers navigating through this mountainous region. Efforts to keep the pass open year-round have been ongoing, with recent notices suggest a joint diplomatic effort by both nations to guarantee continuous connectivity and cooperation.