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The rock along the Karakoram Highway, specifically from Karimabad north to the Chinese border, is extremely brittle and generally not suitable for climbing. Due to harsh environmental conditions, even rock that appears solid from a distance reveals itself to be terribly exfoliated, especially at cliff-bottoms. Climbers seeking recreation on the rock while traveling along the KKH will find this disheartening, as the cliffs of the Hunza Valley are majestic, towering, and appear to admit outstanding lines. The possibility exists that the development of sport routes may bring some climbing to the valley, but there is little local interest in bolting. What follows is a brief outline of the what existing and prospective rock climbing may be found in the region.

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