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Khunjerav Pass Gojal is derived from Wakhi word Khun (Home) Jerab or Jerav (Creek coming from spring water).
The Khunjerab Pass is the highest paved international border crossing in the world and the highest point on the Karakoram Highway. The roadway across the pass was completed in 1982, and has superseded the unpaved Mintaka and Kilik Passes as the primary passage across the Karakoram Range. The choice of Khunjerab Pass for Karakoram Highway was decided in 1966: China citing the fact that Mintaka would be more susceptible to air strikes recommended the steeper Khunjerab Pass instead.
On the Pakistani side, the pass is 42 km (26 mi) from the National Park station and checkpoint in Dih Gojal, 75 km (47 mi) from the customs and immigration post in Sost Gojal, 270 km (170 mi) from Gilgit, and 870 km (540 mi) from Islamabad.