This Pakistani Man Made History by Driving his 4×4 in Reverse Gear for 60KM on the World’s Highest Road
Mirza Aman, a driver from Shimshal, Gilgit-Baltistan, has made history by driving his 4×4 vehicle in reverse gear from the Tupopdon area (Passu) to Shimshal, driving through an adventurous and tough track of 60 Kilometers in a time span of four and a half hours. This road is considered as one of the World’s Highest Road.
The Karakoram Highway is considered as one of the highest paved international roads across the globe. It is also known as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’. This road heading towards Shimshal is full of thrills and dangers. The road calls upon danger as it is winding, narrow and on a highest level of height above the Shimshal River and unpaved. Furthermore, land sliding makes it terrible for the drivers in winters.
For all the above quoted reasons, the Shimshal road is considered very risky and menacing. The drivers moving their passenger and luggage carrying vehicles cover a distance of 60 kilometers from Passu to Shimshal, are highly skilled, but still they drive with care on this precarious track, to avoid any uncertainty or calamity. If the vehicle goes off this unpaved road, loss of lives is certain.
But Mirza Aman, a risk taker and an enthusiast adventurer, achieved this extra-ordinary milestone that requires exceptional driving skills has nerves of steel to drive his 4×4 vehicle in reverse gear on this unpaved life-threatening track. As he reached his destination after covering 60 kilometers from Passu to Shimshal, the local residents stood at the entrance of village to acknowledge his inspiring and valiant achievement. Ali Ahmad, a local photographer captured his vulnerable reverse gear journey of 60 kilometers.
Passu is a beautiful small village located on the Karakoram Highway, beside the River Hunza and about 150 kilometers upriver of Gilgit. This area is circumscribed by snow mountains. Passu Glacier is right ahead of the village and on the southern region, famous Batura Glacier is located. The residents of this village are known as Wakhi and speak their native ‘Wakhi’ Language. They follow Ismaili (Shia) Islamic sect. Passu maintains numerous hotels for tourists to view its scenic excursions and road trips to the great Karakoram.