"Sost or Sust or Soust (Shachkatr)" Shachkatr by l_joo
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Sost is the most important town for tourists to cross the border of Pakistan-China via Karakoram Highway. The border crossing (Khunjerap Pass) only open for public in the summer started from the month of May. To cross the border, tourists must come to Sost, to buy bus ticket, no other options. Do not plan to walk or cycle or drive, no way. I saw some cyclists had to buy the Natco bus ticket together with their bicycles to cross the border. Why so? Don't ask me, try to ask the Sost officers when you are here. With me in the photo above is a truck in full metallic pierced decoration.
This is the Natco bus office located here in the last town Sost. What I mean last was that they built the custom office here, 80kms before the border of Khunjerab Pass. Further north beyond Sost is the National Park with only vast snow mountains and animals of wild, all the way to China's Tashkorgan, which means tourists must show their passport here in Sost for a chop and the next arrival chop at Tashkorgan, nothing in between except the gate of Khunjerab Pass stood some Chinese soldiers strictly scrutinize almost every part of you, but don't worry when you have that kind of sceneries surrouding you.
This is what to see when come to Sost but not just a check post. Many shops, restaurants, hotels, money exchange, bank, etc. Landscape needless to say is cureless, nowhere else to be seen. Tourists should expect no women or girls but mostly men, probably this town is only served as a custom stopover. Not much entertainments except 2 half broken billiard tables. Please do not think luxurious nightlife, gambling, beer, dancing, prostitute or sexy women. Our activity at night is a cup of black tea with sugar and naan, writing dairy before sleep. Life is very healthy here, after 3 nights of special protection by Major Riaz, we finally on the Natco bus to China.
This is the moment of waiting at the hotel named Kunjerab Hotel, under special protection from Major Riaz and his army troop. Just opposite where we sit, stood a fully armed soldier, Major Riaz is with us just a room beside. This hotel is serene but no water, so the toilet must be shut tightly, if not the smell will be with you and throughout the whole night. The cost of this hotel is reasonable but the cost of their foods are those in 5 stars hotel. Anyway, this is my experience in Sost, hope you like it. For details of hotel tips, please look at my tips section.
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