National Geographic : 1994 Mar
no utopiafor Britishsoldiers who paid in blood to subdue it. Nor was it without pain during the building of the KarakoramHighway, when earthquakes and landslides killed nearly 500 Chinese and Pakistani workers. Completed in 1978 and opened to unre stricted travel in 1986, the road stretches 500 miles. To help prepare Hunza's 35,000 people for economic opportunities brought by the road, theAgaKhan (right), spiritual leader of the domi nant IsmailiMuslim sect, encourages involvement in the education, health, and rural development programs sup ported by hisfoundation: "The tradition ofself-help has strong cultural roots in much of the Third World. That approach in my experience-works."