The world’s tallest National Bank of Pakistan ATM on the Pakistani-Chinese border. NBP broke a new record by installing the world’s tallest ATM. The ATM was installed on the Pakistani-Chinese border at the Khunjerab pass, which is located at an altitude of 4693 meters above sea level.
The tallest ATM in the world
The designation “ATM” refers to an electronic device that allows customers of a particular financial institution to carry out financial transactions. The operation that the client can perform includes transferring funds, withdrawing cash and obtaining account information at any time of the day without the need for direct contact with bank personnel. An estimated 3.5 million ATMs were installed worldwide by 2015. The highest of them is located on the border of Pakistan and China.
The bank wanted to showcase its craftsmanship by installing the ATM at the highest possible height as part of a green initiative. The ATM uses a solar and wind turbine for power. It is at the starting point of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CEPEC). This region is popular with travelers, and usually tourists are the main users of the ATM. It is open 24 hours a day, with a special focus on winter when temperatures drop below freezing.
The ATM is serviced and monitored 24 hours a day at a nearby branch located in the town of Sost. It was installed on September 6, 2016. On November 18, 2016, he was awarded the title of the Guinness Book of Records. The title of tallest ATM was originally held by the Union Bank of India, which installed the ATM in 2007 at Natu La Pass. The centuries-old mountain pass is located along the Great Silk Road at an altitude of 4358 meters above sea level in the Kupup area.
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Khunjerab is a mountain pass in the Karakoram Mountains on the northern border of Pakistan and the southwestern border of China. It is the world’s highest paved international border crossing at 4,693 meters above sea level. It is also the highest point on the Karakoram Highway. The road was completed in 1982. On the Pakistani side, the pass is 41 kilometers from the National Park Station and about 870 kilometers from Islamabad. On the Chinese side, the pass is part of China National Highway 314.
In winter, the pass is often covered in snow and is closed to heavy vehicles from November 30 to May 1, and to all vehicles from December 30 to April 1. Since June 1, 2006, there has been a daily bus service from Gilgit in Pakistan to Kashgar in Xinjiang, China.
An interesting fact about the pass
This is one of the interesting border crossings in the world because traffic changes from left hand to right hand when crossing the border. On the Pakistani side, all traffic is on the left side, while on the Chinese side, all traffic is on the right side.