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22 Feb 2024

You’ll Never Guess Where the Highest ATM Machine is

You’ll Never Guess Where the Highest ATM Machine is

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You’ll Never Guess Where the Highest ATM Machine is

The highest ATM resides in the snow-capped mountains of Pakistan.

The Khunjerab Pass border crossing between China and Pakistan is home to the highest cash machine in the world, situated at 4693 meters (15,396 ft).

The National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) built a solar- and wind-powered device in 2016 to service the few locals and workers at this border crossing.

Adventuresome tourists swarm there as a badge of honour, taking photos while doing transactions that redefine the meaning of “cold, hard cash.”

According to Shah Bibi, the NBP ATM monitoring officer, the initiative took about four months.

Zahid Hussain, the branch manager for the 87 km away NBP bank in Sost, frequently travels back and forth to restock the ATM despite adverse weather, perilous mountain crossings, and frequent landslides.

“On average, around 4 to 5 million rupees [£15,540–£19,427] is withdrawn within the span of 15 days,” he said.

On November 18, 2016, this ATM received a mention in the Guinness World Record for being the highest-altitude ATM.

Image credit: Aysha Imtiaz

 

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