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Karakul Lake, Kashi

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#2 of 87 in Parks in Xinjiang Uygur
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The snow-clad peaks of Mount Kongur reflect on the still surface of the water at Karakul Lake, the highest lake of the Pamir plateau, standing at an altitude of 3,600 m (11,800 ft) some 200 km from Kashgar. Grasslands along the lake shore provide a home to some locals living in yurts, as well as majestic grazing horses. The lake offers a center for visitors, where you can rent boats, camels, and horses, or plan your hiking trip. On a clear day, the backdrop of Mount Muztagh Ata, with its white 7,500 m (24,606 ft) high peak, makes an unforgettable view. Add Karakul Lake to your Kashi travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Kashi trip itinerary maker.
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  • We stopped here on our way to Tashkurgan county. This was the second big lake on the way, actually the first one more of a reservoir. The two are quite a contrast, one white and the other green, stunn...  more »
  • Stopped here on our way to Glacier National Park (highly recommend). Nice place to take photos and stretch your legs. Could not see the different colors of the lake but understand that may be seasonal...  more »
  • Must visit place. Beautiful amazing. Its about 4 to 5 hrs drive from Kashgar but its well worth going there. Its better if u see the lake and stay night in Tashkurgan and come back the next day.  more »

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For traditional ambiance and a taste of Uyghur culture, look to the old town when searching for accommodations in Kashi. Dotted throughout the historical district, you can find small, intimate guesthouses and inns, as well as youth hostels offering shared dormitories. Head just outside the bounds of the old town and you'll see a range of larger, Western-style hotels offering comfortable rooms with all the expected amenities.
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