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Karakul Lake, Kashi

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#2 of 87 in Parks in Xinjiang Uygur
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. Make Karakul Lake part of your personalized Kashi itinerary using our Kashi day trip website .
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  • I had an awesome visit in December with Kashgar Guide. Although the weather was cold at zero degrees centigrade, just a jacket and fleece is enough.  more »
  • The lake is absolutely stunning on a sunny day. Unfortunately the day I visited was overcast and I couldn't see a reflection of the mountain on the surface of the lake. Before you go there, you had be...  more »
  • This beautiful lake was well worth the long and tedious journey from Kashgar. The first few hours of the road have a 40km per hour limit so it took us five hours to reach the lake where we spent an ho...  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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