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Karakul Lake, Kashi

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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. Make Karakul Lake part of your personalized Kashi itinerary using our Kashi day trip website .
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  • October 2, 2017
    Nice view of the Lake but it deserves even more count on the road to get there and back at least 8 hours if not 11
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  • October 2, 2017
    This is a fabulous lake well worth seeing in spite of a somewhat arduous journey. The scenery along the way was beautiful and gave you a wonderful sense of the landscape.  more »
  • October 1, 2017
    Along the legendary Street Karakorum Highway linking Kashgar to Islamabad 1300 km long, rises gradually towards the snowy peaks of the Pamir to Lake Karakul approximately 3800 meters, an expanse of turquoise water, dominated by the majestic pyramid of ice Muztang Ata (7546 m) which is reflected in the lake itself. Along the banks of the nomadic Kyrgyz yurts, tents camps.
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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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