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Karakul Lake

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Address: Foot of Mushitage Peak, Kashi 844000, China
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Cracking Karakul Lake

We went on a trip with Musa from Old Road Tours to the sublime Karakul lake and hiked to basecamp on the Muztagh Ata. Musa was an excellent guide with a great sense of humour... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 5, 2015
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We went on a trip with Musa from Old Road Tours to the sublime Karakul lake and hiked to basecamp on the Muztagh Ata. Musa was an excellent guide with a great sense of humour. This place is a must if you are in Xinjiang.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

We did a two day trip in a private van (rmb 1,700 plus food and accommodation for us and driver). We drove to Lake Karakul on day 1 (4-5 hours) and then on to Tashkurgan (1+ hours). We then drove back to Lake Karakul by around 8:30pm and stayed in a yurt for rmb 70pp including dinner. Beautiful scenery and... More 

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Princeville, Hawaii
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Nightmare journey up and down - 10 hours of bad roads, while the Chinese build a new one (and destroy the old one) and a rail line - Unless you have to go, don't in 2015 or 2016.

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Boston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

This was a 2012 review. This "black" lake on the road to Pakistan, I think less than 100Km can be snow cover even after the heat of the dessert at Kaskar. When we were there the tourist facilities were being built and the open out houses were pretty rustic, but the view, towering mountains and the sparkle of the air... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

it is really nice to stay overnight in local yurt, it is a bit cold , but very good expereince . it is jsut noly only beautifull with Muztagh Ata behind it, but also

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

We were lucky and had blue sky and sunny weather at Karakul Lake. Fantastic view. Slept in a kyrgyz yurt.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I think one or two nights is enough at this place. Nevertheless, the nights are amazing when you have clear skies! The second time in my life I've seen the Milky Way. Really cool stuff!

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Hong Kong Region, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Meeting two American students who spoke fluent Mandarin really helped me make it to the lake. Attempted to buy a bus ticket the night before (was recommended by people from Pamir Hostel in Kashgar), but the lady selling tickets said they were unavailable. Luckily, I met not only a great travel crew (the American students, and a Belgian couple), but... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

After my Chinese studies of course I had to go see. So I took a trip to Kashgar, Yarkand and the Lake Karakul. Kashgar used to be at least as famous as Timboektoe. On the China Silk Road it was one of the largest most famous markets in the ancient world for thousands of years. It still is a beautiful... More 

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Fort Pierce, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is a looooong drive. The remoteness and isolation on the journey are stark. Much of the road is under construction and the trip may be arduous. Mountainous: sandy, gravelly, sometimes colorful, sometimes snow covered. Nearing your destination you will see a glacier lake and even pass some souvenir sellers between check points! Glaciers are clearly visible and make great... More 

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