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Karakul Lake

Foot of Mushitage Peak, Kashi 844000, China
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Ranked #1 of 28 Attractions in Kashi
Type: Bodies of Water
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Shanghai, China
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38 reviews 38 reviews
29 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

After an incredible drive along part of the Karakoram Highway I arrived at Lake Karakul to be met by a Kirgyz yurt owner, who took us to view his dwellings by the lakeside. These are living family yurts surrounded by 7000m mountains and great glaciers. The only negative are the under construction concrete yurts that are being built to house... More

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7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

A stunning place well worth to visit and spend the night in one of the local yurts. Although they look rather run down and you may be disappointed at first, it is really a nice experience. The only downside is that there is a lot of litter left by tourists, who seem to think you can throw your trash wherever... More

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Chengdu, China
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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We were supposed to spend a night in an Uyguyr tent at Karakul lake. But after having seen the lake, the tent and the condition of the environment, we opted out. The problem with tourism in China is that there is still a lot of littering going on. In many tourist spots an army of cleaners make sure the environment... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

The lake was much smaller than I expected. It was slow to charm but charm it did. At 3600m above sea level, it's the highest lake of the Pamir plateau. The magnificent snow-capped Muztagh Ata sets the background, yurts and stone houses where the Kyrgyz live dotted the lake side, the multi-peak glacier glistening in the sunlight, yaks herded by... More

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31 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Lake Karakul located on the Karakoram Highway 200km outside Kashgar is a magnificent sight. The waters of this pristine lake are a brilliant turquoise colour in the sunshine and the lake is surrounded by splendid snow-capped mountains, the highest of them being the impressive Muztag Ata towering at 7546m above sea level. It is undoubtedly one of China's most impressive... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We visited Karakul lake while we were in Kashgar, It is not much far from Kashgar, but the road is not always good, so it will take a while. But the place is amazing. Can't miss it!!!

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Kuching, Malaysia
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15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

I was really amazed by the mountain and the best thing was actually the whole experience ! We traveled on our own (cheaper and adventurous of course) by public bus. We were at the bus station as early 7am to take the earliest bus (8am- Beijing time), but that bus got cancelled and we took another bus (11am-beijing time). As... More

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Brunei Darussalam
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5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Visited in March 2014 part of our 9 days tours from Kashgar to Tashkorgan. The entire lake was frozen surrounded with chunks of big clear iced rocks. All the yurts were vacant as no one, not even nomads stay at the lake during winter. Not a human in sight except for a few camels that roamed around, 3 of us... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I recently went on a 5 day tour right from Kashgar to Tashkorgan town. The Karakoram Highway journey was amazing! Along the highway, we dropped by to stay a night in a yurt at the Karakul Lake. Everything went smoothly. Thanks to the tour guide Tohsujan and Abdul our driver for the wonderful trip. Keep up the good job! Regads... More

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27 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I went there with a tour guide and a driver from kashgar. We had our lunch at Upal which had a tasty poloc rice and kebab. Upal is about one hour drive from kashgar. After Upal we stop at ghez check point where the army check our permit. The road from ghez to reservoir before Karakul lake was very bad... More

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