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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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Huaraz
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66 reviews 66 reviews
31 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

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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Milano
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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Jakarta
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31 reviews 31 reviews
27 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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Beijing, China
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18 attraction reviews
177 helpful votes 177 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

As others have noted the Oytagh-Bulunkou section of the Karakoram Highway is currently undergoing construction slated to last well into 2016, which can significantly lengthen journey times between Kashgar and Karakul lake. The road is largely unsurfaced for long stretches as far as the Bulunkou reservoir making for a very dusty, bumpy ride. Leave Kashgar early to minimise the chance... More

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Shanghai, China
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

the road is under repair, so the three hour trip to the lake is taking 6 to 12 hours one way. The road has been under repair for 1 year and is scheduled to be under repair for 3 more years, (2017) The travel agents do not mention this. WE had to turn around and go back. No food but... More

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Palo Alto
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119 reviews 119 reviews
77 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This is a full day trip - long bus ride out and back. The restaurant at the lake isn't much, but the lake itself is pristine and beautiful with an amazing range of beautiful colors. It perfectly reflects the clouds and surrounding mountains that remain snow covered throughout the year.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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22 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Being a traveller who has visited many mountainous areas, I am perhaps a bit harsh on this review. I've visited countries such as Switzerland and Georgia and the lake to me is not a "must see". Nonetheless, it is worth the visit if time permits as it is incredibly beautiful. Overall, it's a must see to someone who rarely visit... More

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