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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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Brunei Darussalam
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

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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31 reviews 31 reviews
27 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
14 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 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
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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Christchurch, New Zealand
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Long hard drive to get there as there are roadworks for a good part of the way, but the scenery is spectacular and a stay in a local yurt rounds off the trip nicely. Very photogenic area.

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Astana, Kazakhstan
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37 reviews 37 reviews
4 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

This journey will probably be fine and worth it, when the construction work currently occurring is completed. This will not be soon. Major road and hydroelectric related construction means that the journey to the lake is neither comfortable nor beautiful. It took us over 4 hours to get there from Kashgar, and the same to return. Unfortunately when we did... More

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Beijing, China
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Amazing scenery but a serious amount of rubbish surrounding the area. It wouldn't take much for tourists to place rubbish in bags but that might be asking too much of this country. Only rated this as 'Very good' due to the mind blowing scenery.

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