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Not sure why people like this place so much. It is a small and dirty pond surrounded by dry and dusty land. Hours of road just to take a picture and drive back: makes no sense to me. There are way nicer mountain lakes in...More
Karakul lake, located about 190km from Kashgar is the second lake on the way to Tashkurgan after Bulunkou lake which was the real highlight for us. The snow-capped giant Muzthag Ata (chinese Mushitage Feng) with it’s 7546masl (or 7509masl?) behind the Karakul lake offers stunning...More
I agree with another viewer—Karakul Lake probably changes color with the weather. We visited on a bright sunny Autumn day. I truly gasped at the water at first sight...so shockingly beautiful against the backdrop of Mushitage Peak...
After we arrived at 15.00 in Kashgar from Yarkand in the QuiniBagh hotel, we went to Ali Tash from Uygur Tours opposite of the hotel (see my review of Uygur Tours). It was no problem to arrange a daytour for the next day - Saturday...More
The scenery along the route and the lake are stunning. There were only two security checks along the way the day I went. Take all the food and water you need for a ten hour day out as there are very few options to buy...More
The warning was it is a long day and so it proved. Basically nearly 5 hours to get there with stops. Security checks now 1 major one. No special permits needed for foreigners but you need passport. The lakes are spectacular as was the scenery...More
Response from Janelizabeth56 | Reviewed this property |
I don't know about public buses but van trips are organised daily through hotels and accommodation. Although a permit is not necessary, there are several security checks along the way so you need to always carry your... More
I don't know about public buses but van trips are organised daily through hotels and accommodation. Although a permit is not necessary, there are several security checks along the way so you need to always carry your passport. We took a day trip to Lake Karakul from Kashgar which took 12 hours as the first part of the journey has a 40kph limit. Don't be put off - the scenery is spectacular.
Response from AkuPakistani | Reviewed this property |
I was there last June. The road condition was excellent, no difficulties at all. We were 2 families with six young kids on a mini van. We did not stay there too long as we carried on our journey through the Pakistan border... More
I was there last June. The road condition was excellent, no difficulties at all. We were 2 families with six young kids on a mini van. We did not stay there too long as we carried on our journey through the Pakistan border. For night stay except for hygienic issues and perhaps weather in winter I don’t see any other issues. The facilities in the location are quite basic, so be mentally prepared for camping rather than a hotel living.