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Address: Karakoram Highway ,Foot of Mushitage Peak, Kashi 844000, China
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Private Karakul Lake Day trip from Kashgar
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Picturesque Canvas that God has Painted

My thoughts on the journey to the lake: The distant snow capped mountains intertwined with the clear blue skies white clouds' seems a mirage to the eye. It is a picturesque... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My thoughts on the journey to the lake: The distant snow capped mountains intertwined with the clear blue skies white clouds' seems a mirage to the eye. It is a picturesque canvas that God has painted for his creation to adore and admire. We are modern day travelers on the Karakoram Highway of the ancient Silk Road. The roads are... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Despite a long journey, it was worthwhile to spend a few hours just admiring the natural beauty of snow mountain and clear water lake.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

The road up there – not so much! There is a beautiful new highway being built from the plains around Kashgar up over the Karkorum Highway to Pakistan. Karakul Lake is at nearly the top of the pass on this highway. Unfortunately, the highway will not be finished for 2 more years. So, travelers are forced to hop on and... More 

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Suzhou
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Very beautiful lake in a very dry mountain area with a snow glazed mountain (Muztagh Ata) in the background. Especially at sun set and sun rise spectacular. You have to stay long in the evening or you have to come very early in the morning. Possible from Tashkurgan as the road is OK, from Kashgar only if you start in... More 

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Jackson, Wyoming
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

After an amazing ride up through one of the most extensive construction projects I've ever encountered- that you could drive through without a pilot car- and arriving at our ger camp after dark, we woke to an absolutely glorious morning in the high country. The valley floor sits at nearly 11,000 feet- I live in Jackson Hole and the top... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

It's a 6 hour ride to the lake from Kashgar, though that could change by next October, when the new highway is supposed to open. But wow, wow, wow, what a trip! Beautiful, stunning mountains around every bend.

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Lautrec, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016

Stopped off here on our way between Kashgar and Tashkurgan. Beautiful scenery with the snow clad mountains in the background. Not much to do other than take pictures. Some locals selling stones and small trinkets, possibly a camel ride or maybe even a horse ride. A couple of Yurt's and not much else. Still worth stopping as you will remember... More 

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syren
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016

I was there on a day trip from Kashgar. the trip takes about 6 hours as the road is under construction but is really worth it. the landscape is gorgeous and i was lucky that I had a clear sky

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

Excellent pictures spot at the foot of Mustagata. But the place is extremely dirty (as so many places in China) and must be avoided (boy-cotted ??).

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Kashi, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

We Drive on the Karakoram highway and enjoying a lot’s of local village and very beautiful mountains on the way , such as stopping at , Opal Village , Oytagh red mountain , Gaz valley , Bulug kol lake and send mountain finally reach Karakul lake late lunch , it is required to have good trekking shoe and warm clothe... More 

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