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Karakul Lake

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Address: Foot of Mushitage Peak, Kashi 844000, China
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Karakul Lake Day Trip from Kashgar
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Beautiful lake

Situated on the Karakoram highway this beautiful and breathtaking lake is a must-see. It is typical Central Asian scenery with mountains, horses and yurts

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Situated on the Karakoram highway this beautiful and breathtaking lake is a must-see. It is typical Central Asian scenery with mountains, horses and yurts

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When we were there it was freezing! We were supposed to stay in a yurt at the lake, but the night we stayed it was down around -10, so we stayed in a homestay instead. Really wonderful place, but the outdoor toilets needed to be cleaned out. The people we stayed with were amazing.

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Peking
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This lake is worth the visit. I've never seen anything like it. Once the car was out of view behind a low hill, I literally could have been dropped down in the Central Asian highlands any number of thousands of years ago. The wind was cold, the air was clear, and the stucko brick houses were all empty at the... More 

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China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The 8 hour road journey to the lake is terrible, as all the reviews rightly stated. If you can, avoid going there until 2017 when the highway will cut the Kashi to lake journey to 3 hours. The lake is stunning in its raw beauty. We were able to walk around, take pictures in sunshine, run for cover to a... More 

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Chengdu, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

The Karakul lake is one of the amazing places to be experienced, i have been there during winter and it was freezing cold , yet the beauty of the lake and the surrounding place is breath taking. The back drop of Muztagh ata mountain is stunning. My trip was total of 10 days , 3 days stay kashi (kashgar) ,... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

The drive to Karakul Lake is long with the beginning and the end bits being pretty easy going, but that middle bit, oh my. The government is putting in a new highway which has been under construction for three years and I would guess it will be at least one more year until it is complete. However, don't let this... More 

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Alhambra, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

The color of the water changes with the location and brightness of the sun. The surrounding snow capped peaks are just majestic. The drive was real poor while the new highway is under construction. It was windy, dusty and cold. Nevertheless it was worth the trip.

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Mumbai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

We stayed at the Karakul lake. While the Yurt we stayed is was absolutely basic - no toilet facilities, minimum heating/ light available- it still was an experience that we wouldn't miss. It snowed the time we stayed there, and overnight the whole scene changed from brown to white. However, it was heartbreaking to see some glass bottles strewn around... More 

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Hong Kong
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

The snowy mountains surrounding the lake were beautiful. As we were there in winter the lake was frozen and we were not able to stay or horse ride which I was hoping to do. Had a nice couple of hours with a local family drinking yak milk tea and eating the local flat bread. Generous and warm people. They wanted... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

The place is better when you are there rather than viewing it from the photos. It is such a quiet and peaceful spot. I was there in October and got a chance to experience homestay at a small local village, thanks to my guide Elvis from Kashgar offbeat tours who made an arrangement for me. As a solo female traveller,... More 

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