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Address: Karakoram Highway ,Foot of Mushitage Peak | new road to Karakul lake is compelated , all paved road now, Kashi 844000, China
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Karakul Lake with Muztagata

We were lucky and had blue sky and sunny weather at Karakul Lake. Fantastic view. Slept in a kyrgyz yurt.

Reviewed May 22, 2015
Kristofer G
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Reviewed May 22, 2015

We were lucky and had blue sky and sunny weather at Karakul Lake. Fantastic view. Slept in a kyrgyz yurt.

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed April 13, 2015

I think one or two nights is enough at this place. Nevertheless, the nights are amazing when you have clear skies! The second time in my life I've seen the Milky Way. Really cool stuff!

Thank Gordon S
Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed April 13, 2015

Meeting two American students who spoke fluent Mandarin really helped me make it to the lake. Attempted to buy a bus ticket the night before (was recommended by people from Pamir Hostel in Kashgar), but the lady selling tickets said they were unavailable. Luckily, I met not only a great travel crew (the American students, and a Belgian couple), but... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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Reviewed November 17, 2014

After my Chinese studies of course I had to go see. So I took a trip to Kashgar, Yarkand and the Lake Karakul. Kashgar used to be at least as famous as Timboektoe. On the China Silk Road it was one of the largest most famous markets in the ancient world for thousands of years. It still is a beautiful... More 

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Fort Pierce, Florida
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Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is a looooong drive. The remoteness and isolation on the journey are stark. Much of the road is under construction and the trip may be arduous. Mountainous: sandy, gravelly, sometimes colorful, sometimes snow covered. Nearing your destination you will see a glacier lake and even pass some souvenir sellers between check points! Glaciers are clearly visible and make great... More 

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Sri Lanka
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Reviewed October 13, 2014

After an incredible drive along part of the Karakoram Highway I arrived at Lake Karakul to be met by a Kirgyz yurt owner, who took us to view his dwellings by the lakeside. These are living family yurts surrounded by 7000m mountains and great glaciers. The only negative are the under construction concrete yurts that are being built to house... More 

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Reviewed October 9, 2014

A stunning place well worth to visit and spend the night in one of the local yurts. Although they look rather run down and you may be disappointed at first, it is really a nice experience. The only downside is that there is a lot of litter left by tourists, who seem to think you can throw your trash wherever... More 

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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Reviewed October 3, 2014

We were supposed to spend a night in an Uyguyr tent at Karakul lake. But after having seen the lake, the tent and the condition of the environment, we opted out. The problem with tourism in China is that there is still a lot of littering going on. In many tourist spots an army of cleaners make sure the environment... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed October 1, 2014

The lake was much smaller than I expected. It was slow to charm but charm it did. At 3600m above sea level, it's the highest lake of the Pamir plateau. The magnificent snow-capped Muztagh Ata sets the background, yurts and stone houses where the Kyrgyz live dotted the lake side, the multi-peak glacier glistening in the sunlight, yaks herded by... More 

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Reviewed September 17, 2014

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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