Thursday, June 12, 2008

Lake Karakul Kashgar

Lake Karakul, 200km from Kashgar in Xinjiang Province is one of the world's most dramatic freshwater lakes. The bright blue waters of the lake shimmer under the snow-capped peaks of 7546m high Mount Mutzagata, Kongur Tagh at 7649m and Kongur Tiube at 7530m. Strangely then the name Karakul means "Black Lake" in Kirgiz.


Yak at Lake Karakul

Image © Daniel Allen

Accommodation consists of your own tent or staying in a tour group yurt set up with shared and rudimentary facilities about 1km from the bus stop.

Fresh water originates from the lake so swimming in the water is forbidden. There are a couple of buses each day on the Karakoram Highway from Kashgar or taxis.

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