Karakul Lake – Recommended!!!!!

What meets your eye is absolutely stunning. The immense mountain ranges are snow-capped and are reflected majestically by the lake. The bright array of colours that meets you suddenly is breath-taking. We are looking at Karakul Lake. Sitting along the road to Tashkorgan from Kashgar is the highest lake in the Pamir mountains.

Karakul Lake sits at an altitude of 11 810ft (3600m) and the car ride up is worth it. If you are tight on time, from Kashgar the trip can be done in a day. A private car ride takes 4 hours. If you leave early you can make it back before it gets dark. It helps that the sun in Kashgar sets around 11pm Beijing time in the summer. For those who like a more relaxed journey, they opt for staying in Khyrgiz yurts that sit quietly by the lake. Or others drive on to the little town of Tashkorgan, where they meet with even more stunning views of the mountains.

For those who like to buy from straight from the craftmen, Karakul Lake is a perfect place to get Khyrgiz crafts. Though these items can also be bought in Kashgar, Khyrgiz yurts are set up on the lake, where Khyrgiz woman proudly display their collection of felt carpet, hats, purses all made from camel hair. They are warm and welcoming to all guests.

Note: This article contributed to our blog from Gallery Cafe in Kashgar when they left from Kashgar middle of  summer 2011. We missed Gallery Cafe!

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