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“A long and bumpy journey to a beautiful lake - if good weather”
Review of Karakul Lake

Karakul Lake
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US$99.00*
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All Inclusive Private Karakul Lake Day Trip from Kashgar
Ranked #1 of 50 things to do in Kashi
Certificate of Excellence
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
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“A long and bumpy journey to a beautiful lake - if good weather”
Reviewed 13 April 2014

This journey will probably be fine and worth it, when the construction work currently occurring is completed. This will not be soon. Major road and hydroelectric related construction means that the journey to the lake is neither comfortable nor beautiful. It took us over 4 hours to get there from Kashgar, and the same to return. Unfortunately when we did get there, despite a good forecast, the weather was poor, and the mountains not visible. What was visible was the mountains of rubbish and excrement in the surrounds of the lake and the tacky nature of all development - we probably should have expected this though, having spent a fair amount of time in Central Asia. If you would like a trip out of Kashgar into the mountains,although there is no lake, I would suggest taking the road up towards the Irkeshtam crossing to Kyrgyzstan, which is smoother and where China's rapid development has not despoiled the valley so badly.

Visited April 2014
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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17 attraction reviews
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“Great - minus rubbish”
Reviewed 8 October 2013

Amazing scenery but a serious amount of rubbish surrounding the area. It wouldn't take much for tourists to place rubbish in bags but that might be asking too much of this country.

Only rated this as 'Very good' due to the mind blowing scenery.

Visited October 2013
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Darwin, Australia
2 reviews
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“Not much to see”
Reviewed 23 September 2013

Not too much to see at Karakul Lake - just some sorry looking concrete yurts. The view is ok but in my opinion there are other parts of the Karakoram Highway that are more dramatic.

Visited August 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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“Amazing, Breathtaking Experience”
Reviewed 11 September 2013

We stayed at a yurt next to the Karakul Lake. The stillness of the waters, the grazing goats, yaks, and sheep make it a picture-perfect scene. I regret not going horseback riding around the lake. However, there was a sudden gust of wind that sent us back to the yurt because it became too cold. In the evening, it is quite chilly. We witnessed the sunset and sunrise and that truly was a great experience. I highly recommend spending some time at the lake. However, do be aware that the lake is around 3700 m high so there is a risk for altitude sickness. I had trouble sleeping at night , but at least advil took away potential headaches. The lake is still worth seeing though.

Visited August 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Worthy trip”
Reviewed 11 September 2013 via mobile

The lake is worth the scenic drive out from Kashgar. Nice to enjoy a quiet stroll around the lake. Peaceful and serene experience.

Visited September 2013
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