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.
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