Karakul lake


Karakul Lake is 200km from Kashgar city on the Karakorum Highway with the elevation of 3600m above sea level. It is on the lap of two giant mountains, Muztagh Ata regarded “the father of ice mountains” and Kongur reputed with more avalanche. It is rare highland lake in the world. It is the highest lake of the Pamir plateau, near the junction of the Pamir, Tianshan and Karakurum mountain ranges. Surrounded by mountains which remain snow-covered throughout the year, the three highest peaks visible from the lake are the Muztagh Ata (7,546 m),Kongur Tagh (7,719 m) and Kongur Tiube (7,530 m). The lake is popular among travelers for its beautiful scenery and the clarity of its reflection in the water, whose color ranges from a dark green to azure and light blue. The Karakul  is (“black lake”) in local language. At the lakefront, there is grassland with roaming flocks and herds. are all overtly reflected in the water, which looks majestic. At dawn, Karakul Lake looks as pure as a jade mirror. When the sun rises, it changes colors, the snow-covered mountain, green grass and livestock form reflections in the mirror-like water, creating a fair and charming picture.