Day Tour to Karakul Lake on KKH
Our Day Tour to Karakul Lake on KKH (Karakorum Highway) takes you to the world famous Karakorum Highway which starts at Kashgar, China and ends in Islamabad in Pakistan. You will only be travelling 200 km of this journey and will enjoy mountain scenery and Kirgiz culture.
Today’s Activities include: Opal village,Oytagh colouful mountain, Karakoram highway,Korner Lake(Bulung Kul), Karakul Lake, Muztagh Ata mountain,Kongger mountain,Kyrgyz yurt visit.
Place & Transport: Kashgar to Karakul lake to KashgarMeals included:Picnic Lunch
Opal village is one hour drive South West from kashgar and is the last village before we enter the Kumlun Mountain range. We make a stop here to buy fresh fuits and freshly baked bread for our picnic, this is also a good location to take photos of village life and tradional activities like bread making and Uyghur food stalls. If you are lucky enough to travel here on a Monday you will be able to witnes the busy village market which will show you how the Kashgar Sunday market used to be twenty years ago.
Oytagh colourful mountain is the point where we enter a beautiful oasis valley at the start of the Kunlun Mountain range. We will be surrounded by a beautiful backdrop of multi coloured mountains topped by snowcapped peaks. Here we will stop for taking photographs.
Karakoram highway. Leaving Opal our journey will take us along the famous Karakoram highway, beginning in Kashgar and ending in Islamabad, Pakistan, this road is in excess of 1000km long.
It is renound as the highest paved boarder crossing in the World and is regarded as one of the Worlds most beatuful highways. An epic road to travel.
Corner Lake(Bulung Kul) is a tranquil shallow lake.? Flowing into this lake is the Gaz river, originating from the Karakul lake, this river carries sand to the lake which has then been picked up by the wind and blown to create impressive sand covered mountains on the far side. You can take very nice photographs of the lake with stunning reflections of the sand mountains.
Karakul Lake is a breathtaking high altitude lake at 3600 meters above sea level. It is located between the towering Muztagh and Kongger Mountains, both rising over 7000 metres and permanantly snowcapped.? The lake is inhabited during the summer months by nomadic Kyrgyz people who live inside Yurts. We will visit the Yurts going inside one to drink some local yak milk tea whilst listening to stories about traditional ways of nomadic mountain life.? Then there will be time to walk a little around the lake or ride horses, donkeys or camels along its shores.
Mt. Muztagata is said to be one of the five most beautiful mountains in the World which provides a beautiful backdrop to Karakul lake at 7546 meters, on the opposite side the yet to be conquerred peak of Gongeer rises to 7719 meters above sea level.
Picnic lunch:We will then enjoy our picnic lunch of fruits and fresh bread, that we purchased in Opal village, in a beautiful picnic spot overlooking the Karakul lake.We will return to kashgar in time for dinner.
Note: Guests will need to carry their passports on this tour as they will be required to show these at the Gaz check point (around an hour after the colourful mountain). Everybody at this point needs to be registered by the authorites due to its close proximity to many bordering countries. It is also advisable to bring warm clothes as temperatures can be colder than those found in Kashgar at the higher altitudes.