This 4 days Karakul Lake and Muztagh Ata Trekking Tour is designed to help you to be close to nature by trekking along less commonly used tracks on the Pamir Mountain Range. You will have your local Uyghur guide with camel and Kirgiz camel man to make it more exciting and memorable.
Places to visit: KARAKUL LAKE- Karakorum Highway- KOQKAR QI- TOKUZ BULAK
DAY 1 : KASHGAR – KARAKUL LAKE
Transfer to Karakul Lake – Total distance 200km (124 Mile) We depart from Kashgar early in the morning. One hour from Kashgar you will have the opportunity to see the local Monday market in Opal Village where we stop for approximately one hour. The market attracts many business people from all over the Kashgar Province.
At the Opal Market guests are given the chance to purchase breakfast/ lunch or light refreshments. There are several Uighur Tamakhana Restaurant around the market to choose between. Opal is the last village we visit prior to the start of our trek and a final chance to purchase fruits, nuts, mineral water, and fresh bread to ready for the trek.
From Opal, we continue our journey along the famous Karakorum Highway (KKH). This road boasts towering peaks, as high as the sky!!! There is a mix of black, green and red coloured mountains. Parts of The Karakorum Range are Redder then the Flaming Mountain at Turpan. This part of the trek will take you within 30km of Kyrgyzstan.
Along the route you will see the famous mountain of “Kum Tag”. This name translated in English as “Sand Mountain”. The mountain is located at Bulung Kul lake and formed from sandy shores of Lake Bulung Kul blowing into the sky. We continue our journey along the KKH from Bulung Kul. A further 30 minutes brings us to Karakul Lake where we will finish our day. You are able to enjoy the afternoon by the lake while also allowing your body to adjust to the high altitude of the region. Karakul Lake is situated at 3600m above sea level.
We will arrange for you to spend the night with a local Kyrgyz family in their Yurt, where you will be able to experience the different culture and custom of this nomadic Kyrgyz people.
DAY 2: KARAKUL LAKE – KOQKAR QI (25KM)
The day starts with breakfast with the local Kyrgyz families before we begin our trekking at 9:00 AM. The trek takes you uphill to 4300m taking in beautiful views of the Karakorum Range including Muztagh Ata a (7546m peak). You will also see Yaks, goats and sheep roaming the hills with local shepherds. Lunch will provided picnic style.
We arrive in Koqkar Qi around 15:00-16:00 where you will be free to wonder around the village and interact with local people. In the evening you are able to watch local people milking the Yaks and if you wish you can also try. The village is deep in the wilderness and it is often possible to see wolves and wild sheep roaming the nearby hillsides. Accommodation is provided in local stone house to let you experience an authentic village life.
DAY 3: KOQKAR QI – TOKUZ BULAK (20KM)
Breakfast is provided by the local families in Koqkar Qi. We then set out on a steady downhill trek towards Tokuz Bulak (meaning nine springs) village. This trek will take you through valleys with spectacular natural views. Lunch is picnic style on route. We will arrive in Tokuz Bulak between 15:00 and 16:00. We will then spend the night in the village staying with local Kyrgyz people.
DAY 4: TOKUZ BULAK – KARAKUL LAKE
Breakfast is provided by the local families before we trek back to Karakul Lake. On the right side you will be able to see Kungar valleys and high glaciers. During summer, there are large green pastures. On the left is small foothills with views of Mustagh Ata (meaning ‘Father of Ice Mountain’) in the distance.
We arrive at Karakul Lake between 15:00-16:00. The driver will meet us at Karakul Lake and take us back to Kashgar.
Trekking Tips: Good trekking shoes and long sleeved T-shirts are required as the sun is very strong at high altitude. Medicine to conquer the symptoms of high altitude is advised. Headache is the most common side effect from altitude however there is a risk of more severe altitude sickness. Our guides are trained to recognize symptoms and we aim to ascend slowly to minimize the effect of high altitude.