5 Days Karakul Lake and Muztagh Ata Trekking & Camping Tour
Day 1: KASHGAR – KARAKUL LAKE
Transfer to Karakul Lake – Total distance 200km (124 Mile)
We depart from Kashgar early in the morning. (local time 8:00am, in winter, 7:00am in summer).
One hour from Kashgar you will have the opportunity to see the local Monday market in Upal village where we stop for approximately one hour. The market attracts many business people from all over the Kashgar Province. This market is featured in the Lonely Planet guide book.
At the Upal 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. Upal 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 ready for the trek.
From Upal we continue our journey along the famous KKH (Karakorum Highway). This road boasts towering peaks, as high as 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 30 km of Kyrgyzstan.
Along the route you will see the famour mountain of Kum Tag. This name translate, in Uighur, to White sand desert. The mountain is located at Bulugh Kul lake. Local people believe many years ago the sand of the mountain developed from the sandy shores of Lake Bulugh Kul blowing into the sky. We continue our journey allong the KKH from Bulugh Kul. A further 30 mins 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 language of this traditionally nomadic people.
Day2: KARAKUL LAKE – SAR YAGHAQ VILLAGE (20km)
Day 3: SAR YAGHAT – TOKUZ BULAK (20km)
We stop for lunch on the riverbank of King Sheva where you will be able to relax to the singing of the water.
The afternoon trekking takes us to Tokuz Bulak, meaning 9 springs. Arrival time is approximately 15:00-16:00 local time. The village comprises 5 stone houses occupied by local shepherds during summertime. We will stay at the home of one local family who guarentee a warm and friendly welcome. From the window of this home you can experience beautiful views of Muztag Ata, a view you could not get from a 5 star Hotel at Bejing!!
Day 4: TAKUZ BULAK – KOQKAR QI (20-25km)
Day 5: KOQKAR QI – SUBAX (20km)
From Koqkar Qi it is possible to spend the morning visiting the Muztag Ata glaciers before returning to Koqkar Qi and the final 20km, downhill, trek from Koqkar Qi to Subax village. In Subax village our drivers will be waiting ready for the transfer back to Kashgar.
Trekking Tips: Good trekking shoes are required
Long sleeved T-shirts are required as the sun is very strong especially 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 recognise symptoms and we aim to accend slowly to minimise the effects of high altitude