mounting a camel can be tricky
there is a small communication center at the lake
a mountain refuge
a flock of sheep descends the hill
on the way back we pass a truck that did not make it.
locals are hurding a flock of sheep. there is a Kirgiz settlement in the background
there is a small restaurant
these yurds protect against the cold nights and the strong wind
the Karakoram Highway to Karakul Lake
The Karakoram Highway is one of the world's highest paved international roads with a total lenght of 1300 km and a maximum elevation of 4714 meters.
The road connects Kashi in China with Abbottabad in Pakistan (Osama Bin Laden's last hideout) and follows tracks of the old Silkroad.
 
Along the highway there are stunning views of the Karakoram Mountain Range.
 
Some 200 km southwest of Kashi, at an elevation of 3600 meters, the road passes the beautiful Karakul Lake.
 
This lake is flanked by snowcapped peaks that easily reach 7500 meter and form a magnificent backdrop to the azure colored water.
 
At the lake there is a restaurant, a couple of Kirgiz settlements and some yurts and local entrepreneurs provide camelback rides to the tourists
 
We drove the Karakoram Highway and strolled along Karakul Lake in October 2003.
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an hour's drive from Kashi we drive through a colorful scenery
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soon we see the first snowcapped peaks
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let the bargaining begin
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you can hire a camel to make a small tour
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his coat may not be too clean and it is missing buttons, but there was nothing wrong with his food
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but then the voyage can start. The mountain in the back is called Muztahg Ata and peaks at 7546 meters
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