mounting a camel can be tricky
there is a small communication center at the lake
a mountain refuge
a flock of sheep descend the hill
at the China Tajik border
on the way back we pass a truck that did not make it.
and even here there keep sheep
there is a small restaurant inside
these yurds protect against the cold nights and the strong wind
Karakul Lake
Tucked away in the Pamir National Park of Tajikistan sits Karakul Lake at an altitude of almost 4000 meters. The lake can best be reached from Kashi in China via the Karakoram Highway
 
This highest paved international road with a total lenght of 1300 km connects Kashi in China with Islamabad in Pakistan.
Its a full days trip from Kashi to the lake and back, but it is a very rewarding one.
Karakul Lake is surrounded by towering, snowcapped peaks of 7500 meter and higher, which provide an imposing backdrop to the surreal lake. Aong the highway you get fantastic views on the Pamir Mountain Range.

We visited the lake in October 2003.
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an hour's drive from Kashi we drive through colorful mountains
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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 missing a button, but there was nothing wrong with his lunch
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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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