Day Trip To Karakul Lake

  • Tour Code: KST12

  • Karakul Lake is one of the most popular destinations for visitors to the Kashgar Region

  • Tour Type: Private Tour

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy horse or camel ride at the Karakul Lake with splendid views of snowcapped mountains.
  • Enjoy the beauty of both Kongur and Muztagh mountains the highest in Xinjiang.
  • Admire the natural sceneries, lakes and the great mountains along the KKH.

Tour Details
Day Trip to Karakul Lake
Hotel:Not included
Activities: Drive along the KKH, Stop at Opal Village, Oytagh Kunlunshan Colorful mountain range, Gaz Valley and check point, Bulungkol Valley (white sand mountain), Karakul lake and local Kyrgyz family visit.
We set out along the Sino – Pakistan Karakorum Highway, on the Pamir plateau (the roof of the world) visit Karakul Lake (3600m above sea level). The lake sits at the foot of the notorious, Muztagh Ata (7546m) and Gongur (7719m) mountains. ‘Muztagh Ata’ means Father of the Ice Mountains and is one the most beautiful and mysterious mountains in the world. Return by late afternoon to Kashgar.

You will have experience and enjoy the following on this tour

  • Opal village:This village is about 50kms (one hour drive) from Kashgar city and it is worth to stop for about 10-20 minutes for walk around; Take photos, taste fresh bread; Eat breakfast (if you have not eaten); buy some fruits or water for the trip. You will amazed on this village Monday market if you travel on Monday
  • Oytagh Colorful Mountains: Kunlunshan is famous for it’s rich Minerals and each Mineral adds a special color to the mountain, you will stop for taking photos or just enjoy
  • Bulongkol lake: Which means corner lake in Uyghur language , it is well-known as Sand-mountain (Baishashan), on a good day, It offers an impressive view with reflection in the water.
  • Kyrgyz family: you can pay a visit to Local Kyrgyz family and have a cup of Yak milk tea in their yurt by the lake
  • Hiking around lake: it takes about 3-4 hours to hike around completely or two hours by horse.

Tour price

  • Following is our price lists, it is always better to keep all the services as standard as possible for the tours. However, if the tour is beyond your budget, we’ll try our best to accommodate your needs while still maintaining our high standard of services.

Tour Price from 1st June till 31st Oct

Pax Price per person
1 Pax 2100
2 Pax 1100
3 Pax 850
4-6 Pax 700
Based on Chinese RMB

Tour Price from 1st Nov till 31st May

Pax Price per person
1 Pax 1800
2 Pax 900
3 Pax 700
4-6 Pax 600
Based on Chinese RMB

Service Includes

  • Air-conditioned private Vehicle for whole land transportation
  • Private excellent English speaking local Tour guides
  • meals as specified in the itinerary.
  • Entrance fee for the sights as listed in the program

Service excludes

  • Tips for the guides and drivers
  • Beverages
  • Chinese visa
  • Personal excursions like horse or camel riding at the spots or boating Etc.

Trip Notes

  • Here is some notes for above tour. If you want to make any changes according to your personal request , please let us know , one of our tour specialist will tailor make your tour just for your needs

1. Accommodation

  • —Different types of Hotels are available, including famous 5-star hotel chains, 4-star hotels in the best locations, good value 3-star hotels, or boutique hotels that reflect the style of the region.
    —Hotel fees are based on two people sharing one room with twin beds at the hotels listed above
    All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities
    –If you have any special requests for your hotels, please let us know, our travel experts will try to meet your requests and find out the perfect one for you.

2. Meals

  • Breakfast is usually at the hotels. Lunch and dinners will be provided at good conditioned, clean local restaurants or tourist restaurants.
    You can also taste authentic local dishes of different minorities along the Silk Road.
    sometime also arrange local family meals wherever it is possible to let you deeply understand local life and culture. You would also join the cooking if you like.

3. Transportation

  • Air-conditioned good conditioned vehicles for whole land transportation including Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing.

4. Drivers and Car Types

  • All of our tour guides are very experienced and helpful, who create unique and unforgettable experiences to share with you.
    Our tours include excellent English-speaking local tour guides in each destination, so they don’t travel with you on the trains or flights. But our driver/guide always pick up you from railway stations or airports with “your name” on a welcome board.

    All of our drivers are experienced licensed tourism drivers who are very helpful, friendly and easy going.
    We provide the following cars for the tour:
    1. 1-2 PAX: Sedan, SUV or MPV
    2. 3-5 PAX: MPV
    3. 6-8 PAX: 13-15-Seater minibus
    4. 9-10 PAX: 17-22 Seater Minibus
    5. 11 or more PAX: 33 seater or bigger coaches.

Questions and answers!

When is the best time to visit Karakul lake?
From Arill till October is the best season to visit Karakul Lake
How long is the driving from Kashgar
It is about 4 hours driving each-way. It would take longer if you stop for photos along the way as the scenery of Karakoram Highway is stunning and incredibly beautiful
How long can we spend around Karakul lake?
You can spend about 1-2 hours around the lake.
When do we back to the city in the afternoon?
We don’t limit your time unless you catch a flight; train or any appointment. Anyway you can be back kashgar at any time before dark as you like
can we visit local families?
Yes, you can visit local Kyrgyz family near Karakul lake and have lunch with them or have a cup of local tea in their yurt (if they already set up their yurts) .

Is that possible to stay at local family?
At the moment it is not possible to stay at local family.
How is the temperature?
It is quite warm on day time and quite cold at night time. The difference between day and night is quite high. Day time would be about 15-25 degree and night time 5-10 degree in summer. So suggest you to bring warm and light clothes. sometime you would experience four season in one day 🙂
What is the altitude?
Karkaul lake is 3600m high sea-level.
Does it Couse high altitude sickness and is it dangerous?
It would Couse High altitude sickness.
If you are healthy it is not dangerous. If you don’t know or don’t have experience over 3500m altitude, we suggest you to bring some medicine with you. we can provide oxygen bag if needed.
How do we book this tour?
If you like to book this tour, we request 20% down payment; you can pay this down payment by one of the following payment methods.
please check our “terms and conditions”

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