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Karakul Lake by the side of Karakoram Highway on China's part which is the highest paved highway in the world. Karakul Lake is 3600 meters above sea level.
Tashkorgan or Tashkurgan means Stone Fortress, Stone Castle. Tashkorgan had served a long history as a major stop along the Silk Road. Ruins of the remaining stone fortress is in the middle left of this picture. The scenery and atmosphere of the grassland below the fortress was nothing but breathtaking.
The view of Pamir Mountains from my car on the way to Karakul along Karakoram Highway, the highest highway in the world. The mountains are snow-capped all year round.
I found an interesting profile on the side of Pamir Mountains along Karakoram Highway. This is the close of it. Don't they look like giant footprint?
Karakul is surrounded by mountains that are snow-capped all year long. Thus, Karakul actually lies beneath a giant valley. However, Karakul is the highest lake on Pamir Plateau. Karakul is at 3600 m altitude.
In Uyghur, "Bulungkol" means "Corner Lake". If you cross Karakoram Highway from Kashgar, you'll meet this lake first before you meet the famous Karakul Lake. Although not as wide and as deep as Karakul, Bulungkol is as worthwhile to pay a visit.
Don't miss this when you visit Xinjiang. Even though you are like me, not a 'foody', you MUST TRY. This one I ate at Opal Village, about 50 km southwest of Kashgar.