Karakul Lake

Lake in Karakoram Highway

This extraordinarily beautiful lake sits below the soaring snowcapped peak of Mt Muztaghata (7509m) and has a couple of small Kyrgyz settlements along its western shore. Famed for its perfect plate-glass reflections of the surrounding mountains, it's a popular overnight stop between Kashgar and Tashkurgan where travellers can stay in traditional yurts or stone huts as guests of local families. This is best organised through a travel agency.