The Karakul lake lies at an altitude of 3600m and is the highest lake of the Pamir plateau, near the junction of the Pamir, Tian Shan and Kunlun Shan mountain ranges. The lake is surrounded by the Muztagh Ata (7546m), Kongur Tagh (7649m) and Kongur Tiube (7530m) mountains, which remain snow-covered throughout the year. The lake is popular among travellers for its unreal scenery and the clarity of the reflections in its water, whose colour ranges from a dark green to azure and light blue. Around the lake Kyrgyz people live in yurts.
Muztagh Ata, also known as Muztagata (Mushitage Feng in Chinese), is the second highest mountain in the Kunlun Shan, the mountain range which forms the northern edge of the Tibetan Plateau. It is also reputedly one of the easiest 7000m peaks in the world to climb, due to its gentle western slope and the relatively dry weather of Xinjiang.

01 North face of Muztagh Ata 02 Panorama view of Muztagh Ata 03 Panorama view of Karakul lake and Muztagh Ata
04 Panorama view of Karakul lake and Muztagh Ata 05 Karakul lake and Muztagh Ata 06 Panorama view of Karakul lake
07 Panorama view of Karakul lake and Muztagh Ata 08 Panorama view of Karakul lake and Muztagh Ata 09 Panorama view of Karakul lake and Kunlun mountains
10 Panorama view of Karakul lake and Kongur Tagh mountain 11 Panorama view of Karakul lake and Kunlun mountains 12 Karakul lake and Muztagh Ata 13 Kyrgyz yurt
14 Kyrgyz yurt 15 Karakul lake and Muztagh Ata 16 Glaciers 17 Sheep grazing along shore
18 Karakul lake and mountains 19 Karakul lake and mountains 20 Karakul lake and Muztagh Ata 21 Kyrgyz woman and children 22 Shore and snow covered  mountains
23 Shore and snow covered  mountains 24 Muztagh Ata 25 Muztagh Ata
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