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Kalakuli Lake

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Kalakuli Lake is located 196 km from Kashgar, Xinjiang Province, near the junction of the Pamir, Tian Shan and Kunlun mountain ranges. The 3,600 m altitude makes it the highest lake of the Pamir plateau, it covers about 10,000 square meters and the depth is about 30 meters. The lake is guarded by three mountains- Muztagh Ata (7,546 m), Kongur Tagh (7,649 m) and Kongur Tiube (7,530 m), each of them is covered by snow all the year around. Its unique charm and the crystal clear reflection in the water attract many travelers from home and abroad.


The lake is normally green on sunny days, when the storm came, dark clouds gathered together and the water in the lake become deep dark, hence the name "Kalakuli" (Kirgiz meaning Black Lake). The color of the lake changes frequently. Every dawn in the morning, the lake is like a green mirror; as soon as the sun rises, with the shinning sunlight, the lake begin to fluctuate, the color ranges from light blue to pale yellow, and sometimes to pink red, which make the tourists feel like being in a fairyland. The Pamir mountain villa build beside the lake is a perfect place for travelers to have a rest while enjoy the breathtaking scenery.


East to the Kalakuli Lake stands the Muztagh Ata, also called "The Father of the Iceberg". The Sal Vast Mountains lying on the west and a piece of grassland sited on the south of the lake. In summer, the emerald lush grass, the majestic mountains and the limpid water forms a spectacular view that is hard to miss. Pastorals from the grassland join in the ear and the wild duck leisurely stroll along the lake, which composes a dreamlike scene let people linger over.