The road from Kashgar to Karakul Lake

Day one of our Xinjiang tour we loaded ourselves up into the car and set forth along a section of the Karakoram Highway to our first stop, Karakul Lake. The drive up was astounding; I couldn’t stop marveling at the amazing scenery and we stopped along the side of the road loads of times to take photos.

Before the ascent we stopped at a town to stock up on food before driving gradually up into a mountain-scape cloaked in thick grey clouds. Around mid-day, shortly after passing the checkpoint, we must have reached critical altitude – suddenly the skies were clearing to reveal a brilliant expanse of blue, even as the temperature continued to drop.

More details to come, but in the mean time, here are some photo impressions from the drive up. 🙂

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Freshly baked!

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Beautiful mountain succulent

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An eagle soars above the mountains

Building blending in with the mountain background. Note the Arabic writing…


Can you spot the goats on the mountain? Picture is clickable if you want a closer look. 🙂

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Our first glimpse of snow through the clouds!


There wasn’t very much traffic on the Karakorum Highway. Mostly we saw large freight trucks if we crossed paths with anyone. Here a yellow one approaches a solitary traveler on donkey (click the photo to zoom in).

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The wall and roof of a house blend with the mountain range in the background.

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We stopped in front of this woman’s simple shop to take photos of the landscape. She was wonderfully sweet and invited us in to take a look at her home.

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Massive sand dunes behind the “wet plateau”

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View from the back seat. 🙂

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