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.
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