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My first post - so apologies if I've got the resolution/format wrong.

This is by the shores of Lake Karakul, up in the high Pamir mountains of Xinjiang Province, China. It is pretty much the end of the Chinese portion of the Silk Road (at least, one of it's several variants) and is not far from the Karakorum Highway.

The mountain is Mustagh Ata, 7,546m, which means 'Father of Ice Mountains'. There is a small area of semi-fertile land around the lake where Kyrgyz nomads have their summer grazing for yaks, goats and camels as well as the ubiquitous stocky asian horses. The accomodation here is almost entirely in yurts and you only need to wander around the lake for a while to be invited to stay the night (in return for a small fee!) with a family.

The camel is a baby belonging to the family I stayed with.

The area is extremely beautiful and is not particularly hard to get to - the bus from Kashgar to Pakistan over the Karakorum Highway goes past the lake and you can ask to be dropped off. I theory you can then flag down a bus coming the other way to get back to Kashgar - but that's only theory!

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