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    Kashgar - Opal Village - Ghez valley - Karakul lake - Muztagh glaciers - Tashkurgan - Stone Fort - Khunjerab Pass (Blood Valley) (KKH)
    Day 01
    Kashgar - Karakul Lake - Tashkurgan (290km/180miles)
    Our Silk Road tour guide and driver will meet you at your hotel at 7:30am local time from where we'll head out along the Karakorum Highway (KKH) to Karakul Lake - the KKH was recently renamed the Sino-Pakistan Highway. On the way, we'll stop off in Opal to visit the Mahmood Kashgary Tomb who was a famous Uyghur scholar in the 11th century. The scholar was particularly famous for his book named "Complete Turkish Dictionary". Opal is also an interesting village for its Monday market. In the village, we'll buy some fresh bread and fruits and some gifts (pens or pencils) for the Kyrgyz kids at Karakul Lake and set off along the famous Ghez River towards Kumtag (Sand Mountain)
    The Ghez check point is only for checking passports and local IDs to Tashkurgan. Yet from this point on the road takes on a life of its own, dominated by the breathtaking beauty of mountains of three distinct colours. Rest assured, we'll stop plenty of times to take photos. When we arrive at the Old Silk Road Inn, we'll stop for a photo break by the Ghez River and again later on to walk next to Kum tagh. Sometimes it's not possible to cross the river due to the high waters.
    From here on, it's only 20 minutes drive to Karakul Lake, where you can't fail to be impressed by the super massifs of Kongor Peak and Muztagh Ata (meaning 'Father of the Ice Mountain') over looking the lucid water of the lake. Karakul is a special place of intense beauty. Beside the lake one can see local people with their yaks, goats, sheep and camels. We will arrive at the Lake for lunch time where a Kyrgyz traditional meal awaits in a local Yurt (not a touristy Yurt).
    Following lunch, you'll have two hours free time to walk besides the lake and ride horses or camels around it. Afterwards we'll push on to Subash village to visit local Kyrgyz houses before driving to Tashkurgan where, on route, you'll have the chance to view an old Kyrgyz grave yard beside the main road for photos. It takes about 2 hours to reach Tashkurgan and we can stop for photos as often as you wish. At Tagarma village, we will also visit a hot spring a few kms into the mountains (optional). All being well we'll arrive in Tashkurgan at 5:00pm local time where you will check in to either the Pamir hotel or Stone city hotel. (Booked as per your request). Later, you'll have free time to walk around town. Dinner will be in one of the local Tajik restaurants.

    Day 02
    Tashkurgan - Khunjerab Pass - Karakul Lake (350km/218miles)
    After breakfast with a Tajik family in a nearby village, we set off for the Khunjerab Pass. Permission to visit the pass is obtained from the immigration office and takes ten minutes or less. From Tashkurgan it's 126 kms to the Khunjerab pass stopping off at the Old Silk road Inn (Deng) along the way. The Tajik people named here 'Kuk Art,' just beside the Tashkurgan River. After the last check point, we ascend the 4850m Khunjerab Pass on China's border with Pakistan. You can stay here for about an hour to take photos and chat with the Pakistani soldiers. They are all very friendly to the travelers and often donate their motorbikes or hats for taking photos - though the Chinese border police may object to you crossing the border on the motorbike.
    The area around the pass is cold in summertime and we recommend you bring extra clothing to keep warm. After our time is up, we'll return to Tashkurgan stopping off at Daptar village on the way. The village is home to the Princess Fort at Mintike Pass and can be reached with a special permit. It has a very special story among the Tajik People which your tour guide will relate for you. After lunch in town, we'll pay a visit to a Tajik art and culture centre (optional) and revisit Karakul Lake to spend the night in a Tajik yurt with local family members. Kyrgyz people are very friendly and love to chat and our guide will help with translations and even teach you some Kyrgyz words if you're amenable. Sometimes, the family's children (if at home) may even dance for you. This would be an appropriate time to give your gifts to them!
    Day 03
    Karakul Lake - Kashgar (190km/118miles)
    After breakfast, we'll hike around the lake and mountains until lunch time and return to Kashgar depending upon your travel arrangements and feeling. Under a normal tour we will arrive back in Kashgar around 4:00pm local time.
    Most travellers often book two days tour for the above itinerary but since your tour is your own, we have the flexibility to accommodate any request.
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