Passing through stunning scenery and linking China to Pakistan, I had the privilege of visiting parts of the Karakoram Highway for a day trip from Kashgar; Karakul lake was our destination. The ride up the highway was dramatic: glaciers, jutting mountains, rushing waters and oases, and a truck accident that was cleared just 2 hours after we arrived at the scene; drivers were stranded along the highway for 3 days prior and the news had not spread beyond the scene of the accident itself; we departed from Kashgar without knowledge of the accident and nearly turned back to Kashgar before reaching Karakul lake. Fortunately, there were no fatalities from the accident. For all of the images from this journey, see the slideshow at the end of this post. The images I’ve chosen to narrate from are a brief, snippet selection.
At the scene of the track accident, I fell off a large rock afters stepping on top of it, assuming it was on a solid foundation. It rolled under my weight and I fell on my back into the rocks below. Amazingly, I escaped without a scratch and so did my Nikon D90 and lens.
Unexpectedly, the view of dunes, the clear blue sky and clouds mirroring in the body of water along the Highway was more stunningly beautiful than our destination of Karakul Lake itself.
Unfortunately I did not to travel the entire length of the Karakoram Highway into Pakistan, in which second highest mountain on Earth (but considered the most dangerous to summit) in the world, K2 is located. I highly recommend anyone traveling to China to consider visiting the Xinjiang region in general and Kashgar and the Karakoram Highway specifically.