In July 2012, we travelled to the far west of China to visit Kashgar and Lake Karakul, and to do some high-altitude trekking in the foothills of 7,546m Mt. Muztagh-Ata.
The middle days of the trip were spent trekking in the mountains. We visited Lake Karakul and hiked between small settlements, nomad encampments, and the 4,500m base camp of Mt. Muztagh-Ata.
The other days were spent exploring Kashgar City, where we looked about the remaning streets of the old city, visited the cattle market, had a street-side meal at the night market, and visited mosques and temples with minarets.
Below you'll find a small selection of Huijie's photos of life in the West!
During Ramadan, Muslims are required to fast during the hours of daylight. That meant the night market at Kashgar was very lively when we visited.
Hikers seated at the night market.
A local lady and her child, inspecting the naan bread.
Classic Kashgar cuisine: naan bread and BBQ lamb.
“The Temple of the Fragrant Concubine”
Bread for sale in Kashgar’s Old City.
A young mother and her child in the Old City.
Time for a trim.
Natural pigments used for dyes and paints.
A local lady on the streets of the old city.
Musical instruments in the Grand Bazaar.
A special plate, engraved by hand.
A young man at praver in the Id Kar Mosque.
Coloured hills on the road to Lake Karakul.
Close up shot of hills on the road to Lake Karakul.
A shot of the Kongur-Tagh Mountains, with a peak of 7,649m.
Part of our happy camel team.
Our first camp site.
Hiking towards Mt. Muztagh-Ata.
Huijie convinced her to pose for a photograph.
A father and son getting about on donkeys.
The ladies of a local settlement were getting the water boiling.
Mudbrick houses below mountains.
The last light of the day on the Kongur-Tagh Mountains.
Light falls on the foothills of Mt. Muztagh-Ata.
More of the mountains in the area.
A new member of the family, out for a first walk.
During winter, everybody (including the cows) moves down to a lower (and less freezingly inhospitable) altitude.
An old lady inspects the herd.
Local nomad’s summer house, near one of our campsites.
Lake Karaku, with Mt. Muztagh-Ata in the background.
More of the weirdly-coloured hills in the area.
The 7,546m peak of Mt. Muztagh-Ata, seen from Lake Karakul.
The beautiful landscape around Lake Karakul.
Local kids say Thumbs Up!
Kids at play by 204 Village, named such for being 204km from Kashgar.
A young boy is walking home for dinner.
This part of Kashgar’s Old City will soon be demolished, because the old houses are not structurally sound.
Streetside sales of skewers.
One of our dinners in Kashgar was accompanied by song.
Everyone was very hungry after three days of simple food while camping.
We stopped for a photo between Kashgar and Lake Karakul.
Sandy hills and a lake.
The livestock market in Kashgar.
The hikers at Lake Karakul.
Some of us got all the way up to the 4,500m basecamp of Mt. Muztagh-Ata – here’s the proof!