The Karakul lake is located along the Karakoram road which connects China to Pakistan, at the South-western part of Xinjiang. Near to the Pakistani and Kirghiz borders, it is in a landscape of high mountains that this lake rests, overhung by the summit of the Mustagh Ata mountain which culminates at 7.546 meters.
Up north, the Sayram lake rests near the wild Tian Shan Range, not far from the Kazhak border. Imposing by its size, one finds endemic species of fish in its turquoise waters. And, on its banks, many families of Kazhak nomads and shepherds come each summer to feed their herds on the pastures along the lake.