Karakul Lake

Karakul Lake

Karakul • Tajikistan Tajikistan
106
windy days
/ year
Water type
lake
Beach type
Crowd
none
Rider level
expert
Tide dependent
Waves
none

Overview

Karakul Lake (or Black Lake) it’s a salt lake in the Pamir Mountains at 3914 m above sea level – powered by glacier water and surrounded by scenic up to 6-7k high mountains with snow peaks. It is the highest lake that’s ever been kitesurfed! The lake unfreezes between June and October and turns into beautiful turquoise color. When unfrozen, the water is still extra cold (0-5 ºC). Wind seems to pick up in the afternoon and there is some breeze pretty much all day. Due to high altitude, the air has reduced density and make it difficult to jump.

Karakul village is a very remote place, with no running water and electricity (except some solar panels).

Wind

Always some light breeze.

Dangers

No specific dangers, be careful with the extremely cold water (and ice patches) and possible altitude sickness.

Events

  • Roof of the world Regata

It is your responsability to check whether kitesurfing is allowed at the spot; you might need a 'special permit' or membership from a local kite organization, etc. Local rules can change. Respect others - kiters or not; kite safely and enjoy the wind!

Facilities

  • Accommodation

Wind Stats

  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
  • ok
  • ok
  • ok
  • humm
  • naah
  • naah
  • naah
  • naah
  • naah
  • naah
  • humm
  • ok
  • Windy days*:
  • 20
  • 19
  • 19
  • 8
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 1
  • 2
  • 4
  • 9
  • 18
  • Wind Direction:
  • No data available.
  • Av. Wind Speed (knts):
  • 9
  • 8
  • 8
  • 6
  • 5
  • 5
  • 4
  • 4
  • 4
  • 5
  • 7
  • 8
  • Kite Season:
  • low
  • low
  • low
  • low
  • low
  • low
  • low
  • low
  • low
  • low
  • low
  • low
  • Av. Temperature:
  • -19
  • -16
  • -12
  • -4
  • 1
  • 5
  • 10
  • 9
  • 4
  • -2
  • -7
  • -15

* with min. 4 bft (12 knt) wind, without thermal wind stats

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