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5-09-2014, 13:26

Roof of World Regatta to be held on Tajikistan’s Karakul Lake


Avesta.Tj | 05.09.2014 | The water sporting event - "Roof of the world” Regatta will be held from Sept. 13 to 15, on Karakul Lake located in Tajikistan’s Pamir Mountains, the Committee for Youth, Sports and Tourism Affairs under the Tajik Government said on Friday.

According to the committee, the adventure seekers and extreme sports enthusiasts are invited to the international competitions which include kite-surfing, sailing, rowing and kayaking craft.

The extreme sports event on the largest lake – Karakul will be held for the first time in Tajikistan.

Lake Karakul or "Black Lake" is located in the high and dry Pamir Mountains in Tajikistan, within the Tajik National Park, in one of the most beautiful and remote location in Central Asia.

It is a deep brackish-water lake lying in a closed basin at an altitude of 3,900 meters above sea level. Surrounded by high mountains which block humid air masses, the valley receives less than 30 mm of precipitation a year making it one of the driest places in Central Asia.

Previously, the lake was known as Lake Victoria until the early 20th century, named after Queen Victoria of Britain. The name was changed with the advent of the Soviet system in the 1920s.

Lake Karakul has two basins separated by a peninsula from the south and an island in the north. The island is 8 km long and 4 km wide, and the strait between them is 1 km wide. The east basin is relatively shallow with a mean depth of 22 meters, while the west basin has a deepest point of 236 meters. Three rivers flow into Lake Karakul, but there being no outlet, the water is very salty.