13-Days Xinjiang Silk Road Adventure

  • Destinations:Kashgar; Karakoram Highway; Karakul lake; Tashkorgan; Yarkand; Hotan; Taklamakan Desert; Uruqmi; Heavenly Lake; Turpan

  • Number of Pax: 2 PAX

  • Clients from: England

Day 1
2018-09-10 (Monday)
Tash Rabat to Kashgar
Hotel:Radisson Blue Hotel (luxury 5-star)
Meals:No Meals
Activities: Start your tour from Tash Rabat after breakfast and arrive in Kashgar later in the afternoon through Torugart pass
Our Kyrgyz driver will pick up you from your Hotel at Tash Rabat after breakfast and drive to Torugart pass which is about 3-4 hours driving.
Our Chinese guide and driver from Kashgar will be at Torugart pass at about 1:30-2:00pm Beijing time (11:30-12:00 Kyrgyz time) to meet you and transfer to Kashgar city. Total distance is 170kms.
First stop at Topa Immigration and Customs Office which is 110kms from the border , it is about 2:00 hours.
Then drive to Kashgar which is another about 1:30 hours.
So arrive Kashgar at about 6:00pm Beijing time (official time all over China)
Day 2
2018-09-11 (Tuesday)
Explore Kashgar City
Hotel:Radisson Blue Hotel (luxury 5-star)
Meals:B,L,D
Activities: Visit Grand mosque, Apak Hoja tomb (which is also called Fragrant Concubine Tomb), Old city walking tours, livestock market, Sunday market and dinner at a local Uighur family
Explore the rich, endless culture of the Uighurs in Kashgar. First visit livestock market which happens on every Sunday and people bring their horses, sheep, goats, camels,cows,bulls,yaks and donkeys to the market for sale. It provides a great opportunity to take photos of the faces of local people, study traditional local market culture, test-drive a donkey or horse or even make its shoes. Like opening a window, today is a real glimpse into a time lost in the annals of the Silk Road’s past and an opportunity not to be missed.
Later move on to Sunday market main Bazaar which is considered one of the largest market in Central Asia. From fluffy sheepskin hats to rugged camel-hide boots, not to mention beads, buttons and buckets of locals. Everything – including plenty of kitchen sinks – is for sale at this fairytale bazaar. It is the best chance to practice your bargaining skills.
After lunch spend some time by the Id Kah mosque, the largest mosque in China and marvel at the intricate architecture of Kashgar’s historic Apak Hoja Tomb which is also known as Fragrant concubine tomb).
We’ll also spend time in the Kashgar Old Town and have some walking tours through some ancient historical parts; Stop at a century-old tea house for a short break and taste local medicinal teas such as those containing rose, saffron, honey and many other ingredients.
Finally conclude our city tour with a dinner at a local family which offers a great opportunity to deeply understand real local life, culture and traditions of local Uighurs.
Day 3
2018-09-12 (Wednesday)
Kashgar to Tashkorgan
Hotel:Crown inn (Local best)
Meals:B,L,D
Activities: Drive along the KKH, Stop at Opal Village, Oytagh Kunlunshan Colorful mountain range, Gaz Valley and check point, Bulungkol Valley (white sand mountain), Karakul lake and local Kyrgyz family visit
We set out along the Sino – Pakistan Karakorum Highway, on the Pamir plateau (the roof of the world)visit Karakul Lake (3600m above sea level). The lake sits at the foot of the notorious, Muztagh Ata (7546m) and Gongur (7719m) mountains. ‘Muztagh Ata’ means Father of the Ice Mountain and is one of the most beautiful and mysterious mountains in the world.
Lunch will be at local Kyrgyz family or at the lake side restaurant as your like.
You can stop along the way at good spots for photos as much as you like or hiking around Karakul lake for a few hours. Our driver and guide never mind for your many stops or spending time for hiking
Arrive Tashkorgan in the late afternoon and stay overnight
Day 4
2018-09-13 (Thursday)
Tashkorgan to Kashgar
Hotel:Radisson Blue Hotel (luxury 5-star)
Meals:B,L,D
Activities: Visit Stone Fort, Tajik village, Hike on the Grassland and drive back to Kashgar after lunch
Tashkurgan Tajik autonomous county was once an important hub on the old Silk Road. The area borders with Pakistan and Afghanistan  via the Kunjerab Pass and Wahan Corridor.
After breakfast, you’ll have an opportunity to see the town’s ancient Stone Fort – still standing after 2200 years! ‘Tashkurgan’ is a translation of ‘Stone Fort.’ Later Hike on the grassland next to the Stone Fort.
After lunch, drive back to Kashgar and you can make stops along the way if you like.
Day 5
2018-09-14 (Friday)
Kashgar to Hotan
Hotel:West Lake International Hotel (4*)
Meals:B,L,D
Activities: Drive along the Southern Silk Road, stop in Yarkant, Kaghilik for sightseeing
We set out from Kashgar after breakfast, first stop at Yarkand for a few hours to enjoy local culture and do some sightseeing. visit the Golden Mosque (built in 1533) and its graveyard which includes several hundred-year-old tombs. Yarkand was once the capital of many Uighur Kingdoms in ancient times and an important station on the old Silk Road. It has more than 2000 years of history.
After Yarkand we’ll stop at Kargilik another former hub on the Silk Road. The Tibet highway starts from Kargilik and visit the grand mosque (1533) before drive on to Hotan
Day 6
2018-09-15 (Saturday)
Hotan to Desert Trekking
Hotel:Cmap in the desert
Meals:B,L,D
Activities: Visit Grand Bazaar and drive to desert, once arrive in Desert pack up camels and start camels trekking.
Our tour guide and driver will meet you at the hotel at 8:00am local time and drive to Grand bazaar to see around and to do some shopping for desert camp. then drive out into the Taklimakan Desert to give you a chance to experience the adventure life of the Caravans in the Taklimakan desert several Thousand years ago.
Upon arrival in the desert , we pack up everything on the camel and begin trekking. You’ll enjoy beautiful endless high sand dunes during the trek.
Before sunset select a place with high sand dunes and our guide will make desert kebabs for you as shooting stars light the sky and the desert welcomes you to rest.
You never feel it is already midnight as you are listening the very interesting adventure life stories of Our camel man in the desert.
Day 7
2018-09-16 (Sunday)
Desert to Hotan, fly to Urumqi
Hotel:Grand Mercure Hualing Hotel(5-star)
Meals:B,L,D
Activities: Pack up camels and out of the desert, then drive to Hotan city and catch evening flight to Urumqi
After breakfast, pack up everything on the same camels and come out of the desert where our driver awaits to escort you back to a hotel for a short break. A shower in the hotel is always nice to rid of 2 days of sands and grits, but the experience and memories will remain forever.
Drive to airport for the flight to Urumqi and Our different guide and driver will pick up you from Urumqi airport and transfer to your Hotel.
Day 8
2018-09-17 (Monday)
Day Trip to Heavenly Lake
Hotel:Grand Mercure Hualing Hotel(5-star)
Meals:B,L,D
Activities: Drive to Heavenly lake and spend a few hours around the lake for Hiking or boating as you like
Our guide and driver see you at the hotel lobby and Leave for Heavenly Lake after breakfast which is 115 kms (71 Miles) over two hours by vehicle. This beautiful and crystal-clear waters of Heavenly Lake is guarded by the Tianshan mountain and once you are at the lake, you will have free time to roam around the lake, simply trekking up the mountains through the various valleys, go for boating or take a cable car (own expense) up to the top of the mountain for full scenery of the lake
Whenever ready drive back to Urumqi and stay overnight.
Day 9
2018-09-18 (Tuesday)
Heavenly Lake to Turapn
Hotel:Silk Road Lodges
Meals:B,L,D
Activities: After local breakfast at Kazak Yurt, drive to Turapn and visit Yargul (Jiaohe) Ancient city
Not many tourists spend a night at the lake, it is quiet and not touristy in the morning. Also,enjoy the sunshine in the early morning.
After local Kazak style breakfast at the yurt, you will have chance to hike around the lake for a few hours before it gets crowded.  
Whenever you are ready, drive to Turpan which takes about 4 hours. Once you arrive Turpan, first visit Yargul (Jiaohe) Ancient city which is one of the best preserved ancient cities in China. The ruins of the buildings are divided into temples, civilian dwellings and government offices. Workshops, residential houses and the streets are still visible and time there is a time spent in a long lost world. 
Then check into your hotel for overnight
Day 10
2018-09-19 (Wednesday)
Turpan For Whole Day
Hotel:Silk Road Lodges
Meals:B,L,D
Activities: Visit Bezeklik Thousand Buddha caves, Tuyuq village, Karez underground Irrigations system and Emin Minaret
After breakfast drive to Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves which used to be an important center for Buddhist worshipers under the Xizhou Huigu government of the Idikut (Gaochang) Kingdom. In these caves, people created works of art depicting daily life and religion. The region has experienced changes in rules, invasions and immigrations, so people from different cultures left different artworks here.
Then Move on to Toyup village, an old, beautiful and timeless village with a friendly Uighur community. Here we visit several local families and have lunch with a local family in their home. This could be the highlight of your tour today. 
After lunch drive to see the world famous Karez Underground Irrigation System, unique to this part of the world. The system is considered as one of the three great projects in China with the other two being the Great Wall and the Grand Canal. 
Then visit Emin Suliman minaret which is a magnificent combination of ancient Uighur and Islamic architecture. It is the tallest ancient tower in Xinjiang and the only Islamic ancient minaret in the country. Locals call it “pure tower.” 

On the way back stop on the roadside for taking photos of Flaming Mountain which people claimed to be the hottest and driest along the silk road that “flying birds even a thousand miles away dare not to come”.

Day 11
2018-09-20 (Thursday)
Turpan to Urumqi
Hotel:Grand Mercure Hualing Hotel(5-star)
Meals:Breakfast
Activities: After breakfast drive to Urumqi and Visit Xinjiang Museum in the afternoon
After breakfast drive to Urumqi and arrive by lunch time.
In the afternoon visit Xinjiang Museum which houses an impressive collection of exhibits, covering artifacts and relics from more than 12 minority groups. By this way you have some understanding about Xinjiang and the Silk Road.
Day 12
2018-09-21 (Friday)
Day Trip to Heavenly Lake
Hotel:Grand Mercure Hualing Hotel(5-star)
Meals:Breakfast
Activities: Drive to Heavenly lake and spend a few hours around the lake for Hiking or boating as you like
Our guide and driver see you at the hotel lobby and Leave for Heavenly Lake after breakfast which is 115 kms (71 Miles) over two hours by vehicle. This beautiful and crystal-clear waters of Heavenly Lake is guarded by the Tianshan mountain and once you are at the lake, you will have free time to roam around the lake, simply trekking up the mountains through the various valleys, go for boating or take a cable car (own expense) up to the top of the mountain for full scenery of the lake
Whenever ready drive back to Urumqi and stay overnight.
Day 13
2018-09-22 (Saturday)
Urumqi To Your Destination
Hotel:Not included
Meals:B,L,D
Activities: See you off at Urumqi airport
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