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9-day Tengger Desert Crossing

Tour code: ETC-Q68   

This is a 9-day desert adventure that crossing the fourth largest desert in China. Hiking, driving, camel riding and camping are the unique activities in the wild land, travelers will have chance to see the endless sand dunes and other destinations in Gansu & Ningxia areas, like Yinchuan, Zhangye etc.

Tour DateCityTour Brief
1JiayuguanArrival in Jiayuguan
2Jiayuguan / Zhangye
Ming Dynasty Great Wall, Jiayuguan Pass to Overhanging Great Wall, Dofo Temple
3Zhangye / Shandan / Wuwei
Shandan for Hiking, head to Wuwei
4Wuwei / Zhongwei / Camp #1
Drive to Zhongwei, Hiking in afteroon, camping in desert
5camp #2
Camel Riding in Tengger Desert
6Camp #3 / Qingtongxia / Wuzhong
Rafting on Yellow River, Qingtongxia, head to Wuzhong
7Wuzhong / Yinchuan
Muslim Culture Garden and Museum
Hiking on grassland of Yinchuan
Western Xia Imperial Tombs, fly to next Destination
Day 01 Arrival in Jiayuguan (D)
Upon arrival in Jiayuguan, you will be met at the airport by our local guide, and transferred to hotel.

Day 02 Jiayuguan - Zhangye (B, L, D)
Visit the Jiayuguan Fort, the western terminus of the Ming Dynasty Great Wall. Walk from Jiayuguan Pass to the Overhanging Great Wall, about 7 km to the north. Then drive to Zhangye (244km) and visit the Giant Buddha Temple (Dafo Si), where you will see the largest reclining Buddha in China, built in 1098. Overnight in Zhangye.

Day 03 Zhangye – Shandan - Wuwei (B, L, D)
Drive about 1.5 hours to Shandan for today’s hike (16-20 km), you will witness grassland, Gobi Desert, red stone mountains, and the ruins of both a fortress and a beacon tower. Then head for Wuwei by car (255km). Overnight in Wuwei.

Day 04 Wuwei - Zhongwei – campsite #1 (B, L, D)
After breakfast, drive for half a day along the Old Silk Road to Zhongwei (880km), a desert city in Ninxia Province which is surrounded by sand dunes. Hike in the late after noon (10km), half of which will be in the desert and the other half on and along the ruins of the Wall. En route, see a beautiful lake which provides an oasis for thousands of migrating birds in the spring. Overnight in tents in the desert.

Day 05 Camel Riding - campsite #2 (B, L, D)
Just like the camel caravans that traveled the Silk Road so many years ago, ride woolly Bactrian camels from the morning campsite to evening one, across what appears to be the endless Tengger Desert. That evening, view the setting sun from our campsite, and wake up to a magnificent sunrise the next morning. Overnight camping in tents.

Day 06 Campsite #2-Qingtongxia-Wuzhong (B, L, D)
Take an exciting trip down the Yellow River (the second-longest river in China) by a sturdy sheep-skin raft! Disembarking at Qingtongxia, we will have a short visit to the stunning 108 Dagobas stupas, arranged near the bank of the river in the shape of an equilateral triangle. Then precede to Wuzhong, a town of Muslim Hui people. You can pay a visit to their local Bazaar after dinner. Overnight in hotel.

Day 07 Wuzhong - Yinchuan (B, L, D)
Rafting from Wuzhong to Yongning, and then drive to Yinchuan, the capital of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. Visit the Muslim Culture Garden and Museum. Overnight in a hotel in Yinchuan.

Day 08 Yinchuan (B, L, D)
Hike 15-20 km today and see the greener scenery en route: grasslands dotted with small lakes, villages, and along the Wall, ruins of fortresses built so many years ago. Overnight at Yinchuan,

Day 09 Yinchuan departure (B, L)

Visit the Western Xia Imperial Tombs, which are nicknamed by the Chinese as the "Pyramids of China". The tombs were originally created by the founder of the Western Xia Kingdom (1038-1237 AD), Li Yuanhao. Transfer to the airport and fly to your next destination.


As all of our holidays are tailor-made it isn’t possible to give anexact price on the web-site as the final cost is dependant on a number of factors. These include the number of people in your party, the season you travel, the standard of hotel (we offer a variety of standards from three-star to super-luxurious) and duration of your trip. However, as aguideline you should expect to pay from US$ for the opposite itinerary.

Included Services

Private transfers airport/hotel/airport;
Private tours escorted by an English-speaking guide;
Accommodations with daily breakfast;
Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner;
Domestic flights and trains listed;
Admission fees.

Non-included Services,
Visa arrangement;
Excess luggage charge(the luggage allowance at economy class is 20kg);
Personal expense;
Any meals not specified as "B, L or D";
Gratuities to guides and drivers.

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