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10-day Xinjiang Wildness Adventure

Tour code: ETC-Q74   

Riding the camel from jade town Hotan, travelers will have a great adventure in Taklamakan Desert and camping near the sand dunes. Discover the historical wonders, Buddism temples, cultural relics as well as the weekly Great Bazaar in Kashgar….Enjoy the wild scenery Karakul Lake & Muztagh-ata, then head to Khunjerab Pas, which is said to be the highest border crossing in the world…

Tour Date City Tour Brief
1 Hotan
Arrival in Hotan / Khotan
2 Hotan
Taklamakan Desert, riding camel and camping overnight at desert
3 Hotan
Ride the camel to Rawak ancient town, and visit Buddhist pagoda ruins, Malike-awat ruins, Jade River and jade carving factory.
4 Hotan / Kashgar
Tarim Basin, mausoleum of Yarkant king, Yingsar hand-made knife factory
5 Kashgar
Muhammed Kashgari's Tomb Complex, Karakul Lake, Muztagh-ata and Mt. Kongur
6 Kashgar / Tashkurghan
Stone City, Khunjerab Pass
7 Tashkurghan / Kashgar
Drive all the way to Kashgar (5-6 hours). Free at leisure on your own.
8 Kashgar
Handcraft Street of Kashgar, Kashgar Old Town, Kashgar Bazzar
9 Kashgar / Urumqi
Fly to Urumqi, Xinjiang Museum
10 Urumqi
Transfer to next destination
Day 01 Arrival in Hotan/Khotan (no meal)
Fly to Urumqi and connect your flight to Hotan. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to hotel for check-in.

Day 02 Hotan - Taklamakan Desert (B, L, D)
Drive 30 km (one hour) to the edge of the Taklamakan Desert and then hop on a camel for desert exploration. (about 6 - 7 hours). Camp overnight in the desert.

Day 03 Rawak Ruins – Hotan (B, L, D)
Ride the camel to Rawak ancient town, and visit Buddhist pagoda ruins (built in Tang dynasty 6th century AD, combination of Persian Indian architectural style), Malike-awat ruins, Jade River and jade carving factory.

Day 04  Hotan – Kashgar  (B, L, D)

Drive 520 km along the southern rim of Taklamakan Desert to Kashgar, a quaint oasis town, which was once the center of civilization in the Tarim Basin. On the way, visit the magnificent mausoleum of Yarkant king, and the old streets of Yarkant city. Yarkant once was a famous Silk Road town for traders. You will also visit Yingsar hand-made knife factory before you arrive to Kashgar.

Day 05 Kashgar – Karakul Lake (B, L, D)
After breakfast, drive along famous Karakorum highway for 200km.On the way you will pass by Mahmud Kashgary tomb who was a famous linguist around 11 century. Arrive at Karakul Lake, flanked by a 7000m giant and beautiful snow capped mountains Muztagh-ata and Mt. Kongur. This area is also occupied by local Kyrgyz people as pasture land. So you could also see local nomadic life there by Yaks. Stay overnight in the yurt for the adventurous or a hotel in Tashkurghan.

Day 06 Karakul Lake – Khunjerab Pass – Tashkurghan (B, L, D)
Enjoy breakfast by the Lake and a free hike in the morning. Then drive 1.5 hour to Tashkurghan (100 km) to visit the Stone City. After a short rest, we drive about 2 hours to the Khunjerab Pass (4693 m), which is said to be the highest border crossing in the world between Pakistan and China. The scenery at the pass is indeed incredibly beautiful. Overnight at Tashkurghan.

Day 07 Tashkurghan – Kashgar (B, L)
Drive all the way to Kashgar (5-6 hours). Free at leisure on your own.

Day 08 Kashgar (B, L)
Take a morning city tour to the old town and Handcraft Street of Kashgar, like its name Kashgar was so called as the center of the hand crafts such as iron, wood, cooper and gold products. You feel like you are not in China while you walking through the old town of Kashgar. Afternoon visit the local bazaar and also visit the Main Market area which has more farmers on Sunday.

Day 09 Kashgar – Urumqi (B, L)
Transfer to fly to Urumqi, be met and transferred to visit Xinjiang Museum. Free time at leisure.

Day 10 Urumqi departure (B)
Transfer to the airport and fly to your next destination.

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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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