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… The popular cultural and scenic spots including Muhammed Kashgari's Tomb Complex, Karakul Lake, Muztagh-ata, Mt. Kongur, Stone City...

Duration: 10 days & 9 nights

Destinations: Hotan - Kashgar - Tashkurghan - Kashgar - Urumqi

Starting Point: Hotan

Ending Point: Urumqi

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Fly to Urumqi and connect your flight to Hotan. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to hotel for check-in. 

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.

Meal: B, L, D

Taklamakan Desert

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.

Meal: 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. 

Meal: B, L, D

mausoleum of Yarkant king

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.

Meal: 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.

Meal: B, L, D

Stone City

Drive all the way to Kashgar (5-6 hours). Free at leisure on your own.

Meal: 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.

Meal: B, L

Transfer to fly to Urumqi, be met and transferred to visit Xinjiang Museum. Free time at leisure. 

Meal: B, L

Xinjiang Museum

Transfer to the airport and fly to your next destination. 

Meal: B

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What's included

  • Guide

    Private tours escorted by an English-speaking guide.

  • Meals

    Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner.

  • Transport

    Private transfers airport/hotel/airport.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodations with daily breakfast.

  • Other

    Domestic flights and trains listed.
    Admission fees.

  • Visa

    Visa arrangement. Please consult the local Chinese Embassy or Consulates-General first for the tourist visa.

  • Other

    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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