12 Days Xinjiang Group Tour with Northern Xinjiang

February 12, 2018
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12 Days Xinjiang Group Tour with Northern Xinjiang

12 Days Xinjiang Group Tour with Northern Xinjiang
12 Days Xinjiang Group Tour with Northern Xinjiang
12 Days Xinjiang Group Tour with Northern Xinjiang
12 Days Xinjiang Group Tour with Northern Xinjiang
12 Days Xinjiang Group Tour with Northern Xinjiang
12 Days Xinjiang Group Tour with Northern Xinjiang
12 Days Xinjiang Group Tour with Northern Xinjiang

Price Details: Starting from 13,980 RMB p/p

Group Size: 2 to 8 Pax

Kashgar – Hotan – Kashgar

Tour Highlight: Our guide and driver will meet you at Urumqi Airport then transfer you to your comfort hotel. You will be free rest of the day to rest and explore the area near to your hotel.

Day 1: Arrival to Urumqi

Attractions: Arrival to Urumqi
Activities: Our guide and driver will meet you at Urumqi Airport then transfer you to your comfort hotel. You will be free rest of the day to rest and explore the area near to your hotel.

Day 2: Urumqi to Turpan then Turpan Tour

Attractions:  Kariz Water System, Jiaohe Ancient City, Emin Minaret
Activities: After breakfast at your hotel, you will meet with our guide and driver then transferred to Turpan. It is 190 km and takes approximately 2.5 hours driving depending on the traffic. On the way, you will drive pass Da Ban Cheng, which is the one of the largest wind power station in China. After arriving in Turpan, you will either check in to your hotel before launching your Turpan tour or straight
launch your Turpan tour depending on the season or time you arrive to Turpan. You will start your tour by visiting Kariz Underground Water System which is the China’s third most important ancient engineering feat with total length of 3100 miles and dating back more than 2000 years. You will visit one of the natural, non-touristy Kariz spots in Turpan. Your next stop will be Jiaohe Ancient City which is the world’s oldest, largest, and tallest ancient city built of mud. From this ancient city, archaeologists have unearthed many cultural relics and Buddhist scriptures dates back to Tang Dynasty. Your last stop for the day will be Emin Minaret which was built in 1777, it is the largest surviving old tower in Xinjiang. It is the only Islamic tower among the hundred most famous towers in China. After the tour, you will return to your hotel.

Day 3: Turpan Tour then Back to Urumqi

Attractions:  Gaochang Ancient City, Astana Ancient Tombs, Tuyuk Village Uyghur Family Visit, Flaming Mountain (non touristy)
Activities: After your breakfast in your hotel, you will start your Turpan tour by visiting Gaochang Ancient City located 47 km east of Turpan. The city was built in the first century B.C. and was a key point on the ancient Silk Road. Afterwards, you will head to Astana Ancient tombs; it is the royal graveyard and the underground museum of Xinjiang where many important scriptures, paintings and mummies
have been discovered. Then you will visit Tuyuk Village where you can observe traditional Uyghur life by visiting Uyghur family and village. Villagers in this village live in traditional homes made of mud brick. You will also visit the non-touristy part of Flaming Mountains which extend 100 km from east to west and are about 10 km wide. In the summer, temperatures reach as high as 80 C and the air flow shimmers above the mountains like a fire. After your tour at Flaming Mountain, you will head back to Urumqi.

Day 4: Urumqi to Kanas Morning Flight then Kanas Tour

Attractions:  Fish Observation Pavilion, Moon Bay, Immortal Bay, Dragon Bay
Activities: After early breakfast at the hotel, your guide and driver will take you to Urumqi airport for your flight to Kanas. Urumqi to Kanas is only 1 hour flight.  After arriving Kanas Airport, you will then take airport shuttle to Jia Ding Yu (70 km) and check in to your comfort hotel. Jia DingYu is a place 38 km to  Kanas scenic area, to perverse the environment, most hotels and restaurants are
located in JiaDingYu. After check in to the hotel, then change scenic shuttle heading to Kanas Lake (35km). On the way (or way back) stop at moon bay, dragon bay, and immortal bay.  All these 3 bays are formed by the lake water flowing in strange geography. Kanas Scenic Area is approved by UN as one of the pure preserved nature land. It has different kind of trees, blue water river, and white Kazak Yurts to keep your mind away from noisy city life.  After lunch, you will take scenic shuttle bus to arrive fish observation pavilion, beautiful Zig Zag mountain road takes 25 minutes to destination, then more than thousand steps of wood staircase brings you to the top of the mountain where you stand on top of the mountain, you can have lakes birds view from the top. After fish pavilion take the shuttle back to JiadingYu.

Day 5: Kanas Tour

Attractions:  boat tour, Tuwa house visiting, trekking.
Activities: After early breakfast in the hotel take shuttle heading to Kanas Lake again (35 km takes one hour). Kanas have Tuwa and Kazak people, both are nomads and lives in the yurt. Tuwa people are one of the tribe’s of Mongol ethnic group, and they regard themselves as decedents of Ghangizhan. You will have chance to visit Tuwa people’s house and taste their milk tea, try their butter, and listen to their special
music. You will also have option to ride horse and water drift in the river. According to your interest and your physical strength you can choose accordingly. After lunch, trekking alongside lake on the nice wooden paved track. This quiet and beautiful narrow track alongside the lake let’s you experience the wild flowers grown along the lake. Here you can trek from 2 to 4 hours depending on your interest. Or take a boat tour in the lake for about 30 to 40 minutes. After the lake tour, then you will take the shuttle to head back to your hotel in Jiadingyu.
Note: price quoted above only includes entrance fee, any additional service doesn’t included on the quote.

Day 6: Kanas to Urumqi then to Kashgar Flight

Attractions: Kanas to Urumqi then to Kashgar Flight

Activities: Depending on your flight, you will take the shuttle to Kanas Airport for your flight to Kashgr via Urumqi. Upon your arrival to Kashgar, you will be greeted by our guide and driver then transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day will be on your own to explore the areas’s near to your hotel.

Day 7: Kashgar City Tour

Attractions: Apak Hoja Tomb, Eid Kah Mosque, Kashgar Old Town, Sunday Market, Kashgar Live Stock Market
Activities: You will begin your Kashgar city tour by visiting Apak Hoja Tomb, also known as the “fragrant concubine tomb”. This is a very tranquil place and a beautiful example of Uyghur Islamic architecture.Next, you will head to famous live animal market, which is one of the biggest in the region where you will see livestock being traded. Then you will continue to Sunday Market, renowned
as the biggest in Central Asia. It is said you can buy anything you want at Sunday Market except chicken milk and cow’s egg. After the Sunday Market, you will have your lunch either in a Uyghur private home or in a Uyghur restaurant note: the request for having lunch in a Uyghur home must be made in advance). After lunch, you will wander through the winding narrow streets of the historic Kashgar Old Town rubbing shoulders with the friendly Uyghur residents. Located at the spiritual heart of the Old Town is Eid Kah Mosque, the largest mosque in China.  We will go inside and learn about Islam in Kashgar and how it is practiced by the Uyghur people. After our visit to the Mosque, we will stroll down Handicraft Street, viewing pots being hammered, wood craftsmen at work and traditional musical instrument workshops. After Handicraft Street, you will be returned to your hotel.
Note: For entering the Mosque, visitors should dress respectfully: no shorts or short sleeved shirts and women should cover their heads with a scarf.

Day 8: Day Tour to Shipton’s Arch

Attractions: Shipton’s Arch
Activities: After breakfast at the hotel, you will start your Shipton’s Arch tour. Shipton’s Arch is reached by a two-hour drive from Kashgar. This drive includes an hour on the road and an hour of exhilarating off-road riverbed driving followed by a 45 minute walk. On foot we will ascend through steeply walled canyons and over rocky riverbed terrain. This trek also involves climbing a series of ladders placed to make
the scramble to the base of the arch easier. Shipton’s Arch is the tallest natural arch in the world, towering 500 meters high and 100 meters wide, enabling a small airplane to pass through it. Shipton’s Arch is known to the local people as “Tushuk Tagh” which literally translates as “Hole Mountain.” It is among the least known twenty Natural Wonders of the World, and was first documented in 1947 by English mountaineer Eric Shipton, who made it known to the West in his book Mountains of Tartary. Due to its remote, inaccessible location within the Kara Tagh (Black Mountain) Range, it was all but forgotten. Only as recently as May 2000, an expedition sponsored by The National Geographic Society rediscovered the arch, marking its position to enable foreign travelers to find it. After the visit to the arch you will return to Kashgar and your hotel.
Note: This walk is moderately challenging and will require good walking shoes and a moderate level of physical fitness.  It is advisable to bring water, snacks, sunscreen, and warm clothes as it can be cooler at the arch due to the high altitude (2000m).

Day 9: Free Day

Attractions:  Free Day
Activities: You will have day off today to relax. You can either stay in Kashgar city or do walking tour of Kashgar Old Town on your own pace. Or do some cultural or adventural tour outside Kashgar city based on your interest. For the tip, you can speak with your travel consultant or local guide during the tour.

Day 10: Kashgar to Karakul Lake then to Tashkurgan

Attractions: Karakoram Highway, Opal Village, Red Mountain, Corner Lake, Karakul Lake
Activities: Karakorum Highway is renowned as the highest paved border crossing in the or ld and regarded as one of the most beautiful highways. Our scenic drive will bring us first to Opal Village, a 1-hour drive from Kashgar. Here you may photograph village life and traditional activities like bread making, and Uyghur food stalls. Half an hour’s drive beyond will bring us to Oytagh Red Mountain, to a valley framed
by multi-colored mountains topped by snow-capped peaks. Corner Lake (BulungKul) is next, a tranquil shallow lake affording spectacular photographic opportunities with stunning reflections of the sand mountains. Before continuing our road trip to Tashkurgan, where we will pause at Karakul Lake, 3600 meters above sea level, located between Mt. Muztagh Ata (7546 meters) and Mt. Kongur (7719 meters). These are reputed to be 2 of the 6 most beautiful mountains in the world. During your time at Karakul Lake, you can have your lunch in a Kirgiz yurt or picnic by the lake if you have purchased fruit, kebab and bread from Opal village. Then you can either ride a horse or camel around the lake or trek around the Karakul Lake depending on the month or season you travel, trekking the whole lake takes approximately 4 hours on average. Then we will continue to Tashkurgan that is where you will spend the night.

Day 11: Tashkurgan Tour then back to Kashgar

Attractions: Tashkurgan Stone Fort, Tashkurgan Grassland, Tashkurgan Museum
Activities: Tashkurgan is a small town on the Pamir Plateau, that was once extremely isolated until the rebuilding of the Karakorum Highway in 1987. Even today, the local community, reached by this single road from Kashgar, continues to live a traditional way of life. This region is known to be part of the primary route of the “Old Silk Road” connecting China and Western Asia. The prime attraction here is the Stone
Fort, with a history of more than 2000 years. The fort had once served as the central palace of the Tajik Kingdom. Our visit here will be followed by the Tashkurgan grassland which is next to the Stone Fort. Tashkurgan Grassland is where you can visit free grazing sheep, goat, yak, and horses depending on month and season of the year. In summer, locals put up tents and serve lunch and dinner for tourists in the grassland. Last but not least, you will visit Tashkurgan cultural and custom museum that is where you can learn about Tajik culture and customs. After the visit at the museum, you will slowly head back to Kashgar. On the way, you will more than welcome to stop by Karakul Lake if you wish to do so before continuing to drive back to Kashgar. You are also free to do photo stops on the way back. Once you are in Kashgar.

Day 12: Kashgar Airport See Off

Attractions: Kashgar Airport See Off
Activities: After breakfast at the hotel, our guide and driver will take you to Kashgar Airport for your flight to your next destination.
Tour Start Date Tour End Date Price P/P Single Supplement Booked Availability
May
21st May 1st June 13980 RMB 1990 RMB Join
June
4th June 15th June 13980 RMB 1990 RMB Join
11th June 22th June 13980 RMB 1990 RMB Join
18th June 29th June 13980 RMB 1990 RMB Join
July
2nd July 13th July 16,080 RMB 2780 RMB Join
9th July 20th July 16,080 RMB 2780 RMB Join
23rd July 3rd Aug 16,080 RMB 2780 RMB Join
Aug
6th Aug 17th Aug 16,080 RMB 2780 RMB Join
13th Aug 24th Aug 16,080 RMB 2780 RMB Join
20th Aug 31th Aug 16,080 RMB 2780 RMB Join
Sep
27th Aug 7th Sep 16,080 RMB 2780 RMB Join
3rd Sep 14th Sep 16,080 RMB 2780 RMB Join
10th Sep 21st Sep 16,080 RMB 2780 RMB Join
17th Sep 28th Sep 16,080 RMB 2780 RMB Join
24th Sep 5th Oct 16,080 RMB 2780 RMB Join
29th Sep 10th Sep 16,080 RMB 2780 RMB Join
Note: Price listed is per person based on 2 person, hotel is twin share otherwise single supplement applies.

Price Include

Air conditioned car/van as per group size, shuttle bus at Kanas (transport in Kanas part of the trip will be shuttle bus)

English Speaking Uyghur guides

4 star hotels with breakfast

Crown Inn Hotel in Tashkurgan or other similar ranked hotel

Entrance fee as per the program

Urumqi to Kanas flight, Kanas  to Urumqi flight, Urumqi to Kashgar flight

All the expenses of guide and driver

3 meals (one in Turpan, other two in Kashgar)

Price doesn’t include

Meals

Tip for the guide and driver