8 Days Classical Xinjiang Tour
Destinations: Torgat or Irkashtam Pass – Kashgar- Karakorum Highway- Tashkurgan- Turpan- Urumqi
Our 8 day Classical Xinjiang Tour is the best combination of natural scenery, culture, custom and historical sites. You will be visiting the Karakorum Highway on the Pamir Plateau, the Sunday market in Kashgar and Tuyuk Village in Turpan.
Day 1: Torgat Pass/Erkashtam Pass of Kirgizstan to Kashgar
Activities: Our guide and driver will meet you at Torgat Pass/Erkashtam Pass which is the border between China andKyrgyzstan. It is 170km/240km from Kashgar, then transfer to your
Day 2: Tour to Karakul Lake and Tashkurgan on KKH
Attractions: Karakorum Highway, Kirgiz People, Kirgiz Yurt, Karakul Lake, Snow Capped Mountains, Muztagh Ata Mountain, Kongor Mountain
Activities: We start our tour after our breakfast. In order to reach to Tashkurgan, we take Karakoram highway which is known as the Friendship Highway in China. From Kashgar in Xinjiang to Gilgit Baltistan in Pakistan, it traces 1300km along one of the routes of the Ancient Silk Road. The views are unparalleled along this one of the highest roads of the world. It also cuts along the collision zone of the Eurasian and Indian plates where China, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan come close to one another. Bulung Kul (Corner Lake) is located besides the Karakoram Highway on the way to Karakul Lake. The view of the lake reflecting the mountains of sand in the distance is absolutely stunning. Karakul Lakeis the highest lake on the Pamir plateau where the Pamir, Kunlun and Tianshan mountain ranges meet. Surrounded by mountains which remain covered by snow throughout the year, the three highest peaks visible from the lake are the Muztagh Ata (7546m), the Kongur Tagh (7649) and the Kongur Tiube (7530m). Every summer, mountain climbers from all over the world descend to Karakul lake to climb the Muztagh Peak. There are two Kirgiz settlements along the shores of the Karakul lake, living in yurts and mud brick houses. After our tour at the lake, we continue our journey to Tashkurgan. Upon our arrival, we check in to our hotel then wonder around the town and the Pasture land in Tashkurgna.
Day 3: Tashkurgan to Kashgar
Attractions: Tashkurgan Pasture Land, Stone City
Activities: We will start our tour after our breakfast at the hotel. Tashkurganis located on the eastern part of the Pamir Plateau, where the Kunlun, Hindukush, and Tianshan Mountain Ranges merge to form the Pamir Plateau. From here, it just 130 km away from the Sino-Pakistan border and the Khunjerab Pass which is 4693 meters above the sea level. The Tajik nationality lives here and engage in farming and animal husbandry. The Tajiks are one of the few nationalities of China speaking an Indo-European and have an unique culture and cuisine. The Stone City is located in the north of Tashkorgan town and dates to the Tang dynasty. Several coins and documents from Hotan have been unearthed here. The city is surrounded by beautiful green pasturelands and streams with a beautiful view of the surrounding snow capped mountains. Only some broken sections of the city’s walls remain but it was once an important fort on the ancient Silk Road guarding the roads from Kashi, Yengisar and Yarkant leading to the mountain passes towards Central Asia and India. After our trip in Tashkurgan, we return to Kashgar by driving same way. Night will be spent in Kashgar.
Day 4: Day Tour in Kashgar
Attractions: Sunday Market, Kashgar Old Town, Appak Hoja Tomb/Fragrant Concubine Tomb
Activities: We start our Kashgar tour by visiting Apak Hoja Tomb. Legend has it that seventy-two persons in five generations of the Hoja family are buried in the tomb. The legend goes that among the Hoja descendants buried here, a lady named Iparhan was one of the concubines of the Qing Dynasty Emperor Qianlong. Visit the Kashgar Sunday Market which is also called The Grand Bazaar in Uyghur. It is the biggest market in Xinjiang. As early as two thousand years ago, it was the collecting and distributing center for trade. Nowadays, it has become even busier. Various special local products, handicrafts, articles of daily use, fruits and vegetables as well as all kinds of domestic animals can be found here. Kashgar Old Town is located in center of the city. The inhabitants of the Old Town are Uyghur’s whose ancestors have been living there since the city was established two thousand years ago. By walking through narrow streets and visiting the families there, you can learn about Uyghur culture and custom. If you wish to take either your lunch or dinner in Uyghur family by visiting their house, it can be organized but you need to let us know in advance.
Day 5: Half Day City Tour then to Turpan
Attractions: Id Kah Mosque, Handcraft Street
Transportation: Bus/Car, Train
Activities: We will start our tour after our breakfast. First we visit the Id Kah Mosque which is a grand Islamic structure located in the center of Kashgar city. It was first built by Shakesimirza in 1442 AD, who was then ruler of Kashgar at that time. It was extended and renovated time and again through the ages, finally reaching its present shape and size. The mosque is the largest in all China and is 140 meters long from south to north and 120 meters from east to west, covering an area of 16,800 square meters. The Handicraft Street is located next to the Id Kah Mosque and provides a place where tourists can see traditional Uyghur craftsmen engaged in making different types of articles for special and daily use. At the same time, tourist can see the daily lives of Uyghur people in Kashgar. After your tour, you will be transfered to Kashgar Railway Station to catch your overnight train to Turpan.
Day 6: Arrival to Turpan then Tour in Turpan
Attractions: Jiaohe Ancient City, Karez Underground Water System, Emin Minerat
Transportation: Bus/Car, Flight
Activities: You will be in Turpan by late in the morning. Upon your arrival, you will be transfered to your hotel for quick refresh then go for lunch. After your lunch you will start your tour by visiting Jiaohe Ancient City which is also known as Yarghul Ancient City in the Uyghur language. Located about13 kms from Turpan City, it was first the capital of the State of South Cheshi which was the one of the thirty six states in the Western Region. The Jiaohe Ancient City was bordered by rivers flowing by, hence the name of ‘Jiaohe’ or ‘the city of joining rivers’. Karez System an underground gravity irrigation system developed by the Uyghur’s over centuries. A. Karez is composed of a series of wells along the snow-covered mountains and linking underground channels that use slopes and gravity to bring water to the surface. There are around 1600 Karez Systems in Xinjiang and length of the Karez in Turpan is around 5000 km. It is considered as one of the three great ancient projects in China. Emin Minaret (Tower) or Turpan Tower is also called the Sugong Tower in Chinese. It was built 1778 AD by Suleman, the Aqimu Boke, in memory of his father. The circular tower is 37 meters high and its bottom diameter is 10 meters. There are 77 spiral steps up to the top. Night will be spent in Turpan. Night will be spent in Turpan.
Day 7: Tour in Turpan then Back to Urumqi
Attractions: Astana – Karakhoja Tombs, Tuyuk Village, Gaocheng Ancient City, Flaming Mountain
Activities: We start our tour by visiting Gaochang Ancient City which is located 50 km southeast of Turpan. The city was built as a garrison town in the first century BC and developed into one of the key points along the Silk Road. The town was known as Kocho and ruled a wide area. In the 14th century however, it was abandoned after continued warfare between the Mongols and the Uyghurs.The remains of the city still testify as to its past glory, with courtyards, Buddhist temples and pagodas scattered over 10000 square m in area. Astana – Karakhoja Tombs located near to Gaochang Ancient city, archeologist excavated many tombs and found mummies, ancient books, paintings, pottery, clay figures, wood works, gold and stone wares, ancient coins, cotton and silk textiles in great value. Tuyuk Village is a one of the oldest Uyghur settlements in Xinjiang. In this village, we can see how the local Uyghur’s living in this village, visit their house in order to get general idea about their life style. You can also have your lunch in a Uyghur family in the village if you want to. The Flaming Mountains stretch 100 km from east to west and are about 10 km wide. In the summer, temperatures go as high as 80 C and the airflow shimmers above the mountains like a fire. After our trip in Turpan, we will head back to Urumqi to spend the night.
Day 8: Morning Flight to Your Destination
Activities: After your breakfast at the hotel, our guide and driver will take you to Urumqi Airport to your flight to next destination. Our service will ends after our guide and driver help you with your check in luggage.