Rachel & Gary

Our family of four (with 2 small girls aged 5 & 8) contacted Kashgar Guide with one day’s notice before our planned trip to Xinjiang province. Imam (owner) was quick to respond and pull together a fantastic itinerary for us at an affordable price. He was also happy to change around the order of the trip to accommodate our requests with about 12 hours notice.

Our 9 day Xinjiang adventure started in Urumqi and ended in Kashgar. All the guides were truly professional and welcomed us with open arms to their home towns. They even included us in family dinners and visits to locals in out of the way areas, creating a truly intimate experience and one we will not forget. The drivers were always incredibly safe and we never feared for our lives, despite the hairy Karakoram Highway!!!

Luckily for us we visited this region in what appeared to be low season (late April 2012) as we were the only tourists at nearly all the places we visited. Highlights for us and our girls include the Sunday livestock market in Kashgar, staying in a yurt by Karakul Lake, dining with a family in Subash Village, visiting the traditional Uighur village near Turpan, driving the Karakoram Highway and suriviving a dust storm in Turpan. Our kids loved the camel rides in the Taklamaken Desert and at Karakul Lake, and seeing all the animals – everywhere! Oh, and of course the food, glorious food. Local fare is definitely the way to go.

We recommend Kashgar Guide to anyone visiting this region. Imam and his team offer a wonderful, personalised service for an unforgettable experience. Try to get here soon before the character of the region changes.

Rachel & Gary (Australia)

Natalie & Rob

Imam of Kashgar Guide is a very professional and easy person to work with to set up a trip in the Xinjiang region. Given that we only started trying to plan the trip in the week prior to arrival in Kashgar, his promptness in response and straightforward answers to our many questions was a valuable asset. While some issues arose during the one-week trip due to difficulties in procuring permits, Imam and the guide Alim adjusted quickly to help us develop alternative travel plans. Despite these small issues, we had a great trip to Taklamankan Desert, Karakul Lake, Muztagh Ata Base Camp, and Tashkurgan. The driver Osman also proved to be a steady and attentive driver. In the end, we saw quite a bit more than initially expected. If you are looking for a reliable and professionally run guiding company for traveling in the Xinjiang region then we would highly recommend Imam and his team from Kashgar Guide.

Natalie & Rob from USA & Canada!

Ida

I worked with Imam at Kashgar Guide who was very knowledgeable and giving of his time and knowledge. As a single woman travelling alone, I was concerned about safety and security. In his good care along with an excellent driver and guide, I felt very very safe.

We started with many options (a very expensive and large trip) which was whittled down to a small trip to Tashkorgan. He worked with me all the way.

On the way back, it was very snowy and we used chains many times. I could see the other drivers were clearly envious of our jazzy tires. The driver was also prepared with extra air for the tires.

My guide spoke excellent English and was extremely sharing of Uyghur customs as well as those of the other ethnic groups in Xinjiang. In the 2 days I was with them, I got about as good an experience as anyone could.

Imam also helped arrange my stay at the Qinibagh which is a very very tired hotel. That being said, there is no substitute for its ideal location and the staff is more than willing to help. I feel certain that my room was extra clean and warm since I stressed to Imam how important that is to me.

I heartily recommend their entire staff.

Ida (American)

Adeline and Jean-Marie

Mid January (coldest period in the year : -20°c average) – Our journey in Kashgar started with disappointment as we were able at first to find a driver willing to hit the supposedly icy road to the karakul lake. Luckily we found Iman thanks to his website and he immediately confirmed that we could go not only to the lake but also to Tashkorgan. One hour after we called him, he came to our hotel to take a picture of our passports in order to take care of all mandatory administrative permits. The day after, 10AM, he was waiting in the lobby of our hotel as our guide and with the driver. Everything was ready to go.
We had doubts regarding the scenaries in winter time. But to be honest it was even more amazing than all the pictures we saw from summertime. The light was amazing, the constrasts were stronger between red mountains, frozen valleys, grasslands, sands dunes, snow peaks …
We arrived in Tashkorgan much later than expected as we kept on taking pictures all the way long. Our last desire of the day was to eat yak meat as we have seen many of them during the day. Therefore Imam went to the butcher and then had yak meat cooked for us in a local small restaurant: you definitely have to taste it!
On the second day we enjoyed the same scenaries but with fully different lights and colors. And in the end, we decided to try to catch a plane earlier. Again Imam was there to support us calling friends to book tickets for us. We were on time !
Thank you so much imam for this great two days. We had a wonderful time and everlasting memories.
Adeline and Jean-Marie

Again, thank you so much.

Best regards,
Adeline and Jean-Marie