Kathryn Fern

I booked a 2-day trip to Tashkurgan in July 2016. I found Abdul and guide Tudajim extremely helpful, both in communicating with me before the trip and on the trip itself. Due to major roadworks, the trip was longer and more difficult than I expected, but it was worth it to get into the mountains, see Lake Karakul and the town of Tashkurgan itself. Highly recommended.

Kathryn from Great Britain!


First of all we were really pleased by the quality of the guide’s English and is availability to answer our questions etc. The driver and him were both very professional. The three days tour was well organized and we had no major problem.
Nevertheless we were quite surprised by the Kirghiz yurt we stayed at next to the Karakul Lake. From a past experience of staying in a yurt in Mongolia, the ones at the Karakul Lake should be renovated (at least fill in the holes!) to justify the prices charged.
Besides that, the hotel in Tashkurgan was good, as well as the car and everything else.

Laura from France!


I did a day trip to Shipton’s Arch and the 5-day Muztagh Ata trek with Xinjiang Travel.
For both trips, the guides and drivers were helpful, informative and flexible, while remaining careful and keeping our safety at the forefront at all times.
The Muztagh Ata trek was challenging, on a par with trekking in the Nepal Himalaya, but with a greater sense of adventure given the remoteness of the region and the less well-worn trails. The homestays in the mountains were basic but warm and welcoming, giving us an insight into Kyrgyz village life. The views in every direction around Karakul Lake and Muztagh Ata are breathtaking, it’s an incredibly beautiful part of the world.
Thanks to Tudajim, Mirsalijan, Abdul & Mohammed for making my experience in SW Xinjiang so mermorable.
NB: The Shipton’s Arch hike (1.5 hours at ~2900m) is a great acclimatisation for the longer trek.

Robert from Australia!