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!