Day Tour to Yarkand Taklamakan Desert

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Our Day Tour to Yarkand and the Taklamakan Desert is a combination tour which is designed to include the local heritage and cultures as well as the natural scenery of Yarkand and the Taklamakan Desert. You will wander through the Yarkand Old Town and ride a camel in the Taklamakan Desert.
Attractions: Yengisar  Knife Factory, Golden Graveyard , Aman Nisahan Tomb, Yarkant Old Town, Taklamakan Desert
( Taklimakan Desert), Camel Riding and Desert Trekking
Transportation: Bus/Car
Activities:  We will start our tour after breakfast. On our way to Yarkant, one hour East of Kashgar, we will make a stop in the county of Yingsar. Yingsar (Yingjisha in Chinses)is the most famous town in Xinjiang for making traditional Uyghur knives.
You will have chance to visit one of the many knife factories,  view the making process and purchase as souvenir if you wish to.  Next stop a further two hours down the road will be Yarkand (shache in Chinese). In Yarkand,  we will first visit the Golden Graveyard. Golden Graveyard dates back to 17th Century and is the buriel place of Royal family members of the Yarkand Uyghur Kingdom, therefore local people name it as “Golden Graveyard” as a respect to the Kingdom.

Next to the Golden Graveyard is the Tomb of Aman Nisahan, the wife of the second King of  Yarkand Kingdom.

Aman Nisahan is a famous Uyghur poet, musician and composer. She is most renound for her transcription of the Twelve Mukam of famous traditional Uyghur music. She brought together local musicians, the majority of which were farmers, from the region and put their music to paper and also composed one of the Mukams herself.

We will then walk through the Old Town in Yarkandwhere we will visit the lively local market.

Here it is possible to see wood and metal craftsmen in action and sample tradtional food which is sold on small carts along the street. Yarkand was once the capital of the Uyghur Kingdom in ancient times, and it was an important station on the Ancient Silk Road. It has a history of more than 2000 years.

Before leaving Yarkant we can visit a local teahouse where we will enjoy a delicious traditional Uyghur lunch, of corn noodles and kebabs. Alternatively we can have a picnic lunch of fruit and bread in the desert.

After lunch we will drive for around an hour to reach the oasis village of Karasu on the edge of the Taklamakan Desert. From the village you can look out onto endless sand dunes stretching away before you.

Taklamakan Desert is the second largest shifting sands desert in the World, covering an area of 337,600 square km.

Taklimakan Desert is known as the “sea of death” by the silk road traders that used to cross it in their caravans in times gone by, many traders entered the desert lost their way and were never to be seen again.There is the option to experience ancient desert transportation by riding a camel over the dunes. We can also trek through the desert for upto an hour.

Day Tour to Davakul Lake Taklimakan Desert

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Our Day Tour to Davakul Lake Taklamakan Desert allows you to experience what it is like to travel in the desert on camelback. The tour can be extended to as many days as you want since the Taklamakan Desert is the second largest shifting desert in the world.
Activities of the day include: Davakul lake,Taklimakan Desert,Camel Riding,Trekking in to the Taklimakan desert.
Transport: Kashgar to Dawakul lake to Kashgar (260km Round Trp)
Meals included: Lunch
Dawakul lakeis located 130km from kashgar, on the southeastern tip of the Taklimakan desert.Dawakul in Uyghur means “curing lake” and for many centuries people have visited the lake to swim in its waters seeking cures for their ailments.

From the lake you can look out to the vast Taklimakan desert and the sand dunes stretching away before you. At the lake shore locals oven bake delicious freshly caught fish, lamb and chicken which you can enjoy for your lunch. We will take a walk around the lake and enter into the desert.

There is the option to experience ancient desert transportation by riding a camel or alternatively for a more modern exhilarating ride you have the opportunity to drive one of our dune buggies over the dunes.

We can also trek through the desert for a couple of hours.

Taklimakan desert is the second largest shifting sands desert in the World, covering an area of 337,600 square km.Taklimakan Desert is known as the “sea of death” by the silk road traders that used to have to cross it in their caravans in times gone by, many traders entered the desert lost their way and were never to be seen again.

We will arrive back to kashgar in the late afternoon.
On request we can also arrange several day desert camping and desert trekking tours.

Day Tour to Shipton’s Arch

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Our Day Tour to Shipton’s Arch takes you to the tallest natural arch in the world. The tour involves travelling in a four-wheel drive as far as possible then walking and climbing when necessary. It requires the visitor to have a moderate level of fitness.
Activities of the day: Shipton’s Arch (Tushuk Tagh).
Place and Transport: Kashgar to Shipton’s Arch to Kashgar

Shipton’s Arch is the tallest natural arch in the World at a towering 500m high and 100m wide, meaning that a small aeroplane can pass through!It is one of the least well known top twenty natural wonders of the World.It was first documented after a visit in 1947 by English mountaineer Eric Shipton, who made the arch known to the West in his book Mountains of Tartary.

It stayed forgotten for many years due to its remote inaccessible location within the Kara Tagh (Black Mountain) range. It was only as recently as May 2000 that an expedition sponsored by National Geographic rediscovered the arch marking its position so that foreigners can now find it.

Shipton’s Arch is known to the local people as “Tushuk Tagh” which literally translates to “Hole Mountain” Shiptons Arch was recently used as a stage, called The Gobi March 2008, in the international stage event ‘Racing the Planet’.

This took competitors to the top of the arch during its seven-day, 250 kilometer footrace.This tour leaves from Kashgar in the morning and returns in the afternoon. Shipton’s Arch is situated in a remote loaction and requires a two hour drive by four wheel drive transportation to reach it.This drive includes an hour on road and an hour of exhilarating off road river bed driving.From the end of the terrain where the car can reach we will continue on foot for around 45 minutes.We will ascend through steeply walled canyons over rocky river bed terrain. This trek also involves climbing up a series of ladders placed to make the scramble to the base of the arch easier.
This walk is moderately challenging and will require good walking shoes and a moderate level of fitness. It is also advisable to bring water and snacks with you and warm clothes as it can be cooler at the arch due to the high Altitude (2000m).
On request and weather permitting you can make this tour a sunrise expedition.Leaving Kashgar early, three hours before sunrise, and watching the sun rise up between the arch. It is also possible to arrange an overnight camping stay.at Shipton’s Arch and upon waking watch the sunrise before returning to Kashgar.

“This arch far exceeded all my expectaions. It is quite simply breathtaking when the arch is revealed before your eyes at the summit of your uphill scramble and well worth the climb. Due to its extreme remoteness you can be overwhelmed by the absolute silence.”

Janina Henly Wales UK, March 2009

Day Tour to Karakul Lake on KKH

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Our Day Tour to Karakul Lake on KKH (Karakorum Highway) takes you to the world famous Karakorum Highway which starts at Kashgar, China and ends in Islamabad in Pakistan. You will only be travelling 200 km of this journey and will enjoy mountain scenery and Kirgiz culture.
Today’s Activities include: Opal village,Oytagh colouful mountain, Karakoram highway,Korner Lake(Bulung Kul), Karakul Lake, Muztagh Ata mountain,Kongger mountain,Kyrgyz yurt visit.
Place & Transport: Kashgar to Karakul lake to KashgarMeals included:Picnic Lunch
Opal village is one hour drive South West from kashgar and is the last village before we enter the Kumlun Mountain range. We make a stop here to buy fresh fuits and freshly baked bread for our picnic, this is also a good location to take photos of village life and tradional activities like bread making and Uyghur food stalls. If you are lucky enough to travel here on a Monday you will be able to witnes the busy village market which will show you how the Kashgar Sunday market used to be twenty years ago.
Oytagh colourful mountain is the point where we enter a beautiful oasis valley at the start of the Kunlun Mountain range. We will be surrounded by a beautiful backdrop of multi coloured mountains topped by snowcapped peaks. Here we will stop for taking photographs.
Karakoram highway. Leaving Opal our journey will take us along the famous Karakoram highway, beginning in Kashgar and ending in Islamabad, Pakistan, this road is in excess of 1000km long.
It is renound as the highest paved boarder crossing in the World and is regarded as one of the Worlds most beatuful highways. An epic road to travel.
Corner Lake(Bulung Kul) is a tranquil shallow lake.? Flowing into this lake is the Gaz river, originating from the Karakul lake, this river carries sand to the lake which has then been picked up by the wind and blown to create impressive sand covered mountains on the far side. You can take very nice photographs of the lake with stunning reflections of the sand mountains.
Karakul Lake is a breathtaking high altitude lake at 3600 meters above sea level. It is located between the towering Muztagh and Kongger Mountains, both rising over 7000 metres and permanantly snowcapped.? The lake is inhabited during the summer months by nomadic Kyrgyz people who live inside Yurts. We will visit the Yurts going inside one to drink some local yak milk tea whilst listening to stories about traditional ways of nomadic mountain life.? Then there will be time to walk a little around the lake or ride horses, donkeys or camels along its shores.
Mt. Muztagata is said to be one of the five most beautiful mountains in the World which provides a beautiful backdrop to Karakul lake at 7546 meters, on the opposite side the yet to be conquerred peak of Gongeer rises to 7719 meters above sea level.
Picnic lunch:We will then enjoy our picnic lunch of fruits and fresh bread, that we purchased in Opal village, in a beautiful picnic spot overlooking the Karakul lake.We will return to kashgar in time for dinner.
Note: Guests will need to carry their passports on this tour as they will be required to show these at the Gaz check point (around an hour after the colourful mountain). Everybody at this point needs to be registered by the authorites due to its close proximity to many bordering countries. It is also advisable to bring warm clothes as temperatures can be colder than those found in Kashgar at the higher altitudes.

Day Tour of Kashgar City

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Our Day Tour of Kashgar City gives you the opportunity to learn about Kashgar’s past and present with the help of professional and knowledgeable Uyghur guides. Our Uyghur guides from Kashgar know their hometown best.

Places to visit today:  Id Kah Mosque , Tomb of Apak Hoja ,  Sunday Bazaar, Kashgar Old Town, Tomb of Yusup Has Hajip

One of our local born guides can take you on a magical tour through the city of Kashgar bringing to life everything you come across on your way.Below is an outline of the highlights of what we will see on a days city tour.

Place & Transport: Kashgar to Karakul lake to KashgarMeals included:Picnic Lunch

Id Kah Mosque

The Id Kah Mosque is the biggest mosque in China, capable of holding 20,000 worshippers at one time.Each Friday more than 10,000 Muslims come to the Mosque to offer their Friday Prayer. At times of festivals, Ramadan and Kurban, more than 100,000 Muslims come to Id Kah Mosque to pray and celebrate. In fact the meaning of Id Kah in our Uyghur language is “place for festival”. At these times traditional Uyghur music sounds from the minarets and you can see dancing performed in front of the mosque. Id Kah Mosque is a magnificant example of Islamic architecture and has been a prominent focal point in the centre of Kashgar for more than 500 years. Id Kah Mosque is the heart of the city for the Uyghur people.

Tomb of Apak Hoja (also known as fragrant concubine)

Apak Hoja tomb also called fragrant concubine tomb (Xingfei in Chinese) is located 5kms northeast of Kashgar City. It is said that, altogether seventy two persons from five generations of the same family were buried in the Apak Hoja mausoleums. it was built around 1640 AD. The Apak Hoja Tomb is a key cultural relic unit under the protection of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.This is a very tranquil place and a beautiful example of Uyghur Islamic architecture.
It is possible to visit the mosque outside times of prayers.?Vistors should dress respectfully, no shorts or short sleaved shirts and women should cover their heads with a scarf.

Sunday Bazaar

Sunday market is renound as the biggest market in Central Asia; a pivotal trading point along the silk road where goods have been traded for more than two thousand years. The Sunday market is actually active everyday but Sunday is the special day for sellers and buyers and the most busy and lively day for a visit. Sunday market is divided into more then 20 sections, with each section specialising in a particular type of goods. There is an idiom about Sunday market, which says “you can find everything you want to buy on Sunday from Sunday market except chicken milk and Cow eggs”.

Within the Sunday Market you can find sections selling headscarfs, Pakistani goods, textiles, dried fruits, shoes for men and shoes for women, spices and medicines, tradional Kashgar and hotan carpets, handicrafts, sweets, stationary, Uyghur knives, Uyghur hats, bags, musical instruments, clothes, building materials, honey, kitchen utensils and so on……..

A few years ago the Government extended and rebuilt the market, at that time they moved the livestock section of the market to a suburb of kashgar. Today the animal market can be found 6kms Southeast of Kashgar City. The animal market is also divided into areas specialising in particular animals including sheep, cattle, donkeys, goat and horses. If you are lucky sometimes you also can see camels and yak being traded, but not every Sunday. In the market you will have free time to take photographs and haggle for some souvenirs.

Kashgar Old Town

Kashgar is famous for the winding narrow streets of its historic old town. Old town demo strates a fascinating architectural style of mud built houses with supporting wooden beams and beautifully carved wooden ceilings. Located in the heart of the city with more than half the cities population living here. The inhabitants of old town are 100% Uyghur’s. Uyghur people have been living in this area since the city of kashgar was formed more than two thousand years ago. Instead of doing research on the net or reading a book about Uyghur culture you can take a walk through Old Town and visit the friendly Uyghur people in their home and experience this culture for yourself first hand.
Some of the houses in old town are more than five hundred years old, this truly is like taking a walk back through time. While you are visiting old town please show respect to the locals who are living here as these are their homes not only a tourist attraction and stay with your tour guide because it is easy to get lost in the multitude of small streets.

Tomb of Yusup Has Hajip

Yusup Has Hajip Tomb is located in the southern newer part of Kashgar city. Yusup Has Hajip is one of the most famous poet, scholar and thinkers of the Uyghur people. One of his most famous publications was the book titled “Wisdom of Happiness”. He was born in 1018 in Balasagun (today located somewhere in Kyrgyzstan) of Karahanilar Dynasty, and later immigrated to Kashgar. Yusup Has Hajip is highly respected by the Uyghur people who visit his tomb to pay their respects. The book “Wisdom of Happiness” is one of the first choices for Uyghur people when giving a gift of a book to their friends.