9 Days Taklimakan Desert Trekking & Camping Tour

Our 9 day Taklamakan Desert Trekking and Camping Touris conducted in the Hotan side of the Taklamakan Desert. It is a special trekking and camping tour which requires a permit and specific arrangements. The trek is physically challenging and requires one to be physically fit.

Day 1: Hotan to Darya Buyi. Stay overnight in Darya Buyi in tent.

We Leave from Hotan in the morning to Darya Buyi by four wheel drive. We will be in Darya buyi late in the Afternoon sleep overnight in Darya Buyi and prepare for following adventure days.The meaning of Darya Buyi in Uyghur Language is side of river. The place you will be staying overnight is side of the Keriye river, you can also enjoy the locals peoples custom and landscape of the riverbed village.

Day 2: Leave from Darya Buyi to Mazar Tag by camels in the morning.

Leave from Darya Buyi to Mazar Tag in the morning, you will be enjoying sunset and sunrise in the vast Taklimakan desert and sand dunes without any grass. We will be in Mazartag 8th day of our tour. Mazartag in Uyghur language is graveyard mountain because some old tombs and mosque on top of the mountain. Mazartag is the place where two rivers on west and east side of Hotan city(karakax and Yurongkax or white jade river) join eachother then forms the Hotan river, end of the Hotan river is merges with other rivers from Kashgar and Aksu then forms Longest inland river in China or in the world which is Tarim River, Tarim river is 2073km long. Sleep overnight in Mazartag.

Day 9:Drive back to Hotan by fourwheel drive next day morning.

5 -Day Taklimakan Desert Camel trekking and Camping Tour

Destinations: Kashgar – Yopurgha – Davakul – Taklamakan Desert – Kashgar
This 5 days Taklimakan Desert Camel Trekking and Camping Tour takes you to Davakul part of Taklamakan Desert in Kashgar. Taklamakan Desert is the second largest shifting desert in the world.
The trip allows you to experience hardship the Caravan’s gone through back in 2000 years ago on camel back in the desert. It also re-connects you to nature by isolating you from busy city life and calms/empties your mind.

Day 1: KASHGAR – KARAKUL LAKE

Attractions: Davakul Lake, Taklamakan Desert, Sand Dunes
Activities: Transfer from Kashgar to Yopurgha, the last village before the Taklamakan Desert. We will stop at Yopurga village to purchase food supplies for the trip and then continue to the edge of the desert.  We will then load our baggage on camels and begin the trek.  The trek normally commences at 14:00 local time.  The afternoon is spent on camel back through the desert.  Dinner is provided and accommodation for the night is in tents by campfire if we can find wood.
Accommodation: In the tent at Taklamakan Desert

Day 02, 03, 04: On Camel Back and On Foot Inside the Taklamakan Desert

Attractions: Taklamakan Desert, Sand Dunes
Activities: Desert trekking begins at 09:00 and continues throughout the day until 16:00 when we stop and set up camp for the night. Evenings are spent with the guide and camel man preparing food and then, wood permitting, sitting around the campfire. If you are lucky your evening kebab could consist of a fresh desert snake!!
Accommodation: In the tent at Taklamakan Desert

Day 05: Dawakul Lake Taklamakan Desert to Kashgar

Attractions: Taklamakan Desert, Sand Dunes
Activities: Morning spent camel trekking returning to our desert entry point approximately 12:00. Our vehicles will meet the group and return to Kashgar.
Notes: It is essential to bring sun cream for this trip and sunglasses are also strongly advised. Long sleeve t-shirts are advised as are strong walking shoes.
GPS devises are a great accessory when all around is sand, although our guide and camel men are highly qualified.

4 Days Karakul Lake and Muztagh Ata Trekking Tour

This 4 days Karakul Lake and Muztagh Ata Trekking Tour is designed to help you to be close to nature by trekking along less commonly used tracks on the Pamir Mountain Range. You will have your local Uyghur guide with camel and Kirgiz camel man to make it more exciting and memorable.
Places to visit: KARAKUL LAKE- Karakorum Highway- KOQKAR QI- TOKUZ BULAK

DAY 1 : KASHGAR – KARAKUL LAKE

Transfer to Karakul Lake – Total distance 200km (124 Mile) We depart from Kashgar early in the morning. One hour from Kashgar you will have the opportunity to see the local Monday market in Opal Village where we stop for approximately one hour. The market attracts many business people from all over the Kashgar Province.
At the Opal Market guests are given the chance to purchase breakfast/ lunch or light refreshments. There are several Uighur Tamakhana Restaurant around the market
to choose between. Opal is the last village we visit prior to the start of our trek and a final chance to purchase fruits, nuts, mineral water, and fresh bread to
ready for the trek.
From Opal, we continue our journey along the famous Karakorum Highway (KKH). This road boasts towering peaks, as high as the sky!!! There is a mix of black, green
and red coloured mountains. Parts of The Karakorum Range are Redder then the Flaming Mountain at Turpan. This part of the trek will take you within 30km of Kyrgyzstan.
Along the route you will see the famous mountain of “Kum Tag”. This name translated in English as “Sand Mountain”. The mountain is located at Bulung Kul lake and formed from sandy shores of Lake Bulung Kul blowing into the sky. We continue our journey along the KKH from Bulung Kul. A further 30 minutes brings us to Karakul Lake where we will finish our day. You are able to enjoy the afternoon by the lake while also allowing your body to adjust to the high altitude of the region. Karakul Lake is situated at 3600m above sea level.
We will arrange for you to spend the night with a local Kyrgyz family in their Yurt, where you will be able to experience the different culture and custom of this nomadic Kyrgyz people.

DAY 2: KARAKUL LAKE - KOQKAR QI (25KM)

The day starts with breakfast with the local Kyrgyz families before we begin our trekking at 9:00 AM. The trek takes you uphill to 4300m taking in beautiful views of the Karakorum Range including Muztagh Ata a (7546m peak). You will also see Yaks, goats and sheep roaming the hills with local shepherds. Lunch will provided picnic style.
We arrive in Koqkar Qi around 15:00-16:00 where you will be free to wonder around the village and interact with local people. In the evening you are able to watch local people milking the Yaks and if you wish you can also try. The village is deep in the wilderness and it is often possible to see wolves and wild sheep roaming the nearby hillsides. Accommodation is provided in local stone house to let you experience an authentic village life.

DAY 3: KOQKAR QI - TOKUZ BULAK (20KM)

Breakfast is provided by the local families in Koqkar Qi. We then set out on a steady downhill trek towards Tokuz Bulak (meaning nine springs) village. This trek will take you through valleys with spectacular natural views. Lunch is picnic style on route. We will arrive in Tokuz Bulak between 15:00 and 16:00. We will then spend the night in the village staying with local Kyrgyz people.

DAY 4: TOKUZ BULAK – KARAKUL LAKE

Breakfast is provided by the local families before we trek back to Karakul Lake. On the right side you will be able to see Kungar valleys and high glaciers. During summer, there are large green pastures. On the left is small foothills with views of Mustagh Ata (meaning ‘Father of Ice Mountain’) in the distance.
We arrive at Karakul Lake between 15:00-16:00. The driver will meet us at Karakul Lake and take us back to Kashgar.
Trekking Tips: Good trekking shoes and long sleeved T-shirts are required as the sun is very strong at high altitude. Medicine to conquer the symptoms of high altitude is advised. Headache is the most common side effect from altitude however there is a risk of more severe altitude sickness. Our guides are trained to recognize symptoms and we aim to ascend slowly to minimize the effect of high altitude.

5 Days Karakul Lake and Muztagh Ata Trekking & Camping Tour

Our 5 day Karakul Lake and Muztagh Ata Trekking and Camping Tour is designed for nature lovers to experience some of the less commonly used tracks of the Pamir Mountain Range. You will have your local Uyghur guide with camel and camel man to make it more exciting and enjoyable.
Places to visit today: Karakul Lake- Karakorum Highway – Sar Yaghaq Village – Takuz Bulak – Koqkar Qi – Subax

Day 1: KASHGAR – KARAKUL LAKE

Transfer to Karakul Lake – Total distance 200km (124 Mile)

We depart from Kashgar early in the morning. (local time 8:00am, in winter, 7:00am in summer).
One hour from Kashgar you will have the opportunity to see the local Monday market in Upal village where we stop for approximately one hour. The market attracts many business people from all over the Kashgar Province. This market is featured in the Lonely Planet guide book.
At the Upal Market guests are given the chance to purchase breakfast/ lunch or light refreshments. There are several Uighur Tamakhana Restaurant around the market to choose between. Upal is the last village we visit prior to the start of our trek and a final chance to purchase fruits, nuts, mineral water, and fresh bread ready for the trek.
From Upal we continue our journey along the famous KKH (Karakorum Highway). This road boasts towering peaks, as high as Sky!!! There is a mix of black, green and red coloured mountains. Parts of The Karakorum Range are Redder then the Flaming Mountain at Turpan. This part of the trek will take you within 30 km of Kyrgyzstan.
Along the route you will see the famour mountain of Kum Tag. This name translate, in Uighur, to White sand desert. The mountain is located at Bulugh Kul lake. Local people believe many years ago the sand of the mountain developed from the sandy shores of Lake Bulugh Kul blowing into the sky. We continue our journey allong the KKH from Bulugh Kul. A further 30 mins brings us to Karakul Lake where we will finish our day. You are able to enjoy the afternoon by the lake while also allowing your body to adjust to the high altitude of the region. Karakul Lake is situated at 3600m above sea level.
We will arrange for you to spend the night with a local Kyrgyz family in their Yurt, where you will be able to experience the different culture and language of this traditionally nomadic people.

Day2: KARAKUL LAKE – SAR YAGHAQ VILLAGE (20km)

The day begins with breakfast with the local Kyrgyz families. Our luggage is then packed onto camels ready to begin our trek at 9:00am. Our guide and camelmen will lead you towards Sar Yaghaq village. Due to the high altitude we aim to trek for three to four hours. Sar Yaghaq village is situated 20km from Lake Karakol. The settlement comprises 10-15 stone houses occupied by Kirghiz people and is one of the few local settlements that is occupied all year round. We arrive at Sar Yaghaq between 14:00 and 15:00 local time. You will then have the opportunity to explore the village and interact with the local children. After a nomadic style dinner with the families we aim to go to bed early ready for the next days trekking.

Day 3: SAR YAGHAT – TOKUZ BULAK (20km)

Day three is spend walking between two great mountains; Kongur and Muztag Ata. These mountains are the 3rd and 4th highest peaks respectively in China. Konguer Mountain is a staggering 7719m high and has many glaciers attached. Mustag Ata is known by locals as The father of Glacier and towers at a hight of 7546m. We will enjoy the spectaculer views of these great mountains while trying to count the hundreds of Marmeds who appear to be playing hide and seek on the mountainsides. You will also be given the opportunity to meet local Hayde who look after the sheep.
We stop for lunch on the riverbank of King Sheva where you will be able to relax to the singing of the water.
The afternoon trekking takes us to Tokuz Bulak, meaning 9 springs. Arrival time is approximately 15:00-16:00 local time. The village comprises 5 stone houses occupied by local shepherds during summertime. We will stay at the home of one local family who guarentee a warm and friendly welcome. From the window of this home you can experience beautiful views of Muztag Ata, a view you could not get from a 5 star Hotel at Bejing!!

Day 4: TAKUZ BULAK – KOQKAR QI (20-25km)

Day four provides the most challenging day trekking. It is both the longest and most difficult of the trip. The trek will take you across the King Sheva river and then the day is spent going largely uphill culminating at a staggering 4300m and the village of Koqkar Qi. There will be several breaks along the way including a picnic style lunch. Koqkar Qi is another small shepherds village occupied solely in the summer months. We will spend the night in Koqkar Qi in local houses.

Day 5: KOQKAR QI – SUBAX (20km)

From Koqkar Qi it is possible to spend the morning visiting the Muztag Ata glaciers before returning to Koqkar Qi and the final 20km, downhill, trek from Koqkar Qi to Subax village. In Subax village our drivers will be waiting ready for the transfer back to Kashgar.

Trekking Tips: Good trekking shoes are required
Long sleeved T-shirts are required as the sun is very strong especially at high altitude
Medicine to conquer the symptoms of high altitude is advised. Headache is the most common side effect from altitude however there is a risk of more severe altitude sickness. Our guides are trained to recognise symptoms and we aim to accend slowly to minimise the effects of high altitude