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Home-¡ú Crossing Taklamakan Desert

Day 01 Cross the Tuogart Pass and transfer to Kashgar. Check in your hotel

Day 02 Free day in Kashgar. The old city, once known as Kashi, is an exotic Central Asian trading oasis unrivalled anywhere in the Chinese and Soviet Empires. Despite its situation between the awesome physical barriers of the Tien Shen, Pamir and Karakoram Mountain ranges, this town was the meeting point of at least four of the main Silk Road arteries. Over the years, the collision of cultures between the Pakistani's, Kirghiz, Soviet and Chinese has helped Kashgar to flourish. Even today, a stroll around one of Kashgar's numerous bazaars will take you back in time, as you mix with the throngs of traders and their livestock. Muslim Uighurs, who account for 90 percent of Kashgar's population, are the dominant ethnic group that you will encounter in Kashgar's thriving town centre. At the same time, the Chinese continue their efforts to change Kashgar into a modern town with an airport, ring road and numerous bars and nightclubs. To spend a day in Kashgar is a not only a delight but a wonderful insight into the color ful way of life of the peoples of Central Asia. Altitude at Kashgar: 1205 metres.

Day 03 Leave Kashgar, the typical Uygur city and towards to Khoten. Stop at Yarkand for 2 hours in order to visit the old part of this town where used to be a important station on the Marco Polor Route. When you walk in this old part, when you watch these local men who are making some handcrafts with super and old skill in wood carving, I am sure you will feel as if you were back to hundreds of years ago. I am sure you never believe such old techniques are still used today in this part of the World if you are not here. Then after your short but remarkable trip in this old town, you have to continue your journey to Khotan. When you arrive there in the late evening, check in your hotel and stay for night there. The distance today is about 550 kilometers, highway.

Day 04 Switch your bus into jeeps and leave for Kerriya (Yutian County) in the morning.. It takes 4 hours by driving to get Kerriya, then do some short visiting before your lunch here. You continue your driving northwards into Taklamakan, following the Kerriya River and passing over several villages in this remote area, you will set up your first camp at the foot of a beautiful sand mountain.

Day 05 The final day of driving takes us across a sandy landscape, punctuated by stands of poplar trees, stunted pine and scrubby bush. It is hot and dusty drive to the last settlement in the valley, Tongguzbasti, where we set up camp. About 50 families manage to sustain their meager existence in this remote outpost.

Day 06 day for sightseeing in and around this unusual desert village. Most of the genuine desert families live away from the village and we will take the opportunity to go out to visit some of them. There are some brick-built dwellings and a school and village hall at Tongguzbasti but, generally, the living conditions in this harsh corner of the world are very primitive. Most of the houses are constructed on a light wooden frame with lattice and mud walls and roofs. It is unusual for the houses to have any furniture or ornamentation of any sort, save for rudimentary cooking equipment. The people of this village have been called "the lost tribe of the Taklamakan."

Day 07 Today, you set off trekking into the desert, accompanied by your Uighur camel drivers and their animals. Heading westwards, for the first 3 hours or so, we encounter some low trees and bushes and then we begin to walk between the sand dunes. Each day, we aim to establish camp in the late afternoon, leaving plenty of time to relax and enjoy the sunset and to sit around the campfire gazing at the unbelievably bright stars.

Day 08 The dunes become bigger as we head west and there is now very little vegetation. Trekking on the soft sand dunes is hard work and our rate of progress becomes slower.. By lunch time on this second day, we reach the ancient ruins of Karadong. After lunch, we spend half a day exploring what was once an important staging post on the Silk Road. There are many buildings buried by sand, but some of them have been uncovered by the desert wind. We camp at Karadong.

Days 09/12 During the next five days, we will settle into the rhythm of long trekking days on the pristine wave-like dunes. Day after day, the camel train climbs to cross a succession of sand mountains which are 60 to 70 metres high. On a couple of occasions we find salt-crusted surface formations which indicate the presence of water close underground. The camel drivers will dig down into these hidden reservoirs and spend long hours in the evening, watering the camels. The surreal beauty of the desert and the pleasant evenings around the campfire will provide memories to last a lifetime. On the fifth day, we should catch the first distant glimpse of a black line on the western horizon, which marks the location of the only rock formation in the Taklamakan, Mount Mazartagh.

Day 13 A final morning in the dunes brings us ever closer to Mount Mazartagh, which lies adjacent to the dry valley of the Hotan River. After a picnic lunch, we reach the Hotan river flats, which are covered by dense stands of gnarled trees, and it then takes a further 2 hours to reach our camping place at the foot of the rock ridge. On the crest of this 150 metre-high red sandstone hill are the ruins of a small fort, dating from the 8th or 9th Century AD. These ruins were first excavated by the explorer Aurel Stein in 1908. Before dinner, we can make the climb up to the site of the fort and look back across the desert at the sea of low, horse-shoe-shaped dunes which we have crossed.

Day 14 Meeting up with our transport, we start the drive out of the desert, heading north along the river bed. Before sun goes down, we set up our last camp in the desert. In this area, there are wild pigs in the forest of the river valley.

Day 15 After a further 5 hours' driving, we reach the first greenery that we have seen for over a week. More and more farmland and villages appear en route to the junction of the Khotan and Tarim rivers. Finally, the expedition arrives at Aksu, where we check in to the Friendship Hotel. After the first priority (luxuriating in a hot bath), we will have a celebratory evening meal.

Day 16 Switch transport from jeeps to a bus and leave for Kuche. Stop for 2 hours on the way to visit one of the biggest and most famous Buddha Caves in China, Kizil Buddha Cave. Check in a hotel in Kuche in the evening

Day 17 Start early and visit Subashi ancient ruin before the Sun Rising. It takes you 4 hours to explore in this ruin and then leave for Kurla. Check in a hotel in the evening

Day 18 Leave for Turfan and check in a hotel in Turfan in the evening. Enjoy the local singing and dancing performance under grape trees at night

Day 19 This is a lazy morning, but if you want to see how the Chinese people do their morning exercises, you should have to get up early and go to the Peoples¡¯ Square. Then you will see: some people playing Taiji Boxing, some people playing Beijing Opera, some people dancing, some people playing, the Yang Ge, a kind of traditional Chinese dancing ¡­Leave for the Heavenly Lake, the ¡°jewel in the crown¡± of the nearby Mt.Bogda (5445 meters), the highest peak in the east part of Tian Shan mountains. The altitude of the lake is about 1900 meters above the sea level. The driving takes 2 hours to get there. Go and visit some local Kazak families in the yurts in the forests. Lunch is arranged in the yurt and shared with this local family. Take a boat trip on the lake in the afternoon. Come back to Urumqi and it takes you 2 hours to visit the Xinjiang Historical Museum, which you worth to visit ! Then climb up to the top of the Red Hill to get a bird views of this whole city. After all today, I suggest you to take a look in the biggest Night Food Market.

Day 20 Free in Urumqi and Take the flight XO717 flying to Bishkek at 0805 in the morning. All the services end in the Chinese part. Our best partner, ITMC Tien-Shan will take a good care of you in not only in Bishkek but all over Kyrgyzstan.

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