Kashgar to Beijing

Traverse the legendary Silk Road from Kashgar to Beijing. This overland tour of Kyrgyzstan and China covers wild landscapes, vast deserts and lively cities.

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Travel along the legendary Silk Road from Kashgar to Beijing

Discover a land of vast open landscapes, timeless treasures and ancient civilisations on this overland odyssey from Kyrgyzstan to Xi’an along the legendary Silk Road. Travel from the heights of the Kyrgyz mountains, over the legendary Torugart Pass through the Taklamakan Desert and into the lush countryside of the Gansu Corridor. Discover places seldom visited, from the breathtaking Buddhist artwork in the Mogao Caves to deserted stretches of China’s Great Wall. Get to know the wild landscapes, secluded oases, fascinating cultures and welcoming people who inhabit this legendary route along the Silk Road.

  • Admire the breathtaking Mogao Caves
  • Camp out in the Taklamakan Desert
  • Climb over a deserted section of the Great Wall
  • Cross the dramatic Torugart Pass
  • Cross the infamous and dramatic Torugart Pass
  • Follow the legendary Silk Road
  • Learn the secrets of Chinese silk production
  • Stay with a local Kyrgyz family

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Kashgar, China
  • Finish:

    Beijing, China
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 19
  • Ages:

    Min 18
  • Meals:

    All meals when camping
  • Accommodation:

    Bush camp (no facilities) (4 nts), Camping (with facilities) (2 nts), Cave house (1 nt), Guesthouse (2 nts), Hotel (26 nts), Yurt (2 nts)
  • Transport:

    Overland vehicle
  • Included activities:

    Beijing - Forbidden City, Chengde - Bisu Shanzhuang, Chengde - Puning Temple, Datong - Hanging Monastery, Datong - Yungang Grottoes, Entrance Jiayuguan fort, Great Wall, Entrance, Jinshanling section, Beijing, Lijiashan - Black Dragon Temple, Wutai Shan - Taihui Temple Cluster, Xi'an - Terracotta Warriors guided tour, Yan'an - Revolution Museum & CCP Headquarters site

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    1558kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    Please note that this trip requires minimum numbers to depart, and may be cancelled up until 56 days prior to departure. The places showing on the dates and availability page are an indication only so please contact Intrepid to check if your preferred date will depart before making any final arrangements, such as booking non-changeable flights.

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Days 1-3 Kashgar

Traditionally an important trading city along the Silk Road, Kashgar is still at the crossroads of trade due to its location in the heart of Central Asia.

Days 4-5 Bush Camp

The Taklamakan Desert covers an immense area of northwest China and while a treacherous part of the Silk Road journey, stunning sunsets and sunrises have long enthralled travellers.

Days 6-7 Heavenly Lake

With the bluest of blue waters, tiered mountains of green and white, and soft, billowy clouds moving across the sky, no wonder this is called Heavenly Lake.

Days 8-9 Turpan

Once an important staging post on the Silk Road, Turpan is an attractive town famous for its vineyards, stone fruits, melons and the nearby Flaming Mountains.

Day 10 Bush Camp

Part of the Gobi Desert, Hami is surrounded by open plains and dramatic mountain plateaux.

Days 11-12 Dunhuang

Once an important stop on the Silk Road and a city of incredible historical and cultural riches, Dunhuang is a spectacular desert oasis.

Days 13-14 Bush Camp/Great Wall

Home to a 14th-century fort and a well-preserved part of the Great Wall, Jiayuguan is a legendary part of the Silk Road marking the line between China and barbarity.

Days 15-16 Liujiaxia

Liujiaxia lies along the Yellow River and is known for its hydroelectric power station and close proximity to the intriguing Bingling Si Caves.

Days 17-18 Xiahe

The colours of Tibet can be seen on the streets of Xiahe, a celebrated town for Tibetans due to the Labrang Monastery and its stunning surrounding landscapes.

Day 19 Lanzhou

With the Yellow River running through the city, Lanzhou has a number of interesting mosques, temples, parks and museums to visit.

Day 20 Pingliang

Pingliang is a city in China's Gansu Province that is overlooked by the beautiful and sacred Kongtong Mountains.

Days 21-23 Xi'an

As the start of the ancient trading route the Silk Road and an imperial centre for 2,000 years, Xi'an has a fascinating history and rich cultural sites to discover.

Days 24-25 Yan'An

Yan'an was where Mao's Long March ended in 1935, and was the Communist Party's base until 1948 - it's also filled with cultural sites and nature to enjoy.

Day 26 Lijiashan

With cave dwellings adorning the hills around Lijiashan, this fascinating town is a definite highlight of any trip to China.

Days 27-28 Pingyao

Walking through the beautifully preserved streets of Pingyao is like stepping back into Imperial China with red lanterns lighting streets, imposing city walls and traditional buildings at every turn.

Days 29-30 Wutai Shan

Wutai Shan is also called 'Five Plateau Mountain', and is home to the Bodhisattva of wisdom and harbours some of China's most sacred monasteries and temples.

Days 31-32 Datong

Bordering Inner Mongolia, Datong is a coal rich city that founded in 200BC and is the gateway to the incredible Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Monastery.

Day 33 Jinshanling

Jinshanling is a mountainous area with an attractive section of the Great Wall, which zigzags up the steep terrain and straddles peaks like a suspension bridge.

Days 34-35 Chengde

Sitting pretty in the mountains, Chengde is a breath of fresh air, especially the enchanting Mountain Resort which is a former royal summer residence.

Days 36-38 Beijing

Beijing has a long and colourful history and this rapidly modernising city is an amazing whirl of ancient sites, modern buildings, bicycles, people, shops and eateries.
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    • CDOSC
    • Trip Price tool tip
    • Kitty tool tip
      USD $1,070
    • Total price tool tip
    • Overland
    • Basix
‡ As our kitty is flexible the indicated amount is indicative only - please click here to view the kitty amount for your departure date.