Kashgar to Xi'an Overview

Visit China and embark on a journey from Kashgar to Xi'an, touring through the Taklamakan Desert and exploring Dunhuang, the Great Wall at Jiayuguan and Xiahe.

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      USD $1,935
      CAD $1,975
      AUD $2,015
      EUR €1,475
      GBP £1,205
      NZD $2,390
      ZAR R18,330
      CHF FR1,725
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      USD $620
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $2,555*
      CAD $2,646*
      AUD $2,700*
      EUR €1,928*
      GBP £1,615*
      NZD $3,123*
      ZAR R24,922*
      CHF FR2,273*
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Trip Validity

  • 2012-01-01 - 2015-12-31

Travel to China and explore the remote western region from Kashgar to Xi'an.

Discover China away from the tourist trail. Beginning at the famous market town of Kashgar, this trip will explore China's remote west. Our route skirts the edge of the isolated Taklamakan Desert, stopping along the Silk Route at the oasis of Turpan. Many travellers to China visit the Great Wall, but few see the remote western end of it at Jiayuguan, 3000 miles from Beijing. From here the road climbs up to the Tibetan Plateau, and we visit the pilgrimage site of Xiahe before descending to the historic city of Xi'an, home of the Terracotta Warriors.

  • See the crumbling remains of Kashgar's enigmatic Old Town and the busy Sunday Market
  • Camp beneath the stars in the Taklamakan Desert
  • Overnight in a yurt beside the pristine waters of Heavenly Lake
  • Follow the ancient Silk Road through Far Western China
  • See where the Great Wall meets its end in the Jiayuguan Desert
  • Discover the discipline of Tibetan monks in Xiahe
  • Be stunned by the beauty of Kongtong Mountain

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Kashgar, China
  • Finish:

    Xi'an, China
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 19
  • Ages:

    Min 18
  • Meals:

    All meals when camping
  • Accommodation:

    Bush camp (no facilities) (3 nts), Camping (with facilities) (2 nts), Guesthouse (3 nts), Hotel (11 nts), Yurt (2 nts)
  • Transport:

    Overland vehicle
  • Carbon emissions offset:

    902kg 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. Local Partner: Please note this Intrepid trip is operated by our experienced local partners Dragoman Overland. Your departure will be run in a Dragoman vehicle with a Dragoman crew.

  • Trip price from

    USD $1,935
    CAD $1,975
    AUD $2,015
    EUR €1,475
    GBP £1,205
    NZD $2,390
    ZAR R18,330
    CHF FR1,725
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    USD $620
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    USD $2,555*
    CAD $2,646*
    AUD $2,700*
    EUR €1,928*
    GBP £1,615*
    NZD $3,123*
    ZAR R24,922*
    CHF FR2,273*
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  • Per day from:

    USD $116
    CAD $120
    AUD $122
    EUR €87
    GBP £73
    NZD $141
    ZAR R1,132
    CHF FR103
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About China

Kashgar to Xi'an Summary

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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 Aksu & Bayanbulak Wildcamps

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 Hami Wildcamp

Continue the Overland adventure towards the ancient Silk Road town of Dunhuang. Spend the night wild camping beneath the desert stars.

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 Jiayuguan & Zhangye Wildcamp

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.

Day 15 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 16-18 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 21-22 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.
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    • CDOK
    • Trip Price tool tip
      USD $1,935
      CAD $1,975
      AUD $2,015
      EUR €1,475
      GBP £1,205
      NZD $2,390
      ZAR R18,330
      CHF FR1,725
    • Kitty tool tip
      USD $620
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $2,555*
      CAD $2,646*
      AUD $2,700*
      EUR €1,928*
      GBP £1,615*
      NZD $3,123*
      ZAR R24,922*
      CHF FR2,273*
      *
    •  
       
       
       
       
    •  
       
       
       
       
    • Overland
    • Basix
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‡ As our kitty is flexible the indicated amount is indicative only - please click here to view the kitty amount for your departure date.