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.

Start
Kashgar, China
Finish
Xi'an, China
Countries
China
Themes
Overland
Code
CDOK
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 22
Carbon offset
902kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • 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

Itinerary

Travel to the westernmost end of China and visit Kashgar, an exotic fusion of Chinese, Uzbek and Kyrgyz cultures. Wander the streets that weave through the Old Town and discover the markets and bazaars of this diverse city.
Leave Kashgar and head to the outskirts of the enormous Taklamakan Desert. Travelling into seemingly unchartered terrain, spend two days on an overland adventure.
Travel towards the Tian Shan mountain range, and arrive at the pristine Heavenly Lake. Located at the top of a mountain - and in the middle of a desert - this is a remote spot, perfect for relaxation.
Escape the desert sands in the laidback town of Turpan. Explore the famous Jiahe ruins, visit the night market or perhaps soak up the lively energy among locals in the town square.
Continue the Overland adventure towards the ancient Silk Road town of Dunhuang. Spend the night wild camping beneath the desert stars.
Arrive in Dunhuang and relax in this Gansu oasis trading town. Visit the nearby Mogao Caves and discover their breathtaking Buddhist art.
Drive to Jiayuguan and discover deserted sections of the Great Wall.
At the crossroads of Qinghai and Gangsu, arrive at Liujiaxia. Visit the Bingling Si Buddhist grottoes to see intricate cliff-side carvings.
Travel to the Tibetan monastery town of Xiahe, often described as one of the most enchanting places to visit in China.
Make tracks to Lanzhou and relax beside the rushing waters of the Yellow River.
Overland to lovely Pingliang, located at the base of the verdant Kongtong Mountain. If feeling energetic, climb through five lush terraces to the scared site of Mount Kongtong, passing temples and shrines along the way.
Admire the 2,000-year-old army of Terracotta Warriors at the end of this journey from Kashgar to Xi'an.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Bush camp (no facilities) (3 nights), Camping (with facilities) (2 nights), Guesthouse (3 nights), Hotel (11 nights), Yurt (2 nights)

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Important 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 notes

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Reviews

Our Kashgar to Xi'an trips score an average of 4 out of 5 based on 1 reviews in the last year.

Kashgar to Xi'an , May 2015