Itinerary

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

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    • 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 $600
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $2,585*
      CAD $2,679*
      AUD $2,733*
      EUR €1,950*
      GBP £1,635*
      NZD $3,159*
      ZAR R25,241*
      CHF FR2,300*
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Oasis in Dunhuang

Traditional dancers, China

The Great Wall, China

Yurt

Chinese monks in red robes

Days 1-3 Kashgar

Travel to the westernmost end of China and visit Kashgar, an exotic fusion of Chinese, Uzbek and Kyrgyz. Wander the streets that weave through the old town and discover the markets and bazaars of this diverse city.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 4-5 Aksu & Bayanbulak Wildcamps

Leave Kashgar and head to the outskirts of the enormous Taklamakan Desert. Travelling into seemingly unchartered terrain, spend two days on an overland adventure.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 2

Days 6-7 Heavenly Lake

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.
ACCOM: Yurt - 2

Days 8-9 Turpan

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

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.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 11-12 Dunhuang

Arrive in Dunhuang and relax in this Gansu oasis trading town. Visit the nearby Mogao Caves and discover their breathtaking Buddhist art.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 13-14 Jiayuguan & Zhangye Wildcamp

Drive to Jiayuguan and discover deserted sections of the Great Wall.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 15 Liujiaxia

At the crossroads of Qinghai and Gangsu, arrive at Liujiaxia. Visit the Bingling Si Buddhist grottoes to see intricate cliff-side carvings.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 16-18 Xiahe

Travel to the Tibetan monastery town of Xiahe, often described as one of the most enchanting places to visit in China.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 3

Day 19 Lanzhou

Make tracks to Lanzhou and relax beside the rushing waters of the Yellow River.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 20 Pingliang

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 21-22 Xi'an

Admire the 2,000-year-old army of Terracotta Warriors at the end of this journey from Kashgar to Xi'an.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1