Xi'an to Kashgar Overview

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      USD $2,080
      CAD $2,125
      AUD $2,015
      EUR €1,585
      GBP £1,295
      NZD $2,570
      ZAR R19,705
      CHF FR1,855
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      USD $600
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      USD $2,680*
      CAD $2,763*
      AUD $2,678*
      EUR €2,046*
      GBP £1,692*
      NZD $3,356*
      ZAR R25,742*
      CHF FR2,423*
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Trip Validity

  • 2011-01-01 - 2015-12-31

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

Discover China away from the tourist trail. From the home of the famed Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an we make our way up to the Tibetan Plateau and the pilgrimage site of Xiahe. From here we journey to Jiayuguan and the end of the Great Wall, some 3,000 miles from Beijing. After a visit to the ancient silk route oasis of Turpan, it is time for an alpine respite at Heavenly Lake before again heading towards the desert, skirting its edges across to the famous market city of Kashgar. This adventure will leave you with amazing memories of a part of the world very few get to see.

  • Camp beneath the stars in the Taklamakan Desert
  • Discover the discipline of Tibetan monks in Xiahe
  • Explore the oasis town of Turpan
  • Follow the ancient Silk Road through Far Western China
  • Meet the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an
  • Overnight in a yurt beside the pristine waters of Heavenly Lake
  • Peer at Buddhist relics in ancient caves
  • See the crumbling remains of Kashgar's enigmatic Old Town and the busy Sunday Market

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Xi'an, China
  • Finish:

    Kashgar, China
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 21
  • Ages:

    Min 18
  • Meals:

    All meals when camping
  • Accommodation:

    Bush camp (no facilities) (5 nts), Guesthouse (2 nts), Hotel (12 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 $2,080
    CAD $2,125
    AUD $2,015
    EUR €1,585
    GBP £1,295
    NZD $2,570
    ZAR R19,705
    CHF FR1,855
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    USD $2,680*
    CAD $2,763*
    AUD $2,678*
    EUR €2,046*
    GBP £1,692*
    NZD $3,356*
    ZAR R25,742*
    CHF FR2,423*
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  • Per day from:

    USD $121
    CAD $125
    AUD $121
    EUR €93
    GBP £76
    NZD $152
    ZAR R1,170
    CHF FR110
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About China

Xi'an to Kashgar Summary

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Days 1-2 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.

Day 3 Pingliang

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

Day 4 Lanzhou

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

Days 5-6 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 7 Liujiaxia

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

Day 8 Zhangye Bush Camp

Formerly known as Ganzhou, Zhangye was an important stop along the Silk Road and is close to the intriguing multi-coloured Danxia landforms.

Day 9 Jiayuguan 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 10-11 Dunhuang

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

Day 12 Hami Bush Camp

Spend the night in a wild camp beneath the desert stars.

Days 13-14 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.

Days 15-16 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 17-18 Bayanbulak & Aksu Bush Camps

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 19-22 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.
    • 22
    • CDOL
    • Trip Price tool tip
      USD $2,080
      CAD $2,125
      AUD $2,015
      EUR €1,585
      GBP £1,295
      NZD $2,570
      ZAR R19,705
      CHF FR1,855
    • Kitty tool tip
      USD $600
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $2,680*
      CAD $2,763*
      AUD $2,678*
      EUR €2,046*
      GBP £1,692*
      NZD $3,356*
      ZAR R25,742*
      CHF FR2,423*
      *
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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.