Itinerary

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

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    • Trip Price tool tip
      USD $2,080
      CAD $2,125
      AUD $2,165
      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 $2,828*
      EUR €2,046*
      GBP £1,692*
      NZD $3,356*
      ZAR R25,742*
      CHF FR2,423*
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Days 1-2 Xi'an

Begin this journey from Xi'an to Kashgar by visiting a 2,000-year-old army of Terracotta Warriors, built to protect an emperor.
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Day 3 Pingliang

Overland through the province of Gansu to Pingliang, which sits at the edge of the beautiful Kongtong Mountain. Peruse the wonderful shops or climb the mountain for rewarding views.
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Day 4 Lanzhou

Travel down the fertile Gansu Corridor, a rugged stretch of the famed Silk Route.
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Days 5-6 Xiahe

Travel to the Tibetan monastery town of Xiahe, often described as one of the most enchanting places to visit in China.
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Day 7 Liujiaxia

At the crossroads of Qinghai and Gangsu, arrive at Liujiaxia. Visit the Bingling Si Buddhist Grottoes to see intricate cliff-side carvings.
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Day 8 Zhangye Bush Camp

Continue the journey west towards Jiayuguan, where we set up camp en route.
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Day 9 Jiayuguan Great Wall

Arrive in Jiayuguan after a full day of driving, and discover deserted sections of the Great Wall.
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Days 10-11 Dunhuang

Arrive in Dunhuang and relax in this Gansu oasis trading town. Visit the nearby Mogao Caves and discover their breathtaking Buddhist art.
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Day 12 Hami Bush Camp

Continue the overland adventure towards the ancient oasis town of Turpan. Spend the night wild camping beneath the desert stars.
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Days 13-14 Turpan

Escape the desert sands in the laidback town of Turpan.
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Days 15-16 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.
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Days 17-18 Bayanbulak & Aksu Bush Camps

Head to the outskirts of the enormous Taklamakan Desert. Travel into seemingly unchartered terrain and begin two days on an overland adventure.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 2

Days 19-22 Kashgar

Arrive in 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 before saying goodbye to this incredible part of the world.
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