Xi'an to Bishkek Overview

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      USD $2,545
      CAD $2,600
      AUD $2,650
      EUR €1,935
      GBP £1,585
      NZD $3,145
      ZAR R24,110
      CHF FR2,270
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      USD $730
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      USD $3,275*
      CAD $3,376*
      AUD $3,457*
      EUR €2,496*
      GBP £2,068*
      NZD $4,101*
      ZAR R31,455*
      CHF FR2,962*
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Trip Validity

  • 2012-01-01 - 2015-12-31

Traverse some of the world’s hottest deserts, highest mountains and wildest tribal lands while retracing the path of ancient traders, armies and explorers along the famed Silk Road. Discover the sublime landscapes of Krygyzstan, ascend the breathtaking Tian Shan mountains, cross the Torugart Pass, and feel the heat of the Taklamakan Desert. Stay with local nomads, hike in spectacular wilderness and recall Silk Road splendour.

  • Explore the temple and pagoda studded Kongtong Mountain
  • Marvel at the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an
  • Admire the Buddhist art at the Mogao Caves
  • Cross the infamous Torugart Pass from Kyrgyzstan to China
  • See the dramatic glaciers adorning the Ala Archa Canyon
  • Admire quaint Karakol
  • Meet local shepherds on a yurt stay

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Xi'an, China
  • Finish:

    Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 21
  • Ages:

    Min 18
  • Meals:

    All meals when camping
  • Accommodation:

    Bush camp (no facilities) (7 nts), Guesthouse (2 nts), Homestay (1 nt), Hotel (14 nts), Yurt (2 nts)
  • Transport:

    Overland vehicle
  • Carbon emissions offset:

    1107kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    1. 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. 2. Combination trip. Please see Trip Notes (Important Notes) for more details. 3. 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 $2,545
    CAD $2,600
    AUD $2,650
    EUR €1,935
    GBP £1,585
    NZD $3,145
    ZAR R24,110
    CHF FR2,270
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    USD $730
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    USD $3,275*
    CAD $3,376*
    AUD $3,457*
    EUR €2,496*
    GBP £2,068*
    NZD $4,101*
    ZAR R31,455*
    CHF FR2,962*
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  • Per day from:

    USD $121
    CAD $125
    AUD $128
    EUR €92
    GBP £76
    NZD $151
    ZAR R1,165
    CHF FR109
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About China , Kyrgyzstan

Xi'an to Bishkek 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 colors 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-colored 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 19-21 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.

Day 22 Karakol

Set off early to get to stunning Lake Karakol. Spend the day wallowing in the surrounds of this magnificent setting.

Day 23 Kashgar

Hike the lakeside mountains to wear yourself out before the drive back to Kashgar. Take time out in comfort this evening to relax and recuperate.

Day 24 Tash Rabat

Take a good book as today's lengthy border crossing meanders through the Torugart pass and into Kyrgyzstan.

Day 25 Kochkor

Spend some time getting to know the locals of Kochkor with a traditional Kyrgyz homestay and experience a glimpse of daily life.

Days 26-27 Bishkek

Driving into the capital city, explore the crowded bazaars and vast bustling squares of this modern city.
    • 27
    • CDVUC
    • Trip Price tool tip
      USD $2,545
      CAD $2,600
      AUD $2,650
      EUR €1,935
      GBP £1,585
      NZD $3,145
      ZAR R24,110
      CHF FR2,270
    • Kitty tool tip
      USD $730
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $3,275*
      CAD $3,376*
      AUD $3,457*
      EUR €2,496*
      GBP £2,068*
      NZD $4,101*
      ZAR R31,455*
      CHF FR2,962*
      *
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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.