Xi'an to Kashgar Overview

Travel from Xi’an to Kashgar. Visit sacred Mount Kongtong, see ancient sculptures at the Binglingsi Caves and stare out in awe over Heavenly Lake.

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      USD $2,355
      CAD $2,555
      AUD $2,505
      EUR €1,725
      GBP £1,390
      NZD $2,795
      ZAR R25,075
      CHF FR2,085
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      USD $600
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      USD $3,035*
      CAD $3,291*
      AUD $3,256*
      EUR €2,222*
      GBP £1,840*
      NZD $3,599*
      ZAR R32,305*
      CHF FR2,686*
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Trip Validity

  • 2011-01-01 - 2015-12-31

Travel from historic Xi’an to the oasis town of 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.

  • Visit the Great Wall’s western-most pass
  • See ancient carvings at the Binglingsi Caves
  • Discover the quaint Tibetan town of Xiahe
  • Relax by Heavenly Lake
  • Explore the oasis town of Dunhuang
  • Be entranced by Mount Kongtong

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.

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    USD $2,355
    CAD $2,555
    AUD $2,505
    EUR €1,725
    GBP £1,390
    NZD $2,795
    ZAR R25,075
    CHF FR2,085
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    CAD $3,291*
    AUD $3,256*
    EUR €2,222*
    GBP £1,840*
    NZD $3,599*
    ZAR R32,305*
    CHF FR2,686*
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    USD $137
    CAD $149
    AUD $148
    EUR €101
    GBP £83
    NZD $163
    ZAR R1,468
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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 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 19-22 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.
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    • CDOL
    • Trip Price tool tip
      USD $2,355
      CAD $2,555
      AUD $2,505
      EUR €1,725
      GBP £1,390
      NZD $2,795
      ZAR R25,075
      CHF FR2,085
    • Kitty tool tip
      USD $600
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $3,035*
      CAD $3,291*
      AUD $3,256*
      EUR €2,222*
      GBP £1,840*
      NZD $3,599*
      ZAR R32,305*
      CHF FR2,686*
      *
    •  
       
       
       
       
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    • Overland
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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.