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Silk Road, Danxia landform and jeep along the Badan Jaren Desert

duracion Duration:
13 days
duracion Travel guides:
English
duracion Departures from:
anywhere from China
ingo Highlights:
icn Jeep around the desert
icn Silk route
icn Ethnic minorities

Silk Route travel package with colorful mountains or rainbow mountains and the north part of China crossing the Badan Jaren desert in jeep. A tour to remember!

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Itinerary
Day 01, Origin/Urumqi
-Pick up from the airport;

Day 02, Urumqi/Heaven Lake/Kashgar
-Lago del Cielo y Templo taoísta;
-Cascada del Río Sangong;
-Return to Urumqi;
-Great International Bazaar;
-Flight Urumqi – Kashgar;

Day 03, Kashgar
-Sunday market;
-Apakh Khoja Mausoleum;
-Eidkagh Mosque;
-Old Town of Kashgar;

Day 04, Kashgar/Karakul lake/Kashgar
-Karakul lake;
-Monte Muztagh Ata;
-Walk towards the yurts of the kyrgyz nomad minorit;

Day 05, Kashgar/Urumqi/Turpan
-Flight Kashgar – Urumqi;
-Transfer Urumqi-Turpan;
-Karez Irrigation Channels;

Day 06, Turpan/Liuyuan
-Jiaohe Ancient City;
-Astana Graveyard;
-Tuyuq valley village;
-Lunch in a local vineyard;
-Flaming Mountains;
-Bezaklik Thousand Buddha Caves;
-Night train Daheyan – Liuyuan;

Day 07, Liuyuan/Dunhuang
-Pick up in train station;
-Transfer to Dunhuang;
-Mogao caves;
-Dunes of Mingsha Shan;
-Crescent Lake;

Day 08,Dunhuang/Jiayuguan
-Transfer to Jiayuguan;
-Jiayuguan Pass;
-Great wall;

Day 09, Jiayuguan/Zhangye
-Transfer to Zhangye;
-Danxia Mountains;
-Zhangye;

Day 10, Zhangye/Badan Jaren Desert
-Transfer to Badan Jaren;
-Meet up with 4x4 drivers;
-Badan Jaren Desert;
-Lama Temple;
-Accommodation inside a yurt;

Day 11, Badan Jaren Desert/Zhangye/Lanzhou
-Badan Jaren desert;
-Transfer to the exit of the desert;
-Train to Lanzhou;

Day 12, Lanzhou
-Transfer to Liujiaxia Reservation;
-Bingling caves;
-Yellow Riverbed;
-Farewell dinner;

Day 13, Lanzhou/Destination
-Transfer to the airport.


-Private trip;
-Compulsory travel insurance;
-Local guide speaking English or other languages;
-Private vehicle;
-Hotel in a double bedroom with breakfast;
-Tickets for the visited places;



-Excursions or extra services;
-Tips for the tour guide and the driver;
-Single room supplement;
-Personal expenses;
-Any service not mentioned in “Includes”.

The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, picks up guests at the airport to transfer them to their hotel.
The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, picks up guests at their hotel to begin today visits.

Heaven Lake and Taoist Temple (120 km)
Walk along the edge of this amazing lake and enjoy the boat trip to its Taoist Temple.

Sangong River Waterfall
Admire the breathtaking views of the Sangong River and its impressive waterfall.

International Urumqi Grand Bazaar
Get to know the famous Grand Bazaar of the Xinzang province, different from the other more small towns.

Flight Urumqi-Kashgar

The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, transfers guests back to their hotel.
The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, picks up guests at their hotel to begin today visits.

Sunday market 
Walking around this local market it will seem time has stopped and that we are living in the ancient Silk Road times.

Apakh Khoja Mausoleum
Original mausoleum that seems a blue and withe mosque with a green dome and small minaretes.

Eidkagh Mosque
Visit the largest mosque in China built in 1442 that represents very well local architecture and get to know later on the craftwork street in Kashgar.

Old Town of Kashgar
Strolling around the streets of this old city full of sun-dried bricks, where it seems time hasn't passed by.

The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, transfers guests back to their hotel.
The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, picks up guests at their hotel to begin today visits.

Karakol Lake (200 km)

Impressive lake totally frozen in winter, we will go through the famous roadl “Chinese Pamir and Karakoram Highway (KKH) (aprox. 200 km drive, half way can still be on construction).

Mount Muztagh Ata 
Its name mean “Father of all Ice peaks”, can you guess why? Nowadays it is used as a training point to climb the Everest.

Walk towards the yurts of the kyrgyz nomad minority
Don’t miss the opportunity to discover a real nomad settlement.

The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, transfers guests back to their hotel.
The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, pick up guests at their hotel and transfers them to the airport.

Flight Kashgar-Urumqi

The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, picks up guests at the airport.

Transfer to Turpan (200 km).

Karez Irrigation Channels
Discover the clever irrigation system of this area, ancient hydraulic technology that still nowadays is very well considered.

The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, transfers guests back to their hotel.


Day 6
The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, picks up guests at their hotel to begin today visits.

Jiaohe Ancient City (Yarghol)
Let yourself imagine in old times when this city was destroyed, it's ruins are located some kilometers at the west side of Turpan and were declared by UNESCO Human World Heritage.

Astana Graveyard 
Amazing complex of the ancient tombs of the Gaochang city, where we will visit very well preserved mommies.

Tuyuq valley village
Discover a typical location of htis area and discover a inner part of this amazing province of Xinzang.

Dinner in a local vineyard
Try the local vine and have a meal under the wine grapes.

Flaming Mountains
Stunning views, desertic mountains that thanks to their special shape and colors seem they are on fire. Don't forget your camara!
 
Bezaklik Thousand Buddha Caves
Let yourself dazzle by this complex of 492 buddhist temples declared by UNESCO Human World Heritage recently in 1987.

The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, transfers guests to the Daheyan train station and take the night train to Liuyuan (4 beds cabins).

Night train Daheyan-Liuyuan

Day 7
The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, picks up guests at their hotel to begin today visits.

Transfer to Dunhuang (120 km)

Mogao Caves
Also known as the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas, these caves still guard sculptures and mural paintings, most of which are based on Buddhist stories. The UNESCO declares them World Heritage Site.

Mingsha dunes
Experience a ride on a camel along the spectacular sand dunes of Mingsha Shan. 

Crescent Moon Lake
Discover this important oasis still preserved in the middle of the dessert.

The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, transfers guests back to their hotel.

Day 8
The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, picks up guests at their hotel to begin today visits.

Transfer to Jiayuguan via Hexi Corridor (380 km)
Feel like a truly merchant of the Silk Road and enter through the most important entrance gate to China from Central Asia.

Jiayuguan Fort
The most western area of the Great Wall was very important due to its strategic location. For many centuries it worked as the Chinese border for the Silk Road. This used to be the place where the border officers produced the passports for the travellers, writing their personal details and drawing their portraits by hand.

Overhanging Great Wall
Discover one of the less visited sections of the Great Wall and also one of the driest, where we could observe the sculptures that commemorate the Silk Road. This complex will give you a completely different point of view and you will have time to take singular pictures.

The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, transfers guests back to their hotel.

Day 9
The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, picks up guests at their hotel to begin today visits.

Transfer to Zhangye (260 km).

Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park
Admire the multi-coloured mountains located within this dry geological park, a singular beauty that you can’t find in any other place in the world. Enjoy your free time to take some pictures or practice some camel riding.

Zhangye
Aprovecha la tarde en la ciudad para hacer algunas compras útiles y prepararte para la aventura del próximo día en el desierto.

The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, transfers guests back to their hotel.

Day 10
The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, picks up guests at their hotel to begin today visits.

Transfer to Badan Jaren Desert entrance (230 km) and meeting with 4x4 drivers.

Badan Jaren Desert
Have you ever dreamed of visit the dessert? Don’t miss this opportunity to discover the known as the mysterious lakes dessert.

Lama Temple
Adventure into more than 49000 square kilometres of sand to discover the Lama Temples, more than a spiritual experience!

Accommodation inside a yurt
Don’t miss the opportunity to experience a night at the dessert inside a real yurt, the tents used by the nomads.

Day 11
Badan Jaren Desert
Enjoy a little bit more of the desert. Do you have enough pictures?

Transfer to the desert entrance and meet up with the drivers. Transfer to Zhangye train station to take the train to Lanzhou.

The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, picks up guests at Lanzhou train station and transfer them to the hotel.

Day 12
The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, picks up guests at their hotel to begin today visits.

Transfer to Liujiaxia Reservation (80 km) .

Bingling Caves
Only accessible by boat, admire the unique Buddhist sculptures and the mural paintings.

Yellow Riverbed
Learn about the national history and come closer to the origin of the Chinese civilization and its ancient settlements. This is the second longest river in China.

Farewell Dinner.

The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, transfers guests back to their hotel.

Day 13
The tour guide, together with the private vehicle, transfers guests to the airport or train station for their return to their destination.

In remote areas of China is possible that we couldn’t satisfy the same requirements of western food, amenities and facilities that could be expected from more developed cities such as Shanghai or Beijing. We beg for your sympathy and understanding.

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