16-Day South & North Xinjiang Adventure Tours

  • Duration: 15 days
  • Tour Code: FDT2

  • Tour Type: Group Tour

  • Starting City: Kashgar

  • Destinations:Kashgar; Tashkorgan; Karakoram Highway; Urumqi; Narat Pastureland; Yining; Sayram Lake; Kuitun; Ghost City; Burjin; Kanas Lake; Hemu Village; Koktokay; Turpan

  • Ending City: Urumqi

Tour Highlights

  • Admire the best combination of mountian, river, grassland and hot spring of the Koktokay Park.
  • Experience the live ancient Tuyuk Village with a lunch at a local house.
  • Kanas Lake “Paradise on Earth” “Garden of Gods”.
  • Discover the beauty of Hemu village “a virgin forest in China” by walking around or riding horse.
  • Enjoy scenery of the highest and the biggest lake Sayram in Xinjiang.
  • Enjoy interesting geological erosion of the Ghost City.
  • Taste of Silk Road by Exploring the cultural city Kashgar as well historical city Tupan

Day 1
2019-09-12 (Thursday)
Arrive Kashgar
Hotel:Qinibagh Royal Hotel (5*)
Meals:No Meals
Activities: pick you from Kashgar airport and transfer to your hotel
Our professional tour guide and driver will welcome you at Kashgar airport and transfer to your Hotel. Have a good rest after a long flight.
Kashgar, an oasis city in Xinjiang, is one of the westernmost cities of China, located near the borders of Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and Tajikistan. It has a history of over 2,000 years and served as a trading post and strategically important city on the Silk Road between China, the Middle East and Europe.
Day 2
2019-09-13 (Friday)
Kashgar to Tashkorgan
Hotel:Crown inn (Local best)
Activities: Drive along the KKH, Stop at Opal Village, Oytagh Kunlunshan Colorful mountain range, Gaz Valley and check point, Bulungkol Valley (white sand mountain), Karakul lake and local Kyrgyz family visit
We set out along the Sino – Pakistan Karakorum Highway, on the Pamir plateau (the roof of the world) visit Karakul Lake (3600m above sea level). The lake sits at the foot of the notorious, Muztagh Ata (7546m) and Gongur (7719m) mountains. ‘Muztagh Ata’ means Father of the Ice Mountain and is one of the most beautiful and mysterious mountains in the world.
Lunch will be at a local Kyrgyz family by Karakul lake.
Along the way stop at small Kyrgyz villages and Tajik villages. especially Tagharma Tajik village is very interesting,This village is located in between mountain and grassland, people are very friendly. You can pay a visit to one of the Tajik families and join their cup of tea.
Arrive Tashkorgan by dinner time and stay overnight
Day 3
2019-09-14 (Saturday)
Tashkorgan to Kashgar
Hotel:Qinibagh Royal Hotel (5*)
Activities: Visit Stone Fort, Tajik village, Hike on the Grassland and drive back to Kashgar after lunch
Tashkurgan Tajik autonomous county was once an important hub on the old Silk Road. The area borders with Pakistan and Afghanistan via the Kunjerab Pass and Wahan Corridor.
After breakfast, you’ll have an opportunity to see the town’s ancient Stone Fort – still standing after 2200 years! ‘Tashkurgan’ is a translation of ‘Stone Fort.’ Later Hike on the grassland next to the Stone Fort.
After lunch, drive back to Kashgar and you can make stops along the way if you like.
Day 4
2019-09-15 (Sunday)
Explore Kashgar City/fly to Urumqi
Hotel:Excemon Xinjiang Yilite Hotel (4*)
Activities: Visit Grand mosque, Apak Hoja tomb (which is also called Fragrant Concubine Tomb), Old city walking tours, livestock market, Sunday market and dinner at a local Uighur family countryside of Kashgar. Take late evening flight to Urumqi
Explore the rich, endless culture of the Uighurs in Kashgar. First stop is livestock market which happens on every Sunday and people bring their horses, sheep, goats, camels and other livestock to the market for sale. It provides a great opportunity to take photos of the faces of local people, study traditional local market culture, test-drive a donkey or horse or even make its shoes. Like opening a window, today is a real glimpse into a time lost in the annals of the Silk Road’s past and an opportunity not to be missed.
Later move on to Sunday market main Bazaar which is considered one of the largest market in Central Asia. From fluffy sheepskin hats to rugged camel-hide boots, not to mention beads, buttons and buckets of locals. Everything – including plenty of kitchen sinks – is for sale at this fairytale bazaar. It is the best chance to practice your bargaining skills.
After lunch, spend some time by the Id Kah mosque, the largest mosque in China and marvel at the intricate architecture of Kashgar’s historic Apak Hoja Tomb which is also known as Fragrant concubine tomb).
We’ll visit the Kashgar Old Town and have some walking tours through some ancient historical parts; Stop at a century-old tea house for a short break and taste local medicinal teas such as such as those containing rose, saffron, honey and many other ingredients.
Finally conclude our city tour with a dinner at a local family in old city which offers a great opportunity to deeply understand real local life, culture and traditions of local Uighurs.
Finally take late evening flight to Urumqi
Day 5
2019-09-16 (Monday)
Urumqi to Narat Grassland
Hotel:Narat hotel (4-star)
Activities: After breakfast take morning flight to Narat Grassland, spend whole afternoon around Narat grassland
After breakfast, take morning flight to Narat Grassland. spend whole afternoon around Narat grassland for hiking or horse back riding (on your own expenses). locals from Xinjiang boasts the beauty of Xinjiang with Narat Grassland as it is one of the most beautiful parts of our region.
Day 6
2019-09-17 (Tuesday)
Narat to Yining
Hotel:Ruiyang Crown Hotel (4-star)
Activities: Hike around or ride horses in Narat grassland for whole morning leave for Yining after lunch
Get up early in the morning and enjoy the clear and fresh mountain air. Narat is regarded as one of the most beautiful parks in Xinjiang. It is a hotspot of culture in Xinjiang, In here you’ll learn about the ways and lives of the Kazak people
You can walk around the Kazak villages, experience horse riding across the grasslands or simply trekking through the incredible sceneries around.
Note:There are grasslands on the top of the mountain, if you want to visit the top you can take the shuttle bus or rent horse on your own expense.
Leave for Yining after lunch and arrive by dinner time.
Day 7
2019-09-18 (Wednesday)
Yining to Kuitun city
Hotel:JinZe Hong Fu Quan Hotel (4-star)
Activities: whole day drive to Kuitun city, visit Sayram lake on the way
After breakfast at the hotel leave for Kuitun city which is about 460kms. Today we drive through some small Kazak Nomadic villages to enjoy the fantastic scenery of Guozhaigou (Fruit Valley) with its pastureland and pine trees along the way. Then spend some time around Sayram lake which is a great place for hiking or horse riding. Your stay at the Sayram Lake is your time to explore the hills on horseback, take photos or simply trek around the lake for a few hours.
After lunch by the lake drive along the highway and arrive hotel in the evening and stay overnight in Kuntun.
Day 8
2019-09-19 (Thursday)
Kuitun to Burjin
Hotel:Sutong Holiday inn Hotel (4-star)
Activities: whole day drive to Burjin, visit Ghost city and oil zone on the way
After breakfast at your hotel set out for Burjin. First stop at Wurghu town and visit the Ghost City. where you’ll have an opportunity to walk around and back to the car in time.
The Ghost Town is the nickname for Feng Cheng (the Windy Town) and it is named as such for just the wind rather than its appearance. After millennia of erosion by wind and rain, the present strange sight of Yardang landform is made. This is not only a good place in which to travel but it also attracts a great deal of attention and interest of those who appreciate its scientific value.
You also visit the Oil zone of Karamay along the way. Arrive at the hotel by dinner time and stay overnight.
Day 9
2019-09-20 (Friday)
Burjin to Hemu Village
Hotel:Hemu country villa(local best)
Activities: Drive to Hemu village and visit Wusaitan on the way
After breakfast visit Wucaitan which is also known as “Rainbow Beach” and “Five-Colored Hills”,
located about 25km from Burjin county, Wucaitan means “multi-colored beach” as it is formed with many different colors and located on the North Side of Irtysh River while South Bank is luxuriantly green with rolling forests, the distant meandering hills with panoramic view of the desert scenery.

Then keep driving through some beautiful grasslands and zigzagged mountain roads with pine trees. 

Arrive Hemu village in the afternoon and relax for the rest of the day. Rest of the day is free to Hike around the village and grassland. 

Stay at Tuwa wooden guesthouse 

Hemu village has been ranked by China National Geography as one of the six most beautiful villages in China.

Day 10
2019-09-21 (Saturday)
Hemu Village To Kanas Lake
Hotel:Jiadengyu Friendship hotel (4*)
Activities: Drive to Kanas lake and spend the rest of the day
Get up early in the morning and hike up to Meilifeng which is a peak of hill. which provides a great opportunity to take spectacular photos and enjoy panoramic view of the small village at Sunrise.
Then have breakfast and leave for Kanas Lake.

spend whole rest of the day around Kanas lake which is a great place for some outdoor activates.You will have chance to hike around the lake,go for boating, horse riding, river rafting as you like (on your own expenses).

End of the day take the shuttle bus and come back to Jiadengyu which is the entrance of the lake for overnight stay

Day 11
2019-09-22 (Sunday)
Jiadengyu/Kanas lake to Burjin
Hotel:Sutong Holiday inn Hotel (4-star)
Activities: Spend whole morning around the lake and drive back to Burjin in the afternoon
After Breakfast get the shuttle bus to the lake again.
1. During shuttle bus ride Between entrance and the lake, you can stop at several spots along the Kanas River like Laying Dragon Bay, Immortal Bay and Moon Bay which are the most well-known and beautiful sceneries in this area.
2. Take shuttle bus to GuanYuTai ( Fish Observing Pavilion) which is the highest point and the best place to take incredible panoramic view of the whole lake (on your own expenses). The Kanas Lake is famous for changing its colors. The color of the water changes several times in a day, from dark green to sky blue, then to gray and white. The higher you climb up, the more colors you will see.
when finished drive back to Burjin and stay overnight
Day 12
2019-09-23 (Monday)
Burjin to Koktokay/Fuyun
Hotel: Black Gold Hotel (4*)
Activities: Drive to Koktokay town and visit National park
After breakfast, you’ll meet your tour guide and driver in your hotel lobby then drive to Fuyun County through Kurbantongut desert en-route and to enjoy the second largest desert steppes in China.
Once arrive Koktokay town visit the National park which is a well-known high rockstone mountain peaks in different shapes and surrounded by forests and Irtish River. During the tour visit Irtish River valley, Shenzhong Mountain which means “holly Bell Mountain”, it is named as the shape of this mountain.which looks like a bell, you’ll also visit camel peak and Elephant Peak mountains, shape of the peaks are similar to these animals.
Finally drive to Fuyun county and stay overnight
Day 13
2019-09-24 (Tuesday)
Fuyun to Urumqi
Hotel:Excemon Xinjiang Yilite Hotel (4*)
Activities: Drive to Urumqi and visit Wucaicheng on the way
After breakfast drive to Urumqi and stop at Wucaicheng. which the earth presents the visitor with an artist’s composed colors of reds, yellows, greens, grays, blacks and whites. The multi-colored Bay was one of the main locations for the Oscar Winning Best Foreign language film “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon”.
Arrive Urumqi by dinner time.
Day 14
2019-09-25 (Wednesday)
Urumqi to Turpan
Hotel:Silk Road Lodges
Activities: Drive to Tupan and visit Yargul (Jiaohe) Ancient city and Karez underground Irrigation system
After breakfast drive to Turpan on the first-class highway for about 2.5 hours. Once you arrive in Turpan visit Yargul (Jiaohe) Ancient City which is one of the best preserved ancient cities in China. The ruins of the buildings are divided into temples, civilian dwellings and government offices. Workshops, residential houses and the streets are still visible and time there is a time spent in a long lost world.
After an hour of seeing around the ancient city, we’ll head on to see the world famous Karez Underground Irrigation System, unique to this part of the world. The system is considered as one of the three great projects in China with the other two being the Great Wall and the Grand Canal.
Have dinner and overnight in Turpan
Day 15
2019-09-26 (Thursday)
Turpan For Whole Day
Hotel:Silk Road Lodges
Meals:Breakfast and Lunch
Activities: After breakfast drive to Kumtagh Desert Park , Gaochang (Idikut) ancient city; Tuyuq Village and Flaming Mountain
We start our tour after breakfast and first drive to Kumtagh Desert Park which is located in Shashan county. You can ride camel or take desert car (on your own expenses) for a few hours and then drive to Toyuq village, an old, beautiful and timeless village with a friendly Uighur community.
then continue to ancient city of Idikut (Gaochang). The city was first built in the first Century BC and later became capital of the Idikut (Gaochang) Uighur Kingdom in the 8th Century. We’ll spend one hour in this ancient city and then visit Bizeklik Thousand Buddha caves which used to be an important center for Buddhist worshipers under the Xizhou Huigu government of the Idikut (Gaochang) Kingdom.
On the way back to the hotel we will stop at the Flaming Mountains (on the side of the road) which people claimed to be the hottest and driest along the silk road that “flying birds even a thousand miles away dare not to come”
stay overnight in Turpan
Day 16
2019-09-27 (Friday)
Turpan to Urumqi airport
Hotel:Not included
Activities: After breakfast visit Emin minaret , then drive to Urumqi airport for your flight.
After breakfast visit Emin Suliman minaret which is a magnificent combination of ancient Uighur and Islamic architecture. It is the tallest ancient tower in Xinjiang and the only Islamic ancient minaret in the country. Locals call it “pure tower”.
Then drive to Urumqi airport for your flight which is about 3:30 hours driving. lunch can be on the way or in Urumqi city as you like.

Tour price

  • 25995 Yuan RMB per PAX

    Single room supplement is 4290 Yuan

    Note: Minimum 2 PAX

    If you are 3+ pax, please contact us, we will make a good discount

Service Includes

  • Air-conditioned private Vehicle for whole land transportation
  • Private excellent English speaking local Tour guides
  • Hotels as listed in the itinerary (one room shared by two people)
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary.
  • Entrance fee for the sights as listed in the program (including shuttle bus)
  • Expenses of the guides, drivers and vehicles (Accommodation and meals for guide and driver; Highway fee, oil and parking fees for the car)
  • One way flight ticket from Kashgar to Urumqi and from Urumqi to Narart
  • Visa support

Service excludes

  • Tips for the guides and drivers
  • Beverages
  • Arrival and Departure flights
  • Chinese visa
  • Personal excursions like horse or camel riding at the spots or boating Etc.

Trip Notes

  • Here is some notes for above tour. If you want to make any changes according to your personal request , please let us know , one of our tour specialist will tailor make your tour just for your needs

1. Accommodation

  • —Different types of Hotels are available, including famous 5-star hotel chains, 4-star hotels in the best locations, good value 3-star hotels, or boutique hotels that reflect the style of the region.
    —Hotel fees are based on two people sharing one room with twin beds at the hotels listed above
    All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities
    –If you have any special requests for your hotels, please let us know, our travel experts will try to meet your requests and find out the perfect one for you.

2. Meals

  • Breakfast is usually at the hotels. Lunch and dinners will be provided at good conditioned, clean local restaurants or tourist restaurants.
    You can also taste authentic local dishes of different minorities along the Silk Road.
    sometime also arrange local family meals wherever it is possible to let you deeply understand local life and culture. You would also to join cooking if you like.

3. Transportation

  • Air-conditioned good conditioned vehicles for whole land transportation including Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing. China is a big county, distance from one city to another is a long way to drive, so We usually arrange flights or trains to connect your destinations.

4. Drivers and Car Types

  • All of our tour guides are very experienced and helpful, who create unique and unforgettable experiences to share with you.
    Our tours include excellent English-speaking local tour guides in each destination, so they don’t travel with you on the trains or flights. But our driver/guide always pick up you from railway stations or airports with “your name” on a welcome board.

    All of our drivers are experienced licensed tourism drivers who are very helpful, friendly and easy going.
    We provide the following cars for the tour:
    1. 1-2 PAX: Sedan, SUV or MPV
    2. 3-5 PAX: MPV
    3. 6-8 PAX: 13-15-Seater minibus
    4. 9-10 PAX: 17-22 Seater Minibus
    5. 11 or more PAX: 33 seater or bigger coaches.

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