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15 Days Taklamakan Desert Trekking Tour

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Day 1: Urumqi,Airport Transfer

Arrive Urumqi, the capital city of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, with more than 3 million of population, the geographical centre of Asian continent, the farthest city from the ocean in the world. Transfer to Xinjiang Tumaris

Accommodation: Bingtuan Hotel****or similar

Day 2: Regional Museum, Xinjiang grand bazzar, Khotan

Morning visit Regional Museum, Xinjiang grand bazaar, evening take flight to Khotan. Khotan is one of the main oases at the Tarim Basin, among all of China it has been famous for its three pearls—silk, carpet and jade. The silk is familiar with every family; there is a jade river which calls as Yurongkash River among the local people. The carpets made by silk or wool with its beautiful and unique Uyghur design are very famous around in and out of China. Arrives and transfer to Khotan Hotel.

Accommodation: West Lake International Hotel****or similar

Day 3: Khotan city, City Museum,Jade River,Yutian, Damko Little Temple Ruins

Morning tour around Khotan city included City Museum and Jade River. After drive to Yutian (Keriya, 290km),  en route visit Damko Little Temple Ruins which was the smallest Temple among world. Arrive and transfer to Yutian Hotel.

Accommodation: Yutian Hotel or similar

Day 4: Dheyan village, Takelimaken desert

After breakfast drive to the direction of Daheyan (Darya-boyi means by the river in Uyghur language), road condition not good, most of the time we will drive by the road mixed with sand and stone, but the view is so spectacular and unique .Most of the time we will drive by Yutian (Keriya) River. Today’s destination- Daheyan (Darya-boyi, which means by the river) is one of the lonely village among the Taklimakan desert, because it has been a parted from the main oasis by a long time ago and the people lived there is very local and for them to say the main oasis is just a dream some time. When people found this town and villagers here, they thought they would be a wild man as called Taklimakan Desert Man. Later it was cleared that they were living in this village surrounded by the desert by last several hundred years, living on nomadically. As the desert became larger and larger, their life became harder and harder.

 Stay and over night with the local family people.

Taklamakan desert is the second largest moving desert in the world and most of the people believe that it has buried most of famous civilizations among the central Asia. It has occupied land more than 345,000 square km,Taklamakan in local Uyghur language means “The desert which buried places under”, and after some western explorers explore this desert on the early of 20th century, they have given another meaning which is “One go, but never come back”.

 

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Accommodation: Local family

Day 5: Trekking in Taklamakan

After local-made breakfast, start our trekking with the camels. Usually each person has one camel, and before you arrive starting point, the camels and camel were already ready and we will load the bags and all of the food, water, cooking staffs, tents, etc. Today we will start the most famous adventure around world. About the exploration among the desert, we usually do not give you a lot of details and happenings, because we come to there not for confirmations, but for the create our own experience. Everyday we will trekking about 20-25km, sometimes we will see some wild plants and trees, but most of the time is just sand dunes .Camels and well-experienced camel-men are the most reliable for us at the desert. We usually start around 9 am and camping somewhere around 5-6.Tents is prepared according to the number of people and after dinner we could have camp-fire and drinking. The most exciting thing is see the clear sky with stars; it will be your dreams at nowadays modern time.


Accommodation: camping on desert

Day 6: Trekking and camping at Taklimakan

Trekking and camping at Taklimakan.

Day 7: Trekking and camping at Taklimakan

Trekking and camping at Taklimakan

Day 8: Trekking and camping at Taklimakan

Trekking and camping at Taklimakan

Day 9: Trekking and camping at Taklimakan

Trekking and camping at Taklimakan

Day 10: Trekking and camping at Taklimakan

Trekking and camping at Taklimakan

Day 11: Trekking and camping at Taklimakan

Trekking and camping at Taklimakan

Day 12: Mazartagh

Trekking and arrive the most famous Mazartagh, the one of the famous station and caravansary around Taklimakan desert at the ancient Silk Road times. Long time before the desert is not large and the land Silk Road still very flourished, Mazartagh was one of the very important places on the best connections between south and middle line of the Silk Road. Because it has just located on the line and by the river, and some times it has controlled the main trade, so it always was attracted by powers around. Today there still has some of the ruins from the time when this point controlled by ancient Tibetan nationality. And with your own imaginations you could have some more feelings. We will also explore the some other ruins around. Mazartagh (Mountain of Tombs)is a local name of the low mountains here as Chinese called Red and White Mountain. The mountain would change its color at the sun rise and after.

 

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Day 13: Aksu

After breakfast trek about 2 hours and meet by the bus waiting for us. Then drive to Khotan another cross-desert highway from Khotan to Aksu, just by the river side and the landscape is very special which mixed with river and desert. Arrive and transfer to Khotan Hotel.

Accommodation: West Lake International Hotel****or similar

Day 14: villages in Khotan,Airport Transfer,Urumqi

Tour around Khotan, visit silk factory, which is located at the local village, Mulberry paper making which is only existed at Khotan now, Khotan mosque, after dinner take flight back to Urumqi, meet and transfer to Tumarist Hotel.


Accommodation: Bingtuan Hotel****or similar

 

Day 15: Airport Transfer,Departure

Take flight back home or visit other places in Xinjiang as Turpan(2 days tour), Kashgar(could connected from Khotan),etc.

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Price includes:

Hotel accommodations with breakfast as specified (but hotels are subject to change to the same category before finally confirmed).
All meals as specified in the itinerary.
Transfers among airports & hotels as specified in the itinerary by private car or coach with driver & English-speaking guide.
Entrance fees for sightseeing as outlined in the itinerary with English speaking guide.
Domestic flights, trains or buses as specified in the itinerary.
Domestic airports departure taxes have been charged with the flight tickets.
Travel insurance in mainland China during the above travel period.
Arrangements for the planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Price Excludes:

Any meals which are not included in the "The trip price includes."
Single Room Supplements (as the above quotation for accommodation is based on twin sharing room).
International air and train tickets for coming to & leaving mainland China. Air tickets or train tickets not specified in the itinerary on the first arrival day and last departure day.
Excess Baggage Charges.
Personal expenses: Items of a purely personal nature such as drinks, laundry, tips to guides or drivers, FAX, telephone, excess baggage charges, or sightseeing or meals which are not included in the day-to-day itinerary.
Insurance coverage of personal loss, illness or damages incurred during your trip.
Gratuities, Tips to Guides and Drivers.
Visa fees
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Day 1:
Urumqi

Urumqi
Airport Transfer

Day 2:
Urumqi,Khotan

Regional Museum
Xinjiang grand bazzar
Khotan

Day 3:
Khotan,Yutian

Khotan city
City Museum
Jade River
Yutian
Damko Little Temple Ruins

Day 4:
Yutian,Daheyan

Dheyan village
Takelimaken desert

Day 5:
Daheyan(Derya Boyyi),Taklamkan

Trekking in Taklamakan

Day 6:
Taklamakan

Trekking and camping at Taklimakan

Day 7:
Taklamakan

Trekking and camping at Taklimakan

Day 8:
Taklamakan

Trekking and camping at Taklimakan

Day 9:
Taklamakan

Trekking and camping at Taklimakan

Day 10:
Taklamakan

Trekking and camping at Taklimakan

Day 11:
Taklamakan

Trekking and camping at Taklimakan

Day 12:
Taklamakan,Mazartagh

Mazartagh

Day 13:
Mazartagh,Khotan

Aksu

Day 14:
Khotan,Urumqi

villages in Khotan
Airport Transfer
Urumqi

Day 15:
Urumqi

Airport Transfer
Departure