Kashgar , Urumqi and Turpan area tours

  • Tour code: XJ-01

Destinations: Kashgar, Karakoram Highway, Urumqi, Turpan, Heavenly Lake

  • Highlights: Explore Ancient historical city Turpan and cultural city Kashgar. Visiting famous Sunday market, drive along the famous China-Pakistan Karakoram Highway and join a local Uyghur family for dinner

Day 1
Arrive in Kashgar

Activities: pick you from airport and transfer to the Hotel
Our professional tour guide and driver will welcome you at Kashgar airport and transfer to Hotel or any other desired hotel as your wish. Have a good rest after a long flight journey. Our guide will give you a phrasebook which helps you learn some common Uighur phrases

Day 2
Explore Kashgar city

Activities: visit Idkah Mosque, Apak Hoja Mausoleum, Livestock market, Main Sunday bazaar, old city and local family dinner.
Explore the rich, endless culture of the Uighurs in Kashgar. Visit the largest bazaar in Central Asia at the Kashgar Sunday market, explore livestock market, spend time by the Id Kah mosque, the largest mosque in China and marvel at the intricate architecture of Kashgar’s historic Apak hoja tomb. We’ll also spend time today in the Kashgar old town and have dinner with a local Uighur family

Day 3
Kashgar to Tashkorgan—-Karakul Lake

Activities: Drive on KKH, visit opal village, Gaz valley, white sand mountain, Karakul Lake, Stone fort, Tajik family, Kyrgyz family
We set out along the Sino – Pakistan Karakorum Highway, on the Pamir plateau (the roof of the world) for your visit to Karakul Lake (3600m above sea level) on the way. Then Keep driving till Tashkorgan. Tashkurgan Tajik autonomous county was once an important hub on the old Silk Road. The area borders Pakistan and Afghanistan and is connected to them via the Kunjerab Pass. After arriving at Tashkurgan, you’ll have an opportunity to see the town’s ancient stone fort – still standing after 1800 years! ‘Tashkurgan’ is a translation of ‘Stone Fort.’ Walking around Tajik neighborhoods, and pay a visit to Local Tajik families live around this historic town. Then drive back Karakul lake. People travel to experience the lives of another culture, which is why we spend the night in the yurt of a local Kyrgyz family and really experience another way of life.

Day 4
Karakul lake to Kashgar, fly Urumqi

Activities: hiking around lake and back kashgar, take evening flight to Urumqi
The lake sits at the feet of the notorious, Muztagh Ata ( 7546m ) and Gongur ( 7719m ) mountains. ‘Muztagh Ata’ means Father of the Ice Mountain and is one the most beautiful and mysterious mountains in the world. Trekking and hiking around Karakul lake for whole morning and drive back kashgar in the afternoon for catching a flight to Urumqi

Day 5
Urumqi to Turpan

Activities: visit Idikut (Gaochang) ancient city, Astana tombs, Toyup village, Bizeklik Thousand Buddha caves and Flaming Mountains.
After breakfast, drive to Turpan on the first class highway for about 2.5 hour. Once you arrive in Turpan first check into the hotel, then we start our wonderful day in Turpan beginning with a visit the 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. You can take a donkey cart to visit the site if you like. We’ll stop in the city for about 40 minutes and then drive to Karakhoja Astana tombs, a Tang-dynasty burial ground which also known as the “Underground Museum”. Astana means “capital” in the Uighur language and Karakhoja is the name of a legendary hero of the ancient Uighur Kingdom who conquered by killing a vicious dragon. Moving on, we journey to Toyup village, an old, beautiful and timeless village with a friendly Uighur community. Here we visit several local families and eat lunch with a local family in their home. This could quite likely be the highlight of your tour.. After lunch we visit Bizeklik Thousand Buddha caves which used to be an important center for Buddhist worship under the Xizhou Huigu government of the Idikut (Gaochang) Kingdom. Finally, on the way back to the hotel we will stop at the Flaming Mountains which people claim are so hot and dry that “flying birds even a thousand miles away dare not to come”. Later, we’ll eat dinner in the Oasis hotel restaurant and the round the day off with an atmospheric song and dance festival under the grapes.

Day 6
Turpan to Urumqi

Activities: visit Yargul (Jiaohe) Ancient city, Karez underground Irrigations system and Emin Minaret. Back Urumqi
Following a hearty breakfast at the Hotel we start our another wonderful day in Turpan. Our special itinerary today includes sightseeing in Turpan and drive back to Urumqi after Lunch. First we 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 and residential houses in the streets are still visible and time there is time spent in a world long disappeared. After an hour of walking around the city area, we’ll push on to see the world famous Karez 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. Then visit the Emin Suliman minaret which is a magnificent combination of ancient Uighur and Islamic architecture. It is the tallest ancient pagoda in Xinjiang and the only Islamic ancient pagoda in the country. Locals call it “pure tower.” After lunch we’ll leave Turpan to Urumqi

Day 7
Day trip to Heavenly Lake and visit Xinjiang Museum

Activities: Drive to Heavenly lake in the morning and visit Xinjiang Provincial Museum in the afternoon
Our guide and driver see you at the hotel lobby and Leave for Heavenly Lake after breakfast which is 115 kms (71 Miles) over two hours by vehicle. Your stay at the heavenly lake is your time to ride horses, go boating, take photos or simply trek around the lake for as long as you like. You can eat lunch together with a local Kazak family or just pay them a visit! This is certainly the easiest way to understand the life style of the Kazak people in such a short time. In the afternoon, visit the Xinjiang Museum which houses an impressive collection of exhibits, covering artifacts and relics from more than 12 minority groups. It is a great opportunity to review what you have seen within last one week

Day 8
End of the tour

Activities: see you off Urumqi airport
Today is the last day of our tour, but it needn’t be the last. We strive to make every day of your time with us one that you’ll always remember and if you’d like to book a longer tour please contact us for more information

 

Day 1
Arrive in Kashgar

pick you from airport and transfer to the Hotel

Day 2
Explore Kashgar city

visit Idkah Mosque, Apak Hoja Mausoleum, Livestock market, Main Sunday bazaar, old city and local family dinner

Day 3
Kashgar to Tashkorgan—-Karakul Lake

Drive on KKH, visit opal village, Gaz valley, white sand mountain, Karakul Lake, Stone fort, Tajik family, Kyrgyz family

Day 4
Karakul lake to Kashgar, fly Urumqi

hiking around lake and back kashgar, take evening flight to Urumqi

Day 5
Urumqi to Turpan

visit Idikut (Gaochang) ancient city, Astana tombs, Toyup village, Bizeklik Thousand Buddha caves and Flaming Mountains.

Day 6
Turpan to Urumqi

visit Yargul (Jiaohe) Ancient city, Karez underground Irrigations system and Emin Minaret. Back Urumqi

Day 7
Day trip to Heavenly Lake and visit Xinjiang Museum

Drive to Heavenly lake in the morning and visit Xinjiang Provincial Museum in the afternoon

Day 8
End of the tour

see you off Urumqi airport

 

 

 

The following price is standard package private tour price based on Chinese RMB Yuan (¥)

Different price based on different hotel level, if you want to make any changes on the hotels or have other requests, please Contact us by Clicking ask a question

Hotel rate *** **** *****
1 pax 13995 15575 16596
2 pax 8695 9475 10395
3 pax 7554 8322 9166
4 pax 6762 7531 8375

Tour Includes:

  • Air-conditioned vehicle for whole land transportation
  • Standard room at the hotel as mentioned
  • English speaking local tour guides
  • Entrance fees for the sights as listed in the program
  • Meals (B,L,D) from day 2 till day 7, total 6 days
  • One way flight ticket from Kashgar to Urumqi
  • Enough dringking water during the trip

Tour excludes:

  • Arrival and departure flights
  • Persoanl excurtions like horse or camel riding on the spots
  • Tip for guide and driver
  • Beverages

3-star hotels

Kashgar:

  • Tianyuan international hotel

Karakul lake

Local Yurt

Urumqi:

Astana Hotel

Turpan

Jinxiu Jinhua hotel

Heavenly lake

Local kazak yurt

4-star hotels

Kashgar:

Qinibagh International hotel

Karakul lake

Local Yurt

Urumqi:

Bayinhe Hotel

Turpan

Huozhou Hotel

Heavenly lake

Local kazak yurt

5-star hotels

Kashgar:

Radisson blue Hotel

Karakul lake

Local Yurt

Urumqi:

Grand Mercury Hotel

Turpan

Tuha Petroleum Hotel

Heavenly lake

Local kazak yurt