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Taklamakan Desert - Trekking &Crossing Expedition

Tour Code: UQH02
Departure: the best time is May & Oct
Tour Type: Private
Attractions: Taklamakan Desert
Detail Itinerary :
Day 01 Turogart pass/Kashgar Cross the Tuogart Pass and transfer to Kashgar. Check in your hotel

Day 02 Free day in Kashgar.
Local people are Muslim Uighurs, who account for 90 percent of Kashgar's population, are the dominant ethnic group that you will encounter in Kashgar's thriving town centre.this is a lovely day,we visit the Sunday Market,Aparkhojia tomb(Fragrant Concubine tomb),the Grand Mosque.
Day 03 .Kashgar/Hotan Drive to Hotan,on he way,we stop at Yarkand for 2 hours in order to visit the old part of this town where used to be a important station on the Marco Polor Route. When you walk in this old part, when you watch these local men who are making some handcrafts with super and old skill in wood carving, I am sure you will feel as if you were back to hundreds of years ago. I am sure you never believe such old techniques are still used today in this part of the World if you are not here. continue our journey to hotan. Overnight in hotan.The distance today is about 550 kilometers, highway.

Day 04 Hotan/Yutian(keriya) Drive to Yutian,when we arrive at Yutian,we visit traditional local Uygur families,to feel their life,in the evening we enjoy local food and get ready for next adventure driving .
Day05. Yutian/Keriya leave for Kerriya ( Yutian County ) in the morning By jeeps.. It takes 4 hours by driving to get Kerriya, then do some short visiting before your lunch here. You continue your driving northwards into Taklamakan, following the Kerriya River and passing over several villages in this remote area, you will set up your first camp at the foot of a beautiful sand mountain.

Day 06 The final day of driving takes us across a sandy landscape, punctuated by stands of poplar trees, stunted pine and scrubby bush. It is hot and dusty drive to the last settlement in the valley, Keriya village, where we set up camp. About 50 families manage to sustain their meager existence in this remote outpost.
Day 07 Today, we set off trekking into the desert, accompanied by your Uygur camel drivers and their animals. Heading westwards, for the first 3 hours or so, we encounter some low trees and bushes and then we begin to walk between the sand dunes. Each day, we aim to establish camp in the late afternoon, leaving plenty of time to relax and enjoy the sunset and to sit around the campfire gazing at the unbelievably bright stars.

Day 08 Continue trekking. Trekking on the soft sand dunes is hard work and our rate of progress becomes slower.

Days 09-12 During the next five days, we will settle into the rhythm of long trekking days on the pristine wave-like dunes. Day after day, the camel train climbs to cross a succession of sand mountains which are 60 to 70 metres high. On a couple of occasions we find salt-crusted surface formations which indicate the presence of water close underground. The camel drivers will dig down into these hidden reservoirs and spend long hours in the evening, watering the camels. The surreal beauty of the desert and the pleasant evenings around the campfire will provide memories to last a lifetime. On the fifth day, we should catch the first distant glimpse of a black line on the western horizon, which marks the location of the only rock formation in the Taklamakan, Mount Mazartagh .

Day 13 A final morning in the dunes brings us ever closer to Mount Mazartagh , which lies adjacent to the dry valley of the Hotan River . After a picnic lunch, we reach the Hotan river flats, which are covered by dense stands of gnarled trees, and it then takes a further 2 hours to reach our camping place at the foot of the rock ridge. Before dinner, we can make the climb up to the site of the fort and look back across the desert at the sea of low, horse-shoe-shaped dunes which we have crossed.

Day 14 Meeting up with our transport in Mazartag,and hold a special party in the special place to celebrate our successful to finish the great trekking tour.
Day15 we start the drive out of the desert, heading north along the river bed. Before sun goes down, we set up our last camp in the desert. In this area, there are wild pigs in the forest of the river valley.

Day 16 After a further 5 hours' driving, we reach the first greenery that we have seen for over a week. More and more farmland and villages appear en route to the junction of the hotan and Tarim rivers. Finally, the expedition arrives at Aksu, where we check into the Friendship Hotel. After the first priority (luxuriating in a hot bath), we will have a celebratory evening meal.
Day 17 Aksu/Kuqa Leave for Kuche. Stop for 2 hours on the way to visit one of the biggest and most famous Buddha Caves in China , Kizil Buddha Cave . Check in a hotel in Kuche in the evening
Day 18 Kuqa/Korla Start early and visit Subashi ancient ruin before the Sun Rising. It takes you 4 hours to explore in this ruin and then leave for Kurla. Check in a hotel in the evening
Day 19 Korla/Turfan Leave for Turfan and check in a hotel in Turfan in the evening. Enjoy the local singing and dancing performance under grape trees at night

Day 20 Turfan/Urumqi we visite Jiaohe ruins,Flamming mountains,Sugong Minerat,Karez Well-the underground irragation system.the Bezklic Buddha caves.in the afternoon,we drive to Urumqi-the capital of Xinjiang provice.
Day 21 This is a relax day, Leave for the Heavenly Lake, the "jewel in the crown" of the nearby Mt.Bogda (5445 meters), the highest peak in the east part of Tian Shan mountains. The altitude of the lake is about 1900 meters above the sea level. The driving takes 2 hours to get there. Go and visit some local Kazak families in the yurts in the forests. Lunch is arranged in the yurt and shared with this local family. Take a boat trip on the lake in the afternoon. Come back to Urumqi then climb up to the top of the Red Hill to get a bird views of this whole city. After all today, I suggest you to take a look in the biggest Night Food Market.
Day22 Urumqi exit,you may take flight to Beijing ,or Take the flight XO717 flying to Bishkek at 0805 in the morning. All the services end in the Chinese part