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5-Days adventure in Taklimakan Desert Trekking from Hotan

Tour Code :ACXJ022

Tour Destination :Xinjiang

Tour Duration :4 days

Departure Date :Daily departure

Tour Type :Tour Package

Customizable :Yes


It is an excursion in Taklimakan desert. You will ride camels, eat caravan cuisine, visit tombs, enjoy a view of endless sand dunes.


Day 1  Drive to Taklimakan
After breakfast, we will pack a lunch for the desert, and drive to the Imam Asim Tomb — our departure point for our trek into the Taklimakan. On the way there, we will stop in Jiya village to visit a local silk and atlas workshop and carpet factory. We will ride camels for about 4 hours across the sand dunes before making camp and preparing dinner. You will experience the same caravan cuisine that has been enjoyed by travelers for centuries. We cook the food with our own local tools and not with modern ones. You will help the guide start a fire using scrub brush the way it has been done for ages. That night around the fire, you will enjoy hearing the stories and jokes of our camel man.


Day 2 Taklimakan
We will have our breakfast like caravans of old. We prepare it with our old style with making a fire and boiling the water with our own kettle. We will enjoy local nuts, walnuts, jams, sugar, coffee, local bread and so on. After breakfast we will pack all our things and continue our journey. Today, our tour guide will play a game with the camel man, which will teach you a little about local life in the desert villages. You will trek with the camels for about 5 hours then stop to make camp. You will hear the songs of the shepherds, the local jokes, and the stories and myths of the cities and civilizations buried beneath the Taklimakan.


Day 3 Trek with camels
After a desert breakfast, we will continue our trek with our very friendly camels. We feel very excited and love the sand dunes, which are very silent. The endless dunes give you the feeling of being on a sea of sand. Looking around you, all you will see are endless sand dunes. The solitude is exhilarating. After a day of trekking in the desert, we will camp by the beautiful dunes.


Day 4 Cultural experience
We will awaken early to catch the desert sunrise on our last day in the desert. We will have a caravan's breakfast in the desert, before we ride the camels out of the desert. We will eat lunch at the Imam Asim Tomb, which is a famous tomb among the locals in and around Hotan. In May, there are a lot of people coming from villages and towns far and near to pilgrim here. They regard this tomb as a holy place. There are a few Tombs and a big Mosque where the pilgrims can pray. This area has many unique cultural experiences and you will be able to see how the local people worship. We will have a lunch here. After lunch, we will ride back to the village and drive back to your hotel.


Day 5  Back to Urumqi
Today we will visit the local bazaar and any other sites you'd like to visit before we take you to catch your flight on to Urumqi.

Inclusion & Exclusion

Price includes:
Accommodation with breakfast
Good vehicle with air-conditioner (experienced driver)
Fine English speaking tour guide
The first admission tickets to tour sites as listed
Price excludes:

Flight/train tickets to and out of Xinjiang
Any optional activities or tours
Tips to tour guide and driver

Travel Tips

1.The tour program or listed hotels is subject to change before the tour booking done.

2.All meals except breakfast are NOT included. Our guide will assist you to select restaurant and order local well-known dish. Normally every meal cost RMB 35-50 per person.

3.Please leave us message through inquiry form, if you have any question. We are very glad to help you tailor China travel to fit your requests.

4. For the children at age <3, the land tour is free of charge if sharing one bed/seat with parents in hotels. For any air tickets included, the children need to pay actual cost charged by airline compay. For any question on price for kids, please contact us to get more details.

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