Tian Shan, Taklamakan & Lower Tibet

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  • Adventure
  • Cultural, religious and historic sites
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  • duration 27 days
  • tour type Group
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • max group size 20
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
  • Ends Xian, China
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Explore Kashgar's traditional Sunday market and Animal market
  • Cross the Taklamakan Desert
  • Exploration of the oasis and the Jiaohe ruins at Turpan
  • Guided tour of the Mogao caves, Dunhuang
The tour Tian Shan, Taklamakan & Lower Tibet starts in Bishkek and ends in Xian. This is a cultural, religious and historic sites tour that takes 27 days taking you through Bishkek, Urumqi, Kochkor, Pingliang and 12 other destinations in Kyrgyzstan and China. This is a guided small group tour that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Follow the Silk Route across western China – the same route used by ancient traders and armies on their journey between West and East. The gateway to China is the infamous Torugart Pass near the city of Kashgar, a wonderful place to see the diverse peoples of the region, and if we are there for the Sunday Market this is a must-see. We cross the Taklamakan Desert, China’s largest, driest and highest desert, to the western end of the Great Wall of China and climb onto the lower slopes of the Tibetan plateau to the holy city of Xiahe, with its remarkable Tibetan Buddhist temples and architecture. We see several remarkable monuments, such as the giant Buddha of Bingling Si, the Jiaohe ruins at Turpan and, of course, the archaeological marvel of the Terracotta Army near Xi’an.

5 - Excellent
Based on 2 reviews
  • Kathryn Jane W
  • On Jun 04 2015
5 - Excellent
“Made entirely wonderful by Gino, Jim and Claire.”
  • Timothy Mark D
  • On Jun 04 2015
5 - Excellent
“The design of the vehicle was well thought-out - as for camping and cooking, we had everything we needed!”
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  • Day 1: Bishkek
  • Day 2: Kochkor
  • Day 3: Tash Rabat
  • Day 4: Kashgar
  • Day 5: Kashgar
  • Day 6: Kashgar
  • Day 7: Kashgar
  • Day 8: Kashgar
  • Day 9: Aksu
  • Day 10: Korle
  • Day 11: Urumqi
  • Day 12: Urumqi
  • Day 13: Turpan
  • Day 14: Turpan
  • Day 15: Dunhuang
  • Day 16: Dunhuang
  • Day 17: Jiayuguan
  • Day 18: Zhangye
  • Day 19: Liujiaxia
  • Day 20: Xiahe
  • Day 21: Xiahe
  • Day 22: Xiahe
  • Day 23: Lanzhou
  • Day 24: Pingliang
  • Day 25: Pingliang
  • Day 26: Xi'an
  • Day 27: Xi'an
  • Overland Expedition Vehicle, Local Bus, Boat
  • Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary, One Local Crew Member
  • Comfortable Hotel 3 nights
  • Homestay 1 night
  • Yurt Camp 1 night
  • Basic Hotel 16 nights
  • Camping without facilities 2 nights
  • Guesthouse 3 nights
  • 22 Breakfasts
  • 6 Lunches
  • 8 Dinners
  • Any international flights to Bishkek and from Xian are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Tian Shan, Taklamakan & Lower Tibet tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Tian Shan, Taklamakan & Lower Tibet tour. You can cancel the tour up to 56 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 55 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 12 August 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 12 August 2021, a deposit is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 55 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Tian Shan, Taklamakan & Lower Tibet tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Tian Shan, Taklamakan & Lower Tibet tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Local Payment The local payment is a group fund, paid separately from the trip price on the first day of the tour. It covers everything that the group does together on the ground. This is primarily hotel accommodation and campsite fees, meals whilst camping (but not while eating in restaurants), and included activities and puts money directly back to the local community. The local payment, or kitty system, is unique to overlanding tours and provides maximum flexibility and best value on the road - you can see exactly what is being paid for, you get everything at cost price, it keeps costs competitive by leveraging group expenses and saves on administrative costs. The fund is run by the tour guide, and any excess left over at the end is returned equally to the group. Local prices are estimated in USD when we print the brochure then reviewed monthly as local costs and exchange rates vary throughout the year. It's therefore important once you book your trip to check the website regularly and just before departure for any changes to the amount.

If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.
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