Mountains & Deserts of Central Asia

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  • Cultural, religious and historic sites
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  • duration 42 days
  • tour type Group
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • max group size 26
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • Ends Xian, China
  • +15
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 Mountains & Deserts Of Central Asia starts in Tashkent and ends in Xian. This is a cultural, religious and historic sites trip that takes 42 days. You will travel through Kyrgyzstan, China and Uzbekistan and visit Tashkent, Taklamakan Desert, Bishkek and 14 other destinations. This is a guided group tour that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

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  • Duncan
  • On Oct 07 2017
5 - Excellent
Duncan's review for another Dragoman tour
“Very positive experience. Well organised.”
  • Carolyn
  • On Jan 08 2019
5 - Excellent
Carolyn's review for another Dragoman tour
“The intinerary took us to the most beautiful places of each country without moving too fast.”
  • Julia
  • On Feb 15 2019
5 - Excellent
Julia's review for another Dragoman tour
“I really enjoyed my trip around west Africa. It was well organised and the crew were incredibly hard-working. Enjoyed the bumpy roads through Guinea and Sierra Leone, bush camping, Ganvie stilt village, pirogue trips and tricky border crossings”
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  • Day 1: Xi'an
  • Day 2: Xi'an
  • Day 3: Pingliang
  • Day 4: Pingliang
  • Day 5: Xiahe
  • Day 6: Xiahe
  • Day 7: Xiahe
  • Day 8: Liujiaxia
  • Day 9: Zhangye
  • Day 10: Jiayuguan
  • Day 11: Dunhuang
  • Day 12: Dunhuang
  • Day 13: Turpan
  • Day 14: Turpan
  • Day 15: Urumqi
  • Day 16: Urumqi
  • Day 17: Korle
  • Day 18: Aksu
  • Day 19: Kashgar
  • Day 20: Kashgar
  • Day 21: Kashgar
  • Day 22: Kashgar
  • Day 23: Tash Rabat
  • Day 24: Tash Rabat
  • Day 25: Kochkor
  • Day 26: Bishkek
  • Day 27: Bishkek
  • Day 28: Chong Kemin Valley
  • Day 29: Chong Kemin Valley
  • Day 30: Karakol
  • Day 31: Jeti-Oguz Valley
  • Day 32: Jeti-Oguz Valley
  • Day 33: Kochkor
  • Day 34: Son-Kol Lake
  • Day 35: Son-Kol Lake
  • Day 36: Kyrgyz Fergana Valley
  • Day 37: Kyrgyz Fergana Valley
  • Day 38: Arslanbob
  • Day 39: Arslanbob
  • Day 40: Fergana Valley
  • Day 41: Tashkent
  • Day 42: Tashkent
  • Overland Expedition Vehicle, Local Bus, Boat, Jeep, Russian Bus
  • Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary, One Local Crew Member, Local Crew Member in certain areas
  • Comfortable Hotel 4 nights
  • Basic Hotel 17 nights
  • Guesthouse 3 nights
  • Camping without facilities 2 nights
  • Yurt Camp 4 nights
  • Homestay 3 nights
  • Wild Camp 7 nights
  • 50 Breakfasts
  • 20 Lunches
  • 28 Dinners
  • Any international flights to Tashkent 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 Mountains & Deserts of Central Asia 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 Mountains & Deserts of Central Asia 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 14 August 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 14 August 2021, a deposit is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 55 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Mountains & Deserts of Central Asia 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 Mountains & Deserts of Central Asia 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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