Mountains & Deserts of Central Asia

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  • No booking fees
  • duration 42 days
  • tour type Group
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Xian, China
  • Ends Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • +19
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
Start in Xian and end in Tashkent, the tour Mountains & Deserts Of Central Asia is a guided cultural, religious and historic sites trip that takes 42 days. You will be touring through Liujiaxia, Ala Archa National Park, Turpan and 17 other destinations in China, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. Mountains & Deserts Of Central Asia is a group tour which will include accommodation, transport, meals and others. Please check the package includes section for more details.

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  • Eveline
  • On Jun 04 2015
“I think that Lynsey and Tim were the best trip leaders I ever had. They were very professional, were always enthusiastic and they helped everyone as much as they could. They worked so hard during my trip and I have a lot of respect for them and their work.”
Maxine's review for another Dragoman tour
5 - Excellent
  • Maxine
  • On Jun 04 2015
“Helen and Duncan did a great job considering it was their first time navigating this trip. Helen always presented us with a great variety of optional activities we could enjoy.”
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5 - Excellent
  • Katharine
  • On Jun 04 2015
“Zoe was perfect combo of professionalism, adaptability, good leadership and a great sense of humor, fun”
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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 Xian and from Tashkent 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 61 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 60 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 28 March 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 28 March 2021, a deposit is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 60 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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