5-Day Kashgar Tour

Kashgar In-Depth Exploration

5-Day Kashgar Tour

Kashgar, the westernmost city of China, used to be a very important commodity trading and distribution center on the ancient Silk Road. In the eyes of China's central plains civilizations, it was a distant place in the exotic and mysterious western region. To Central Asia civilizations, it was a gateway to the oriental world..

From Kashgar, you can enjoy the snow on the Pamirs and feel the sands of the Taklimakan Desert. There, you can listen to Uyghur music, see Kirgiz yurts, and watch Tajiks herd cattle.

During this 5-day Kashgar tour, you will experience its exotic charm, learn more about the splendid history of the Silk Road, meet the friendly ethnic people, and explore the hidden natural beauty nearby. (xj-10)

Tour 'Wow' Points

Experience Exotic Charm in the Westernmost City of China

Enjoy a relaxing walk in Kashgar Old Town. Taste flavor of the Central Asia in the decorations of the houses. Experience the region's religion in Xinjiang's biggest mosque.

Kashgar Old Town
the mosque in Kashgar

Enjoy a Xinjiang Afternoon Tea with Some Locals

Experience the typical social life of the town as you listen to folk music played by the Uyghur seniors.

the typical Xinjiang afternoon tea
Uyghur people in the tea house

Catch a Glimpse of the Great Pamirs

Drive along the China-Pakistan Highway. View the impressive Baisha ('White Sand') Lake and Karakul. Snow-capped Muztag Ata and other very tall mountains look like a row of strong guards protecting this land.

scenery on the Pamirs
peoples on the bank of Baisha Lake

Walk to the 'Sky Gate'

Discover Shipton's Arch, which is probably the tallest arch in the world at 460 meters (1,500 feet) high. It was named after mountaineer Eric Shipton, who failed to get to it, but you can.

Shipton's Arch

"Steal" the Business Secrets of a Livestock Merchant

Experience a bazaar that has existed for centuries on the Silk Road — the Kashgar Livestock Market. Learn how to do successful business the Xinjiang way.

Livestock bazzar in Kashgar
A Uyghur man in the bazzar

Enjoy a Family Feast with Uyghur People

Visit a Uyghur family in Kashgar old town. Enjoy a tradition meal with them and learn folk dancing with the hostess.

family visit in Kashgar
a uyghur hostess is cooking

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Itinerary Quick Look

Here is a suggested itinerary. We are happy to customize a tour according to your interests.

Day 1 Kashgar Arrival

Meet your local personal guide at Kashgar's airport who will escort you to your Kashgar hotel. Your guide will help you check-in and offer tips on exploring Kashgar according to your interests.

Day 2 Kashgar | A Key City on the Silk Road

Explore Kashgar Old Town in the morning. Visit the biggest mosque in Xinjiang. Feel the spirit of the local religion. Appreciate the beauty of Islamic architecture in a quiet tomb of a great Uyghur poet and enjoy a quiet moment there.

Visit a Uyghur family in the old town. Learn about their lifestyle and enjoy some traditional Xinjiang food with them. Listen to a piece of Xinjiang music that comes with a dance.

Walk to Handicrafts Street in the afternoon. Go into the shops, touch the semi-finished handicrafts, and test the timbre of exotic musical instruments. Have a break at the ancient teahouse, which has a history of over 100 years.

Kashgar Grand Bazaar is famous throughout Asia. This ancient market attracts locals and merchants from all over Xinjiang and nearby countries, such as Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan. If you go there on a Sunday, you will have the opportunity to see the livestock market, which is where people take their livestock for trade and shearing.

Day 3 Kashgar | The Great Pamirs

Drive along the China-Pakistan Highway. Enjoy the seldom-seen scenery of the westernmost point of China.

You will reach Baisha (‘White Sand’) Lake before Karalul — ‘Black Lake’. Sands from the Taklimakan Desert have deposited on the mountains of the lake shore for thousands of years. The white sand dunes and blue lake create a dreamlike picture.

Then, see one of the best-kept secrets in China: Karakul, a sparkling glacial lake. The scenery and lake will draw out your inner photographer. Snow-capped Muztag Ata and other very tall mountains look like a row of strong guards protecting this land.

Day 4Kashgar | Hidden Wonder — Shipton's Arch

On day 4, journey out again to explore a hidden wonder in the mountains on the edge of the Pamirs range. This awesome naturally-formed arch is named after an English explorer who introduced it to the Western world.

Hike in the rocky valley. Enjoy the peaks on the both sides with strange marks formed by the wind eroding the cliffs.

When you get to the arch, the view you will see on the other side of this "heavenly gate" looks like another world.

Alternative: If you are not so interested in Shipton's Arch, you could replace it with a day tour to a desert park in the Taklimakan Desert. There you can enjoy fun activities in the desert, such as camel riding, sand dune slides, and off-road vehicles.

Day 5 Kashgar Departure

Say goodbye to Kashgar. Your guide and driver will escort you to the airport and help you check in.

Hotel Selection

—the Icing on the Cake

Boutique hotels are recommended to enrich your travel experience.

Kashgar hotel

A colorful hotel
FromCNY5,350 / USD835 p/p Based on a private tour for 2 people. Price varies depending on program, travel date, number of people and chosen hotel

Price Includes:

  • Private air-conditioned business car with big windows and ample space
  • English speaking local guide
  • Activities, hotels, and meals listed in the itinerary
  • 24/7 helpline for while you are traveling
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