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COMMENCES: Urumqi
CONCLUDES: Dunhuang
DURATION: 13 Days
TRAVEL ROUTE : Urumqi, Turpan, Korla, Qarkelik,Yitim Bulak, Ayak kum lake, Eshak Patti, Qing Hua Mine, Dunhuang

ITINERARY:

Day 01: Arrive Urumqi
Met by our representative at the airport and transfer to the Hotel.

Day 02: Urumqi to Turpan 200 km
Morning visit to ethnographic regional museum where thousand years old mummies are exhibited, visit to international Grand Bazaar then drive to Turpan Basin along the express highway, after arrival visit to Jiaohe ancient city which was built during the Han dynasty in BC period, check into Hotel.

Day 03: Turpan
Breakfast at hotel, then visit to Astana graveyard, Gaochang ruins, Tuyuq village along the flaming mountain, lunch in local Uyghur farmer¡¯s house in Tuyuq, Bezaklik Thousand Buddha caves, Karez underground irrigation System. Overnight in hotel.
Day 04: Turpan to Korla 390 km
Visit to Emin Minaret which was built in 1777, Turpan Museum, then take the express highway to Korla over the Tianshan Mountain, check into hotel for overnight.

Day 05: Korla to Qarkelik (Ruoqiang in Chinese) 450 km
Breakfast at hotel, take 218 state road along the eastern edge of the China¡¯s first biggest shifting sand desert Taklamakan to Qarkelik. Enroute enjoy the scenery of the diversified poplar trees at the branch of the Tarim river. Overnight in Kroran Hotel.

Day 06: Qarkelik to Yitim Bulak 280 km
Take 315 state road drive up to Kum and Tash passes which is 4200 meters above the sea level to Yitim Bulak town, located at the border line of Xinjiang and Qinghai province where most of the Chinese asbestos mines and mine workers settled. Afternoon check equipments and prepare extra tanks with petrol. Overnight at Qiman Tagh guest house.

Day 07: Yitim Bulak to Ayak kum lake 190 km
Today our main target is to enter Altyn Tagh natural reserve via At Atkan Check post, we have to show our passport along with different permits from different administration offices to be going in, drive through Ambal Ashti pass which is 4600 meters above the sea level, finally reach to Amqek (breast) mountain which were shaped by strong wind time by time, further drive to Ayakkum lake. Overnight in tent at the lake side.

Day 08: Ayakkum lake to Eshak Patti 105 km
Trekking around Ayakkum lake in the morning to enjoy the scenery of the high mountains together with wild birds and animals as wild Yaks, Antelope, Wild donkeys, Fox, then drive to Eshak patti village where local committe office is located. Peoples here are Uyghur nomads and population almost are around thirty. Afternoon trek to Kumkay nak sand well and Ottora Kum kol lake along the Kum kol basin. Overnight in tent or simple guest house.

Day 09: Eshak Patti
Full day trekking around Eshak Patii, overnight in tent or simple guest house.

Day 10: Eshak Patti to Qing Hua Mine via Kiqik kum kol 220 km
Early morning drive to Tash Oy OR Kara qoka nomad house where Kiqik kum kol Lake is located its nearby, simple visit to Kiqik kum kol Lake and keep driving to Qinghua Zijin Mining Group which is our exiting point from Altyn Tagh nature reserve and in the territory of Qinghai province. Overnight in simple guest house or in tent.

Day 11: Qing Hua Mine to Dunhuang 620 km
Full day drive to Dunhuang from Qing Hua Mine, after arrival check into Dunhuang hotel and relax.

Day 12: Dunhuang
Breakfast at hotel, visit to Mogao caves a world cultural heritage side under UNESCO, early evening visit to Mingsha sand dunes and to have a camel ride to crescent moon lake. Farewell dinner tonight.

Day 13: Dunhuang depart
Breakfast at hotel then take connect flight to other destinations.

 
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