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12days Taklamakan expedition including  6  days crossing Taklamakan with caravan and   trekking 


Tour Code: XJ-S-020
Duration: 12 days

Hiking Distance:  20 km/day
Hiking Time:  6-- 10 h/day
Time: all day (stay in station for 6-10 hours)
Good time to visit:    September - October September
Group Size: 2 - 8 people
Season:  September - October September
Difficulty level:  Serious
Highlights:This exceptional journey makes a special landscape known to you – the Tarim Large Valley and the Taklamakan Desert – as well as the history of this region, which is closely connected with the landscape. Besides the terrific scenery, you will get to know the cultural accomplishments of the sundry peoples, who lived in this area, and become acquainted with the cultural exchange, which came along with the trading at the Silk Road. Flourishing oases, ancient, yet still functioning water supply systems, Buddhist rock grottos and Islamic Mosques give you an insight into the inventive power of human being. Perished cities of which we admire nowadays the ruins that show the opposite as well. Desiccated rivers and cities, which sink in the desert sand, witness the climatic and environmental changes, which are caused partially by human being. The experiences you make during this somewhat laborious journey, the beautiful scenery and the amiable people, whom you will meet, will stay forever in your memory.

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Day by day itinerary:每日行程

Day 01  Take flight to Urumqi then transfer to Khota Check in your hotel

Day 02  Switch your bus into jeeps and leave for Kerriya (Yutian County) in the morning.. It takes 4 hours by driving to get Kerriya, then do some short visiting before your lunch here. You continue your driving northwards into Taklamakan, following the Kerriya River and passing over several villages in this remote area, you will set up your first camp at the foot of a beautiful sand mountain.

Day 03 The final day of driving takes us across a sandy landscape, punctuated by stands of poplar trees, stunted pine and scrubby bush. It is hot and dusty drive to the last settlement in the valley, Tongguzbasti, where we set up camp. About 50 families manage to sustain their meager existence in this remote outpost.

Day 04 day for sightseeing in and around this unusual desert village. Most of the genuine desert families live away from the village and we will take the opportunity to go out to visit some of them. There are some brick-built dwellings and a school and village hall at Tongguzbasti but, generally, the living conditions in this harsh corner of the world are very primitive. Most of the houses are constructed on a light wooden frame with lattice and mud walls and roofs. It is unusual for the houses to have any furniture or ornamentation of any sort, save for rudimentary cooking equipment. The people of this village have been called "the lost tribe of the Taklamakan."

Day 05 Today, you set off trekking into the desert, accompanied by your Uighur camel drivers and their animals. Heading westwards, for the first 3 hours or so, we encounter some low trees and bushes and then we begin to walk between the sand dunes. Each day, we aim to establish camp in the late afternoon, leaving plenty of time to relax and enjoy the sunset and to sit around the campfire gazing at the unbelievably bright stars

Day 06 The dunes become bigger as we head west and there is now very little vegetation. Trekking on the soft sand dunes is hard work and our rate of progress becomes slower..

Days 07/10 During the next four days, we will settle into the rhythm of long trekking days on the pristine wave-like dunes. Day after day, the camel train climbs to cross a succession of sand mountains which are 60 to 70 metres high. On a couple of occasions we find salt-crusted surface formations which indicate the presence of water close underground. The camel drivers will dig down into these hidden reservoirs and spend long hours in the evening, watering the camels. The surreal beauty of the desert and the pleasant evenings around the campfire will provide memories to last a lifetime. On the fifth day, we should catch the first distant glimpse of a black line on the western horizon, which marks the location of the only rock formation in the Taklamakan, Mount Mazartagh.(picnic at noon, and a hot meal in the evening).

Known as “The Sea of Death - You go in but you never come out”, the Taklamakan is situated in the Tarim Basin in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Extending more than 1400 kilometers east to west and as much as 560 kilometers north to south, covering 320,000 square kilometers, this is the second largest desert on the planet. Two thousand years ago, the ancient Han records of China knew the Taklamakan as the Liu Sha, or “Moving Sands” , on account of the movements of its deep dunes that are relentlessly in motion, driven by fierce winds, shaping and forming the soft sand into an impenetrable maze. Modern-day, our Chinese writers have referred to it more starkly and dramatically as the “Desert of Death - You go in but you never come out”.

Day 11 After a further 5 hours' driving, we reach the first greenery that we have seen for over a week. More and more farmland and villages appear en route to the junction of the Khotan and Tarim rivers. Finally, the expedition arrives at Khotan where we check in to the Hotel. After the first priority (luxuriating in a hot bath), we will have a celebratory evening meal.

Day 12 Take flight flying to your next destination in the morning.


1,  Meal(s):  2 meals and 1 breakfast each in desert,  and 2 meals and 1 breakfast in hotel in  city.

2,  Accommodation: All the hotel in accommodation in itinerary, with combination breakfast   of western and Chinese .

3,  Transportation: All tickets and transportation of cities in itinerary, and SUV of 7 seats.

4, All the camels of desert and hosts of camels.

5, Transportation around Hetan--Urumqi.


 International airplane when arrived and left.

Tips for guide and driver,  your own expenses of the way.

The Best Time

the best season to do this tour is between the end of September and the end of November

Suggested personal equipment  

sleeping bags   wind proof cost and pants  , necessary clothing including down jacket,   sun glasses,   wind glasses,   hats, water bottles,   sun cream,   warm gloves,  necessary medical staff,   flesh lighter to be used when you camp ,  plenty socks,   plenty under wears


  1,  provide tents and mats, and all camping equipment needed during the way Sleeping in the desert with sleeping bags(sleeping bags on your own expenses)
2,  We can cook the meals for lunch in the morning or buy some food on the way for lunch. Four   dishes and one soup for dinner.
3,  please take the equipment all above i inferred and comfortable shoes for trekking in desert.

4,  trip is extremely hard maybe 20 KM, and 8--10 hours each day.

5,  We provide the guides for your tour , and provide field-specific tables, beach chairs.


Due to the climatic characteristics of this area, the journey can be conducted only in the time from the end of August to the end of October. The temperature during the day can be up to 40 degrees, while at night, the temperature is around the freezing point. This has to be taken into consideration in the travel planning. Therefore you need both light cotton clothes, which absorb the sweat, and warm clothes, which are suitable for temperatures around the freezing point. Likewise, your sleeping bag should be suitable for temperatures up to at least 10 degrees below zero. Good physical and psychological constitution, team spirit and spirit of adventure, flexibility, tolerance and patience are essential for this journey. You will receive a detailed check list of the equipments after the registration.


The the quotation:
 1: We provide  camels to you , and they will take the drink and food,  the host of camels will drag them, For the trekking or not , it   depends on you.
 2: About the expensive cost, our guide must take care of you , and if   have some problems in desert, and guide will call emergency workers   to help you with satellite phones, whatever everything.
 3: the tour line is : from Urumqi to Khotan by plane, then YuTian  county , then Tongguzbasti, then go into the desert , then Mazartagh, depending on this line to finishing our trekking.