Join this Ultimate Expedition and venture off the tourist trail to Kyrgyzstan and follow the ancient Silk Road to Beijing on this groundbreaking & challenging trip along ancient trading routes. Discover stunning scenery and some of the oldest cities in the world steeped in history and legend from Lake IssyKul to Xi’an and its Terracotta Warriors. Days 1 to 13 Please note: Our 2nd August 2019 departure does not visit Almaty. Please contact us for an itinerary for this departure.
Almaty - Kazakhstan’s largest metropolis
Lake Issyk-Kul - a massive mountain lake with magnificent scenery & loads of€tivities to choose from.
Karakol/Jeti Orguz Region - hiking into the surrounding Terskay Ala-Too Mountains.
Lake Song Kol - Traditional yurt stay, horseback riding and trekking the surrounding areas.
Tash Rabat - visit this ancient caravanserai.
Day 14 Transfer over the Torugat Pass into China.
Day 15 Full day guided tour in Kashgar, using local transport.
Time to relax or explore further.
Days 16 to 20 Overnight train to Jiayuguan
Jiayuguan - our first taste of the Great Wall of China
Train to Dunhuang, a city on the edge of the Gobi desert.
Visit Mogao Grottoes (Caves of the Thousand Buddhas).
Visit to Ming Sha Hill and the Crescent Moon Pool.
Board the night train to Lanzhou.
Days 21 to 25 Overnight train to Lhasa – one of the highest cities in the world.
Explore the city with our Tibetan guide. Must see sights include Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Square, the stunning Potala Palace and time allowing, the Sera Monastery.
Private bus to Shigatse, crossing the Gampala Pass (4790 mtrs).
Visit the home of Panchan Lama - Tashilunpo Monastery.
Days 26 to 28 Rongbuk – the highest Monastery in the world.
Visit to Everest Base Camp.
Tingri – on the Friendship Highway
Gyantse - Pelkor Chode Monastery and Kumbum Stupa.
Days 29 to 32 Yamdrok Tso Lake
High altitude train to Chengdu (2 days)
Chengdu (2 nights) – visit the Giant Panda Sanctuary
Xi’an – visit the famous Terracotta Warriors
Days 33 to 35 Overnight train to Beijing
Beijing - day trip to visit the Great Wall of China; stay a few extra days to take in all the sights including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City & the Temple of Heaven. 35 Days - Central Asia & South East Asia - Overland Adventures Please note there may be a kitty contribution - please check the website
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