Pamir Mountains Trek

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7 Days
About this Journey

Xinjiang is China’s wild west, filled with diversity and culture that has more in common with central Asian countries than China. With majestic feats such as the local markets of Kashgar, the exquisite Karakul Lake, and the treacherous Taklamakan desert, the program will start off with a village homestay under the stars. They will then journey to the Kyrgyz subash and have a nomadic style dinner with the local families. Then, students will proceed on an 8-hour trek to Qaltumak, meeting hayed shepherds and staying in stone-built houses. Students will then trek to Idare, a village comprised of 25-30 Kyrgyz stone houses. Lastly, students will travel 3700m to Karakul Lake. Designed to work alongside with the Duke of Edinburgh International Award, this program itinerary will not disappoint. Students will walk away with a lifetime of memories and a new perspective of China’s west.

Where you're going
Wild West Trek map
Learning Objectives
  • History & Culture
  • Outdoor Education
Program Details

Travel Day: Arrive in Kashgar

  • Arrive in Kashgar and meet your WildChina Program Leader at the arrival hall
  • Transfer to the hotel

Warm Up: Karakul Lake and Hike

  • Transfer to Karakul Lake (4-5 hours)
  • Enjoy the Pamir landscape by visit the amazing Karakul Lake, the highest lake of the Pamir plateau
  • Go on a warm-up hike (1-2 hours) along the lake to adapt to the high-altitude atmosphere
  • Village homestay and overnight under the stars

Trek Day 1: Trek to the Kirgyz Subash Villages

  • After breakfast, we will trek for the Kirgyz Subash villages (8 hours, 3700m)
  • After a nomadic-style dinner with local families we aim to go to bed early to be ready for the next day’s trekking

Trek Day 2: Trek to the Qaltumak Village

  • The destination for today’s trekking is the very small summer village of Kyrgyz nomads called Qaltumak (8 hours, 4100m). We will be able to see the spectacular views of Muztagh Ata (The Father of Ice Mountain) while trying to count the hundreds of Marmots who appear to be playing hide and seek on the slopes. You will also be given the opportunity to meet with local Hayed shepherds
  • Evening will be spent in/around Kirgiz stone-built houses, over night at Qoltumak Kyrgyz home stay or tent

Trek Day 3: Trek from Qaltumak to Idare

  • We will start our trek from Qaltumak to Idare (8 Hours, 4000m)
  • After a nomadic-style dinner with local families we aim to go to bed early to be ready for the next day’s trekking

Trek Day 4: Trek to the Karakul lake

  • After breakfast, we will trek for the Karakul lake (8 hours, 3700m)
  • Transfer back to Kashgar
  • Farewell dinner

Departure Day

  • Transfer to the airport and leave for home

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