Wild West Trek

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7 Days
About this Journey

Xinjiang is China’s wild west, filled with a diversity and culture that has more in common with central Asian countries than China with majestic feats such as the exquisite Karakul Lake, the treacherous Taklamakan desert, or the bustling markets of Kashgar. Students will broaden their cultural understandings through hands on activities such as visiting the local markets and mosques.

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

Day 1: Kashgar

  • Arrive in Kashgar and meet your WildChina Program Guide at the arrival hall
  • Transfer to the hotel
  • Check-in, freshen up at the hotel

Day 2: Id Ka Mosque and Apakh Khoja Mazar

  • In the morning, experience the Local Market, where farmers and herders from nearby villages trekking into to trade everything from woodwork to livestock
  • In the afternoon, visit the Id Kah Mosque, the spirit of this city and the largest mosque in China
  • Visit the Apakh Khoja Mazar, the holiest place in Xinjiang and an architectural treasure

Day 3: Karakul Lake

  • Transfer to Karakul Lake
  • Enjoy the Pamir landscape by visit the amazing Karakul Lake, the highest lake on the Pamir plateau
  • Go on a warm-up hike along the lake to adapt to the high-altitude atmosphere

Day 4: Subash Villages

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

Day 5: Qaltumak

  • The destination for today’s trekking is the very small summer village of Kyrgyz nomads called as Qaltumak. 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, overnight at Qoltumak Kyrgyz tent

Day 6: Idare

  • We will start our trek from Qaltumak to Idare
  • In the afternoon, transfer back to Kashgar
  • Check in

Day 7: Departure

  • Breakfast and hotel check out
  • Transfer to the airport and leave for home

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