5Days KKH Nomadic Tours

Karakoram Highway Nomadic Cultural Tour


Kashgar -KarakulLake– Tashkorgan –KunjirapPass

Tour Overview: This is a private tour, we will assign private guide, car, van and bus in each city and no other participants will be allowed to join in your group. Also the tour is totally flexible. Moreover, if you would like to do some adjustment in this itinerary, please Email: silkroadexpedition@hotmail.com, in what area you are not satisfied, we can adjust the itinerary according to your every request.

Tour Description: this tour begins and ends in Kashgar .Karakoram highway ,which is highest paved international adventurous road in the world ,cuts through incredible Pamir , Karakoram and Hindu kush Mountains to link China with Pakistan via Kunjirap pass , Karakoram Highway ,Total 430km on the China side ,Geographically Surrounded by glaciers and  popular high peaks such as Muztagh Ata and Konggur Tagh ,the Karakul lake also located the side of the Highway as well, and easily accessible from Kashgar that you can not only enjoy it's scenery ,but also experience the distinctive nomadic Kyrgyz and Tajik peoples life back there in remote Pamir mountains , 

Duration: 5 Days/ 4 nights  

Best Time: April to November

Departure Date: you choose (Recommend you to arrive Kashgar on Any Saturday or Wednesday.

Destination to Start and to End the Tour: Kashgar 

Proposed Hotel Arrangements for This Trip






Day 1 ,2

Eden Hotel

3 star

Karakul lake

Day 3

Kyrgyz Yurt

5 star


Day 4

 Stone City Hotel


Daily Itinerary  




Day 1   Kashgar

Arrive kashgar to be picked up at Train station, at Airport, or At Torugat Pass (China-Kyrgyzstanborder), Transfer to the Hotel,

Day 2   Kashgar City Tour

Kashgar has been claimed "the best-preserved example of a traditional Islamic city to be found anywhere inCentral Asia", although the city is becoming more developed.

Being the Islamic cultural center of China, Kashgar, now days? is very important western most special economic zone in China as it was also very important hub and earliest Islamic cultural center in central Asia's Silk Road.

So far today we will do full day excursion in this city, and visit Kashgar Sunday livestock Market, south and centralAsiaMarket, Apak Hoja tomb, Idkah Mosque and Kashgar old town, and enjoy the Uyghur local cuisines like kebab, hand pulled noodle in best Uyghur food restaurant in kashgar .

Kashgar Live stock Market:  Open field agricultural animal market only held every Sunday, Uyghur farmers type, very local atmosphere, business is all about the animals like sheep, yaks, goats, donkey, cows, camels and horses,

South andCentral AsiaMarket: it is regular commodity market that has all sort of goods, Market attracts more than hundred thousand people every Sunday from nearby towns around the kashgar and from central Asian countries as well.

Apak Hoja tomb: Mausoleum is finest examples of Uyghur Islamic architecture in China, large dome of 17m is at the center surrounded by four corner minarets with strips and arabesque floral patterns initially built in 1640, powerful religious and political leader Apak hoja’s five generations of relatives buried inside the tomb,

Idkah Mosque:  Being largest mosque in China and 12th largest in the world, Idkah mosque is unique best preserved Uyghur architecture in nowadays and can hold more than 20 thousand worshipers on Friday prayer. The mosque built in 1442.

Kashgar old town: well preserved more than 1000s years old Uyghur residential area, people began to settle down there 11 hundred years ago after Uyghur people converted to Islam during the period of Great Karakhanid Dynasty which had been dominated whole central Asia from 9th century to 13th century, Kashgar was a capital .and it was cultural, political and important transportation hub in Central Asia’s silk road, it is treasure of silk road. Karakhanid dynasty imperial palace was also located in this old town, and still some parts of palace wall is visible 

Because of it’s unique natural old fashion medieval style, old town attracted the attention of Hollywood to shot the film “Kite Runner”, most parts of the film was shot in this old town,

And more than 40 thousands of Uyghur families still live here behind hand-carved poplar doors, many in tumbledown rentals, others in two-story homes that vault over the alleys and open on courtyards filled with roses and cloth banners. Current architectural and life style of people directly derived from Medieval Karakhanid Uyghur culture. Possibly we have chance to visit one of the family. 


Day 3           Kashgar to Karakul Lake    


After buffet breakfast in the hotel, we’ll take breathtaking highest and adventurous paved highways in the world to go though High Mountain range to Karakul Lake, and stay overnight in nomad Kyrgyz Yurt, visit Opal village ,Mahmud al Kashgari Mausoleum ,Oytagh glaciers Park on the way , 

Oytagh glaciersPark: it is very Natural glaciers park with beautiful scenery , hiking about an hour there is just your preparation for next higher parts of Karakoram ,

 Mahmud al Kashgari Mausoleum: very respected Uyghur Scholar and linguist lived in 11th century, He compiled old Turkic dictionary called Diwanu lughatil Turk (Turkic language dictionary), for his great contribution to the comparative language and culture study, UNESCO honored him (Mahmud al kashgari year of 2008 on his 1000th anniversary)

Karakul Lake: it is rare highland lake in the world at the elevation of 3600m, located on the side of Karakoram highway ,200km south west of Kashgar ,it is surrounded by many snow capped high mountains like Mt Muztagh Ata(7546m) and Konggur (7719m). 


Kyrgyz Yurt: made of stone, still some are made of local embroidered mats; it is living house of local Kyrgyz people settling around the karakul lake, talk to them, stay with them and get to know their adventurous life in the remote mountains going to be your lifetime experience.

Day 4   Karakul lake Trek & Tajik Town Tashkorgan

After Kyrgyz breakfast in Yurt , Start hiking around Karakul lake in the morning that takes about couple of hours ,Then drive further up to Tashkorgan Tajik town in the after noon ,

Tashkorgan is only western most Entry and Exit gate of western China, mountain Tajik people live in surrounding area and it is important town in the Karakoram, located south west of Kashgar, borders with Badakhshan province of Tajikistan, Wakhan corridor of Afghanistan and Pakistani Kashmir where Karakoram, Pamir and Hindikush mountain ranges are connected .therefore it has outstanding scenery of mountains,

spend about whole afternoon there to visit the Ethnic Tajik Museum, best preserved ruin Stone forte which dates back to 7th century, and visit the Pamir Grass land ,



 Day 5     Kunjirap pass & Drive back to Kashgar 

After breakfast, drive further up to the Kunjirap pass, which is highest pass in the world (4850m); enjoy the surrounding scenery ofPamirMountainsandHindu kushmountains,

Visit theChina national West giant gate right at the border betweenChinaandPakistan,

Drive back to Kashgar in the afternoon and End the Tour



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