6Days Kashgar KKH Nomadic Cultural Tour

6 DAYS KASHGAR -KARAKORAM HIGHWAY NOMADIC CULTURAL TOUR

Destinations :Kashgar – Karakul Lake – Tashkorgan – Kunjirap pass

Tour Description: this tour begins and ends in Kashgar .Drive on Karakoram highway ,which is highest paved international adventurous road in the world ,cuts through incredible Pamir , Karakoram and Hindu kush Mountains to connect China with Pakistan via Kunjirap pass , Karakoram Highway ,Total 430km on the China side ,Geographically Surrounded by glaciers and high peaks like Muztagh Ata (7546m)and Konggur Tagh(7719m) and highway accessible from Kashgar that you can not only enjoy it's natural scenery ,but also experience the distinctive nomadic life of Kyrgyz and Tajik people there in remote mountains ,and also in Kashgar you can have lunch in old town area with Uyghur family and can visit the evening food market

Tour Overview: This is a private tour, we will assign private guide, car, van and bus in each destination and no other participants will be allowed to join in your group. Also the tour is totally flexible that last minute changes also allowed , however, if you have any special request or would like to do some adjustments in this itinerary, please feel free to contact us in what area you are not satisfied, we can adjust the itinerary according to your every request.

Additional Requests :if you have any requests including home staying with locals, learning Uyghur food ,visiting food markets, please mention to us when you book the trip , we will make special arrangements for your requests without adding any extra days in the program,

Duration: 6 Days/ 5 nights

Best Time: April to November

Departure Date : Depend on your own schedule (Highly recommended to arrive Kashgar on Saturday or Wednesday to catch up the Sunday Market in Kashgar) .

Destination to Start and to End the Tour : Kashgar

DAILY ITINERARY

DAY 1 KASHGAR ARRIVAL

Arrive kashgar airport or train station and picked up by guide and driver to transfer to the Hotel,

DAY 2 KASHGAR CITY CULTURAL TOUR

Kashgar has been claimed "the best-preserved example of a traditional Islamic city to be found anywhere in Central Asia", although the city is becoming more developed, Kashgar unspoiled city, pearl of Silk Road , Gate way to central and south Asia located at the intersection of the southern and northern Silk Road ,

Being the Islamic cultural center and one of the influential touristic cities in Central Asia and China, Kashgar still Authentic ,old Silk Road soil still exist ,you must be the luckiest person to witness this old city before all be changed and disappear ,

So far today we will do full day excursion in this city, and visit Kashgar Sunday livestock Market, south and central Asia Market, Apak Hoja tomb, Idkah Mosque and Kashgar old town, and enjoy the Uyghur local cuisines in local night food market in kashgar .

Notice your optional choice : We could arrange to visit one of the family in old town to have lunch with them and also we can take you to night food market to enjoy the local Uighur Cuisines open street stalls ,

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, and it is best place to see the how the old silk road trade and it’s soil still going on in this authentic city

South and Central Asia Market: 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. 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 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 60 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.

DAY 3 KASHGAR - 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 ,Red mountains along the Gez river ,Bulungkul lake on the way , after you arrive at the karakul lake , you can do some hiking around the lake for few hrs in the afternoon ,

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.

Night in Yurt beside the lake

DAY 4 KARAKUL LAKE -TASHKORGAN –KHUNJIRAP PASS

After Kyrgyz breakfast in Yurt , Start driving further up to Tashkorgan Tajik town in the after noon after we have hiked to the Muztagh Ata glaciers ,after the lunch in Tashorgan we will drive further up to the Kunjirap pass which is highest pass in the world (4850m) , enjoy the surrounding scenery of Pamir mountains and Hindikush mountains Visit the intersection view of karakoram and hindukush mountains connected by Wakhan corridor which used to be old silk road to Afghanistan from kashgar ,Drive back to tashkorgan in the evening to stay overnight in the hotel,in the evening guide and driver will take you to the local markets and downtowns in tashkorgan

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 ,

DAY 5 TASHKORGAN - KASHGAR

After breakfast in hotel ,Spend few hours in the morning in tashkorgan to visit the Ethnic Tajik Museum, best preserved ruin Stone forte which dates back to 7th century, and visit the Pamir Grass land ,and drive back to kashgar by same Karakoram highway , Arrive kashgar in the evening and transfer to hotel ,

Day 6 DEPARTURE FROM KASHGAR

Guide and driver will Transfer you to the airport or train station according to your schedule and end the your ,. If you depart in the afternoon, we might also can arrange short activity before you go to airport

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