Kashgar & Western Mongolia Expedition

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  • Dragoman

This is a journey though one of the few remaining wild and unspoiled travel destinations: Mongolia. We set off the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek and travel across China's breathtaking north-western region and the Taklamakan Desert, along the way visiting the historic trading centre of Kashgar as well as Turpan, the second lowest depression in the world. Our route will take us through the snow-capped mountains and vast rolling steppes of Altai Tavn Bogd National Park, which has some the most stunning scenery in all Mongolia. We explore Tsambagarav NP, the Tsenhker Cave, and the town of Olgii where we can stock up with supplies at the local market. And we make our crossing of the forbidding wilderness of the Gobi Desert, where we'll see the Khongor Sand Dunes and enjoy the warm hospitality of the Mongolian people and learn about their lifestyles. Our journey concludes in the sprawling and industrialised capital city Ulaanbaatar, which is an enchanting juxtaposition to the pristine countryside we've just travelled through.

Highlights
  • Wild camping in Altai Tavan Bogd National Park
  • Cross the Taklamakan Desert
  • Explore the Oasis and Jiahoe Ruins in Turpan
  • Explore Historic Kashgar, home of the Uygur people
  • Relax in the picturesque city of Bishkek
  • Exploration journey across Western Mongolia and the Gobi Desert
  • Overnight homestay at a traditional rural Kyrgyz village
  • 9 nights wildcamping and exploration of Western Mongolia
  • Horse Riding in Tash Rabat
  • Cross the Gobi Desert ( Flaming Cliffs, Yol Valley, Khongor Sand Dunes )
Tour Staff
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary, Local Crew Member in certain areas
Transport
Overland Expedition Vehicle
Destinations
  • Central Asia
  • China
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Mongolia
  • Far East
  • Far East
Tour Types
  • Adventure
  • Eco
  • Overland
  • 18-30 somethings
  • 50 plus
  • Couples
  • Singles
  • Museum
  • Sightseeing
  • Snow Activities
  • Walking
  • Cultural
  • History
  • Ruins-Archaeology
  • Wildlife

Location: Bishkek

<p><strong>Border Information: </strong>If joining in Bishkek, you will most likely enter Kyrgyzstan at Bishkek Manas International Airport ( IATA code: FRU ).<p>There will be a pre-departure meeting at 10.00am - please look out for a note from your leader at the reception of the joining hotel upon arrival with more details about this important meeting. Your leader will need to carefully check your visas at this initial meeting as well. </p><p>The remainder of the day is free to explore the relaxed and atmospheric city of Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. </p><p>Please note many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Bishkek before the start of your trip with us - please contact your sales agent if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Bishkek. </p><p><em>*Important note - do not bring any medicines containing tramadol, codeine, temazepam, morphine or opiates to Central Asia. These are illegal in all circumstances in most of Central Asia and you will risk arrest. If in doubt about a particular medicine, please do not bring it. See the notes at the bottom for more details.*</em></p></p>

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Location: Tash-Rabat

<p>Today we will have a full day's journey south to Tash Rabat, once a key staging post on the Silk Road close to the Kyrgyzstan-China border. During our time here we will visit an ancient caravanserai and have some time to explore the surrounding area. <p>In Tash Rabat we will wild camp. In cold weather ( or if simply the group prefers or there is no availability ), we may choose to stay in local nomadic yurts that are set up for guests near the caravanserai, sleeping 8 - 10 people per yurt. </p></p>

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Location: Kashgar

<p><strong>Border Information: </strong>Exit Kyrgyzstan at Torugart, enter China at Torugart. <p>Today we will drive over the 3752m Torugart Pass, crossing into China and heading down to the Uighur city of Kashgar. </p><p><br/></p></p>

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Location: Kashgar

<p>This morning we will have an included visit to Shiptons Arch - the largest natural arch in the world! <p>In the afternoon we will have free time to explore the town, the central Id Kah Mosque and its surrounding square, while your crew finalise the customs procedures for our truck to continue further into China.</p></p>

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Location: Kashgar

<p>We will have another free day in Kashgar today as we wait for the paperwork to be finalised for the truck. </p>

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Location: Aksu City

<p>Our journey through China begins as we leave Kashgar and head east through the Taklamkan Desert!&nbsp; Our crossing of the desert usually takes 3 days/2nights and we will plan to stay in local hotels along the way. Our first night we will plan to spend in Aksu

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Location: Korla

<p>Another full drive day through the desert and onto the small town of Bayanbulak</p>

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Location: Turpan

<p>Today we will travel to the oasis town of Turpan, where we will have time to explore the surrounding sites including the famous Jiaohe ruins. </p>

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Location: Takeshikenzhen

<p>Today is mostly a travel day as we make our way closer to the Chinese/ Mongolian Border.<p>We will either wild camp tonight if possible or stay in a local hotel. </p></p>

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Location: Bulgan

<p><strong>Border Information: </strong>Exit China at Takeshiken, enter Mongolia at Hovdiin Bulgan.<p>This morning we will complete the drive to the border and cross into Mongolia. We will stop in the small town of Bulgan to stock up on supplies for the next few days before we find a place to camp for the night in this remote area of Western Mongolia. </p></p>

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Location: Altai Tavan Bogd National Park

<p>Over the next 3 days we will be driving mostly offroad making our way&nbsp;further west towards Altai Tavn National Park wild camping along the way. Today we will drive through Bodnach Canyon and then onto Tal&nbsp;Lake. On the way we will visit one of the biggest deer stone sites in Western Mongolia.</p>

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Location: Altai Tavan Bogd National Park

We will have an early start today as we continue our journey on to Khoton and Khurgan Lakes where we will have 2 nights camping next to the beautiful lake in the National Park.

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Location: Altai Tavan Bogd National Park

Today we will have the day to spend relaxing by the lake or stretch your legs and opt to do a full day hike to Turken Waterfalls.

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Location: Ulgii

<p>This morning we will leave the national park and continue on to the town of Ulgii.<p>In the afternoon we will have an included visit to the local museum to understand more about Ulgii and the surrounding areas. We will also head to the local markets to explore and stock up on supplies again.</p></p>

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Location: Tsambagarav Uul

<p>Today we drive out of the town of Ulgii and do a full day's drive off road onto Tsambagarav National Park.<p>We hope to arrive early afternoon where there will be free time to explore this beautiful national park and admire the view of Tsambagarav which is one of the highest mountains in Mongolia sitting at 4195 metres.</p><p>Tonight we will wild camp in the National Park</p></p>

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Location: Tsenkher

<p>We have an early start this morning to begin our drive to Tsenhker Caves. <p>Once we arrive and have set up camp we will have a chance to stretch our legs and walk to the caves to see the rock paintings which have been there for thousands of years. </p><p>Tonight we will wild camp near the caves</p></p>

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Location: Altai Republic

<p>Over the next 2 days we will continue our journey east, edging closer to the famous Gobi Desert.</p> <p>We will bush camp tonight near&nbsp;the Antaishir Mountain range

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Location: Orog Lake

Another full drive today ahead of us in the afternoon we hope to reach Taats Lake which has a beautiful sandy beach giving us the opportunity to relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings in this area.

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Location: Gobi Desert

<p>Leaving Taats lake we will drive to Khongor Sand Dunes.&nbsp;</p> <p>Late this&nbsp;afternoon we will hike to Duut Mankhan which is the highest point of the dunes to see the stunning sunset over the dunes.&nbsp;</p>

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Location: Gobi Desert

With another full day in Khongor we have a chance to enjoy and take in the incredible landscapes with an opportunity for Camel Riding as well.

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Location: Flaming Cliffs

<p>This morning we will leave the sand dunes behind and drive to Bayanzag known as the site of the Flaming Cliffs. Late in the afternoon we will see them change colours with the sun direction and enjoy another stunning sunset. <p>We continue on through the Gobi Desert taking in the vast open lands in all directions taking in another beautiful sunset as we reach our camp for the night. </p></p>

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Location: Yolin Am Ice Field

<p>Today we will continue through the Gobi and Yol Valley, we will eventually start to head north to Tsagaan Suvraga which is translated to White Stupa. This sediment structure is over 60 metres high with steep slopes which&nbsp;appear to be the ruins of an ancient city.&nbsp;</p><p>Tonight we will wild camp</p>

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Location: Baga Gazriin Chuluu

<p>Today we will drive to Baga Gazrynn Chuluu. When we arrive we will get a chance to explore the impressive rock formations rising from the desert steppe.&nbsp;</p><p>Tonight we will spend our last night wild camping before we reach Ulaanbaatar.&nbsp;</p>

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Location: Ulaanbaatar

<p>This morning we will leave the desert behind and make our&nbsp;way to Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia.&nbsp;</p><p>In the afternoon we will have free time to explore the city.</p><p>Tonight we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.&nbsp;</p>

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Location: Ulaanbaatar

<p><strong>Border Information: </strong>If you are leaving at Ulaanbaatar, you will most likely exit Mongolia at Ulaanbaatar Chinggis Khaan International Airport.&nbsp;</p><p>Today is a free day to further explore the city of Ulaanbaatar.&nbsp;</p><p>Please note that if you are leaving at&nbsp;Ulaanbaatar, today is the last day of the trip and there is no accommodation included tonight.&nbsp;</p>

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Included
  • Accommodation
    -Comfortable Hotel 2 nights Yurt Camp 4 nights Basic Hotel 7 nights Camping without facilities 1 night Wild Camp 10 nights
  • Transport
    - Overland Expedition Vehicle
  • Meals
    -Breakfasts x 19, Lunches x 16, Dinners x 17

Not Included
  • Tipping and Gratuities
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  • International Travel
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Airport transfers aren’t included, but we can arrange this for you.
All entrance fees are covered for anything that is listed on the trip notes as included in the tour.
Visa's will need to be arranged separately but any supporting documents you need to obtain these can be arranged by us.
International flights are not included in the trip price, but we can arrange these for you.
We can arrange any pre or post night accommodation
We don't have the option for single supplements on Dragoman tours
You will just need to bring your own sleeping bags and sleeping mats for this trip. We will provide all the other camping equipment.
The maximum group size is 21

Dates Price Single Availability
16-May-2022
24 Nights
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Touring with Dragoman

Dragoman has a proud history, of nearly 40 years of pioneering overland adventures in their fleet of iconic, orange trucks. They aim to get you completely off the beaten track and really under the skin of the places that they visit, taking the road less travelled, mixing with the locals, learning about their culture, and ensuring that every part of the journey counts towards an amazing adventure.

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Start:Bishkek
Finish:Ulaanbaatar
Group size:6 - 22
Suitable for: 18 plus
Accommodation:Comfortable Hotel 2 nights. Yurt Camp 4 nights. Basic Hotel 7 nights. Camping without facilities 1 night. Wild Camp 10 nights
Physical rating:Medium
Meals:Breakfasts x 19, Lunches x 16, Dinner x 17
Diets:Vegetarians, Please contact Dragoman with any specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English
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