Badain Jaran Hiking Tour

19 Days Badain Jaran Hiking Group Tour, Beijing, Dunhuang, Jiayuguan, Badain Jaran Desert, Zhangye, Wuwei, Lanzhou

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4590 $

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After Beijing and your visit to the Forbidden City, head westwards to hike and trek with camels through outposts of the Silk Road

You will see where the Great Wall ends in the west; the sand dunes of the Gobi desert; monasteries and temples in oases and in bustling cities

A unique chance to see China’s western culture, which is very different to eastern China.

Day 1: Beijing

Attractions: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City

Upon your arrival, you will be met by the guide outside the baggage claim area, and then be transferred to check into your hotel.

After a short rest, visit Tiananmen Square, the world's largest city square. Once you have passed the Golden Water Bridge, you will come to the Forbidden City, the world’s largest and best-preserved palace, where 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties lived and reigned.

Day 2: Beijing - Dunhuang

Attractions: Mogao Grottoes

Head to the airport to board your flight to Dunhuang, an important stop on the Silk Road and famous for the Buddhist caves. Our guide will meet you at the airport and escort you to check into the hotel.

After a short rest, you will visit Mogao Grottoes, a national treasure of exquisite murals and Buddhist statues. The carvings were started in the Jin Dynasty (3rd - 5th century A.D.) and continued in the following dynasties. Now, there are altogether 735 grottoes, 45,000 square meters (about 53,820 square yards) of murals and 2,415 colorful Buddhist statues.

Day 3: Dunhuang - Jiayuguan

Attractions: Jiayuguan Pass, Ming-dynasty Great Wall

After breakfast,  we will drive to Jiayuguan (380km, about 5 hours). Upon arrival, visit the First Fire Tower of Great Wall which is the west end of the Ming-dynasty Great Wall. The 56-meter-high (184 feet) tower stands on a cliff of the Gobi desert, with the Talai River flowing past and boasting a distant view of the majestic Jiayuguan Pass.

Your next stop is the Overhanging Great Wall, which was built in the Ming Dynasty. Finally, visit the famous Jiayuanguan Pass. Reputed as 'the Greatest Pass under Heaven', Jaiyuguan Pass is one of the most important and majestic military fortresses along China’s Great Wall.

Day 4: Jiayuguan – Eji Naqi

Attractions: Khara Khoto Ruins

After breakfast, drive to Eji Naqi (440km, about 6 hours) whilst enjoying the scenery on the way.

Today you will also visit the Khara Khoto Ruins, the "black water city" in the desert. Located 25 southeast of the Hubu Town of Eji Naqi, the Khara Khoto Ruins are the largest and most complete existing ruins of the ancient city on the Silk Road.

The city was founded in 1032 and became a thriving center of Tangut Empire trade in the 11th century.

Day 5: Eji Naqi - Ku Rei Tu

Attractions: Ku Rei Tu Temple

Drive via Alatan Abao to Ku Rei Tu (400 km, about 7 hours). At the border of the Gobi Badain Jaran Desert, meet with your trekking crew (desert guide, camel herder and chef) who will guide your trek.

If time permits, you may pay a visit to Ku Rei Tu Temple. Overnight, you will camp in a tent.

Day 6: Camel Trekking

After breakfast you will start hiking at around 9:00am, the camel herder will help to transport the luggage and catch up with you later.

Today you will walk about 21km, which may be tiring. At around 13:00, you will meet the camel herder again. After lunch, you can ride a camel if you like.

At around 16:00, you will arrive at the first camp site. The rest of the day will be free time. You will stay overnight in a tent.

Day 7: Camel Trekking

It will be easier today as the trek will be only 15km. You will arrive at the second camp site at around 14:30.

The rest of the day will be free time.

You will stay overnight in a tent.

Day 8: Camel Trekking

Today you will trek about 15 Km. At around 15:00, you will reach the third camp site.

Upon arrival, we will climb up the second highest sand dune in the Badain Jaran desert (1 hour).

Day 9: Camel Trekking

After 14km of trekking, you will reach a camp of a family that organizes camel caravans. There is a well and you can rest.

Day 10: Camel Trekking

Your trekking today will be comparatively easy. You will arrive at the fifth camp site after about 12 kilometers’ hiking.

Day 11: Camel Trekking

Attractions: Chaka Salt Lake

Start hiking at 09:00. Around noon you will reach Chaka Salt Lake. At the lake there is a guest house and you will eat lunch by the lake. Here you can observe several species of birds, which use the lake as an intermediate stop during migration.

After lunch, continue trekking about 4 km to the foot of the highest sand dune, Bielutu. Before you reach the sand dune, there is also another larger salt lake where you can take some pictures.

Day 12: Camel Trekking

Attractions: Badain Jaran Temple

After breakfast, you will begin to climb the highest sand dune, called Bielutu. The sand dune is 425m high and 1559m above sea level. From the top you have a unique view of 6 lakes. Afterwards, walk down, and once you have continued to trek about 9 km, you will reach village of Gacha at about 15:00. In the afternoon, visit the Badain Jaran Temple, which was built in 1755. You also have the opportunity to observe the monks’ ceremonies in the monastery.

Day 13: Camel Trekking

Get up early, so you will not miss the chance of photographing your beautiful surroundings at sunrise: an ideal and unique photo opportunity for your trip.

Then after a trek of about 21km, you will reach the last camp. Along the way, many salt lakes can be seen.

Day 14: Camel Trekking

After breakfast, you will be picked up by the desert jeeps and experience the thrilling and exiting car “surfing” in the desert.

At around 13:00 you will arrive at the city of Alashan Youqi. After lunch, check in at the hotel, and then the rest of the day is left for you to relax or stroll in the city.

Day 15: Zhangye

Transfer to Zhangye and check in at the hotel.

Day 16: Zhangye - Wuwei

Attractions: Giant Buddha Temple, Bell & Drum Tower, Wooden Pagoda

After breakfast, you will visit the Giant Buddha Temple, which contains the largest indoor reclining Buddha in China—nearly 35 meters from head to toe. The Temple was built in 1098AD, and was extended and renovated during the Ming and Qing Dynasties.

Then visit the Bell & Drum Tower and the Wooden Pagoda. Afterwards, set off for Wuwei (280km, 3.5hrs) and check in at your hotel there.

Day 17: Wuwei - Lanzhou

Attractions: Leitai Han Tomb

Tour around the Leitai Han Tomb, built about 1,800 years ago. It is famous for the bronze

statue, “Galloping Horse Treading on a Flying Swallow”.

After that, drive to Lanzhou(290km,

about 4.5hours) and check in at the hotel.

Day 18: Lanzhou - Beijing

The guide will pick you up and escort you to the airport to take your flight to Beijing. Your guide in Beijing will meet you and escort you to your hotel.

Day 19: Beijing

Our guide will meet you at the hotel lobby and accompany you to the airport for your homeward flight, which is where our service ends.

Price :

Single Suppplement: 508 $

What's Included:

Accommodation in shared twin room at sepcified hotels with daily breakfast
Sightseeing tour with local English-speaking guide
All entrance fees + sightseeing as mentioned in the program
Transportation in a minibus (5-10 persons) or bus (15 & above) depending on the number of participant

What's Excluded:

Chinese visa fee
International flights and airport tax
Tips to the guides and drivers
Any program other than mentioned in our program

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By Valdemar Janssens - Belgium

Dear CHINA GROUP TOURS team, Just yesterday we havearrived home after availing 19 Days China Hikking Tour by Flight and would like to let you know that our experience were excellent in all respect of this tour and would like to appreciate your professional approach to conduct the tour very efficiently and very much tourist friendly and the money we paid for the tour really worth it. I would definitely share our happy moments by sending some of the pictures shot during the tour and will be sent to you within few days. Thanks and Regards.

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Asked by Natalie Emden - Sweden -

We are planing a trip to China in the end of October, specially for Badain Jaran desert. We have about two weeks of vacation and we never been in China before and will appreciate any information and help.
From where the tours to the Badain Jaran desert starts. Will the entire tour escorted by an english speaking guide?
What's the weather like there in October, which cloth shall we take?
How many hours shall we trek each day?

Answered by CHINA GROUP TOURS Team:

Hi Natalie,

our tour starts in Beijing, but you just have a short stay before you head for Dunhuang. The actuall trekking tour starts at Eji Naqi, the entrance of the desert.
You need more than 2 weeks, because this tour lasts 19 days and you need time for the international flights to and from Beijing.

Our group will normally have 6-10 trallers and will be acompanied by an experienced english speaking guide and some local people who will take care of your meals, horses and camels en route.
September and October are the best time for visiting Badain Jaran desert. The weather is quite good, but for evening, it was quite cold in the heart of the dessert and you need winter coat.
If you have more questions, please contact us . Have a nice day!

Asked by Yoji - U.S.A -

This Hikking Tour, One place to another place has any transportation?

Answered by CHINA GROUP TOURS Team:

Yes, we have vehicles to take you from one place to another, your luggages will be transfered too. During the trekking tour, you can rent a camel to ride which will be much fun!
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