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TTCS: 10 days Xinjiang Kanas Lake and Hemu Village trekking tour
Tour Type: Private Tour,your family, friends or group
Guide & Driver: Chinese-English-speaking guide & air-conditioned
Tour Highlights:
    • This Xinjiang trekking tour will amaze you with its distinct ethnic culture as well as numerous fantastic natural landscapes. Your journey starts with a trek to the Hemu Village, one of the six most beautiful villages in China. Walk around and soak in the peaceful lifestyle and ethnic cultures of the locals. Added with an awe-inspiring hike to the picturesque Kanas Lake. Enjoy the unique beauty that can only be found in Northern Xinjiang.
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Day 1 Urumqi Arrival Urumqi airport/train station pick up and hotel check-in

Welcome to Urumqi, Your trekking tour starts in Urumqi, the capital city of Xinjiang, the largest province in western China renowned for the Uyghur culture and ancient Silk Road. In the next 10 days you will hike deep into Northern Xinjiang to explore the mysterious Kanas Lake, unspoiled Hemu Village, the Baihaba Village and many more.

Upon arrival, your local trekking guide will greet you and assist you to the hotel. The rest of the day is left free for you to explore the city or adjust yourself for the jet lag. Notice the clock time in Urumqi of Xinjiang is the same as Beijing Time, but the sunset here is 2 hours later compared with the mainland China.

How to get to Urumqi? Currently, you can take flights to Urumqi from Beijing (about 4 hours), Xian (about 3.5 hours), Shanghai (about 5.5 hours), Guangzhou (about 5 hours), Chengdu (about 3.5 hours), etc., or high speed trains from Turpan (about 2 hours), Dunhuang (about 4.5 hours), Lanzhou (about 11 hours), Xining (about 9.5 hours), etc.

Free time idea: 1. Red Hill Park which is regarded as the symbol of Urumqi. It is the most popular place for the locals to relax and gather. For travelers, it is a great place to experience folk culture and local living style. Finding a higher location in the park, you are rewarded a pleasant panoramic view of Urumqi city; 2. Erdaoqiao Grand Bazaar, a great place to enjoy a leisure stroll and purchase some snacks, souvenirs, etc.

Day 2 Flight to Altay - Drive to Jiadengyu (B, L) Today's highlight: Jiadengyu

Take a morning flight to Altay, a town near the spectacular Kanas Lake. As you get off the plane, your local trekking guide will help you review all the equipment. After a 1.5 hours’ drive, you will arrive at the entrance point of Kanas Lake - Jiadengyu.

After having lunch at Jiadengyu, your local guide will go over the menu for your trekking with you. This evening you will stay in the Jiadengyu Kazakh Yurt.

Stay over the night in Jiadengyu.

Jadenyu in autumn
Jadenyu in autumn
Day 3 Trek to Delta (B, L) Today's highlight: Delta Campsite

Start trekking to the Hemu Village in this morning, and you will pass by meadows and woods. Your destination today is to the Delta Campsite, which is about 20 km. (12 mi.) from Jiadengyu. You will see a pine forest covering the surrounding mountains along both banks of the Buerjin river. The merging point of Kanas and Hemu river will be the Campsite.

The hike today takes about 6 to 7 hours. As you arrive at the Delta Campsite, find a smooth meadow in the woods near the river and the horse path. Set up the camp here as it is a safe and suitable place for the evening.

Wooden house in Hemu Village
Visit a local Tuvas family in Hemu Village
Day 4 Trek to Hemu Village (B, L) Hemu Village Hiking

Continue trekking about 4 to 5 hours and you will reach the Hemu Village. First, hike northward for 5 km. (5 mi.) along the west bank of the Hemu River. Then pass a birch forest and cross the Hemu Bridge, you now really arrive in Hemu.

Being ranked by China National Geography as one of the six most beautiful villages in China, Hemu Village is a peaceful settlement of the Tuwa people. Upon your arrival, walk around here to explore the unique cultures of the locals. Do not forget to use your camera to capture the breathtaking scenery around the village. This evening, head to a local guest house to end the trip today.

After the lake tour, take a park bus back to your hotel. The rest time is your own to relax.

Hemu Village
Horseback riding in Hemu Village
Day 5 Hemu Village One Day Tour (B, L) Hemu Village

Today serves as a break of your trekking tour since you will stay in the peaceful Hemu Village to pursue its unique beauty. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon while roaming in the village. Experience the local life of the nomadic Tuwa people and Kazakhs. After having a local dinner with the Tuwa people, return to your hotel for retire.

Hemu Village Autumn
Hemu Horseback Riding
Day 6 Trek to Black Lake Campsite (B,L) Wu’erhe Ghost City (Yardang Landform)

Today is a challenging day as you will hike to the campsite in the Black Lake, which is 20 km. (12 mi.) away from the Hemu Village. After leaving the village, hike northwest to reach the valley, then spend about 5 hours to wriggle your way and finally ascend to the 2,350 m. (7,710 ft.) high Daban, which is the highest point of this trekking tour. Descend from Daban, you will see the Black Lake is located in the valley at the foot of the mountain. Upon your arrival, your local guide will help you set up camp aside the lake. After, you will enjoy a picnic dinner. Please make sure to keep warm while sleeping as it is cooler at night than during the day.

Accommodate in tent.

Horseback riding and trekking in Hemu
the Black Lake
Day 7 Trek to Kanas Lake (B, L) Today's highlight: Kanas Lake

The highlight is coming today as you will reach the spectacular Kanas Lake. After trekking westward from the Black Lake, see a majestic ridge standing at a height of 2,200 m. (7,218 ft.). Climb over this ridge and hike another 5 km. (3 mi.) to reach the Kanas Village, where you will stop for a rest.

After, leave the village and trek along the river valley. A magnificent view of the Kanas Lake will greet you after you pass through a dense pine forest. The rest of the day is for you to capture the enchanting scenery of Kanas. This evening, You'll have many choice for accommodation, like the camp, frame house or yurt.

Hemu Village Road
Kanas Lake
Day 8 Kanas Tour - Drive to Burqin (B, L) Today's highlight: Kanas Lake

Today you are going to explore the famous Three Bays - the essence of Kanas Scenic Area. Kanas River wriggles in valleys, and creates three zigzag bays with beautiful names - Recumbent Dragon Bay, Moon Bay and Celestial Bay. The water here is crystalline, gentle and lovely. Along the two sides of the three bays are forests with alternate colors of green, yellow and golden, changing with the seasons. The trees, sky and clouds together project in the river, and appear a colorful reflection. Looking far into the distance, you can see the imposing Altai Mountains Range.

The visiting of the Three Bays can be interesting and relaxing. If you are lucky, you will see the illusory mist floating on the Kanas River in the early morning. You can walk on the well-paved plank road to the sightseeing platforms to enjoy the tranquil landscape, then walk from one bay to the next, or take park bus to save energy.

After the Three Bays exploration, keep traveling to Fish-watching Tower - the highest location of Kanas Scenic Area. En route take stops to visit Yazehu (Duck Moor Lake), a butterfly-lake lake, and Dianjiangtai where Genghis Khan once paraded his troops. The Fish-watching Tower is located at 2056 meters on a mountain at the outlet of Kanas Lake. One needs to walk about 1000 steps up to reach the tower, but the rewarding is handsome - a panoramic view of Kanas Lake, and stretching eyesight to the snow mountains of the Friendship Peak (4374m).

After the lake tour, take a park bus back to your hotel. The rest time is your own to relax.

Fish-watching Tower of Kanas
Moon Bay in Kanas
Day 9 Burqin to Urumqi (B, L) Kalamaili Mountain Ungulate Wildlife Nature Reserve

Have breakfast in your hotel, then drive back to Urumqi. During the 685 km’s driving journey, you will take an excursion visit to Kalamaili Mountain Ungulate Wildlife Nature Reserve which is an important reserve to protect the precious wild ungulates, such as Przewalski's horses, saiga antelopes, Mongolian wild donkeys and goose-throated antelopes. In 1876, the Russian explorer Przewalski hunted a group of wild horses in eastern Xinjiang and brought them back to Russia, causing a sensation in the international biological community because this kind of horse hadn’t been found anywhere in the world before, hence the name Przewalski's horses. The Przewalski's horse is the only surviving wild horse on the earth. It retains the original genes of the earliest ancestors of all current horse, which has an important biological significance that other species cannot match. (please note it’s not 100% sure that you can see the Przewalski's horses and other wild animals as the nature reserve is so big )

Przewalski's horses in Kalamaili Mountain Ungulate Wildlife Nature Reserve
Wild donkeys in Kalamaili Mountain Ungulate Wildlife Nature Reserve
Day 10 Urumqi Departure (B) Highlights of today: Urumqi airport/train station drop off

Today is free for you to relax until you are escorted to catch your flight/train to the next destination. Tour ends.

B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner

The quotation for this trip is from Request P/P

1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one standard double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling with our private tour in low seasons.

2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.

Price Includes.

    2 bottles of mineral water provided daily.

    All required government taxes and fees.

    Please contact one of our Tour Advisors to get a custom quotation made to your requirements.

    Where possible 3 star hotels will always be provided, if the city or town does not have then the local guest house or monastery guest house will be provided (i.e. tent / dormitory bed, no private bathroom etc.)

    Your selection of 3, 4 or 5 Stars hotel (shared twin room, private bathroom and daily breakfast)

    The hotel accommodation is based on two persons sharing one standard twin room with private facilities in all relevant locations. If a single client requests a twin room alone, the single room supplement will be charged.

    Camping gears for the trekking including tent, mattress and sleeping bags. (Optional)

    All entrance tickets as noted in the tour's itinerary.

    Guide fluent in English, Chinese or Japanese that is certified by the state tourism build and from the local community. (If your native language is not listed please let us know, we are certain we can assist your needs.)

    Airport and/or train station pick-up and drop-off.

    All domestic flight and train tickets. Economy-class for flights and soft sleeper / seat for train tickets.

    All necessary animals for portage of luggage. with their caretakers (i.e. Camels, Horses or Yaks.

    Transportation will we be provided via a comfortable and clean car, minivan or tourist bus depending upon the groups size.

    All meals during the trekking. Food will vary a combination of packaged with cooked dinners by your guide.

Price Excludes.

    Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, internet access, fax, telephone calls etc.

    Tips for your guide and driver.

    Optional Attractions that are not specified in the itinerary.

    Flight and/or railway ticket(s) to the first city of the tour and departure from the last city of the tour.

    Meals not specified in the itinerary.

Travel Guide Tips.

All of our tours can be customized to suite your requirements, interests and budget. It is our specialty! Please feel free to contact us.

Optional personal camel or horse riding fees.

Please note prices are based in CNY.

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