12 Days Muztagh Ata Cercuit Trekking
|12 DAYS MUZTAGH ATA -KARAKUL LAKE CIRCUIT NAVIGATION TREKKING|
Destinations :Kashgar – Karakul Lake – Tashkorgan – Muztagh Ata
Tour Description :Experience the remoteness of the intersection of Pamir Mountains and Karakoram Mountains. This trek is a partial circumnavigation of the Muztagh Ata(7546m).and also the Kongur Peaks are visible from the area , our trekking route would be between the Muztagh ata and kongur mountain ranges ,this is one of the best and unique explore in remote mountains of Xinjiang ,and also we will drive on Karakoram Highway which is highest paved international adventurous road in the world that goes through the incredible mountains of Pamir , Karakoram and Hindu kush to connect China with Pakistan and Tajikistan ,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 in remote mountains
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, and also if you need any additional camping equipments , please mention to us when you book the trip , we will make special arrangements,
- Duration: 12 Days/ 11 nights
- Best Time: June,July,August
- Arrival Date : Optional
- Where to start and End : Kashgar
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 -KARAKUL LAKE – TASHKORGAN VIA KARAKORAM HIGHWAY
we’ll take breathtaking highest and adventurous paved highways in the world to go though High Mountain range to Karakul Lake and Tashkorgan, on the way , we will visit the opal village and bulunkul lake ,
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 (7649m). You will have chance to hike around the lake,
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.
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 Hindu kush mountain ranges are connected .therefore it has outstanding scenery of mountains,
Spend about two hour 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 3 TASHKORGAN – XINDE VILLAGE
After breakfast in hotel , we will drive back to to trailhead and meet our camels and camel drivers xinde village, and load camels, trek about 3 hours in the afternoon ,
Camping spot Elevation of this camp is at about 3200m.
DAY 4 XINDE VILLAGE-CHECHEKLIK
Today after the breakfast in our tent , we will start to climb up to the Checheklik Pass which is 4543 meters high. Our Camp will be in a grassy area at about 4100 meters elevation. Total trekking time today is about 5 hours.
DAY 5 CHECHEKLIK PASTURE – YANBULAK
The trek today ascends an 4370 meter pass. After crossing the pass, we descend to a lake and descend a bit more to our campsite Elevation at camp today is at about 4130m.
DAY 6 REST DAY AT YANBULAK
today we will take rest before we climb the big pass next day,or you can make short trekking around the area to explore the Kyrgyz villages and herds areas ,
DAY 7 YANBULAK –TORBULUNG PASS
We climb Turbulung Pass which is 4870 meters high. After 4 hours uphill trekking on the Turbulung Glacier, we reach at the top of the pass and then descend another 2 hours to reach the Turbulung River to be at our campside Koksal. Our camp site Altitude today is about 4450 meters. On the other side of the river, there are great views of the other 6000m peaks,
DAY 8 TORBULUNG -KOKSAY
Today we trek about 5 hours descending the entire day (no passes to cross). The camp site is about 3800 meters at the flat area ,
DAY 9 KOKSAY –TOKKUZ BULAK
We continue to follow the Turbulung River and then follow the Kangshiver River. It takes us about 6 hours to reach our camp site which is at about 3600 meters elevation. Today, we will see Muztagh Ata from the northwest side. The view of the peak is very different from that of the other side. You only see its sharp cliffs, not the long slopes. The glacier at the foot of the peak larger than those on the south side of Muztagh Ata.
DAY 10 TOKKUZ BULAK – SUBASH – KASHGAR
Trek about 5 hours to Subash village, meet vehicle and drive to Kashgar. Drive time from Subash to Kashgar is about 4 hours.
DAY 11 KASHGAR CULTURAL EXPLORE 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 like kebab, hand pulled noodle in best Uyghur food restaurant in kashgar.
Night in hotel in kashgar
DAY 12 DEPARTURE FROM KASHGAR
Our guide and driver will take you to the airport or take you to Torugat border to see you off ,