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Badain Jaran Desert Camel Trek   Tour Code:CHI004

Badain Jaran Desert is the 4th largest desert in the world and the 3rd largest desert in China, with an area of 47,000 square kilometers, and 35,000 square kilometers laid in Alxa Youqi. Badain Jaran Desert is famous for its "peculiar peaks, echoing sands, numerous lakes, holy springs and ancient temples". Badain Jaran Desert is between 1100m and 1600m above sea level, and the relative altitude of the sand mountains range from 200m to 500m. The sand mountains account for 61% of the entire desert area. At the hinterland of the desert, big sand dunes are formed at regular intervals by the wind power, which look like huge ocean waves. This trip will also be routed to visit the Black City of Khara Khoto, once was conquered by the Mongolians. The city was founded in 1032 and became a thriving center of Tangut Empire trade in the 11th century. There are remains of 30-foot (9.1 m)-high ramparts and 12-foot (3.7 m)-thick outer walls.The outer walls ran for some 421 m (1,381 ft) east-west by 374 m (1,227 ft) north-south.
The walled fortress was first taken by Genghis Khan in 1226, but!contrary to a widely-circulated misunderstanding!the city continued to flourish under Mongol overlordship. During Kublai Khan's time, the city was expanded, reaching a size three times bigger than during the Tangut Empire. Togoontemur Khan concentrated his preparation for reconquest of China at Khara-Khoto.In The Travels of Marco Polo, Marco Polo describes a visit to a city called Etzina or Edzina,which has been identified with Khara-Khoto

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 Beijing 
Arrive in Beijing in the morning, you will take a connected flight to Yinchuan, the capital city of Ningxia Province. Upon arrival we will proceed to Alxa Zuoqi. Stay at a local hotel. (D)

Day 2  Alxa Zuoqui / Khara-Khoto
Journ└e de transfert (8 heures) to Heicheng, literally "black city". We will drive on the northern edge of Badan Jaran Desert. Arrive in Khara-Khoto late in the afternoon and spend a night in a local hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 3  Khara-Khoto 
The city was founded in 1032 and became a thriving center of Tangut trade in the 11th century.There are remains of 30-foot (9.1 m)-high ramparts and 2-foot (0.61 m)-thick outer walls!as much as 45 yards (41 m) to a side. The walled fortress was taken by Genghis Khan in 1227. During Kublai Khan, the city was expanded, reaching a size three times bigger than during the Tangut Empire. We will have full day to visit the black city. Hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 4  Khara-Khoto / Badan Jaran Desert (6-7 Hours)
We will leave early in the morning to reach the entry point of the desert(400 KM). We will continue our adventure by 4WD into the desert and meet the camping crew.(B,L,D)

Days 5-6 Zha Khan Jaran/Badan Jaran Temple 
We will pass through huge sand dunes and lakes and reach the heart of Badan Jaran Desert. We will also climb the Everest of the Dunes, Bilutu and camp near Badan Jaran Temple. Camp(B,L,D)

Day 7  Badan Jaran/Jiayuguan
Meet the 4WD today we will have a surfing adventure on the sand out of the desert to Alxa Youchi, In the afternoon we will continue to to Jiauyuguan. It will be a late arrival. Hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 8 Jiayuguan/Dunhuang
Visit of the Fort, in the afternoon onto Dunhuang. Hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 9 Dunhuang
Visit of Mogao and the "Crescent Moon lake". (B,L,D)

Day 10  Beijing
Flight Dunhuang C Beijing 11:40/14:40 CA1288, free day in Beijing. (B)

Day 11  Onward  (B)
Trip finishes after breatkfast.

--Most meals

--All entry fees and sightseeing

--All overnights in hotels and guesthouses with double occupancy

--First Aid Kit

--Private Transfers

--English Speaking guides

--Roundway domestic flights

--Camel Back Riding

--Tent, mattres and camping staff


--All services not mentioned and all items of a personal nature

--Sleeping bag

--Tipping or gratuities to guides and drivers

--Mandatory international travel insurance

--Excursions other than those specified in trips

--Extra cost if  tour is delayed or changed due to reasons beyond control



        Badain Jaran Desert
DATES: On demand from April to October
GROUP SIZE : 2 - 12
START/FINISH: Beijing/Beijing
DURATION: 11 days, 3 trekking days
TRIP GRADE: Moderately difficult (EXPLANATION)
ACCOMMODATIONS: Hotels and Camping
HIGHLIGHTS: The Black City, Badan Jaran Desert, Everest Mountain, Dunhuang, Gogao Caves, camel back riding
EXTENSION TRIPS: Guilin Extension
Chengdu Panda Extension

Map of this Trip

"A hidden treasure of China, Badain Jaran has the world's highest sand dunes, it was the most unique place I have ever been" 






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