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3 Days Badain Jaran Desert Real Essence Tour with Jeep Safari

Real Badain Jaran Desert Highlights


The desert is known as the "forbidden zone of life", but the Badain Jaran Desert has subverted people's cognition. There are more than 144 intoxicating lakes of different colors (some are even pink, red…) and sizes dotted in the deep land of the desert, mingling with the tallest sand dunes in the world. People who have been to this desert all agree that Badain Jaran Desert is even more beautiful than Sahara, the largest desert in the world. In Badain Jaran Desert, the sand dunes are undulating, lakes are lovely-colored, wild lives and plants are abundant, stars are bright and local culture is authentic. It is full of stunning and mysterious appearance and forms. More fortunately, compared with other tropical deserts, Badain Jaran Desert is more temperate with a relatively cool climate.

The best highlights of Badain Jaran Desert including the lakes and sand dunes hide in the central area of the desert which can only be reached by intrepid Jeeps or camels of nomads. To protect the geographic features of the desert and safety of travelers, only Jeeps of the park are allowed to enter the deep region of Badain Jaran Desert. Our 3 Days Badain Jaran Desert Tour is the most classic itinerary to explore the real essence of Badain Jaran Desert. You will ride a well-conditioned Jeep to cross over the sand dunes to look for those mysterious lakes, and stay over a night in a local Mongol yurt. You also have a lot of time to walk, take photos, enjoy sunset and sunrise, or relax on your own.

Highlights of this tour

  • An experienced driver takes you to ride a Jeep to the deep heart of Badain Jaran Desert to witness wonders, such as “the Everest of Desert” – Bilutu, tranquil Nuoertu Lake, Tibetan Monastery, sunset, sunrise, etc.
  • Accommodate in a Mongol yurt in the middle of the desert which is comfortable with shower available.
  • A valuable tour package which includes hotel, tour guide, transfer, meals, attraction sightseeing, etc.

Basic Trip Information

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  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in a 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
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Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Badain Jaran Town Arrival

Today is free for you to get to Badain Jaran Town which is about 65km from Badain Jaran Desert National Park.

Badain Jaran Town is the headquarter of Alxa Right Banner of Inner Mongolia. The nearest airports are located in Zhangye and Jinchang which are about 2~3 hours’ drive away from Badain Jaran Town. Currently, you can take flights to Zhangye(张掖)/Jinchang(金昌) from Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Lanzhou, etc. Our tour guide and driver will pick up you from nearby airport/train station, then transfer to Badain Jaran Town.

Accommodate in Badain Jaran Town.

Badain Jaran Town
Day 2 Badain Jaran Desert Jeep Safari & Exploration (B, L)

Visiting Route: Geo-park Museum - Badain Lake - Dagetu - Fairy Peak - Yinderitu Spring - Bilutu - Badain Jaran Temple (The final route is subject to change according to weather and time condition)

After breakfast, drive about 1 hour from your hotel to the entrance area of the desert park to visit Badain Jaran Geo-park Museum first to learn some useful geography and cultural information about this China’s most beautiful desert. UNESCO experts claim that Badain Jaran Desert includes “unique desert aeolian features of the most concentrated distribution area of mega-dunes and inter-dunal lake basins, constituting irreplaceable natural heritage values”.

Start your thrilling and exciting Badain Jaran off-road adventure now! Hop on a desert Jeep, and drive head to the heartland of the desert. As a vast desert covering over 45,000 square kilometers, Badain Jaran Desert’s highlighting lakes and sand dunes can only be reached by SUV unless you will have to trek several days through the desert. The driving goes to Badain Jaran Temple in the deep desert where a Mongol yurts camp sets up on the side of a lake for travelers to stay over the night.

There are a lot of stops at the most beautiful points, such as Badain Lake, desert oasis, Genghis Khan Sand Carving, Dagetu Lake, Yinderitu Spring, Temple Lake, etc. You will also go up to Bilutu which is the highest sand dune in the world with an altitude of 1611 meters. You will reach at Badain Jaran Temple, known as the Forbidden City in the Desert, after about 4~5 hours driving. The rest time is free to explore the beauty of the desert till the sunset time.

Tonight you will accommodate in Mongol yurt or guest house in Badain Jaran Temple area. Your travel consultant arrange rooms according to your preference. Staying in a Mongolian yurts is a great way to experience Mongolian living style. The yurt is special cylinder-shaped house of local nomads, with movable beds (usually 4 beds in a yurt). It is comfortable (for a yurt) with shower available, but the toilet is basic and placed outside the camp. The guest houses are run by local nomads too. Their rooms are more spacier. Some rooms have private bathrooms and air-conditioner. The hosts also offer hot meals with extra costs.

Pack and Wear Right – Very Important? - bring only necessary things to the desert, such as water, sunglasses, sunblocking cream, camera, dramamine (for possible carsickness during desert driving), etc. Take a towel, shower gel, shampoo if you want to take a shower. Your luggage can be remained in our car or hotel in Badain Jaran Town.

Exciting Jeep Safari in deep land of Badain Jaran Desert Dadetu Lake - magic red lake in Badain Jaran Desert Badain Jaran Temple, Picture Shared by Chiu from Canada in September 2023
Day 3 Badain Jaran Desert Half-day Tour & Departure (B, L)

Visiting Route: Badain Jaran Temple - Barun Jaran - Barunyikeri - Heavenly Lake - Entrance(The final route is subject to change according to weather and time condition)

Get up at about 5:30~6.00 A.M in the morning, find a good sunrise location on the sand mountain to wait for the first ray of golden sunlight to shine on the stretches of desert. The sunrise at Badain Jaran Desert is a true feast to eyes. It’s a striking combination of light and shadow. At the daybreaking time, the sun seems to be playing the hide-and-seek with people. It then rises gradually like a dancing sparrows from the horizon, and project her golden light upon the sea of sand. Soak yourself in this sun-drenched otherworldly scene, and let the golden light and cool desert air wash over you. After the sunrise, return to the camp site.

After breakfast, keep on Jeep Safari adventure. You will make a stop at Barun Jaran (Barunjilin), a stunning lake which is a great place to take photo of sand dunes’ reflection. You will also go to visit Barunyikeri where two lakes are divided by an edge of sand dunes, and Heavenly Lake (Tianchi), a lovely lake suitable for photography.

You will exit the desert park around the noon time. Have lunch before leaving for next destination. (Departure tips: the nearest airport is Jinchang Airport where you can take flights to Xian, Lanzhou, Chengdu, Beijing, etc. If you want to transfer to Zhangye or other places in the region with our private car services, please contact your travel consultant in advance.)

Magnificent sunrise in Badain Jaran Desert, Picture Shared by Chiu from Canada in September 2023 A stunning lake in Badain Jaran Desert, Picture Shared by Chiu from Canada in September 2023

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