Kanas boasts as one of the most beautiful places in China, which is absolutely right. Among the many magnificent experiences to explore this wonderland, such as photography, rafting, rock climbing, paragliding, boating, horse riding, etc., hiking is the most recommended. It is the best way to enjoy the untouched natural beauty like a part of it. Kanas provides hiking on well-paved trails and primitive trails. You can experience both two hiking experiences in a single trip. The well-paved trails take you to the most beautiful river bays and the vast Kanas Lake, while the primitive trails take you to the off-the-beaten-track mountain area near Hemu Village. They both are not difficult-level hikes, and can be enjoyed by all kinds of travelers even kids and seniors.
Our 4 Days Kanas Hiking Tour ensures you have at least two full days hiking to the most beautiful area of Kanas, also some flexible time to explore things of your own interest. You will be accompanied by a local guide who knows the area very well so that you won’t miss out all the best experiences. Comfortable hotels, airport pick up and drop off, attraction tickets, sightseeing bus and breakfasts are all covered. The hiking itinerary can be tailor-made according to your interest and energy condition.
Kanas can be visited all year around but only the months between April~October are suitable for hiking. The temperature gap between day and night is very big. You should pack both hiking clothes and extra layers.
Day 1 Kanas Airport Arrival - Hemu Village (L)Kanas airport pick up & drive to Hemu Village
Welcome to Kanas, the most beautiful place in Xinjiang. Upon arriving at Burqin Kanas Airport, you will be welcomed by local tour guide and driver, then drive about 80 km (about 2 hours) to Hemu Village where you will stay over tonight.
Hemu Village is an important part of Kanas Scenic Area. It is one of the most beautiful villages in China, a magic place where you can get rid of the hustle and bustle and immerse yourself in the creation of photography. The villagers are Tuvans who is a branch of Mongolian. The ancestors of Tuvas are believed to be solders of Genghis Khan. Currently, there are about 2000 Tuvas people living in Hemu and other two nearby villages – Baihaba and Kanas. Their houses are made of wood entirely without any steels and cements, and they still keep the old traditions of nomad living, Tibetan Buddhism, festival, etc. Small population, old-fashioned wooden house, exotic ethnic culture and wild surrounding forests all make Hemu Village a peaceful and primitive place. You will visit a local Tuvas family to find out what’s their living like, and get treated with local snacks, fruits and drinks prepared by the hosts. Sometimes, you can even a race chance to see Tuvas playing music and dancing. The rest is free for you to relax and exploring surrounding. Sunset here is fabulous. You can walk up to a higher hill to appreciate the sunset in the golden sunlight. The vast golden birch forests and green grasslands surround the peaceful village, together appear charming colors like an oil painting.
Kanas Arrival Idea
Kanas can be arrived by flight and driving. Currently Urumqi has the most frequent daily flights to Burqin Kanas Airport. Turpan, Yili, Boyue and several other Xinjiang cities also operate some weekly flights to Kanas. Travel to Kanas by land driving from Urumqi takes about 9 hours.
- Beautiful Hemu River in September
- Visit a local Tuvas family in Hemu Village
Day 2 Hemu Hiking (B)Today's highlights: Hemu Village Sunrise, Hiking to Beautiful Peak
Get up early to catch the incredible sunrise which is also the MUST photo to be shot. When the sun rises and shines onto the mist curling up the villages, it is the moment to take one of the best pictures in your life. To shoot the sunrise, you need to walk along the plank road to the high places on the mountains near to the village. After the sunrise, go back to your hotel to have breakfast.
Today, you will enjoy a comfortable hiking around Hemu Village to the Beautiful Peak (Meilifeng). The hike is about 20km without many ups and downs, and needs about 5~6 hours, which can be done by all ranges of people, including kids and seniors. Some travelers prefer riding a horse to the Beautiful Peak, but hiking is the most recommended as it is full of off-the-beaten-track experiences. Compared with the paved plank trails in Kanas Lake Scenic Area, the road to the Beautiful Peak is more primitive, taking the dirt tracks through birches, meadows and hills. There are barely human activities until you get to the small Kazak village under the foot of the Beautiful Peak. Enjoy the god-given peaceful moments in the village where there is no noisy of tourist at all, also indulge yourself in the open landscape around you - snow-capped Beautiful Peak, open grassland, colorful forest, lovely herds… then you will hike the same direction back to Hemu Village.
After getting to Hemu Village, hop on a park bus (about 2 hours’ drive along the beautiful mountain road) to Kanas Lake Scenic Area for accommodation.
Notice: there is no restaurant and shop along the hiking. You can bring some snacks for lunch.
- Morning mist in Hemu Village in Autumn
- Hemu - Beautiful Peak (Meilifeng) hiking
- Hemu - Beautiful Peak (Meilifeng) hiking
- Peaceful Hemu Village in Winter
Day 3 Kanas Lake Scenic Area Hiking (B, L)Today's highlights: Recumbent Dragon Bay, Moon Bay and Celestial Bay, Taiga Trail, Fish-watching Tower, panoramic view of Kanas Lake
Today is a full-day exploration of Kanas Lake Scenic Area including two enjoyable hiking experiences: Three Bays Hiking and Kanas Hiking.
Get up early to escape the crowds, then take a park bus to the Three Bays area. Start hiking from the Recumbent Dragon Bay and walk along the plank road along the Kanas River to Moon Bay and Celestial Bay, which is about 6km long, very leisure and beautiful. This section is the most beautiful part of the entire Kanas Scenic Area. 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.
Then take a park bus from the Celestial Bay to the lakeside of Kanas Lake. There is a 5-kilometer-long plank road, known as Taiga Trail, following the eastern lake shore of Kanas to the deep wild forest. It is a scenic and relaxing experience as well as a good way to escape from the tourist crowds. You will walk through Siberian spruce forest, Wall of Root Carving, Taiga moors and reach at Tuluke Rock Painting at the end of the plank road, then return the same way.
Optional Kanas Lake Cruise – if you want to explore deeper area of Kanas, you can join the Cruise Program. The sightseeing ship sails to the heart area of the lake, the return to the lake shore, lasting about 45 minutes. Tell your guide if you get interested.
After the lakeside hiking, keep traveling to Fish-watching Tower - the highest location of Kanas Scenic Area. 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).
Lastly, transfer by park bus back to your hotel. Have a good rest.
- Moon Bay (autumn) - the iconic sight of Kanas
- Winding Kanas River in July
- Taiga Trail along the lake shore of Kanas Lake
- Fish-watching Tower - high location to enjoy panoramic view of Kanas Lake
Day 4 Kanas Departure (B)Kanas Burqin Airport drop off
Wake up in the peaceful morning of Kanas to have breakfast. The rest time of today is free for you to relax until your driver escorts you to catch your flight to Urumqi or other destinations.
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Your Xinjiang tour is not complete without Kashgar. It is the best place in Xinjiang to experience authentic Xinjiang culture as well as ancient Silk Road atmosphere. In Kashgar, you can stroll leisurely around the Kashgar Bazaar to find the trading tradition that has lasted more than 1500 years on the Silk Road and experience the Livestock Market if you are in Kashgar on Sunday, explore the traditional living quarter of local Uyghur people and enjoy a relaxing tea time in the Ancient Tea House, drive out the town to enter into a magnificent world of landscape and adventure – Pamirs' beautiful Karakul Lake and Muztagh Ata, the “father of glaciers” .
Turpan surprises visitors with spectacular natural landscape - vast expansion of desert, lush and exuberant valleys of grape, tenacious desert plants, and Silk Road history. In Turpan, you can spend 1 day visiting the highlights in the city area, including Karez System – the brilliant irrigation project, Turpan Museum – the best place to discover Turpan from all perspectives and Jiaohe Ancient City – a disappearing city of earth. On the next day, you can explore surroundings Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves with precious murals, Flaming Mountain Grand Canyon with breathtaking landform and Mazar Village – an old Uyghur village. Besides, Kumtag Desert is also recommended if you love the wild desert view and desert activities.
1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one standard double-bed room in local hotels
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.
3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2023.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1=RMB 6.85. The final quote is based on current exchange rate. It may change according to the currency fluctuation, while the RMB quotation will be remained the same.
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Xinjiang can satisfy all your desires about different styles of travel, no matter you are seeking for nature fun, culture experience or some adventures. Generally speaking, Kashgar, Turpan and Urumqi are most popular as the Golden Triangle. They provide you Silk Road history and culture as well as Xinjiang featured scenery – beautiful lakes, gorges, mountains, etc. They are the best options for the first-timers, needing about 6~8 days. Kanas, with tranquil lake and bays, primitive villages and ethnic culture, is strongly recommended too. A trip to Kanas usually takes about 4~7 days. If you prefer natural landscape, the western Xinjiang offers you superb grassland, alpine like, wild flowers. Recommended places include Sayram Lake, Karajun Grassland, Naraty Grassland, etc. The southern Xinjiang has many hidden gems for an in-depth adventure, such as historical Silk Road cities, Takilamakan Desert, Hotan, Kuqa, etc. Such a trip usually costs over 10 days, but it is definitely worth your time and effort.
Xinjiang is far away from the sea with surrounding high mountains, forming an obvious temperate continental climate. The temperature difference is large; the sunshine time is sufficient; the ultraviolet ray is strong; the air is very dry. Since Xinjiang has a vast area, the climate differs a lot by regions. Generally speaking, the southern Xinjiang is hotter than northern Xinjiang; northern Xinjiang has more rainfall than the southern area. You can easily find different places to travel in different seasons.
♦ April to June: Ili Apricot Valley, Tianshan Tianchi Lake, Sayram Lake, Tashkurgan, Naraty Grassland, Urumqi, Turpan, Kashgar, etc.
♦ July to August: Urumqi, Sayram Lake, Karajun Grassland, Naraty Grassland, Kanas, Urumqi, Turpan, Kashgar, etc.
♦ September to early November: Kanas, Taklimakan Desert, Populus Euphratica in Tarim Basin, Kuqa Grand Canyon, Tashkurgan, Naraty Grassland, Urumqi, Turpan, Kashgar, etc.
♦ Mid November to March: Urumqi, Turpan, Kashgar, Kanas, etc.
Getting there: it usually takes a longer time than other China cities to get to Xinjiang. Travelers usually arrive in Urumqi first by flight or train then transfer to other cities of Xinjiang. Currently, you can take flights to Urumqi from Beijing (about 4 hours), Xian (about 42.5 hours), Shanghai (about 5.5 hours), Guangzhou (about 5 hours), Chengdu (about 3.5 hours), etc., or high speed trains from Dunhuang (about 4.5 hours), Lanzhou (about 11 hours), Xining (about 9.5 hours), etc. Kashgar is the secondly-used arrival hub. It operates some domestic flights to Xian, Chengdu, etc.
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