Xinjiang Muztagh-Ata Camel Trek (Private)

Private Tour:  USD 1295 - 1853
Duration: 5 Days(need to book 30 days in advance)
Location: Kashgar
Available From:  Dec 31, 2013 to Dec 31, 2014


Muztagh Ata, with a height of 7,564m (24,816ft), translates from Uygur as the "Father of Ice Mountains." The mountain is located on the eastern Pamir Plateau in Xinjiang. Known for its ice-capped peaks and large base, the mountain looms four kilometers (2.5 miles) tall over Subashi Valley and the deep blue Karakul Lake. This adventure trek starts at Karakul Lake where visitors will have the opportunity to interact with the locals, with an overnight stay in a traditional Kyrgyz yurt. Begin your trek on day two on camel back to Idare Village, a small Kyrgyz settlement comprised of 25 to 30 stone houses. Trek to Qaltumak the next day, a summer feeding area for nomads and their animals, including yaks, camels, and donkeys. Except for four months during the summer, the nomads live in lower altitudes as freezing temperatures overrun Qaltumak at such high altitudes. The tour ends in the small community of Tashkorgan, an extremely isolated area off the old Silk Road that was not accessible until the rebuilding of the Karakoram highway in 1987. As a result, the local community still leads a very traditional way of life with one road leading to Kashgar.
Xinjiang Muztagh-Ata Camel Trek (Private)
Location: Kashgar
  • N°  travelers
  • Price/person
  • 2-3 people
  • USD 1853
  • 4-5 people
  • USD 1571
  • 6-9 people
  • USD 1415
  • 10(+) people
  • USD 1295
  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Start times: between 08:00 and 08:30
  • Pick-up point: Lobby of your Kashgar hotel
  • Frequency: Sunday,Monday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday
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This five-day private trek (designed for a minimum of two people) with Bactrian camels explores the Pamir Mountains near Muztagh Ata peak. The trek takes visitors from Karakul Lake to Qaltumak via Idare Village. The tour continues with a drive to Tashkorgan before returning to Kashgar on day five. It is a high-altitude and adventurous tour which can be tailored to suit the abilities of the trekkers. With private transportation to Karakul Lake and from the end of the trek to Kashgar, an English-speaking guide and all camping equipment included, you'll only have to concentrate on hiking and appreciating the views.
Times shown in the schedule are for your reference only.
Day 1
Step 1: Depart from Kashgar early in the morning to Karakul Lake.
Step 2: Trek around the lake then visit the local Kyrgyz yurts and listen to their stories about nomadic mountain life. (4hrs)
Step 3: Stay the night in a traditional Kyrgyz yurt.
Day 2
Step 1: After breakfast, begin camel trek to Idare Village. (5hrs)
Step 2: Explore the village.
Step 3: Enjoy a nomadic style dinner with the families.
Step 4: Overnight in a tent.
Day 3
Step 1: Trek to Qaltumak.
Step 2: Overnight in a tent.
Day 4
Step 1: A car will be waiting for you in the plains below, descending 900m (2,952ft) to Idare.
Step 2: Drive from Karakul Lake to Tashkorgan located on the Pamir Plateau. (1hr 30mins)
Step 3: Overnight in a three-star hotel.
Day 5
Step 1: After breakfast, visit the 2,000 year old Tajik Kingdom Stone Fort, located in downtown Tashkorgan.
Step 2: Hike around Tashkorgan grassland and enjoy the scenery of Mt. Muztagh Ata and Mt. Pamir.
Step 3: Take the Karakoram Highway back to Kashgar and arrive in the late afternoon.

Included In Tour Price

1. English-speaking guide
2. One nights hotel accommodation (double room with twin beds) with breakfast in Tashkorgan
3. Transportation from Kashgar to Karakul Lake and from trekking end point to Kashgar
4. Camels for trek (1 camel for 2 people or 2 camels for 4 people)
5. Local Kyrgyz camel driver from Karakul Lake
6. Sleeping bags and tents
7. Lunch and mineral water during the trek, including picnic, food, and accommodation in local Kyrgyz houses
8. Permit for trekking

Not Included In Tour Price

1. Excess luggage fees
2. Tips for guide and driver
3. Personal expenses
4. Extra costs due to unforeseen events


1. Price based on two people sharing a room in the hotel
2. Price does not apply during China`s National Holiday
3. You can book this activity for a minimum of two people
4. Good trekking shoes are recommended
5. Long sleeved T-shirts and sun cream are recommended to prevent sunburn at high altitude
6. Medicine for the symptoms of high altitude is advised. Headache is the most common side effect from altitude, however there is risk of more severe altitude sickness. Our guides are trained to recognize symptoms and we aim to ascend slowly to minimize the effects of high altitude.
7. Best period for this trek is from the middle of April to mid-October
8. On day one, you will not sleep with local families

Terms And Conditions

This activity can be changed or canceled without penalty at any time prior to 20 days before the scheduled start of your trip; prior to 1-3 days before the scheduled start of your trip, only 80% of money will be refunded to your credit card; and within 24-hours before the scheduled start of your trip, only 70% of money will be refunded to your credit card.
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