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Tour Overview

This five-day tour takes you to the stunning Kanas Lake in China’s Xinjiang region, known for its breathtaking natural beauty. Explore the lake and its surroundings, including the Altay Mountains, on horseback and enjoy traditional Kazakh food. Experience the unique nomadic culture of the Kazakh people and enjoy the peacefulness of the countryside. This Kanas Horseback Riding tour is perfect for nature and adventure lovers who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Ride through meadows and birch forests to Kanas Lake for an experience of a wonderland.
2. Embark on a horseback ride adventure to Black Lake to enjoy the crystal water reflecting the surrounding peaks, blue sky, and clouds.
3. Visit a Kazakh family and get an insight into their nomadic culture.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Upon your arrival at Kanas Airport, the local driver will meet you and escort you to the hotel for check-in. Enjoy a steaming hot pot welcome dinner at the chalet.

    Accommodation: Kanas

  2. Wake up early and enjoy the fresh air. Feast your eyes on the sight - the mist of Kanas Lake rises slowly over the villages, creating a mesmerizing wonderland.

    The Mist of Kanas Lake
    The Mist of Kanas Lake

    After breakfast, let's ride to Kanas Lake. The lake and its surrounding snow-capped mountains, grasslands, and birch forests have made it known as the "Switzerland of the East" and a "paradise for photographers". Then climb up the Altay Mountains. Along the way, our view is gradually expanded to accommodate more wonderful natural scenery, including glaciers, lakes, forests, pastures, and rivers. Return to the hotel after the tour.

    Accommodation: Kanas

    A Ride to Kanas Lake
    A Ride to Kanas Lake

  3. In the morning, take a guided tour of the Kazakh summer ranch in the hinterland of Altay. Today we are going on a horseback ride adventure to Black Lake, high up in the mountains among grasslands and snowy peaks. The crystal water reflecting the surrounding mountains, peaks, blue sky, and clouds is stunningly beautiful.

    Kazakh Summer Ranch Xinjiang
    Kazakh Summer Ranch

    On the way to Black Lake, we will visit a Kazakh family and enjoy traditional food for lunch. Chat with them and get an insight into their nomadic culture.

    Accommodation: Kanas

  4. Today, embark on a new horseback journey to a place off the beaten track. Follow the pace of the horse along the Kanas riverside to capture the endless rolling hills covered in dark green.

    Xinjiang Kanas Riverside
    Kanas Riverside

    After about 20 kilometers of riding, we will stop for lunch at the home of a Kazakh herder. After a short break, continue our adventure, enjoying the scenery while experiencing the nomadic culture. Late afternoon, return to the hotel.

    Accommodation: Kanas

  5. There are no activities scheduled for today. Leave for Kanas Airport at 08:30 am, and arrive in about an hour. This is the perfect end of your horse adventure.

    Accommodation: N/A

    Warm Note: Whether you have riding experience or not, the first day of the tour will be spent on adapting to horses. Then, as you gain experience and skills, you will be able to walk or run according to your personality.

Price Includes

  • 4 nights' stay in comfortable local chalets hotels;
  • Full ride on horseback with coach & leader;
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary;
  • 1 night's accommodation in the luxury Angsana Resort;
  • Private land transportation in air-conditioned vans with licensed drivers;
  • Entrance tickets as listed in the itinerary;
  • One bottle of water per person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flight tickets to/off Xinjiang;
  • Breakfast and lunch on Day 1 and meals on Day 5;
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Single room supplement fee;
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.
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