Xinjiang Nalati Grassland

Tour Overview

This 8-day Xinjiang hiking trip will take you on a hiking tour of off-the-beaten places. Explore the Kazakh lifestyle at Nalati Grassland, enjoy the blooming wildflowers and beautiful grassland around Sayram Lake, visit the ingenious Kalajun Prairie by boat, cableway & sightseeing bus, and take in the striking views of secluded, tranquil Qiongkushitai village. 

Highlights of this tour:

1. Appreciate the strong Islamic style architecture and taste the local specialties in Erdaoqiao Bazaar.
2. Get your jaw dropped by the beautiful grassland scenery and local Kazakh folk customs of Nalati River Valley Grassland & Sky Grassland.
3. Enjoy a whole-day exploration of the Kalajun Grassland by boat, cableway, sightseeing bus, and hike Xiate Ancient Road of Tianshan Mountain.
4. Spend a full day hiking and exploring the secluded, tranquil village – Qiongkushitai.
5. Take in the striking views of “The Last Tear of the Atlantic” – Sayram Lake.
6. Experience a picturesque landscape at Heavenly Lake by taking a leisurely walk, cruising on the lake, and admiring the stunning Tianshan snow mountains.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Please take the flight to Urumqi on your own. Upon landing, your local driver and guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the well-selected hotel.

    After a short break, take a guided tour of the Erdaoqiao Bazaar, which is the most famous market in Urumqi. There you can not only appreciate the strong Islamic style of architecture but also taste the local specialties.

    Accommodation: in Urumqi

    Xinjiang Erdaoqiao Bazaar
    Erdaoqiao International Bazaar

  2. Early in the morning, take a plane to the Nalati. Upon arrival, the local guide will pick you up and then escort you to the Nalati River Valley Grassland. Nalati Grassland is one of the four grasslands in the world and has been a famous pasture since ancient times.

    The combination of beautiful grassland scenery and local Kazakh folk customs makes Nalati Grassland a popular tourist resort in Xinjiang. Taking the tourist bus to meander through the sightseeing road, you can see snow-capped peaks, dense forests, green hills, flat meadows, and groups of cattle and sheep...

    Nalati Grassland Xinjiang
    Nalati Grassland

    Continue your visit to the Sky Grassland, named for its elevation of about 2,200 meters. Aka Summer Ranch, it is a basin in the mountains, where you can feel the grassland so close to the sky. Standing in its center and looking down, you can see the villages in the distance and have a bird's eye view of the grassland stretching at a lower altitude.

    After the tour, the driver will transfer you to Tekes for the night.

    Accommodation: in Tekes

  3. Start our whole-day exploration of the Kalajun Grassland after breakfast.

    Kalajun Grassland is an attractive attraction integrating vast grasslands, dense forests, snow-capped peaks, limpid lakes, gorgeous canyons, as well as peaceful villages. Praised as "The Grassland in the Clouds", it is an ideal place to escape the bustle of the city.

    Xinjiang Kalajun Grassland
    Kalajun Grassland

    The East-West Karajun Grand Grassland is the most popular part of the whole Karajun Scenic Area. Guided by your guide, take a sightseeing bus to visit the Flower Terrace, Falcon Terrace, and Dielang Valley.

    Then take a cable car down to Kuokesu Grand Canyon, where you can enjoy a magical view of Crocodile Bay and a painting-like scene composed of looming mountains, undulating rivers, lush vegetation, and white yurts.

    After all visits, directly leave Kuotesu Grand Canyon by boat. Then drive back to Tekes.

    Accommodation: in Tekes

    Kuotesu Grand Canyon Xinjiang
    Crocodile Bay of Kuotesu Grand Canyon

  4. Today is going to be a day of hiking. In the morning, drive 90 km (about 3 hours) from Tekes to Qiongkushitai.

    Qiongkushitai is a bewitching original village, endowed with clear blue skies, white clouds, silver snow mountains, dark green forests, verdant grasslands, and colorful flowers. You can hire local horses to ride (at your own expense) through the hills and meadows, enjoying gentle winds and stunning natural scenery. Spend a full day hiking and exploring the secluded, tranquil village.

    Later, drive back to Tekes.

    Accommodation: in Tekes

    Qiongkushitai in Xinjiang
    Stunning Natural Beauty of Qiongkushitai

  5. Take a car ride to Xiate Ancient Road for an exciting hike, which provides you with a unique opportunity to experience the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the region. The rugged terrain and historical sites make for an unforgettable adventure.

    Xinjiang Xiata Ancient Road
    Ride a Horse in Xiata Ancient Road

    Today, take a guided hike through this pristine natural paradise, past flower-blooming grasslands, glacier-fed rivers, mirror-like lakes, and virgin forests. If you're interested, you can explore the great outdoors by horseback riding or mountain biking (optional).

    After the hike, drive to Zhaosu County to check into the hotel.

    * Note: It is recommended that you pack your snacks and drinks for lunch the night before. We can provide you with a blanket for your relaxing picnic.

    Accommodation: in Zhaosu

  6. Enjoy the patches of rape flowers along the road while driving to Yining from Zhaosu. Upon arrival, you will visit Kazanqi Folk Street, which is the only large-scale original cultural scenic spot in Northern Xinjiang with Uygur customs as its main theme.

    Kazanqi Folk Street Xinjiang
    Kazanqi Folk Street

    Your guide will show you around local craft workshops to learn about the local arts and culture. Visit the sand painting exhibition hall and characteristic family museum, appreciate the unique residential building of Yili - European courtyard, and taste the distinctive food, such as lamb kebabs, and noodles, as well as milk ice cream and local drinks.

    Accommodation: in Yining

  7. Today is a day to visit Sayram Lake. It is the largest and highest alpine lake in Xinjiang, known as "The Last Tear of the Atlantic". Visiting Sayram Lake is a memorable eyes-feasting and mind-relaxing experience.

    Sayram Lake in Xinjiang
    Relax Yourself in Sayram Lake

    In summer, Sayram Lake is a fairyland, boasting some of the most spectacular sights on earth like transparent water with changing colors, snow-covered peaks, numerous wildflowers, and breathtaking sunrise & sunset.

    You can enjoy an optional horseback ride to the lakeside hills overlooking the beautiful lake. Or take a boat trip on Sayram Lake. The blue, clear water is like a mirror reflecting you and the boat. After the tour, return to Yining.

    Accommodation: in Yining

  8. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast. Then escort you to the airport for the morning flight back to Urumqi.

    * Option: You can pay a visit to Heavenly Lake before you leave Yining. With melted snow as its source, the lake enjoys crystal water. In summer, Heavenly Lake is an ideal cool resort.

    Accommodation: N/A

Price Includes

  • 7 nights' accommodation;
  • Private land transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guides services as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water for each person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flights to/off Urumqi;
  • Lunch or dinner;
  • Any optional activities inside the attractions;
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.
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