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Badain Jaran Desert Trekking Lanzhou Wuwei Zhangye Tour - 8Days

Destination: Badain Jaran Desert
Duration: Eight Day
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Transportation: Vehicle & Trekking
Best Travel Time:April - Oct
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The Badain Jaran Desert is a desert in China which spans the provinces of Gansu, Ningxia and Inner Mongolia. Badain Jaran Desert covers a significant part of the south-central part of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region as well as the North part of Gansu province. Located in the Alxa Plateau at about 1200 meters above sea level it is listed as a subsection to the Gobi Desert. It is bound to the north by the Gobi and to the East by Mount Lang which separates it from the Ulan Buh Desert


This desert is home to some of the tallest stationary dunes on Earth. Some reaching a height of more than 500 meters although most average at around 200 meters. Its tallest dune is also measured, from base to peak, as the world's third tallest dune and highest stationary dune in the world.


The Badain Jaran Desert is well known for its numerous scattered and colorful lakes. Containing more than 140 lakes they are mainly found in the southern region in the desert. These lakes can easily be found in the larger valleys between large dunes. They are believed to provide the life sustenance in the desert supporting camels, goats and horses which are herded by nomads that travel through the desert. Most lakes also support a green ring of vegetation that populate the close vicinity around the lakes.Some lakes are fresh water while others are extremely saline. These lakes give the desert its name which is Mongolian for "mysterious lakes". It is also crossed by one river, the Ruo Shui ("weak water"), which has formed an alluvial plain in the desert.

Leitai Han Tombs
Located in Leitai in Wuwei of Gansu, these Han tombs were built around 220AD in Han Dynasty in China. Master of the tomb is believed to be a general named Zhang in Eastern Han. The "Running Bronze Horse", later became the symble of Chinese Tourism was found in this tomb.


Badain Jaran Temple
Badain Jaran Temple is a Tibetan Buddhist Temple in the Mongolian community. Located by the lakeside in the center area of Desert Badain Jaran, it shares the same name of the desert indicating "lake that has a temple on its side".


Full price of this tour (per person in US$):
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US$1200/persons 1200USD/Person

Day 01: Lanzhou Arrive
Arrive in Lanzhou. Transfer to hotel.

Meal: Dinner      Overnight: Hotel

Day 02:Lanzhou - Wuwei
Start your Silk Road Adventure in Lanzhou depart to Wuwei by car for about 4 hours. Visit Leitai Han Tomb after arrival.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner      Overnight: Hostel

Day 03:Wuwei - Alxa Youqi
Drive over gobi and arrive at the trekking start point in the desert. Drive for about 6 hours today.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner      Overnight: Hostel

Day 04 - Day 05:Badain Jaran Desert Trekking
Trekking for 3 days in the Badain Jaran Desert, explore lakes, sand dunes and local settlements and end the trek by the Badain Jaran Monastery by a lakeside.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner      Overnight: Camping

Day 06:Badain Jaran Desert - Alxa Youqi
Drive from the monastery to Alxa Youqi. On the way drive over sand dunes of the desert. Overnight in Alxa Youqi.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner   Overnight: Hostel

Day 07:Alxa Youqi - Zhangye
Ride to Zhangye along the Silk Road.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner   Overnight: Hotel

Day 08: Zhangye Departure
Take flight or train for departure. Trips ends.

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