Silk Road hiking tour

“Tailor made six day hiking tour with daily averages of 21kms over five days as well as a sleeper train to Jiayuguan, local guesthouses and a night in a Yugu tent.”

Highlights

Jiayuguan | Great Wall of China | Zhangye Danxia Geopark (Ranbow Mountains) | Binggou Danxia Park | Qilian Mountains | Mati Temple | Yugu Minority Village |

Description of Silk Road hiking tour

This tailor-made six day Silk Road hiking tour retraces the steps of legendary explorer Marco Polo and takes travellers amongst the cultural treasures and Buddhist heritage sites that have aligned the route since the first steps of traders headed from east to west.

Step back in time within the foothills of ancient China as you hike upon the Great Wall within the Jiayu section before staying overnight in Jiayuguan and heading into Zhangye Danxia Geopark, also known as the Rainbow Mountains.

From here ancient Buddhist temples and dramatic rock formations create an incredibly exciting backdrop to complement daily 20km hikes with the penultimate day on this itinerary spent in the company of a nomadic Yugu community where singing, dancing and folklore tales last long into the night.

This Silk Road hiking tour captures the essence of ancient China and the rural regions that you’ll find today with weather and road conditions all helping to form a flexible, tailor made, tour far from the well-stomped tourist tracks.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Top tip:
Take your time on the hikes to absorb the scenery rather than racing to the finish. Hiking poles, reusable water bottle and neckerchief will all come in handy as will a well worn pair of stout walking boots.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Activity level:
Active. Average of 21km daily hikes in rugged landscapes.
Accomm:
Locally owned hotels and guesthouses, a sleeper train and a night in a nomadic tent.
Meals:
5 x breakfasts, lunches and dinners
Included:
Accommodation, entrance fees, English-speaking local guide and transfers.
About this holiday company:
This company specialise in tailor made active holidays across China for people who prefer independent travel away from tourist hot spots. They work closely with local businesses and communities to offer an authentic experience that benefits both travellers and local people alike.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Silk Road hiking tour

Environment

Activity:
This tour will transport you to an eclectic and culturally significant range of heritage sites that date back to ancient times and it will also take you to unique places of natural beauty, including the Great Wall and Danxia Landform(Zhangye Danxia Geopark,). Start Hiking along the north part of Danxia Landform, enjoying the great view of Qilian Shan and memorable sunset. Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a hiking trip. Traveling on foot, you will explore beautiful landscape with lower impact on the environments.

Waster:
As we all know every tour produces a surplus of waste and hard-to-use biomass that is best kept in the food chain by feeding it to livestock. We usually buy from local markets to prepare foods in moderation, such as bread, milk, instant coffee, jam, vegetable, sausage... and try to eat them all, do not  leaving too much food behind.

Flora and fauna:
Our local guides will have a set of guidelines for each tour. The flora and fauna (flowers and animals) are in abundance and wide variety in remote villages along this tour. And the weak ecological environments are complex and multiplicity, and they are damageable. we advocate ecological tourism. Footpaths crisscrossed the fields, where the crowing of cocks and the barking of dogs were heard within distance, of course we stick to footpaths. The growing number of visitors is damaging the footpaths. It is necessary to mention this on tour briefing to our clients.

Water:
Water is a really important issue on along trekking trip and whilst we must stay hydrated. We have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. We encourage our passengers to refill a water bottle from water 'bubblers' where available to avoid unnecessary purchasing of bottled water and the subsequent waste disposal issues. We hope to leading a mostly plastic-free life in every groups that we organized.

Office:
It is advocated to recycle paper and ink cartridges to reduce the waste in landfill sites. We turn off printers, computers, battery chargers and transformers at the end of each day and use energy-efficient bulbs and low-energy appliances.

Community

We are also exceptionally aware of the need to use local ‘green’ tourism services and businesses to ensure that the natural and social environments that host tourism are protected and well-managed. This includes the use of locally-sourced produce such as food and crafts.

Accommodation and Meals:
We carefully choose the hotel which are locally owned and simpler styles. The accommodations we select for our clients encourage clients to reuse their own towels, bed sheets for the whole staying. Our clients are also encouraged not to turn their room air-conditions under 26 degrees. We endeavor to include and strongly encourage our travelers to eat locally produced food and goods. This reduces energy resources consumed through production and transport of the food and goods purchased by our travelers.

A fair wages to local guides and drives:
We use all local guides and drivers so that we learn about the culture and way of life directly from those who live it and put money into local hands and economies. All receive fair wages and are provided with training opportunities both direct from us and from the local tourism bureau. Our guides are also responsible for advising travelers of the appropriate recycling options available in each place.

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