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Silk Route between Ashgabat and Ulaanbaatar

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  • Ulaanbaatar
  • Fergana City
  • Ashgabat
  • Khorgo Volcano
  • Tashkent
  • Kashgar
  • Xi'an
  • Pingyao
  • Sainshand
  • Beijing
  • Khövsgöl Lake
  • Jinshanling
  • Bishkek
  • Lanzhou Market
  • Kunye Urgench
  • Bulgan
  • Karakol
  • Song Köl Lake
  • Chengde
  • Samarkand
  • Wutai Shan
  • Ögii Lake
  • Lijiashan
  • Turpan
  • Mörön
  • Bukhara
  • Bayanbulak
  • Xiahe
  • Kyrgyz Fergana Valley
  • Kharkhorin
  • Darvaza
  • Yan'an
  • Chong Kemin Valley
  • Tsenkher
  • Erlian
  • Pingliang
  • Tsetserleg
  • Orkhon Valley
  • Jeti Oguz Valley
  • Datong
  • Arslanbob
  • Khiva
  • Liujiaxia
  • Heavenly Lake
  • Zhangye
  • Kochkor
  • Lake Karakol
  • Tash Rabat
  • Kochkor Homestay
  • Amarbayasgalant Monastery
  • Chuulut Canyon
  • Dunhuang
  • Nurata
  • Choir
  • Jiayuguan
  • Aksu
  • Fergana Mountains

Asia is the continent where overlanding all started, and Dragoman has been the leading operator there since our first trucks went through in the 1980s - take advantage of our years of experience and come with us as we include all the must-see attractions as well as heading into the wilds, well away from the usual tourist trail. Starting in the surreal capital city of Ashgabat, we cross the deserts of Turkmenistan via the Darvaza gas crater to reach the phenomenal land of Uzbekistan. We visit the astonishing ancient cities of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand, and enjoy a yurt stay in the incredible Kyzylkhum Desert before arriving at the pleasant capital city, Tashkent. From Tashkent we will venture into the truly breathtaking lands of the fertile Fergana Valley, and head into the mountainous country of Kyrgyzstan. We will fully explore the breathtaking scenery, stay in local homestays and yurt camps, and take advantage of the phenomenal trekking opportunities in this incredible country on a flexible itinerary, before heading for the beautiful city of Bishkek. We continue on to cross the remote and desolate mountains in the south of Kyrgyzstan and cross the Torugart Pass into the incredible country of China. We will visit the stunning Lake Karakol in the colossal Karakoram Mountains before heading to the fascinating city of Kashgar. From here we'll head through the isolated Taklamakan Desert and the oasis of Turpan to the incredible Buddha caves of Mogao in China's remote western provinces. We'll overland past the western end of the Great Wall of China to the Tibetan town of Xiahe, before descending past the Bingling Si Buddha caves and the temples of Mount Kongtong to arrive at the colossal historic city of Xi'an, home of the world-famous Terracotta Warriors. We will continue through the cave village of Lijiashan to the traditional old town of Pingyao. We will move on to the Buddhist temples of Wutai Shan and to the phenomenal Buddha caves of Yungang. We will visit the breathtaking Great Wall of China before heading to the old imperial summer retreat of Chengde, then finally head to the bustling capital of Beijing, home to the famous Forbidden City and countless other highlights. From Beijing we will journey into the hauntingly-beautiful and desolate plains of Mongolia, arriving at the fascinating city of Ulaanbaatar. From Ulaanbaatar we will head west through the central region of Mongolia, past the fascinating Erdene Zuu monastery to the phenomenal natural beauty of the Orkhon Valley and the Tsenkher hot springs. We then make the stunning journey north to the remote and spectacular KhA vsgA l Lake before heading back towards the capital. The country is an overlander's paradise, with challenging roads, stunning scenery such as desolate rolling plains, glistening lakes and beautiful forests in which we can wild camp anywhere we like, and a unique and welcoming culture. Join us on this unforgettable epic overlanding experience on the Silk Road!

  • Day 1 Ashgabat

    Border Information: if joining in Ashgabat, you will most likely enter Turkmenistan at Ashgabat International Airport. There will be a pre-departure meeting at 10:00am - please look out for a note from your leader at the reception of the joining hotel upon arrival with more details about this important meeting. Your leader will need to carefully check your visas at this initial meeting. After the meeting we will have an included tour of the city of Ashgabat using local minibuses. In the afternoon we have the option of visiting the famous Ashgabat Sunday Market. In Ashgabat we will stay in a decent quality local hotel. *Important note - do not bring any medicines containing tramadol, codeine, temazepam, morphine or opiates to Central Asia. These are illegal in all circumstances in most of Central Asia and you will risk arrest. If in doubt about a particular medicine, please do not bring it. See the notes at the bottom for more details.*

  • Day 2 Darvaza

    Today we set off north from Ashgabat and head into the Karakum Desert. We will have an included side trip to the amazing flaming Darvaza Gas Crater (also known as the 'Door to Hell'!). We will wild camp in the deserts near Darvaza Crater tonight. Estimated Drive Time - 6 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

  • Day 3 Kunye Urgench

    Today we will continue our overland journey north across the Karakum. We will visit the Kunye Urgench ruins towards the end of the day. We will wild camp in the deserts near Kunye Urgench tonight. Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

  • Day 4 to 5 Khiva

    Border Information: Exit Turkmenistan at Shovot, enter Uzbekistan at Nijazov. This morning we will visit the markets in the border town of Dashoguz, before driving across the border into Uzbekistan and continue to the beautiful historic town of Khiva.  Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours (heavily dependent on the time taken to cross the border). The following day we have a guided tour of the ancient city of Khiva during the morning. In the afternoon we will have plenty of free time to further explore this wonderfully preserved Khanate town. In Khiva we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

  • Day 6 Bukhara

    Today we will have a full day's drive to the fascinating city of Bukhara, where will spend the next 3 nights. In Bukhara we will stay in a comfortable local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours.

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Overland expedition vehicle.

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