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    frankly, i want to go to tibet too...but want to make from chongqing instead so can make a detour to jiu zai gou. Best if can go in late April till mid May.

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    Yup, I went Xinjiang in Sep-Oct. Just avoid summer, where one of the hottest places in Xinjiang, Turfan, have temperatures in the high 40s. The highest ground surface temperature recorded was 70+ deg C! Also, I only covered small part of Xinjiang, and I spent a month there!
    I think don't be too greedy/ambitious lah. In the end, read too much, get confused. If you do decide on going Urumqi, pm me and I'll dig up the driver's contact....


    Quote Originally Posted by boroangel
    Hi nuts, right now I am in the process of finding out more information about the trips and reading up forums and travel articles on the net.Currently,have read about the KKH, route up from Islamabad up to Kashgar and also Xinjiang. May might not be such a good time for Xinjiang as I read that the best period should be around autuum, Sept - October. If I m not wrong, you went during the same period as the leaves and trees on your website are yellowish?

    Have found out about Kanas, Hemu Village, the treks from Hemu to Kanas, Bai Haba,the Atlay area,Devil City, Kashgar,Karakuli Lake, etc. If I m going during May , not sure if I can cover so many places. Might be skipping Karakuli Lake and and do it another time if I do a route on the KKH from Kashgar to Islamabad, covering places like Passu, Gilgit etc on the way.

    Do u have any contacts for 4WD and drivers in Xinjiang or know the rental per day roughly?

    PS: sorry for posting this from the PM again. Tot I will just share any bits of info with everyone.

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    Hi all,

    i am interested in the Tibet trip. Please keep me in the loop.
    June is fine for me.

    Thanks.

    best regards,
    kel

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    I have been doing some real intensive research on Xinjiang and KKH these couple of days.I might push the trip back to October since thats when I graduate and October should still be autuum and the leaves are still reddish yellow and I would have plenty of time to cover that area. I think it can be broken into a few parts.....

    1. North Xinjiang
    where we move out from Urumqi
    - if driving can drive up to Kimsar, then staright up the highway all the way to Fuyun. Then drive another 120 Km to altay.
    - Or can fly str to altay also. From Altay drive on to Burqin and do the Burqin-Hemu Village(should be awesome in autuum)-Kanas-Burqin route. From Burqin, drive back down to Karamay and Kuitun. This part of the trip covers the North and will take about 8 to 10 days depending on the pace. A night accomodation at both Hemu and Kana Lake will be desirable for both sunset and sunrise shots.

    2. Around Tianshan mountains

    Can drive out from Urumqi or Kuitun and head west...down to Yinning and visit Siram Lake and Khorgos on the way. Stay overnight at the Narat grassland. then drive across Tianshan mountain , visit Bayinbulok grassland , Swan lake , Dragon pond on the way , and finally arrive in Kuqa . Here got one of China four largest Buddhism Grottoes – Kezil Buddhist cave , Beacon tower , Kuqa Grand Mosque and the ruins of Subashi site and then drive
    from Kuqa to Korla . From Korla on the way to Turpan can visit Bostan Lake, Tie Men Pass. At Turpan, can vist Karez Well – the ancient underground irrigation
    System , Emin minaret , grape valley , the ruins of Gaochang Ancient City , Thousand Buddha Caves and Flaming Mountians .

    This will be one loop of its own and wil take about 7 to 8 days.

    3. From Urumqi to Kashgar.
    - Can take domestic flight (about 1500 miles apart)
    - Take train
    - Drive down from Urumqi through towns like Korla, Kuqa, Aksu etc. If stopping at the towns to explore certain regions around it, can take 3 - 5 days.

    4. Karakuli Lake
    From Kashgar to Karakuli Lake its 180 km and can do the trip in one day. Would be good to stay overnight in Karakuli or do some trekking aroudn the foot. 2 - 3 days.

    5. South of Taklmakan Desert
    From Kashgar its possible to drive on to Hotan and along the base f the Tarim Basim all the way to Louqiang, visit Ruin of the Ancient Kingdom of Loulan and back up to Korla although I havent read too much abotu here yet and whether certain sigths are worth it or open to public.

    Here is a good map of Xinjiang.
    http://www.xinjiangtour.com/english/map.htm

    And check out the Xinjiang pics by nuts in his Roving Light Travel Photography
    Last edited by boroangel; 5th March 2006 at 03:44 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cosycatus
    price?
    Refer to this website for more info...

    http://www.shangrila-adventure.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by AdyH
    Tis wud b an awesome trip but 1st june will be on ICT. Maybe Boroangel can plan for something like tat. Can skip some of the places in order not to exceed e 14days travel plan. I wud luv to go for such a trip if it's within 14days and can go fm july onwards.

    Well if you guys prefer a shorter trip, we do organise as well....

    Check this out: http://www.shangrila-adventure.com
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    Just to elaborate further... We go with you on the trip unlike local agencies which outsource to the local agents there. We know the local contacts... And we can be flexible in terms of itineray.

    We take away your anxiety such that you can concentrate on enjoying the trip. Besides, you guys are bringing so much expensive equipments, the last thing you want is to lose them. Also, if you are not familiar with the locals they may charge you a high price when you request for their service. This may eventually blow your budget.

    Everyone has different questions and it is very difficult for me to answer each and everyone. Your question could be someone question as well so it will be easier if we can have a small gathering.

    I know a lot people are concern with price but let me just reassure everyone that as long as there are enough people, we will lower down the price as mush possible.

    This gathering is for the like minded adventurous people like you. There is no obiligation whatsoever. Treat it as get to know more people gathering and broaden up your social circle.

    If you want to read further, you can refer to the following website on the various adventure tours which we organise all year round.

    http://www.shangrila-adventure.com

    Let me start the ball rolling:

    1. ckbe
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    3.
    ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ckbekeong
    Well if you guys prefer a shorter trip, we do organise as well....

    Check this out: http://www.shangrila-adventure.com
    So you are representing Xtrekkers? Tot you are an independent traveller seeking to organise a trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boroangel
    So you are representing Xtrekkers? Tot you are an independent traveller seeking to organise a trip.
    In some ways we are related to them but we concentrate on Tibet and Shangrila area... While we definitely are not independent travellers but we travel with you throughout the trip.... so in some sense we can be classify as one!!!!
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    Ah, after graduate, so got all the time liao, then no problem, spend more time there!
    From Kashgar, you can do overland to Tibet too - Ali and western Tibet, which is one of the places I wanna go in Tibet


    Quote Originally Posted by boroangel
    I have been doing some real intensive research on Xinjiang and KKH these couple of days.I might push the trip back to October since thats when I graduate and October should still be autuum and the leaves are still reddish yellow and I would have plenty of time to cover that area. I think it can be broken into a few parts.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuts
    Ah, after graduate, so got all the time liao, then no problem, spend more time there!
    From Kashgar, you can do overland to Tibet too - Ali and western Tibet, which is one of the places I wanna go in Tibet
    Western Tibet, are you talking about Kailash? That area can be unpassable depending on time of the year.

    I was thinking Kashgar and down the KKH to Islamabad is a good route to try too. Really depends on how much cash I have really.

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    These are all my dream destinations.

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    Default Re: Tibet trip

    Just to elaborate further... We go with you on the trip unlike local agencies which outsource to the local agents there. We know the local contacts... And we can be flexible in terms of itineray.

    We take away your anxiety such that you can concentrate on enjoying the trip. Besides, you guys are bringing so much expensive equipments, the last thing you want is to lose them. Also, if you are not familiar with the locals they may charge you a high price when you request for their service. This may eventually blow your budget.

    Everyone has different questions and it is very difficult for me to answer each and everyone. Your question could be someone question as well so it will be easier if we can have a small gathering.

    I know a lot people are concern with price but let me just reassure everyone that as long as there are enough people, we will lower down the price as mush possible.

    This gathering is for the like minded adventurous people like you. There is no obiligation whatsoever. Treat it as get to know more people gathering and broaden up your social circle.

    If you want to read further, you can refer to the following website on the various adventure tours which we organise all year round.

    http://www.shangrila-adventure.com

    Let me start the ball rolling:

    1. ckbe
    2. Desmond
    3.

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    Ckbe

    I tink everyone is concern on wat e rough budget wud be. Cuz tat way we can estimate if we have e funds in e 1st place. So maybe u can give us a figure, a rough one so tat we noe where we stand.

    FYI, the trips looks wonderful. Lotsa opp to take photos n stuff. Just wondering if we get a chance to drive ourself. Cuz tat wud b more fun rather than let someone drive e 4x4.

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    Yup, you're right. By the time you finish Xinjiang would be late Nov, not a good time to do that route

    Quote Originally Posted by boroangel
    Western Tibet, are you talking about Kailash? That area can be unpassable depending on time of the year.

    I was thinking Kashgar and down the KKH to Islamabad is a good route to try too. Really depends on how much cash I have really.

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    Hi,

    Price from Singapore agents are about 2500 for a 17days trip.

    I went in may and came back in Jun. Total i spent abt 2200 with a side trip to jiu zhai gou (in total approximately 20 days.

    Entire trip is DIY and it's cheaper that way.

    You can check www.boac-online.com for more info.

    If you guys are gog into Tibet by Chengdu, i recommend you guys stay at Sim's Cozy Guesthouse (website at http://www.gogosc.com/). It's run by a Singaporean. That is if you guys like budget hotels.

    If you are afraid of being 'cut throat', look ard....for the best price. As for agencies in Tibet, i can recommend mine. Most of them are under FIT...a govt organisation. Price is rather fixed...so jus dependent on service.

    On another note...pls note that there are strict travel restrictions on foreign travellers in Tibet. There are many places you cannot go to even with a permit. I suggest you read up on such places before gog, else you might be disappointed.

    Trip to Mt Kailash and Ali is tough....long road with little accomodation. It is good to go during the prilgrimage months (ard vesak day). But be prepared for more than 10 days on the road. Whether it is accessible to Singaporeans is an unknown.

    Oh...Lhasa is more eventful if you go during vesak day (but they dun call it that).

    That's all from me..ciaos....btw..Tibet is a beautiful highland desert...so beware....
    Last edited by plainsunset; 6th March 2006 at 10:23 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuts
    Yup, you're right. By the time you finish Xinjiang would be late Nov, not a good time to do that route
    Nuts, can you advise on the landscape in Xinjiang in May cos I may have found a partner to go. May should be spring right? So are the trees still barren? Would it be nice for photography?

    Or is there any suitable area to backpack for < 2 weeks around that region? Yading?Siguniang etc?
    Last edited by boroangel; 6th March 2006 at 11:29 PM.

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    No idea of Xinjiang in May, should be good. I believe the photography is good in all seasons
    May in Siguniang, Yading? Check out my gallery, I went in May

    Quote Originally Posted by boroangel
    Nuts, can you advise on the landscape in Xinjiang in May cos I may have found a partner to go. May should be spring right? So are the trees still barren? Would it be nice for photography?

    Or is there any suitable area to backpack for < 2 weeks around that region? Yading?Siguniang etc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuts
    No idea of Xinjiang in May, should be good. I believe the photography is good in all seasons
    May in Siguniang, Yading? Check out my gallery, I went in May
    So your whole Sichuan trip was in May? I seems like it was still snowing around the Siguniang area?

    May can be a bit tricky in the sense that the first week is the Golden Week. Wonder if the places you covered will be flooded with Chinese tourists.

    Might have to trouble you to dig out that drivers contact number.
    Last edited by boroangel; 7th March 2006 at 12:39 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdyH
    Ckbe

    I tink everyone is concern on wat e rough budget wud be. Cuz tat way we can estimate if we have e funds in e 1st place. So maybe u can give us a figure, a rough one so tat we noe where we stand.

    FYI, the trips looks wonderful. Lotsa opp to take photos n stuff. Just wondering if we get a chance to drive ourself. Cuz tat wud b more fun rather than let someone drive e 4x4.
    PM you liao!
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