China

Yunnan’s Deep North West

The tropical southern reaches of the Yunnan province forms the furthest, deepest regions of the Chinese empire. The history of the region is peppered with proud and distinct minority peoples, an ancient tradition of growing China’s fourth and lesser known variety of tea, “Pu’er”, a rich and fragrant tea that works wonderfully as a digestive and, of course, as a vital link in the Southeast Asian ‘Southern Silk Road’, trading jade, tea and silk between Burma, China, Laos and Thailand. Visitors to the region find themselves immediately slowing down to the pace of life which the local people have lived by for millennia.
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Karakoram Adventure – Kashgar to Kashmir

China, Pakistan & India - This totally unique itinerary takes us on a wonderful journey along the southern branch of the Old Silk Road. Starting in Kashgar where we will witness the famous Yakshmbe Bazaar - otherwise known as the Sunday Market - we will continue through the stunning mountains of northern Pakistan to the tranquil foothills of the Indian Himalayas. On a journey that traders, warriors, poets and pilgrims have been taking for millennia we will drive the famous Karakoram Highway - the eighth wonder of the world - through Hunza and the beautiful Fairy Meadows and on to Lahore. From here we will cross the border to the Sikh’s holy city of Amritsar, visit the Golden Temple and then head to the mythical land of Kashmir to relax in the mellow forest-clad mountains and on the region's tranquil lakes. All in all, this is an amazing adventure: a journey
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Lhasa to Kashgar via Mt Kailash

For centuries Tibet remained the inaccessible goal of numerous intrepid, determined and hardy explorers. While Lhasa is no longer a secret city, it remains mystical, and the ancient route west along the top of the Himalayas to the desert oasis of Kashgar is hardly ever travelled beyond the sacred Mountain of Kailash – the source of four great holy rivers, and an opportunity for us to join local pilgrims in a stunning 3-day circumambulation. It is remote and wild with some fascinating sights and truly spectacular scenery. The long forbidden and desolate Aksai Chin, a corner of the high plateau annexed by China from India, almost without them noticing, has remained a political barrier for years. It is now traversable, and this land of ancient kingdoms where herds of wild ass (Kiang) roam and eagles soar high above the immense landscape is waiting to be explored.
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Silk Road Odyssey

Kyrgyzstan, China, Tajikistan & Uzbekistan - This unique tour takes you on an epic cultural journey along the Old Silk Road through some of Central Asia’s most spectacular mountains, lively bazaars and ancient towns. The aim is to stick as closely as possible to the ancient trade routes even though modern borders and some rough roads do not always make this an easy thing to do! Traversing parts of Kyrgyzstan, China, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, the route offers adventure and culture in equal measure. Riding horses or walking in the mountains by Son Kul Lake or the ancient caravanserai of Tash Rabat will give you a chance to witness the Tien Shan Mountains at their most beautiful. While wandering through the gargantuan sites of Samarkand or sleepy Bukhara, you will be taken back to the heyday of the Silk Road. For those with a sense of adventure, an interest in history and culture -
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