10 days Xinjiang Kanas Lake and Hemu Village trekking tour

⇀ Kanas Lake Trekking
⇀ Hemu
⇀ Baihaiba
⇀ Urumqi
Explore the natural beauty of Kanas Lake with your own eyes. This Xinjiang trekking tour starts with a visit to Hemu Village, to fully explore the ethnic cultures of this peaceful village. Endless scenery awaits as you hike to Kanas Lake.
10 days
Natural scenery, Photography, Trekking & Biking
Trip code
From ¥ 16,600 per person

This Xinjiang trekking tour will amaze you with its distinct ethnic culture as well as numerous fantastic natural landscapes. Your journey starts with a trek to the Hemu Village, one of the six most beautiful villages in China. Walk around and soak in the peaceful lifestyle and ethnic cultures of the locals. Added with an awe-inspiring hike to the picturesque Kanas Lake. Enjoy the unique beauty that can only be found in Northern Xinjiang.  

Day 01 :
Arrive Urumqi

Your trekking tour starts in Urumqi, the capital city of Xinjiang, the largest province in western China renowned for the Uyghur culture and ancient Silk Road. In the next 10 days you will hike deep into Northern Xinjiang to explore the mysterious Kanas Lake, unspoiled Hemu Village, the Baihaba Village and many more.

Upon arrival, your local trekking guide will greet you and assist you to the hotel. The rest of the day is left free for you to explore the city or adjust yourself for the jet lag. Notice the clock time in Urumqi of Xinjiang is the same as Beijing Time, but the sunset here is 2 hours later compared with the mainland China.


Day 02 :
Flight to Altay - Drive to Jiadengyu


Take a morning flight to Altay, a town near the spectacular Kanas Lake. As you get off the plane, your local trekking guide will help you review all the equipment. After a 1.5 hours’ drive, you will arrive at the entrance point of Kanas Lake - Jiadengyu. 


After having lunch at Jiadengyu, your local guide will go over the menu for your trekking with you. This evening you will stay in the Jiadengyu Kazakh Yurt. 


Day 03 :
Trek to Delta

Start trekking to the Hemu Village in this morning, and you will pass by meadows and woods. Your destination today is to the Delta Campsite, which is about 20 km. (12 mi.) from Jiadengyu. You will see a pine forest covering the surrounding mountains along both banks of the Buerjin river. The merging point of Kanas and Hemu river will be the Campsite. 

The hike today takes about 6 to 7 hours. As you arrive at the Delta Campsite, find a smooth meadow in the woods near the river and the horse path. Set up the camp here as it is a safe and suitable place for the evening. 

Day 04 :
Trek to Hemu Village

Continue trekking about 4 to 5 hours and you will reach the Hemu Village. First, hike northward for 5 km. (5 mi.) along the west bank of the Hemu River. Then pass a birch forest and cross the Hemu Bridge, you now really arrive in Hemu.

Being ranked by China National Geography as one of the six most beautiful villages in China, Hemu Village is a peaceful settlement of the Tuwa people. Upon your arrival, walk around here to explore the unique cultures of the locals. Do not forget to use your camera to capture the breathtaking scenery around the village. This evening, head to a local guest house to end the trip today.

Day 05 :
Hemu Village One Day Tour

Today serves as a break of your trekking tour since you will stay in the peaceful Hemu Village to pursue its unique beauty. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon while roaming in the village. Experience the local life of the nomadic Tuwa people and Kazakhs. After having a local dinner with the Tuwa people, return to your hotel for retire.

Day 06 :
Trek to Black Lake Campsite

Today is a challenging day as you will hike to the campsite in the Black Lake, which is 20 km. (12 mi.) away from the Hemu Village. After leaving the village, hike northwest to reach the valley, then spend about 5 hours to wriggle your way and finally ascend to the 2,350 m. (7,710 ft.) high Daban, which is the highest point of this trekking tour.

Descend from Daban, you will see the Black Lake is located in the valley at the foot of the mountain. Upon your arrival, your local guide will help you set up camp aside the lake. After, you will enjoy a picnic dinner. Please make sure to keep warm while sleeping as it is cooler at night than during the day. 

Day 07 :
Trek to Kanas Lake

The highlight is coming today as you will reach the spectacular Kanas Lake. After trekking westward from the Black Lake, see a majestic ridge standing at a height of 2,200 m. (7,218 ft.). Climb over this ridge and hike another 5 km. (3 mi.) to reach the Kanas Village, where you will stop for a rest.

After, leave the village and trek along the river valley. A magnificent view of the Kanas Lake will greet you after you pass through a dense pine forest. The rest of the day is for you to capture the enchanting scenery of Kanas. This evening, You'll have many choice for accommodation, like the camp, frame house or yurt.

Day 08 :
Kanas Lake Sightseeing - Drive to Baihaba

After having breakfast, climb on top of the hill to get a spectacular bird's eye view of the Kanas Lake. Immerse yourself into this picturesque scenery which is mixed with the pure blue water, mysterious forests, and majestic mountains. Do not forget to capture this beauty by using your camera. Next, you can choose to visit a local Tuwa family or  raft on the lake.

In the late afternoon, drive to Baihaba, which is the most northwestern village of China. Spend the remainder of the day to explore this border village and discover the unique cultures of the locals. Then spend the night in a family inn.

Day 09 :
Baihaiba Village Tour - Drive to Burqin

You need an early breakfast to catch the breathtaking sunrise in Baihaba Village. Then walk around this peaceful village to learn about the lifestyle of the locals. In the afternoon, say farewell to Baihaiba as you will drive back to Burqin. Your memorable trekking tour will end upon your arrival. After, walk around this small town and have a victory dinner. 

Day 10 :
Drive to Altay - Flight to Urumqi - Departure from Urumqi

Drive to Altay in this morning, then transfer to a flight to Urumqi. Upon arrival, your local guide will assist you to the airport for departure. If you wish to continue your journey, we are experts in tailor made trips and ready to assist you in extending your stay in China.

Tour notes:

All of our tours can be customized to suite your requirements, interests and budget. It is our specialty! Please feel free to contact us.
Optional personal camel or horse riding fees.
Please note prices are based in CNY.

General inclusions:

2 bottles of mineral water provided daily.
All required government taxes and fees.
Please contact one of our Tour Advisors to get a custom quotation made to your requirements.
Where possible 3 star hotels will always be provided, if the city or town does not have then the local guest house or monastery guest house will be provided (i.e. tent / dormitory bed, no private bathroom etc.)
Your selection of 3, 4 or 5 Stars hotel (shared twin room, private bathroom and daily breakfast)
The hotel accommodation is based on two persons sharing one standard twin room with private facilities in all relevant locations. If a single client requests a twin room alone, the single room supplement will be charged.
Camping gears for the trekking including tent, mattress and sleeping bags. (Optional)
All entrance tickets as noted in the tour's itinerary.
Guide fluent in English, Chinese or Japanese that is certified by the state tourism build and from the local community. (If your native language is not listed please let us know, we are certain we can assist your needs.)
Airport and/or train station pick-up and drop-off.
All domestic flight and train tickets. Economy-class for flights and soft sleeper / seat for train tickets.
All necessary animals for portage of luggage. with their caretakers (i.e. Camels, Horses or Yaks.
Transportation will we be provided via a comfortable and clean car, minivan or tourist bus depending upon the groups size.
All meals during the trekking. Food will vary a combination of packaged with cooked dinners by your guide.

General exclusions:

Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, internet access, fax, telephone calls etc.
Tips for your guide and driver.
Optional Attractions that are not specified in the itinerary.
Flight and/or railway ticket(s) to the first city of the tour and departure from the last city of the tour.
Meals not specified in the itinerary.

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