The Heights of Heavenly Mountain:… (trip)

The Heights of Heavenly Mountain: Trekking Mt. Bogda

  • Airport Expressway, Urumqi, Xinjiang, China
  • Culture & Nature
China, Asia

Contact provider for price9 DaysYear-round
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: WildChina 12 people max
Northwest China’s Xinjiang province boasts an astonishingly diverse landscape, from deserts to lush alpine backcountry. In the northeast part of this region—at the heart of the Bogda Range of Tianshan (the Heavenly Mountains)—the crest of Bogda Peak reflects off the sapphire waters of Tianchi, an alpine lake surrounded by primeval forests. Not far from these majestic heights lies Turpan, an ancient desert basin city 150 meters (500 feet) below sea level, one of the lowest points on Earth and one of China's hottest and driest.

We head to the shores of Tianchi and begin our journey through the Bogda Range, ascending through a landscape of lush meadows and crystalline lakes, which transforms into white-capped mountains and icy glaciers. After camping at Bogda Peak Base Camp, and an exhilarating and rewarding hike up to an elevation of 4,100 meters (13,450 feet), we spend time in the Tianshan Valley before descending into the depths of the Turpan Depression to explore the oasis city of Turpan and its ancient neighbor, Jiaohe.

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  • This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.


Day 1 – Arrive in Urumqi - Tianchi:
Arrive in Urumqi; drive to Tianchi; explore lakeside; camp.

Camping (L, D)

Day 2 – Tianchi – Dapingtai (3,200 meters / 10,500 feet):
Start hiking from Tianchi; camp in Dapingtai.

Camping (B, L, D)

Day 3 – Dapingtai:
Acclimatize; explore Dapingtai; camp in Dapingtai.

Camping (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Dapingtai – Bogda Peak Base Camp (3,800 meters / 12,470 feet):
Hike to Bogda Peak Base Camp; camp at Base Camp.

Camping (B, L, D)

Day 5 – Bogda Peak Base Camp (4,100 meters / 13,450 feet):
Continue hike up; camp.

Camping (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Mt. Bogda Glaciers:
Explore Mt. Bogda glaciers; camp.

Camping (B, L, D)

Day 7 – Tianshan Valley – Sankecha:
Hike through Tianshan Valley; overnight in Sankecha.

Camping (B, L, D)

Day 8 – Sankecha – Turpan:
Drive to Turpan; visit Jiaohe ancient town; Tuyog Village; visit local family; overnight in Turpan.

4-star Local Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 9: Turpan – Urumqi:
Return flight to Urumqi; journey ends.

N/A (B)

B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner

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