Take the great highway of the Silk Route which is famous for the exotic wares that travelled along it. These have been given wealth to local cultures and the importance of Silk Route towns as trade centres is still in evidence at the famed Sunday market at Kashgar. Join us for this soft adventure to experience the different artistic and cultural legacies, new religious and philosophical ideas, including Buddhism, as we follow along the little-explored southern silk route together with the Kanas Lake in the north.

1374m high above sea level, Kanasi Lake (Hanasa Lake), which means “beautiful, rich and mysterious” in Mongolian, can be found in the deep forests and mountains of Altai, covering an area of 44.78 square kilometers which is 10 times bigger than Tianchi on Bogda Mountain. This is a typical ice erosion & moraine lake shaped like a new moon, or rather, a long hyacinth bean. The reflections of the surrounding snowcapped, tree covered mountains can be seen inverted on the lake water. During autumn especially, there is a picturesque landscape of forests in a riot of colors with gold, red, blue and green all reflected in the clear lake water here.

HIGHLIGHTS: TURPAN, BAZAAR, DESERT, KASHGAR, SUNDAY MARKET, KARAKUL LAKE

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