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Badain Jaran Desert Summer Tour (5 days)
  • Travel season: July - August
  • Length: 5 days
  • Hike Level: 3 medium-strong
  • Hiking Distance: 65 km
  • Meeting point:: airport
  • Price: 9500¥ :

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Badain Jaran (BadaJilin) Desert Summer tour (5 days)

Spend 5 days hiking and camel riding in one of the world’s remotest places. While the jeeps  carry our food and luggage, we  hike the dune ridges from oasis to oasis. Seeing nonstop breathtaking views in one of the most deserted places on our planet, will be a life time experience. This trip fit for everybody with an adventurous spirit, as we hike about 15km a day and if you’re tired you can just jump in a jeep and and enjoy a roller coster ride to the next destination..

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“Badain Jaran desert is probably the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen. With dunes like mountain ranges and over 150 lakes, this place should be listed in the top 3 of natural wonders of the world.” (Frederik Halewyck, hiking guide, world traveler and assistant for lonely planet Gobi Desert exploration 2010.)



Day 1: You will take a 9:10 am flight from Beijing to Jinchang, and arrive in Jinchang at 11:25 am. From Jinchang airport, a private bus brings us to a restaurant at the border of the Badain Jaran desert. After  lunch t

he jeeps pick us up and our desert adventure begins.  Once we reach the mega dunes, we leave the jeeps and go hiking towards our first destination, our favourite cameleer Hassemong. The hike will take us about 3 hours and the jeeps will bring our luggage to Hassemong. We have dinner and stay overnight with our hospitable friends. Their house is simple but has everything we need.   As with all local accommodation you will be able to refresh from the spring water but no shower.


Day 2: Summers are hot in the dessert so we will follow the locals suggestion for the most convenient travel to start our 15km journey to Lake Nuretu, the most beautiful lake in the Badain Jaran desert. The lake is surrounded by date trees and grass. Next to the lake, a few small houses are setup to receive visitors. After dinner, we can go to hike around and watch an amazing star filled sky.


Day 3: A 15-km hike  from Lake Nuretu to Badain Jaran desert temple. After a brunch, we  head for Badain Jaran desert temple. This Buddhist Temple was built in 1868 on the lake shore behind a huge dune. Due to its location, it was spared from destruction by the wars during the waging time. The legend said that there is a well close to the temple where water starts pouring out when the monks chant around it.


Day 4: A 10-km hike  from Badain Jaran desert temple to Indertu. The hiking distance is a bit shorter but there is a good reason for that as we are going to climb the world’s highest dune. It will be a breathtaking experience in both senses of the word.  The dune towers 500 meters above its surroundings offering unearthly views form its summit. Hiking/jumping/sliding your way down from this mountain of sand is fun, and before you realize it you will be sitting at the shores of Xiao Haize and sipping tea again.


Day 5: We head from Lake Indertu to Beijing. A a 3-hour thrilling jeep ride over the dunes and out of the desert brings us back to civilisation. From the border of the desert will hop on our bus again to the airport . At 15:40, we will board the plane in Jinchang and we by the evening we will be back in Beijing.


Note: The itinerary is subject to change depending on weather conditions , available accommodation with the locals, or join a local event. Our team will do our best to give you the best possible Badain Jaran desert experience.

badain jaran sumer camping by an oases

badain jaran summer tour camping by an oases


Badain Jaran temple next to a mega dune

Badain Jaran temple next to a mega dune


.Level 3:捕获1 Medium-strong

We rate this desert trek level  3 but it can be as easy as rough as you want to make it since you can hop in the jeep when you are getting too tired. If you walk the whole hike without catching a ride this would mean a pretty strong accomplishmend.


Badain Jaran Desert Info

Badan Jilin (Badain Jaran) desert is China’s most beautiful desert. It is located in the northern part of Inner Mongolia’s Lashanyouqi, it covers an area of almost 47,000 square kilometers, making it the fourth largest in the world. The Badanjilin Desert is bounded to the north by the Gobi Desert; to the east by Mount Lang, to the outheast by Mount Yabraishan. In the northwestern part, there are about 10,000 square kilometers untouched by man. Even though it’s dry beyond imagination, without a drop of water, Badanjilin has 113 explored lakes providing homes for all kinds of aquatic birds. ...

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