Badain Jaran Desert Caravan (Summer)
Spend 5 days hiking in Badain Jaran desert, the most illusive corner of the Gobi desert. 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..
- Key Info
- Discounts & Inclusions
Meeting and drop-off point: Beijing South Airport or Jinchang Airport
DiscountsKids younger than 18 receive 10% discount
Price includes :English speaking guidesAll meals, water, accommodation,jeeps and bus transport
Price excludes :Flight to and away from Jinshang.Insurance
Kids younger than 18 receive 10% discount
Price includes :
English speaking guides
All meals, water, accommodation,
jeeps and bus transport
Price excludes :
Flight to and away from Jinshang.
Located On the the western plateau of Inner Mongolia, Badain Jaran Desert is one of china’s top hiking destination.
Still fairly unknown to foreigners this desert, with over a 140 lakes and the highest dunes in the world this place should definitaly be on your list of things to do in China.
Last May we went to Badan Jiling desert (Badain Jaran in Mongolian) for a 5day hike and it was stunning! The weather in May is just perfect. During the day pretty warm, at night just perfect to sleep outside under the stars. Every day we hiked about 20km between and over mountains of sand that rose up till 1600 meters above sea level. Hiking up these sand dunes can be quit hard but our friendly caravan of camels was already to give us ride.
During this 100km hike we past by 9 lakes all together. In this desert every local has got his own lake and since we keep coming here they all became like our family, or actually I should say they started taking care of us like family. Although they live all 1 day walking from each other and have hardly any phone connection, news travels so fast in this place. Before we even got in the desert every local already new that we were coming and which lakes we were planing on visiting.
Altough we planned on sleeping in tents the entire trip the ways we spend the night where different every day. First night our host and cameleer Hasemong invited us to stay at his place. As we where all quit tired form the long travel to Inner Mongolia and the early start the first day (3am) we happily accepted this invitation. The second night weather was so nice that we all spend the night under watching the stars leaving our tents still untouched.
Next day we hiked past the deserts biggest dune (bilutu). Just as we were climbing towards the 1500 meter ridge to get to the other side a sand storm hit. It really came out of nowhere. Heidi & me where the first ones to challenge the climb but just a few meters before the top we had to sit down and cover our heads from the sand attack. Once the storm loosened up her grip on us a bit we quickly made a go for the other side of the dune. Than the others followed as fast as possible and with their eyes more closed than open to keep the sand from blinding them. It didn’t take long before we all reached the other side and our minds where filled with great adventure spirit. Covered under heavy camel blankets we continued hiking trough the storm, down to next valley. Once in the valley everything became silent again. Its unbelievable how fast forces of nature can come and disappear.
We hiked past 3 more lakes and already a while past sunset before we finally reached this day’s destination (xiao heize = small lake). With only a bit of wind left decided to put our tents, just to be safe. With a beautiful sunset we woke up next early next morning. Today was going to be divided in 2 parts. First hike was just a little under 2 hours towards Badanjilin Temple. From the top of a large sand dune we could see the temple peacefully located between 2 lakes. With only 1 or 2 monks praying and chanting in this place has something magic.
After lunch we saddled the camels again and hiked a few hours towards one of the most beautiful lakes in this desert. Not much I can say about this lake…. Just have a look at the pictures…. they say more than a thousand words can describe…This was our last night in the desert but such a memorable one. What can be more idylic than drinking a bottle of wine next to a christal clear bleu lake while watching the sun set behind one of the highest dunes in the world…
I wish everybody could have this experience and once you found the way to this block your opportunity just came up.Check out our website and find out more about our trip to this magic place.
Are you planning far ahead but your favorite trip is not on our schedule at the time you’re coming to China? Are you an indepentdant traveler that wants to keep the costs as low as possible? Just let us know your favorite trip and starting date at least 6 weeks in advance and we will add your trip to our hiking agenda. As soon as we have 6 people joining the trip we are good to go!
Airport meet up
Drive and hike into the desert.
Overnight with locals in the desert
10 km hiking per day
Overnight with locals in the desert
Drive and hike out of the desert
Overnight in Jinchang town
65 km hiking
Tibetan desert temple
bright bleu oases
Climb the worlds highest dune
Exhilarating jeep rides
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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.”
We take the early morning flight from Beijing to Jinchang where our private bus will pick us up and brings us to the border of the Badain Jaran desert. Once we reach the mega dunes we leave the jeeps and go for a 3 hour hike to our favourite cameleer Hassemong. The jeeps will transfer our luggage. 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.
Summers are hot in the dessert so we will follow the locals suggestion for the most convenient time 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 go for a walk around the lake and watch an amazing star filled sky.
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.
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.
We head from Lake Indertu to Jinchang. A 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 and head to jinchang for well needed shower.
Transfer to Beijing or any other location you feel like
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.
Level 3 strong
We rate this Summer caravan level 2-4 since you can make it as hard as you please. If you hike all the way than it’s for sure a strong level 4 hike. If you want to take it easy or are not great shape you can hitch a ride with our follow jeep all the way to the next oasis.
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