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47telephone: 0845 330 8579 (local call rate, UK only)international telephone: +44 1453 844 400www.mountainkingdoms.comT his is the perfect trip for those wishing to follow in the footsteps of the great explorer Eric Shipton, in this remote and fascinating part of China. Flying in to Kashgar we have time to experience the exotic mix of noise, colour and people, before driving on to reach the trail head. Our trek passes through soaring snow covered summits, towering limestone cliffs and into wide river valleys, where local nomads may well invite us into their yurts to sample freshly made goat's milk, yoghurt and bread. After trekking for six days and crossing the Aghil Pass (4,800m/15,748ft) we reach the Chinese base camp of K2, the world's second highest mountain, and have three days to explore and walk to view the K2 glacier. Camels carry all the equipment and occasionally us, if river levels are high. L eaving Almaty in Kazakhstan, our eight-day acclimatisation trek takes us into neighbouring Kyrgyzstan through a range of snow capped mountains, rich in botanical and cultural interest, to the vast Issyk-Kul Lake. We spend time here relaxing and swimming before continuing eastwards to a camp near Karkara River.A wildly exciting helicopter flight takes us to Base Camp at the South Inylchek Glacier, from where we trek beneath Peak Pobeda (7,439m/24,406ft). Further up the glacier we can view the striking pyramid of Khan Tengri 7,010m/22,998ft rated as one of the most beautiful peaks in the world.Extend your holiday - why not consider visiting the fabled city of Samarkand one of the most magnificent cities on the ancient Silk Road? Detailed information and prices available from our office: 0845 330 8579.T he story of the Silk Road is filled with fearless warriors, pioneering explorers and, of course, the enterprising traders who travelled in long caravans across deserts, mountains and steppe. This exciting tour focuses on three of the Silk Road's greatest cities, where trade in spices, gems and porcelain, gave rise to power and wealth. From Tashkent, we fly west and travel to Khiva, whose city walls hold a treasure trove of ancient buildings. Heading south across the Kyzyl Kum desert we spend three nights in Bukhara, where we'll walk in the covered bazaars and see the colossal Kalyan Minaret. Next we reach the fabled city of Samarkand, once a simple oasis but now filled with magnificent blue domed mosques, ornately decorated madrasas and fascinating collections of ancient treasures. Finally we travel to Tashkent by train, and return to the modern world.Kashgar to K2 Base Camp Trek An exciting trek through wild, dramatic and unspoilt scenery to the foot of the 'savage mountain'. The Celestial Mountains Trek Spectacular mountain and glacier trekking in the little-visited 'heavenly' Tien Shan mountains.Silk Road to Samarkand A kaleidoscope of cultures, landscapes and architecture in one superb tour.£1,325£1,795£1,995£2,545£2,450£3,350Land OnlyFlight IncludedLand OnlyFlight IncludedLand OnlyFlight IncludedTue 19 Jul - Sat 06 Aug 11?Sat 17 Sep - Sat 08 Oct 11Tue 02 Aug- Sat 20 Aug 11?Fri 27 May - Fri 10 Jun 11Fri 02 Sep - Fri 16 Sep 11On Trek: 13 days Appointed LeaderDavid BathgateAccommodation (nts): Hotels: 6 Camping: 14Optional: Single Room £170 Single Tent £tbcInsurance: £99On Trek: 11 days Appointed LeaderDavid Spear?Chris Brightman?Accommodation (nts): Hotels: 3 Camping: 14Optional: Single Room £225 Single Tent £165Insurance: £99Local leaderAccommodation (nts): Hotels: 12Optional: Single Room £140Insurance: £77Cultural Tour | Duration: 15 DaysTrek | Duration: 19 DaysTrek | Duration: 22 DaysGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 6 clientsGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 6 clientsGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clientsGrade: Moderate/VigorousGrade: Vigorous Looking down South Inylchek Glacier, The Celestial Mountains Trek, David SpearFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comOther Cultural tours - see pages 12, 13, 20, 26, 41, 42, 43, 50, 51, 53, 58Central Asia

48Download holiday itineraries fromwww.mountainkingdoms.come: info@mountainkingdoms.comW e take you to the most beautiful section of Tiger Leaping Gorge, but this is just one part of a varied walking holiday. We explore ancient Lijiang as well as the city of Dali where locals still practice the traditional art of fishing with comorants. We also visit the village where Joseph Rock, the renowned plant hunter, lived, see Ming and Qing architecture and walk on the slopes of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Our trek takes us as high as 4,000m/13,120ft through high alpine meadows and virgin forest as well as past lakes and waterfalls. This region, rich in cultural heritage, is home to many minority tribes including the Naxi, Hui and Bai, revealing the varied traditions and beliefs of hidden China. Finally, there is time to shop and sightsee in Kunming and Bangkok. O ur journey begins at the Old Dragon's Head, where the wall touches the sea. From here we travel east, staying in good quality hotels that offer a high level of comfort. We walk along sections of the Great Wall that few visitors see, chosen for their scenic splendour and historic interest. In some places the ancient wall has crumbled into little more than earthen banks whilst in others it zigzags into the distance across high peaked mountain ridges blanketed with spring blossom or autumnal hues. We break our walk with a visit to the Qing Tombs, the fascinating burial site of the emperors of the Qing Dynasty. In addition we explore the many highlights of Imperial and modern Beijing.Extend your holiday - why not visit Xi'an, the cultural heart of ancient China, on our three-day Terracotta Warriors extension. Contact the office for further information and prices 0845 330 8579.T he trip starts with sightseeing in Beijing and a visit to the Great Wall before we fly to Guizhou province. This is a land of jagged mountains and terraced rice fields, home to many ethnic minority cultures and largely untouched by the tourism and development of its neighbouring provinces. We drive and trek between remote minority villages where we will see the local people going about their daily lives, often dressed in their colourful traditional costumes. For two nights on trek we stay in village houses that have simple but clean facilities. The October departure takes in the reed-pipe Lusheng Festival, and the April departure includes the Sisters' Meal Festival. The trek finishes in Guilin, long famed for its spectacular scenery which we explore by bike, boat and on foot.Tiger Leaping Gorge & Hidden China Trek A lovely trek along mountain paths and through villages, in and around China's most spectacular gorge.Great Wall of China Trek An action packed trip walking little visited sections of the Great Wall and exploring Beijing's highlights.Guilin & the Tribes of Southwest China Trek through beautiful and unspoilt countryside and visit welcoming ethnic minority villages.£2,165£1,375£1,375£2,095£2,095£3,065£2,195£1,995£2,895£2,695Land OnlyLand OnlyLand OnlyLand OnlyLand OnlyFlight IncludedFlight IncludedFlight IncludedFlight IncludedFlight IncludedThu 05 May - Sat 21 May 11Thu 29 Sep - Sat 15 Oct 11Sun 17 Apr - Tue 26 Apr 11Sun 16 Oct - Tue 25 Oct 11Sat 09 Apr - Sat 23 Apr 11Sun 16 Oct - Sun 30 Oct 11On Trek: 6 Local LeaderAccommodation (nts): Hotels: 7 Camping: 3 Lodges/Guesthouses: 4Optional: Single Room £250 Single Tent £60Insurance: £95Day Walks: 6 Local LeaderAccommodation (nts): Hotels: 8 Optional: Single Room £235Insurance: £89Day Walks: 4 Local LeaderAccommodation (nts): Hotels: 13 Optional: Single Room £380Insurance: £95Trek | Duration: 17 DaysTrek | Duration: 10 DaysTrek | Duration: 15 DaysGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 5 clientsGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 3 clientsGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 3 clientsGrade: Gentle/Moderate Grade: Moderate Grade: Gentle For detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comFestivalChinaJinshanling Great Wall