Our list of the best hikes in China is weak for a number of good reasons.
Researching hiking in remote Xinjiang Province, I came across the website of a top notch photographer.
Jian Shuo Wang from Shanghai posted details on a popular hike to Kanas, China’s deepest freshwater lake.
Lake Kanas lies near the Altai mountains, an imposing range where China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan meet.
map – Shangrila Adventure
Weather is the determining factor here. Best window for hiking is late September – mid-October. It’s high altitude.
Though horse trekking is far more popular than walking in this culture, I want to hike.
Just a small taste of his photos from that trip.
81 years old woman in Riwa
Xiannairi, the holy mountain.
photos Â© Copyright 2002 Jian Shuo Wang. All rights reserved.
See many more from this trip on his personal website.
Even better, I think, is a related collection by Bian Ka.
Dream Like Tibet photos – copyright Â© 2002 Bian Ka
And more terrific captures by Maphis Cheng.
More photos – copyright Â© 2002 Maphis Cheng.
It’s well worth the time clicking through some of these photo pages.
China and Tibet are HUGE. The hiking possibilities boggle the mind.