• This journey will explore one of the smallest province of China - Ningxia. With Inner Mongolia in the north and Gansu in the South, Ningxia is the large Muslim community along Yellow River. We will visit the famous pyramid-like Western XiXia tombs at the foot of the Helan Mountainsand, then cross the border from Ningxia into Inner Mongolia desert dunes. You will stay overnight in wooden villas in the heart of desert, climb aboard a military truck and drive up and over the shifting sand dunes - an experience of a lifetime!. And ride camel climbing up and over the steep sand dunes to appreciate dramatic desert landscape.

  • About Ningxia


    Situated in the eastern part of the inland northwest, Ningxia is at the Great Bend of the Yellow  River (Huanghe). The northern Ningxia is surrounded by Inner Mongolia while the southern part is bounded by Gansu Province and on the east by Shanxi Province. It was once an important stop along the north Silk Road, connecting the central Asia, north desert and inland plains.

    Yellow River & Tengger Desert

    Yellow River winds through Ningxia for about 400 kilometers and becomes the main source of irrigation here. It makes an abrupt turn at Zhongwei county upon entering Ningxia from the west, forming the Shapotou scenic zone. Tengger Desert in inner Mongolia from the north is stopped at Shapoutou by the Yellow river, resulting in a huge sand dune. From here driving deep into the heart of the desert, you can camp, ride camel or surf the sand dune by jeep. 

    You can appreciate dramatic desert landscape by climbing aboard a military truck or jeep and drive up and over the shifting sand dunes - an experience of a lifetime! Camel ride climbing up and over the steep sand dunes to view the Sun Lake is another great experience.

    The Famous Western Xixia Tombs

    The Western Xia tombs are spectacular pyramid-shaped structures set on a gentle slope along the east base of the Helan Mountains about 30km from Yinchuan. The remnants of nine Western Xia emperors' tombs and two hundred other tombs lie within a 50-km area. Other famous sites in Ningxia include Mount Helan Shan and its frescos and the twin pagodas of Baisikou.

    The below are popular tourist sites for local tourists, which have been skipped by CCC

    Water Cave Gully & The Ming Great Wall

    Donkey cart ride along the plants in the desert to the gully and the boat ride on the water to view the rammed earth Great Wall are special experience.

    Yellow River Muslims and Goatskin Rafting


    The Han Chinese muslims live near Zhongwei for centuries. Muslim architecture, villages and schools and traditonal life are well kept. You will try goat-skin rafting on the river, which used to be the major vehicle to take people across the Yellow river 40, 50 years ago in this area. Now the raft is floating upon 14 pieces of goat skin pumped with air.

    Shapotou Sand Dunes and Amusement Area

    Shapotou near Zhongwei now has already become an amusement park in the desert and touristy, where tourists ride ostriches or camels, and slide on the sand.

  • Suggested itinerary 

    Day 1: Fly into Yinchuan, capital of Ningxia

    • Take the late afternoon or evening flight to Yinchuan, check in the hotel and stay overnight. 
      Other locales: we welcome those to join us from other locales and meet us in Yinchuan.

    Day 2: Yinchuan / Tengger Desert hiking, jeep surfing and camping

    • Check out and then drive to the edge of the desert.
    • We start the day with a 6 km hike towards the first oasis while our luggage and food being carried by the jeep.
    • And then get on the jeep for exciting sand-dune surfing for another 6 km, then we arrive at the next oasis-the Swan Lake, where we will have picnic lunch. The jeep drives up and over the shifting sand dunes and dramatic desert landscape - an experience of a lifetime!  
    • Free time to explore after lunch.
    • And then continue with an 18 km jeep ride until we get to the third oasis.
    • Stretch your leg and enjoy the walk under sunset for the last 6 km hike of the day.
    • Finally, we will arrive at the camp site, the forth oasis of the day.
    • Set up tents and then enjoy barbeque dinner, chat, drink, dance and count the stars with the bonfire.

    Day 3: Hiking, jeep surfing & camel riding

    •  Wake up for the sunrise.(optional)
    •  Again, we start the day with a 5 km jeep ride, then hike another 4 km to the Moon lake- Moon lake, another salty spring-fed lake in the middle of the desert, and check into the two-story villa style hotel in the resort at one corner of the lake. 
    • Fresh up, lunch at the resort.
    • Go for camel ride in the late afternoon.
    • Activities by the lake include swimming in the clear lake, sliding sand and carting.(optional & seasonal)
    • Stay overnight in the resort.

    Day 4: Inner Mongolia Tengger Desert / Xixia Tomb/ Yinchuan / Fly out

    • Enjoy the peaceful morning in the middle of the desert, and then leave the desert via our last jeep ride.(30-40 minuts)
    • Return to Yinchuan, on the way, take photo of the Han dynasty Great Wall.
    • Visit one of the main heritage sites in the region, the famous Xixia Tombs site (nicknamed Oriental Pyramid) located 30 km west of Yinchuan. The remnants of nine Western Xia emperors' tombs and two hundred other tombs lie within a 50-km² area.
    • Have lunch and then transfer to the Yinchuan airport to fly out.
    • Please note that you will board in the military truck or jeep driving up and over the shifting sand dunes for 30-40 minutes.  It is challenging and exhilarating; you need strong arms to hold on, and it is not for the faint-hearted.  Also, it is not recommended for people with any medical or physical impediment.  The hotel/ camp site is isolated and we do not return to civilization and medical facilities until the next day.  However, if you are fit and adventurous, gather your courage and prepare for an experience of a lifetime.

  • CCC Travel does not offer regular set packages for this tour. However we are happy to help you plan a private custom-made one. Please scroll this web page down to check non-negotiable fixed prices and propose a date for your own group. Please note that we do not create a private tour and then make it available for individual people to join. We also do not contact other people to add to a group tour. Similarly, we can create custom-made private journeys for you and your family or friends or co-workers at set-prices.