ORT Tour Information Center

The ORT information center is designed to help you plan and prepare for a trip to Xinjiang, China.  We've included information about booking with our company, visas and paperwork, weather and climate, what to pack for your trip, cultural do's and don'ts and much more.

City Weather & Climate Averages (Resource Links)


Best time for tours

  • Mountain Trekking: in general, May-November is best Karakul Lake
  • Trekking: Mid-October presents one of the best opportunities for small group trekking around Karakul Lake. The weather at this time is great and the skies are typically clear which provides greater opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty around you.
  • Yurt Stays:
    • Karakul Lake: May to October 25th. March to November-Yurts are also possibly available.
    • Heavenly Lake: April to November 15th
    • Other Tours: Can be done year round, including desert treks, though may be cold in the winter!

Weather & Climate