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.

 Best time for tours

  • General Cultural and Historical Tours: From the beginning of April until the end of October are the best times to come. Outside those times, the weather can be very cold and limit you to only certain areas. To avoid the busiest travel times, we recommend traveling from April to the beginning of June, September, and the second week of October until the end of the month. July, August, and the first week of October will be the busiest travel times for Chinese tourists so best to avoid these times. 
  • Mountain Trekking: in general, from May to the beginning of October is the best time, but this can vary from area to area. 
  • 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