Students gather on an ancient stone fortress

Altus Expeditions is proud to serve international schools all across China and Asia to provide unique cultural, educational and service experiences for students in the Xinjiang region. We're not the only company to offer trips to Xinjiang, but we are the only company with the experience and connections to provide a truly immersive and unique memory for your school.

Our staff has been living and traveling around Xinjiang for decades, which is probably why the Lonely Planet noted in its 2017 edition that "[Altus Expeditions] knows Xinjiang better than almost anyone else".

Our Core Values

Safety First

Our approach to serving international school classes can be boiled down to four core components:
  1. Culture: We believe that interaction with local people - not just historical relics or ancient stories - is what makes a journey memorable.
  2. Adventure: We believe that adventure is an attitude that anybody can adopt! Our team is equipped to encourage and help students no matter what their fitness level.
  3. Education: We believe that education is supposed to be both fun and exciting. It's not merely a session on an itinerary, it is woven into every aspect of our trips.
  4. Service: We believe that serving the local community not only fosters compassion and personal responsibility, it also inspires a sense of team among the students.

We take the safety of your students and faculty very seriously. That is why each member of the Altus Expeditions staff has been certified in Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) and we have developed a comprehensive risk assessment for our trips that is available upon request.

As parents ourselves, we understand any concern that parents have about activities their children are involved in. After years of running these trips we have been able to identify possible safety problems and work to mitigate them.

Altus Expeditions is Wilderness Advance First Aid Certified   As seen in Lonely Planet

Example School Trips

Services for international schools in China

Karakoram Highway

5-6 Days
  • Meet with Uyghur, Kyrgyz and Tajik peoples
  • Stand on ancient ruins & explore ancient cities
  • Enjoy beautiful mountains, glaciers & grasslands
Altus Expeditions adventure package for international schools

KKH Adventure Trip

7-9 Days
  • Ride a camel through the desert
  • Stay in a yurt at Karakul Lake
  • Take part in a Uyghur bazaar!
The beautiful Emin Minaret in Turpan

Silk Road Expedition

6-7 Days
  • Ride camels, ski mountains and more!
  • Fascinating Silk Road & Uyghur history
  • Options for hiking, biking & exploring!

Contact Us for More Info!

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We know that every school emphasizes different aspects of the student experience on school trips. Some schools emphasize the educational piece while others emphasize a service project. We are able to accommodate most any preference and can tailor our itineraries to fit your needs. Use the button here to connect with us to discuss more!

International Students on the Karakoram Highway

Watch as middle school students ride bikes, hike and explore the beautiful scenery and fascinating cultures along Xinjiang's Karakoram highway!