In a nutshell: Expedition to eastern part of Taklamakan desert, crossing the dry bed of Lake Lop Nur. 12 days completely self-supported, including water, in search of pre-Chinese settlements in the desert. Wandering the labyrinths of Dragon City, a city of yardangs.
Interactive map of the expedition
The red line on the map shows the trek of our expedition in 2010. The map features our camps and those rare objects of interest you can find in the endless Lopnur desert. The austerity and plainness of the desert are well illustrated by the story of Selvachev’s birthday in camp on March 14th – the festivity was marked by an extra bottle of water at dinner. Everyone agreed that was a feast of luxury.
The photos placed on the map can give you an idea of what is there, where there’s nothing. You definitely need to see the pictires of the Dragon City, a vast labyrinth of yardangs, which was one of the main objectives on our way.
Pictures on the map by Pavel Luzan and Alexander Manisha.