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inquiry transmongolian or silkrout through iran?

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I am looking for advise on a train trip in the direction of Bejing that I am planning for our family of four (me and my husband (62 and 54) and our daughter (20 and 24).
Due to summer holidays and teaching of my husband and school of my daughters we can only travel in july/august. We had the intention of traveling with the Transsiberian or Transmongolian express, but when I looked at all the travel arrangements that are offered, I got the impression that the whole world is doing the same thing, with the same stops and visits to a yur. The alternative is the Silk Route, a less frequented route and more adventurous. I started to plan a trip but then gradually realized that in july and august the temperature in Kazachstan, Oezbekistan, Tadjikistan, and the Western part of China is extremely hot (up to 45 degrees!). I came along a couple of blogs of people who describe how they actually had to stay in their hotel between 12 and 16. An alternative would be to plan the trip along the higher parts of the countries, but I imagine that railways are always built in valleys. My impression is that the only country with travel possibilities in the mountains (but not by rail!) and a moderate temperature is Kirgistan. Another possibility is choosing trains with air conditioning, and there is a beautiful train and track from Ankara to Iran, which looks very attractive but I can't find routes from Teheran heading East in the direction of Turkeminstan and then on to Oezbekistan and I doubt whether there are trains with air conditioning along these routes. All in all, my basic questions are these:
is it feasible to plan a trip through these countries without having to constantly endure temperatures of around 40/45 degrees?
I have the impression that traveling through Iran, is more exiting than from Moskou to Kazachstan, but how do I get from there to the highlights Buchara, Samarkand in Oezbekistan, and then to Kirgistan, where we would like to stay some more time with a Community Based Tourism arrangement, and then travel on to Bejing.
If all this is indeed too demanding and we go back to the Transmongolian alternative, how is this trip during the summer? Is the train full with Western tourists or do you also meet Russian people? And why are the possibilities to get off so few (only Mongolia) , is this because it is complicated, or because there is not much to see?

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