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Birding in Qinghai and Tibet

The Overview of this trip will tell you the following information.

 I.  Trip Briefing
 II.  Trip Enssentials (Price, Guide, Group Size, Difficulty Level, Dates and Length, etc.)
 III.  Trip Map
 IV.  Trip Itinerary
 V.  Inclusions and Exclusions


I.Trip Briefing

Our trip start in Xining,the capital of Qinghai Province, followed by about 10 days birding in some carefully-picked sites in Qinghai province. After that, we will take a train to Lhasa to look for some endemics such as Tibetan-eared Pheasants and Giant Barbarx. The high elevation has made this land of world beauty different from tropical areas in the regard of bird varieties, only small group of bird species can survive in the highland. So this trip will highlight the real endemics instead of varieties such as Hume’s Ground Jay, Tibetan Rosefinch, Tibetan Snowcock, Black-necked Crane, Tibetan Lark. Though the birding on the high-elevation area and remote areas in Tibetan area is quite tough, we will be rewarded by the good view of some rare endemics you can only see them here beside the stunning landscapes, beautiful wild flowers, authentic Tibetan culture and different grazing wild animal flocks. In the alpine lakes, we will see the summer breeders such as Black-necked Crane, Ibisbills, Rudy Shelduck and Pallas’ Gull, Brown-headed Gull and Great Cormorant.


II.  Trip Essentials
 

• Trip Duration: from June 24 to July 8rd.

• Tour Leader: Parus and AlpineBirding Assitant Bird Guide

• Difficulty: mostly moderate, be aware of difficulties from high elevation (known as the roof of the world).

• Number of bird species expected to see: 250~300

• Cost:3900USD.

• Single Supplement:650 USD

• Deposite: 500USD

• Maximum Trip Size: 2~8 birders


III.  Trip Map

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IV.  Trip Itinerary
 

Day 1 (June 24) Arrival at Xining Airport, city birding. Overnight: Xining Meals: D

Day 2 (June 25) Drive to Huzhu Beishan Mountain and birding there. Overnight: Huzhu Beishan Meals: BLD

Day 3 (June 26) Morning birding in Huzhu Beishan Mountain, then drive to Xining. Overnight:Xining Meals: BLD

Day 4 (June 27) Morning Birding in Xining, then drive to Erlangjian.Overnight: Erlangjian Meals: BLD

Day 5 (June 28) Birding in Rubber Mountain for Pink-tailed Bunting, then drive on to Chaka.Overnight: Chaka Meals: BLD

Day 6 (June 29) Birding in Chaka.Overnight: Chaka Meals: BLD

Day 7 (June 30) Drive to Gonghe and birding on the way.Overnight: Gonghe Meals: BLD

Day 8 (July 1st) Drive to Wenquan via Ela Mountain and birding there.Overnight: Wenquan Meals: BLD

Day 9 (July 2nd) Birding in Wenquan.Overnight: Wenquan Meals: BLD

Day 10 (July 3rd) Drive from Wenquan to Xining. Overnight: Xining Meals: BLD

Day 11 (July 4th) Depart from Xining, late afternoon train to Lhasa. Overnight:On the train Meals: BLD

Day 12 (July 5th) Get a wonderful view from train about Qinghai Tibetan Plateau, see some wild mammals on the way, and arrive Lhasa.Overnight: Lhasa Meals: BLD

Day 13-14 (July 6-7) Birding and sight-seeing in and around Lhasa: Potala Palace, Summer Palace, Drepung Monastery, Lhalu Wetland and Lhasa River. Overnight: Lhasa Meals: BLD

Day 15 (July 8) Depart from Lhasa and end the trip. Meals: BL
 

V.  Inclusions and Exclusions

The cost includes the following.
1. Transportation from day one pickup at airport and dropoff  at Xining airport. Train train tickets from Xining to Lhsa and airport drop off at Lhasa and private vehicle during trip in Lhasa.
2. Meals in local popular restaurants labeled as as BLD in the itinerary.
3. All the Entrance Tickets for places listed in the itinerary including cable cars and shuttle buses as well as permit to Tibet AR.
4.Hotel stays from first day to the last day, nice 3-star hotels in big cities and local best in local places .
5.Bottled water,seasonal fruits and snacks throughout the trip.
6. Western Breakfast whenever is possible.
7. Service Charges including an professional birding guide.
8. China domestic travel insurance.
9. Basic tips to the serving staff.

The cost does not include the following.

a. Any expense of personal nature such as laundry.
b. Extra charges due to change of itinerary from client side or from factors beyond the control of AlpineBirding such as natural disaster or government policy changes or temporary control..
c. The flight tickets to Xining and from Lhasa back home .
d. Expenses for visa application.


 


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