Lhasa is also an excellent place searching for region-restricted species. Behind the majestic Potala Palace, we can search for Tibetan Black Bird, Ruddy Shelduck, Common Merganser, and Common Rosefinch. While Norbulingka Park is the best place to find Lord Derby's Parakeet. Driving out of the city to a special mountain slope, we can search for the iconic Tibetan Eared Pheasant. There are flocks of them lingering in the shrubs around a small nunnery. Here you can see the power of belief, the teaching of Tibetan Buddhism has created a small paradise where birds and people co-exist harmoniously for hundreds of years. Here we can also search for some other birds like Tibetan Partridge, Tibetan Babax, Brown-cheeked Laughingthrush, and Common Rosefinch.
Tour Info Sheet
Tibetan Eared Pheasant, Tibetan Snowcock, Tibetan Partridge, Tibetan Blackbird, Giant Babax, Lord Derby's Parakeet, White-browed Tit Warbler, Himalayan Beautiful Rosefinch, Streaked Rosefinch, Common Rosefinch, Brown-cheeked Laughingthrush, Plain Laughingthrush, Black-necked Crane, Bar-headed Goose, Common Merganser, Pallas's Gull, etc.
|Numbers of Species to Expect||50-100|
|Ease of Birding||mostly easy|
|Other Attractions||Tibetan culture, Potala Palace, Jokhang Monastery, Norbulingka Palace, Xiongse Nunnery (Temple)|
|Photography Opportunities||birding focused but with very good photography chances|
|Habitats Covered||alpine shrubs, wetlands, coniferous forests|
|Expected Climate||windy and cold in the morning, strong sunlight in the daytime|
|Physical Requirements||moderate walk at high altitude|
|Transportation||15 to 20-seat van|
Dates & Prices
|Dates||Booking Status||Price||Single Supplement||Group Size||Guides|
|Jul 3-6, 2022||Space Available||1,400USD/pax||150USD/pax||8||Dave Suddaby & Local Guide|
|Jul 18-21, 2022||Space Available||1,400USD/pax||150USD/pax||8||Steve Potter & Local Guide|
Currently, we have two departures of the "Lhasa Birding & Culture Exploration" that are guided by two of our best western tour leaders respectively.
Wildlife on the Roof of the World
Venturing into the vast Tibetan Plateau for incredible wildlife including Przewalski's Gazelle, Pallas's Cat, Tibetan Antelope, Wild Yak, etc., and exciting birds like Buff-throated Partridge, Tibetan Partridge, etc.
14 Days / Jul 5-18, 2022 / $4,600
Tour Leader: Steve Potter & Local Guide
14 Days Birding on Tibetan Plateau
Explore the "roof of the world" to see plateau's special birds, mammals, breathtaking scenery, and spectacular Tibetan culture. Find exciting birds like Tibetan Bunting, Przewalski's Finch, Tibetan Rosefinch, etc.
14 Days / Jun 20 - Jul 3, 2022 / $4,400
Tour Leader: Dave Suddaby & Local Guide
This August, we spent 12 days exploring the exciting Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in its best summertime. As expected, we were rewarded by some iconic species (with ...
Release Time: September 13, 2021
In late winter and early spring of 2021, we visited the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau three times, mainly in its northeastern territory in Qinghai Province, to look f...
Release Time: May 21, 2021
Awesome fun birding in TibetWe decided to visit Tibet for birding and contacted Alpine Birding for itinerary recommendation. The suggested routing is interesting and their staffs were highly efficient in arranging the land transfer and accommodation for us.
Philip, our guide is an exceptionally competent knowledgeable birder and photographer. He was quick to spot the birds and seemed to know all the best spots to see them. He was eager to help us to get a good spotting on different spectacular feather creatures through our binoculars. Even though many of the birds were well hidden and moving from tree to tree, he would quietly tracked their movements and swiftly showed us the direction.Through his passion, we were able to see the winter migratory birds in Tibetan region. We were successful at seeing flocks of impressive species, such as the Black-necked Crane, Himalayan Monal, Tibetan Eared Pheasant, Blood Pheasant, Lord Derby’s Parakeet, Snow Pigeon and some waterfowls. All these could never have even glimpsed on our own.Philip was a great birding companion, he has given us a great deal of information concerning the behaviours of those birds that we have encountered. We felt at ease with him as he patiently showed us the specific cues in bird photography. He even offered his professional telephoto lens to us to enhance our photos presentations which obviously was the icing on the cake.We place a very high value on the professional guide we had in Philip especially because of the high altitudes in our birding trail. The tour was well thought out and executed. He is reliable and will deal with all details in advance. Hot tea and snacks are always available which were soothing and recharging when the outdoor temperature was freezing. The pace was comfortable and we never felt rushed or inadequate during birding. Philip always concern about our responses to the environment and would refine the itinerary according to our physical conditions and preferences.We have experienced a safe and enjoyable Tibetan Plateau birding tour and see a different facet of Tibetan nature. The landscape was breathtaking, it was such a pleasure to see stunning snow-capped mountains, beautiful lakes, forests and wild animals throughout the whole adventurous trip. Besides, we have tried stone claypot chicken hotpot (shiguoji), the soup was super delicious and welcoming especially after a long excursion.All in all, the entire tour was full of positive experience and invaluable memories. Philip is superb and well acquainted with the nature ecosystem. We really appreciated the time he took to share with us about the birdlife, local culture and no need to mention the tremendous photos we took. We will never forget this fabulous experience and feel so fortunate to see all these wonderful flying creatures under his guidance. Certainly, it was clear that how much he loved what he does and we did learn a lot in this trip.We cannot recommend his services enough and have no hesitation in recommending Philip for his birding skills, his determination to find beautiful birds and his pleasant character.
If you have any interest in birds or even just want to take a walk through some incredible forest or wildlife related travel with a guide there to teach you something new, this is the company for you! We think you will be as pleased as we have been and want to go somewhere new as soon as you return home.Esther and Rick / Qinghai-Tibet Plateau February 03, 2019
Qinhai Birding Trip
A wonderful birding trip with Parus Yang, a knowledgeable and highly professional bird guide.
We visited a variety of sites that included a range of very different habitats and saw a great many novel and interesting birds of the Tibetan Plateau. Parus's enthusiasm and bird expertise made the trip a great success.
David Sherry / Qinghai-Tibet Plateau August 26, 2017
Despite the hassles, it has been a very joyful journey! We have had countless happy moments and excellent views of birds many rare birds. Thanks for the excellent arrangements. Looking forward to have chance to bird with you and your colleagues again.
Yes we indeed need to produce appropriate documents in order to claim insurance. To simplify matters, we will draft a sample letter to you, so that you can reprodue several copies of it, one for each member of the group, with the individual's name and identity appear in the letter. The draft letter should be ready within the next few days. Thanks.KC Lee / Qinghai-Tibet Plateau January 20, 2016