Birding Trips in 2013 & 2014
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Birding In Qinghai and Tibet in 2014
• Trip Duration: from June 20 to July 3rd.
• Tour Leader: Jiawei and Philip He
• 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: 2600USD for main trip and 1800USD for extension.
• Single Supplement£º350 USD
• Deposite: 350USD
• Maximum Trip Size: 8 birders.
Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau is an important place for summer breeders in China. Also the high elevation here has bestowed this place with some special endemic birds such as Tibetan Sandgrouse, and Pink-tailed Bunting. This birding trip covers two alpine provinces of China, Qinghai and Tibet. The average sea elevation is more than 3000 meters. Our focus will be local endemics on Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau including various game birds, finches, sandgrouses and cranes. In terms of habitats, Qinghai-Tibet Plateau is featured by alpine grasslands, meadows and desert.
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. We will start this trip from Xining, the capital city of Qinghai Province. After birding in some carefully-pick sites around Xining, we will take a train to Lhasa to look for some endemics such as Tibetan-eared Pheasants and Giant Barbarx.
Please note that the trip to Tibet is only an extension.
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Day 1 (June 20) Arrival at Xining Airport, city birding. Overnight: Xining Meals: D
Day 2 (June 21) Drive to Huzhu Beishan Mountain and birding there. Overnight: Huzhu Beishan Meals: BLD
Day 3 (June 22) Morning birding in Huzhu Beishan Mountain, then drive to Laoyeshan Mountain. Overnight:Datong Meals: BLD
Day 4 (June 23) Morning Birding in Laoyeshan, then drive to Bird Island.Overnight: Bird Island Meals: BLD
Day 5 (June 24) Whole day birding in Bird Island, Xiangpishan.Overnight: Chaka Meals: BLD
Day 6 (June 25) Drive to Heimahe River via Chaka, and birding in Xiangpishan Mountain on the way.Overnight: Heimahe Meals: BLD
Day 7 (June 26) Drive to Gonghe and birding on the way.Overnight: Gonghe Meals: BLD
Day 8 (June 27) Drive to Wenquan via Ela Mountain and birding there.Overnight: Wenquan Meals: BLD
Day 9 (June 28) Birding in Wenquan.Overnight: Wenquan Meals: BLD
Day 10 (June 29) Drive from Wenquan to Xining. Overnight: Xining Meals: BLD
Day 11 (June 30) Depart from Xining.Meals: BL
Day 11 (June 30) Evening train to Lhasa. Overnight:On the train Meals: BLD
Day 12 (July 1) 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 2-3) 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 4) Depart from Lhasa and end the trip. Meals: BL
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 for extension 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.
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.