More Birding Trips in 2013 and 2014
Birding in Qinghai & Tibet
♦ Main Trip:June 20—June 30
♦ Extension: From June 30 to July 4
♦ Trip Leader: Jiawei Wu & Philip
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Birding in Sichuan and Tibetan Plateau in 2014 and 2015
• Trip Duration: 16Days from May 15th to May 30th
• Tour Leader: Jiawei and Pengfei Yu
• Difficulty: mostly moderate, demanding on certain part.
• Number of bird species expected to see: 250~300
• Trip Cost: 4200USD.
• Single Supplement£º300 USD
• Deposite: 300USD
• Maximum Trip Size: 8 birders.
This birding trip has been on the top list of many birders and birding companies in the world. Located in the southwest part of China, Sichuan Province has vast land territory with 485,000 square km in total, bordering Tibet in the west, Qinghai, Gansu and Shanxi in the north, Yunnan and Guizhou in the south and Chongqing in the east. Ranging from less than 500 meters in sea elevation on Chengdu Basin to 7514 meters on the top of Gongga Mountains, Sichuan has almost all kinds of landforms including low elevation plains, mountains, lakes, gorges, rivers, wetlands and plateau. They serve as habitats for birds of different species. The diversity of landforms, vast territory, unique location and varied climates has endowed the province with two thirds of China’s endemic birds, ranking first in China in the regard of endemic species. We made some change to the itinerary in 2013. The temperary closing down of Wawu for reconstruction has disappointed lots of birders. Hopefuly, Wawu will be open to public according to the schedual we have got. To maximize birds we can see, we have made Wawushan an option. In case it is still close or the habitats are not longer good as they were. We arrange a visit to Mt. Laojun in southeastern part of Sichuan to see some endemic birds there before we move western ward to eastern edge of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, searching birds living in different elevations and habitats.
This trip covers almost all kinds of habitats in Sichuan, we will visit some very popular birding sites such as Wawushan or Mt. Laojun, Balang Mountain, Wolong Nature Reserve, Mengbishan, Flower Lake, Baxi Village and Jiuzhaigou, just to name a few here. The closing down of Wawu Mountain has disappointed many birders. Just in case we still can’t go there, we go to Laojunshan in Yibing instead, which has similar environment as Wawu, another star bird we have good chance to see there is Sichuan Partridge. By concentrating on China’s endemics, this 16-day birding trip is absolutely an ultimate chance for endemics in China. Though some part of this trip is quite strenuous due to climbing or walking in high-elevation areas, we will be rewarded by not only some rare endemics but also the beautiful sceneries and rich ethnic minority culture.
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Day 1(May 15) Arrival at Chengdu Airport, city birding. Overnight: Chengdu Meals: D
Day 2(May 16)Morning birding in Sichuan University, then drive to Mt. Wawu/ Mt. Laojun. Overnight: Wawu/Yibing Meals: BLD
Day 3-4(May 17-18) Birding in Laojunshan(or Mount Wawu). Overnight: Yibing or Wawu Meals: BLD
Day 5(May 19) Morning birding in Mt. Wawu or Mt Laojunshan, then drive to Ya’an in the afternoon. Overnight: Chengdu Meals: BLD
Day 6(May 20) Morning birding in a park in Ya’an then drive to Rilong. Overnight: Chengdu Meals: BLD
Day 7(May 21) Birding in Balang Mountain, and drive to Wolong in the later afternoon. Overnight: Chengdu Meals: BLD
Day 8(May 22) Whole day birding in Wolong. Overnight: Chengdu Meals: BLD
Day 9(May 23) Birding in Balang Mountain in the morning, then drive to Maerkang. Overnight: Chengdu Meals: BLD
Day 10(May 24) Birding in Mengbi Mountain. Overnight: Chengdu Meals: BLD
Day 11(May 25) Drive to Ruoergai and birding on the way. Overnight: Chengdu Meals: BLD
Day 12(May 26) Birding in Baxi and Huahu Lake. Overnight: Chengdu Meals: BLD
Day 13(May 27) Birding in Baxi in the morning, then drive to Jiuzhaigou Via Lamaling, and birding there. Overnight: Chengdu Meals: BLD
Day 14(May 28) Whole day birding in Jiuzhaigou Valley. Overnight: Chengdu Meals: BLD
Day 15(May 29) Morning Birding near Jiuzhaigou, then drive back to Chengdu. Overnight: Chengdu Meals: BLD
Day 16(May 30) Morning birding in Chengdu and depart by afternoon flight. Overnight: Chengdu Meals: BL
What Includes and Excludes in this Trip.
The cost includes the following.
1. Transportation throughout the trip including airpot pickup and drop at Chengdu International Airport.
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 4-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. All tips to the serving staff , guide, driver and hotel bellmen.
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.
c. The flight tickets to Chengdu and from Chengdu back home .
d. Expenses for visa application.