2017 Qinghai Scheduled Birding Tour (5 days)

2017 Qinghai Birding Tours

May 20-23 2017

 

  

Located on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, Qinghai Province, which is the fourth largest province in China. The Plateau, with an average elevation of 3000 meters, is referred to as The Roof of the World and is the sources of three of China's major rivers, the Yangtze River, Yellow River and Mekong River. Snow capped mountains, ice peaks, deserts, vast pastures and myriad lakes weave Qinghai unique, fascinating and colorful natural landscapes. Qinghai Lake is the largest inland saline lake in the country and is an excellent place for bird watching. It's a popular bird tour destination.

We could find such little-known species as Crested Tit-warbler, White-cheeked Nuthatch, and White-backed Thrush before climbing up onto the plateau itself. These high-elevation plains are home to a number of bird species that have been seen by relatively few western birders. Black-necked Crane, Przewalski's Rosefinch will be among the many exciting species we will be targeted here.

 

              

 

Schedule:

D1__Chengdu to Xining

Guide will fly with you from Chengdu to Xining, then drive to Yaozigou Forest Park for birding in directly. Overnight in Xining

Target birds:

Gansu Leaf Warbler, Chinese Nuthatch, White-cheeked Nuthatch, Plain Mountain & Elliot's Laughingthrush, Siberian Rubythroat, Alpine & Smoky Warbler, White-browed Tit Wabler and Crested Tit Wabler

 

     

 

D2__Xining to Heimahe

Today we'll drive from Xining to Heimahe Town via Qinghaihu Lake. We'll spend a lot of time birding on the road. And we'll try for the Pink-tailed bunting for the first time in the evening before we check in.

Target birds:

Black-necked Crane, Horned Lark, Tibetan Lark, White-Rumped Snowfinch, Tibetan Snowfinch, Small Snowfinch(Per David's), Hume's Ground Tit, Pallas's Fish Eagle, and other water birds

 

     

 

Day 3__Xiangpishan (or Ruber Mountain)

A whole day birdwatching in Xiangpishan for the Pink-tailed bunting.

Overnight in Chaka

Target birds:

Pink-Tailed Bunting, White-winged snowfinch, Plain-backed Snowfinch, Rufous-necked Snowfinch, White-winged Redstart, Rufous-breast, Brown and Robin Accentor, Pink-rumped rosefinch

 

 

 

Day 4__Xiangpishan to Xining

After morning birding for the birds we missed in Xiangpishan, We'll heading back to Xining with bird stops.

 

 

Day 5__Departure

Your departure from Xining with airport transfer.


   

Rates include:

1.      All meals, 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners;

2.      Bottled drinking water throughout;

3.      All accommodation on a sharing basis, 2 birder share 1 twin or double room;

4.      All entrance feesrequired by the itinerary;

5.      Ground transportation in a suitable vehicle. We will arrange 17 seats Van for 3-4 people's group, 22 seats Van for 5-6people) with driver and all fuel costs;

6.      An experienced English Speaking bird guide