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Qinghai Bird Island,Yushu,Nangchen Birdwatching Tour

Qinghai Bird Island,Yushu,Nangchen Birdwatching Tour

Duration:18 days
Destination:Xining-Bird Island-Heimahe-Yushu-Nangchen-Kanda-Yushu-Xining
Birds possible200-250
Best season:from May to June and during September to November
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 Rive. 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 birding 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, Mongolian Ground-Jay, Ala Shan Redstart, and Przewalski's Rosefinch will be among the many exciting species we will be targeted here.
 
 
Day1
 Arrive in Xining, which is the capital of Qinghai province. At an elevation of 2275 meters Xining is located on the edge of Tibetan plateau it has a long history and has been a military garrison and trading center since the 16th century. Meet you at airport and transfer to Qinghai Hotel.
 
Day2
Drive to Bird Island in Qinghai Kokonor Lake, 300 kilometers away from Xining and on the western side of Qinghai Lake, Bird Island covers an area of just 0.8 square kilometers. During the right season it is thronged with breeding Ruddy Shelduck, Bar-headed Geese and Brown-headed Gulls. The best time to visit is from May to June and during September to November when there are thousands of wild geese, gulls, cormorants and a few shorebirds here and elsewhere around the lake. Pallas's Gulls are a popular attraction. There's now a good two-star hotel and numerous restaurants immediately outside the bird reserve.
 
Day3-5
Birding at Bird Island.
 
Day6-7
Drive to Heimahe, and birding around. Overnight in Heimahe Hostel
 
Day8
Drive to Wenquan, birding along the way on high-plateau grassland.Overnight in Wenquan Hotel.
 
Day9
Drive from Wenquan to Yushu, birding along the way on the fertile high-plateau grassland. Overnight in Yushu Hostel.
 
Day10
Drive from Yushu to Nancheng,birding along the way. Overnight in Nangchen Guesthouse. Nangchen is a county in Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, the rolling grasslands, dramatic limestone and sandstong cliffs, and pristine nature reserves combine to make Nangchen one of the most interesting and unspoilt parts of Kham Region.
 
Day11
Birding tour in Kanda Gorge, Stay in Nangchen Guesthouse
 
Day12
Birding tour in Kandashan, Stay in Nangchen Guesthouse
 
Day13
Drive to and explore Baizha Forest, Stay in Baizha.
 
Day14
Full day birding tour in Baizha, and then drive back to Nangchen.
 
Day15
Drive back from Nangchen to Yushu for night, birding along the way.
 
Day16
Drive back from Yushu to Wenquan for night birding along the way.
 
The road south to the Yushu-Nangqian-Kanda Shan area is popular with birders. The area around Gonghe holds Rusty-necklaced Partridge, 'Margellanic' Lesser Whitethroat and Mongolian Finch. The mighty Er La Shan Pass Tibetan Snowcock, Tibetan Sandgrouse and Tibetan Rosefinch while south of here Pink-rumped Rosefinch can be found. The Kanda Shan area harbors Ibisbill, Tibetan Babax and Tibetan Bunting. Grandala (rare this far north and east) is occasionally seen here. Chestnut-throated Partridge, White Eared Pheasant, Blood Pheasant, Sichuan Wood Owl, Giant Laughingthrush, Tibetan Babax and Chinese Fulvetta can all be found in the forests at Baizha about two hours drive from Nangqian. There's a variety of accommodation at Gonghe, Wenchuan (close to the Er La Shan Pass), Yushu, Nangqian and monastery accommodation at Baizha.
 
Day17
Drive back from Wenquan to Xining.
 
Day18
Transfer to airport, your departure.