There are over 488 species of bird have been reported in Tibet and about 18 nature reserve have been established. Five of these are National Nature Reserves in which rare and precious animals are protected. The five NNR are: Qiangtang Nature Reserve for Wild Tibetan Yaks and Black necked Cranes, Tibetan Ass and Tibetan Gazelles; Markam Nature Reserve for Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkeys; Shenzha Nature Reserve for Black necked Cranes; Nyingchi-Dongjug Nature Reserve for Tibetan Antelopes; Riwoge-Chamoling Nature Reserve for Red Deer.
Key ornithological attractions in Tibet include Tibetan Eared-pheasant, Derbyan Parakeet, Black necked Crane, Tibetan Blackbird, Brown-cheeked Laughingthrush and Giant Babax. The following are some of the major sites to watch birds in the province.
Your arrival in Beijing or Chengdu
Fly to Lhasa and walk around in the world famous Buddhist city.
Visit Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple.
While the Potala Palace serves as a symbolic focus for Tibetan hopes for self-government, it is the Jokhang Temple, some two kilometers to the east of the Potala Palace, that is the spiritual heart of the city.
Full day birding tour at Xiongse Monastery and Lhasa river
Xiongse Monastery, located at Caina Village, Chushui County on the opposite side of the river from the Lhasa to Gyantse road is about 30 kilometers from Lhasa. At an altitude of 4500 meters the monastery was founded in 1181 AD and is now the largest nunnery in Tibet. It's widely regarded as the best place to see Tibetan Eared-pheasant.
Drive to Namtso Lake
Namtso Lake, or 'Heaven Lake', is the second largest and highest(4700M) salt lake in Tibet and is situated at the edge of Qiangtang Plateau to the north of Lhasa
Birding around the lake, Drive back to Lasha.
Full day driving from Lasha to Linchi. Birding along the way.
Full days birding tour in Yarlong Zangpo River Nature Reserve and Lulang Forest
Great Gorge of Yarlung Zangbo Nature Reserve: This huge national reserve covers over 60,000 hectares and an impressive altitudinal range (750-4800 meters) and is located about 12 kilometers south-west of Tsetang. Over 240species of birds have been recorded here including Rufous-necked Hornbill, Satyr and Temminck's Tragopans.
drive back to Lhasa
Fly to Chengdu for Departure.