16-Day Private Trip: Birding at the Edge of the Tibetan Plateau from Lanzhou
  • 16-Day Private Trip: Birding at the Edge of the Tibetan Plateau from Lanzhou

    It's a 16-day birding journey to appreciate a rich and unique collection of birds at edge of Tibetan Plateau from Lanzhou. Led by a local Tibetan English-speaking guide, who has a passion for bird-watching and experience as a birder guide, you’ll be climbing from an altitude of 1000 meter onto nearly 4000 meters, entering the “Roof of the World”. Snow mountains, vast grasslands, hoodoos, lakes and wetlands……diversified landscapes are the backdrop of hundreds of ornithological delights, such as Pink-tailed Bunting and Black-necked Cranes.Remaining one of the least known birding destinations in the world, here is either home or migrant route to about 1/3 of total 1400 or so birds in this country.You’ll explore hotbeds of birds from Gannan to Qinghai or Sichuan, with stops at several stunning Tibetan villages and monasteries. The itinerary can be tailored to suit your specific interests and schedules.

    • Aneynangchem, the habitat of half species in Gansu Province.
    • Bumozhi (Four Maiden’s Mountain), the home to 300 varieties of birds.
    • Lhagha, “Mountain of God’s favorite” with enchanting views and unknown species.
    • Labrang Monastery, the most comprehensive Tibetan Monastery University.
    • Zhagana, a primitive Tibetan village set in a tranquil valley, visited by Joseph Rock, who called it “Birthplace of Adam and Eva”.
    • Langmusi, “Oriental Switzerland”, splendid monasteries on the backdrop of snow mountains and forest.
    • Danba Beauty’s Valley, ranked as "one of the most beautiful villages in China".

    D1. (Labrang) You'll be introduced to some local birds including red-billed Chough and wild ducks, before visiting Labrang Monastery.



    (Labrang) A guided tour in the mountains around the monastery will let you get familiar with local birds. Time permitting, drive to Ganjia Grasslands to see cliff and valley nearby, which is home to vultures overseeing a sky burial site.


    (Mt. Amnye Nangchem) The habitat of over 130 varieties of birds, such as goshawk, lammergeier, snow cock and Blue eared Pheasant. Overnight in mountain-foot Tibetan village. Head to Dayugou on the second afternoon.


    (Dayugou) Various water-capes are home to unknown species. Tibetan costumes are as colorful as birds’ feathers.

    D7. (

    Luchu) At the crossroads to Gahai Lake and Dzitsa stone forest, both are bird-rich areas, home to horned lurk and Redshank.


    (Zhagana) Mountains around

      this pristine Tibetan village are good places for either hiking or birding


    D9/10. (Mt. Lhagha) Visit King Gesar’s footprints, plus unexpected species, as it is out of the beaten track of ordinary birders.  


    D11. (Village Boyu) A long and steep road leads you to the village hidden in Kan mountain, to search for rare species.

    D12. (langmusi) Go birding along enchanting trails, afterwards indulge yourself at a café, or hunt for souvenirs in local shops


    D13. (Danba Beauty’s Valley) On the road to Mt. Bumozhi, we’ll pass this valley with stunning stone houses and watch towers.

    D14/15. (Mt. Bumozhi) Two days exploration in the beautiful snow mountains may not be enough to get to know its 300 or so species, but is guaranteed to  be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

    D16. (Chengdu) A feast of Sichuan cuisine with famous hotpot gives this journey a perfect ending.

    Informacion Adicional
    "Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
    "A current valid passport is required on the day of travel"
    "Not wheelchair accessible"
    "Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required"
    "Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants"
    "A current valid passport is required on the day of travel"
    "The maximum tour group size is around 10 people"
    "This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate"

    • Lugar de comienzo: Lanzhou city hotels, airport or train station
    • Duración: 16 days
    • Cancelaciones y devoluciones: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
  • Incluye

    • 15-nights accommodation as per itinerary (local 3- to 4-star or folk Hotel)
    • Meals as specified in itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
    • English-speaking, experienced local Tibetan guide
    • Mineral water
    • Private transportation by comfortable 4WD, Toyota Land Cruiser, Prado with experienced local driver
    • Pick-up and drop-off
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    • Bottled water

    No Incluye

    • Gratuities to guides and drivers (recommended)
    • China visa fees
    • International airfare
    • Excess luggage charges (where applicable)
    • Extra demands or personal expenses

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