7 Day Biking around Holy Qinghai Lake
Date: 7 day ; May to Oct
Price: Upon Request
Trip Focus: Adventure + Cycling
Status: Open to Booking
Route: Around Qinghai Lake
Trip Code: A003
You will cycling around the largest lake in China.
You will cycling around the holy lake of Tibetans and Mongolians.
You will cycling around on the 4th famous cycling tour in the world.
You will cycling around the stage where Qinghai Lake International Cycling Race is hold each year.
Both professionals and amateurs can join the Qinghai Lake cycling Tour.
Holy lake, alpine meadows, snow-capped mountains, Wild nature, Bird Island, nomadic culture…
Come and ride a whole circle around Qinghai Lake and experience the unique minority culture.
Qinghai Lake is located in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, about 100 kilometres west of Xining city, with an altitude of about 3,200 meters. Though you may afraid of the highland sickness for pay a visit to Qinghai Lake, you will not feel disappointed when you come and experience the beautiful scenery and local cultural combine of Muslims, Mongolians, and Tibetans.
Qinghai Lake is the largest lake in China(salty lake), it is also famous for its Bird Island. There are thousands of birds take Qinghai Lake as its major nesting ground, and it is a major stop for several species of migratory birds between March and June.
If you come and visit Qinghai Lake around July and August, you will see the golden sea of cole flowers around this holy lake.
Qinghai Lake International Cycling Race:
Since 2002, the Qinghai Lake International Cycling Race is held every summer (each July).
It is a top professional road race in Asia, each year there will be over. 250 cyclists representing 15-20 countries, attended by thousands of spectators! What is more it is a professional racers cover 1300 km, on the altitude around 3300 meters!
Dates & Price
8 to 16 pax for each group
May to Oct
cost upon request
The land cost includes the following items:
1.Airport pickup and drop-off
2.Accommodation list in the itinerary
3.An English-speaking guide for the whole trip.
4.Meals as listed above as BLD.
5.Use of bicycle
6.Use of helmet
7.Cost of riding guide.
8.A nice support van list in the trip.
9.Bottled water and snacks.
10.China Domestic Travel Insurance
The cost doesn't include the following.
a. Drinks during the meal.
b. Extra charges due to change of itinerary from client side or factors beyond the control of AbsolutePanda such as natural disaster and governmental policy change.
c. Discretionary tips to the guide and driver.
d. All personal expense such as laundry service or personal shopping.
e. Airfare to and out Chengdu or Xining.
f. Any program not listed in the itineraries.
g. Entrance fee, car rental or meals during your free time trip.
Day 0. Arrive China
Day 1. Arrive Xining
Day 2. Xining to Xihai Town (Pick your bike)
Day 3. Xihai to Erlangjian(Ride about 76km)
Day 4. Erlangjian to Bird Island (Ride about 118km)
Day 5. Bird Island to Gangcha (Ride about 79km)
Day 6. Gangcha to Xihai Town(Ride about 87km)，return the bike,back to Xining
Day 7. Depart Xining
Day 1. Arrive Xining
Airport pick up, and drive to your hotel. Have a good rest or enjoy your free time around Xining.
Day 2. Xining-Xihai Town(BLD)
Drive to visit Ta’er Temple (Kumbum Monastery). Then head to Xihai Town (get your bike for the biking tour). Get used to the highland, test your bike and prepare for the biking trip.
Day 3. Xihai Town – Erlanjian (Ride about 78km) (BLD)
First biking day. Xihai Town - Jinshawan(27km) –East lake Breeding sheep field (14km) –Erlanjian (37km). Depart Xihai Town, you can view the endless plateau meadow. Then after some down-hill pass, you will enter Desert landscape area. If you come around July and August, you will be attract by the golden cole flower sea by the road.
Day 4. Erlanjian-Bird Island (Ride about 118km) (BLD)
Erlangjian- Jianxi Gou（26km）-Heimahe （47km）-Shinaihai（35km）-Bird Island（10km）
Today is the highlight of the biking tour around Qinhai Lake. During the flower season, it is amazing to see the golden cole flower meet the blue lake. It is good to see the sunrise and sunset in Heimahe and Bird Island.
Day 5. Bird Island – Gangcha (Ride about 118km) (BLD)
Bird Island-Bird Island Wharf(16km)-Bird Island Town(16km)-Quanji(38km)-Gangcha(29km)
It is a must visit to Bird Island in spring and summer, for its famous as the Kingdom of Birds.The riding road meet the Qinhai-Tibet railway, there is good chance for you to take a photo of the train.
Day 6.Gangcha –Xihai Town-Xining (Ride about 87km) (BLD)
Gangcha-Haergai(28km)-Ganzihe(14km)-Xihai Town (45km), return the bike in Xihai town. Our driver will drive us back to Xining.
Today, when ride on G315, you got chance to see Tibetan antelope as we will pass part of the Tibetan antelope nature reserve. And today you can also view the beautiful Qilian Mountain range.
Day 7. Depart Xining(B)
Airport see off. Thank you for choosing us and enjoying a great trip with us.
Qinghai Lake Map
——a map for cycling around the largest lake in China.
Overnight in Xining
Overnight in Xihai Town
Overnight in Erlangjian
Overnight in Bird Island
Overnight in Gangcha
Haibei Hotel of Xihai Town：
Get some experience of the Qinghai Lake International Cycling Race hold each year.
Biking around Qinghai Lake
There is wind horse that pray on the road for local people(prayer flags)
There is pagodas on the road
Let's stop and enjoy the sunset near the Qinghai lake
There will be some hard ride on the road
There is some easy road with the lake in front of you
Ride a bike around the Qinghai Lake you can feel the freedom as the birds fly in the sky