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12 Days Sichuan Wildlife Trip

12 Days Sichuan Wildlife Trip

Date: May to Oct

Price: Upon Request

Trip Focus: Wildlife+Photography

Status: Open to Booking

Route: Chengdu-Panda Habitat-Pingwu-Huanglong-Jiuzhaigou-Ruoergai-Diebu-Ruoergai-Maerkang-Chengdu

Trip Code: W005

Overview


Wildlife Safari From Fairyland to Tibetan grassland
 
 
There goes a saying: no mountain is worth seeing after Mt. Huangshan and no other water will be of interest after Jiuzhai Valley. If there are 'fairylands' in the world, Jiuzhai Valley must be one of them. Stretching over 72,000 hectares in the northern part of Sichuan Province, the Jiuzhai valley reaches a height of more than 4,800 m, thus comprising a series of diverse forest ecosystems. Here lives about 220 bird species as well as a number of endangered animal and plant species, including the giant panda, Sichuan golden monkey, the Sichuan takin and numerous orchids and rhododendrons. Its superb landscapes are particularly interesting for their series of narrow conic karst land forms and spectacular waterfalls. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992; the park joined the Man and Biosphere Conservation Network in 1997 and has also received IUCN and ISO 14,001 accreditations. While wandering in a dreamlike eden, we will explore wildlife lives in the forest valley.
 
Heading north to the Tibetan nomadic area, we will encounter all kinds of wildlife living in the vast grassland in Ruoergai and Tiebu Nature reserves. Ruoergai owns a vast piece of grassland at an elevation of just under 4,000 meters with thousands of birds living there. It is a fairyland for birding. In Ruoergai, we will discover birds inhabit the wetland such as black-necked crane, etc. Here we should find one best of the birds of the tour: Black-necked Crane. Other target birds will include snow finch, golden eagle, Ring-necked Pheasant, Ruddy Shelduck, Ferruginous Duck and many more. Due to the protection by the mountain deity according to the local Animism, the local people never hunt wildlife in this area which made Tiebu a paradise for Sika deer. In Tiebu Nature Reserve, Sichuan, sika deer were reported to forage preferentially in small patches of subalpine shrub and subalpine brush mixed with forest. We will explore these areas to meet sika and other wildlife such as wolf and fox.
 
Highlights

  • Track sika deer in the vast grassland;

  • Watch all kinds of alpine birds in the top birding destination in China;

  • Track endemic endangered wildlife such as golden snub-nosed monkey, Sichuan Takin in breath-taking nature scenery;


Dates and Prices

Upon Request

Itinerary


Day 1.  Arrive Chengdu 
Day 2. Chengdu / Panda Habitat
Day 3.  Visit inside Panda Habitat 
Day 4. Panda Habitat/ Pingwu 
Day5. Pingwu/Huanglong-Jiuzhaigou
Day 6. Jiuzhaigou
Day7 Jiuzhaigou/Ruoergai 
Day 8 Ruoergai /iebu Sika Deer Reserve
Day 9. Diebu Sika Deer Reserve
Day 10. Diebu Reserve-Ruoergai -Maerkang
Day 11. Maerkang- Chengdu
D12 Depart Chengdu

Day 1.  Arrive Chengdu 
Airport pick up in Chengdu Shuangliu airport T1. Have a good rest in your hotel.
Overnight:Chengdu
 
Day 2. Chengdu / Panda Habitat (B/L/D)
We depart early in the morning from Chengdu. We will take the bullet train(1.5 hours)to the Panda Habitat and our car will pick you from the train station to the hotel, and if you are interesting you can pay a visit to Qinxi Old town on the way to hotel. 
Overnight: Panda Habitat 
 
Day 3.  Visit inside Panda Habitat (B/L/D)
We explore for giant panda and its companion animals. Hike around in search of mammals, birds and fish. Giant panda, Sichuan takin, golden snub-nosed monkey, Asiatic black bear, Tibetan macaque, golden pheasant, Salamander, and the animals we search the day before, will be on our list of visiting.
Overnight: Panda Habitat 
 
Day 4. Panda Habitat/ Pingwu (B/L/D)
This morning we will drive to Pingwu. Pay a visit to Monkey Reserve.
Overnight:Pingwu
 
Day5. Pingwu/Huanglong-Jiuzhaigou  (B/L/D)
Visit Baoen Temple then drive to Jiuzhaigou via Huanglong.
Overnight: Jiuzhaigou 
 
Day 6. Jiuzhaigou(B/L/D)
Today we will hike in the Jiuzhai Valley national park in search of wildlife such as giant panda, golden snub-nosed monkey, Sichuan Takin and some of the most endangered plants in the area. Rather than spotting those mammals, it is more easily in Jiuzhai Valley to see those pleasant birds of more than 220 species singing in the forest just above your heard. And you will find yourself walking in the dreamlike fairyland along the way.
Overnight:  Jiuzhaigou
 
Day7 Jiuzhaigou/Ruoergai (B/L/D)
A six to eight hours’ drive will take us all the way up to the Tibetan grassland---Ruoergai.  Ruoergai owns a vast piece of grassland at an elevation of just under 4,000 meters with dozens kinds of plateau wetland birds living there. We will drive along the high way and twisted mountain road in Minshan Mountain range. Our wildlife expert will give you a small lecture about the wildlife and their habitat for better understanding. 
Overnight: Ruoergai 
 
Day 8 Ruoergai /Tiebu (Diebu Sika Deer Reserve) (B/L/D)
Today we continue our trip in Ruoergai watching birds and tracking grassland wildlife such as steppe wolf and fox. Here in Ruoergai, it also lives another Tibetan minority groups—Amdo.  Amdo Tibetan minority is a nomadic group who pasture yak and horse on the large grassland for generations. We have chance to visit some Amdo nomadic tents and talk to the locals to learn about their stories. After Ruoergai, we will venture a little bit north to Tiebu nature reserve.
Overnight: Tiebu
 
Day 9. Diebu Sika Deer Reserve(B/L/D)
We will hike to mountain in the reserve to photograph sika deer.. 
Overnight: Diebu 
 
Day 10. Diebu Reserve-Ruoergai -Maerkang(B/L/D)
In the morning we drive to Maerkang via Ruoergai. On the way we will be able to photograph black-necked crane, golden eagles and some eagles and vultures. The scenery in Tangke is also great, known in China as the first bend of Yellow River.
Overnight: Maerkang 
 
Day 11. Maerkang- Chengdu(B/L/D)
We will drive about 7 hours to Chengdu. 
Overnight: Chengdu 
 
D12 Depart Chengdu
Depart Chengdu.

Map

Accommodations


Chengdu
Panda Habitat
Pingwu 
Jiuzhaigou
Ruoergai 
Diebu 
Maerkang
Chengdu
 

FAQs



1. How does the ecosystem/wildlife differ between the prairies and panda habitats?
Many of the regions we will visit can be classified into two biomes: highland prairies and mountainous temperate forests. While we travel through the panda habitat in Sichuan, most of the local ecosystems will be typical of the temperate forests, while the majority of the Tibetan plateau will consist of prairies. In prairies of Ruoergai, many of the animals will include vultures, yaks, pika, marmot, black-necked crane, and so on. During our time in Panda Habitat, we can expect to see monkeys, takin, tufted deer, Chinese goral, golden pheasant, moon bear and perhaps even red pandas.


2. 
I thought northern Sichuan was affected by an earthquake. Are the attractions there open to the public?
A great deal of restoration went into the areas of Sichuan affected by the 2008 earthquake. These areas were once closed to the public but have since reopened to guests.


3. 
What is there to do in Jiuzhaigou?
Jiuzhaigou is famed as one of the most beautiful natural settings in southwest China while in the list of world natural heritage. Not only are there stunning water features in this natural park, but our team will likely be able to find some local bird species for us to watch/photograph.


4. 
What are the chances we will see a wild sika deer?
During our visit to the Diebu sika deer natural reserve, we will have a better chance of spotting this animal than anywhere else in China. Our guides have conducted extensive surveying of this destination and anticipate a good chance of encountering some wild sika deer. Our clients had taken many good photos of wild sika deer during the trip with us.


5. What indigenous communities can we expect to encounter during this tour?
As we travel through Sichuan, we will have many opportunities to interact with Amdo Tibetans. Communities such as the ones in Jiuzhaigou, Ruoergai, Maerkang are local Tibetan.


6. Can you tell me more about the hotel accommodation at the panda nature reserve?
The accommodation in the panda natural reserve is located in the middle of the mountainous temperate forest in northern Sichuan. The closest community is roughly an hour's drive and will require the assistance of our chartered van. The hotel itself is very nice and provides a relaxing place for us to begin our search for animals in the surrounding wilderness.


7. Will we see wild pandas on this tour?
While Sichuan is known as the Chinese province with the most substantial portion of the wild panda population (80%), it should be noted that spotting a wild panda is exceptionally rare. If it is a priority to see a panda and you don’t mind seeing captive pandas, contact our team and we can discuss adding a visit to one of Sichuan’s panda reserves.


8. Are any of these animals dangerous?
Animals like wild yaks, takin and black bears can pose a real threat to guests, but not to worry. Our guides are experienced at mediating a healthy distance between you and any animals we encounter. In most cases, we will also be watching these animals from the safe vantage of a van.


9. Will there be opportunities to purchase local souvenirs during this tour? 
As we travel through Tibetan communities, there will be many opportunities to purchase keepsakes from local vendors. Our guides are happy to help you barter.



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