18 Days Discover Sichuan & Qinghai Wildlife
Date: May to Oct
Price: Upon Request
Trip Focus: Wildlife+Photography
Status: Open to Booking
Route: Chengdu-Panda Habitat-Labahe–Kangding-Daofu–Ganzi–Shiqu-Yushu–Qumalai–Hoh Xil–Geermu- Qinghai Lake–Xining
Trip Code: W006
Discover wildlife of China you will not miss Sichuan and Qinghai Province.W006
Dates and Prices
Day 1. Arrive Chengdu （///）
Day 2. Chengdu-Panda Habitat（BLD）
Day 3. Panda Habitat （BLD）
Day 4. Panda Habitat –Chengdu （BLD）
Day 5. Labahe （BLD）
Day 6. Labahe – Kangding （BLD）
Day 7. Kangding – Daofu – Ganzi （BLD）
Day 9. Shiqu – Yushu （BLD）
Day 10. Yushu – Qumalai （BLD）
Day 11. Qumalai （BLD）
Day 12. Qumalai – Hoh Xil （BLD）
Day 13-14. Hoh Xil （BLD）
Day 15. Hoh Xil – Geermu （BLD）
Day 16. Geermu- Qinghai Lake（BLD）
Day 17. Qinghai Lake National Nature Reserve （BLD）
Day 18. Qinghai Lake – Xining （B）
1. How remote is the hotel in the panda natural 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.
2. What are the chances we will see wild red pandas on this trip?
During our visit to the natural reserve in Labahe, we have an especially good chance of spotting red pandas (depending on weather conditions). Labahe is considered the best place in the world to find these animals, our team of guides has conducted extensive surveying of this area and our clients had taken very good photos of the wild red panda with us.
3. Will we see wild pandas during 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. While visitors to Sichuan have seen these animals in places that we will visit on this trip, we feel your best chance to see pandas will be during our visit to the panda research and breeding bases in Sichuan.
4. Which indigenous cultures can we expect to encounter on this tour?
As we move into the western and northern reaches of Sichuan and throughout Qinghai, you are certain to be surprised by the sudden shift in the local cultural aesthetic. These areas are occupied by predominantly Tibetan communities that range from agricultural townships to families of nomads living in tents on the prairie.
5. How does the ecosystem/wildlife differ between Sichuan and Qinghai?
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 Qinghai will consist of prairies. One exception to this general description will be when we visit Tibetan communities in western Sichuan. These townships are also located in high-altitude grasslands, like Qinghai. In prairies, many of the animals will include vultures, yaks, Tibetan gazelle, and antelope. During our time in Sichuan, we can expect to see monkeys, takin and perhaps even red pandas.
6. I’ve heard the Tibetan Plateau is very high in elevation, should I be worried about altitude sickness?
While the Tibetan Plateau is high in elevation, our team is especially experienced in guiding foreign tourists through these regions. We have planned this itinerary to give you a gradual acclimation period to get used to the elevation.
7. Are any of these animals dangerous?
Animals like wild yaks, wolves and brown 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.
8. 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.
9. Will we receive assistance from local experts?
Yes, the AbsolutePanda team is proud to incorporate the expertise of local experts at many of the reserves we visit.
10. If I am particularly interested in finding birds, is there a way for me to request a specialist as a guide?
In addition to our experts specializing in mammals, we have many birding experts in the team. If finding birds is your priority, please let us know in advance.