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5-day Qinghai Lake Cycle

  • Tour Overview: Qinghai Lake, located in the east of Tibet Plateau is the largest salt lake of China. It is well known for its beautiful natural landscape and more recently the Tour de Qinghai Lake International Cycling Race. This biking route is based on the Qinghai Lake cycling race but can be personalized made to meet client requirements. As well as the beautiful landscape around Qinghai Lake. You will enjoy seeing the breathtaking rape flowers fields everywhere. The seeds of rape flowers are made into edible oil, which is even unique in China. Also, people can buy the local fresh honey made by the local Tibetan raising bees.
  • Duration: 5 Days
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  • Price from: $1045
  • Difficulty: Highland Cycling/ Paved

Tour Itinerary

Day 1  Xining to Xihai Town (D)

Arrival at Xining and meet our guide at our meeting address then to our cycling tour starting point (Xihai Town) via bus. We will have a warming up cycling around the town and visiting the Old Atomic City in the afternoon. A special welcome dinner is waiting for you in the evening.

Atomic City: Once the China Nuclear Weapon Development Base, this place on Jingyintan Grassland was where China’s first atomic bomb and first hydrogen bomb were researched and manufactured in 1950s and 1960s.

Day 2  Xihai Town-Lake East Desert -Erlangjian (B L D) Cycling: 88km/55mi.

Cycling Qinghai Lake
 We will be racing against cows and sheep in the grassland. We’ll cycle on the dessert, through wild flowers, on the Qinghai-Tibet Road leading to the edge of sky before reaching Erlangjian. Let’s take a look at the Qinghai Lake and those lovely flowers on the roadside. We indeed appreciate the distant sandy hills and the sky-blue lake water. 
We get in Erlangjian Scenic Area then arrive at the Hostel.

Cycling Qinghai LakePeaceful Qinghai Lake Biking

Day 3  Erlangjian - Black Horse River Town (B L D) Cycling: 78km/49mi.

Cycling Qinghai Lake
Riding on the legendary Qinghai-Tibet Road, you see green prairie on one side and a large lake on the other side. Nothing is more enjoyable than cycling on such a road! Why hesitate? Get ready to hit the road. When the sun sets, such a scene will be more impressive.
We will make bonfire and danced hand in hand the Guozhuang Dance. In the Tibetan language, “Guozhuang dance” means “singing and dancing in a circle”. Black Horse River: It is a small town to the west of Qinghai Lake on the Lake West Road. Here is the best place to watch sunrise over the vast Qinghai Lake; no wonder the locals call the lake the “sea”.

Sunrise Qingyhai LakeSunset of Qinghai Lake

Day 4 Black Horse River Town - Bird Island - Gangcha County (B L D) Cycling: 117km/73mi.

Biking Qinghai Lake
Get up early today if you want to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Qinghai Lake. It is an unforgettable experience on this holly place.Today’s trip is the closest to the lake. It has the best scenery and the most amazing road to ride.

We expect to see a large land growing golden yellow oilseed rapes. Take your time to relish this trip. Cycle slowly so that you can see clearly. It is because the effort you put into measuring the tour of the lake that makes this journey meaningful.

Upon your arrival at Gangcha, you cannot wait to have a bit of the local snacks of several minority groups including Tibetans, Han Chinese, Mongolian, the Hui nationality, and the Sala, with each nationality having its own unique snacks. Just make yourself at home and eat however much you can.The scenery is everlasting. It is awaiting your arrival.

Peaceful Qinghai LakeBiking Qinghai Lake

Day 5  Gangcha County - Hargai - Xihai - Xining (B L D) Cycling: 88km/55mi.

Qinghai Lake Biking
Visiting the square built in memory of Tshangs dbyangs Rgya mtsho, the Sixth Dalai Lama and also the most legendary Dalai Lama.

Challenge the longest uphill of this trip before enjoy lunch at Hargai.On the way, we will pass though several small villages, which is really another opportunity to see the daily routines of the local people.

After the lunch break, continue cycling along Qinghai Lake and enjoy downhill for a long distance.We pass by Jinyintan grassland: golden and silver grassland. On the grassland you can see many yaks and sheep enjoy their peaceful life with the fresh and abundant grass under the clear and blue sky.

Arrive at Xihai County and return the bikes and equipment then take a rest.Take a group photo before driving to Xining airport/train station.

Cycling Tour Around Qinghai Lake

Guide Price

2019 Price: (Price based on featured countryside hotels, twin-beds rooms and Non-holiday dates)

 $1080 p.p (Tour is guaranteed departure from 2 people)  

Single Room Supplement: USD200.Tour starting date: 2018 July. Private date is available if you have at least 2 people.

 4 nights' accommodation. Departure airport transfers;
 Arrival airport pick-up service by our guide and driver to hotel on Day1. International airfares and airfares to Guilin and exit Guilin;
 Meals mentioned as B, L or D; Visas;
 Water and simple snacks while cycling; Insurance*;
 Package service from our cycling leader who can fix small bike problems;  Tips, gratuities, personal expenses;
 Quality well-maintained mountain bikes of 24/27 speed front suspension; Helmet is offered for free but we suggest bring your own ones and cycling gear.
 Bike tools, spare parts and a backup wheels or bikes if necessary; 
Air-conditioned support vehicle & driver;
Ticket fee for the viewpoints: Erlangjian during our tour. 


Note: Please note that obtaining your own travel insurance is required in order to participate on this biking tour. It will need to include a minimum coverage of medical expenses with emergency evacuation, personal liability and accident insurance. Our biking leader will need to see a copy of your insurance at the group meeting on the first day. We reserve the right to refuse you if you do not carry such an insurance policy.

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