Off the Beaten Track Qinghai

Tongren, Guide & Xining

From $2000 per person in low season
From $2100 per person in high season

based on 4 nights & daily experiences

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  • Daily Breakfast

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per person based on two sharing. 
Please note that the cost of the itinerary will be higher during peak periods of travel, over Chinese National Vacations

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  • Rich in culture and gorgeous natural landscapes, this itinerary provides the best of both worlds in a quick getaway.

  • Off the beaten China with pristine and beautiful surrounds

  • Travel comfortably with well-appointed accommodation in this remote corner of China.

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Qinghai’s continental plateau location forms a unique climate, with low temperatures, long winters and dry and windy conditions, with an average rainfall of just 300mm. The winter temperatures rarely reach above -7°C, often plummeting well into the -20s. Spring is cool but beautiful, as the plateaus burst into life once more. The summer months from June to September are the best time to visit Qinghai, with warm, dry days and alpine flowers blooming across the grasslands. Even during the summer months, evenings can still be cool so warm layers are advisable.

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Get away from the crowds with a trip to the pristine and mystical region of Qinghai. Tucked in the far west corner of China, this itinerary explores the highlights of Tibetan culture and natural wonders.

  1. Fly into Xining

  2. Days 1-3: Tongren

    With its close proximity to the Tibetan plateau, Qinghai province is almost like mini Tibet with less crowds. Enter Qinghai through the gateway of Xining and make your way to Tongren town. Soak in the Tibetan culture and visit various temples and monasteries including Wu Tun Monastery and the Red Hat Sect Monastery. Make a trip to Shuang Peng Xi village, the home town of Gendun Chopel, one of the most highly regarded Tibetan figures of the twentieth century.

    Accommodation: Hongfengde Hotel (2 nights)

  3. Days 3-4: Guìdé

    Travel to Guide and be amazed by the breath-taking scenery of rugged peaks and magnificent multi-colored clay scenery of Danxia Canyon. Along the way, take the opportunity to visit some caves with Buddha carvings and painted symbols of the Regong Arts that originated from Qinghai.

    Accommodation: Jing Yue Ge Hotel (1 night)

  4. Days 4-5: Xining

    End your trip in a lovely stay of the 5 star Sofitel Xining Hotel and embark on a tour to discover the Qinghai Tibetan Medicine Museum and the Gautama Monastery.

    Accommodation: Sofitel Xining (1 night)

  5. Fly home from Xining


  • Cruise & Hike Qinghai Lake

    Embark on a trip to Qinghai Lake, China's largest lake for a 30-minute cruise and 1-hour hike around Er Langjian Scenic Area. En route, you will also visit Riyue Mountains, Ri and Yue Pagodas. On your return journey, visit local Tibetan families.

  • Full day trip to Gui De

    Explore the city of Gui De, a small Tibetan city to south of Xining known for its charming historic Old Town.

  • Gautama Monastery Tour

    Make a visit to the Gautama Monastery.

  • Gems of Tongren

    Climb up Kalachakra Stupa to have a panoramic view of Guomar Monastery and Village. After lunch, visit Shuang Peng Xi Village, the birth place of Gendun Chopel who is one of the most important Tibetan figures famous for his poetry skills.

  • Guided-Hike to Wu Tun Monastery

    Enjoy a light hike to the Wu Tun Monastery.

  • Kanbula National Forest Park

    Today, you will visit the remarkable Danxia landform of Kanbula with its tall, rugged mountains. You will also enjoy a boat ride while you are in the national park.

  • Kumbum Monastery Tour

    This half day tour brings you along the pilgrims' route along the Kumbum Monastery. Visit the Dharma Protector's Hall, the Longevity Temple, Dharma Kalachakra Hall, Assembly Hall, Silver Stupa Temple and Yak Butter Sculpture Hall.

  • Qinghai Tibetan Museum Tour

    Visit the Qinghai Tibetan Medicine Museum in Xining which houses the world's longest Tangkha.

  • Visit the Nomad Herders at Qinghai Lake

    Embark on a trip to Qinghai Lake, China's largest lake to visit the nomadic yak and sheep herders.


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