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Qinghai Lake Summer pasture hike

Qinghai Lake Summer pasture hike

By Qinghai Lake Eco-Tour
Welcome to experience nomadic Tibet in summer, when the grassland is carpeted with wild flowers, unleashing pleasant scent. Be prepared to be mesmerized by the natural beauty of the plateau. We will set up tent camps on the private pastures running along the shore of Qinghai Lake, and you will be able to walk to the lake side. Seeing the blue lake water seemingly touching the sky in the far distance, you will be simply amazed. From your tent you can watch the sunrise and sunset, or stargaze under a chandelier of stars. Our local Tibetan friends will walk with you to the summer pasture in the higher mountains. You can fill your canteen with butter tea from the freshest, most flavorful milk you will ever taste, or with salty black tea. We will prepare feasts with parched barley and succulent mutton in a yak-hair nomad tent. You will take on a hike to a mountain, 4,200-meter-high, to see a panoramic view of the blue lake and the majestic surrounding mountains.

Ages 5-60
Duration: 4 days
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Chinese, English

  • Dinner
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Lunch
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Lunch
  • Entry/Admission - Sand Island of Qinghai Lake
  • Entry/Admission - Gonghe County
  • Entry/Admission - Gonghe County
  • Entry/Admission - Chaka Salt Lake, Haixi
  • Entry/Admission - Chaka Salt Lake, Haixi
What's not included
  • Entry/Admission - Daotang River
  • Entry/Admission - Heima River

Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Xining Caojiabao International Airport
  • Xining, Qinghai, China Xining is the northern gateway to Tibetan Plateau, and a multi-ethnic town, which is the central major town of Qinghai province.
  • Airports:
  • Capital Airport, Shunyi, Beijing 101300 China
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 152084P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 152084P1

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8 stops
Day 1
To Qinghai Lake (Kokonor)
Day 2
day hike to summer pasture
Day 3
hike to mountain top
Day 4
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About the operator
Qinghai Lake Eco-Tour
Xining, Qinghai, China
Joined in May 2019

#1 of 2 Transportation in Xining
Glimpse into the lifestyle of Tibetan nomads
I spent four nights living with Tibetan nomads as part of the Qinghai Lake Eco-tour this May, along with nine companions. We were accommodated in specially prepared two-person tents that kept us warm despite the chilly weather -- this time of year the wind is biting and we woke up to frost on the ground every morning. The traditional Tibetan style of life in this area is semi-nomadic; the Tibetan nomads rotate between four different settlements corresponding to each season, moving their yak and sheep herds between them as the weather changes. My group was able to participate in many of the daily spring activities of our hosts. The bulk of morning tasks (e.g., milking the yaks, letting the sheep out to pasture) occur before 10 AM. In the evening, the main chore is to herd the yaks and sheep back into their pens from pasture. This leaves a good portion of the day open for supplemental or self-directed activities; my group spent much of this time drinking milk tea with our hosts in the warmth of their small square home, helping them prepare meals, and having discussions in the large communal tent we ate in. For the truly intrepid of heart, gathering yak manure is another simple but helpful activity for your hosts that can be completed at any time while the yaks are out to pasture. The manure is used as fuel in the winter. Our guide during our time was a Qinghai local who spoke excellent English and was knowledgeable about the cultural, historical, and ecological issues of the region. He had ready answers for all our questions about the nomadic lifestyle we were taking part in. On the flip side, we also got to enjoy the challenge of communicating with other locals whose English and Mandarin were not as fluent. Easily some of my favorite memories from the experience were cracking jokes in broken Mandarin with our cook and helping our host milk yaks with only non-verbal communication. My group also spent half a day at the Chaka Salt Flats, a little more than an hour away from our where our hosts live. The flats are touristy but also picturesque and geologically interesting. Our hosts put us in contact with drivers who drove us to and from. The last thing I will say, which cannot be overstated enough, is that the Qinghai Lake area is stunningly beautiful and like few other places you will ever see. The lake was bright blue and imposingly large from our tents, about a half hour walk away. Watching the sun set behind the mountains that surrounded us on all sides was mesmerizing and made me forget about the cold. Star constellations are also sharp at night, and the Milky Way can be made out when the sky is clear. The Qinghai Lake Eco-Tour was an immensely rewarding exploration of the lives of the local Tibetan nomads and the natural beauty of the area.
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1 review
Very good

Guangzhou, China70 contributions
夏休みに、エコツアーに参加しました。三日間、テント生活をし、青海のチベット族の皆さんの生活を体験することができました。都市で暮らしている自分の生活とはかなり異なる経験でしたが、自分の今までの価値観を揺るがすくらいの、とても素晴らしい経験でした。このツアーを、友達や家族に紹介したいです。Yanbi ありがとう!
During the summer holidays, I joined the Qinghai Eco Tour. I spent 3 nights in the tent and I experienced the Qinghai Tibetanos life. Their life style was totally different from mine, and that experience was really great one which I have ever had. I really would like to recommend this tour to my friends and families. Thanks to Yambi!
Written October 3, 2019
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