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8 days Qinghai kekexili and Qaidam basin tour in depth


TOUR TYPE: Group,Off The Beaten Path,Photography


Unlike other travel routes, which only take you to tourists crowded place like Qinghai lake, Ta’er monastery etc., instead we will choose most nature beloved and off the beaten path to Kekexili area (No man’s land) and Qaidam basin, to have an rendezvous with the “secret Mars campsite”. You will have a close contact with 8 famous lakes and to experience the profession as an astronaut


Day 1:Arrive Xining (No meal plan)
Fly to Xining on your own, upon arrival, we will pick you up from Xining international airport and drive your hotel
The rest day will be on your own. You have a local night evening food exploring tour on your own to taste the local food and enjoy the local culture.
Overnight at Xinning
Qinghai lakeXining Airport

Day 2:Xining-Qinghai lake-Chaka Salt lake-Delingha(B)
After breakfast, we will head to the Qinghai lake, here we will at “Daotanghe” section-one of the best photo shooting place for 1hr. Then we will drive to Chaka Salt lake, one of the largest salt lake in Qinghai province, when step into the lake, you can distinguish the lake from land or the sky, just like you are in unique universal.
We have left sufficient time around 2.5hrs for you explore the fairytale world. At last, we will drive to Delingha for overnight stay.
Qinghai lakechaka salt lake
Day 3: Delingha-“U” shape road-East Taiger lake-Yadan landfrom-West Taiger Lake-Mang’ai(B)
In early morning, we will drive through G315 road and will have a short stop at Small Qaidam basin and stop at famous “U” Shape road for photo take around 30 minutes. This “ U” Shape road looks stunning on the vast Gobi desert. Driving forward, we will reach East Taiger lake, also referred to be “ East Maldives”, its beaty can match with Jiuzhaigou valley in Sichuan. After sometime of visit of East Taiger lake, we will reach Wusute Water Yadan landform, here we will spend around 2 hours to have a deep explore for this great landscape view.
Then we will continue our way to West Taiger Lake. This features with 2 different colors and distinguished & separate by the two sides of the road G315, one side is jade blue while the other is jade green. After a fascinating day, we will drive to Mang’ai town for overnight stay.
East Taiger lakeWest Taiger lake
Day 4: Mang’ai-Aiken spring-Feicui lake-lake Gas hure-Blue cave salt spring(B)
After an overnight beautiful sleep and delicious breakfast, we will head toward our first visit for today from 9am- Aiken Spring ,also called “ Eyes of devil” . It is a local heat spring and no plants or living creatures can habituates nearby because of the heat. The shape of spring looks very much like the shape of an “ eye”, very stunning and intriguing.
After lunch break, we will drive to Feicui lake and here will spend around 1.5hrs to visit this beautiful lake. The colors of this lake will change according to sunlight just like most lakes in Tibet, in early after, it would be the most beautiful colors, the lake is also embraced the mountains, so it is quite a view with good weather. Then we will drive to Lake Gas Hure and spend 1hr here, this lake boundary line for qiekelike mountain and Alar grassland. It is a salt lake with some flower shaped salt crystals on the surface with clean blue bottoms which can take you breath away with its great beauty.
We will offer free visit to the blue cave salt spring. It is also referred to be the “ Eyes of the land” with bule cave eye shape, it is also salt lake.
After a beautiful, we will have good rest at delicatedly choosen hotel at Mang’ai
Aiken SpringFeicui lake
Day 5: Mang’ai-Mars One road-Mars Campsite-Qarhan Salt lake-Golmud(B)
After breakfast, we will drive to recently reputed Mars #1 road, it is a deserted national highway, driving on this road , you will across miles of Yardang landscapes without spotting a car or a human being which makes you feel like you are travelling on the planted of Mars. Due to this strange yet novel feeling, where will offer one free experience at the Mars Campsite where you can wear a space suit, just like an astronaut, it is a good and funny
experience with your friends and family. Fun-cospay time. Just opposite the Mars Campsite, it is the famous “EBOLIANG No man’s land area” where you can vast numbers of turtle back shaped Yardang landform, very extraordinary nature view. The last visit for today would be Qarhan Salt lake. Here we will plan 2 hrs visit to explore this beautiful inland salt lake. It has several shinning colors under the strong sunlight, very good for photo taking. Then we will drive to Golmud for overnight stay
 Mars CampsiteQarhan Salt lake
Day 6 Golmud-Mount Kunlun Pass-Kunlun Holy spring-Wuji Dragon & Phoenix Palace-Kekexili Sonandaj part-Golmud(BL)
After breakfast, we will drive along G109 national highway toward the largest Noman’s land Kekexili. Our first stop on the way would be “ Mount Kunlun Pass” ,it is also an important landmark for Qinghai-Tibet highway. After a short stop here, we will drive to Kunlun Holy Spring, it’s a non-frozen spring at high plateau of average 3700m. We also call it “ never aged spring or water “ on earth, visiting time here would be approximated half an hour. After that we will continue our way to Wuji Dragon & Phoenix Palace, it is highest Taoist temple in the world while Rongbuk monastery is the highest Buddhism temple in Tibet. Next stop would be Jade Mt.Everest Platform where you can thousands of miles of snow mountains, it is also the training base for mountain climbers. Our last visit for toady would be Kekexili-Sonandaj protection site where the average altitude is over 4500m, a vast area of no man’s land. By good chance, you will able to spot wild yaks, antelopes and wild Dongkeys. We planed 1 hr visit for this site for safety and high altitude reason.  Finally we drive back to Golmud for a good rest.
PS: We will provide free packed lunch for this day as today, we have no restaurants on the way for lunch
Wuji Dragon & Phoenix PalaceKeke Xili
Day 7 Golmud-Hai temple flower sea(June-Sept blossom season) or Panchen Residence -Xining/Lanzhou(B)
After breakfast, we will towards Dulan county , a very important small for the famous “ silk road”, it is in the north east direct Qaidam Baisin. During June to September ( the blossom period), we will visit Hai Temple flower sea, listening to the the explanations of the tour guide , you can understand more the culture  of the Hai temple. If not, in blossom season, we will not stop Hai temple flower sea, instead , we will offer one free visit to Panchen Residence. This great building situates in a greed land and surrounded by vast Gobi Deseret, attracting many religious people to come to worship. Finally we will drive to Xining/Lanzhou upon your decision and end this fascinating day.
Day 8 Xining/Lanzhou departure to your sweet home(B)
Today will be at your own dispose til your departure.  After an memorable trip, finally we will say Farwell to you in the airport and wish you good & safe journey to your sweet home and we hope you join us again for next great adventure.

Price Guide

Price Included
1. Meals plan : 7 breakfasts + 1 lunch throughout the whole journey
2. Car transfer
3. Chinese speaking guide
4. Experienced Driver
5. Entrance ticket fee to Chaka Salt lake, Water Yardang Landform and Hai Temple flower sea or Panchen Residence
6. Travel casualty insurance – compulsory
7. One mineral bottled water each pax per day
8. Necessary Oxygen assistance
9. Tax

Price Excluded
1. Meals not specifiey
2. Any airfare or train faire
3. Entrance tickets to the bellowing places ( Those place do not require entrance fee at the moment, if policy changes, you need to pay the ticket by your own)
East and West Taiger lake, Feicui lake, Aiken Spring, Blue cave salt spring, Mars Camp site, Kekexili, Wuji Dragon and phoenix palace
4.shuttle bus fee at Water Yardang Landfrom and Qarhan salt lake
5. Single room supplements
6. Your own expenses


  •  Notice: Some of the activates might be altered or cancelled due to force majeure like bad weather, close of monastery and activities etc.
  •  If you are single person, single supplements maybe required


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