Overview

Our Qinghai extension showcases China’s seemingly endless and scenically spectacular Tibetan Plateau. We explore some of north-eastern Tibet’s most pristine and remote regions for its many breeding residents and northern migrants. Targets include the superb Blue Eared Pheasant, Chinese Grouse, elegant Black-necked Crane, Gansu Leaf Warbler, Ground Tit, Mongolian Lark, numerous rosefinches, an assortment of snowfinches, as well as the unique and beautiful Przevalski's Finch (placed in its own monotypic family).

2023 Tour price is an estimate and will change. Tour dates could be adjusted.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Przevalski’s Finch (Pink-tailed Bunting); Blue Eared Pheasant; Daurian Partridge; Chinese (Severtzov’s) Grouse; Black-necked Crane; Rufous-necked, White-rumped, Tibetan, Black-winged & Pere David’s Snowfinches; Pale Rosefinch; Elliot’s & Plain (Pere David’s) Laughingthrushes; Gansu & Alpine Leaf Warblers; Bar-headed Goose; Pallas’s Gull; Saker Falcon; Golden Eagle; Bearded Vulture; Godlewski’s Bunting; Grey-capped Greenfinch; Chinese & Przevalski’s Nuthatches; Crested & White-browed (Severtzov’s) Tit-warblers; Ground Tit (Hume’s Groundpecker); Brown & Robin Accentors; Wallcreeper; Smoky Warbler; Hume’s Short-toed, Crested, Horned & Tibetan Larks; Mongolian Finch; Guldenstadt’s Redstart.
Top Mammals
Daurian & Black-lipped Pikas; Red & Tibetan Foxes; Tibetan Roe Deer, Himalayan Marmot.
Habitats Covered
mountains, forest, grassland, lakes
Expected Climate
temperate to cool conditions, but can be very cold
Max Group Size
10 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader
Tour Pace & Walking
moderate pace and walking
Accommodation
basic but comfortable
Ease of Birding
mostly unchallenging with some tricky species
Photographic Opportunities
good to excellent
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As usual, Glen Valentine was fantastic. I have travelled with him before and it never ceases to amaze me how he can hear and spot birds so effectively. And his enthusiasm is contagious. You know that he has seen any given bird on previous trips but it's as though he is seeing it for the first time with you! Daniel Danckwerts was also on the tour "learning the ropes". Very knowledgeable and a good asset to have on the tour. A superb spotter! All in all, this was a fantastic trip. I would recommend it to anyone.

Glen Valentine is an incredible guide and has real talent. We very much appreciate him and always find his tours fun and so rewarding with great birds, great views even in freezing conditions. Any tour with Glen is a guaranteed success and a good time. Daniel Danckwerts will be a great asset to RBT and contributed to the success of the tour. He is also personable and has a great sense of humour. He wasn't all that slow with his scope either and we all saw some fine birds through his scope. We are never surprised at the excellence of RBT guides.

David Hoddinott was an excellent bird guide, finding and identifying birds at amazing speed and ease. He had researched the field well, and knew where to find the birds. He also had researched the literature and was versed in all the newest taxonomic changes. He was very patient in assuring that all the participants got on the bird.

As usual, Glen Valentine was fantastic. I have travelled with him before and it never ceases to amaze me how he can hear and spot birds so effectively. And his enthusiasm is contagious. You know that he has seen any given bird on previous trips but it's as though he is seeing it for the first time with you! Daniel Danckwerts was also on the tour "learning the ropes". Very knowledgeable and a good asset to have on the tour. A superb spotter! All in all, this was a fantastic trip. I would recommend it to anyone.

Glen Valentine is an incredible guide and has real talent. We very much appreciate him and always find his tours fun and so rewarding with great birds, great views even in freezing conditions. Any tour with Glen is a guaranteed success and a good time. Daniel Danckwerts will be a great asset to RBT and contributed to the success of the tour. He is also personable and has a great sense of humour. He wasn't all that slow with his scope either and we all saw some fine birds through his scope. We are never surprised at the excellence of RBT guides.

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