Our specially-designed Qinghai Lake Cycling Tour is perfect for cycling fans looking to become a part of the the famous “Qinghai Lake International Cycling Race” experience. Hosting more than 250 cyclists from more than 20 countries, this race, held every summer, has become one of the largest professional cycling challenges in China. Our Qinghai Lake Cycling Tour covers some of the more scenic portions of the route and offers breathtaking mountain views, thickly forested valleys and alpine meadows in full bloom. Our tour features many of the region’s most famous sites including Bird Island and a Tibetan Lamasery.
Located on the northeastern part of the Tibetan Plateau, Qinghai Province is a desolate mountainous area featuring three of Asia’s best-known rivers. From the Yellow River (Huang He) originating in the middle of the province, to the Yangtze and Mekong with their sources in the southwestern part, these rivers were very important to the nomadic Tibetan herdsmen and still are.
Our tour also visits Qinghai Lake, the largest salt-water lake in China, which is located just west of the provincial capital of Xining in a depression of the Tibetan Plateau. Twenty-three rivers and streams empty into the lake ensuring a steady supply of fish all summer long. Our cycling tour circumnavigates the lake and offers a stunningly beautiful backdrop, perfect for photography.
Much of the terrain on this tour is flat with some rolling hills that are mild to moderate in difficulty. High altitude cycling may be difficult at times for some, but the vehicle support team is standing by to assist. Cyclists will travel up to 85 KM per day with a total cycling distance of approximately 360 km. We will encounter some traffic along the way, so precautions must be taken.