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12 Days Private Tour Xining - Xining - Kumbum (Ta’er Si) - Guide - Maqin - Base Camp of Amnye Machen - Xueshan Village - Xiadawu – Huashixia - Gonghe – Koko Nor (Qinghai Hu) - Xining
With 6282 meters above sea level, Amnye Machen Mountain is located in the northwest of Maqin County, Ngolok Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province. In Tibetan, Amnye Machen is meaning the highest ranking servant for serving Living Buddha. “Amnye” is a transliteration in Amdo Tibetan, meaning progenitor and meaning beautiful, happy, magnanimous and fearless. “Machen” means the largest mountain at the source of the Yellow River, and means magnificent. So Amnye Machen means strong progenitor in Tibetan. The Tibetan people call Amnye Machen one of the nine gods who created the world. Among the 21 holy mountains in the Tibetan people's belief, the fourth holy mountain is the Amnye Machen that specializes the changes of mountain, river, and all things in the world in Amdo area, and that is ambulance for Tibetan Nationality.

Amnye Machen Mountain is located in Sanjiangyuan Nature Reserve, covered snow all year round, with lots of glaciers, plenty of water plants on pasture, and interleaved wetlands and spring water. There are many rare and valuable animals living on highland boskage and in old-growth forest, such as Snow Cock, Eared Pleasant, Snow Leopard, White-Lipped Deer. All of them form the unique natural and human landscape in Qinghai.

The bike tour route will be started from Xining and chase the Yellow River and snow mountains along the pilgrimage road of Amnye Machen. Under the guidance of the Amnye Machen pilgrims, we’ll pay a tribute to the holly mountain.
Highlights
Mountain Bike Tour to Holy Mountain Amnye Machen
DAY
1

Arrive at Xining

Welcome to Xining, Qinghai

Today we arrive at Xining, and then meet your guide at the airport or the railway station, then transfer to the hotel.

Overnight at 4*Rezen Jingding Hotel
DAY
2

Xining - Kumbum Monastery (Ta’er Si)

Kumbum Monastery

You can get up lately and then visit Kumbum Monastery (Ta'er Si) of Gelukpa-sect that was built in 1560 in Huangzhong county and also one of the six grand monasteries in Tibet. Both Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Lamaistic "yellow hat sect" and the 14th Dalai lama were born here. As Kumbum monastery has always been playing an important role to connect the Mongolian with the Lamaism, today many Mongolian come to this place for worship.

60km
Overnight at Shang-pa Pureland Hotel
Breakfast
Kumbum Monastery
Kumbum Monastery
DAY
3

Bike Kumbum Monastery (2696m) - Lajishan Pass (3820m) - Guide (2200m)

Starting bike tour

Start your bike tour today and firstly cross Lajishan Pass at 3820 meters above sea level. And then bike downhill all the way to Guide by Yellow River. On the way you’ll enjoy the Danxia landform as well as the landform and customs by Yellow River.

90km
Overnight at Yinlong International Hotel
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Danxia landform in Guide
Danxia landform in Guide
DAY
4

Bike Guide - Wangjia Village (3400m)

Biking to Wangjia Village

Bike from Guide and then bike uphill with elevation from 2200 meters to 3400 meters. Then you will reach an open plateau pasture. After that, bike to Wangjia Village with a little undulating road.

80km
Overnight at simple guesthouse or camping
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
DAY
5

Bike Wangjia Village - Hebei Village (3400m)

Biking to Hebei Village

Bike uphill from Wangjia Village and climb through a mountain pass at 4000 meters above sea level. Finally, reach Hebei Village.

80km
Overnight at simple guesthouse or camping
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Camping
Camping
Photo by Ping Pai
DAY
6

Bike Hebei Village - Kemuda Pass (4234m) - Lajia Town (3100m)

Biking to Lajia Town, Ragya Monastery

Today the road is mountain road mainly that consume a lot of strength. Besides, you will climb through Kemuda Pass at 4234 meters above sea level. On the way visit the Ragya Monastery (Lajia Si) of Gelugpa sect by the Yellow River (Huang He). Finally reach Lajia Town at 3100 meters above sea level.

43km
Overnight at simple guesthouse or camping
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Yellow River
Yellow River
DAY
7

Bike Lajia Town - Heitushan Pass (4320m) - Maqin (3750m)

Biking to Maqin

Today the road is also mountain road and ride to Maqin crossing Heitushan Pass at 4320 meters above sea level.

70km
Overnight at 3*Jinfeng International Hotel
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
DAY
8

Bike Maqin - Xueshan Village - Base Camp of Amnye Machen

Biking to Base Camp of Amnye Machen

Today, we will cross three small passes at more that 4000 meters above sea level. Bike from Dawu at 3750 meters above sea level and then bike uphill gently all the way. After crossing the first mountain pass at 4000 meters above sea level, we will bike downhill to 3800 meters above sea level, and then bike uphill again. There are gravels, sands, muddy road all the way. When we cross the second mountain pass at 4200 meters above sea level, there are lots of colorful prayer flags. Our vision is opening up suddenly and Amnye Machen Snow Mountain occurs to your eyes. Then bike to Xueshan Village and have a rest at Xueshan Village. After that, a tough trip is beginning. Following the stream formed by glacial melt water, bike uphill from Xueshan Village at 3650 meters above sea level to Base Camp of Amnye Machen at 4400 meters above sea level. Three peaks with over 6,000 meters altitude (Machen Gangri peaks 1, 2, and 3) are arranged in a line, with magnificent momentum and wide vision.

80+10km
Camping
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Amnye Machen
Amnye Machen
DAY
9

Base Camp of Amnye Machen

Free time or continue to bike

Have a rest here. If all group have physical power, we can continue to bike uphill to a mountain pass at 4600 meters above sea level where you can enjoy the beautiful landscape of Amnye Machen Snow Mountain.

Camping
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Amnye Machen
Amnye Machen
DAY
10

Bike Base Camp of Amnye Machen - Xueshan Village - Guozhihejianli Pass (4650m) – Xiadawu

Biking to Xiadawu

Bike uphill at the north slope of Amnye Machen Snow Mountain along 701 County Highway. When the elevation approaches to 4650 meters, cross Guozhihejianli Pass. And then bike downhill to Xiadawu and Glacier of Amnye Machen Snow Mountain will be gotten all the way. The biking tour ends today.

70km.
Overnight at simple guesthouse or camping
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Amnye Machen
Amnye Machen
DAY
11

Xiadawu - Gonghe – Koko Nor Lake (Qinghai Lake)

Koko Nor Lake (Qinghai Hu)

Today we visit Koko Nor Lake (Qinghai Hu). Walking by the Koko Nor Lake, the biggest salty lake in China. "Koko Nor" in Mongolian language means "blue sea” because of the lunar shape and the color of the lake.

400km
Overnight at 3*Qinghai Lake Hotel
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Koko Nor Lake
Koko Nor Lake
DAY
12

Koko Nor Lake – Xining

Farewell to Qinghai

Free time or ride along the lake in the morning. In the afternoon drive back to Xining and transfer to the airport, fly back home.
Breakfast
Koko Nor Lake
Koko Nor Lake
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Hotel, program and itinerary are subjected to change with prior notice.
We must point out that you counter a basic tourism infrastructure in this region. You stay overnight mostly at simple hotel/guesthouse and in tent. Long biking on bad roads, on high altitude and delays require good physical fitness, resilience and flexibility of the participants. Program and route changes due to unforeseen events are expressly reserved. If you desire the unknown and have an understanding of contingency, this is the right trip for you.
More Impressions
Kumbum Monastery
Landform in Guide
Landform in Guide
Ragya Monastery
Ragya Monastery
Amnye Machen | Photo by Sangye
Bike Tour to Amnye Machen | Photo by Ping Pai
Bike Tour to Amnye Machen | Photo by Ping Pai
Bike Tour to Amnye Machen | Photo by Ping Pai
Bike Tour to Amnye Machen | Photo by Ping Pai
Bike Tour to Amnye Machen | Photo by Ping Pai
Bike Tour to Amnye Machen | Photo by Ping Pai
Bike Tour to Amnye Machen | Photo by Ping Pai
Bike Tour to Amnye Machen | Photo by Ping Pai
Bike Tour to Amnye Machen | Photo by Ping Pai
Bike Tour to Amnye Machen | Photo by Ping Pai
Bike Tour to Amnye Machen | Photo by Ping Pai
Bike Tour to Amnye Machen | Photo by Ping Pai
Bike Tour to Amnye Machen | Photo by Ping Pai
Bike Tour to Amnye Machen | Photo by Ping Pai