5 Days Qinghai Lake Tour with Qinghai Lake and Chaka Salt Lake

Chaka Salt Lake has a heavy salt bed close to the surface of the lake, which is one of the “four Qinghai scenery” with Ta’er Lamasery, Qinghai Lake and Mengda Tianchi. It is also awarded by National Geographic Magazine as one of the “55 obligatory visited places in people’s life”. Besides, Qinghai Lake is also included in this tour.


  • View the largest inland and salt-water lake in China – Qinghai Lake.
  • Walk on the visible crystals in Chaka Salt Lake bed and see the sunrise on the salt lake.
  • Visit Guide National Geological Park to appreciate Danxia natural landscape.

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1: Xining Arrival
  • Day 2: Xining – Qinghai Lake – Chaka Town
  • Day 3: Chaka Town – Xining
  • Day 4: Xining
  • Day 5: Xining Departure

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Xining Arrival

Sightseeing and Activities: Dongguan Great Mosque
Accommodation: Xining
Meals: Lunch

Take the morning flight or train to Xining and tour guide will pick you up from airport or train station. Then we will head to visit Dongguan Great Mosque, which is one of the “four great mosques in China”.

Day 2 Xining – Qinghai Lake – Chaka Town

Sightseeing and Activities: Riyue Mountains, Bird Island
Accommodation: Chaka Town
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Chaka Salt Lake in Haixi, Qinghai

In the morning, drive about 2.5 hours to Qinghai Lake and we will stop at Riyue Mountains, which also known as “Sun and Moon Mountain”, which is part of the magnificent Qilian Mountain Range. On either side of the pass, the Ri (Sun) and Yue (Moon) Pavilions were built to commemorate Princess Wencheng’s sacrifice.

We will cruise on the lake and visit the Bird Island in the lake.

After the visit, drive to Chaka Town for overnight.

Day 3 Chaka Town – Xining

Sightseeing and Activities: Chaka Salt Lake, Jinyintan Prairie
Accommodation: Xining
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Get up early to enjoy the sunrise of Chaka Salt Lake. The Lake is as beautiful as a fairyland.

Then drive back to Xining. On the way, visit Jinyintan Prairie, a typical pastoral area, where there are more than 300,000 cattle and sheep live here.

Day 4 Xining

Sightseeing and Activities: Huangheqing Bridge, Guide National Geological Park
Accommodation: Xining
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Huangheqing Bridge in Hainan Prefecture, Qinghai

In the morning, drive along Laji Mountain and Danxia landscape to Guide county of Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. It is known as “the small jiangnan in the plateau”, and the “back garden” of the provincial capital, xining.

Then we will visit Huangheqing Bridge and cruise on the Yellow River to view the scenery. Afterwards, drive back to Xining and stop at Guide National Geological Park for a visit.

Day 5 Xining Departure

Sightseeing and Activities: Taer Monastery
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today we will visit Taer Monastery, the birthplace of lamaism shamanism founder Tsongkhapa, which is some 25 kilometers from Xining. It is a Tibetan lama monastery with a history of over 400 years with the “three treasures of the monastery”: mural, barbola and butter sculptures.

After that, be transferred to the airport or train station for your next destination.

Service Included:

  • Admission fees for all of the sightseeing spots listed in the itinerary;
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary;
  • Hotels as listed in the itinerary;
  • Private English-speaking tour guide;
  • Private vehicle for transfers & sightseeing with skilled driver;
  • Service charge & government taxes;
  • Luggage transfers between airports and hotels;
  • Domestic train tickets of soft sleeper.

Service Excluded:

  • Any arrival and departure international airfares or train tickets;
  • Chinese visa fees;
  • Excess baggage charged by Airlines;
  • Single room supplement;
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Personal expenses and gratuities to service staff;
  • Personal travel accident insurance;
  • All optional programs.