The new race location (from 2019) is Haixi Mongol and Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province. The new location is not far from the old one, in fact it is just south of it, but behind the giant snowcapped peaks – on the Tibetan Plateau. It is the start of the Tibetan cultural world, and the northernmost edge of the great Tibetan Plateau.
Haixi is populated by Tibetan, Mongol and Kazakh herders, until recently fully nomadic, they are now semi-nomadic. Also, until very recently this entire region has been completely closed to foreigners. It is very little visited by foreigners due to its inaccessibility and remoteness.
The race goes through Chaidam Depression – one of the most arid and inhospitable locations on Earth, here saline lakes are common and the eroded, windswept landscape resembles Mars.
The closest airport to the start line is Huatugu, but it is a small one, the closest large airports are Xining and Dunhuang, but it takes several hours to drive from there to race location.