LHASA KATHMANDU TIBET MOUNTAIN BIKE TOUR

This incredible mountain biking tour over 22 days is famous amongst adventure biking enthusiasts. It goes from Lhasa in Tibet to Kathmandu in Nepal and is a long and challenging cycle ride at high altitudes and steep mountain passes.

After a few days in Kathmandu to do some sightseeing and visa formalities, you head up to Lhasa by plane where you get to spend the next three days visiting some incredible temples and slowly adjusting to the altitude. Then the bike tour starts, all the way to Everest Base camp and Rongbuk Monastery. Along the way you will climb 6 major passes offering incredible views across the Himalayan mountains.

Your reward for the hard work will be to spend 2 nights camping at Rongbuk Monastery under the watchful eye of Everest. As borders are currently closed, your return trip will be back via Shigatse to Lhasa with a flight back to Kathmandu. When the borders are open, two major passes then separate you from Nepal; the Ladling La and Thang La. After that, an astonishing descent of 4600 metres will take you via the border down of Zhangmu all the way back to the Kathmandu valley.

Overview

Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

Day-2: Full day guided sightseeing around of the Kathmandu valley.

Day-3: Kathmandu to Lhasa (3660m)

Day-4: Lhasa

Day-5: Lhasa

Day-6: Start the Lhasa Kathmandu Bike Trip!

Day-7: Kamba Pass

Day-8: Karo Pass

Day-9: Karo Pass to Gyantse

Day-10: Shigatse

Day-11: Gyachung Monastery

Day-12: Lhatse

Day-13: Shegar

Day-14: Pang Pass

Day-15-16: Rongbuk Monastery Everest Base Camp

Day-17: Tingri

Day-18 : Tong La Pass

Day-19: Cycling to Peikutso Lake

Day-20: Lhasa.

Day-21: Lhasa - Kathmandu.

Day-22: Depart

Fast Facts

Altitude: 5400m

Best: May to October

Tour: 22 Days

Hotels, Tents

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1:

Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel

Day-2:

Full day guided sightseeing around of the Kathmandu valley.

Day-3: Kathmandu to Lhasa (3660m)

Transfer to the airport for the hour-long flight across the main Himalayan range. Afternoon at rest to acclimatise to Lhasa's high altitude.

Day-4: Lhasa

We will visit Lhasa's many monasteries and sites, such as the Sera Monastery, and the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama.

Day-5: Lhasa

We visit the Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery founded in the 14th century, and once the largest in the world, with a population of around 10,000 monks. The afternoon, is a time to relax or further explore the area.

Day-6: Start the Lhasa Kathmandu Bike Trip!

Finally, your trans-Himalayan biking adventure begins. Our journey towards Everest starts with the Friendship Highway as it heads out across the plateau. We leave Lhasa and cycle along the Tsangpo River to foot of the Kamba Pass (3700 m). When you arrive at the camp you will find tents, latrines, shower tent and facilities ready. Accommodation in tents [Mountain Bike distance: 85 km].

Day-7: Kamba Pass

Our first mountain pass. A strong uphill climb along a tar road of several switchbacks, reaches a summit lavishly adorned with prayer flags (4794m). After descending we continue alongside Lake Yamdruk, at the far side of which we set camp (4490m). Overnight in tents. [Mountain Bike distance: 55 km]

Day-8: Karo Pass

Leaving the beautiful lake behind, we cycle along the Friendship highway which soon becomes a gravel roadway, through a ravine and up to the foot of the Karo Pass (4750m), where our tented village will be prepared for the night. Accommodation in tents. [Mountain Bike distance: 54 km]

Day-9: Karo Pass to Gyantse

A significant time on the tour, as we have to get up early to climb the high Karo Pass (5010m). Around us we can see glaciers stretching down to 6000m and beautiful lakes. You are rewarded for your effort with a night in Gyantse (3980m). Hotel.

Day-10: Shigatse

First we will visit the Gyantse Dzong and Gyantse Kumbum. The Dzong is a fort dating from the 14th century and the Kumbum, a large gold-domed stupa with several small chapels, containing an impressive collection of Tibetan Buddhist murals. We then drive on the highway towards Shigatse. Although this involves a longer distance, the highway is tarred and flat. In the afternoon we will arrive in Tibet's second largest city, Shigatse (3860m).  [Mountain Bike distance: 94 km]

Day-11: Gyachung Monastery

We leave Shigatse and ride over two small passes and through several small Tibetan villages. We will cycle past the isolated Gyachung Monastery and camp. Accommodation in tents at around 4100m. [Total cycle: 75 km]

Day-12: Lhatse

The route lead us through picturesque valleys before the long route begins which leads over the Tso-La (4520m). After lunch we head towards Lhatse past the hot springs and camp about 10km outside of town. Accommodation in tents. [Total cycle: 95 km]

Day-13: Shegar

We view the stunning canyon of the 5220m Gyatso-La. On a clear day you will be rewarded for your effort with your first view of Mount Everest. After a 40 km ride through flat prairie towns, you will arrive in the town of Pelbar, often referred to as Shegar. Shegar, is a popular stopover for anyone heading to the Everest region. This is a long and grueling ride through the canyon.  [Total cycle: 75 km]

Day-14: Pang Pass

Just outside of Shegar, we will divert off the main Lhasa-Kathmandu highway and head towards the world's highest peak, Everest. After passing through the border control point, you will be faced with 20km's of uphill switchbacks (42 hairpin bends in total!) before you reach the summit of the Pang Pass (5150m). Your reward will be some of the most magnificent views of Everest and her surrounding peaks. Enjoy lunch as you gaze over Makalu (8463m), Shishapangma (8012m), Cho Oyu (8210m), Lhotse (8516m), Everest (8850m) and several other breathtaking peaks. Then a 20 kilometer downhill follows to the Rongbuk Valley (4200m), where we camp. Overnight accommodation in tents. [Total cycle: 67 km]

Day-15-16: Rongbuk Monastery Everest Base Camp

Now you should be at peak fitness and excited about the approach of Everest Base Camp. A bumpy road winds up through the Rongbuk valley until the majestic Mount Everest appears before you. We will camp beside the monastery with the unforgettable sight of the 8848m peak in front of your eyes. We will stay here for two days. One your second day, you can either read a book or get even closer to Everest by taking a walk, cycling or hopping on a donkey and cart ride to Everest base camp, which is 8km from the campsite. Accommodation in tents (5150m). [Total cycle: 35 km]

Day-17: Tingri

Leaving Rongbuk, we drive back down the bumpy road and then take a "short-cut" into the mountains. Another bumpy trail takes us over a canyon and down into Tingri (4340m). Overnight in tents. [Total cycle: 86 km]

Day-18 : Tingri to the Base of  Lalung La

Today's cycling is predominantly flat, although headwinds may hamper an otherwise comfortable day! The ride will take us through a landscape of monasteries, fortresses and clear mountain rivers. [Total cycle: 62 km]

Day-19: Base of Lalung La to Paiku Tso Lake

We begin the day with a steep 155m climb up over the Lalung La Pass, heading west for the rest of the day on undulating terrain all the way to our camp at the beautiful Paiku Tso Lake. Surrounded by towering mountains on three sides, numerous small streams drain into the lake. There are wild birds and horses in the surrounding area. This area is one of Tibet's magical spots with stunning views of the snowcapped Shishapangma(8,012m) the only 8,000m peak situated wholly with Tibet and the Langtang range bordering Nepal to the south. ; [Total cycle: 88 km]

Day-20: Cycling to Kerong border.

Heading away from the lake, today is the biggest challenge of the tour so far! We cycle 2 incredible passes the first at 5,000m, the second 5,253m. The rest of the cycling is downhill to reach Gyirong. This region of Tibet is known as the back garden of the Himalayas. [Total cycle: 53 km]

Day-21: Lhasa - Kathmandu.

Fly back from Lhasa to Kathmandu. That evening we will all get together in the evening for a last dinner to celebrate the successful completion of this amazing adventure. [Total cycle: 0 km]

Day-22:

Final Departure from Nepal.

End of services

What's Included

Price includes

Airport transfers by private vehicle
Thamel Eco Resort in Kathmandu, twin sharing with breakfast
Kathmandu sightseeing tour, entrance fees, guide, private transportation
TIMS
Flights: Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu
Everest NP entrance fees
Teahouse trek arrangement (staying in lodges)
Breakfast, lunch and dinner on trek (we do not restrict the orders) Meals include coffee or tea but not soft drinks, beer, milo etc
Guide and porter (s) on trek; their wages, insurance and expenses
Welcome dinner with live Nepali cultural show
Duffel bag on trek

Price Excludes

International flights, departure taxes and any excess baggage charges.
Mandatory travel and medical insurance
Tips, baggage and porterage
Expenses of a personal nature such as bottled drinks, mineral water, morning and afternoon teas etc laundry etc.
Meals while staying at the hotels in Kathmandu (only breakfast is included along with accommodation).
Extra expenses and/of additional days caused due to unexpected events (such a flight delays, porterage because of land slides and other natural events.)
Entry Visa $40
Rescue and evacuation
Tips and gratuities
Costs incurred for returning to the hotel earlier than expected (From $35 per night)
Single supplements if applicable
Cost for giving up the trek (and any unused portions which are not refundable), additional hotel days in Kathmandu as a result or costs incurred for changing the itinerary, if applicable, extra costs incurred for landslides and delays beyond our control etc.

Photos

Lhasa Lakes
Tibet Mountain Bike Everest base camp

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