Lhasa Kathmandu Biking Tour

Tibet is a rich and beautiful land with an average altitude of over 4,000m. There are about 2,000,000 of population, mainly Tibetans, and an area of 1.2 million sq. km. The Tibetans have a wonderful culture developed over centuries of isolation. There are great temples and monasteries where robed monks still wear their traditional yellow hats.

Tibet is also known as the land of snows, which is land of ancient Buddhist culture having awesome landscapes, artistic monasteries and century's old caravan trails. Tibet is a sacred land of myths and mysteries inhabited by the ever smiling people has greatly exerted magnetic spell upon travellers for centuries. The main highlights of this Tibet’s Bicycle Tour are, having the panoramic view of Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, Pelkor Choede & Gyantse Kumbum, Tashilungpo Monastery etc.

The Kathmandu Lhasa Cicycle Tour is a very popular way to explore Tibet. During the Bicycle Tour we follow the classic route across the high Tibetan plateau from Lhasa to Nepal border. We negotiate 6 major passes, traversed the backbone of the Himalaya & visit some of the most fascinating towns, villages, nomad camps, monasteries enrooted. Throughout the trip there will be vehicle support provided for emergencies as well as a team of Sherpas for camping. Biking in Tibet is non-technical as the route is along hard-packed roads, but the altitude is always a factor as we cross six passes at over 5000m. The route is also remote and the weather often cold, so the journey is not for the faint-hearted. The route does, however, finish with a long downhill finish to reach Nepal.

Details Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu.
You are welcomed by hospitable meeting and then you will be transferred to hotel. Our airport representative will explain briefly the program upon arrival. Overnight at Hotel. B&B

Day 02: Trek preparation and Kathmandu Valley Sihgtseeing tour.
Sightseeing of world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Darbar square, Swayambhunath Temple , Boudhanath Stupa & Pashupatinath Temple. Overnight at Hotel.B&B

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa
Morning transfer to the airport for the hour-long flight to Tibet. This spectacular flight, on a China Southwest Airlines Boeing 757, takes us right across the main Himalayan range and provides us with magnificent mountain views. After landing at Gonggar Airport and meeting our Tibetan guide, it is a further 2-hour drive by Land cruiser jeep to Lhasa where we will check into the Hotel. It's advisable to rest and take it easy for the remainder of the day due to Lhasa's altitude. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 4-5: Lhasa Sightseeing Tour

We will spend two full days visiting the major temples and monasteries in Tibet, to include the beautiful Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery and Potala Palace, former residence of the Dalai Lamas, which dominates the city, as well as the Jokhang Temple with scores of pilgrims prostrating themselves in worship outside. We will also spend time wandering through the local markets and shopping for goodies to take home or to just take in the atmosphere of the square. Later you will have time to prepare your bike for the trip. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 06: Start the Bike Tour! 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. Overnight accommodation in tents [Total cycle: 85 km].

Day 07: 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 accommodation in tents. [Total cycle: 55 km]

Day 08: Karo Pass base
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. Overnight accommodation in tents. [Total cycle: 54 km]

Day 09: Karo Pass to Gyantse
A significant day 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 a top hotel in the city of Gyantse (3980m). Overnight accommodation at Gyantse 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 head out on the highway towards Shigatse. Although today involves a longer distance, the highway is tarred and flat. In the afternoon we will arrive in Tibet's second largest city, Shigatse (3860m). Overnight accommodation at Shigatse Hotel. [Total cycle: 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. Overnight 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
Today 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. Today will be a long and gruelling ride through the canyon. Overnight accommodation in Hotel Quomolongma. [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’sof 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
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. Overnight accommodation in tents (5150m). [Total cycle: 35 km]

Day 17: Tingri
Leaving Rongbuk, we head 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 accommodation in tents. [Total cycle: 86 km]

Day 18: Lalung Pass
This day begins with a 40 to 50km flat ride before lunch. Then we tackle the gradual incline of the Lalung Pass (4990m). From here you will feel like you are as high as the peaks around you, including Shishapangma (8012m). Overnight accommodation in tents in the valley between two passes. [Total cycle: 77 km]

Day 19: Cross Thang Pass the ultimate downhill
Today, we tackle our last up hill, as we cycle up the incredible Thang Pass to 5050m. You will be treated to breathtaking views of the Himalayan chain as you freewheel the most incredible non stop downhill, all the way to the Nepalese border. You will be treated to breathtaking views of the Himalayan chain as you freewheel down.
From the town of Nyalam you will notice that the scenery starts to turn green again. You will cycle down past countless waterfalls and pine tree lines roads, with waterfalls practically crashing over you, to the border town of Zhangmu (2300m). This will be our last day in Tibet. Overnight accommodation in Zhangmu hotel. [Total cycle: 117 km]

Day 20: Back to Nepal
From Zhangmu we have to pass through customs and into Nepal.
Once you are in the Nepali town of Kodari the downhill continues for the next 50 km along some very bumpy and rocky roads. Suddenly it is tropical and humid and green again as you cycle alongside rice paddies. After you reach the town of Dolalghat you must climb up to Dhulikhel (1600m). Accommodation in Resort. [Total cycle: 97km]

Day 21: Bhaktapur and Kathmandu. Free day for shopping, etc
What a wonderful way to end this trip – a big breakfast at sunrise and the spectacular panorama of the Himalayas. You will freewheel down through Bhaktapur where you can stop and see some of the town's famous temples if you wish, before we ride into busy Kathmandu again. In the afternoon you can relax, shop or go sightseeing. We will all get together in the evening for a last dinner to celebrate the successful completion of this amazing adventure. [Total cycle: 35 km].

Day 22: Final Departure from Nepal.

The Cost Includes During the Trip:

1. Accommodation on twin sharing BB basis during tour as per hotel plan in Kathmandu and Lhasa
2. Two men a tent with foam & thermal mattress, dinning tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, expert Cook & Sherpa during camping
3. Freshly vegetarian full board meals, continental: - any meals Chinese, Tibetan, and western style.
4. All the sightseeing tours in Kathmandu & Lhasa by an experienced English Speaking tour guide inclusive of private vehicle and all entrance fees.
5. Experienced and friendly English speaking Tibetan guide during tour.
6. Land cruiser and support truck,
7. Chinese visa fees, Tibet Travel Permit and Monastery entrance fees
8. Basic first aid Medical kit bag
9. Required number of crew during the tour.
11. Experienced tour leader / co-coordinator with each group
12. Enough Oxygen cylinder entire of tour
12 Yaks and Yak-men to carry baggage, food, fuel etc while making Parikrama of Mt. Kailash

Cost Does not Include During The Trip

- Mt Bike
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Lhasa.
- Your Travel insurance.
- International airfare and airport departure tax.
- Nepal entry visa , you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.).
- All kind of cold drink like alcoholic and mineral water, Coke, Fanta, Juice etc...
- Hot and cold shower during the mountain.
- Personal shopping and laundry etc.
- Personal trekking Equipments.
- Tips for trekking staff and driver.


NOTE: Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.

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Trip Highlight

Spectacular flight Kathmandu to Lhasa passing right over Mt Kanchenjunga (8586m/ 28,169ft), Mt. Everest (8848m/ 29.028ft), Mt. Makalu (8463m/ 27,766ft), Exciting landscapes, rich Buddhist history & Tibetan cultures. 3 nights in Lhasa, Visiting Potala Palace and the Jokhang Temple. Tibet Adventure Biking Tour and many more.

Trip Facts

Tour Code:
NHTTB 09
Trip Duration:
22 Days
Tour Arround :
KTM-LHA-KTM
Tour Grade:
Adventure
Activities:
Cycling Tour
Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge/Tent
Transportation:
Mt. Bike + Land Cruiser
Group Size:
4 (minimum)
Best Time:
May - Nov
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Trip Cost:
USD 3250.00 Per Person

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