Max Altitude: 5220 m
Average Daily Distance 41.5 miles
Trip Length: 21 Nights
Lhasa to Kathmandu Mountain bike tour on the Tibetan Plateau tops any cycling holiday adventure in the world. The ride starting from Lhasa traverses terrains almost exposing the ridge of the world by reaching Mt. Everest base camp in Tibet after paddling forty six uphill switchbacks to Pang pass 5220 meters, the highest point of the tour. But by any means, this is not an easy journey whilst, weather sometimes turns freakish before one can burp OMG and frankly these are no surprises. Cycling on highway 318 of Tibet covers 600 miles to reach the friendship bridge. And its after crossing the border, a striking sense of comparative is instant reaching the other side of nature’s fraternity, from the abode of god into heavenly paradise.
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu (please arrange your flights to land at Kathmandu as early during the day as possible) Make sure to check it out with your travel agent. On arrival meet representative and transfer to the hotel. Some paper work and rest of the day is free, Overnight Hotel
Day 02: Early morning start for a full day city sightseeing tour. Evening, recheck your equipment and a short tour briefing, free evening but be careful with what you eat. Sometimes Nepalese meals are quite spicy for digestion at first knock or initially. Please do not eat anything case sensitive to your digestive system. Stay safe and make sure to drink plenty of water, get used to the climate and think about Lhasa altitude and weather.
Day 03: Fly to Lhasa – Meet representative and drive to hotel: Overnight Hotel
Day 04: Full day Lhasa guided sightseeing tour. Overnight Hotel
Day 05: Continue with the sightseeing in Lhasa. Overnight Hotel
Day 06: We start the day with a gradual ride as we leave the town of Lhasa. It is about 86 km to our camp as we cycle along the Tsangpo River reaching the base of Kamba La Pass (3700 m)
Day 07: Today we cross the Kamba La Pass along with magnificent Yamdrok Lake in front of us. Weather permitting beautiful mountain vistas. Ride distance 76 km. Overnight Camp
Day 08: Ascend the 5010 m Karo La pass and 17 km downhill to campsite. Total ride 74 km
Day 09: Tough ride up to the Karo Pass 4750 m but is paid off with a good rest in closed doors after 54 kms ride to reach Gyangtse. Overnight Hotel
Day 10: Today the ride of 94 km is almost on even road clustered with Dzong (Forts) and monasteries to reach Shigatse. Overnight Hotel
Day 11: Today we ride 74 km to reach a remote Gyachung Monastry, but between the rides, there is a light struggle to cross two small passes across many dotted Tibetan settlements. Overnight Camp
Day 12: An interesting ride as we cross two passes Tra La 4050 m and the Tso La 4520 m just a few meters higher than the former. But the day goes in with a casual ride on dome plains and undulating road to reach camp site before Lhatse town. Distance to cover 95 Km
Day 13: Breathtaking 35 km ride and views, the first glimpse of Everest the North Face over Gyatso La and we level (40km) into the headquarter town (Shegar) leading to Northern side of Everest. Hotel accommodation
Day 14: Dawn to dusk, our 68 km endeavor begin as we set out of Shegar. It begins just as we divert off from highway 318 a switch over into Rongbuk the gateway to the North Face. One of most difficult ride with a continuous uphill with 42 winding bends to reach Pang Pass 5150 m. But the grinding effort doesn’t go wasted as lunch is merely a fulfilling appetite here. Blows your mind out, it’s a stunning vista of magnificent mountains, Cho Oyu 8210m, Lhotse 8516m, Everest 8850m, Makalu 8463m, Shishapangma 8012m and countless add-ons probably without names. We follow a downhill ride to reach Rongbuk Valley 4200m. Overnight Camp
Day 15: Grits and guts all matters here, get on the jerky road to accomplish the mission, you’ve reached the Base Camp of Everest on the Northern side. No, not there yet, though Mt. Everest is right in front of you as we set camp for the night at Rongbuk 5150m.
Day 16: It’s the day of your dream to come true, guess your legs are toned up to most extreme situation. It’s an 8 km (total 16 km with return) ride to Everest Base Camp See Mt. Everest from the root to the top right in front of you. Return to camp at Rongbuk.
Day 17: Head back the trail and divert to camp before Tingri 4340 m distance to cover is 84 kms.
Day 18: Today we cross the Lalung pass 4490 m but before we get into uphill rhythm it a casual ride of almost 60 % of 76 km total distance.
Day 19: The day give us plenty, a story made famous about Lhasa to Kathmandu bike tour “the longest descent” as we zip across it, the last up hill Thang Pass 5050m, longest ride 117 km and the last day in Tibet as we reach Zhangmu 2300m. Overnight Hotel
Day 20: The downhill continues to reach the Friendship Bridge into Kodari border of Nepal. Though, the trip doesn’t end here and continues down further to our campsite by the banks of the Bhote Kosi River. Overnight Camp
Day 21: Packing is done the previous night so we get into our fleet of vehicle for a three hour (most) drive to Kathmandu. Check into the hotel and free day. Evening, share the story together over Nepalese Cuisines served as folklore tunes and traditional dancing rhythm blends with aura of a journey well accomplished.
Day 22: Airport drop at convenient time for final Departure from Nepal.
01: Transfers by private vehicle as per itinerary.
02: Three nights Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu on Twin sharing basis with breakfast. Vat & all Taxes
03: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing tour including entrance fees.
04: Kathmandu Lhasa Airfare.
05: Hotel in Lhasa Twin sharing basis, includes breakfast VAT and all Taxes
06: Guided sightseeing tour in Lhasa and entrance fees.
07: Tibet Travel Permit
08: Tibet / China Visa
09: Hotel accommodation on the trail mentioned in Itinerary
10: Insurance, visa fees, and daily wages of supporting crew
11: 16 days full board cycling tour
12: All necessary high quality camping gears during the tour
13: Support vehicle to carry luggage and a support Jeep assisting the ride till the Border
01: Meals in Kathmandu and expenses of a personal nature i.e. laundry bill, all form of bottled drinks, telephone call, mineral water, tips etc
02: Medical and personal travel insurance.
03: Emergency Rescue
04: Nepal Visa and re-entry fees
05: Mountain Bikes and spare parts
06: International flight to Kathmandu
07: Airport Taxes or excess baggage charge.
08: Extra expenses mounted beyond our control due to natural misfortune.
09. Extra difference of Tibet Visa Fee for US nationals
All overland departure in and out of Tibet from Nepal has been postponed until further notice:
Group Size: Maximum 10 Pax