Mountain Biking Tour in Tibet, Mountain Biking Tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu
Mountain biking tour in Tibet is the world's highest mountain biking tour that starts from Lhasa and ends in Kathmandu
Tibet Mountain biking tour is a challenging and thrilling trip in the dry plateau will lead you on a mind blowing mountain biking experience from Lhasa to Kathmandu with most of the surrounding attractions. Tibet Mountain biking tour will follow the main route which runs westward, parallel to the magnificent Himalayan range. While riding a bike you will cross six major passes and traverse a high arid plateau area. The wonderful monastery towns and ancient settlements provide many wondrous sites throughout the trip.
Tibet Mountain biking tour will also take a detour away from the main route in order to reach the Pang La pass. It provides the extensive views of the Himalayas. The main attraction of the trip is your stop over at Everest Base Camp. You will stay one night at the base camp and gaze up at the sheer monstrosity of Everest.
Tibet Mountain biking tour crosses one more pass when you reach the edge of the Tibetan Plateau as we cross the 5200 meter high Thang La, and begin a mind-blowing descent of 4600 meters, through the border town of Zhangmu, to the valley of the Bhote Kosi River in Nepal. The last day with easy ride brings you back to Kathmandu the capital city of Nepal where your Tibet Mountain biking tour ends.
Trip Duration: 21 days bicycle tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu
Mode of Tour: Fly in Lhasa & ride out until end the tour
Trip starts: Lhasa fly in
Trip ends: Kathmandu- riding a cycle
Group size: Minimum 2 & Maximum 15
Accommodation: Hotel and Guest houses in cities on bed and breakfast basis
and full board basis while camping.
Transportation: Supporting 4WD Land cruisers
High lights of trip: Visiting Potala Palace, guided sightseeing to explore main attraction of around and spectacular bicycling with marvelous views and beautiful cultural experience of dry plateau…
Tibet Mountain Biking Tour – outline itinerary
Day 01: Arrive in Lhasa, rest.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Lhasa.
Day 03: Sightseeing in Lhasa.
Day 04: Riding around Lhasa city.
Day 05: Lhasa to Chutsu.
Day 06: Chutsu to Yamdrok Tso.
Day 07: Yamdrok Tso to Ralung.
Day 08: Ralung to Gyantse.
Day 09: Gyantse to Shigatse.
Day 10: Sightseeing in Shigatse and Rest.
Day 11: Shigatse to Tso La.
Day 12: Tso La to Lhatse.
Day 13: Lhatse to Shegar.
Day 14: Shegar to Pangla.
Day 15: Pangla to Rungbuk.
Day 16: Rest and exploration day at Rongbuk.
Day 17: Rongbuk to Tingri.
Day 18: Tingri to Thangla.
Day 19: Thangla Hiking.
Day 20: Thangla to Zhangmu.
Day 21: Zhangmu to Kathmandu
Trip Cost: If you wish to make this tour as a private trip with your family, friends and colleagues then please send us an email and let us know how many members are there in your group to do this trip and the category of accommodation you want to use in Lhasa and en route, and then we quote the best price as per your requirements.
Note: And/or if you wish to join this trip in Kathmandu you have to arrive 2 days prior to trip departure dates (But you need to provide us copy of your passport at least 25 days before the trip departure). Or if you wish to start in Lhasa, you can arrive Lhasa on the date mentioned above or earlier.
Tibet Mountain Biking Tour – Detailed itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa
Upon arrival at Gonggar airport transfer to Lhasa with one and half hour scenic drive by Jeep. Reach Lhasa city and check in hotel. The rest of the day can be spent relaxing and acclimatizing. Overnight at hotel
Day 02: Sightseeing in Lhasa
After breakfast in the morning you will explore the well preserved Sera Monastery. Most of the pictures you see in Tibet are of these buildings with their white washed walls and golden roofs. Here the several hundred monks live and study in this architecture. After lunch in the afternoon you will spend for exploring the Jokhang temple and Norbulingka. Norbunglinka is another astounding piece of architecture. It was once the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Jokhang Temple offers you one of your first sights of devout Tibetans, as hundreds visit this sacred shrine each day. The Barkor, the central market of Lhasa, surrounds the Jokhang Temple. You can experience the paved streets where there is more Tibetan culture and even great place for buy amazing souvenirs including Tibetan crafts. Overnight at hotel
Day 03: Sightseeing in Lhasa
Of course your dream will not come to true unless you visit Potala palace so that our guide will take you to Potala palace in the morning to explore some of the ancient quarters of the Dalai Lama. You will be prepared for astonishment as this grand palace has been around since the 17th century. Obviously, it is a vast building with much to explore. Evening come back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 04: Lhasa our first day on the bike:
This is an easy day as well as a day for riding a bike around Lhasa. First of all you will visit the Sera Monastery for another taste of Tibetan culture. For more history and culture, you will also visit Drepung Monastery. It was once home to over 10,000 monks, the Drepung Monastery. It is still a beautiful sight to see. Unbelievably was one of the few sights to escape the Cultural Revolution without widespread damage. Evening ride back to Lhasa city for overnight stay
Day 05: Lhasa to Chutsu
The thrilling journey formally commences today as we pack up the jeeps and trucks and prepare for departure. Please try to pack avoiding unnecessary items since light travelling is highly recommended in Tibet especially for bicycle riders. The first stage to Chutsu is fairly level and easy. The trip will ease you into the journey so it is even more enjoyable for you. Overnight in tents
Day 06: Chutsu to Yamdrok Tso
The amazing and first major pass will be encountered today as you cross Khamba La Pass. The ride will be slow to the pass. The views form the pass stretch out for miles and miles. You will be able to see numerous rivers and the turquoise waters of Yamdrok Lake. You will spend the overnight in tents below the lake after descending the pass.
Day 07: Yamdrok Tso to Ralung
You will pack everything and head towards to your first stop the small town of Nagartse. You will visit the highly revered Samding Monastery. Lot of Tibetans trusts that this monastery is the home of the earthly incarnation of the goddess Dorje Pagmo then after you will climb second major pass, Karo La. It is an awe-inspiring site to see the massive glaciers rising nearly straight up from the road. Overnight will be spent below the pass in the tiny village of Ralung.
Day 08: Ralung to Gyantse
Today is another easy and thrilling day as you cruise downhill to Gyantse. In Gyantse you will visit many historic sites. The sites start from ancient military forts to beautiful monasteries. Kumbum monastery, a large gold roofed stupa, has much to explore in its intricate buildings. Overnight will be spending in the comfortable hotel relaxing and enjoying the hot showers.
Day 09: Gyantse to Shigatse
Your next destination is Shigatse which is about 90 km far. You must get in your supporting vehicles only if you want to reach it by nightfall. Do not worry though. All of the beautiful sections of this stretch will be viewed on bicycle. In Shigatse, you will send the overnight at a comfortable hotel.
Day 10: Sightseeing and rest in Shigatse
This day you will spend for exploring Tibet's second largest city. There is much to see in this town, but the highlight for most is your visit to the Tashi Lhumpo Monastery. The High walls surround this intricate maze of shrines, prayer wheels, rock inscriptions, and Tibetan pilgrims. Marvelous views are seen once again from the top of the Shigatse fortes. Overnight at a comfortable hotel
Day 11: Shigatse to Tso la
Today you head towards your third major pass, Tso La. If is obvious that you must ride for nearly 115 km before you reach your final campsite before the pass. Overnight in tents.
Day 12: Tso La to Lhatse
This day, from this challenging pass you are rewarded with your first views of Everest in the distance. Overnight will be spent in the small town of Lhatse at guest house.
Day 13: Lhatse to Shegar
Today also you will cross another pass, Gyamtso La. The night will be spent in Shegar which is only a few kilometers away from the main road and our path to Rongbuk valley. Overnight at guest house.
Day 14: Shegar to Pangla
The target of today is to bike 10 km off the main road to the Pang La pass. You ascend this pass before nightfall. The night will be spent in a small settlement on the south side of the pass. On the way, wondrous views of Makalu, Everest and numerous other peaks can be watched. Overnight in tents
Day: 15 Pangla to Rongbuk
Pangla to Rongbuk, the route splits off to the south as you encounter Phadruchi, a decently sized town after the pass. Obviously, the majority of today's ride will be flat as you head toward Rongbuk. Definitely, you must climb a steep 10 kilometers before you reach Rongbuk Monastery. Absolutely, it will be such a relief to see Mt. Everest comes into view as we end this long day. Overnight at a guest house.
Day 16: Rest and exploration day at Rongbuk.
Today you will need more rest as it is the sightseeing day in Rongbuk. You will experience the numerous destroyed and revitalized monasteries that inhabit this high altitude area. It is a historic and moving sight. Now, the Everest base camp is only one hour biking from here! Overnight at a guest house.
Day 17: Rongbuk to Tingri
This day is a thrilling day as you cycle to Tingri and end your day with a dip in the natural hot springs. Of course, it is a quiet yet beautiful countryside. Overnight at a guest house
Day 18: Tingri to Thangla
This day, we head towards our last and highest pass of the trip, Thang La. It is obvious that we must be able to camp before this daunting pass. Overnight in tents or also available local Shelter
Day 19: Negotiating Thangla
This day is another challenging and thrilling day as you cross this amazing pass. You all will be in excellent shape by now. Obviously, it is still a feat to climb this high pass. Overnight will be spent in a tent below Shishapangma.
Day 20: Thangla to Zhangmu
Now, you will be able to cruise nearly 4600m downhill. It is an adrenaline rush today because you head towards the Nepal border. Your easy ride down will be started with beautiful scenery along the way. Overnight at hotel
Day 21: Zhangmu to Kathmandu
Today is the last day which is a long yet easy ride as you ride to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at a comfortable hotel enjoying hot showers and nice beds.
- Neat and Clean hotels on BB basis (Bed and breakfast twin sharing rooms) in cities such as Lhasa, Gyantse, Xigatse, Zhangmu, camping at rest of the places
- Meals provided by our cook during camping
- 1 supporting vehicle
- 1 Tibetan local English Speaking guide + 1 cook
- All camping gears, tents, sleeping bags, mattresses, cooking tents
- Drinking waters
- Nepal side border pick up and transfer to Kathmandu
- All necessary permits including Tibet Entry Permit
- All Sightseeing entrance fees as per the program
- One night hotel in Kathmandu.
- Lunch and dinners during staying in cities
- Any flights into Lhasa (please let us know where you plan to enter we can arrange your flight tickets accordingly)
- Tibet Group Visa fee if entering from Nepal side, cost US$90/per person for none US passport holder and US$180 for US PP holders, we will do the paper work for you
- Insurance, suggested to buy it from your own country which will protect you much better
- Bikes, if not convenient to bring your own bike, we can provide Professional Mountain bike at a rent or you can buy a nice bike in Lhasa with negotiating price.