Mountain Biking Tour in Tibet
Cycle trip in Tibet is not for the faint of heart! You will be cycling across one of the most romantic regions in the world, the Tibetan Plateau, which has the highest average elevation on the planet. From the Buddhist monasteries of Lhasa to the bustling markets of Kathmandu, this trip will take you over several passes in the vicinity of 5000 meters– a truly inspiring odyssey of over 1000 kilometers by bicycle - and one that has the majestic Himalayas as a backdrop all the way! Add to that an ascent to Everest base camp, as well as the biggest descent in the world into Nepal, and you have the adventure of a lifetime. It doesn't get better than this!
Mountain Biking Tour Trip Facts:
Destination: Bicycle tour in Tibet from Lhasa Everest base camp and exit in Zhangmu
Bicycle trip duration in Tibet: 15 Days and 04 Days tour in Tibet.
Best season in Tibet: Mar, Apr, June. July, Aug, Sep & Oct.
Lodging in Tibet: Hotel Accommodation/ Camping
Activities: Lhasa Tour / Bicycle tour in Tibet from Lhasa Rombuk, Everest base camp
Maximum Altitude: 5050m Lalung la pass.
Total duration: 23 Days
Majors interesting: Buddhist monasteries
Himalayan Sights: Mt. Everest (8848m, Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m) and Mt. Makalu (8463m) and during the flight if weather permits
Lakes: Lake Yamdrok
Mountain Biking Tour Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrival in kathmandu: Upon your arrival at international airport, After the completion of Visa formalities you have to come downstairs to collect Luggage and proceed to outside from terminal Building. Please look at your Printed Name and Our Company Signboard Annapurna Foothills Treks & Exp and follow them. Meet our representative you will be transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. You should clear your dues before we proceed for the trip. You are free to relax or explore around the city in the very first day. Over night stay at Hotel.
Day 02: Sight seeing in Kathamndu: After the breakfast in the morning, our city guide will come to the hotel with vehicles and then we leave hotel to visit Kathmandu Darbar Square, the house of living Goddess Kumari, the ferocious Kal Bhairab, The Red Monkey God and hundreds of erotic carvings. Swayambhunath is the worlds most glorious Buddhist Chaityas.It is said to be 2000 years old.
Boudhanath is a huge Buddhist stupa located about 7 km east of Thamel. It stands on a massive mandala style platform and has features similar to the Swayambhunath, though it is bigger than Swayambhunath in size. It is said that this stupa was built during the 5th Century. Every year, Thousands of pilgrims from Nepal and neighboring countries visit Boudhanath, particularly in winter and Pashupatinath temple. Pashupatinath temple is the biggest Hindu temple.
Day 03: Fly KTM – Lhasa: We drive to the airport to catch a flight to Lhasa . We go to Lhasa by Air China . This is the flight of one hour and it gives you an opportunity to have an aerial view of the Mt. Everest and other Himalayas. We arrive at Gonggar Airport. After completing immigration and custom formalities, we drive to Lhasa which is a 93km drive from the Airport. It is situated in the altitude of 3670m. Upon arrival at Lhasa , we check in the hotel that resides in the heart of the city. Over night stay at Hotel.
Day 04: Lhasa Sight seeing: Morning visit Potala palace, the seat of the both religion and politics in Tibet. It was built in the 7th century by Tibetan king Songster Gampo and later renovated by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. Afternoon visit Sera monastery 5 kilometer north of Lhasa City, it was built in 1419 by Jamchen Choejie, a disciple of Tsongkapa, and the founder of the Gelugpa sect. Sera is one of the three major monasteries of yellow sect in Tibet.
Day 05 / 06 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 accommodation at Hotel.
Day 07: 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: 81 km].
Day 08: 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 09: 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 10 : Karo Pass to Gyantse A significant day on the tour starts as we climb the high Karo Pass (5010m). We can see glaciers stretching down to 6000m and beautiful lakes around us. 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 11: 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 12: 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 13: Lhatse The route leads 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. Overnight Accommodation in tents. [Total cycle: 95 km]
Day 14: 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 15: 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 16 -17: 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 18: 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 19: 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 feel as if 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 20: 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 free wheel 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 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 21: 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 Dhulikhel Lodge Resort. [Total cycle: 97km]
Day 22: Drive Dhulikhel to Kathmandu by private vehicle Checked in Hotel and relax day in KTM
Day 23: Sight seeing in Kathamndu: After the breakfast in the morning, our city guide will come to the hotel with vehicles and then we leave hotel to visit Kathmandu Darbar Square, the house of living Goddess Kumari, the ferocious Kal Bhairab, The Red Monkey God and hundreds of erotic carvings. Swayambhunath is the worlds most glorious Buddhist Chaityas.It is said to be 2000 years old.
Boudhanath is a huge Buddhist stupa located about 7 km east of Thamel. It stands on a massive mandala style platform and has features similar to the Swayambhunath, though it is bigger than Swayambhunath in size. It is said that this stupa was built during the 5th Century. Every year, Thousands of pilgrims from Nepal and neighboring countries visit Boudhanath, particularly in winter and Pashupatinath temple. Pashupatinath temple is the biggest Hindu temple. Over night stay at Hotel.
Day 24: departure from Nepal: Transfer to international airport for your final departure. The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
Service Includes in Nepal :
- Transportation from Airport – Hotel – Airport Car, Van, Heice and Coaster,
- Accommodation in Kathmandu 4 Nights (BB plan) and government taxes ) hotel category are of four stars,
- Private Transportation, Car Van, haice and Coaster for Sight seeing in Kathmandu as per our itinerary,
- Guided sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley, Chitwan and Pokhara with all applicable entrance fees,
- Welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program,
Service includes in Tibet:
- Tibetan English speaking guide during the tour
- Sightseeing tour as per above programs,
- Land Transfer by TOYOTA Land cruiser,
- Tibet travel permit,
- Lhasa - Kathamndu – Airfare US$ 369
- Yaks and Yaks man for Kailash parikrama luggage
- Daily wages, visa fee and insurance of staffs, guides, porters and Yak men.
- Monasteries entrance fees,
- Three meals a day while camping (prepared by our kitchen crew) except Lhasa tour
- All camping equipment such as Two men tent, Dinning Tent, Kitchen tent, tables, chairs, mattresses and etc.
- Pick up and drop services to / from Nepal / China border by Jeep / Tourist Bus
- Support Truck to carry your luggage for all groups, and a Land Cruiser for assistance for groups of 8 or more. Available at all times (while in Tibet).
Service Excludes :
- Cold drinks alcoholic beverages,
- Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu and Tibet
- Nepal visa, (when your arrive in Nepal)
- Nepal Re- entry visa, (when you return from Tibet)
- Travel insurance,
- Tips for guide, driver, Nepalese crew
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