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Lhasa to Kathmandu Bike Tour

Duration:
18 Days
Price:
From USD4185
Route:
Lhasa - Gyangtse - Shigatse - Lhatse - Everest Base Camp - Rongphuk - Gyirong - Kathmandu
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Private Tour
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Overview

Lhasa to Kathmandu Biking Tour is one of the most popular and preferred tours by riders from Tibet. It offers the longest and steepest downhill in the world, from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau to the fertile rice fields of Kathmandu, dropping a total of 4500m! At first, You would need to stay in Lhasa for 2 days, for getting accustomed to its high altitude. Here you can pay a visit to the world's famed Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, etc. Then you can ride towards Shigatse via the serene Yamdrok Lake and age-old Gyantse. After you have seen the Tashilhunpo monastery, the seat to Panchen Lama, move southwards along the Friendship Highway, and reach the world’s highest mountain peak - Mt.Everest, via Lhatse and Tingri. There you will have the opportunity to witness the majestic sunset and gaze at the spectacular starry sky. After that, continue your journey to the south, you will see Mt.Shisha Pangma, the peak with 8012 meters of altitude. Finally, you will arrive at the Gyirong Port to cross over the Border bridge. And there's only last 160km to Kathmandu.

This cycling tour covers an array of spectacular sceneries, turquoise lakes, mighty glaciers, snow-covered mountains, lush green forests, ancient cities and monasteries, small villages, grand canyons, and breathtaking Himalayan landscapes. With so much to experience, this is definitely going to be an amazing bike tour!

DayRouteAttractions & Activities
1 Arrival in Lhasa (3650m) Pick up and transfer to the hotel
2 Lhasa City Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
3 Lhasa Sightseeing Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
4 A Short Bicycle Ride from Lhasa(85 km) Yarlung Tsangpo Valley
5 The Memorable Ride to Yamdrok Tso via the Kangba La Pass(55 km) Yamdroktso Lake
6 Traversing the Distance between Yamdrok Tso to Karo La Pass(54 km) Karola Glacier
7 Ride from Karo La Pass to Gyantse(86 km) Enjoy the scenery along the way
8 A Ride from Gyantse to Shigatse(94 km) Pelkor Chode Monastery
9 A Ride to Gyachung Monastery(75 km) Gyachung Monastery
10 Ride from Gyachung Monastery to Lhatse(95 km) Ride from Gyachung Monastery to Lhatse
11 Lhatse to Shegar(75 km) Lhatse to Shegar
12 Route from Shegar to Pang Pass(67 km) Shishapangma
13 A Ride to Rongbuk Monastery(35 km) Rongbuk Monastery, Everest Base Camp
14 Rongbuk Monastery Rongbuk Monastery, Everest Base Camp
15 Rongbuk - Tingri (86 km) Rongbuk - Tingri
16 Lalung Pass (77 km) Lalung Pass
17 Cross Thang Pass to Gyirong (117 km) Thang Pass
18 Gyirong to Nepal border Send off to Gyirong border

Daily Itinerary

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When you arrive in Lhasa, our staff will pick you up at Lhasa Airport/ Railway Station and transfer you to the hotel. From the airport, it takes about 1 hour. From the train station, it only takes 20 minutes. Afterward, it's better to relax and take it easy on the first day to get acclimatized to high altitude and alleviate the jet lag. You might go to the local market and wander around the city on your own but try not to overtax yourself.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

In the morning your guide will meet you at the hotel and take you to visit the famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture. It was first built by the 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century and rebuilt later by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. Now it is a museum and world heritage site. 

In the afternoon, we will go to visit Jokhang Temple in the center of the old Lhasa city. Jokhang Temple is the most sacred temple in Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since the early days. After that, you will take a walk around the Barkhor Street which is one of the most devotional circuits as well as a crowded central market of Lhasa. Barkhor Street is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple and the locals are always proud of it. As a symbol of Lhasa, it is also a must-see place for visitors.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Today’s first attraction is Drepung Monastery. Drepung means "piles of rice" in Tibetan, which symbolizes prosperity. It's the world's largest monastery that housed more than 10,000 monks in the past. Also, It's the highest-ranking monastery in the Gelug Sect. After lunch, you will continue to visit the Sera Monastery, the most beautiful Tibetan monastery in Lhasa. The Buddhist scripture debating is the highlight of Sera Monastery.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

The fourth day commences our journey towards the Everest Base Camp. The first leg of the tour will be between Lhasa and Mt. Kangba La Pass. On both sides of the road, we will surely see awesome sceneries. We will see fantastic views of the rural parts of Tibet. We will likewise see the lovely Yarlung Tsangpo River along the foot of the Kangba La Pass (4,990m). At Kang La Pass, we will camp overnight.
Yarlung Tsangpo Valley
Yarlung Tsangpo Valley

This 55-km ride offers an awesome view of the idyllic countryside of Tibet. The first part of the route requires us to surmount the primary mountain pass of Kangba La Pass, which includes a strong uphill climb on a tar road replete with intermittent turns and hairpin bends. Reaching the summit of this route is comparable to surmounting a great hurdle, and the reward is a fantastic view of the Yamdrok Valley. Afterward, we will descend to the banks of the Yamdrok Tso Lake, the largest freshwater lake along the Tibetan Plateau. This lake is considered as one of the three holy lakes of Tibet. Here, at the bank of the lake, we will camp for an overnight stay.

This stage of the biking tour is definitely significant because we will see along the way the famous glaciers that stretch down from 6 thousand meters above. This part of the tour also requires enough stamina to surmount the arduous road to Karo La Pass (5,010 m). You will surely enjoy the majestic view of the Karola Glacier at the Karo La Pass. There, we will stay overnight at a hotel.

After breakfast, we will leave early for Gyantse. The route to Gyantse requires us to move around the lake via the Friendship Highway. The flat paved road from Karo La Pass will soon give way to gravel road. We will pass by ravines and many villages before arriving at Gyantse. There, we will stay overnight at a hotel.

After reinvigorating ourselves with a goodnight's sleep in a hotel, we can visit the significant site of Gyantse - Pelkor Chode Monastery in the morning. Soon after, we will be moving to Shigatse—the second largest city of Tibet. The road to Shigatse is a 94-km stretch. This road stretch is tarred and flat. We will be reaching Shigatse by the afternoon. At Shigatse (3,860 m), we will be billeted to a hotel to relax and freshen up after a grueling biking trip.

After breakfast and sightseeing, we will once again hit the road and pedal towards Gyachung Monastery. The route to Gyachung requires us to drive through two small passes and across several Tibetan villages. The scene along the way is surely idyllic until we reach the Gyachung Monastery wherein we are going to stay overnight.

After breakfast and a short rest, we will be off to a 95-km ride to Lhatse. Here, we will slither along the winding roads like tiny dots of pilgrims as we move along the great valleys towards Tso-La which is 4520 meters above sea level. There, we will rest and have our lunch. Afterwards, we will pass the hot springs and camp at a place 10-kilometers away from the town of Lhatse.

The route to Shegar is replete with mesmerizing views of the countryside. Moreover, along the way, we will be rewarded with the first great view of Mount Everest. This route ends at Shegar, also known as Pelbar. Shegar is a very popular stopover for those who are heading to the Everest Base Camp. At Shegar, we will pitch our camp for an overnight stay.

The 13th day is marked by a tough ride on rough road conditions. From the flat highway going to Shegar, we will move on to winding rough roads outside of Shegar in our quest for the EBC. We will pass by the Border Check Point and will eventually tackle a rigorous 20-km uphill climb filled with treacherous bends to reach the Pang Pass' summit at 5,150 meters above sea level. There is a total of 42 hairpin bends along the way. The end of this route, however, offers a very rewarding view of the magnificent Mount Everest and the surrounding peaks like those of Shishapangma(8012m), Makalu(8,463m), and Lhotse(8,516m). Afterwards, we will brace ourselves for a 20-km downhill ride to the Rongbuk Valley at 4,200 meters below sea level. There at that valley, we will camp overnight.

Here, at the Rongbuk Valley, we will get the chance to visit the Rongbuk Monastery. From here, we can see nearby Everest Base Camp. The Rongbuk Monastery is famous for being the highest monastery in the world. It is located around 16,349 feet above sea level. From this monastery, you can have a dramatic glimpse of the northern face of the majestic Mt. Everest. There is a restaurant adjacent to the monastery wherein you can dine. Near the Rongbuk Monastery, you can spend the whole day whiling away your time, cycling or trekking. Stay overnight at the Rongbuk Monastery.

You are free to enjoy on the second day by doing what you enjoy. It can be anything, reading something or just taking a walk on Everest. You can even choose to do cycling or go for a cart ride to the Everest Base camp, whichever way you want to explore Everest.

Stay overnight in tents in Rongbuk Monastery.

Well, it’s now the time to leave Rongbuk and ride into the bumpy road. Ride back down into the road and thereafter, opt for a shortcut into the mountains only to reach another bumpy trail that takes you down to Tingri at 4340.

Enjoy an overnight stay in Tingri.

Today we will start with a flat ride of about 40 to 50 km before lunch. After the lunch, we will start with the challenge of the increasing inclination of the Lalung Pass at 4990m. This will give you a feeling of being high as the peaks surrounding you, including Shishapangma at 8012m.

Today we will establish our tents between the two passes in the valley.

Stay in Camp

Lalung Pass
Lalung Pass

This is the day when we will be tackling our very last up hill, as we go up towards the phenomenal Thang Pass to 5050m. From there, you will start going downhill enjoying the stunning sights of the vivacious chain of Himalaya. As you reach the Nyalam town, you will start noticing the greenery again. Ride down past innumerable waterfalls and various pine trees line roads, towards the border town of Gyirong at 2300m. It would be your last day in Tibet.

Enjoy an overnight stay in Gyirong.

Thang Pass
Thang Pass
Your tour guide will assist you to exit China and see you off at the Gyirong border. We can organize a jeep for transfer from Gyirong to Kathmandu but it's not included in the Package. Or you can take a bus to Kathmandu, about 40 US$ depending on your negotiation with the driver. The road condition is not good, and it takes about 10 hours from the border to Kathmandu city. Thus, taking a bus is not recommended.
Tour Price and Service

From US$4185 p/p

Based on 3-star hotels for 2 people in low seasons. Price varies according to travel season, number of people and level of accommodation.

INCLUSIONS

  • Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • All entrance tickets fee for tourist attractions listed in the itinerary;
  • Experienced local English-speaking tour guide;
  • Travel-licensed vehicle according to group size & season as itinerary needed including gas and parking fee;
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel, or guesthouse. Please tell us your preference;
  • Tents and sleeping bags;
  • Bicycles;
  • Breakfast provided by hotels;
  • A professional cook and all meals during your biking;
  • Pick-up & Drop-off service from Airport/railway station;
  • Travel Agency Liability insurance;
  • Government tax;
  • Express delivery fee of Permit (eg. SF. Express);
  • Food & lodgings for guide & driver;
  • Oxygen tank for emergency use;
  • Two bottles of mineral water per person per day.

EXCLUSIONS

  • International flight to and out of China;
  • Chinese Visa/China Group Visa; (Note: we could help you by providing the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies for your Chinese Visa or the invitation letter for your China Group Visa)
  • Domestic flight/train to and out of Lhasa; (We can help you book the domestic flight/train ticket at the BEST price. Please contact us for details.)
  • Meals are not included but we will recommend some good ones for you according to your requirements. Usually, it takes 3-10 USD per person for each meal.
  • While the gratuity for guide and driver is NOT mandatory, it is expected. Based on their service, you can tip them on the last day of the tour. Each of you is suggested to tip them 5-10 USD/day in total;
  • All the commission and tax charged by PayPal, Bank, and government when making payment. (e.g. PayPal --- 4.4%. Wire transfer --- 2%);
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, optional tour activities, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions.

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

Asked by Nich***

Good day. I have spent about a year in Nepal total over the past few years, and my eyes turn towards Tibet. I would like to take a motorcycle trip from Kathmandu, up the H03, crossing the border at the Koshi River, continuing along the G318, detouring south to ride as close to the base of Mt. Everest as the road will take us. Then onto Lhasa. Would like to stop at/see local architectural and heritage sites. Looking for an itinerary between 8-10 days. Group is 1-2 Nepalis and 2-3 Americans. Please let me know if this is something you can accomodate. I look forward to hearing from you.

beatrice
Answered by Beatrice

Dear Nichol****,

We can arrange this motorcycle tour for you. There're three concerns:

#1. Tibet will be closed during March. So most probably, you can't come on 1 March 2024.

#2. It requires 5 people to get an invitation letter from Tibet for your China group visa. So if anyone quits, you can't get the visa.

#3. The cost is relatively higher. Unlike cycling tours in other places, your motorcycle tour in Tibet should be escorted by a tour guide and a vehicle.

Please let me know without hesitation if you have any further questions or doubts. It is my pleasure to work with you at any time.

Asked by stro***

19 days Lhasa to Kathmandu Biker Tour

nance
Answered by Nance

Here is the brief itinerary for your interested 19 days Lhasa to Kathmandu Biker Tour, 

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