Lhasa to Kathmandu Biker Tour
- 19 Days
- Lhasa - Gyangtse - Shigatse - Lhatse - Everest Base Camp - Rongphuk - Gyirong - Kathmandu
- Tour Type:
- Private Tour
Lhasa to Kathmandu Biking Tour is one of the most popular and preferred tours by the riders from Tibet. Since you would need to stay in Lhasa for 2 days, get accustomed to its high altitude. Here you can pay a visit to a lot of places including the world fame Potala Palace, Sera monastery, Drepung monastery, Jokhang Temple, and many other popular palaces monasteries. Then you would need to prepare your Bike and drive towards Shigatse via the serene Yamdrok Lake and age old Gyantse. After you have seen the Tashilhunpo monastery, the seat to Panchen Lama, drive southwards along the Friendship Highway, and reach the world’s highest mountain peak, the Mount Everest, via Lhatse and Tingri. There you will have the opportunity to witness the majestic sunset and gaze the spectacular sky above Mt. Everest. After that, continue your journey towards the south and on the way, you will find Mt. Shisha Pangma, the peak with 8012 meters of altitude. Finally, arrive at the Gyirong town to cross over the Border bridge, better known as the Friendship Bridge. It is in Kathmandu that the tour completes. To conclude, this tour covers an array of spectacular sceneries, the majestic lakes, grand glaciers, snow covered mountains, flowing streams, lush green forests, ancient cities and monasteries, small villages, grand canyons, and various other regular and traditional landscapes. With so much to experience, this is definitely going to be an amazing bike tour!
|Day||Route||Attractions & Activities|
|1||Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)||Pick up and transfer to the hotel.|
|2||Lhasa City||Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street|
|3||Lhasa Suburb||Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery|
|4||A Short 85-km Bicycle Ride from Lhasa||Tsangpo River, Kamba La Pass (3,700m)|
|5||The Memorable 55-km Ride to Yamdrok Tso via the Kamba La Pass||Yamdrok Tso Lake|
|6||Traversing the 54-kim Distance between Yamdrok Tso to Karo La Pass||Karo La Pass|
|7||Ride from Karo La Pass to Gyantse (86 km)||Karo La Pass|
|8||A 94-km Ride from Gyantse to Shigatse||A 94-km Ride from Gyantse to Shigatse|
|9||A 75-km Ride to Gyachung Monastery||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||67-km Route from Shegar to Pang Pass||Pang Pass, Shishapangma, Makalu, Lhotse, Rongbuk Valley|
|13||A 35-km Ride to Rongbuk Monastery||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)|
|17||Cross Thang Pass to Gyirong (117 km)|
|18||Gyirong - Dhulikhel (97km)|
|19||Dhulikhel - Bhaktapur - Kathmandu (35 km)||Kathmandu, Bhaktapur|
When you arrive in Lhasa, our staff will pick you up at Lhasa Airport/ Railway and transfer you to the hotel. From the airport, it takes about 1.5 hours. From the train station, it only takes 20 minutes. Afterward, it's best 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 our guide will meet you at the hotel and take you to visit famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture, it was first built by 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century and rebuilt it later in 17th century by 5th Dalai Lama, 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 one of the most sacred temples in all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since from early days. After that you will take a walk around the Barkhor street which is the one of the most devotional circuit as well as crowded central market of Lhasa, Barkhor Street is located in the old area of Lhasa City Tibet, it 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
After breakfast, our tour guide will first take you to visit Drepung Monastery which is the world's largest monastery that housed for over 10,000 monks; it was the resident of the Dalai Lama. After lunch, you will continue to visit the Sera Monastery which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most attractive thing of Sera Monastery is Buddhist Scriptures debating held in the courtyard between 15:00 - 17:00 from Monday to Saturday.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
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 Kamba 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. Afterwards, we will descend to the banks of the Yamdrok Tso Lake, the largest fresh water 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 glaciers 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 sleep in a hotel, we can visit some of the significant sites of Gyantse. 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 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 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 readily sense that we are nearing the 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 to the EBC. The Campsite is only 8 kilometers away. Once again, we will 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 bumby road. Ride back down into the bouncy road and thereafter, opt for a shortcut into the mountains only to reach another bouncy 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
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.
From Gyirong, clear through customs to reach Nepal. After you reach the Kodari town in Nepal, the downhill continues for around 50 km along the rocky and bumpy roads. All of a sudden, it you would experience humid and tropical climate. One you reach the Dolalghat town, climb up to the Dhulikhel town at 1600m.
Enjoy an overnight stay in Dhulikhel.
This would be the last day of the trip which will take you to Kathmandu. From Dhulikhel, freewheel down to Bhaktapur and if you want, you can have a look at some of its very popular temples here before you ride towards the busy city of Kathmandu.
Reach Kathmandu in the afternoon and relax. You may go for shopping or sightseeing if you wish.
Enjoy an overnight stay in Kathmandu.
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