Tibet Biking Tour from Lhasa to the Everest Base Camp
- 18 Days
- Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Lhatse - Shegar - Pang Pass - Rongbuk - Everest Base Camp - Shigatse - Lhasa
- Tour Type:
- Private Tour
The 18-day biking tour from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp will surely put your cycling stamina to test. Yet, it also offers you a chance to visit the Potala Palace, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple, and other scenic natural landmarks of Tibet. This biking tour starts at Lhasa and moves to Yamdrok Tso Lake via the Kamba La Pass. From thereon, the tour veers towards the Karo La Pass via the Friendship Highway and moves on towards Gyantse wherein the famous Gyantse Dzong, Kumbum, and Tashilhunpo Monastery are located. From thereon, the tour will pass by Gyatso-La, from where tour members can get a glimpse of Mt. Everest for the first time. From Gyatso-La, the road becomes tougher to tackle, giving you a hell of a biking ride. Along this bumpy route, you will also see great peaks like the Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and other snowcapped peaks. After reaching the Rongbuk Valley, you will arrive at the Everest Base Camp—the endpoint of this biking tour—from where you will be escorted back to Lhasa.
|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 Bicycle Ride from Lhasa (85 Km)||Tsangpo River, Kangba La Pass (4,990m)|
|5||The Memorable Ride to Yamdrok Tso via the Kangba La Pass (55 Km)||Yamdrok Tso Lake|
|6||Traversing the Distance between Yamdrok Tso to Karo La Pass (54 Km)||Karo La Pass|
|7||Ride from Karo La Pass to Gyantse (86 km)||Karo La Pass|
|8||A Ride from Gyantse to Shigatse (94 Km)||A 94-km Ride from Gyantse to Shigatse|
|9||A Free Day for You to Explore Shigatse||Tashilhunpo Monastery|
|10||A Ride to Gyachung Monastery （75 Km）||Gyachung Monastery|
|11||Ride from Gyachung Monastery to Lhatse (95 km)||Ride from Gyachung Monastery to Lhatse|
|12||Lhatse to Shegar (75 km)||Lhatse to Shegar|
|13||Route from Shegar to Pang Pass (67 Km)||Pang Pass, Shishapangma, Makalu, Lhotse, Rongbuk Valley|
|14||A Ride to Rongbuk Monastery（35 Km）||Rongbuk Monastery, Everest Base Camp|
|15||Departure from Rongbuk and Return Trip to Shigatse||Mt. Everest|
|16||Shigatse to Lhasa|
|17||Sightseeing of Lhasa||Sightseeing of Lhasa|
|18||Lhasa departure||Send off to airport/railway station|
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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 1.5 hours. 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 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 one of the most sacred temples all over 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 for more than 10,000 monks. Also, It's the highest-ranking monastery in the Gelug Sect. 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 the Buddhist Scriptures debating held in the courtyard between 15:00 and 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 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 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.
Shigatse is a thriving Buddhism city and the traditional seat of Panchen Lama. Here, you can visit the Panchem Lama's Palace and the resplendent Tashilhunpo Monastery which was built in 1447. You can use the rest of the day to explore the culture and way of life of the local villagers of Shigatse.
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.
After breakfast, you can take your final look of Mt. Everest, for soon after, we will be leaving Rongbuk Monastery and will return to Shigatse. We will not be pedaling back to Shigatse, but instead we will be riding on a car. The travel back to Shigatse usually takes around 7 to 8 hours by car. Hence, it will almost be a whole daytime trip. Upon arrival at Shigatse, you will be billeted to a hotel for a much-needed rest.
After breakfast, we will once again hit the road back to Lhasa. By now you may still be raring to see the countryside of Tibet and behold the roadside views you've missed when you first passed this road. Shigatse to Lhasa is a 7-hour drive. Upon arrival at Lhasa, you can return to your hotel or while away your time visiting some other sites at Lhasa that you've missed previously. Once again, you will stay overnight at Lhasa.
After breakfast, you can use the rest of the day visiting other significant places in Lhasa you’ve missed in the earlier days of your tour. You can likewise end the night with a visit and exploration of the night markets of Lhasa like those of Barkhor Night Market and Tianhai Night Market. There, you can buy lovely souvenirs for your family and friends. Afterward, you need to go back to your hotel to repack your things and rest for tomorrow’s return trip back home.
Stay overnight in Lhasa