Trip Grade Moderate
Duration: 20 Nights/21 Days
Max. Altitude: 5220M
Destination: Tibet
Region: Tibet
Activity: Cycling/Mountain Biking
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Lhasa to Kathmandu Mountain Bike Tour

Lhasa to Kathmandu Mountain Bike Tour is one of the most spectacular cycling tours in the world. This tour allows you to ride mountain bike on the roof of the world starting from the center of Buddhism, Lhasa, Tibet. One of the most remote regions in the world, the cycling pilgrimage from Lhasa in Tibet, to Kathmandu in Nepal will quite possibly be a ‘life changing’ journey through time, scenery and physical demands. Our fully-supported mountain bike tour takes you along the Friendship Highway to the ‘Roof-Top of the World’, Everest Base Camp, and takes in the world’s 2nd longest descent, and the former home of the Dalai Lama. Trekking Experts offers this special Lhasa to Kathmandu Mountain Bike Tour to make your holiday a lifetime experience!

 

Lhasa to Kathmandu Mountain Bike Tour with Trekking Experts starts from an hour scenic flight to Lhasa-the capital of Tibet autonomous region. Starting in Lhasa at 3650m, you’ll traverse 1,100km over 5 panoramic passes exceeding 4,500m, finishing in the Kathmandu Valley where the oxygen is rich and the lands fertile. Depending upon your individual tastes and strengths, you’ll average 70 km/day on our bikes. Our support vehicle is always available if you would rather take a day off the saddle. The terrain is 80% tarmac road and 20% non-technical off-road. This cycling tour is for adventurous cyclists wishing to immerse themselves in Tibetan culture with a backdrop of ethereal views of the Tibetan plateau. On your journey through amazing Himalayan scenery, you’ll visit some of the most significant monasteries of the region and come to understand the deep connection between Tibetan culture, religion and the mountains.This tour includes an experienced bike guide cum mechanic fluent in English, equipment vehicle carrying all our personal equipment, cyclist support vehicle, and a bike mechanic with all the spares needed.

Trip Highlights

Scenic flight to Lhasa over the high mountains

Visit center of Buddhism, the Lhasa city and its amazing gems Potala Palace, Jokhang temple

Cycling to top of the world, Everest Base Camp

Passes spectacular passes

World’s longest bike descent from Tibet into Nepal i.e. 1100km

Visit world heritage sites of Kathmandu valley

See beautiful Yamdrok Lake

Biking in the longest downhill on paved road in the world visit Everest Base camp (north face) via Rongbuk valley

Cycling in the stunning  Tibetan landscape with snow caped mountain in background

Itinerary

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan airport Trekking Experts representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. Upon arrival at hotel, our tour manager will brief you about trekking information and other necessary information. And then you’ll free time to explore Kathmandu. Dinner will be booked at the hotel.

  • Star Hotel
  • Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

Today is fully free to explore around Kathmandu. In the meantime, Trekking Experts will be applying for your travel permit for Tibet (Visa). After breakfast at hotel you’ll be picked up by our city guide and you can visit any three world heritages sites. Today you’ll visit Boudanath, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Boudhanath Stupa is one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where you’ll observe Buddhist monks praying in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhanath Stupa you’ll visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here you’ll see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. Then you’ll head towards Swayambunath- also called the Monkey Temple - a Buddhist stupa perched atop a hillock on the western side. You get a magnificent view of the valley from here.

  • Star Hotel
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

After breakfast at hotel, today you’ll start your first day of riding to Nagarkot to stretch your legs. You’ll check your mountain bikes and equipments, after which you’ll ride due east to the medieval town of Bhaktapur, an ancient city full of Newari culture. There are many temples and squares here that we will have time to explore. It is one of the major attractions of the Kathmandu valley, and definitely not to be missed! From here you’ll head north-east to the beautiful Nagarkot hilltop on an excellent and quiet tarmac road. Nagarkot is the best destination to acclimatize and warm up before Tibet tour.

  • Tourist-class Hotel
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinne
  • 38 kilometers Hours Walk
  • 2195 meter

After breakfast at hotel with beautiful views, you’ll descent on Jeep tracks through the ancient village of Shanku where you will have lunch and then ride back to hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Star Hotel
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 34 kilometers Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

After breakfast at hotel in Kathmandu, depending on flight time for Lhasa, you’ll be transferred to airport. And then you’ll fly to Lhasa over the beautiful Himalayas. An hour flight to Gongar Airport in Tibet offers beautiful views of Tibetan plateau and Himalayan ranges. And then you’ll receive by our representative in Tibet and then drive to Lhasa with will take about 1.5 hours. Upon arrival in Lhasa, you’ll check-in at hotel and have free time at hotel for relax.

  • Star Hotel
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 3650 meter

Today you have full day to explore around Lhasa by mountain bike. Lhasa is located above 3560 meters from sea level and you’ll spend time here for acclimatization too. After breakfast, you’ll visit few popular places such as Sera Monastery which is one of Lhasa’s great monasteries that survived the Cultural Revolution better than most. You can get up close and personal to a ‘Debate’ where the monks will try and outwit their colleagues with questions on religion. Have a peaceful time watching pilgrims circumambulate from the comfort of a café overlooking the Barkor.

  • Star Hotel
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 3650 meter

After breakfast at hotel, today you’ll start your journey with biking to Monastery right in front and passing the Potala Palace. Drepung monastery is situated 25km to the west of Lhasa, this is to further acclimatize and adjust to the climate and altitude. Drepung Monastery the largest of the monasteries out of the great Gelugpa monasteries was home to around 10,000 monks during the Chinese takeover of Tibet in 1951. Once you reach the entrance to the monastery, you’ll leave our bikes at the car park and climb up the stairs into the monastery. And then you’ll visit the famous Potala Palace. This is the cardinal landmark and a structure that deserves a place as one of the wonders of eastern architecture and it looks best from a distance. It takes about 3 hours of sightseeing at the Potala so you would advise on wearing comfortable attire, esp. walking shoes.

  • Star Hotel
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 3650 meter

After breakfast at hotel, today you’ll leave Lhasa and start biking towards Quxu. You’ll bike following the Brahmaputra River all the way down.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 61 kilometers Hours Walk
  • 3600 meter

After breakfast, you’ll start your today’s biking to Nagartse. You’ll bike over the Khamba-La pass (4794 m), approx. 24km climb passing the old road between Gyantse and Lhasa the dazzling Yamdrok-tso (also known as Scorpion Lake) can be seen from the summit of the Kambha-La pass. The lake lies several hundred meters below the road, and in clear weather the lake is seen as a fabulous shade of deep turquoise. You will have lunch beside the beautiful Yamdrok Lake. After lunch you bike down to the town of Nagarze.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 99 kilometers Hours Walk
  • 4410 meter

After breakfast, today you’ll leave Nagartse with panoramic sight sweeping from the left hand side up to the front give great views of the Himalayas and glaciers upon reaching the summit of the Karo-La Pass. One can awe at the sight of the glacier which is approximately 50m below the pass. Bike over the Simi-La (4330m), and then it’s a pleasant gradual ride to Gyangze town. Visit the monasteries and Stupas contained within this historical town.

  • Tourist-class Hotel
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 105 kilometers Hours Walk
  • 4020 meter

After breakfast, you’ll bike to Shigatse today. You will also leave behind your 2 days of off-road aches and pain as we find ourselves on a newly paved road which is a long day ride that will take you across vast stretches of flat agriculture land to Shigatse, Tibet's second biggest town in the traditional capital of Tsang. The Tsang kings exercised their power from the towering heights of Shigatse turning this town in to an important trading town as well as an administrative center. You’ll visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery on the way.

  • Tourist-class Hotel
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 94 kilometers Hours Walk
  • 3835 meter

After breakfast today you’ll be biking with beautiful scenery as you ride to Jidingzhen. You’ll call it a day as close to the base of the Tso-La pass as possible. This will be a good time to prepare physically and mentally for a couple of passes in the following days.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 75 kilometers Hours Walk
  • 3905 meter

After breakfast, you’ll bike to Lhatse today. Today will be a tough ride, with an occasional paved road making the rest of the road a dusty one. You can, of course, hitch a ride on the support vehicle if you don’t feel like riding the whole day. After you leave the Tso-La Pass (4,500m), you go down a long 9km descent and reach Lhatse, which is a small truck stop and is a dusty place but has some shops with well stocked shelves and few guesthouses.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 70 kilometers Hours Walk
  • 4050 meter

After breakfast, you will bike up to a 25km climbing towards the Gyatso-La Pass (5,220m), the highest pass of our trip. The ride to Gyatso-La is an interesting one as we will be in the middle of a gorge during the start of this particular ride accompanied by a river on the right hand side. Approximately 7km before reaching the summit you come to an opening where you can once again see the great mountains, but it will be very windy at this point until you cross the pass and descent down to Xegar.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 74 kilometers Hours Walk
  • 4320 meter

After breakfast, today you’ll start your ride on a paved road up to the police check post. Here you would have to produce your passport to the authorities and after the check post you will turn off the Friendship Highway around 6km west of the Shegar checkpoint where your guide will sort out the permits for the Everest region. From here the path will be the toughest of bumpy roads. The road is very winding both up hill and downhill with sharp turns. On this particular road we would like to advise everyone to stay on the edge of the road at a safe place because of heavy vehicle also using this road, which takes you to the Pang La pass (5200m), a rocky uphill. From here a superb panoramic view of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu can be seen on a clear day. You will bike downhill towards the river where after crossing it you will face the windiest place of our tour. You will bike to Tashi Zong village. After check-in at guest house, you’ll bike to Everest Base Camp from Tibet side which is situated at above 5150 meters from sea level and then back to Rongbuk.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 55 kilometers Hours Walk
  • 5000 meter

After breakfast, today you bike to Old Tingri. After an hour ride from Rongbuk you take new route to Old Tingri via Long Jong La. Occasionally, the level of river gets high which will make us difficult to cross the river, in such case you will ride and drive to Tingri via Tashi Dzong and Pang La.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 69 kilometers Hours Walk
  • 4350 meter

After breakfast, today the biking takes you over the pass of Lalung-La, which offers spectacular view of Gaurishankar, Dorje Lhakpa, Shishapangma and Langtang. Please make sure that you check your brakes properly because you will be riding mostly downhill from here.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 72 kilometers Hours Walk
  • 4685 meter

After breakfast, you’ll continue your descent southwards and after a few hours of biking you’ll reach Nyalam which literary means ‘The Gateway to Hell’ in Tibetan. This is because the road drops from Nylam like a stone off the Tibetan plateau into a mossy gorge of waterfalls and cascades which during the monsoon creates a sea of clouds that submerges the road and thus giving the effect of an eerie scene out of a horror movie. Before reaching Nyalam just 10km off there is a place with the closest cultural sight which is Nyalam Pelgye Ling, a small temple that is associated with the Cave of Milarepa, the famous Buddhist mystic and composer of songs who lived during the late 11th to the early 12th century.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 97 kilometers Hours Walk
  • 4609 meter

After breakfast, today you’ll bike to Kerung.

  • Tourist-class Hotel
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 178 kilometers Hours Walk
  • 2600 meter

After breakfast, you’ll ride to Border between Nepal and Tibet which is called Rasuwa Gadhi. You’ll say good bye to your Tibetan tour crew today and will pass through immigration. Once you reach Nepal side, your vehicle will be waiting for your there and drive to Kathmandu. You’ll follow Pasang Lhami High Way for Kathmandu which will take bbout six hours’ drive. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you’ll check-in at hotel.

  • Star Hotel
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 124 kilometers Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

Depending on your flight time, you’ll be transfer to airport before 3 hrs of flight time.

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  • Breakfast
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • N/A meter

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What’s Included

4 nights in Kathmandu at star-hotels on twin sharing basis 1 night in Nagarkot at star-hotels on twin sharing basis 5 nights in Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse at star hotel on twin sharing 10 nights in very basic local tea houses with dormitory rooms in Tibet during the tour on twin sharing basis in common rooms

3 meals a day during the trekking at lodges/local restaurants (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu at the end of the trip with typical Nepalese food

All airport/hotel/airport transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle Ground transfer for Kathmandu sightseeing by private air-conditioned vehicle Support van for Kathmandu-Nagarkot in Nepal Ground transfer in Tibet as per program Kerung-Kathmandu by private vehicle Kathmandu-Lhasa flight with airport taxes

All required entry fees during tour in Kathmandu All necessary Tibet entry and road permits Special permits for Mountain biking trip All entry fees to the sites and monasteries Yamdrok lake conservation fee Karola glacier conservation fee Everest conservation fee for all members, guide, and camping team staffs, bicycles, and vehicle

1 English speaking Tibetan guide

Support for airport pick up, drop and farewell dinner Support van in Tibet

Comprehensive First Aid Kit Comprehensive Trekking Map and Kathmandu Valley Map Oxygen in case needed in Tibet Support for Tibet Visa

What’s Not Included

All personal expenses like alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, telephone calls, laundry services etc. Medical and travel insurances International airfare and taxes Nepal Visa fees Tibet Visa Fee USD 114 Mountain Bike and its accessories Cargo for Bike (Kathmandu-Lhasa) Mountain Bike Guide if needed from Nepal Supplement cost if upgrade to tented camp during tour Emergency rescue charges Main meals in Kathmandu (lunch and dinner) Tips for trekking crew

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