Tibet Mountain Biking Tour is give you an experiencing of Tibetan Buddhism, witnessing monks in debate and prayer, crossing 5,000m mountain passes by mountain bike, stopping off at rural villages and lunar landscapes, cycling to Everest Base Camp.
This is high altitude mountain biking tour, suitable for those with a high level of fitness and endurance. Spectacular scenery, challenging riding, six 5000m passes and encounters with one of the world’s most fascinating cultures make this tour a truly incredible experience. A unique opportunity to travel downhill, all the way from Lhasa to Kathmandu by bike is one of the world’s toughest bike rides.
Start in the historic centre of Tibet, Lhasa where you watch in awe at the Jokhang and Potala Palace. After some exploratory bike rides to get used to the atmosphere, it’s off across to Nepal. Lhasa is not just a city, but an insight into Tibetan culture. Experience the impressive cultures and religion before you begin your biking along with the highest elevations, blue lakes, high passes, desert-like plateau and Tibetan villages, where time seems to be a still as opposed to the modern Chinese settlements
Take a side trip to Rongbuk Monastery and Everest Base Camp, and enjoy the spectacular views of Everest, the highest peak in the world. End your biking at Kodari, the border between Tibet and Nepal or drive to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. You will enjoy the views of some of the highest peaks above 8000 meter, Everest, Cho Yu, Makalu, Shisha Pangma and the magical Himalayan range on this trip. The 600 miles biking will go through 4 high passed above 15,500 ft., you will visit some of the monasteries, palaces and meet Tibetan nomads and their yaks along the way.
All the biking is on the paved road, except if you decide to bike to Rongbuk where it’s still the dirt road. This is a very strenuous and physically challenging bike tour. Only the people who have previous experience of long biking and physically fit should take this trip. The bikers must have the good health, great stamina, endurance and range compatibility with other bikers. You will be biking between 40 to 60 miles a day. Biking per day is between 4 to 6 hours. There is a luggage truck with each bike group. You can take a ride in the vehicle if you are too tired.
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Day 1: Kathmandu to Lhasa.
You will be met at Lhasa airport by your local Tibetan guide and transferred to hotel, where rooms have been booked for you. Afternoon is at leisure for acclimatization & rest or just take a walk around the Barkhor Bazzar.
Day 2: Lhasa Tour
Today will be spent exploring palaces. First on your list will be the Potala Palace. The palace of the Dalai Lama a treasure of Tibetan culture was, till 1965, the seat of both religion and politics in Tibet and quite possibly, the singularly most important building in all Tibet. It was built in the seventh century by Tsongtsen Gampo as a fort and later renovated by the fifth Dalai Lama in the seventeenth century to its present specifications. Your next stop will be Norbulingkha - the winter palace of the Dalai Lama which was built in the eighteenth century.
Day 3: Lhasa Tour
Today you will visit the Drepung monastery. This is the largest monastery in the world and once housed 10,000 monks and nuns. It was built in 1419, and the second, third and fourth Dalai Lamas lived and were entombed here. You may have a chance to see the monks mixing the butter tea in a washing machine when there is a special ceremony and large numbers of monks are present. Your next stop will be the Jokhang Temple. This is the holiest shrine in Tibet and houses a golden statue of the Buddha which was brought to Tibet by the Chinese princess “Wen Chen”. You then stop off at Barkhor Bazaar outside the Jokhang monastery. This is a bustling flea market and is, generally, the place to buy souvenirs and meet other tourists.
Day 4: Lhasa – Yamdrok Tso.
From Lhasa, follow the first road leading to the Bramaputra River (or Tsangpo). Cross the river and follow south route which stretches up to almost Kambala Pass. From the pass bike down to gigantic Yamdrok Lake, which is known for its intense color, also known as turquoise lake. Overnight Camping.
Day 5: Yamdrok Tso - Karo La (55 miles)
Bike around the village and Nagarze Langla and continue to the Karo La Pass, then down towards Ralung and Lungma.
Day 6: Bike Camp– Ralung – Gyangtse (46 miles)
The ride goes up and down slightly at the beginning by one of the fertile valleys of Tibet. After a short climb you reach the pass Simi La. After a short descent, it is flat and you will reach e. Gyantse is located in the eastern part of the province of Tsang and 165 miles southwest of Lhasa on the northern bank of the Nyang River. In earlier times, Gyantse was a major trade center between Tibet and India. Above the town is a large fortress, surrounded by one of the great Chinese wall. In Gyantse, you will have the opportunity visit the monastery Kumbum (Pelkar Chode).
Day 7: Gyangtse – Shigatse (57 miles)
A relatively flat stage over some 57 miles to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. Overnight at hotel.
Day 8: Rest day in Shigatse.
Free day in Shigatse. Visit the monastery Tashilunpo, the blessing mountain, is the seat of the Panchen Lama and one of the largest monasteries. It houses a valuable statue - made of bronze, gold and many precious and semi-precious stones - the Maitreya Buddha, the coming Savior. Very interesting are the paintings and frescoes in the various temples. The Sakya citadel from the 13th Century houses valuable art treasures. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9: Shigatse – Chemo (Tsuo La Pass, 68 miles)
Enjoy highland scenery and fertile river valley during the next few days. From Shigatse, bike through the city Nathang to high pass the camp is situated at the foot of the next pass of Tsuo La. Camping.
Day 10: Bike - Lhatse via Tso La passes (38 miles)
After 6 miles, the pass of Tso La is reached. Continua via Renda, where a separate road goes off to the Sakya. Lhaze is the road leading to Mount Kailash, the other on the Gyatso La into Nepal. Shortly before Lhatze there are hot springs. Camping.
Day 11: Camp - Gyatso La (40 miles)
Bike to the highest point of this route, high Gyatso La (5300m). From the pass, enjoy the beautiful views of the mountains of the Himalayas. From the camp is 25 miles to the pass. Overnight at Camp.
Day 12: Lulu - Xegar - Old Tingri (60 miles)
Biking from Lulu to Old Tingri is always easy and downhill. Just before Old Tingri, you can see Mount Everest in distance. Overnight at camping.
Day 13: Old Tingri - Rongbuk River via Pang La
Start a three-day detour from the main route. The Other side of the 17056 ft high Pang La Pass, approach the Everest more and more. The closer you get, the higher the top of the world rises against the sky. From the pass you have a magnificent view. Arrive at Rongbuk River. Overnight at camping.
Day 14: Rongbuk River - Rongbuk Monastery.
Drive to Rongbuk Monastery.
Day 15: Rongbuk - Everest Base Camp
Hike to Everest base camp, along the banks of the Rongbuk. Along the way discover the ruins of ancient monasteries. The base camp is located in the middle of the river valley between Rongbuk Glacier River and a stream. The view of Everest 29028 ft. and the surrounding mountains are spectacular. The summit of Everest is still more than 11800 ft. above the base camp. But the top of the world to looks so close, impressive experience. Return to the Rongbuk Monastery and drive back to camp at Tingri.
Day 16: Everest Base Camp -Gutsuo (31 miles)
Almost at the end of the trip is a five-thousand 16500 ft. high Lalung La Pass, the whole of the eastern Himalayan chain, in front of you: in the west Langtang, Dorje Lakpa and Shisha Pangma , East Makalu, Lhotse , Cho Oyu and Gaurishankar. Overnight at camping.
Day 17: Gutsuo –Nyalam (60 miles)
Bike to the last pass of this route, Lalung La and descend to Nyalam. Nylam is the starting point for expeditions to Shishapangma. Then the road drops off rapidly in the fertile, lush valleys of the Himalayas, leading to Nepal.
Day 18: Nyalam - Zhangmu – Dhulikhel (20 miles biking – rest driving)
Bike down to Zhangmu, trading town between Nepal and Tibet, go through the immigration. Cross the border to Nepal side and Nepal immigration. You will be met by Nepali guide and drive to Dhulikhel. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 19: Kathmandu Tour
At leisure is in Kathmandu or optional sightseeing tour.
Day 20: Tibet biking tour ends.
Transfer to Kathmandu airport to get fly back to home. You need to reach at Kathmandu airport at least 3 hours before your schedule flight time.