Lhasa Kathmandu Mountain Bike Tour, Tibet Nepal Biking Tour 21 Days
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Lhasa Kathmandu biking tour is one of the most challenging and thrilling trip in Tibet. This is not for the faint of heart! Normally most of the time you will be cycling across one of the most romantic regions in the world, the Tibetan Plateau, which has the highest average elevation on the planet. From the Buddhist monasteries of Lhasa to the bustling markets and heritage sites of Kathmandu, this trip will take you over several passes in the vicinity of 5000 meters– a truly inspiring odyssey of over 1000 kilometers by bicycle - and one that has the majestic Himalayas as a backdrop all the way!
Add to that an ascent to Everest base camp, as well as the biggest descent in the world into Nepal, and you have the adventure of a lifetime. It doesn't get better than this!
TOUR COST: US $2200.00 Per Person.
Minimum Group size: Minimum Two people.
Highlights include: Mt. Everest (Top of the world), Tibetan Mountains, monasteries, Heritage sites and Pagoda temples of Kathmandu, Yaks, butter tea, mountain biking, lakes, camping by rivers, star gazing, Potala Palace, pilgrims and monks.
Fitness: You will need to have an extremely high level of fitness and determination to participate in this trip. We are cycling up to 100km a day, at 3700-5200m above sea level! This is the Himalayan Mountains after all, so expect a lot of long, steep ascents and descents. 80% of the trip will be cycling on unsealed surfaces, with a mix of dirt roads, rocky and very rocky surfaces.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu, Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square
Transfer to your hotel after arriving in Kathmandu airport. After a little rest, visit the Durbar Square. The Durbar Square lies in the heart of Kathmandu. It also called as Hanuman Dhoka Palace Square locally -an ancient seat of the Nepalese Royalty. Most of the buildings we see here date from 15th to 18th century. Some of the important monuments to be seen here are: Taleju temple, Jagannath temple, Kal Bhairav, Kumari Ghar, Kasthamandap - built from the timber of a single tree. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Kathmandu Day Tour - Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa
In the morning, first drive to Pashupatinath Temple which is situated 5 kilometers east of Kathmandu City and is one of the holiest temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Then drive to Boudhanath Stupa, 8 kilometers east of Kathmandu City. Boudhanath Stupa is one of the biggest in the world of its kind.
After lunch, drive to Swayambhunath Stupa, located approximately 4 kilometers west of Kathmandu city. This Buddhist Stupa is said to be 2000 years old. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Kathmandu to Lhasa
Take the morning flight to Lhasa. In a little over one hour, the Kathmandu - Lhasa air journey covers rugged terrain that once took trade caravans months to cross. The views are spectacular, and on a clear day, as many as eight of the world's 14 highest peaks - including Everest - lie before you. At the Lhasa airport, you will be transferred to your hotel in Lhasa for a relaxing adjustment to the altitude! Stay overnight in Lhasa.
Day 4: Lhasa sightseeing - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street
In the morning, visit the famous Potala Palace and explore the grandest of its myriad chapel. You will appreciate its audience halls, the jeweled and Golden burial chortens (stupa Tombs) of past Dalai Lamas, and tremendous number of Buddhist frescoes, thangkas, combinations of mandala, etc.
In the afternoon, visit the holist temple in Tibet, the Johkang Temple, built during Songtsen Gonpo's reign by princess Wencheng of Tang Dynasty, 647 A.D, and its famous Barkor Kora. Stay overnight in Lhasa.
Day 5: Lhasa Sightseeing - Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery
Visit two important monasteries in Lhasa, the Drepung and the Sera. Drepung monastery is situated at the foothill of a mountain and was founded by Jamyang Choeje in 1416. It was once the home to 10000 monks and Ganden podrang in Drepung is famous as it was the government centre and later moved to the famous potala palace during the fifth dalai lama.
After having lunch, continue to visit the Sera Monastery, which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most attractive Buddhist Scriptures debating held in the courtyard mostly around 3 - 5 in the afternoon. Stay overnight in Lhasa.
Day 6: Short ride out of Lhasa (85 km)
The first riding day is very short and easy. Your journey towards Everest starts with the Friendship Highway as it heads out across the plateau. The road is in good condition and quite flat. Leave Lhasa and cycle along the beautiful Tsangpo River to the foot of the Kamba La Pass (3700 m). Camping
Day 7: Ride to Yamdrok Tso via Kamba La Pass (55 km)
You will overcome the first mountain pass of this trip. A strong uphill climbing along a tar road of several switchbacks, we will reach a summit lavishly adorned with prayer flags (4794m).
After descending we continue togo along Lake Yamdrok Tso, at the far side of which set up camp (4490m). The dazzlingly turquoise green Yamdrok-Tso Lake is one of the three great holy lakes in Tibet. Camping
Day 8: Yamdrok Tso to Karo La Pass Base (54 km)
Leave the beautiful lake behind, we will cycle along the Friendship highway which soon becomes a gravel roadway. Through a ravine and up to the foot of the Karo La Pass (4750m), your tented village will be prepared for the night. Camping
Day 9: Karo La Pass to Gyantse (86 km)
Today is a significant day on the tour. Get up early to climb the high Karo La Pass (5010m). You can see glaciers stretching down to 6000m and beautiful lakes. You are rewarded with a night in a top hotel in the city of Gyantse (3980m). Stay overnight in Gyantse (Hotel).
Day 10: Gyantse to Shigatse (94 km)
First visit the Gyantse Dzong and Gyantse Kumbum. The Dzong is a fort dating from the 14th century and the Kumbum, a large gold-domed stupa with several small chapels, contains an impressive collection of Tibetan Buddhist murals.
Then head out on the highway towards Shigatse. Although today is a long cycling day, the highway is tarred and flat. In the afternoon, arrive in Tibet's second largest city, Shigatse (3860m). Enjoy a shower in your hotel. Stay overnight in Shigats.
Day 11: Gyachung Monastery (75 km)
Get up early to visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, where you can see the well preserved largest statue of Jampa (future god) in the world. The monastery itself is anabiding place for the successive Penchen Lamas. Then leave Shigatse and ride over two small passes and several small Tibetan villages, we will pass the isolated Gyachung Monastery and camp. Camping
Day 12: Gyachung Monastery to Lhatse (95 km)
Keep riding along the highway. The route leads you through picturesque valleys before the long route which leads over the Tso-La (4520m).
After lunch, head towards Lhatse, pass the hot springs and camp about 10km outside of town. Camping
Day 13: Lhatse - Shegar (75 km)
Ride over the 5220m Gyatso-La with stunning view. You will be rewarded with first view of Mount Everest on a clear day.
After a 40 km ride through flat prairie towns, you will arrive in the town of Pelbar, often referred to as Shegar. Shegar is a popular stopover for anyone heading to the Everest region. Today will be a long and gruelling ride through the canyon. Stay overnight in Shegar.
Day 14: Pang Pass (67 km)
Today's riding is a little tough as the road condition is not as good as that of the past days. You will divert off the flat highway just outside of Shegar, then head towards the world's highest peak, Everest.
After passing through the border control point, you will face 20km's of uphill switchbacks (42 hairpin bends in total) before reachingf the summit of the Pang Pass (5150m). Your reward will be some of the most magnificent views of Everest and surrounding peaks. Enjoy lunch as you gaze over Makalu (8463m), Shishapangma (8012m), Cho Oyu (8210m), Lhotse (8516m), Everest (8850m) and several other breathtaking peaks. Then a 20-kilometer downhill follows to the Rongbuk Valley (4200m), where we camp. Camping
Day 15-16: Rongbuk Monastery (35 km)
You should be at maximum fitness and excited about the approach of your highest destination, Everest Base Camp. A bumpy road winds up through the Rongbuk valley until the majestic Mount Everest appears before you. Camp beside the monastery with the unforgettable sight of the world's highest peak in front of you. We will stay here for two days. On your second day, you can either read a book or get even closer to Everest by taking a walk, cycling or hopping on a donkey and cart ride to Everest base camp, which is 8km from the campsite. Stay overnight in Rongbuk Monastery (Dormbed/Tents).
Day 17: Rongbuk - Tingri (86 km)
Leave Rongbuk, head back down the bumpy road and then take a shortcut into the mountains. Another bumpy trail takes us over a canyon and down into Tingri (4340m). Stay overnight in Tingri.
Day 18: Lalung Pass (77 km)
Today begins with a 40 to 50km flat ride before lunch. Then we tackle the gradual incline of the Lalung Pass (4990m). From here, you will feel like you are as high as the peaks around you, including Shishapangma (8012m). Set up tents in the valley between two passes. Camping
Day 19: Cross Thang Pass to Zhangdu (117 km)
Today, we tackle our last up hill, as we cycle up the incredible Thang Pass to 5050m. You will be treated to breathtaking views of the Himalayan chain as you freewheel the most incredible nonstop downhill.
From the town of Nyalam, you will notice that the scenery starts to turn green again. Cycle down past countless waterfalls and pine trees line roads, with waterfalls practically crashing over you, to the border town of Zhangmu (2300m). This will be our last day in Tibet. Stay overnight in Zhangmu.
Day 20: Zhangmu - Dhulikhel (97km)
From Zhangmu, we have to pass through customs and into Nepal. Once you are in the Nepali town of Kodari, the downhill continues for the next 50 km along some very bumpy and rocky roads. Suddenly it is tropical and humid and green again as you cycle alongside rice paddies. After reaching the town of Dolalghat, you must climb up to the town Dhulikhel (1600m). Stay overnight in Dhulikhel .
Day 21: Dhulikhel - Bhaktapur - Kathmandu (35 km)
The last day will take you from Dhulikhel to Kathmandu. You will freewheel down through Bhaktapur, where you can stop and see some of the town's famous temples if you wish, before riding into bustling Kathmandu. In the afternoon, you can relax, shop or go sightseeing. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 22: Depart from Kathmandu
After a long exciting trip, it's time to say goodbye to Kathmandu. Transfer to airport for your flight to next destination.
- Kathmandu - Lhasa flight,
- Tibet visa and all entry permit,
- Guided city tour,
- Hotel with breakfast in cities such as Lhasa, Gantse, Xigatse,
- All camping gear and all meals on camping days,
- Supporting truck and jeeps,
- Kathmandu: 3 night's accommodations/twin sharing room with breakfast,
- Airports pickup and drop.
- Tibet / China visa fee,
- flight fare,
- re-entry visa to Nepal,
- all expenses of personal nature,
- emergency evacuation,
- traveling and health insurance and airport departure and tips.