CIT001 Lhasa to Kathmandu by bike - 21 days
Route: Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse-Sakya-Shegar-EBC-Old Tingri-Nylam-Kathmandu
Tour Code: CIT001
Day 1: Arrival and transfer to hotel. Rest of day free till trip briefing and welcome dinner in the evening.
Day 2: Tour of the city including visits to Potala Palace, Jokhang and Sera Monasteries. Rest of day free.
Day 3: Day free for final preparation for the biking and leisure.
Day 4: Lhasa – Ganda Village: 82 kms. There is not much uphill as we bike this stretch of highway. We start at an altitude of 3650m at Lhasa and come down just a bit to 3535m when we camp just before the Khamba La.
Day 5: Ganda Village – Yamdrok Tso – Nagartze: 57 kms. The morning consists of a 23 kms long uphill that takes us to 4995m at Khamba La pass from where we descend with majestic views of Tibet's largest lake, the Yamdrok Tso, on whose banks we are having lunch and a swim. From here on the road is pretty flat right up to the campsite close to a large fishing village with good views to the lake. Campsite at 4310m.
Day 6: Nagartze – Karo La – Ralung Monastery: 58 kms. Today we cross our first 5000m at Karo la pass (5010m) and we get a good look at a Dzong in Nagartze. Campsite at 4540m near a stream in a big dry plain.
Day 7: Ralung – Giantse: 63 kms. Today,s ride is pretty smooth except one slight uphill to cross Simi La at 4330m. We camp a little before the historic city of Giantse which is situated at an altitude of 3935m.
Day 8: Giantse – Sigatse: 90 kms. This is a flat road trip that goes through a picturesque valley full of agricultural fields and traditional water mills, till we reach our well earned shower and a cold beer in a hotel in the bustling city of Sigatse.
Day 9: Sigatse – Tso La base: 91 kms. After a visit to the famous Tashilunpo Monastery – the largest in Tibet, we start our journey to attack another high pass going steadily higher and higher to our campsite at the base of the pass at 4065m. Most of the drive is on dirt track, but occasionally we hit patches of real road, which comes as a relief.
Day 10: Tso La – Lhatse: 70 kms. The day is with not much of up and down as one 23 kms climb from the campsite brings us to this beautiful pass at 4500m. From here we continue on a steady downhill to a sleepy town of Lhatse and a bit beyond to camp at 4000m.
Day 11: GanLhatse – Xegar: 58 kms. A 22 kms uphill ride will get us breathless when we are at top of the highest point of our entire ride at Gyatso La (5220m), from where we go steadily downhill to our campsite just before Xegar situated at 4300m.
Day 12: Xegar – Tashi Dzong: 58 kms. A slow 43 kms uphill ride brings us to another 5200m pass at Pang La before descending to Tashi Dzong at 4600m to our camp for the night.
Day 13: Tashi Dzong – Rongbuk Monastery: 43 kms. This is a slow tiring day as we ascent to 5100m for the camp at Rongbuk Monastery just below Everest Base Camp.
Day 14: Everest Base Camp and back to Tashi Dzong: 59 kms. This is another day when we reach 5200m at Everest Base Camp, just 8 kms from our camp and then after spending some time there, we descend to Tashi Dzong.
Day 15: Tashi Dzong to Tingri: 78 kms. Once we cross the 5200m Pang La about 15 kms from our camp, our ride is mostly downhill right to Tingri except an occasional uphill specially near the end of our day right to the camp situated at 4200m.
Day 16: Tingri – Sumo: 76 kms. Mostly flat stretch except at the end of the day as we camp just before the village of Sumo at 4400m. This day we view many ruins of fortresses built during the Nepalese invasion of Tibet 150 years ago.
Day 17: Sumo – Nyalam: 85 Kms. This is our last day in Tibet as we cross the two passes of Lalung and Yarle Shung (5050m) and come to a narrow valley to Nyalam at 3700m. From Yarle Shung right into Nepal is the downhill ride in the world with an altitude drop from over 5000 to 1100 meters when we camp the next night.
Day 18: Nyalam – Border crossing – Borderland Resort: 55 kms. Pure downhill dream as we hurtle down 37 kms from Nyalam to the border and after custom formalities a further 18 kms to Borderland Resorts for a well deserved lunch and hot water showers at an altitude of 1100m.
Day 19: Borderland Resort – Kathmandu: 96 kms. We still decrease in altitude as we come towards Kathmandu up to 685m at Dolalghat before having to climb 25 kms to cross the ridge of the valley at Dhulikhel and then hurtle down again to 1350m at Kathmandu. Blissful sleep and rest at a hotel in Kathmandu. The brave will start hitting the bars to renew the love handles lost during the drive.
Day 20: Rest day in Kathmandu. Shopping and leisure. Farewell party in the evening at Rum Doodle where we get to immortalize our journey in a Yeti foot to be driven on the walls of the restaurant forever.
Day 21: Free till transfer to airport for departure.
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