It is really a fantastic experience to have a look at the place that is nearest to the sky and to move on the most devout pilgrimage road. Tibet is worthy of taking adventures and conquering for your dreams and love. This is more significant for cyclist lovers, for enjoying Tibet tours is their eternal dream.
Why Tibet is a must-visit place for mountain biking enthusiasts?
Almost all mountain biking enthusiasts are powerful in energy and love adventures. They would like to spare no efforts to go through the bad weather for days and the long hard ways to get there to pursue their dreams. Only by mentioning or thinking of the word “Tibet”, mountain cyclists would become emotional, and they do not care about arduousness at all. The eternal snow mountain and vast space in Tibet are quite attractive for cyclists all over the world. Tibet has become one must-visit place for mountain biking enthusiasts nowadays. Here are some reasons for this phenomenon.
The natural beauty in Tibet
To cycle in Tibet is one great way to enjoy the natural beauty, such as the sound of rivers, the music of birds, the green trees and the Himalayan Mountains, and etc.
The passion to challenge oneself
Mountain cyclists are not content with themselves until they get the experience of Tibet mountain cycling. It is really a challenging tour, for cyclists need to overcome the dangers of altitude sickness, bad weather, hot sun, and other accidental matters. They have the courage and the determination to finish the cycling trip in Tibet mountain, which can become precious memories in their whole life.
The worship and dream diver
Tibet is a spiritual realm of Buddhism and people there are quite devout in their worship. It is really a vast space to purify the soul and get away from the busy world in reality. To cycle in Tibet is also a dream of most cyclists, and they prepare themselves well to reach their goal in Tibet. It is really an experience of dream pursuing. We recommend people who have this dream try their best to complete it.
Top Tibet tours for cycling
Popular Tibet bike tours always begin from Lhasa and last for several days according to the path and the different destinations. In order to pursue the cycling dream in Tibet, cyclists can choose the plans listed below for reference, for we can provide sufficient service on the way with much experience. Read the following plans and you will be thankful for getting such guidance.
Cycling from Lhasa to EBC
The 19-Day Tibet Biking Tour from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp has been chosen by numerous cyclists during these years, which is a safe plan that has been proved for years. Although it is quite hard to enjoy all the beauty and culture of Tibet with one cycling trip, this path can add to your understanding of Tibet to a great degree.
This biking tour is full of adventures and we recommend cyclists stay in Lhasa for 2 or 3 days to adapt to the high altitude of Tibet. In the first 3 days, you can arrange your time to visit some famous places in Lhasa, such as Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery, and Sera Monastery. These cultural sites will help you to understand the worship of Tibet.
Lake Yamdrok Tso is one of the holy lakes in Tibet with turquoise lake and stunning view, which is the next destination in this cycling trip. You need to go through the Kamba La Pass to get there and you can view the wonderful scenery along Tsangpo River on the way there. This may take you 2 days to get to Lake Yamdrok Tso.
During the 6-7 days, you can cycle toward Gyantse along the Friendship Highway. The altitude becomes high and you need more energy to continue cycling from Kamba La Pass to Gyantse. The glaciers and amazing lakes will be the best rewards to you, and you can have a good night in the hotel of Gyantse.
After you get to Shigatse, you can arrange one day to visit this city and then move to Tashilhunpo Monastery to feel the religion of Tibet quietly. Remember to walk clockwise when you are in the monastery and do not take pictures without asking.
From Gyachung Monastery to Lhatse, you can have the chance to record the picturesque valleys and hot springs by taking pictures or videos on the road. This is the itinerary on the 11th day of this trip.
During the 12-14 days, you can cycle along Lhatse – Shegar – Pang Pass and reach Rongbuk Monastery in the 14th day. The majestic mountain views will meet your demands of cycling in Tibet. You can get the opportunity to see Mount Everest when you endeavor to cycle uphill through the Rongbuk valley. After that, you can begin to arrange your time to leave for Shigatse and then Lhasa by car.
This tour plan can lead you to visit main Tibet attractions, including religious places, local houses, holy lakes and etc. Both cultural and natural sceneries can be grasped during this trip. If you are lucky, you can view running animals on the plateau while you are cycling towards the highest mountain in China.
Cycling from Lhasa to Kathmandu via EBC
The 22-days Lhasa to Kathmandu Bike Tour actually starts in Lhasa. You can enjoy a brief tour in Kathmandu and then fly to Lhasa on the third day. Lhasa is full of religious places and you can pay a visit to the famous monasteries one by one. It is really a good time enjoying the old streets and local culture in Lhasa as well.
After you get acclimated to the environment of Lhasa by staying around 2 days, you can begin to cycle to Yamdrok Tso via Kamba La Pass and then ride to Karo La Pass Base during the 7th and 8th days in this trip. The lake beauty and the mountainous roads will offer you a feeling of secluding from the world.
From Karo La Pass Base to Shigatse, you need to pass Gyantse. After you ride to Gyachung Monastery, you can have a good rest and adjust your own physical and mental conditions, for riding is a fatiguesome sport.
During the 13th day to 17th day, you can ride according to the path of Lhatse – Shegar – Pang Pass – Rongbuk Monastery – Tingri. The unforgettable sceneries will make you feel everything is worthwhile, no matter how hard it is.
Afterward, Lalung Pass will be your next destination, and you can camp in the valley between Lalung Pass. The high mountain peaks around you can provide a kind of mystery to your night camping there.
When you get to Gyirong, you can pass through customs and then enter into Nepal to begin your Nepal tour. It is a great experience to cycle along the rice paddies and visit several temples on the road from Gyirong – Dhulikhel – Bhaktapur to Kathmandu.
The snow mountains, ancient monasteries and other beauties along the way make this bike tour to be significant and great.
Cycling from Lhasa to Namtso Lake
If your time is limited, you can choose the 8-day Lhasa to Namtso Lake bike tour. This short tour is also quite popular among cyclists, which calls for much efforts. You need to prepare to accept the extreme tests on willpower, strength, and endurance.
First, you can take 3 days in Lhasa to visit well-known monasteries and taste local food in Tibet. When you finish the Lhasa tour, you can start out riding to Damxung along Qinghai-Tibet highway. The smooth and flat road will help you to get to your destination quickly. It is also sensible for you to have a small rest in Yangpachen along the way.
Namtso Lake is the final destination of this trip and this holy lake is really attractive to travelers around the world. Its altitude is high and its water is pure. Walking along this lake will be one fantastic experience at night. After you finish the visiting of Namtso Lake, you can get out to ride back to Yangpachen and then Lhasa to complete this short but meaningful tour.
Biking tours in Tibet are fascinating, but it is dangerous if you happen to get high altitude sickness. However, with the service of our agency, we will take care of you on the way. We run the cycling tour with “4+2” mode and an extra van and other staff will accompany the cycling tourists. When the roads are too hard for cycling or the sceneries on the way are not so satisfying, cyclists can take cars to save physical power. It is sensible not to cycle quickly. Our car will support you when you are not in the state of cycling. Taking sunscreen cream and less baggage will benefit your tour. As for some necessary equipment and medicines, we will prepare for you in case you need. Remember to choose a good bike and check out its conditions during the cycling tour to avoid some troubles.