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18 Days Kathmandu, Mt.Kailash, EBC and Lhasa Motorbike

18 Days Kathmandu, Mt.Kailash, EBC and Lhasa Motorbike

(TEPT001) Kathmandu - Mt.Kailash - Everest Base Camp - Shigatse - Gyantse - Lhasa

  • Tourist Style Motorcycle enthusiasts

    1,400m-3,865m (max 5,630m)
  • Tour Type

    Private Motorbike Tour to Kailash, EBC via Nepal

  • Trip Level

    Moderate - suitable for ones with average level fitness, family with kids bigger than 12 yrs.

  • Best Time to Go

    April, May, early June, Sept. mid-Oct.


Obsessed with motorbike adventure around the sacred Buddhist mountains and lakes hidden in the heart of Himalayas? This epic 18-day tour gives you perfect reasons to have a go. You can ride your motorbike along Lake Manasarovar and walk the kora with prostrating Tibetan pilgrims around Mt. Kailash and the next day feel awestruck at the foot of the world’s highest mountain, etc. With loads of excitements and divine experiences to enjoy, the adrenaline-pumping road trip adventure on the roof of the world will make your ultimate fantasy come true.

Top Highlights

  • Enjoy the most sacred pilgrimage around Mt. Kailash

  • Explore landmark Hindu and Buddhist sites in both Nepal and Tibet

  • Motorbike across the heart of Himalayan Range, esp. to the EBC

  • Visit Top 2 Holy Lakes: Manasarovar Lake and Yamdrok Lake

  • Experience the exotic life on the roof of the world

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu Airport, you will be greeted by our guide and get transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. Meanwhile, our guide will collect your original passport and use it to apply for China Group Visa (at least 3 days to be processed). You may have a good rest, or stroll around the hotel.

Later, our guide will have a short briefing about the tomorrow’s tour and following motorbike ride from Kathmandu to Lhasa.

Tip: Whether you come with your own motorbike or need motorbike rental service, we can offer the tailor-made motorbike tour accordingly.

Day 2: Day Tour in Kathmandu (B)

In the morning, we will visit the Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, which is one of three durbar (royal palace) squares in the Kathmandu Valley. It is the site of the Hanuman Dhoka Palace Complex, which was the royal Nepalese residence until the 19th century and when important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch, still take place today.

Then, we will tour Swayambhunath. It is one of the most recognizable symbols in Nepal and the painted eyes of Buddha watch all who ascend the worn stone steps. It is a World Heritage Site and one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal, and is at the source of the Valley’s mythical beginning.

In the afternoon, the tour group will head to Patan City, which is 15 minutes driving from Kathmandu. Patan's central -Durbar Square, is absolutely packed with temples: It’s an architectural center point with a far greater concentration of temples per sq. meter than in Kathamandu or Bhaktapur. You may shop around and finally we will head back to Kathmandu.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu

Day 3: Day Tour in Kathmandu (B)

Our first stop will be Pashupatinath, the most important Hindu temple in Nepal. The old buildings on the site were destroyed by Moslem invaders in the 14th century, its stone linga smashed to dust, but it rose again behind their retreating backs. Succeeding monarchs reinstated the temple and the images.

Later, we head to Bouddhanath, one of the largest stupas in South Asia, and it has become the focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The white mound looms thirty-six meters overhead. The stupa is located on the ancient trade route to Tibet, and Tibetan merchants rested and offered prayers here for many centuries. Bhaktapur Durbar Square Square is a conglomeration of pagoda and shikhara style temples grouped around a fifty-five window palace of brick and wood. The square is one of the most charming architectural showpieces of the Valley as it highlights the ancient arts of Nepal.

Our staff will get your China group visa and help you get everything ready for tomorrow’s motorbike tour.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu

Day 4: Ride from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi. (137km, 7hrs) (B)

It is the day when the adventurous motorbike tour officially begins. Today, we drive north by following the zigzag mountain road to Syabrubesi (2,380m), a peaceful village inside Langtang National Park. The road gets bumpier as you get closer to Sino-Nepal border in the valley. So, do be careful with the ride on winding road in the mountainous region.

Stay overnight in the guesthouse in Syabrubesi.


Day 5: Cross the Sino-Nepal border to Gyirong (75km, 2hrs)

After breakfast, we drive from Syabrubesi(2,380m) to Gyirong border. It covers 20km and takes around 45min. After you go through the customs, we will keep driving to Gyirong country (2700m) and spend one night there for a better acclimatization before moving higher to Old Tingri. In the afternoon, you may go to visit Padmasambava cave.

Stay overnight in Gyirong.

Day 6: Move from Gyirong to Saga (102km, 5-6hrs)

In the morning, we begin to drive up to Saga. The 102km’s ride takes around 5-6 hours.

On the way, you can enjoy the tranquil Peiku-tso in the distance against snow-capped Mt. Shishapangma. At late afternoon, we will make it to Saga County.

Stay overnight in the guesthouse of Saga

Day 7: Move from Saga to Lake Manasarovar via Paryang (493km, 7-8hrs)

After breakfast, the whole team travels northwest towards well-known Lake Manasarovar, which is quite close to Mt. Kailash (around 60km). The first 3hours' drive will take us to Paryang (4700m). As we leave Paryang and drive closer to Lake Manasarovar, the incredible vista of pyramid-shaped summit of Mt. Kailash and enchanting view of Manasarovar (4,590m) will come into your sight. It's a great opportunity to take epic pictures of both Manasarovar and Mt.Kailash together.

Stay overnight either in the guest house of Chiu Monastery or camp beside Lake Manasarovar 

Day 8: Enjoy the Sunrise over Manasarovar and Drive to Darchen (60km, 2hours)

Have an early rise and bundle up in warm clothing to enjoy the breath-taking sunrise over Manasarovar; for some travelers, you may enjoy a small ritual or a brief holy bath beside Manasarovar Lake, or simply ride your motorbike along the shore of Manasarovar.

In summer, flocks of swans will gather on the lake, bringing grace and life to the area. You can also see so many Tibetans and Hindus praying and circling around the lake shore for the whole day, snow capped mountains on the background and hundreds of swans gathering on the lake. Later, we will drive to Darchen, the small town at the foothill of Mt. Kailash and the beginning and finishing point of Mt. Kailash kora.  

Have a good rest and get all the gears prepared for the upcoming Mt.Kailash kora.

Travel Tips: Due to the altitude and topography, the temperature of Manasarovar Lake can be bitterly cold. It’s advisable to take a dip for no more than 3 min. Otherwise, catching cold may put you into trouble at such altitude (4,590m).

Stay overnight in Darchen 

Day 9: Darchen-Drirapuk (driving 7km, Trek 13km)

In the morning, we are supposed to take eco-bus from Darchen to Sarshung valley. Then we will meet Yaks and porters at Sarshung village. (the cost of hiring yaks, horses, and porters are not included in the package) After that, we can begain the trek (Around 13km) from Sarshung to Drirapuk Monastery along the Lachu valley and rivers. You can enjoy the both west and north face of mountain Kailash today. Finally, we will visit Drirapuk Monastery.

stay overnight in Guest House

Day 10: Drirapuk-Dzutrpuk (Trek 18km)

Today, we will trek over Dromala pass(5630m), the highest pass of the Kora. On the way you can have a rest in a teahouse. All the way, you can see locals Tibetans prostrating in the Kora path and beautiful Kadoe Lake when walk downhill. We may also visit Zutulpuk Monastery.

Stay overnight in Guest House

Day 11: Dzutripuk-Darchen (Trek 7km, driving 5km).

On the day three of the kora. you will trek 7km to Zongto where you can take bus to Darchen. Along the Kora, you can see piles of Mani Stones. We will end the Trek around noon, rest in the lodging place.

(Optional): Taking bath in Lake Manasarova and enjoy hot spring

Stay overnight in Tarchen Chongqing Hotel

Day 12: Drive from Darchen to Saga ( 490km, 7hrs)

Drive back from Drive from Darchen to Saga via Lake Manasorova

Stay overnight in Saga 

Day 13: Travel from Saga to EBC via Old Tingri (450km, 7-8hrs)

Starting from Saga, we are expected to have a long drive to Everest Base Camp. The entire travel route overlaps the classic trekking route from Old Tingri to EBC. Though the graveled and dusty road offers a small challenge to you, the entire scenery along the way, dominated by soaring peaks along great Himalayas, will leave you in awe. You will enjoy the incredible view of Mt. Cho Oyu in the distance, and pass high passes like Lamna-La (5150m) and Pang-La (5350m). Your travel culminates as you ride to the Rongbuk Monastery, which is within 10min’s walk to the camping site of EBC.

Then you can visit the legendary Rongbuk Monastery (5154m) and take engaging photos of Mt. Everest by using Rongbuk as the foreground. Don’t forget to do meditation inside the cave of Tsongkhapa. At night, you will sleep in the tented camp at the foot Mt. Everest.

Tips: Due to the extreme altitude, do walk slowly and do not exert yourself to avoid acute altitude sickness. EBC can get extremely cold at night and daybreak, do wear enough clothes when enjoying the twilight of Everest. Our well-trained guide will monitor each tourists’ health condition along the way.

Stay overnight in the tented camp or Rongbuk gue`sthouse 

Day 14: Drive from EBC to Shigatse via Lhatse (340km, 5-6hrs)

In the morning, you can enjoy the incredible sunrise over the peak of Mt. Everest if weather permits at the lodging area. After breakfast, we are about to head northeast by following famous Sino-Nepal Friendship Highway to Shigatse. It would be a long drive, peppered with jaw-dropping Himalayan scenery and enchanting view of Shigatse.

You will pass the famous Gawu La Pass (5198m), where the top 4 highest peaks such as Mt. Everest (8844.43m), Cho Oyo (8201m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8463m), can be seen here. After you reach Shigatse in the afternoon, you will visit the seat of Panchan Lama - Tashilunpo Monastery.

Stay overnight in the hotel in Shigatse 

Day 15: Drive from Shigatse to Lhasa via Gyantse (375km, 4-5hrs) (B)

Keep traveling from Shigatse to Lhasa. You will pass Gyantse, one of the most charming counties in Tibet. And Nepali-style Kunbum stupa inside Palkhor Monastery will be the focus of your visit. Besides, the magnificent Gyantse Fortress overlooking the entire Gyantse town on Zongshan Hill will certainly take your breath away. With time permitting, you may take a brief stroll in the old street of Gyantse town.

Then, we will hit the road again. You can hang colorful prayer flags over the Simila Mountain pass and later closely observe the massive Karola Glacier right beside the highway. Another big highlights would be following the winding road past the turquoise Yamdrok Lake. After the long ride, we will make it to Lhasa, capital of Tibet.

Stay overnight in Lhasa 

Day 16: Lhasa Day Tour: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Market (B)

Our first stop is to visit the Potala Palace, the UNESCO world heritage site and the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. Walking slowly along the long stone steps to the White and Red Palaces, you can explore the former residence of Dalai Lama and his meeting room and religious chamber. You can see the gilded burial stupas of past Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet. A bird's-eye view of Lhasa city and Lhasa valley from the top of Potala Palace will take your breath away.

After we have lunch and then we will head to holy Jokhang Temple. It’s the most sacred Buddhist site in Tibet. Outside the temple, you will witness pious Tibetan pilgrims, young and old, prostrating themselves in front of Jokhang and long lines of Tibetans following the Barkhor circuit. Inside, travelling in dim butter light, you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve, perhaps the single most venerated object in Tibet Buddhism. You may reach the top of Jokhang Temple to enjoy the panorama of old Lhasa city and great vista of Potala Palace.

Then we may do the kora by circling the Barkhor Street with pilgrims and locals and buy the some souvenirs. Never miss the chance to enjoy the tasty sweet tea in local tea house and visit Tromzikhang , the famous farm produce market.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 17: Lhasa Day Tour: Drepung Monastery,Sera Monastery(B)

In the morning ,you are going to visit Drepung monastery which is one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet, founded in 1416 by Jamyang choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. You can visit biggest monastery kitchen inside the monastery and enjoy Buddhist Sculpture Carving workshop near Drepung.

In the Afternoon, Tourists will visit Sera Monastery which is another one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet. The hot attraction is the Monks debate at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon. In addition, you can tour the Tibetan religious scripture printing house; inside the monastery, you can see three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Buddha.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 18: Depart from Lhasa (B)

The guide will transfer you to the airport or train station. Entire tour service ends.

Service Guide

Service Included:

  • Twin sharing accommodation as per the itinerary on full board with breakfast and dinner in hotel and Lunch in local restaurant.
  • English speaking Tibetan Guide
  • Support Truck throughout the tour
  • Transportation of bike : Kathmandu - Kyirong – Lhasa
  • Custom clearance in both Tibet and Nepal border
  • Monastery entrance fee & Rongbuk Entry Fee
  • Tibet Travel permit
  • Travel insurance (personal accident coverage,mandatory driving coverage in China)
  • Local driving licence
  • Everest Conservation Fee
  • Emergency 2 bottles portable oxygen cylinder
  • Transportation of 1 Road Captain and 1 Mechanic from Kathmandu to Lhasa
  • All expenses of accommodation, meal, permit, allowance, transportation from Kathmandu to Lhasa to Kathmandu for Mechanic.
  • Fee of Rider from Kathmandu to Kyirong.
  • 5 Royal Enfield 500 CC Bike + 01 bike for Road Captain
  • Fuel during the ride Lhasa to Kathmandu.
  • Basic spare parts of Bikes
  • Helmet

Service Excluded:

  • Tibet Visa Fee (Acceptable in US$ cash only)
  • Airfare: Kathmandu – Lhasa ( fare as per availability )
  • Cost of damaged caused to bike due to unforeseen circumstances
  • International driving license
  • Deposit of US$ 500 per bike
  • Expenses incurred due to damage in bike due to negligence of rider
  • Travel insurance (Must be including all activities undertaken including)
  • Expenses incurred during any rescue operation
  • Any expenses incurred due to any damage of motor bike and loss of equipments etc.
  • Alcoholic beverages & bar bills
Why This Tour?

"Too many travelers, to be able to do the kora around the sacred Mt. Kailash and stand beside the foothill of Mt. Everest is their childhood dream. And this 18-day motorbike helps you fulfill your dreams by allowing you to enjoy a galaxy of sacred Hindu and Buddhist sites hidden in the rolling mountains of Himalayas. With a group of dedicated Nepali and Tibetan guides and strong backup team, you can enjoy a seamless motorbike tour in two of the most intriguing destinations on both sides of the Great Himalayas. "

Recommended by Tibetan Photography Expert , Keldor

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