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Tibet Bike Tour

Cycling in Tibet is like no other. The sublime plateau landscape, distinctive Buddhist culture, and roller-coaster ride make Tibet a mecca for avid cyclists. For years, mountain biking in Tibet is believed to be only for the adventurous and the hardy.Yet, it’s no longer the truth. Now, exploring Tibet by bike is available to all. As the largest local Tibet travel agency since 1984, we provide you with expert cycling leaders and the support of our professional cycling team, you can enjoy the sheer beauty of Tibet in a safe & comfy ride. Check the highly recommended biking tours below and learn more biking tips from our experts.

  • 19 Days Tibet Biking Tour from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp

    Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Lhatse - Shegar - Pang Pass - Rongbuk - Everest Base Camp

    Cycling from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp via Friendship Highway is tough, arduous but worthwhile. The stunning Himalayan vista and attractions en route would make your Tibet tour unforgettable.

    • Duration
      19 days
    • Trip Level
      Moderate to Challenging
    • Tour Type
      “4+2” Cycling Tour
    • Total Distance
      around 670km

    The departure time and lodging is up to your schedule!

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  • 22-Day Lhasa to Kathmandu Bike Tour

    Lhasa - Gyangtse - Shigatse - Lhatse - Everest Base Camp - Rongphuk - Gyirong - Kathmandu

    Lhasa to Kathmandu Bike Tour is an epic journey full of amazing sceneries and cultural experience. Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa for two days' acclimation in Lhasa city, then bike toward Everest Base Camp via the beautiful turquoise Yamdrok Lake, and the way back to Kathmandu.

    • Duration
      12 days
    • Trip Level
      Moderate to Challenging
    • Tour Type
      “4+2” Cycling Tour
    • Total Distance
      around 1300km

    The departure time and lodging is up to your schedule!

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All Popular Tibet Bike Tour Packages

Lofty peaks, magnificent Buddhist monasteries and serene lakes and welcoming locals etc., with entire Tibet inviting you for an epic ride, fun is your mission. And we present you with all the highlights of cycling tours in Tibet. Check the popular bike tours below and find the one you find most interesting with.

  • 6-Day Lhasa and Ganden Monastery Bike Tour

    Lhasa - Ganden Monastery - Lhasa

    This short bike tour from Lhasa to Ganden Monastery will take you to enjoy the beautiful countryside scenery of Lhasa and visit the sacred sites of Tibet. You will cycle to Ganden after two days of sightseeing in Lhasa.

    • Duration
      6 days
    • Trip Level
      Easy
    • Tour Type
      “4+2” Cycling Tour
    • Total Distance
      106km
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  • 8 Days Lhasa to Namtso Lake Bike Tour

    Lhasa - Namtso Lake - Lhasa

    Bike tour from Lhasa to the holy Lake Namtso takes you to enjoy the vast grassland, lofty peaks, Tibetan nomads' life, yaks, etc.Before cycling to visit the stunning Namtso Lake, you will spend two days to visit the landmarks of Lhasa.

    • Duration
      8 days
    • Trip Level
      Moderate
    • Tour Type
      “4+2” Cycling Tour
    • Total Distance
      428km
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  • 9-Day Yamdrok Lake Circular Biking Tour

    Lhasa - Dongla Village - Gamalin Prairie - Duoque Village - Zhagang Village - Lhasa

    This unique 9-day cycling tour around Yamdrok Lake will show you panoramic beauty of turquoise Yamdrok Lake and enchanting villages in Tibet, instead of just passing by.

    • Duration
      9 days
    • Trip Level
      Easy
    • Tour Type
      “4+2” Cycling Tour
    • Total Distance
      262km
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  • 15 Days Central Tibet Biking Tour

    Lhasa - Ganden - Namtso - Yarlong Valley - Lhasa

    This exciting biking tour around Lhasa blends the scenic cycling to heavenly Lake Namtso with an indepth exploration of the profound culture and history of TIbet in Shannan Prefecture. After touring Lhasa, you will set out to cycle to Ganden Monastery and later travel to the Yarlong Valley, and the Namtso Lake.

    • Duration
      15 days
    • Trip Level
      Moderate
    • Tour Type
      “4+2” Cycling Tour
    • Total Distance
      766km
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  • 18 Days Cycling Tour from Golmud to Lhasa

    Golmud - Kunlun Mountain - Wudaoliang - Tuotuo River - Amdo - Nagqu - Namtso - Yangpachen - Lhasa

    Cycling from Golmud to Lhasa is an interesting and challenging tour, but you will be rewarded by fabulous sights en route and satisfaction after overcoming the high mountain passes over 4000m one by one.

    • Duration
      18 days
    • Trip Level
      Moderate to Challenging
    • Tour Type
      “4+2” Cycling Tour
    • Total Distance
      1129km
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  • 21 Days Cycling Tour from Tibet to Shangrila Yunnan

    Lhasa - Medrok - Gunkar - Gongbu - Jiangda - Basomtso lake - Bayi - Bome - Ranwo lake - Basu - Bangda - Zuogong - Mangkang - Yanjing - Shangarila

    Cycling from Lhasa to Shangrila is a long and arduous journey, but enjoyable with award of unique scenery and experience.

    • Duration
      21 days
    • Trip Level
      Moderate to Challenging
    • Tour Type
      “4+2” Cycling Tour
    • Total Distance
      1205km
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  • 23 Days Cycling Tour from Chengdu via Sichuan Tibet Highway

    Chengdu - Kangding - Litang - Mangkang - Bayi - Lhasa

    The best cycling route to Tibet ever! You will follow the scenic and treacherous G318 hw and cycle past lofty peaks and deep gorges and pristine forest and vast grassland all the way to Lhasa. It’s a holy grail to cyclists worldwide.

    • Duration
      23 days
    • Trip Level
      Moderate to Challenging
    • Tour Type
      “4+2” Cycling Tour
    • Total Distance
      2154km
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Enjoy Our Expert Cycling Service

  • Professional Cycling Team Leader and Guide

    Traveling with real cycling experts is of great importance. We feel lucky to have some of the most celebrated cycling leaders and Tibetan guides both in cycling and tourism industry.

    They will take care of you like their own family members. And they know which cycling routes that work best for you and how to ensure your travel safety. Cycling with them gives you the best tour experience guarantee.

  • Preparation & Expertly-designed Itinerary

    Due to the high altitude for Tibet travel, it requires team leaders to be sober-minded and keep our clients informed about what will happen in day-to-day cycling.

    So, all the new-arrived travelers have a test ride in Lhasa to see if they can adapt to the plateau. Besides, prior to tomorrow's journey, our cycling leader will design the best cycling route and distance suitable to clients' stamina. And he will clearly explain the resting point, highlights of the tour, and dos and don'ts for your cycling tour.

  • On the Road

    Normally, one of our cycling team leaders will lead the way in the front while the assistant team leader will follow the team at the back. Our Tibetan guide and logistic supply will be in another vehicles and arrive at the next resting point much earlier and wait for you. Meanwhile, our staff will take photos for you, making sure you have the best memories back home.

  • Mountain Bike Available

    Travelers can bring your own mountain bike and spare parts. Or to travel light, you can rent bikes from us. Our bikes range from Giant to Merida, etc. If you prefer, you can even tell us your height in advance and we will customize a mountain bike for you.

    And after you get your bike, our team leader will check the bike and fine-tune the details, just making sure everything is ready.

  • Sufficient Logistic Supply for Cycling

    Travel safety and comfy ride are key to cycling in Tibet. We provide you with a full set of logistic supply for cycling on the roof of the world, such as 130 back-up truck, extra van, bike spare parts, and medical kits and oxygen supply and hand-picked hotels, nutritious and tasty food, etc.

  • Care for You Wholeheartedly

    Traveling with you is our privilege. All of our team are dedicated to offering the most attentive services and deep care for you. And we believe that a mesmerizing Tibet bike tour should not be devoid of surprises and bonus.

    So if you happen to have your birthday in Tibet, just get ready for a surprise. Or when you need a particular help, we will be there for you.

FAQs about Planning a Tibet Bike Tour

1. When is the Best Time to Enjoy a Tibet Cycling Tour?

Cycling in Tibet is a practice that is best done in the months from May to early June, and from September to the end of October. Because of the need to have decent weather when cycling on the plateau, the windows for cycling tours are somewhat restricted, due to the summer rains of July and August, and the winter snows and ice from late November onwards. Check the best time to visit Tibet.

2. Can I Cycle in Tibet without Joining in a Tour?

Simply put, No, you cannot. All tours to Tibet for international tourists require you to be on an organized tour, whether private or group tour. The tour also means that you need to have a guide, driver, and private vehicle with you at all times, even if you are traveling by mountain bike. The vehicle and driver act as your support car and team, and normally, your guide will also be riding in the car, although some may ride with you. The support car will never be far from your location, so there is no need to worry. And they will be there to help if you get cramps, or cannot ride because of altitude sickness.

3. What is the Fitness Demand to Take a Tibet Bike Tour?

At least a half-decent level of physical fitness is required for all travelers to Tibet, mainly because of the high altitude and the long walks around monasteries, temples, and towns. For those cycling the plateau, your level of fitness should be much higher, as there are a lot of mountains and mountain passes that you will cross, even just cycling as short as the route to Lake Yamdrok. A good three to four months training should be completed before your trip to Tibet, to make sure that you are in your best physical condition for this arduous adventure.

4. How about the Road Condition for Cycling in Tibet?

Most of the cycling tours in Tibet take you on very good roads across the region. Tibet may be on the roof of the world, but the roads are getting much better, with huge improvements on routes for cyclists such as the Friendship Highway to Gyirong Port, and the route from Lhasa to Lake Namtso. However, there are some roads that are still little more than dirt tracks, so it is best not to bring an expensive, narrow-wheels racing bike with you. Mountain bikes are the best for of bicycle for Tibet, as they are tough and strong over the sometimes rough terrain.

5. What to Prepare for Biking in Tibet?

Before anything else, you need to get your Chinese Entry Visa and book the tour, so that we can get your Tibet Travel Permit, the most essential permit for travelers to Tibet. You can bring your own bike, or hire/buy one in Lhasa, and you should make sure you have spares for the bike in case something breaks, Chains, tires, tubes, and brake cables are inclined to break or puncture at the most inopportune moments.

Bring a good first aid kit, as you may need it during the day. Small scrapes and bumps can happen, and it is best to treat them immediately than leave them until you stop for the night. You should also have some painkillers and basic medicines as well, in case of the symptoms of altitude sickness.

Biking in Tibet in the spring and fall is a warm time of year, though it can get cold in the evenings. However, while you are cycling, you will build up a sweat, so you will need to have a warm jacket to put on when you stop, or you may start feeling the effects of altitude sickness or worse. Normal biking clothes can be worn through the warmer days when you are cycling, as your body temperature will get higher anyway. Bring boots for walking around on rough ground around monasteries and other sites, and make sure you have warmer clothes for the evenings. A hat, gloves, sunglasses, sun cream, and lip balm are essential.

6. What Are the Most Classic Cycling Routes in Tibet?

One of the most popular routes for cycling in Tibet is the rollercoaster ride from Lhasa to Kathmandu. This awesome ride takes you across the vast Tibetan plateau from the capital to the westernmost border at Gyirong Port, and then on down into the stunningly beautiful Kathmandu Valley. Check all the Lhasa to Kathmandu tours available.

If you are a little more of a natural landscape lover, then there is no better cycling route than the one from Lhasa to Lake Namtso and back. Riding through the awesome Nyenchen Tanglha Mountains to the north of Lhasa, and over the high pass that leads you down to the edge of Lake Namtso, one of the Great Three Holy Lakes of Tibet, is one of the most exciting experiences in Tibet, You also get the chance to visit the famous hot springs of Yangpachen on the return journey, to soak those tired and aching muscles.

From Lhasa, there is no better route than the one that takes you to the world’s highest mountain. Most people come to Tibet to see Mount Everest up close, and to take a bike across the plateau to this massive massif is the adventure of a lifetime. Imagine taking your bike across vast plains and over high mountain passes, cruising alongside lakes and down winding mountain roads, and finishing at the ultimate mountain destination, Mount Everest. What could possibly be finer?

If you are planning to enjoy a bike tour in Tibet, yet have no ideas of how to sort it out the details, no worries! We would like to hear your tour plan and offer free professional consultancy and viable solutions. Please feel free to contact us.

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