Tibet Bike Tour
Why Bike in Tibet
The vast territory, diverse scenery, and varied topography have formed unique natural landscapes in Tibet. Advantaged natural landscapes and characteristic ethnic culture create a perfect environment for cycling enthusiasts. There are vast prairies, continuous mountains, unique Tibetan villages, ancient temples, snow-capped mountains, grand glaciers, flowing streams, rushing rivers, lush forest, deep canyons, and blue sky. No one will refuse to fall in love with this heavenly land.
How to plan
Mountain biking in Tibet is for the adventurous and the hardy! The roads are long and hard and the altitude is a force to be reckoned with, so is the wind!!! That being said, there is some seriously once-in-a-lifetime biking available in Tibet and our trips are designed to allow you to explore in depth, absorbing the scenery and culture, while undertaking the challenge of biking in this altitude and road conditions! Your biking adventure can be combined with a trekking or a 4WD overland component to mix up the activity levels and cover some more distance – let us know what you’d like to do and if it’s even remotely possible, then we’ll make it happen for you!
When to go
The golden cycling season is from May to October. Winter is not appropriate to ride due to cold weather and icy roads.
Most Popular Tibet Biking Tour Packages
You can challenge a lifetime cycling experience in Tibet with our well-designed Tibet cycling routes, exploring the Tibetan culture and plateau scenery in a different way. Professional Tibet local guide and driver are available to ensure a safe and worry-free ride. All at a reasonable price!
Route: 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 of Tibet. You will cycle to Ganden after two days of sightseeing in Lhasa.View Details
Route: Lhasa - Namtso Lake - Lhasa
Bike tour from Lhasa to the holy Lake Namtso will offer you wonderful scenery of vast grassland, grand mountains, Tibetan villages, Yaks, etc. Before cycling to visit the stunning Namtso Lake, you will spend two days to visit the landmarks of Lhasa.View Details
Route: Lhasa - Ganden - Namtso - Yarlong Valley - Lhasa
This short biking tour around Lhasa is designed to introduce the unique culture and history of central Tibet. After a good acclimation of the high altitude of Tibet, start biking and hiking around Ganden Monastery, the Yarlong Valley, and the Namtso Lake.View Details
Route: 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.View Details
Route: 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 beautiful scenery and attraction en route would make your Tibet tour unforgettable.View Details
Route: 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.View Details
Route: Lhasa - Gyangtse - Shigatse - Lhatse - Everest Base Camp - Rongphuk - Gyirong - Kathmandu
Lhasa to Kathmandu Bike Tour is a long 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.View Details
Route: Chengdu - Kangding - Litang - Mangkang - Bayi - Lhasa
Cycling from Chengdu to Lhasa by the national highway G318, the total distance is about 2154 km. And there are two mountains over 5000 meter and ten mountains over 4000 meter in altitude to cross over by highway.View Details
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FAQs about Planning a Tibet Biking 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.
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 straight(ish) run 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.
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?
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