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19 Days Tibet Biking Tour from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp

19 Days Tibet Biking Tour from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp

(TBT011) Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Lhatse - Shegar - Pang Pass - Rongbuk - Everest Base Camp


Lhasa to Everest Base Camp biking tour is quite popular among cyclists and adventurers in Tibet. In the first three days, you can get acclimated to the high altitude in Lhasa City while visiting Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and other famous attractions. And then you’ll ride from Lhasa to Yamdrok Tso Lake via Kamba La Pass. Along the Friendship Highway, you’ll climb the high Karo La Pass and visit the Gyantse Dzong, Gyantse Kumbum and Tashilhunpo Monastery. Riding over Gyatso-La, you’ll rewarded with the first view of Mount Everest.Then the riding becomes a little bit tougher, but it’s worth your effort. You’ll view the world’s breathtaking peaks at Gawula Pass, including Makalu (8463m), Shishapangma (8012m), Cho Oyu (8210m), Lhotse (8516m), Everest (8850m), etc. Passing through Rongbuk Valley, you’ll finally reach the destination - Everest Base Camp. After that, we’ll escort you back to Lhasa from Everest Base Camp by car and the biking tour ends.

In conclusion, Lhasa to EBC cycling tour covers major attractions in Tibet, like religious monasteries, local villages, sacred lakes, ancient cities, grand glaciers, world’s highest mountains and other natural and cultural landscapes. You’re likely to see the wild animal running on the plateau while riding towards Mount Everest.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Get to Tibet & Acclimation

Upon your arrival at Lhasa airport or train station, you will be greeted by your Tibetan guide and escorted to your hotel in Lhasa. From airport to Lhasa city, it only takes half an hour of driving along the Lhasa-airport highway. Driving along the Brahmaputra river, you will not only get amazed by the spectacular plateau scenery. If you take train to Lhasa, normally you will arrive in the late afternoon or evening, 20 minutes drive will take you to your hotel in Lhasa city.

Check into hotel, have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 2: Lhasa sightseeing - Potala Palace/Jokhang Temple/Barkhor Street

In the morning, visit the famous Potala palace and explore the grandest of its myriad chapel. You will appreciate its audience halls, the jeweled and Golden burial chortens (stupa Tombs) of past Dalai Lamas, and tremendous number of Buddhist frescoes, thangkas, combinations of mandala, etc.

In the afternoon, visit the holist temple in Tibet, the Johkang Temple, built during Songtsen Gonpo's reign by princess Wencheng of Tang Dynasty, 647 A.D, and its famous Barkor Kora. (Notice: the sequence of sightseeing might be changed basing on the reservation of Potala Palace).

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 3: Lhasa Sightseeing - Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery

Visit two important monasteries in Lhasa, the Drepung and the Sera. Drepung monastery is situated at the foothill of a mountain and was founded by Jamyang Choeje in 1416. It was oncehome of 10000 monks and Ganden podrang in Drepung is famous as it was the government centre during the fifth dalai lama and later moved to the famous Potala palace during the fifth dalai lama.

After having lunch, we will continue to visit the Sera Monastery, which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most attractive Buddhist Scriptures debating held in the courtyard mostly around 6:00 - 7:30 in the afternoon.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 4: Short ride out of Lhasa (85 km)

The first riding day is very short and easy. Your journey towards Everest starts ,The road is in good condition and quite flat. Leave Lhasa and cycle along the beautiful Tsangpo River to the foot of the Kamba La Pass (3700 m).


Day 5: Ride to Yamdrok Tso via Kamba La Pass (55 km)

You will overcome the first mountain pass of this trip. A strong uphill climbing along a tar road of several switchbacks, we will reach a summit lavishly adorned with prayer flags (4794m).

After descending we continue to go along Lake Yamdrok Tso, at the far side of which set up camp (4490m). The dazzlingly turquoise green Yamdrok-Tso Lake is one of the three great holy lakes in Tibet.


Day 6: Yamdrok Tso to Karo La Pass base (54 km)

Leave the beautiful lake behind, we will cycle along the Friendship highway which soon becomes a gravel roadway. Through a ravine and up to the foot of the Karo La Pass (4750m), your tented village will be prepared for the night.


Day 7: Karo La Pass to Gyantse (86 km)

Today is a significant day on the tour. Get up early to climb the high Karo La Pass (5010m). You can see glaciers stretching down to 6000m and beautiful lakes. You are rewarded with a night in a top hotel in the city of Gyantse (3980m).

Stay overnight in Gyantse (Hotel).

Day 8: Gyantse to Shigatse (94 km)

First visit the Gyantse Dzong and Gyantse Kumbum. The Dzong is a fort dating from the 14th century and the Kumbum, a large gold-domed stupa with several small chapels, contains an impressive collection of Tibetan Buddhist murals.

Then head out on the highway towards Shigatse. Although today is a long cycling day, the highway is tarred and flat. In the afternoon, arrive in Tibet's second largest city, Shigatse (3860m). Enjoy a shower in your hotel.

Stay overnight in Shigatse.

Day 9: One day arranged by own

Toady, you can arrange your day by yourself.

Stay overnight in Shigatse.

Day 10: Gyachung Monastery (75 km)

Get up early to visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, where you can see the well preserved largest statue of Jampa (future god) in the world. The monastery itself is an abiding place for the successive Penchen Lamas.

Then leave Shigatse and ride over two small passes and several small Tibetan villages, we will pass the isolated Gyachung Monastery and camp.


Day 11: Gyachung Monastery to Lhatse (95 km)

Keep riding along the highway. The route leads you through picturesque valleys before the long route which leads over the Tso-La (4520m).

After lunch, head towards Lhatse, pass the hot springs and camp about 10km outside of town.


Day 12: Lhatse - Shegar (75 km)

Ride over the 5220m Gyatso-La with stunning view. You will be rewarded with first view of Mount Everest on a clear day.

After a 40 km ride through flat prairie towns, you will arrive in the town of Pelbar, often referred to as Shegar. Shegar is a popular stopover for anyone heading to the Everest region. Today will be a long and gruelling ride through the canyon.

Stay overnight in Shegar.

Day 13: Pang Pass (67 km)

Today's riding is a little tough as the road condition is not as good as that of the past days. You will divert off the flat highway just outside of Shegar, then head towards the world's highest peak, Everest.

After passing through the border control point, you will face 20km's of uphill switchbacks (42 hairpin bends in total) before reachingf the summit of the Pang Pass (5150m). Your reward will be some of the most magnificent views of Everest and surrounding peaks.

Enjoy lunch as you gaze over Makalu (8463m), Shishapangma (8012m), Cho Oyu (8210m), Lhotse (8516m), Everest (8850m) and several other breathtaking peaks. Then a 20-kilometer downhill follows to the Rongbuk Valley (4200m), where we camp.


Day 14-15: Rongbuk Monastery (35 km)

You should be at maximum fitness and excited about the approach of your highest destination, Everest Base Camp. A bumpy road winds up through the Rongbuk valley until the majestic Mount Everest appears before you. Camp beside the monastery with the unforgettable sight of the world's highest peak in front of you. We will stay here for two days.

On your second day, you can either read a book or get even closer to Everest by taking a walk, cycling or hopping on a donkey and cart ride to Everest base camp, which is 8km from the campsite.

Stay overnight in Rongbuk Monastery (Dormbed/Tents ).

Day 16: Leave Rongbuk and return to Shigatse by Car

In the morning, you can see the sunrise of Everest Peak if weather permits at the lodging area. Then we will visit the Rongbuk Monastery - the unique highest monastery with nuns and monks living together. Finally, we will drive back to Shigatse.

Stay overnight in Shigatse.

Day 17: Shiagtes back to Lhasa by Car

Today, we will drive back to Lhasa by following Yalong Valley. You can stand on the viewing platform and view the vast Yalong River bed. Finally, the guide will transfer you back to your hotels in Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 18: One Day by Yourself

Today, you can wander Lhasa city with your tour guide. If time permits, you are able to buy traditional handicrafts, enjoy Tibetan food in a local restaurant, drink the traditional sweet tea in a local tea house, etc.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 19: Depart from Lhasa

The guide will transfer you to the airport or train station and help you get on board.

Service Guide

Service Included:

  • Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
  • Personal knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide;
  • Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on your group size;
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel or budget hostel, guesthouse or tent. Please tell us your accommodation preference when submitting the enquiry; we will arrange the best-value hotels for you.
  • Domestic flight/train tickets listed in the itinerary;
  • All meals listed in the above itinerary;
  • Tourist accident/casualty insurance;
  • First aid kit;

Service Excluded:

  • International flight to and out of China;
  • Chinese visa (Note: we could help you with the Chinese visa application, like providing the invitation letter, presenting the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies, etc that you may need. )
  • Domestic flight/train not listed in the itinerary. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price; please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
  • Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.

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