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16 Days Cycling across the Himalayas, Lhasa to Kathmandu Bike Adventure

16 Days Cycling across the Himalayas, Lhasa to Kathmandu Bike Adventure

(BT016) Lhasa - Gyangtse - Shigatse - Lhatse - Everest Base Camp - Rongphuk - Gyirong - Kathmandu

Overview

Embark on an extraordinary adventure tailored for bicycle enthusiasts worldwide - the captivating bicycle tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu. Covering a total distance of 1080 kilometers over 16 days, this journey is a thrilling pursuit, conquering five challenging mountain passes towering above 5000 meters.

Commencing in Lhasa, the world's highest city, you'll traverse mesmerizing landscapes, from mysterious Potala Palace, serene lakes and glaciers to highland barley rice fields, untamed wilderness, and snow-capped peaks, culminating at the Base Camp of Mount Everest, Earth's loftiest summit. An exhilarating hike along the majestic Himalayas awaits before descending across the high plateau and bordering canyons between China and Nepal, culminating in the vibrant city of Kathmandu.

We take pride in offering professional riding services, featuring experienced guides, support truck, comfortable accommodations, and all essential provisions throughout the expedition. Should you require them, top-notch mountain bikes are at your disposal.

Our support will accompany you from Lhasa to the China border, marking the completion of the Tibet leg of the trip. Subsequently, upon entering Nepal, Tibet Vista Nepal office stands ready to extend impeccable bicycle travel services from the border to Kathmandu, ensuring a continuation of your adventure.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa

Your tour guide will pick you up at Lhasa airport/train station. Transfer to the Hotel by car. After arriving in Lhasa, you can take a rest and get acclimatized to high altitude. If you feel to go out, then you can go to the Potala Square, where you will enjoy the fountain with different colors and get amazing photos of the Potala and around.

Overnight at Hotel in Lhasa.

Day 2: Lhasa City, Potala Place and Johkang Temple

Today's tour will first bring you to the Potala Palace which is the winter palace of the Dalai lama. It was put to use since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. In the afternoon, you will head to Jokhang temple which was founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve. Outside, you can see pilgrims making prostrating in front of Jokhang Temple. Around the temple is Barkhor street, where you can walk with pilgrims and locals.

Overnight at Hotel in Lhasa

Day 3: Lhasa City, Sera Monastery, prepare for bike ride

In the morning, you are going to do preparation for the long trip, to try the fixed bikes, and pack your belongings.

In the afternoon, you will visit Sera Monastery, to see the Monks debating 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 the colorful Rock Painting of Buddha.

Overnight at Hotel in Lhasa

Day 4: Lhasa- Chushur - Bridge Brahmaputra - Khangbala Village(Ride 85km, 7 hrs)

Today, your Himalayan biking adventure begins. We leave Lhasa and cycle along the Tsangpo River and Its Bridge to the foot of the Khangbala Pass (3700 m). We will accommodate at Khangbala Village. The road is perfect good and easy, flat. Along the way is the gentle and wide lake of the Lhasa River.

Overnight in village.

Day 5: Khangbala Village - Khangbala Pass(4990m) - Yamdrotso Village(Ride 80km, 10 hrs)

This day's riding is challenging. Facing a 25-kilometer continuous uphill, it took 5-6 hours to ride or carry your bike to walk to the top of the mountain. Be prepared with plenty of drinking water along the way. Highway 307 has been winding up in the valley, and when you reach half mountain, you will have an overlooking the Brahmaputra Valley and when reach the Gangbala Mountain pass (4990m), you will see the panorama of Yamdrotso Lake. Riding along the lakeshore after going downhill all the way, you can rest and stop at the lakeshore along the way, until you stay in Nangartse County.

Overnight in Guesthouse at Nangartse County

Day 6: Yamdrotso Village - Nangartse - Karola Glacier - Ralung Village- Simila Pass - Gyantse (Ride 100km, 10 hrs)

On this day, you need to climb over the Karola Glacier at 5,110 meters and the Smila Pass at 4,335 meters. While ending the riding along the shore of Lake, the following will be several sections of steep slopes of several kilometers with up and down. Karola Glacier and Manla Dam with green water will continuedly appear in front of you, they are amazing. The last section of today’s riding is flat road all the way to Gyantse.

Overnight in Hotel in Gyantse

Day 7: Gyantse - Pelnang - Shigatse (Ride 95km, 8 hrs)

Today’s riding is easy and relax. It is an idyllic viewing road from Gyantse County to Shigatse City without climbing slopes. The villages are along the way with lush farmlands surrounding. You can stop and rest in the fields at any time even have a pleasant conversation with farmers. If you are interested, you can ride off the road to Shalu Temple.

Overnight in Hotel in Shigatse

Day 8: Shigatse - Phuntsoling Monastery (Ride 105km, 9 hrs)

Deliberately avoid the busy China-Nepal Highway, we look for another plat road with beautiful scenery. This secluded road was built along the Brahmaputra River with farmland and villages dotted on the wide plat ground aside the River. Today's ride starts from Shigatse and ends at Phuntsoling Monastery, which located on half-way of this beautiful road. This Monastery is a very famous among local with a long history and beautiful murals in it.

Overnight in Guesthouse at Phuntsoling Monastery

Day 9: Phuntsoling Monastery to Latse (Ride 70km, 6 hrs)

Today's itinerary is still riding along the Brahmaputra River, with more charming scenery and more villages, you will pass through Tibetan villages and meet more friendly Tibetan farmers. With easy riding, you will have the opportunity to spend leisure time at the shore of the River.

Overnight in Hotel in Lhtase

Day 10: Lhatse - Gyatso la Pass 5248m - Pelba (Ride 84 km, 10 hrs)

Today is a high-intensity riding with unpredictable weather, as will ride across Gyatso la mountain pass, the highest point on the 318 National Highway at 5248 meters. You may experience four seasons in a day, rain, snow, hail, and heat. However, what makes you exciting is that you can see the first eye of Mount Everest at the mountain pass. The peak stands in sight like the top of an white triangle. After passing the mountain, the road is smooth just like you speed on the road leading to the sky.

Overnight at Guesthouse in Pelba

Day 11: Pelba - Himalaya Nature Reserve Entrance - Tashizong Village - (Ride 65km, 8 hours )

We are going to leave National Highway 318, turn south and ride to Mount Everest. Today we need to cross the last mountain to reach Mount Everest - Gawula Pass at 5,200m. At the Gawula, you can see five mountains all above 8,000 meters. They are Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, Cho Oyu, and Shishapangma. Gawula Pass is the most spectacular viewing platform on the entire cycling route from Lhasa to Mount Everest. Down to villages called Tashizong to end today journey.

Overnight in Guesthouse at Tashizong Village

Day 12: Tashizong Village - Basom Village - Rongpuk Monastery - Everest Base Camp (Ride 50km, 6 hours)

The most exciting day comes, we will arrive the mount Everest Base Camp! From Tashizong to Base Camp is a relatively gentle road and no mountain pass to cross. You may meet some wild animals such as Tibetan antelope and wildebeest enroute, and have a break at Basom Village with a cup of butter tea. Finally, you will arrive at Everest Base Camp and spend a night near Rongpuk Monastery. Congratulations! You made it !

Overnight in Guesthouse at Rongpuk

Day 13: Everest Base Camp - Old Tingri (Ride 86 km, 10 hrs)

Today we return to the China-Nepal Highway from the base camp of Mt. Everest. The 86km-ride may be a challenging journey for you as the road condition is not such good. However it is absolutely worth to conquer it because of the shocking the scenery. You will ride along the valley road at the foot of the Himalayas all the way. You will feel not lonely as the highest mountains are always accompany you. If you're feeling exhausted, take a ride in our support truck.

Overnight in Hotel at Old Tingri

Day 14: Old Tingri - Peikutso Lake (Ride 120km, 10 hrs)

Today’Cycling is from Old Tingri to Peokutso Lake, a lake at 4,591m, with stunning view and surrounded by mountains reaching 5,700 to 6,000 meters. The shore surrounding the lake are vast pasture, you will meet nomad people and their cattle.We camp at Pekutso Lake Shore for tonight.

Camp

Day 15: Peikutso lake - Gontala Pass (4750 m) - Gyirong Town (Ride 130km, 9 hrs)

Today you may need some assistance by our truck as there is no suitable place to spend night from Pekutso Lake to Gyirong Town. Ride as long as you can, the rest part you can seat inside the car. This is the last day you ride on high plateau, because after a short ride up to Gontala Pass (4750 m), you will swiftly ride downhill to Gyirong town with 2,700m elevation. The view is perfect with big gorges aside the road.

Overnight at Hotel in Gyirong

Day 16: Gyirong Town - Nepal border, Take Jeep and drive back to Kathmandu(130km, 8 hrs)

Drive only 20km down to Nepal border, we have to say good-bye to you, you successfully complete the highest cycling trip in the world – biking across Himalaya. Our Nepal driver with his jeep will wait you at the Nepal border and escort you to Kathmandu.

Tour Cost & Schedule in 2024

Class/Price for Per Person All Year Around
Comfortable Class
(Lodging: 3-Star Hotels)
    US$2790

Please select a departure date in following charts.

If there is no tour date suitable for your schedule and would like to invite more tourists to join in you, please kindly contact us and we’ll make every effort to collect more travelers to cut down your cost.

Please Note:

If you couldn’t find a tour date suitable for your travel schedule in the above form, please contact our travel experts and they will help you plan a delightful vacation to Tibet at the BEST local price.

Service Included:

  • Tibet Entry Permit and Alien's travel Permit;
  • 1.3-star Hotels, guesthouse and Camping Tents as listed in itinerary, most of the accommodation are hotels. All camping equipment.
  • 2. Airport pick up and drop off
  • 3.All entrance of sightseeing sites and Tibet travel permits in Tibet side
  • 4.English speaking driver and guide, guided sightseeing for main attractions
  • 5.Driver and guide oxygen, water, insurance, etc.
  • 6. Nepal border to KTM Transfer by jeep
  • 7. Welcome Dinner with Tibetan tradition cuisine in Lhasa
  • 8. Support Truck to carry your luggage while in Tibet, Common repair tools for bicycles.
  • 9. Travel insurance for Guests including accident and altitude sickness & rescue
  • Service Excluded:

    • 1. China visa fees, Nepal Visa
    • 2. Lunch and dinner, breakfast out of Shigatse
    • 3. Nepal re-entry visa fee.
    • 4. Bicycle(prepare by yourself or you can Rent in Lhasa)
    • 5. Tips to support staff
    • 6. Personal expense

    Private Departures

    For 4 or more travelers, we can organise a totally private departure just for you and your group. We can offer you a departure date of your choice on any of published itineraries enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our Tibet tours. Can’t find a trip that suits your needs exactly? Let us tailor one of our clasic trips, or even create a bespoken itinerary. We will work with you to plan your trip and with the benefit of our local in-depth knowledge we can build you a unique experience within your bugets and bucket lists!

    Read more about our all-inclusive Tibet private tour packages.

    Transfer Service between Hotels and Airport/ Train Station

    Lhasa Gongar International Airport is about 70km from the downtown, and it takes about 1.5 hours for a car transfer between airport and hotel. Considering the distance and language barrier, Tibet Vista provides free transfer service from/to airport.

    Upon your arrival at airport, our Tibetan local pick-up guide will hold a board with your name and wait for you at the exit, he will escort you to the transfer car, accompany you to the hotel, and assist you with hotel check-in. When tour ends, our guide will pick you up at hotel and escort you to the airport.

    Airport Pick-up Schedules: Pick up tourists at 10:00 am; 13:30 pm; 17:00 pm

    Airport Drop-off Schedules: Pick up tourists at 06:30 am; 08:00 am; 12:00 pm

    If your flight time is not within our transfer schedule, feel free to contact our travel consultant, we will do our best to arrange the most proper transfer service for you.

    Besides the airport transfer, Tibet Vista also provides unlimited free transfer between hotel and Lhasa Railway Station according to your arrival/departure time.

    Please kindly note: if passengers are less than 3 per transfer, we may use publish transportation like public airport bus or Taxi instead of using our shuttle service.

    Nothing Matters More than Bringing you a Safe and Comfortable Journey!

    Spiritually-uplifting yet physically-demanding, Tibet travel is no ordinary experience. Though you may have done many research, nothing prepares you for the real adventure. However, you can rest assured that the moment you set your foot in Lhasa, your Tibetan guide, driver and all of Tibet Vista’s team are pooling our resources and doing what we can to ensure you a safe and pleasant travel experience.

    The following value added tour service will be your best guarantee for a seamless Tibet travel on Tibetan Plateau.

    Routine Tour Service Workshop and Seminar for Our Tibetan Guide

    To an organized tour, we believe, whether or not you will have a great travel experience largely depends on whom you travel with. So, we attach great importance to the training and exchange amid our Tibetan guide and other staff. Each year, a series of workshops and seminars and training courses will be held for our Tibetan guides and other staff to exchange their guide experience and offer first-aid training, etc. They are committed to offering the quality and tourist-friendly service to you.

    Celestron Telescope Give You Close-up View of Mt. Everest at EBC

    Standing at the foot of Mt. Everest and gazing at this holy mountain form an integral part of EBC tour. Apart from taking you to the best vantage points to view this natural wonders, we offer brand-new Celestrontelescope (with 60 optical zoom Lens) for you to get close-up view of the world’s highest mountain. Besides, don’t miss the starry Milky Wayin EBC.

    Helpful Service: Trekking Pole, Camping Lantern and Portable Charger

    When travelling on Tibetan Plateau, we highly suggest you travelling list. And we offer helpful rental service (50 CNY deposit), such as trekking pole, camping lantern and portable charger. Upon your request, we may also prepare the camping tent, sleeping bag, etc. for you. A small amount of service and cleaning charge is expected. Our friendly travel consultants will give you pro advice to remove your heavy daypack.

    Keep You Warm and Protected from Harsh Alpine Climate

    In addition to warm sweet tea and hot water and warm smile, we feel obligated to protect you from chilly wind at EBC and Mt. Kailash, etc. Why not bundle up in our well-prepared warm Tibetan Apron. If you forgot to bring you gloves, no problem! The hot water bagbring you instant warmth and our versatile magic scarfwill work like a charm to protect you from sunburn and dust in Tibet.

    Multiple Travel Kits Make Your Trip More Comfortable

    As the long ride is very common esp. travelling beyond Lhasa, we kindly prepare a full set of travel kit for you to enjoy an easy ride in Tibet. Upon your request, we may offer neck pillow, eye mask, and ear plugs, fork knife spoon set, and sleeping bag at EBC tent during your journey.

    Free Battery Recharging

    Besides, you may use our free power recharge service at our office at Lhasa Gang Gyan Hotel (first floor 1102).

    Unique Eco-friendly Bottle for Drinking

    Tibet Vista is a staunch supporter for Eco and responsible travelin Tibet. As we visit Tibet, why not work with us to save limited resources and minimize human’s impact to the natural environment.We designed a tailor-made Eco-friendly Bottle for drinking throughout your tour in Tibet. It’s very convenient to use it to drink hot water, coffee, Tibetan milk tea. Such a fine souvenir, don’t you think?

    Easy-to-Use Tibet Tourist Map and Other Useful Travel Stuff

    What’s more? Plenty of useful travel brochure and travel kits such as Tibet tourist map,up-to-date travel advice, etc. will greet you in Lhasa. You will find them exceedingly helpful to your day-to-day travel in Tibet.

    Meet Beloved Mr. Kunga, Your Best Guard for a Safe and Pleasant Journey

    And now, the last but not least, I take great pride in introducing our beloved Mr. Kunga, the customer service manager of our company.If you have any problem adapting to the life on Tibetan plateau? Or simply wanna to learn more about Tibet. Do not hesitate to stop by our customer service office in Lhasa Gang Gyan Hotel (first floor 1102) and have a friendly little chat with him.

    Mr. Kunga would make a good cup of tea for you and share with you his more than 30 years’ guide experience in Tibet. In fact, Tibet Vista is the only local Tibet travel agency that has a designated customer service manager who offers prompt support to your need.

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