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9 Days World Class Cycling Tour near Lhasa, Ride Bike around Yamdrok Lake

9 Days World Class Cycling Tour near Lhasa, Ride Bike around Yamdrok Lake

(TBT009) Lhasa - Thamalung Village - Zhayu Village - Tebra Village - Nangartse - Karola Glacier - Lhasa


Only a mere three hours driving away from Lhasa, a breathtaking Lake stands as an epitome of heavenly beauty. This ethereal expanse has become the destination of choice for the annual International Cycling Race around Yamdrok Lake, a spectacle that draws enthusiasts from all corners to its shores. With a lakeshore stretching across a grand 250 kilometers, the majority of our journey will embrace the turquoise blue of the lake's edge, a path that unfurls through pastures kissed by the sun and blue water, Tibetan villages steeped in tradition, and the stately presence of yaks and sheep. The wilderness also thrives along the lake's shore, where wild creatures find their haven.

Having spent two days in Lhasa, enjoying world-renowned heritage sites and monasteries at the world's highest city, we start a three-day circumnavigated cycling of Yumdrotso Lake. This is a journey graced by the companionship of islands, pure blue waters, and snow-clad peaks – a journey that takes us through a realm of unparalleled beauty.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival 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 –Khanbala Pass –Thamalung Village (120km, 3 hours driving)

Today, we take our bikes and facilities to the foot of Khanbala Pass, as well as the first village on the shore of Yamdrotso Lake. With elevation of 4,441m, we need to acclimatize the altitude and doing some fitness excises to ensure our next 3 days cycling journey can be do successfully. At the top of Khanbala Pass, you will have the first glimpse of magic Yamdrotso Lake, to see its colorful water under the sunshine.

Overnight in Hotel at shore of Yamdrotso Lake.

Day 5: Thamalung village – View Platform – Ritho Monastery – Zhayu Village (Ride 60km, 7 hrs)

The first day's cycling unfolds gently, as most of the roads follow the contours of the lakeshore. Our destination, the picturesque Zhayu Village, rests serenely by the lakeside. Along this path, nature's splendor unfurls in every direction – the gleaming interplay of lake and mountain, the idyllic allure of rustic villages, and the emergence of wild creatures from their sanctuaries.

Camp near Zhayu Village.

Day 6: Zhayu Village – Jangtha Island – Gatok Monstery – Rila Island – Tebra Village(Ride 78km, 8 hrs)

The starting point of the second day of cycling around the lake is Zhayu Village, and the destination is Tebra Village. This ride include may wonderful scenery, not only has a vast and turquoise blue lake, but also enjoys the fun of grasslands, wetland scenery and wild animals along the way. Today's riding is more difficult than the first day with the most climbs and descents and several kilometers gravel and bumpy mountain roads that require your good endurance. On the way, we will pay a visit to the Rila Temple, known as the loneliest temple in the world with a small chapel on the top of a beautiful island where only a few monks living in there. And we will also pass through several excellent locations to enjoy the scenery of the lake.

Camp near Tebra Village.

Day 7: Tebra Village – Docha Village – Thoblang Monastery - Nangartse (Ride 72km, 8 hrs)

On the third day of our lakeside cycling expedition, we will once again pass through sevel villages and the grand Thoblang Monastery, the largest temple along the shores of Yumdrotso Lake. From this vantage point, we'll be treated to a closer view of the snow-capped mountains that grace the lakeshore – a truly awe-inspiring sight. As we depart from the lakeside, our journey continues through tranquil farmlands, leading us to the main road, where we'll conclude today's adventure in Nangartse.

Overnight at Guesthouse in Nangartse.

Day 8: Nangartse to Karola Glacier, drive back to Lhasa (Ride 30km, 2 hours, driving 4 hrs.)

On this day, you need to climb over the Karola Glacier at 5,110 meters with a 30km cycling. 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. Kharola Glacier originates at Mt. Noijin Kangsang (7,191m), which is one of the four holy mountains of Tibet, we can reach very near to the ice togue. After reaching the Kharola, we will go back to Lhasa by car.

Overnight in Hotel in Lhasa.

Day 9: Lhasa departure

We must say congratulations to you that you have completely made this wonderful job, we will give you a certificate hand-writing by our tour guide who witness this achievement in Himalaya.

Tour Cost & Schedule in 2024

Please select a departure date in the 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:

  • 3-star Hotels, guesthouse and Camping Tents as listed in itinerary, most of the accommodation are hotels. All camping equipment.
  • All lunches in Tibet side with coffee & tea time every day while having break during riding. One camp dinner.
  • Airport pick up and drop off.
  • All entrance of sightseeing sites and Tibet travel permits in Tibet side.
  • English speaking driver and guide, guided sightseeing for main attractions.
  • Driver and guide oxygen, water, insurance, etc.
  • Welcome Dinner with Tibetan tradition cuisine in Lhasa.
  • Support Truck to carry your luggage while in Tibet, Common repair tools for bicycles.
  • Travel insurance for Guests including accident and altitude sickness & rescue.

Service Excluded:

  • China visa fees, Nepal Visa
  • All Dinner in the Hotel, Guest House; Personal Expenses
  • Nepal re-entry visa fee.
  • Bicycle(prepare by yourself or you can Rent in Lhasa)
  • Tips to support staff
  • Personal expense

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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