Lhasa to Kathmandu Biking tour

Lhasa to Kathmandu Biking tour

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22 Days Kathmandu to Kathmandu

  • Max. Altitude: 5200 meters
  • Group Size: Min. 2 / Max. 12
  • Best Time: Apr. to Dec
  • Daily Riding Hour: Approx. 4-6
  • Accommodation: Local hotel

Trip Grade: Trip Grade

Strenuous Plus Level

This grade includes climbing peaks and the demanding treks in remote areas. Participants having basic knowledge of use of crampons and ice axes.

Lhasa to Kathmandu Biking tour starts at Kathmandu with a scenic flight over Mt. Everest to Lhasa and heads onto the Tibetan Plateau before we cycle more than 1100 kms down to the fertile rice fields of Nepal. On Lhasa to Kathmandu Biking tour we will experience the highlights of this vast land. This adventurous cycling trip in Tibet starts from Lhasa and gives you time to get acclimatized on the world's highest city at 3,600 meters altitude, with ample time to immerse around Lhasa, including the stunning Potala Palace, the Jokhang Temple and the busy markets at Bharkor.

From Lhasa we strike out for our main objective, crossing six major passes all above 4,500 meters and 5000 meters, on the main Lhasa to Kathmandu route.

While biking on the highest plateau in the world and the desert like landscapes, the roads seem as if they are connected to the horizon.

Trails navigating between Lhasa and Kathmandu include 4-days round trip, off road to Rongbuk, the valley beneath the North face of Mount Everest and the ultimate Everest Base Camp at 5200meters.

The excursion overland back to Kathmandu crosses many passes which encompasses spectacular towns with monasteries of Gyantse, Shigatse and Shegar till you reach the Tibetan Frontier at Thang La.

Eventually, the longest descent in the world commences with an astonishing 4600 meters to Nepal which will be a lifetime experience.

Lhasa to Kathmandu Biking tour will bring you in close contact with three religions – Buddhism, Lamaism and Hinduism. The Tibetan culture, the country and people make this journey a great adventure.

Lhasa to Kathmandu Biking tour short itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing:
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa:
Day 04-05: Lhasa Sightseeing:
Day 06: Start the Lhasa Kathmandu Bike Tour:
Day 07: Kamba La Pass:
Day 08: Karo La Pass:
Day 09: Karo La Pass to Gyantse
Day 10: Gyantse to Shigatse:
Day 11: Gyachung Monastery:
Day 12: Gyachung Monastery to Lhatse:
Day 13: Lhatse to Shegar:
Day 14: Shegar to Pang la Pass:
Day 15-16: Rongbuk Monastery Everest Base Camp:
Day 17: Tingri:
Day 18: Lalung la Pass:
Day 19: Cross Thang la Pass the ultimate downhill:
Day 20: Back to Nepal
Day 21: Bhaktapur and Kathmandu. Free day for shopping, etc
Day 22: Final Departure.

Trip cost: Please write us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trip then we will provide you all the necessary information with the cost details as per your group size.

Note: Mountain bike suitable for this trail are available on hire in Kathmandu and we can take care of hiring procedure.

Brand: Rally/Fuji/Trek/Giant- all front suspension

Frame: Aluminum/Chromo/Titanium

Gear: Rapid Fire/Two fingers/ Grit shift etc.

Hiring cost:  About USD 25 per bike per day.

There are dual suspension bike also available which cost USD 35 per bike per day (not necessary).

Lhasa to Kathmandu Biking tour – Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport:
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will meet one of our tour leaders, reception and transfer to hotel.  

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing:
 Full day of guided sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley including visits to Durbar Square and the temples of Swayambhunath, Bouddhanth, Guheshwari and Pashupatinath. In the evening we will give a welcome dinner with an entertaining Nepalese culture show. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa:
Morning transfer to the airport for the hour-long flight to Tibet. This spectacular flight, on a China Southwest Airlines Boeing 757, takes us right across the main Himalayan range and provides us with magnificent mountain views. After landing at Gonggar Airport and meeting our Tibetan guide, it is a further 2-hour drive by Land cruiser jeep to Lhasa where we will check into the Hotel. It's advisable to rest and take it easy for the remainder of the day due to Lhasa's altitude. Overnight at standard hotel

Day 04-05: Lhasa Sightseeing:
We will spend two full days visiting the major temples and monasteries in Tibet, to include the beautiful Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery and Potala Palace, former residence of the Dalai Lamas, which dominates the city, as well as the Jokhang Temple with scores of pilgrims prostrating themselves in worship outside. We will also spend time wandering through the local markets and shopping for goodies to take home or to just take in the atmosphere of the square.  Later you will have time to prepare your bike for the trip. Overnight at standard hotel

Day 06: Start the Lhasa Kathmandu Bike Tour:
Finally, your trans-Himalayan biking adventure begins. Our journey towards Everest starts with the Friendship Highway as it heads out across the plateau. We leave Lhasa and cycle along the Tsangpo River to foot of the Kamba Pass (3700 m). When you arrive at the camp you will find tents, latrines, shower tent and facilities ready. Overnight in tents (Total cycle: 85 km).

Day 07: Kamba La Pass:
Our first mountain pass. A strong uphill climb along a tar road of several switchbacks, reaches a summit lavishly adorned with prayer flags (4794m). After descending we continue alongside Lake Yamdruk, at the far side of which we set camp (4490m). Overnight in tents. (Total cycle: 55 km).

Day 08: Karo La Pass:
Leaving the beautiful lake behind, we 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), where our tented village will be prepared for the night. Overnight in tents. (Total cycle: 54 km)

Day 09: Karo La Pass to Gyantse
A significant day on the tour, as we have to get up early to climb the high Karo La Pass (5010m). Around us we can see glaciers stretching down to 6000m and beautiful lakes. You are rewarded for your effort with a night in a top hotel in the city of Gyantse (3980m). Overnight at Hotel in Gyantse. 

Day 10: Gyantse to Shigatse:
First we will 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, containing an impressive collection of Tibetan Buddhist murals. We then head out on the highway towards Shigatse. Although today involves a longer distance, the highway is tarred and flat. In the afternoon we will arrive in Tibet's second largest city, Shigatse (3860m). Overnight at hotel in Shigatse. (Total cycle: 94 km)

Day 11: Gyachung Monastery:
We leave Shigatse and ride over two small passes and through several small Tibetan villages. We will cycle past the isolated Gyachung Monastery and camp. Overnight in tents at around 4100m. (Total cycle: 75 km)

Day 12: Gyachung Monastery to Lhatse:
The route leads us through picturesque valleys before the long route begins which leads over the Tso-La (4520m). After lunch we head towards Lhatse past the hot springs and camp about 10km outside of town. Overnight in tents. (Total cycle: 95 km)

Day 13: Lhatse to Shegar:
Today we view the stunning canyon of the 5220m Gyatso-La. On a clear day you will be rewarded for your effort with your first view of Mount Everest.  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 grueling ride through the canyon. Overnight at hotel. (Total cycle: 75 km).

Day 14: Shegar to Pang la Pass:
Just outside of Shegar, we will divert off the main Lhasa-Kathmandu highway and head towards the world's highest peak, Everest. After passing through the border control point, you will be faced with 20km's of uphill switchbacks (42 hairpin bends in total!) before you reach the summit of the Pang Pass (5150m). Your reward will be some of the most magnificent views of Everest and her 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. Overnight in tents. (Total cycle: 67 km).

Day 15-16: Rongbuk Monastery Everest Base Camp:
Now you should be at peak fitness and excited about the approach of Everest Base Camp. A bumpy road winds up through the Rongbuk valley until the majestic Mount Everest appears before you. We will camp beside the monastery with the unforgettable sight of the 8848m peak in front of your eyes. 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. Overnight in tents (5150m). (Total cycle: 35 km)

Day 17: Tingri:
Leaving Rongbuk, we head back down the bumpy road and then take a "short-cut" into the mountains. Another bumpy trail takes us over a canyon and down into Tingri (4340m). Overnight in tents. (Total cycle: 86 km).

Day 18: Lalung la Pass:
This day begins with a 40 to 50km flat ride before lunch. Then we tackle the gradual incline of the Lalung Pass (4990m). From here you will feel like you are as high as the peaks around you, including Shishapangma (8012m). Overnight in tents in the valley between two passes. (Total cycle: 77 km)

Day 19: Cross Thang la Pass the ultimate downhill:
Today, we tackle our last up hill, as we cycle up the incredible Thang Pass to 5050m. You will be treated to breathtaking views of the Himalayan chain as you freewheel the most incredible nonstop downhill, all the way to the Nepalese border. You will be treated to breathtaking views of the Himalayan chain as you freewheel down.
From the town of Nyalam you will notice that the scenery starts to turn green again. You will cycle down past countless waterfalls and pine tree lines roads, with waterfalls practically crashing over you, to the border town of Zhangmu (2300m). This will be our last day in Tibet. Overnight at hotel. (Total cycle: 117 km).

Day 20: Back to Nepal
From Zhangmu we have to pass through customs and into Nepal.
Once you are in the Nepali town of Kodari the downhill continues for the next 50 km along some very bumpy and rocky roads. Suddenly it is tropical and humid and green again as you cycle alongside rice paddies. After you reach the town of Dolalghat you must climb up to Dhulikhel (1600m). Overnight at Dhulekhale. (Total cycle: 97km). 

Day 21: Bhaktapur and Kathmandu. Free day for shopping, etc
What a wonderful way to end this trip – a big breakfast at sunrise and the spectacular panorama of the Himalayas. You will freewheel down through Bhaktapur where you can stop and see some of the town's famous temples if you wish, before we ride into busy Kathmandu again. In the afternoon you can relax, shop or go sightseeing. Overnight at hotel. (Total cycle: 35 km).

Day 22: Final Departure.

Note: Participants of the trip must keep in mind that this is an adventure journey that takes you into one of the remotest corner of the Tibetan plateau where many unexpected and unpleasant events may contribute to the need for a change in the itinerary. Depending on the prevailing situation, the itinerary can be modified to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of tour conclusion should always coincide with the original plan.

Service Includes

  • Guided ride by local expert Mt. Bike guide.
  • Standard accommodation in Lhasa, best available in Gyantse and Shigatse including breakfast.
  • Camping at all other places supported by an expert cooking team & camping staff.
  • Supporting 4WD land cruiser.
  • Support truck for luggage & food supplies.
  • Guided sightseeing tours with all entry fees.
  • Travel permits and Tibet visa.
  • Boarder and Airport transfers
  • Gamow bag (altitude chamber).
  • Insurance of our staff with their equipments.

Service Excludes

  • Bike (can hire in Kathmandu).
  • Lunch & dinner during Hotel stay in Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse..
  • Hotels & sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
  • All insurance.
  • All expenses of personal nature.
  • Nepal re-entry visa.
  • Any cost incurred in emergency evacuation due to any natural calamity or any unforeseen events.
  • Airfare from / to your country and your insurance.

Food on the trip

While staying in cities, every day's breakfast is included in the package. This will be a dish of Tibetan or continental origin cooked by the lodgings you stay at. Lunch, dinner and any extra food are up to you; as a rough guide, budget Yuan 90 to Yuan 150 (US$15 to US$20) per day.

During the camping, your cook will provide 3 tasty, plentiful and nutritious meals daily with a variety of local and Western dishes. To start the day, breakfast consists of a choice of porridge, muesli and cereal followed by omelets, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads. After a long day on the trail, dinner is a hearty 3 course meal - soup, followed by a variety of vegetable, meat, rice and pasta dishes and completed with a simple dessert. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also provided at all meals.

We use as much fresh produce as possible and our cooks and kitchen crew maintain exceptional standards of cleanliness and food preparation hygiene. Special dietary requirements can always be catered for.


Acclimatization

Keep in mind that you are traveling overland to highest plateau in the world; the biking goes constantly above 5000m during your journey except Lhasa (3,650m). biking fast in such an elevation could cause medical conditions (Acute Mountain Sickness) which could be fatal. There is 50% less oxygen compared to sea level in high-altitudes places like in Tibet. The higher the altitude the less is the oxygen in air. Your body needs few days to acclimatize to this less oxygen environment. Although we provide enough information regarding AMS precaution matters, if you get AMS, we do not have other options to treat it other than medication. We advise specially the guest(s) with known heart or lungs or blood diseases to consult their doctor before traveling. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder are symptoms of AMS.


Guide and Staffs arrangements

throughout your time in Tibet you will be accompanied by an experienced English speaking Tibetan guide who will not only act as an interpreter but will also provide valuable insights into the Tibetan way of life. All our Tibet trips are run in cooperation with our Tibetan counterpart, so you can be assured that authentic local touch.


Rescue & Evacuation

In case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we hope will not happen, you shall be transferred to the nearest hospital. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own.


Insurance

Before joining a tour, we recommend you to take a travel insurance which should cover cancellation, medical expenses and emergency repatriation.

Further Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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