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Lhasa to Kathmandu Bicycle Trip - Tibet

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Tibet, China

  • Activities

    Adventure, Cycling

  • Price
    $5280 USD per person
  • Duration

    25 Days

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    5 June 2018

  • Starting Location

    Kathmandu, Nepal

  • Price Includes

    Kim + Lhakpa Guides - Kathmandu-Lhasa Flights - Tibet Permit + Entrance Fees - Kathmandu Guest House + Hotels in Tibet - Group Transportation by Private Vehicle - Bicycle Mechanic + Support Vehicles

  • Notes

    Our signature Kamzang cycling, unique route, some of the best cycling and most specular scenery on the planet! Our 'Kamzang-style' campsite is a home-away-from-home. NO single supplement on trip!

Highlights

  • Epic cycling through Central Tibet, bordering the Himalayan range and crossing high passes
  • Tibetan villages, culture and salt butter tea!
  • Visiting Lhasa, the Jokhang Temple, Potala Palace, Sera + Drepung Monasteries, Ganden Monastery, Tashilungpo Monastery, Shigatse, Gyantse + Kumbum.
  • Cycling along the high, Tibetan plateau, looking for wildlife, enjoying the sun and blue skies.
  • Kamzang-style camping, sometimes enjoying Tibetan meals in local restaurants, real immersion into Tibetan culture.

Guide

Trip Info

One of the Himalaya’s most spectacular bicycle rides on the roof of the world, Tibet’s high plateau, crossing the Himalaya from historic Lhasa and Central Tibet to exotic Kathmandu! To add extra challenge and adventure to our Himalayan bicycle tour, we’ve incorporated a bicycle trip to Everest Base Camp via Rongbuk Monastery.

There are six major passes to cycle over on the Lhasa to Kathmandu route as it runs westwards, parallel to the Himalayan range which forms the borders of Bhutan, Sikkim and Nepal. En route, we visit Tibet’s famous monastery towns of Gyantse, Shigatse and Shegar as well as several smaller settlements and nomadic (drokpa) encampments. On the detour away from the main route towards the Rongbuk Monastery, the road climbs through almost fifty hairpin bends to reach the Pang La, which rewards us with spectacular panoramas of the Himalaya, including Everest.

We spend the night at Everest Base Camp before riding 60 kilometers back to the main Lhasa-Kathmandu ‘highway’. Back on the main road, we reach the edge of the Tibetan Plateau as we cross the 5,200 meter Thang La, and begin a mind-blowing descent of 4,600 meters, via the border town of Zhangmu, to the valley of the Bhote Kosi River.

A final day of cycling brings us back to civilization in the form of Kathmandu, with a stop first at the semi-tropical Last Resort for some serious spa and relaxation time.

The bicycling trip has six major Himalayan passes, many over 5000 meters. Please be prepared!

Join us for this epic journey!

NOTE: We’ve had to slightly adjust the itinerary due to earthquake damage along the Nepal – China border of the Friendship Highway.

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