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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Kamzang Journeys is owned and operated by Kim Bannister, an American expat and traveler of 25+ years who is based in Kathmandu, Nepal (spring, autumn and sometimes winter) & Leh, India (summer).
Kamzang Journeys is a registered LLC in the USA. The inspiration for Kamzang Journeys originated in Ladakh, where Kim and team have been trekking for 15+ years.
It came from trekking through sparkling river valleys of sculpted ochre, mustard and moss-green rocks under soaring Himalayan peaks, through green, nomadic pasture lands peppered with nomadic yak-hair tents under a canopy of endless blue skies.
Our passion for these regions inspired us to make a lifestyle of leading treks and bicycle trips through Nepal, India, Tibet and Bhutan, later adding Mongolia and newly Pakistan to the list.
All of our Kamzang team shares our love of these Himalayan regions, of the adventure of trekking, of exploring far-flung villages, sipping salt-butter tea in local houses, of camping with the nomads as they round up their flocks of sheep, goats and yaks, of watching for snow leopard and kiang as we journey through remote plateaus on the border of Nepal and Tibet, of bicycling through some of Bhutan's most breathtakingly beautiful regions.