Mountain Biking on the Roof of the World

Mountain Biking on the Roof of the World 20 Days/19 Nights

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Trip Type:
Mountain Biking in Tibet

Maximum Altitude:
5220m

Durations:
20 Days

Trip Starts:
Lhasa

Trip Ends:
Dhulikhel

Accomodation:
Hotels in the ciites

Best Time For Travel:
April to October

Trip Over View

A mountain biking tour in Tibet along the Tibet-Nepal friendship Highway, through one of the most remote regions in the world is quite possibly a ‘life changing’ journey through time, spirits, scenery and physical demands. We visit the major Buddhist monasteries and temples, meet the villagers and experience Tibetan culture and traditions. Undoubtedly, this is the most rewarding bike journey of the world! Nothing in the Alps, nothing in the Pyrenees, nothing in the world even compares. This expedition is for adventurous cyclists wishing to immerse themselves in the rawness of this vast plateau and the spirit of local Tibetans at a deeper level.

Tibet mountain biking tour

Starting in Lhasa at 11,300 feet, we traverse 1,000 kilometers over six panoramic passes exceeding 14,500 feet, finishing in Kathmandu Valley - the capital city of the Himalayan country of Nepal. We follow the southern Friendship Highway that runs westwards, parallel to the great Himalaya chain forming the border with the territories of Bhutan, Sikkim and Nepal. Throughout, the road traverses a high and dry plateau-land, which is punctuated by the spectacular monastery towns of Gyantse, Shigatse and Shegar as well as several smaller settlements and nomadic Drogpa 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 offers splendid views of the Himalaya and of Mt. Everest itself. Standing before the exposed and shear North Face of Mt. Everest, at its base camp at 5,500m/18,044ft is a memorable experience that many of us can only imagine. We will spend a night at Everest Base Camp before riding 70 km back to the Friendship Highway.

Tibet mountain biking tour

Back on the main road, we ride to the summit of Tibetan Plateau as we cross the 5,124m high Lablung La from where the mind-blowing descent of 4500m begins, via the border town of Zhangmu, to the valley of the Sun Kosi River in Nepal.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Lhasa (3660m).

Day 02-04: Explore the highlights of Lhasa.

Day 05: Bike to the Base of Khampa La (4794m, 80 km, 6-7 hrs).

Day 06: Bike across Khampa La (4794m) to Nagartse (4475m, 72km, 6-7 hrs).

Day 07: Nagartse (4475m) to Simi La (4330m, 67km, 5-6 hrs).

Day 08: Bike across Simi La to Gyantse (3950 m, 35 km, 3-4 hrs).

Day 09: Tour Gyantse & Bike to Shigatse (3900m, 90km 4-5 hrs).

Day 10: Bike to the foot of Tso La (4290m, 106 km, 8-9 hrs).

Day 11: Bike across Tso La (4500m) to the foot of Gyamtso La (4630m, 70 km, 5-6 hrs).

Day 12: Bike across Gyamtso La (5220m) to Shegar (4050m, 65 km, 7-8 hrs).

Day 13: Bike across Pang La (5150m,) to Choesang (4455m, 60 km, 6-7 hrs).

Day 14: Bike to Rongbuk (5000m, 24 km 3-4 hrs).

Day 15: Bike or hike to Everest North Base camp (5200m, 8 km).

Day 16: Bike or drive across Pang La (5150m) to Tingri or Hot Springs (4350m, 75 km, 6-7 hrs).

Day 17: Bike to the base of La Lung La (4555m, 55 km, 4-5 hrs).

Day 18: Bike or drive across Lalung La (5124m) & Sung La (5200m) to Nyalam (3750m, 87km, 7-8 hrs by bike.

Day 19: Bike to the last Resort in Nepal (900m, 60 km 3-4 hrs).

Day 20: Bike or drive to Dhulikhel (1450m, 75 km, 5-6 hrs by bike), drive to Kathmandu (30 km, 1 hr).

Day 1:
Arrive Lhasa (3660m).

Day 2-3-4:
Explore the highlights of Lhasa.

Day 5:
Bike to the Base of Khampa La (4794m, 80 km, 6-7 hrs).

Day 6:
Bike across Khampa La (4794m) to Nagartse (4475m, 72km, 6-7 hrs).

Day 7:
Nagartse (4475m) to Simi La (4330m, 67km, 5-6 hrs).

Day 8:
Bike across Simi La to Gyantse (3950 m, 35 km, 3-4 hrs).

Day 9:
Tour Gyantse & Bike to Shigatse (3900m, 90km 4-5 hrs).

Day 10:
Bike to the foot of Tso La (4290m, 106 km, 8-9 hrs).

Day 11:
Bike across Tso La (4500m) to the foot of Gyamtso La (4630m, 70 km, 5-6 hrs).

Day 12:
Bike across Gyamtso La (5220m) to Shegar (4050m, 65 km, 7-8 hrs).

Day 13:
Bike across Pang La (5150m,) to Choesang (4455m, 60 km, 6-7 hrs).

Day 14:
Bike to Rongbuk (5000m, 24 km 3-4 hrs).

Day 15:
Bike or hike to Everest North Base camp (5200m, 8 km).

Day 16:
Bike or drive across Pang La (5150m) to Tingri or Hot Springs (4350m, 75 km, 6-7 hrs).

Day 17:
Bike to the base of La Lung La (4555m, 55 km, 4-5 hrs).

Day 18:
Bike or drive across Lalung La (5124m) & Sung La (5200m) to Nyalam (3750m, 87km, 7-8 hrs by bike.

Day 19:
Bike to the last Resort in Nepal (900m, 60 km 3-4 hrs).

Day 20:
Bike or drive to Dhulikhel (1450m, 75 km, 5-6 hrs by bike), drive to Kathmandu (30 km, 1 hr).

  • Includes

    • Local expert Mt. Bike guide.
    • Accommodation in Dhood Gu or similar in Lhasa, best available in Gyantse and Shigatse including breakfast, rest of the places guesthouse and tented camping.
    • Breakfast only during hotel stays. Full board at guesthouses and camping.
    • 4WD land cruiser jeep.
    • Support truck for luggage, gears and supplies.
    • Cook and kitchen helps.
    • Tibet entry permits and sightseeing admission fees. 


    Excludes

    • Personal mountain bikes and bike gears.
    • Lunch & dinner during Hotel stay in Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse.
    • Flight into Lhasa and out of Kathmandu.
    • Airport tax.
    • Hotels & sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
    • Travel Insurance.
    • All expenses of personal nature such as drinks, tip, laundry, phone etc.
    • Nepal re-entry visa.
    • Any cost incurred in emergency evacuation due to any natural calamity or any unforeseen events.