Lhasa to Kathmandu Biking Trip - 21 Days

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What You'll Do
  • Hugely rewarding mountain biking in the Roof of the World, in arguably some of the most serene environments imaginable
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Lhasa
  • Stunning flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa
  • Tasting exotic food like Yak cheese and butter tea in Tibet
  • Interacting with pilgrims and monks
  • Riding through high passes, including the Gyatso-La Pass (5,220m)
  • Longest down hill biking (on paved road) in the world
  • Visiting the Everest Base Camp and base of the Everest North Face via Rongbuk Valley
  • A farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant on the day before departure to celebrate our trip success
One of the most remote regions in the world, the cycling pilgrimage from Lhasa in Tibet, to Kathmandu in Nepal will quite possibly be a ‘life changing’ journey through time, scenery and physical demands.
What to Expect
Our fully-supported mountain bike tour takes us along the Friendship Highway to the ‘Roof-Top of the World’, Everest Base Camp, and takes in the world’s 2nd longest descent, and the former home of the Dalai Lama.

Day 01 Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal (1,340m)
Our airport representative will welcome you at the airport and transfer to your hotel on a private tourist vehicle. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 02 Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley
At around 8am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about the trek. This includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip. For the meeting, please make sure you bring passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting.

After the pre-trip meeting, your sightseeing trip will start at around 9:45am. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. We visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks praying in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhanath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We then head towards Swayambhunath – also called the Monkey Temple - a Buddhist stupa perched atop a hillock on the western side. You get a magnificent view of the valley from here.

The rest of our day in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some shopping in Thamel. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 03 Ride from Kathmandu to Nagarkot via Bhaktaur (38km 2,168m)
We endorse Chinese visas on this day and you check bikes and equipments, after which we ride due east to the medieval town of Bhaktapur, an ancient city full of Newari culture. There are many temples and squares here that we will have time to explore. It is one of the major attractions of the Kathmandu valley, and definitely not to be missed! From here we head north-east to the beautiful Nagarkot hilltop on an excellent and quiet tarmac road. Nagarkot is the best destination to acclimatize and warm up before Tibet tour. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 04 Ride back from Nagarkot to Kathmandu via Shanku (34km 1,340m)
We descent on Jeep tracks through the ancient village of Shanku where we will have lunch and then ride back to Thamel, Kathmandu. We lose elevation on the down hill tracks, which at some points require technical skills. You will find yourself amidst massive stretches of farms. In fact, a considerable amount of rice and vegetables supplied to Kathmandu comes from Sankhu. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 05 Fly from Kathmandu to Gonkar, then drive to Lhasa (3,650m)
After breakfast, drive to the airport for an hour flight to Gonkar. You will be met at Gonkar Airport by your Tibetan guide. After immigration formalities take a 1.5-hour drive along 93 km road leading to Lhasa lying at an altitude of 3,660m. It’s advisable to rest and take it easy for the remainder of the day due to Lhasa’s altitude. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 06 Lhasa acclimatization and sightseeing
We will visit a few popular places such as Sera Monastery which is one of Lhasa’s great monasteries that survived the Cultural Revolution better than most. We can get up close and personal to a ‘Debate’ where the monks will try and outwit their colleagues with questions on religion. Have a peaceful time watching pilgrims circumambulate from the comfort of a café overlooking the Barkor. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 07 Drepung Monastery and Potala Palace sightseeing
After a good breakfast we will start biking for Drepung Monastery cycling right in front and passing the famouc Potala.

Day 08 Ride from Lhasa to Quxu (61km, 3,600m)
Biking towards Kathmandu starts on this day. After cycling through the busy roads for about 45 minutes we leave Lhasa behind. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 09 Quxu to Nagarze (99km, 4,410m)
Biking over the Khamba-la pass (4,794 m), approx. 24km climb passing the old road between Gyantse and Lhasa the dazzling Yamdrok-tso (also known as Scorpion Lake) can be seen from the summit of the Kambha-la pass. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 10 Nagarze to Gyangze (105km, 4,020m)
Panoramic sight sweeping from the left hand side up to the front give great views of the Himalayas and glaciers upon reaching the summit of the Karo-La Pass. Visit the monasteries and Stupas contained within this historical town. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 11 Gyangze to Shigatse (94km, 3,835m)
Leaving Gyantse, we also leave behind our 2 days of off-road aches and pain as we find ourselves on a newly paved road which is a long day ride that will take us across vast stretches of flat agriculture land to Shigatse, Tibet's second biggest town in the traditional capital of Tsang. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 12 Shigatse to Jidingzhen (75km, 3,905m)
After a breakfast, we’ll enjoy the beautiful scenery as we ride to Jidingzhen. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 13 Jidingzhen to Lhatse (70km, 4,050m)
Today will be a tough ride, with an occasional paved road making the rest of the road a dusty one. You can, of course, hitch a ride. After we leave the Tso-La Pass (4,500m), we go down a long 9km descent and reach Lhatse, which is a small truck stop and is a dusty place but has some shops. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 14 Lhatse to Tingri/Xegar (74km, 4,320m), via Gyatso La Pass (5,220m)
In the morning after breakfast we cycle up to a 25km climbing towards the Gyatso-La Pass (5,220m), the highest pass of our trip.Approximately 7km before reaching the summit we come to an opening where we can once again see the great mountains. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 15 Tingri to Rongbuk (5,000m), EBC (5,150m), and back to Rongbuk (55km)
Today we start our ride on a paved road up to the police check post. Here we would have to produce our passport to the authorities and after the check post we will turn off the Friendship Highway around 6km west of the Shegar checkpoint where our guide will sort out the permits for the Everest region. From here the path will be the toughest of bumpy roads. On this particular road we would like to advise everyone to stay on the edge of the road at a safe pace because of heavy vehicle also using this road. From here a superb panoramic view of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu can be seen on a clear day. Overnight at a guesthouse in Rongbuk.

Day 16 Rongbuk to Old Tingri (69km, 4,350m)
After an hour ride from Rongbuk we take new route to Old Tingri via Long Jong La. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 17 Old Tingri to Menbuxiang (72km, 4,685m)
Today the biking takes us over the pass of Lalung-la, which offers spectacular view of Gaurishankar, Dorje Lhakpa, Shishapangma and Langtang. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 18 Menbuxiang to Nyalam (97, 3,750m)
We continue our descent southwards and after a few hours of biking we reach Nyalam which literary means ‘The Gateway to Hell’ in Tibetan. Before reaching Nyalam just 10km off there is a place with the closest cultural sight which is Nyalam Pelgye Ling, a small temple that is associated with the Cave of Milarepa, the famous Buddhist mystic and composer of songs who lived during the late 11th to the early 12th century. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 19 Nyalam to Dolalghat (Nepal), drive or ride up to Dhulikhel (115km, 1,600m)
This is our last day in Tibet as we head towards the border Zhangmu which also is known as Khasa in Nepali and Dram in Tibetan, then entering Nepal through Kodari (which also happens to be the only bungee jumping spot in Nepal). Overnight at a hotel.

Day 20 Ride from Dhulikhel to Kathmandu via Bhaktapur and Thimi (35km 1,340m)
After 2.5 km ride from Dhulikhel, we leave the Arniko Highway behind. Follow the dirt road up to Bhaktapur. Continue the broken tarmac road to Thimi a popular town for handmade paper mask. Thimi is the major supplier of vegetables in the capital, Kathmandu city. Ride the last section of Valley rim through busy traffic and transfer to your hotel. A pleasant stroll and a last-minute shopping spree in Thamel and Basantapur. We host a farewell dinner in a typical Nepali-style restaurant with cultural performances (dancing and singing with costumes) tonight to celebrate our hard work and achievement in the biking trip.

You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, Pokhara sight-seeing, trekking, rafting & bungee, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, and other activities. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 21 Transfer to the airport for your final flight departure
The trip concludes – our airport representative will drop you at Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
What's Included
  • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport
  • Twin sharing accommodation in a three- or four-star hotel in Kathmandu valley
  • Tibetan standard two-star hotel and basic accommodation (dormitory room) for the rest of the trip while in Tibet
  • All meals three times a day in Tibet
  • A farewell dinner on the night before departure
  • Kathmandu - Lhasa - Kathmandu airfare, including airport departure tax.
  • Tibet entry permit
  • Entrance fees
  • Ground transportation to and from Kathmandu
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu
  • Mountain Bike; The brands include Cube, Trek and Giant hardtail or full-suspension bikes, depending on your choice.
  • English speaking licensed mountain biking guide
  • Food, accommodation, salary of the staff
  • Our free kits
  • Government taxes
What's Not Included
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Your travel insurance (mandatory for the trip; should cover helicopter rescue charges worth a minimum of USD 50,000 per person)
  • Nepal entry visa – you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (A multiple-entry 30-day tourist visa can be obtained for USD 40 or equivalent. Similarly, a multiple-entry 90-day tourist visa costs USD 100. Please have 2 passport size photos and the amount in cash USD/Euro handy
  • Internet and telephone calls
  • Lunch and dinner in Nepal – about USD 20 per person per day
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks. Items of personal nature such as laundry
  • Biking attire and other personal gears
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected)
  • Others expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section
Meeting Point

Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

What to Remember
USD 460 extra per person if you wish to upgrade the accommodation to a five-star in Kathmandu, Nagarkot and Dhulikhel, as well as deluxe hotel accommodation in Lhasa. Upgrading options are unavailable in other towns.

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