Arguably the most adventurous ride a mountain biker can do is biking along the Himalayas from Lhasa to Kyirong friendship highway cycling. These adventurers can experience at first hand this rugged landscape and environments as well as get to know the life of local people and Tibetan customs. The trip of a lifetime.
Note: The processing time for a Tibet Permit is 20 days. It would be wise to confirm your Tibet tour at least 30 days before travel to ensure adequate time is available to process the Tibet Permit.
Day 1 Lhasa Arrival
Welcome to the roof of the world! You will be pick up at the airport or train station, then be escorted to your hotel in Lhasa city at the comfort of your own private vehicle. En route, enjoy the breathtaking view along the Yarlong Tsangpo River. Tibetan features can be seen along the way, including Big Buddha engravings on the hill near the road, colorful prayer flags and friendly Tibetan people.
After arrival at your hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the local area and acclimatize yourself to this high altitude city at the top of the world.
Day 2 Lhasa Sight seeing
After breakfast, you will firstly visit the Norbulingka Park, the former summer palace of Dalai Lama. Explore the beautiful gardens and experience one of the most holy sites in Tibetan Buddhism while soaking up the rich history. Next, come to Drepung Monastery, which was once the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery housing 10,000 monks in its heyday. Learn about the lives of Tibetan monks.
Your tour ends at Sera Monastery, where you will get the chance to experience “Buddhism Scriptures Debating”. These debates are unique to Sera and are quite famous. Enjoy the debates!
Day 3 Wondering Lhasa
The overwhelming Potala Palace is your first stop. As the symbol of Tibet, it was built in 641 AD and was the winter palace of Dalai Lama who is Tibet’s pope. Impressive Tibetan architecture, huge golden Buddha statues, red-robed lamas and devoted pilgrims all make it a must-visit.
In the afternoon, you’ll visit the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center of Tibet. Every day, pilgrims from every corner of Tibet trek here from long distances to worship. Finally, walk the special circular pilgrimage route as local followers always do at Barkhor Street.
Day 4 Biking from Lhasa to Quxu Bridge
Today is an easy day. After breakfast in the hotel, bike the 71 KM, about 4 hours from Lhasa to Quxu Bridge. In evening, after settling into camp, you can walk to the Yarlung Zangbo River to get a great view of the sunset.
Quxu Hotel or Tent
Riding time: 4 hours (71 KM)
Route: Lhasa (3650M) to Quxu Bridge (3593M)
Day 5 Biking from Quxu Bridge - Kampala pass- Nagartse
After breakfast ride from Quxu Bridge to Nagartse County. The first section is 30KM to Kampala pass. The trail meanders through villages of mud-walled houses and pastoral farmlands. Take the opportunity to visit the Yomdrok Lake; a spectacular lake on the roof of the world. After have lunch and a rest, continue riding to our destination. Interact with local villagers with the assistance from your Tibetan guide. Set up camp at Nagartse village.
After have breakfast, after leaving Nagartse, the trail heads towards a valley and then to the top of Karo La, the first 5000 meter passes on your trip. Crossing Karo La (5110M) descend to the foot of Simi La at an elevation of 4330m through some beautiful Tibetan villages. After a light lunch and a rest, ride into a wide sandy valley and towards Gyantse. The trail crisscrosses barley fields and beside a flowing river. Visit the Palkor Chorten Monastery. No camping tonight as accommodation is in a comfortable hotel.
Riding time: 6-7 hours (104KM)
Route: Nagartse (4450M) – Karo La (5110M) – Simi La (4345M) – Gyantse (4025M)
Day 7 Biking from Gyantse - Shigatse
Today, ride from Gyantse to Shigatse on a sealed road. This road is more heavily trafficked as are the busy streets of Shigatse. In Shigatse visit the Tashilunpo Monastery which represents the Tibetan super architecture art in the Last Tibetan spirit. Accommodation is at a comfortable hotel.
After a light breakfast, the ride follows the Friendship Highway. The first section is 17km from Giding County to Liuxiang village. The second leg is 40km ride to Tso la which has a clear view of the main Himalayan range. After lunch ride downhill to Lhatse County and stay at local hotel.
Riding time: 6 hours (95KM)
Route: Giding County (3836M)-Rena County- Tso La (4534M) – Lhatse (4023M)
Day 10 Biking from Lhatse to Baiba
After breakfast, start today’s ride with a gradual climb to the foot of Gyamtso La The Gyamtso La at 5220 meter is located approximately 15 kilometers from the Lhatse and is the highest pass of this biking adventure. The trail to the top of the pass is steep and rough in places. From the pass it is steep downhill ride amidst stunning views of Mt. Everest. Riding past small Tibetan settlements, see nomadic herdsmen en route to the camp at Baiba village.
Today the ride detours away from the main road to the Everest Base Camp. The road zigzags across the back wall of the valley overlooking a stunning view of the pass. The view from the top of the pass is breathtaking with the whole Himalaya range gleaming right before you. The tough climb to the pass is followed by a downhill ride to small Tibetan settlement where camp is established for the night.
Day 12 Biking from Tashi Zong to Mt.Everest Base Camp
Today’s ride is along the broken stone road with the first section from Tashi Zong Village to Cho Zong passing through Basong village. The ride is 1.5 hours and 23KM. After lunch continue to Rongbuk Monastery which lies 3 kilometers below the Everest Base Camp at an elevation of 4987m; then 3 KM on gravel road to the Mt. Everest Base Camp. Stay at a local hostel.
Today is a rest day at Mt. Everest Base Camp. See the sunrise and sunset from Base Camp, Mount Everest: Mt. Everest, called Mount Chomo Langma in Tibetan Language, is the highest peak of the Earth and probably the most coveted mountain in adventurous travelers’ eyes. Journey to Mt. Everest Base Camp is a both physical as well as psychological challenge to you –5200 mt (17000ft), but it will definitely reward you with the most unparalleled views – a panorama of Himalayan peaks – and never-forgotten beautiful memories.
Day 14 Biking from Mt.Everest Base Camp to Tingri
The first 16KM of today’s ride from Mt. Everest Base Camp to Monument Road 79 will take about 2 hours because the trail is extremely rocky and bumpy. Continuing the ride tour to the destination, the view of majestic Everest and Cho Oyu is stunning. The dirt road turns into a paved road on entering the small town of Tingri which is an unsheltered and windy settlement nestled underneath the enchanting Cho Oyu. The overnight camp will be at a small village.
Riding time: 7 hours (74KM)
Route: Mt. Everest Base Camp (5020m) – Longjiang La pass- Tingri (4327M)
Day 15 Biking from Gangga County to Menbu County
Starting with a little uphill climb, the ride makes its way along the edge of the valley following a river before it enters a lake sheltering a variety of Himalayan ducks. The views of Everest and Cho Oyu along the road are spectacular. Riding a further 22 km brings an excellent campsite which has green grass and crystal clear mountain rivulet and is at the foot of La Lung La.
Riding time: 4 hours (62KM)
Route: Gangga County (4327m) – Gucuo village- Menbu County
Day 16 Biking from Menbu County to Kyirong
After breakfast the first leg of 22KM is about 1 hour from Menbu County to La Lung La pass at 5017 meters offers excellent views of Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar. Kyirong was newly opened route for Toursit, after Old port Zhangmu was badly damaged by Earthquake
Pakpa Temple was built for Wadi sambhu statue brought from Nepal by Princess, in addition to Shakyamuni Statue brough at Lhasa. Tonight stay at local hotel.
Riding time: 7 hours (123 KM)
Route: Menbu County (4327m) – La Lung La Pass (5017m) – Kyirong (2414)
Day 17 Kyirong Departure
Today your tour guide transfer you to the border see you off at Kyirong Bridge.
Tips of today: 1. Please pack your luggage carefully, especially for small things like camera charger, power adaptor, mobile phone, phone charger, wallet and towel.
Prices and Services
What’s included in this price?
1. Private professional English-speaking tour guide. 2. Private vehicle and Luggage Transfers. 3. All necessary Tibet travel permits. 4. All accommodations, based on double-occupancy. Above three star rated hotels in towns and city. Guest house or tent in remote areas. 5. Meals, depend as noted in the itinerary. 6. Admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary. 7. All Service Charges (the planning, handling, operational and communication charges) & government taxes. 8. Accident / Casualty Help
What’s excluded in this price?
1. China visa, all air tickets and train tickets to and from Tibet. 2. Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary. 3. Meals not listed in the itinerary. 4. Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional tour activities, etc. 5. Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc. 6. Excess Baggage Charges. 7. Single room supplement.
Value for money:
While the trip of a lifetime is priceless, we know value is a vital aspect for those deciding which tour to choose.
When comparing tour prices, be sure to compare like to like. Our tours are designed to ensure that our customers experience all the culture, history, and beauty that Tibet has to offer, and at a reasonable price.
A great way to ensure the lowest possible price is to invite more people on the trip. The more people in a group, the lower the price per person. (We recommend you join our group tour if you are traveling alone. Please contact our travel consultant for more information)
Booking early is also an easy way to ensure the best rate! We highly recommend you contact us at least 1 month before your planned departure date.
Yes! If you want to cancel your tailor-made tour due to some factors, you can. But you will be liable to pay cancellation charges that are bounded by Tour Tibet cancellation policy. Please read more about Terms and Conditions.
Can I arrange my Tibet tour on my own? Is it easier and cheaper ?
No. When you plan to tour Tibet, you first need to apply for the Tibet Travel Permits, which must be entrusted to a local travel agency for application from Tibet Tourist Bureau.
Can I talk to a travel consultant in person ?
Yes! We welcome our clients to come to our company and speak with our travel consultant face to face. And then customize your Tibet tour together with you.
How can do the payment ?
Once you are satisfied with all the arrangements and your tour is confirmed, you need to pay a deposit of 20% of the total cost of your trip, via PayPal, Credit Card, Western Union, Wire Transfer. When starting your tour, you need to finish the final payment and then start your dream Tibet tour with us!
Have to Travel on certain dates?
Because all of our tours are customizable, you can travel with us on any date you wish ( depending on flights ). The itineraries provided on our website are the only sample, and you can change any destinations to suit your tastes and budget. Your travel consultant will provide advice and answer your questions.
Have I need travelling as a member of a group?
No. Our tailor-made trips are arranged on an individual basis, which means you are not tied to the wishes of a group and you can arrange your itinerary at your own pace. If you are interested in a Group Tour, we do offer an arranged tour in a small group of up to 16 people.