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Biking Along the Himalayas: A Thrilling Adventure from Lhasa

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Lhasa Tour

Arguably the most adventurous ride a mountain biker can do is biking along the Himalayas from Lhasa to Kyirong. These adventurers can experience at first hand this rugged landscape and environment as well as get to know the life of local people and Tibetan customs. The trip of a lifetime.

Peak Pursuits: A Thrilling 17-Day Biking Adventure through Tibet’s Himalayas


Day 1-2: Lhasa to Lake Yamdrok Gyangtse

The route starts in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. Lhasa is a city with a rich history and culture. It is home to many important Buddhist monasteries, including the Potala Palace, the former residence of the Dalai Lama. From Lhasa, the route heads south along the Friendship Highway. This highway is a well-maintained road that winds its way through the mountains. The scenery along the highway is stunning, with snow-capped peaks, lush forests, and rushing rivers.

The expedition kicks off with an 85km ride from Lhasa, allowing cyclists to acclimate to the terrain. Day two brings a 55km journey to Lake Yamdrok, crossing the formidable Kamba La Pass at 4,852m.

Day 3-4: Gyantse to Shigatse

Heading to Gyantse covers 86km, featuring the majestic Karo La Pass at 5,036m. Day four’s 75km ride leads to Gyachung Monastery, providing a cultural detour on the Sino-Nepal Friendship Highway. The first major stop on the route is Shigatse. Shigatse is the second largest city in Tibet. It is home to the Tashilunpo Monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lama. From Shigatse, the route continues south towards Everest Base Camp.

Day 5-6: Lhatse to Rongbuk Monastery

The road to Everest Base Camp is a challenging one, with steep climbs and rough terrain. However, the views from the top are worth it. Everest Base Camp is located at an altitude of 5,200 meters (17,060 feet). It is the starting point for many expeditions to climb Mount Everest. A 95km ride from Lhatse sets the stage for Pang La Pass challenges. Day six, spanning 67km, treats cyclists to the breathtaking Mount Everest view at Rongbuk Monastery.

Day 7-8: Rongbuk to Gyirong Town

After visiting Everest Base Camp, the route continues south to Kyirong. Kyirong is a small town located on the border between Tibet and Nepal. It is a popular destination for tourists who are interested in experiencing Tibetan culture. From Kyirong, the route follows the Friendship Highway back to Lhasa. Connecting with the Friendship Highway, day seven covers 86km to Tingri. Day eight presents a 77km journey, conquering La Lung Pass at 5,050m and Thang La Pass at 5,150m, concluding in Gyirong Town.

Day 9-11: Gyirong Town to Kathmandu

Day nine’s 117km ride is the ultimate cross-border adventure, reaching Kathmandu via Gyirong Port. Days ten and eleven encompass rides from Rasuwa Gadhi to Dhulikhel, ending with a 35km ride to Kathmandu.

It is a great way to see some of the most beautiful scenery in the world and learn about Tibetan culture. If you are looking for an adventure, this is the trip for you. This cycling odyssey is not merely a physical feat but a journey through diverse terrains, offering cyclists an unforgettable experience. The expedition encapsulates the thrill of conquering high passes, witnessing iconic landmarks, and concluding in the vibrant capital of Nepal, Kathmandu.

Here are some tips for biking along the Himalayas:

  • Be prepared for the altitude. The Himalayas are located at high altitudes, so it is important to acclimatize before you start your trip.
  • Pack light. You will be carrying your own gear, so it is important to pack only the essentials.
  • Be prepared for the weather. The weather in the Himalayas can change quickly, so it is important to be prepared for all types of weather conditions.
  • Be respectful of the local culture. Tibet is a Buddhist country, so it is important to be respectful of the local customs and traditions.
  • Be aware of the risks. Biking along the Himalayas can be a dangerous activity, so it is important to be aware of the risks and to take precautions to stay safe.

If you are looking for an adventure, biking along the Himalayas is the trip for you. It is a challenging but rewarding experience that will give you the opportunity to see some of the most beautiful scenery in the world and to learn about Tibetan culture.

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Conquering the Himalayan Trails: A 17-Day Biking Expedition from Lhasa to Kyirong

Day 1 – 3: Arrival and Exploring the Lhasa


Lhasa is located at an altitude of about 3,650 meters above sea level, which means that you may experience some symptoms of altitude sickness, such as headache, nausea, dizziness, or fatigue. It is important to drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol and caffeine, and rest well during your first day in Lhasa. You can also take some medicine to prevent or relieve the discomfort, such as acetazolamide or ibuprofen.

There are many attractions and activities to enjoy in Lhasa, depending on your interests and preferences.

Some of the most popular and iconic places to visit are:


  • The Potala Palace is the former residence of the Dalai Lamas and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a magnificent complex of white and red buildings, perched on a hill overlooking the city.
  • The Jokhang Temple is the spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism and another UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a stunning temple with golden roofs, intricate carvings, and colourful murals. It houses the most revered image of Buddha in Tibet, the Jowo Rinpoche.
  • Barkhor Street is the lively and bustling market area around the Jokhang Temple. It is a great place to experience the local culture, shop for souvenirs, and taste some delicious Tibetan food. You can find various items, such as prayer flags, thangkas, jewellery, carpets, and yak wool products. You can also try some of the local specialities, such as momos, butter tea, tsampa, and yak meat.
  • The Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lamas and another UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a beautiful park with gardens, pavilions, and ponds.

These are just some of the highlights of Lhasa, but there are many more things to see and do in this amazing city. 😊

Day 4 Lhasa to Quxu


Embark on an easy day after breakfast at the hotel. Cycle 71 KM, approximately 4 hours, from Lhasa to Quxu Bridge. Upon settling into camp, stroll to the Yarlung Zangbo River for a mesmerizing sunset view. Accommodation options include Quxu Hotel or Tent.

  • Riding Time: 4 hours (71 KM)
  • Route: Lhasa (3650M) to Quxu Bridge (3593M)

Day 5: Breathtaking Landscapes – Quxu Bridge to Nagartse


Breakfast precedes a 6-hour, 84 KM ride from Quxu Bridge to Nagartse County. Traverse Kampala pass, absorbing the charm of Tibetan villages and Yomdrok Lake’s spectacle. Engage with local villagers, set up camp in Nagartse village, and relish the serene surroundings.

  • Riding Time: 6 hours (84KM)
  • Route: Quxu Bridge (3593M) – Kampala pass(4793M) – Nagartse(4450M)

Day 6: Majestic Peaks and Monastic Wonders – Nagartse to Gyantse


Embark on a 6-7 hour, 104 KM journey from Nagartse to Gyantse. Ascend Karo La, the first 5000-meter pass, descend to Simi La and ride through barley fields to Gyantse. Explore Palkor Chorten Monastery and enjoy a night in a comfortable hotel.

  • Riding Time: 6-7 hours (104KM)
  • Route: Nagartse (4450M) – Karo La (5110M) – Simi La (4345M) – Gyantse (4025M)

Day 7: Sealed Roads and Spiritual Resonance – Gyantse to Shigatse


Travel from Gyantse to Shigatse on a sealed road in 6 hours (96 KM). Visit Tashilunpo Monastery, a masterpiece of Tibetan architecture. Accommodation awaits at a comfortable hotel.

  • Riding Time: 6 hours (96KM)
  • Route: Gyantse (4025M) – Bainang – Shigatse (3836M)

Day 8 -9: Leisurely Exploration – Shigatse to Lhatse


Enjoy a leisurely day exploring Shigatse post-breakfast. After lunch, ride to Giding County (3 hours, 61 KM) and set up camp. Traverse Rena County, ascend Tso La for Himalayan views and descend to Lhatse for an overnight stay in a local hotel.

  • Riding Time: 8 hours (150KM)
  • Route: Gyantse (4025M) – Bainang – Shigatse (3836M) – Tso La (4534M) – Lhatse (4023M)

Day 10: Peaks and Descents – Lhatse to Baiba


After a light breakfast, ride 86 KM, taking in the Gyamtso La at 5220 meters, the highest pass. Descend amid stunning Mt. Everest views, passing Tibetan settlements, to camp in Baiba village.

  • Riding Time: 5 hours (86KM)
  • Route: Lhatse (4023M) – Gyamtso La (5252M) – Baiba (4393M)

Day 11: Detour to Everest – Baiba to Tashi Zong Village


Detour from the main road toward Everest Base Camp. Enjoy a 4-hour, 64 KM ride through stunning landscapes, with a camp set up in Zhaxizong village.

  • Riding Time: 4 hours (64KM)
  • Route: Baiba (4393M) – Zhaxizong village (4161M)

Day 12: Summit to Base Camp – Tashi Zong to Mt. Everest Base Camp


Embark on a 5-hour, 49 KM ride from Zhaxizong to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Enjoy rest and breathtaking views at Base Camp, located at 5020 meters.

  • Riding Time: 5 hours (49KM)
  • Route: Taxizong (4164M) – Rongbuk Monastery (4987M) – Mt. Everest Base Camp (5020m)

Day 13: Rest and Revel in Everest’s Majesty


A day of rest at Mt. Everest Base Camp. Witness the sunrise and sunset, marvelling at the highest peak on Earth.

Day 14: Descent to Tingri – Mt. Everest Base Camp to Tingri


Descend from Mt. Everest Base Camp to Monument Road 79 in a 7-hour, 74-km ride. Marvel at Everest and Cho Oyu’s majestic views, with an overnight camp in Tingri.

  • Riding Time: 7 hours (74KM)
  • Route: Mt. Everest Base Camp (5020m) – Longjiang La pass – Tingri (4327M)

Day 15: Lakeside Vistas – Tingri to Menbu County


Embark on a 4-hour, 62 KM ride from Tingri to Menbu County. Enjoy lakeside views, surrounded by Himalayan peaks, and camp at a pristine site.

  • Riding Time: 4 hours (62KM)
  • Route: Tingri (4327m) – Gucuo village – Menbu County

Day 16: Summit Views – Menbu County to Kyirong


Ride 123 KM in 7 hours from Menbu County to Kyirong, passing La Lung La at 5017 meters. Explore Pakpa Temple and stay at a local hotel.

  • Riding Time: 7 hours (123 KM)
  • Route: Menbu County (4327m) – La Lung La Pass (5017m) – Kyirong (2414)

Day 17: Farewell from Kyirong


Your tour guide ensures a smooth transfer to Kyirong Bridge, bidding you farewell.

Tips: Pack essentials carefully, including camera charger, power adaptor, mobile phone, phone charger, wallet, and towel.\

Essential Gear Guide for Your Lhasa to Kathmandu Cycling Expedition


Careful consideration is paramount when assembling your gear for the remarkable journey from Lhasa to Kathmandu. Striking the right balance is crucial; you want to be well-prepared for the challenges of the plateau without burdening yourself with unnecessary items. Here’s a comprehensive list of what to pack:

  1. Layer Up with Woolens and Cottons:
    • Ample woollen clothes for the Tibetan climate.
    • Comfortable cotton attire for varying conditions.
    • Woollen and cotton socks to protect your feet.
    • Gloves and scarves for chilly rides.
  2. Weather-Ready Wardrobe:
    • Waterproof clothing for unexpected emergencies.
    • Flannels for added warmth.
  3. Safety First:
    • A mandatory helmet for your cycling adventures.
    • Appropriate cycling shoes for a secure ride.
  4. Health Essentials:
    • Carry a diverse range of medicines for any situation.
  5. Shield Your Eyes:
    • Sunglasses to protect against harsh mountain glare.
  6. Skin Protection:
    • Sunscreens and moisturizers for altitude-specific care.
  7. Personal Toiletries:
    • Keep your toiletry kit personalized for comfort.
  8. Cycling Gears:
    • All necessary cycling equipment for a smooth ride.
  9. Prepare for the Outdoors:
    • Waterproof tents for potential camping over two to three days.

Packing intelligently ensures you’re ready for the unique demands of this cycling odyssey. Plan meticulously, and your gear will be your trusted companion on the road from Lhasa to Kathmandu.

Prices and Services

What’s included in this price?

  • Travel Documents: Includes all necessary Tibet travel and approval documents.
  • Attraction Tickets: All itinerary attraction tickets are covered.
  • Guide and Driver: Experienced English-speaking Tibetan guide and driver.
  • Accommodation: Standard rooms in three-star hotels, upgrades available.
  • Transport: Local travel and airport/train station transfers included.
  • Meals: Hotel-provided buffet breakfasts.
  • Insurance: Travel accident insurance for the trip.
  • Driver & Guide Expenses: Their meals, accommodation, and travel costs.

What’s excluded in this price?

  • Single Room Fee: Additional cost for single room occupants.
  • Visa Costs: For Chinese visa or group visa from Kathmandu.
  • Major Transport: Flights and trains to/from Tibet (booking service available).
  • Other Meals: Meals beyond the provided breakfasts.
  • Tips: Optional for guides and drivers.
  • Unforeseen Expenses: Costs from force majeure events or personal reasons.
  • Personal Spending: Anything not listed in the included fees.

Tibet Entry Letter Processing

  • Who Needs to Apply:  Foreign tourists, Taiwan
  • Required Documents: Passport, Chinese visa, Home Return Card for Taiwanese.
  • Application Fee: Free for group participants.
  • Processing Time: 7-14 working days. Submit applications at least 1 month in advance.

Altitude and Altitude Sickness

  • Elevations: Lhasa (3,600m), Shigatse (3,800m), Everest (5,200m), Namtso (4,900m)
  • Health Considerations: Assess your health, especially if you have mobility issues, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, or asthma.
  • Adaptation: Usually takes 1-3 days. Inform your guide in case of severe discomfort.

Elevation of Major Cities in Tibet

Tibetan Toilets

  • Urban Hotels: Western-style toilets, clean and hygienic.
  • Scenic Areas: Mostly flush squat toilets; some non-flush dry toilets.
  • Remote Areas: Squat toilets in towns and hotels; find natural cover in uninhabited areas.

Tibet Weather and Clothing

  • Climate: Variable weather with significant day-night temperature differences. Rainy in summer, sunny in other seasons.
  • Dressing Method: Layered clothing is recommended. Adjust layers according to the season and weather.

Transportation to Tibet

  • Train: Qinghai-Tibet Railway; limited sleepers, difficult to book in peak season.
  • Flight: Direct flights to Lhasa or Nyingchi; altitude sickness similar to train travel. Off-season airfare discounts were available.

Tibetan Food

  • Variety: Chinese, Western, Tibetan, and Nepalese options available in cities.
  • Tibetan Cuisine: Distinct flavour, different from mainland Chinese food.
  • Vegetarian Options: Available in cities and during travel.
  • Meals: Only hotel breakfast is included in the tour fee. Other meals are at your discretion.

Value for Money

A Journey Worth Every Penny

The journey you embark on with us is more than just a trip; it’s an experience of a lifetime. While we believe that such an adventure is beyond any price tag, we also understand the importance of value for those planning their dream tour.

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Tailor-Made Tours: The Essence of Personalization

  1. Customized Itineraries: Tailor-made tours are our speciality. Craft a unique itinerary that matches your interests, pace, and travel dates. Explore Tibet your way, whether you’re a history buff, a nature lover, or an adventure seeker.
  2. Local Insights: Our travel consultants, with their deep local knowledge, can provide insights and suggestions to help you create the perfect journey.
  3. Flexibility: Choose when and where to start, where to go, and how long to stay at each destination. Flexibility is your best friend on a tailor-made tour.
  4. Private Guides: Enjoy the luxury of a personal guide who tailors the experience to your preferences. Dive deep into Tibetan culture and history with your dedicated expert.

Benefits of Tailor-Made Tours: Why Choose Personalization

  1. Exclusive Experiences: Tailor-made tours offer exclusive opportunities, from private audiences with monks to family dinners with locals. You’re not confined to a group schedule.
  2. Travel at Your Pace: Experience Tibet on your terms. Spend more time exploring a particular monastery, enjoying the serene beauty of a lake, or simply relaxing in a scenic spot.
  3. Local Cuisine: Tailor-made tours allow you to savour the authentic flavours of Tibet. Indulge in local cuisine at traditional restaurants, tailored to your taste.
  4. Avoid the Crowds: Smaller, tailor-made groups offer the advantage of experiencing Tibet’s treasures with fewer tourists around.

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Can I Cancel My Tailor-Made Tour?

Yes, you have the option to cancel your tailor-made tour. However, be aware that cancellation charges will be applied as per the Tour Tibet cancellation policy. For detailed information, please review our Terms and Conditions.

Can I Arrange My Tibet Tour on My Own? Is It Easier and Cheaper?

Arranging a Tibet tour independently is not possible due to the need for a Tibet Travel Permit. This permit is mandatory and must be obtained through a local travel agency authorized by the Tibet Tourist Bureau.

Can I Talk to a Travel Consultant in Person?

Absolutely! We encourage our clients to visit our office and discuss their travel plans directly with our travel consultants. Together, we can tailor your Tibet tour to fit your preferences and requirements.

How Can I Make the Payment?

Once you are happy with your tour arrangements and have confirmed your booking, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required. This deposit can be paid through PayPal, Credit Card, Western Union, or Wire Transfer. The remaining balance is due at the start of your tour.

Do I Have to Travel on Certain Dates?

No, you don’t. Our tours are fully customizable, allowing you to choose any travel date that suits you (subject to flight availability). The itineraries on our website are samples, and you’re free to modify any aspect to match your personal preferences. Your travel consultant is here to assist and guide you through the process.

Do I Need to Travel as Part of a Group?

Not necessarily. Our tailor-made trips are designed on an individual basis, meaning you have the flexibility to plan your itinerary according to your own interests and pace. However, if you are interested in a group experience, we offer small group tours limited to a maximum of 16 people.
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We booked a private tour for five people. Tashi is very flexible and arranged us a tailored tour taking our needs and limitations into account. He didn\’t force anything.
The guide is really amazing Tibetan guy. In the end, he was more like a friend than a guide for us. We\’ll miss him.
Be sure to book everything in advance to ensure an amazing trip. Some things take time to organize

February 24, 2018

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