Mountain Bike across Tibet

Tibet Mountain Bike Tour

This mountain bike tour offers one of the world's longest and steepest descents - a non-stop downhill that begins on the Tibetan Plateau and winds 1500 kms down to the fertile rice fields of Nepal (an unbelievable 4600m descent!). We will ride more than 1,100 km through Tibet on crushed stone roads and over spectacular mountain passes.

The high point of the journey comes when we arrive at the monastery of Rongbuk and see Mount Everest Base Camp (5200m). This is the only trip in the world where you can visit Everest Base Camp with a bicycle!

This mountain bike experience will also bring you into contact with three religions (Buddhism, Lamaism and Hinduism) and act as an introduction to the mysticism of Tibetan culture, the friendliness of the people and the daily culture in villagers' lives. General Information Distances travelled per day will vary, between 40 and 100km. It is important to remember that this route is over mountain passes at high altitude. As such, cyclists must be fit and have undergone training.

Tibet Mountain Bike Overview

Day-1: Kathmandu

Day-2: Kathmandu

Day-3: Kathmandu to Lhasa (3660m)

Day-4: Lhasa

Day-5: Lhasa

Day-6: Cycle to foot of Kamba Pass (3700 m)

Day-7: Kamba Pass

Day-8: Karo Pass base

Day-9: Karo Pass to Gyantse

Day-10: Shigatse

Day-11: Gyachung Monastery

Day-12: Lhatse

Day-13: Shegar

Day-14: Pang Pass

Day-15: Rongbuk

Day-16: Rongbuk

Day-17: Tingri

Day-18: Lalung

Day-19: Cross Thang Pass the ultimate downhill

Day-20: Dhulikhel (1600m)

Day 21: Kathmandu

Day 22: Departure

Everest Advanced Base Camp

Cycling Lhasa to Kathmandu Detailed Itinerary

Day-1: Kathmandu
Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel

Day-2: Kathmandu
Explore the Kathmandu Valley and visit some of the world heritage sites.

Day-3. Kathmandu to Lhasa (3660m)
Transfer to the airport for the hour-long flight across the main Himalayan range. Afternoon at rest to acclimatise to Lhasa's high altitude.

Day-4: Lhasa
We will visit Lhasa's many monasteries and sites, such as the Sera Monastery, and the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama.

Day-5: Lhasa
We visit the Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery founded in the 14th century, and once the largest in the world, with a population of around 10,000 monks. The afternoon, is a time to relax or further explore the area.

Day-6: Start the Bike Tour!
Finally, your trans-Himalayan biking adventure begins. Our journey towards Everest starts with the Friendship Highway as it heads out across the plateau. We leave Lhasa and cycle along the Tsangpo River to foot of the Kamba Pass (3700 m). (Total cycle: 85 km).

Day-7: Kamba Pass
Our first mountain pass. A strong uphill climb along a tar road of several switchbacks, reaches a summit lavishly adorned with prayer flags (4794m). After descending we continue alongside Lake Yamdruk, at the far side of which we set camp (4490m). Overnight accommodation in tents. (Total cycle: 55 km)

Day-8: Karo Pass base
Leaving the beautiful lake behind, we cycle along the Friendship highway which soon becomes a gravel roadway, through a ravine and up to the foot of the Karo Pass (4750m, where our tented village will be prepared for the night. Overnight in tents. (Total cycle: 54 km)

Day-9: Karo Pass to Gyantse
A significant day on the tour, as we have to get up early to climb the high Karo Pass (5010m). Around us we can see glaciers stretching down to 6000m and beautiful lakes. You are rewarded for your effort with a night in a top hotel in the city of Gyantse (3980m). Overnight at Gyantse Hotel.

Day-10: Shigatse
First we will visit the Gyantse Dzong and Gyantse Kumbum. The Dzong is a fort dating from the 14th century and the Kumbum, a large gold-domed stupa with several small chapels, containing an impressive collection of Tibetan Buddhist murals. We then head out on the highway towards Shigatse. Although today involves a longer distance, the highway is tarred and flat. In the afternoon we will arrive in Tibet's second largest city, Shigatse (3860m). Accommodation at Shigatse Hotel. (Total cycle: 94 km)

Day-11: Gyachung Monastery
We leave Shigatse and ride over two small passes and through several small Tibetan villages. We will cycle past the isolated Gyachung Monastery and camp. Tents at around 4100m. (Total cycle: 75 km)

Day-12 : Lhatse
The route lead us through picturesque valleys before the long route begins which leads over the Tso-La (4520m). After lunch we head towards Lhatse past the hot springs and camp about 10km outside of town. Accommodation in tents. (Total cycle: 95 km)

Day-13 : Shegar
Today we view the stunning canyon of the 5220m Gyatso-La. On a clear day you will be rewarded for your effort with your first view of Mount Everest.After a 40 km ride through flat prairie towns, you will arrive in the town of Pelbar, often referred to as Shegar. Shegar, is a popular stopover for anyone heading to the Everest region. Today will be a long and grueling ride through the canyon. Overnight accommodation in Hotel Quomolongma. (Total cycle: 75 km)

Day-14 : Pang Pass
Just outside of Shegar, we will divert off the main Lhasa-Kathmandu highway and head towards the world's highest peak, Everest. After passing through the border control point, you will be faced with 20km'sof uphill switchbacks (42 hairpin bends in total!) before you reach the summit of the Pang Pass (5150m). Your reward will be some of the most magnificent views of Everest and her surrounding peaks. Enjoy lunch as you gaze over Makalu (8463m), Shishapangma (8012m), Cho Oyu (8210m), Lhotse (8516m), Everest (8850m) and several other breathtaking peaks. Then a 20-kilometer downhill follows to the Rongbuk Valley (4200m), where we camp. Overnight accommodation in tents. (Total cycle: 67 km)

Day-15 -16 :Rongbuk Monastery
A bumpy road winds up through the Rongbuk valley a slow gradient until the majestic Mount Everest appears before you. We will camp beside the monastery with the unforgettable sight of the 8848m peak in front of your eyes. We will stay here for two days. One your second day, you can either read a book or get even closer to Everest by taking a walk, cycling or hopping on a donkey and cart ride to Everest base camp, which is 8km from the campsite. Overnight accommodation in tents (5150m). (Total cycle: 35 km)

Day-17: Tingri
Leaving Rongbuk, we head back down the bumpy road and then take a "short-cut" into the mountains. Another bumpy trail takes us over a canyon and down into Tingri (4340m). Overnight accommodation in tents. (Total cycle: 86 km)

Day-18 : Lalung Pass
This day begins with a 40 to 50km flat ride before lunch. Then we tackle the gradual incline of the Lalung Pass (4990m). From here you will feel like you are as high as the peaks around you, including Shishapangma (8012m). Overnight accommodation in tents in the valley between two passes. (Total cycle: 77 km)

Day-19: Cross Thang Pass the ultimate downhill
Today, we tackle our last up hill, as we cycle up the incredible Thang Pass to 5050m. You will be treated to breathtaking views of the Himalayan chain as you freewheel the most incredible non stop downhill, all the way to the Nepalese border. You will be treated to breathtaking views of the Himalayan chain as you freewheel down.

From the town of Nyalam you will notice that the scenery starts to turn green again. You will cycle down past countless waterfalls and pine tree lines roads, with waterfalls practically crashing over you, to the border town of Zhangmu (2300m). This will be our last day in Tibet. Overnight accommodation in Zhangmu hotel. (Total cycle: 117 km)

Day-20: Back to Nepal
From Zhangmu we have to pass through customs and into Nepal.

Once you are in the Nepali town of Kodari the downhill continues for the next 50 km along some very bumpy and rocky roads. Suddenly it is tropical and humid and green again as you cycle alongside rice paddies. After you reach the town of Dolalghat you must climb up to Dhulikhel (1600m). Accommodation in Dhulikhel Lodge Resort. (Total cycle: 97km)

Day-21: Bhaktapur and Kathmandu. Free day for shopping, etc
Today you will freewheel down through Bhaktapur where you can stop and see some of the town's famous temples if you wish, before we ride into busy Kathmandu. In the afternoon you can relax, shop or go sightseeing. We will all get together in the evening for a last dinner to celebrate the successful completion of this amazing adventure. (Total cycle: 35 km).

Day-22: Final Departure from Nepal.

End of services
Everest Advanced Base Camp

Proposed Fixed Departure Dates 2016

Trip 01: 14/04 - 05/05/2016

Trip 02: 05/05 - 26/05/2016 - confirmed
Trip 03: 22/05 - 12/06/2016

Trip 04: 12/06 - 03/07/2016

Trip 05: 03/07 - 24/07/2016
Trip 06: 14/07 - 04/08/2016

Trip 07: 04/08 - 25/08/2016
Trip 08: 21/08 - 11/09/2016

Trip 09: 01/09 - 22/09/2016- confirmed
Trip 10: 15/09 - 06/10/2016

Trip 11: 06/10 - 27/10/2016
Trip 12: 20/10 - 07/1½016

Trek above Everst Base Camp

Duration 20 Days
Best time April to October
Sleeping Hotels and Tents

Proposed Fixed Departure Dates

Transporting your Bike to Tibet

You will need to partially dismantle you bike to carry it on cargo on the plane. The bike should be packed into a cardboard box or bike bag. To get it into the box, you will also need to remove the front wheel, seat and post and handle bars.

Type of Mountain Bike
The best mountain bike for trips to Everest base camp - Lhasa to Kathmandu tour - is an All Terrain Mountain Bike with a minimum of 15 gears. It is essential that the bike is serviced before arriving and that all components are checked before departure. Attention should be paid to:-

  • chain, release clamps, tyre and inner tubes should be checked.
  • brakes and cables should be checked, adjusted, and replaced if necessary
  • all wheel spokes should be adjusted
  • gears and cables should be thoroughly checked.
  • all bearings should be greased and checked
  • all nuts and bolts should be tightened and well secured

Dates and Costs

Although we have some open departure dates, most climbs are arranged on a private basis.

For current prices

Advanced everest base camp climb

Price includes
All trekking and travel permits
3 nights hotel in Lhasa with breakfast
1 night hotel staying Gyantse with breakfast
1 night hotel staying Shigatse with breakfast
1 night hotel in Shegar with breakfast
1 night hotel in Zhangmu with breakfast
Local English speaking guide
Private transfers
Support truck for Nepali staff
Yak/Yakmen for the trek
Entrance fees
All camping fees
Border fee
Hotel in Kathmandu (twin sharing, including breakfast).
One full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley (for Kathmandu joining)
All ground transfer as per our itinerary
Full board while camping
Tents and all necessary kitchen utensils
Dinner with Nepalese Cultural program (for Kathmandu joining)
Visa fee for Kathmandu joining, excluding $100 supplement for US Nationals.

Prices excludes
International flights
Required airport taxes
Visa's and vaccinations
Porters tips
Items of clothing, sleeping bags and miscellaneous drinks, etc.
Airport Taxes (see below)
Tibet visa fee for Lhasa Joining
Visa fee supplement of $100 for US Nationals
Extra expenses and/or additional days caused due to unexpected events (delays, porterage because of land slides and other natural events.)

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