Lhasa Kathmandu Bicycle Tour

Lhasa Kathmandu Bicycle Tour - 22 Days

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Tibet," Roof of the world" and protected by the great Himalayan chain to the south and west, and by the even more inhospitable mountains to the north and east, has haunted the ambition of explorers for centuries.The allure is as high as the altitude, and for the adventurous cyclist this land of rugged beauty, vast landscapes, brilliant skies and glittering peaks offers one of the ultimate biking challenges.After some essential time acclimatising around Kathmandu and Lhasa, our route takes us across high altitude desert, over awesome mountain passes, stopping off at Rongbuk Monastery and Base Camp for views of the north face of Everest, before making the 160km, 4600m descent into Nepal and the lush Kathmandu Valley.

Global Holidays Adventure offer you the mountain bike tour the world's longest and steepest descent – a non-stop downhill that begins on the Tibetan Plateau and winds 150 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! It was here on the North Face that Reinhold Messner began his successful solo ascent of Everest in 1980.In recent years much of the route has been surfaced making it perfect for cycling. A tough trip, but for those who venture to the spectacular beauty of Tibet, the sense of achievement is guaranteed.

Trip Facts:

Country: Tibet
Trekking Type: Hotel / Tea House
Max Altitude: 5200 M
Group Size: 04 - 18
Trip Duration: 22 Days
Best Season: Mar - May | Sep - Dec
Trip Grade: Moderate
Transport: Fly in - Drive Out

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu, O/N at Hotel on BB Basis(Kathmandu).
  • Day 02: Kathmandu Sight Seeing Tour, O/N at Hotel with BB Plan.
  • Day 03: Visa and Trip Preperation Day, O/N at Hotel with BB Plan.
  • Day 04: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa (3660 meters), O/N at Hotel.
  • Day 05: Guided city tours in Lhasa (3660 meters), O/N at Hotel.
  • Day 06: Guided City tour around Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery (3660 meters), O/N at Hotel.
  • Day 07: Lhasa to Chusul, 70km, 2/3 Hrs, O/N at Guesthouse.
  • Day 08: Chusul to Nagatse, 105km, 4/5 Hrs, O/N at Tent/ Guesthouse.
  • Day 09: Chusul to Gyantse Dzong, 3850m, 100km, 4/5 Hrs, O/N at tent/Guesthouse.
  • Day 10: Gyantse to Shigatse, 3900m, 94km, 4/5 Hrs, O/N at Tent/ Guesthouse.
  • Day 11: Rest day in Shigatse and visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, 3900m, O/N at Tent/Guesthouse.
  • Day 12: Cycle the passes of Tra La (4050m) and Tsuo La (4520m) to Lhatse, 150km, 5/6 Hrs, O/N at Tent/Guesthouse.
  • Day 13: Lhatse to Shegar(4050m) , 85km,4/5 Hrs, O/N at Tent/ Guesthouse.
  • Day 14: Shegar to Tashi Zom(4400m), 62km, 3/4 Hrs,O/N at Tent/ Guesthouse.
  • Day 15: Tashi Zom to Rongbuk(5000m), 42km, 2/3 Hrs, O/N at Tent/ Guesthouse.
  • Day 16: Day Explore in Rongbuk(5200m), 8km, O/N at Tent/ Guesthouse.
  • Day 17: Rongbuk to Tingri (4350m), 70km, 3/4 Hrs, O/N at Tent/ Guesthouse.
  • Day 18: Tingri to Nyalam(3750m), 75km, 3/4 Hrs, O/N at Tent/ Guesthouse.
  • Day 19: Nyalam to Dhulikhel (1450m), 75km, 3/4 Hrs, O/N at Hotel.
  • Day 20: Dhulikhel to Kathmandu, 20km, 1 Hrs, O/N at Hotel with BB Plan.
  • Day 21: Leisure day in Kathmandu, O/N at Hotel with BB Plan.
  • Day 22: Transfer to Airport for your final departure.
  • [NOTE: The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. The trek can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.]
  • Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu, O/N at Hotel on BB Basis(Kathmandu).
    Welcome to Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan intl. airport Global Holidays Adventure representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. After time to get refreshed, evening you'll meet and transfer for welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu and briefing about your trip.
  • Day 02: Kathmandu Sight Seeing Tour, O/N at Hotel with BB Plan.
    Today after breakfast you will start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites; including the, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' Swayambunath and Buddhists shrine of Bouddhanath which is one of the largest Stupas in the world and Mediavel city Patan.
  • Day 03: Visa and Trip Preperation Day, O/N at Hotel with BB Plan.
    Today, This is day for Visa preperation. Normally it will take two and half days for Urgent visa. Top urgent visa we can take with in one days but it will be little expensive. Today is your trip preperation day.
  • Day 04: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa (3660 meters), O/N at Hotel.
    You will be met at Gonggar 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 3660 meters. It’s advisable to rest and take it easy for the remainder of the day due to Lhasa’s altitude.
  • Day 05: Guided city tours in Lhasa (3660 meters), O/N at Hotel.
    Once you relinquish your delicious breakfast, you straightaway make arrangements for your sightseeing tour. Your experienced guide accompanies you to the famous monasteries of Tibet. On your awe-inspiring visit to Sera Monastery, you are introduced to the important aspects of Buddhism. After lunch, you once again continue exploring Tibetan ancient cultures and civilizations as you pay a visit to Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Jokhang temple provides yet another exciting and educative tour. Wandering around Barkhor Markets is another major highlight of the day. Finally, you head back to your hotel for relaxation and refreshments.
  • Day 06: Guided City tour around Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery (3660 meters), O/N at Hotel.
    Today you get more acquainted with the mystiques of Lhasa. In the morning after breakfast, you will set off to view majestic Potala Palace towering above city of Lhasa. You get to witness unique, pristine and overwhelming array of intricate Tibetan murals, temples, stupas, and tombs of eight past Dalai Lamas from a perfect vantage point. Ancient Tibetan cultures come alive with your every exploration. Later in the noon after lunch, you will visit beautifully landscaped Drepung Monastery. You can observe nuns and monks chanting and performing religious discourses. After this religious journey, you eventually return to your hotel for delicious dinner and well-eared peaceful sleep.
  • Day 07: Lhasa to Chusul, 70km, 2/3 Hrs, O/N at Guesthouse.
    Today is your first day of your cycling, we take to our bikes and cycle out to the Drepung Monastery on the outskirts of Lhasa. The Freedom Highway then leads us away from Lhasa down the Lhasa Valley and to our guesthouse in Chusul.
  • Day 08: Chusul to Nagatse, 105km, 4/5 Hrs, O/N at Tent/ Guesthouse.
    Today After breakfast, those who feel up to it can tackle the 25km climb up to the pass of Kamba La. This tough climb will take 3-4 hours but the views from the prayer-flag-strewn summit at 4794m are spectacular. We then descend to the turquoise Yamdrok Lake where we have lunch, before taking the gentle and scenic road around to the small town of Nagatse.
  • Day 09: Chusul to Gyantse Dzong, 3850m, 100km, 4/5Hrs, O/N tent/Guesthouse.
    Following breakfast, there is the opportunity to tackle the first and (fortunately) 'lowest' of the high passes - the 5045m Karol La. This climb will take approximately 3 hours. The subsequent descent is twice as long and descends over 1000m in altitude to Gyantse in the heart of the Yang Chug Valley. There is plenty to catch the eye here, including the Palcho Monastery and the magnificent Kumbum Stupa - a fantastic tiered structure that is now unique in the Buddhist world. You will also be able to see the beautifully located Gyantse Dzong - where Lt. Col Francis Younghusband made his infamous first stronghold in 1904.
  • Day 10: Gyantse to Shigatse, 3900m, 94km, 4/5 Hrs, O/N at Tent/ Guesthouse.
    Today's ride is a scenic and gentle 94 km across beautiful plains with a dramatic mountain backdrop. After a mid-ride lunch stop, we continue across the plains into Shighatse, Tibet's second largest city and home to the controversial Panchen Lama, whose home is traditionally at the Tashilunpo Monastery.
  • Day 11: Rest day in Shigatse and visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, 3900m, O/N at Tent/Guesthouse.
    Visit the huge Tashilunpo monastery complex. During our time in Shigatse, the necessary permits will be issued for visiting Everest Base Camp.
  • Day 12: Cycle the passes of Tra La (4050m) and Tsuo La (4520m) to Lhatse, 150km, 5/6 Hrs, O/N at Tent/Guesthouse.
    Today Following the Breakfast, A gentle start to the day with rolling terrain across the Shigatse Plains. A gradual but long climb then takes us to the double passes of Tra La (4050m) and Tsuo La (4520m). There is then a fantastic descent which flattens out before we arrive at our guesthouse at Lhatse.
  • Day 13: Lhatse to Shegar(4050m) , 85km,4/5 Hrs, O/N at Tent/ Guesthouse.
    A day to test the legs! We leave Lhatse and ride to the foot of the Gyatso La, before climbing to the summit of the pass at 5248m! This is the highest pass on the Friendship Highway and a steady effort will be needed to conquer it. The sight of Everest looming into view is the reward for attaining the summit, as we gradually approach the Himalayan chain.
  • Day 14: Shegar to Tashi Zom(4400m), 62km, 3/4 Hrs,O/N at Tent/ Guesthouse.
    After the initial smooth tarmac from the door of the hotel, we then turn south and head off-road for the next few days! For the very fittest there is another pass - this time the 5200m Pang La - where we feast on the extensive views of the Himalayas. On a clear day, the sheer scale of the mountain views throughout is unequalled in the world! The descent from the pass is fast and twisty and brings us down in to the Rongbuk Valley and to our overnight stop in Tashi Zom. 90% off-road.
  • Day 15: Tashi Zom to Rongbuk(5000m), 42km, 2/3 Hrs, O/N at Tent/ Guesthouse.
    Cycling on a vehicle width jeep trail today in full view of Everest’s North Face, we approach both the mountain itself and the Rongbuk Monastery. Taking lunch in the airy tranquility here is one of the highlights of the trip. After lunch, we continue the short distance to our overnight accommodation at the Ja-Rongbuk tented camp. The remainder of the afternoon is free to allow for acclimatisation to the lofty (5200m) altitude. The stunning views of Everest, visible from our campsite, hopefully make up for the lack of air.
  • Day 16: Day Explore in Rongbuk(5200m), 8km, O/N at Tent/ Guesthouse.
    After breakfast, we take to our bikes and head slowly up the gravel jeep trail to Everest Base Camp. The route is only 4kms, but the stunning views and thin air mean it might well take 90 minutes! The views from Base Camp are stunning and offer a 360 degree panorama of the high Himalaya to put your photographic skills to the test! After enjoying the ambience of Base Camp, we return to our tented accommodation where our cooks will have prepared another amazing lunch! The afternoon is free to relax and enjoy the incredible surroundings.
  • Day 17: Rongbuk to Tingri (4350m), 70km, 3/4 Hrs, O/N at Tent/ Guesthouse.
    Heading back out of the wide valley, a turn-off takes us over the Nam La pass and along smaller tracks to Tingri, a little town overlooking the sweeping plains. Tingri is bordered by the mighty Himalayas and we will have distant views of Everest, Cho Oyu, as well as the ruins of buildings destroyed in the 18th century Nepalese invasion of Tibet. 100% off-road.
  • Day 18: Tingri to Nyalam(3750m), 75km, 3/4 Hrs, O/N at Tent/ Guesthouse.
    We usually drive to the first of the double passes of Lalung La (4950m) before riding down and up to the Shung La (5200m), the last pass in Tibet. The high-altitude lunch spot here is fantastic with tantalising views of Shishipangma. Lunch is made even more enjoyable for knowing that it is now more than 4000m down to Nepal! We begin our epic descent by thundering down to Nyalam where we will spend our last night in Tibet.
  • Day 19: Nyalam to Dhulikhel (1450m), 75km, 3/4 Hrs, O/N at Hotel.
    Not a high pass to be found today! At Zhangmu we pass through Chinese customs before continuing down to Nepal, crossing the famous Friendship Bridge at Kodari. Please remember to ride on the left in Nepal! From Barabise we transfer to Dhulikhel.
  • Day 20: Dhulikhel to Kathmandu, 20km, 1 Hrs, O/N at Hotel with BB Plan.
    After a fine breakfast we head off through the greenery of the Kathmandu Valley towards our final destination, Kathmandu via the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bhaktapur, where we will have the time to visit the beautiful Durbar square. From here we transfer to our hotel where we pack up the bikes, shower, and prepare for our well-earned farewell celebration dinner.
  • Day 21: Leisure day in Kathmandu, O/N at Hotel with BB Plan.
    Extra day in Kathmandu for relaxing and some shopping , if you are interested in continuing onto Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure, Kathmandu Shopping Tour or Scenic Everest Flight.
  • Day 22: Transfer to Airport for your final departure.
    Global Holidays Representative will transfer you to the Airport for your Final Departure.
  • [NOTE: The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. The trek can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.]
“So What you are Paying For?”
What you are paying for, we would like to explain to you. We are a local company providing world-wide travelers with internationally qualified services. We provide you with the lowest cost possible for fully inclusive trips that have no hidden fees. We guarantee your safety, satisfaction, and long-lasting memories of your experience of Nepal Journey.

Cost Include

  • International & domestic airport transfers as per the itinerary.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu with BB Plan.
  • Internal transport and flight within your Nepal staying as per the itinerary.
  • 3 meals a day during the tour Period (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) as indicated by the itinerary.
  • Accommodation while trekking in twin sharing basis tents or local lodges / guesthouses.
  • Temple and monasteries Entry Permit Fees.
  • Professional Tibetan English speaking tour leader, guide.
  • Sleeping Bag and Duffel bag for during Trekking period.
  • A comprehensive medical kit.
  • All government and local taxes.

Cost Exclude

  • International air fare to/ from Nepal.
  • Entry Visa fees - at present $25 for 15 day, US$ 40 for 30 day, and US$ 100 for three month visa on entry into Nepal.
  • Mountain bike
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Tips and gratitude provided to staff.
  • Bar bills and Personal Expenses.
About Tibet:
Tibet Autonomous Region is located in the southwest of China, with a land area of 1.22 million square kilometers (the second largest region of China). Behind the world's highest mountain range is the mystical land, Tibet. The word ‘Tibet' means heaven, which is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Trivistapa'. Tibet's average heights of over 4,000 m, makes it the world's highest plateau, crowning it as the ‘Roof of the World'.

What is Tibet known for?
Tibet is home to some of the world's tallest mountains, several of them making it to the top ten lists. Furthermore, some of the major rivers of Asia have their source in the Tibetan plateau. With its vast grasslands, high mountains and alpine lakes, Tibet is surely a dream destination for tourists, climbers, trekkers and for adventure travelers.

How can I get Tibet Visa?
Now individual travellers are allowed into the Autonomous Region of Tibet. The Chinese Embassy will issue the visas. Visas can be arranged from Kathmandu (Global Holidays Adventure Pvt. Ltd) easily and we can help you. It is necessary to obtain a travel permit for travel in Tibet. Please carry some passport size photographs plus smaller denomination of US dollars cash for the completions of visa formalities.

This is to notify you for change in the rule of visa applying through chinese embassy for this year 2013 than of previous year. Unlike previous year there won’t be same day visa and visa for individual traveler. We can get visa on normal policy receiving on 4th morning of the applied day; semi-urgent policy receiving on 3rd morning of applied day; and top-urgent policy receiving on 2nd morning of applied day. In case of any emergency to get visa on same day we can manage but you have to pay additional service charge for the emergency assist depending in the situation and feasibility.

Visa Price:
Nationality Normal Semi-Urgent Top-Urgent USA US $ 140 :Us $ 155 Us $ 175 Other Nationality US $50 Us $ 65 Us $ 85 Nepalese Nrs. $2250 Nrs. 3550 Nrs.4000

Visa Day Days Collect Visa Application Distribute Visa
Opening Time Closing Time Opening Time Closing Time Monday-Friday 9:00 AM 2:00 PM 10:00 AM 4:00 AM

By Road: There are five main highways in Tibet, namely:
Sichuan-Tibet Highway – it runs between Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province, and Lhasa. Qinghai-Tibet Highway – it runs between Xining, the capital city of Qinghai, to Lhasa. Yunnan-Tibet Highway – it runs between Yunnan province and Tibet. Xinjiang-Tibet Highway – it runs across boundless deserts, lofty and steep peaks. The China-Nepal Highway – it is the only international highway in Tibet By Air: Flying to Lhasa always requires a stopover in either China or Nepal. Lhasa Gonggar Airport is located about 98 kilometers (about 61 miles) to the south of Lhasa City. The only international flight to and from Tibet is between Lhasa and Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. By Rail: The Gormo to Lhasa railway stretches for 1,142 kilometers (710 miles) and serves as a link between mainland China and Tibet.

Do you have Airport pickup facilities?
Definitely!Global Holidays Adventure Pvt. Ltd provides airport pick up facilities for those customers who have booked private tour for any of our packages. We don't charge any money for the service. But, we won't be able to provide the service for those who wish to join a group. They have to pay extra charge if they want us to arrange the pick-up and drop services.

Can I organize a Tibet visa myself? Can I travel alone in Tibet?
Unfortunately, due to China's very strict tourism policy for Tibet, it is not possible for you to get a visa by yourself and it is not possible to travel Tibet on your own. As an authorized travel company, Global Holidays Adventure Will organize everything; visa, permit to enter and all other paperwork.

So, what red tape do I need to wade through for a Tibet trip?
The red tape for Tibet trips is a pain, no doubt about that. But, it's a pain that we're very used to dealing with. Just get a photocopy of your passport to us three weeks before your arrival and we can sort out the rest.

When is the best time to visit Tibet?
The Tibetan climate is not as harsh as many people imagine it to be. Tibet's climate is favorable to travel from April to the beginning of November, and most ideal in August and September. However, Lhasa's climate is more clement than the rest of Tibet, and is suitable to travel year-round. The sun radiation in Tibet is extremely strong. It's not for nothing that Lhasa is called the Sunlight City. The months of May, June and September are the primary tourist season in eastern Tibet.

What do you suggest to include in clothing list if we travel to Tibet?
We suggest traveler to include casual attire and layered clothing in their packing list. In the day time you may need just T-shirt or cotton shirt (short and long sleeved). Usually a jacket also, but at night you may need a coat because temperature decreases dramatically. Down coat will be very effective if you wish to go further than Lhasa and Shigatse to the remote areas like the Mount Everest Camp or further to Mt.Kailash. Sun glasses, sun blocking cream and lip protector, moisture cream, warm cotton trousers, thermal underwear (top and bottom), warm woolen hat and gloves , sandals , towel , sleeping bag (for camping/trekking) , rain jacket , camera will be very helpful if you include them in your packing list.

What currency do I have to use in Tibet?
The unit of currency is Chinese Yuan. The Bank of China can exchange all foreign currencies. The banks in Tibet/China are closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Travelers Cheques and credit cards are very difficult to be cashed outside the banks especially outside Lhasa.

Are there ATMs counters in Tibet?
ATM facilities are easily available in Lhasa and Shigatse; however, it may be difficult to find one in other smaller towns or in remote places.

What kinds of vehicles are available for getting around Tibet?
In Lhasa, there are many options for getting around, such as taxis, busses, minibuses, pedicabs and jeeps. There are also cars and bikes for rent. In more remote areas, the road conditions are not very well developed, making traveling by taxi and bus difficult if not impossible. In such cases, minibuses and jeeps are the only option.

How bad is Altitude Sickness in Tibet, and what can I do to avoid, or treat it?
Known as the Roof of the World, Tibet is one of the highest places on earth. Due to Tibet's high altitudes, many visitors from low-altitude areas may suffer from altitude sickness. Most people suffer minor effects of altitude sickness only, which include headache, loss of appetite, and a tendency to have no energy until their bodies adjust to the high terrain. This adjustment can take anywhere from a few hours, and in rare cases, a few days. If visitors do some simple preparations before going to Tibet, most of the symptoms of altitude sickness can be avoided. Being healthy and in good shape before you arrive in Tibet will help greatly. It is also recommended that you talk to your local physician about AMS pills to help combat altitude sickness. Once arriving in Tibet, walk slowly and take deep breaths. Your tour guide will be there to offer help and suggestions

What vaccination is recommended to Tibet traveler?
Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Hepatitis B are some of the vaccines advised to all travelers who are planning to visit Tibet. Yellow fever vaccines are recommended for those who are coming from Yellow-fever-infected country like Africa or the Americas otherwise it isn’t required or recommended. But the best would be if you consult your doctor or physician prior planning your tour.

Will there be problems with the language barrier?
Visitors to Tibet do not need to worry about the language barrier at all. Each visitor will have an English-speaking tour guide, and most of the front desk staffs in the big hotels can communicate in English. The main languages used in Tibet are Chinese, Tibetan, English and Nepali. If you are a solo traveler, you will get pretty more people who can speak these languages in Tibet's most popular tourist spots.

What is the electricity supply in Tibet and what plugs are used?

Generally, the electricity supply in Tibet is 220V, 50HZ. If you have a plan in future to travel in Tibet and wish to bring some electrical devices with you for basic use then keep in mind that transformer is very essential. Tibet hotels bathrooms have the access of 220V and 110V electrical devices power. But, in the guest room normally only 220V electrical sockets are available.

Is there internet access in Tibet for foreign traveler?
Definitely there is internet access for foreign traveler in Tibet but only on limited areas like Lhasa, Shigatse, Gyantse and Tsedang where some café provides internet facilities. In addition, hotels in some city like Lhasa and Shigatse also provide internet facility to their customers.

What type and standard of accommodation will I encounter?
In most of the cities and towns, hotels and guest houses are available. Lhasa accommodation ranges from the simple guest houses to five star hotels. Shigatse, Gyantse and Tsedang offers up to three star hotels. Moreover, now few government alliance classical grand hotels are also being operated in the big cities. While in other smaller or remote areas, accommodation is available mainly in guest houses and they are very simple.

Are the streets in Tibet safe?
Generally, it is quiet safe in Tibet. Almost all Tibetans are devout Buddhists who believe that good deeds will gain advantages in their next lives and crimes are also very rare in this region. But tourists need pay attention to dogs that are free to move everywhere. So you need to take care while you are travelling alone in the night time. We strongly recommend foreign traveler not to walk in the night time.

Is it safe to travel in winter time, especially from Tibet to Kathmandu?
The Chinese-Nepal Highway is often blocked by the heavy snow during the winter season. Therefore, it is better not to travel along this route from safety measures also.

What is the time Zone of Tibet?
Despite being the large landscape time zone of all the state of china is measured from Beijing, which is 8 hours ahead of GMT standard time zone. Now, we are clear that Tibetan time is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). And it is 2 hours and 15 minute ahead of Nepalese standard time and 2 hour and 30 minute ahead of Indian standard time.

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