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Tibet Mountain Biking Tour - 21 Days

KATHMANDU - LHASA TO KATHMANDU DOWNHILL CYCLING TOUR

Trip Summary

The worlds longest downhill, ancient Monasteries, Everest Base Camp, Altitude, two mystical cities, make Lhasa to Kathmandu THE worlds most EPIC bike ride.

Description

One of the most remote regions in the world, the cycling pilgrimage from Lhasa, Tibet to Kathmadu, Nepal will, quite possibly, be a 'life changing' journey through time, spirits, scenery and physical demands. Our fully-supported mountain bike tour takes us across the Friendship Highway to the vast 'Roof-Top of the World', Everest Base Camp, the world's longest descent, the highest high and the former home of the Dalai Lama. Starting in Lhasa at 11,300 feet, we traverse 1,000 kilometers over six panoramic passes exceeding 14,500 feet, finishing in the Kathmandu Valley where the oxygen is rich and the lands fertile. Depending upon your individual tastes and strengths, we'll cycle 14 full days and 2 half-days averaging 55 km/day. Support vehicles are available for more or less riding. The terrain is 5% tarmac road, 95% non-technical off-road and 100% adventure! Undoubtedly, this is the EPIC BIKE JOURNEY of the world! Nothing in the Alps, nothing in the Pyrenees, nothing in the world even compares.

This expedition is for adventurous cyclists wishing to immerse themselves in the rawness of this vast plateau and the spirit of local Tibetans at a deeper level. We visit the significant monasteries giving rise to Buddhism and come to understand the deep connection between Tibetan culture, religion and the inaccessibility of their homeland. Check out our day-to-day itinerary and join us for our annual pilgrimage to a sacred land you'll never forget. 

Itinerary

Day 01: ARRIVAL KATHMANDU
Arrive in Kathmandu. Our staff will pick you at the airport and transfer you to Hotel
Day 02: SIGHTSEEING IN KATHMANDU
Our first full day in Nepal will be spent seeing sights throughout the wondrous city of Kathmandu. Attractions range from bustling markets to Kathmandu's ancient Durbar Square. This square is home to many beautiful Temples. In the afternoon we will visit the amazing temples in Patan's Durbar Square. Lastly, we will also experience Buddhist culture at the large Buddhist stupa at Swayambhunath. Swayambhunath is often referred to as the monkey temple because of the large numbers of monkeys that now reside there.
Day 03: FLIGHT TO LHASA
After flying a long time to Nepal I am sure you dread another day of flying. However, this remarkable flight last only an hour while crossing the Himalayan range. As you may expect the striking mountain views surround you the entire time. Once you arrive at Gonggar airport, an easy two hour drive will take you to your final destination of the traditional Dhood Gu Hotel. The remainder of the day can be spent relaxing and exploring some of the many sights in Lhasa.
Day 04: IN LHASA
Haven't you always dreamed of visiting the ancient Tibetan monasteries? Our knowledgeable English speaking guide will show you everything there is to see in some of these renowned sights. First off we will explore the beautifully preserved Sera Monastery. Many of the pictures you see of Tibet are of these buildings with their white washed walls and golden roofs. To this day several hundred monks live and study in this architecture. The afternoon will be spent exploring the Jokhang temple and Norbulingka. The Norbunglinka is another astounding piece of architecture and was once the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Jokhang Temple will provide you one of your first sights of devout Tibetans, as hundreds visit this sacred shrine each day. The central market of Lhasa, the Barkor, surrounds the Jokhang Temple. In these cobbled streets you can experience more Tibetan culture and even purchase some amazing crafts.
Day 05: FURTHER EXPLORATION OF LHASA
To explore some of the ancient quarters of the Dalai Lama we will visit Potala Palace in the morning. Be prepared for astonishment as this grand palace has been around since before the 17th century. It is a vast building with much to explore. Those who wish to do so can ride their bikes around the city for the first time.
Day 06: LHASA OUR FIRST DAY ON THE BIKE
Our sixth day will be another easy one as we cruise around Lhasa on our bikes. Both the Sera and Drepung Monastery will be visited for another taste of Tibetan culture. . To add even more history and culture we will also visit Drepung Monastery. Once home to over 10,000 monks, the Drepung Monastery is still a beautiful sight to see. Miraculously it was one of the few sights to escape the Cultural revolution without widespread damage.
Day 07: LHASA - CHUTSU
Our life changing journey officially begins today as we pack up the trucks and prepare for departure. It is essential that we take only what we need with us. Our first stage to Chutsu is fairly level and easy. We will ease you into the journey so it is even more enjoyable for you.
Day 08: CHUTSU - NAMDROK TSO
Our first major pass is encountered today as we cross Khamba La. We will take the pass slow and even hop in the trucks if necessary as we are all not acclimatized yet. The views form the pass stretch out for miles and miles. We are able to see numerous rivers and the turquoise waters of Namdrok Lake. The night will be spent at a campsite below the lake after descending the pass.
Day 09: NAMDROK TSO - RALUNG
Our first stop after leaving the campsite takes us to the small town of Nagartse. We will visit the highly revered Samding Monastery. Many Tibetans believe that this monastery is the home of the earthly incarnation of the goddess Dorje Pagmo. After Nagartse we climb our second major pass, Karo La. It is an awe-inspiring site the see the massive glaciers rising nearly straight up from the road. Our night will be spent below the pass in the small village of Ralung.
Day 10: RALUNG - GYANTSE
This is another fairly easy day as we cruise downhill to Gyantse. While in Gyantse we will visit man historic sites. The sites range from ancient military forts to beautiful monasteries. The Kumbum monastery, a large gold roofed stupa, has much to explore in its intricate buildings. Even if you are not an art connoisseur you will appreciate the wondrous murals to be found in this monastery. We will spend the night in the Gyantse hotel. Relax and enjoy the hot showers!
Day 11: GYANTSE - SHIGATSE
Our destination, shigatse is 94 kilometers away. If we want to reach it by nightfall we must rget in our back up vehicles. Don't worry though; all of the beautiful sections of this stretch will be viewed on bicycle. After finally reaching Shigatse we will spend the night in one of two first rate hotels.
Day 12: SIGHTSEEING AND REST IN SHIGATSE
Today will be spent exploring Tibet's second largest city! There is much to see in this town, but the highlight for most is our visit to the Tashi Lhumpo Monastery. High walls surround this intricate maze of shrines, prayer wheels, rock inscriptions, and Tibetan pilgrims. Excellent views are seen once again from the top of the Shigatse fortes. Once again we will spend the night at one of two first rate hotels in Shigatse.
Day 13: SHIGATSE - TSO LA
Today we head towards our third major pass, Tso La. We must ride for nearly 115 kilometers before we reach our final campsite before the pass.
Day 14: TSO LA - LHATSE
From this challenging pass we are rewarded with our first views of Everest in the distance. The night will be spent in the small town of Lhatse.
Day 15: LHATSE - SHEGAR
On our fifteenth day we cross yet another pass, Gyamtso La. Our night will be spent in Shegar, only a few kilometers away from the main road and our pat to Rongbuk valley.
Day 16: SHEGAR -TINGRI
Our goal today is to bike ten kilometers off the main road to the Pang La pass and ascend this pass before nightfall. We will spend the night is a small settlement on the south side of the pass. Along the way, wondrous views of Makalu, Everest and numerous other peaks can be seen.
Day 17: TINGRI - THANG LA
Today we cycle towards our last and highest pass of the trip, Thang La. We must make camp before this daunting pass.
Day 18: NEGOTIATING THANG LA
Today is another challenging day as cross this amazing pass. We are all in excellent shape by now. However, it is still a feat to climb this high pass. Camp is made in a campsite below Shishapangma.
Day 19: THANG LA - CAMPSITE IN NEPAL
Finally we are able to cruise nearly 4600 meters downhill! What an adrenaline rush today is as we head towards the Nepal border. Our easy ride down is complimented with beautiful scenery along the way. After going through the border we set up camp in Nepal.
Day 20: CAMPSITE - KATHMANDU
Our last day is a long yet easy ride as we cycle to Kathmandu. A bittersweet last night is spent in the Hotel Hotel Manang in Kathmandu.
Day 21: In Details
FINAL DEPARTURE
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