Lhasa to Kathmandu, Biking, 20 Days
LHASA – CHUSHOLI - KHAMBALA PASS – YAMDROK LAKE – KAROLA PASS – GYANTSE – SHIGATSE – TSOLA PASS – GYATSOLA PASS – PANGLA PASS – TASHIZOM – RONGBUK – TSAMDA HOTSPRING – LALUNG – NYALAM – NEPAL BORDER
HIGHEST POINT: Gyatso La (5220m)
TRIP GRADE: -8- (10 being the most adventurous and 1 being
TOTAL LENGTH: Approximately 945km
Day 01; Flight to Lhasa 3640m
You will be transferred to the airport for a flight to Lhasa. 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 Lhasa Gonggar airport, an easy one hour drive
will take you to your destined final destination of the traditional Hotel
(60km). Remainder of the day can be spent relaxing and exploring some
of the many sights in Lhasa O/N Hotel.
Day 02; in Lhasa
Haven’t you always dreamt of visiting the ancient Tibetan monasteries?
Our knowledgeable English speaking guide will show you everything
there to see in some of these renowned sights. In the morning we will be
spending our time 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. Afternoon 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. O/N Hotel.
Day 03; 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 O/N Hotel.
Day 04; Lhasa, our first day on bike.
Our fourth 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. O/N Hotel.
Day 05; Lhasa to Chushol 3994m, 65km.
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 Chushol is fairly level and easy. We will ease
you into the journey so it is even more enjoyable for you O/N Camp.
Day 06; Chushol to Yamdrok Lake 70km (4360m).
Our first major pass is encountered today as we cross Khamba La 4970m
and there are 23km from bottom to top. 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. O/N
Day 07; Yamdrok to Karola pass (5010m) 67km.
Biking from Yamdrok Lake to Karola pass, which is our camp near the Mt.
Nye Jing Kang Sang, because we will see the very nice view of the
glacier, which is completely snow covered. O/N Camp.
Day 08; Karola to Gyangtse 69km (3950) via Simela pass (4500m)
This is another fairly easy day as we cruise down hill 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 hotel. Relax and
enjoy the hot showers O/N Hotel.
Day 09; Gyangtse to Shigatse 94km (3800m)
Our destination, shigatse is 94 kilometers away. If we want to reach it
before nightfall we must get in our back up vehicles. Dont 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 Gang Gyen hotel or
similer. O/N Hotel.
Day 10; 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 Lhunpo
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 Gang Gyen hotel or similer. O/N Hotel.
Day 11; Shigatse to Tsola pass 75km (4200m)
Today we head towards our third major pass, Tso La (4657m). We must
ride for 75 kilometers before we reach our final campsite before the pass.
Day 12; Cycling from bottom of Tsola to Gyatso la pass (5220m) via Lhatse town
90km and we will set up camp at (4660m) before the highest pass
Gyatsola. O/N Camp. (Sakya monastery if group need off road and visit
Day 13; Gyatsola pass to bottom of the Pangla pass 67km (5150m)
On our thirteenth day we cross yet another pass, Gyatso La (5220m) and
there are 24km from bottom to the top. Our night will be spent at just
before the Everest check post, only a few kilometers away from the main
road and our path to Rongbuk valley. O/N Camp.
Day 14; Pangla pass to Tashizom 50km (4650m)
Today we must climb a steep 18km to get the top from our campside. We
will spend the night in a small settlement on the south side of the
Tashizom villige. Along the way, wondrous views of Makalu, Everest and
numerous other peaks can be seen from the top. O/N Camp.
Day 15; Tashizom to Rongbuk 38km (5100m)
Our route splits off to the south as we encounter Phadruchi, a decently
sized town after the pass. The majority of today's ride is on flat land as we
head towards Rongbuk. However, we must climb a steep 10 kilometers
before we reach Rongbuk Monastery. It is such a relief to see Everest
come into view as we end this long day. O.N Camp.
Day 16; Rest and exploration day at Rongbuk
Today is a much needed rest and sightseeing day in Rongbuk. We will
explore the numerous destroyed and revitalized monasteries which
inhabit this high altitude area. What a historic and moving sight they are!
The Everest base camp lies only 8km from Rongbuk monastery. O.N
Day 17; Rongbuk to Tsamda Hotspring 85km (4500m)
Today is an amazing today as we cycle to Tsamda via Old Tingri and end
our day with a dip in the natural hot springs. It is a quiet yet beautiful
countryside. O/N Camp.
Day 18; Tsamda hotspring to between Thongla and Lalungla pass 76km (4750m)
Today we cycle towards our last and one of the highest pass of the trip,
Thong La, and we will camp at Lalung. O/N Camp.
Day 19; Lalung to Nyalam 70km (3740m)
Today is another challenging day as we cross this amazing pass Lalungla
(5150m)there are only 7km to the top. We are all in excellent shape by
now. But from that top to Nepal is one of the longest down hill in the world
and we will camp just after the Nyalam. O/N Gusthouse or Hotel.
Day 20; Nyalam to Border 27km.
Finally we are able to cruise nearly 4600 meters downhill! What an
adrenaline rush as today 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.
Tour Price includes:
- Entrance fees
- All transportations
- A truck/ land cruiser (support vehicle)
- Hotel accommodation in Lhasa, Shigatse and Gyangtse
- Everest national park fees
- Cook and full meals during the camp
- Camping equipments.
Tour cost excludes:
- All personal expenses
- Photography charges (while taking pictures inside monastery)
- Medical expenses, Evacuation etc,
- Food in hotels
BIKE HIRE: We hire Hard Tail GIANT ATX pro bikes of different sizes Bike hire cost: Per day US$ 10
Grade: (Strenuous) [ Explain ]
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|Easy trekking by Himalayan standards is generally up to 2000m. There are plenty of ups and downs on well-maintained trails. This type of trip is best suited for those who lead a reasonably active life. The trek takes about 3 to 7 days, walking about 4 to 5 hours a day.|
|This involves longer treks (five to ten days) on maintained trails. This type of trek includes day excursions to higher elevations, for which it's advisable to have some previous hill- walking experience. On these treks, we generally achieve an altitude between 900m to 3000m.|
(Moderate to strenuous)
|A reasonably demanding trek at an altitude up to 4000m with side trips to higher elevations. The trails are sometimes uncharted and away from inhabited areas.|
|These treks must be fully supported. We climb to altitudes between 3500 and 5000m. & there are overnight stays at altitudes above 4000m. For this trek, trekkers should be fit & enthusiastic hill walkers prepared to tackle difficult terrain in remote areas.|
|This trek is best described as Alpine, and suitable is suitable for those in excellent health, capable of carrying a backpack, when required. The trek covers very remote areas, traveling over snow-covered passes at an altitudes of up to 6500m. You will need to axes and crampons. No strenuous trek should be undertaken without medical clearance.|
|Basic||Ideal for backpackers, students, travellers, very basic accomodation 1 * or none*, group travel in bus.|
|Standard||Nice ** to*** star hotel ideal for the normal traveller family, couples, hotels are clean and monitored by our company, breakfast usually included. Travels are in van or 4 seater jeep.|
|Superior||**** to ***** star Hotels with all possible international comfort, where available SAT TV. SPA etc. brekfast included for the traveller who wants to be spoiled , travelling in privat car, Jeep.|
There will be a cancellation fee of 25% for any cancellation three weeks prior to Tour departure date, 50% two weeks prior to Tour departure date and no refund thereafter. No refund for no shows & delay arrivals whatsoever reason.