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Lhasa to Kathmandu Biking Tour is a standout amongst the most well known and favored visits by the riders from Tibet. Since you would need to remain in Lhasa for 2 days, get acclimated with its high elevation. Here you can visit a ton of spots including the world acclaim Potala Palace, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple, and numerous other prevalent castles cloisters. At that point you would need to set up your Bike and drive towards Shigatse through the peaceful Yamdrok Lake and age-old Gyantse. After you have seen the Tashilhunpo cloister, the seat to Panchen Lama, drive southwards along the Friendship Highway, and achieve the world’s most elevated mountain top, the Mount Everest, by means of Lhatse and Tingri. There you will have the chance to observe the glorious dusk and look the staggering sky above Mt. Everest. From that point forward, proceed with your adventure towards the south and in transit, you will discover Mt. Shisha Pangma, the crest with 8012 meters of elevation. At long last, land at the Gyirong town to traverse the Border connect, otherwise called the Friendship Bridge. It is in Kathmandu that the visit finishes. To finish up, this visit covers a variety of tremendous views, the magnificent lakes, fantastic icy masses, snow-secured mountains, streaming streams, lavish green woods, antiquated urban areas and religious communities, little towns, excellent gullies, and different other normal and conventional scenes. With such a great amount to understanding, this is unquestionably going to be an astonishing bicycle visit!
3 Hours Before Flight Time
When you arrive in Lhasa, our staff will pick you up at Lhasa Airport/ Railway and transfer you to the hotel. From the airport, it takes about 1.5 hours. From the train station, it only takes 20 minutes. Afterward, it’s best to relax and take it easy on the first day to get acclimatized to high altitude and alleviate the jet lag. You might go to the local market and wander around the city on your own but try not to overtax yourself.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
In the morning our guide will meet you at the hotel and take you to visit the famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture, it was first built by 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century and rebuilt it later in the 17th century by 5th Dalai Lama, now it is a museum and world heritage site.
In the afternoon, we will go to visit Jokhang Temple in the center of the old Lhasa city. Jokhang Temple is one of the most sacred temples in all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since from early days. After that you will take a walk around the Barkhor street which is the one of the most devotional circuit as well as a crowded central market of Lhasa, Barkhor Street is located in the old area of Lhasa City Tibet, it is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple and the locals are always proud of it. As a symbol of Lhasa, it is also a must-see place for visitors.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
After breakfast, our tour guide will first take you to visit Drepung Monastery which is the world’s largest monastery that housed for over 10,000 monks; it was the resident of the Dalai Lama. After lunch, you will continue to visit the Sera Monastery which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa’s disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most attractive thing of Sera Monastery is the Buddhist Scriptures debating held in the courtyard between 15:00 – 17:00 from Monday to Saturday.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
The fourth day commences our journey towards the Everest Base Camp. The first leg of the tour will be between Lhasa and Kamba La Pass. On both sides of the road, we will surely see awesome sceneries. We will see fantastic views of the rural parts of Tibet. We will likewise see the lovely Tsangpo River along the foot of the Kamba La Pass (3,700m). At Kamba La Pass, we will camp overnight.
This 55-km ride offers an awesome view of the idyllic countryside of Tibet. The first part of the route requires us to surmount the primary mountain pass of Kamba La Pass, which includes a strong uphill climb on a tar road replete with intermittent turns and hairpin bends. Reaching the summit of this route is comparable to surmounting a great hurdle, and the reward is a fantastic view of the Yamdrok Valley. Afterwards, we will descend to the banks of the Yamdrok Tso Lake, the largest fresh water lake along the Tibetan Plateau. This lake is considered as one of the three holy lakes of Tibet. Here, at the bank of the lake, we will camp for an overnight stay.
This stage of the biking tour is definitely significant because we will see along the way the famous glaciers that stretch down from 6 thousand meters above. This part of the tour also requires enough stamina to surmount the arduous road to Karo La Pass (5,010 m). You will surely enjoy the majestic view of the glaciers at the Karo La Pass. There, we will stay overnight at a hotel.
After breakfast, we will leave early for Gyantse. The route to Gyantse requires us to move around the lake via the Friendship Highway. The flat paved road from Karo La Pass will soon give way to gravel road. We will pass by ravines and many villages before arriving at Gyantse. There, we will stay overnight at a hotel.
After reinvigorating ourselves with a goodnight sleep in a hotel, we can visit some of the significant sites of Gyantse. Soon after, we will be moving to Shigatse—the second largest city of Tibet. The road to Shigatse is a 94-km stretch. This road stretch is tarred and flat. We will be reaching Shigatse by afternoon. At Shigatse (3,860 m), we will be billeted to a hotel to relax and freshen up after a grueling biking trip.
After breakfast and sightseeing, we will once again hit the road and pedal towards Gyachung Monastery. The route to Gyachung requires us to drive through two small passes and across several Tibetan villages. The scene along the way is surely idyllic until we reach the Gyachung Monastery wherein we are going to stay overnight.
After breakfast and a short rest, we will be off to a 95-km ride to Lhatse. Here, we will slither along the winding roads like tiny dots of pilgrims as we move along the great valleys towards Tso-La which is 4520 meters above sea level. There, we will rest and have our lunch. Afterwards, we will pass the hot springs and camp at a place 10-kilometers away from the town of Lhatse.
The route to Shegar is replete with mesmerizing views of the countryside. Moreover, along the way, we will be rewarded with the first great view of Mount Everest. This route ends at Shegar, also known as Pelbar. Shegar is a very popular stopover for those who are heading to the Everest Base Camp. At Shegar, we will pitch our camp for an overnight stay.
The 13th day is marked by tough ride on rough road conditions. From the flat highway going to Shegar, we will move on to winding rough roads outside of Shegar in our quest for the EBC. We will pass by the Border Check Point and will eventually tackle a rigorous 20-km uphill climb filled with treacherous bends to reach the Pang Pass’ summit at 5,150 meters above sea level. There is a total of 42 hairpin bends along the way. The end of this route, however, offers a very rewarding view of the magnificent Mount Everest and the surrounding peaks like those of Shishapangma (8012m), Makalu (8,463m), and Lhotse (8,516m). Afterwards, we will brace ourselves for a 20-km downhill ride to the Rongbuk Valley at 4,200 meters below sea level. There at that valley, we will camp overnight.
Here, at the Rongbuk Valley, we will get the chance to visit the Rongbuk Monastery. From here, we can readily sense that we are nearing the Everest Base Camp. The Rongbuk Monastery is famous for being the highest monastery in the world. It is located around 16,349 feet above sea level. From this monastery, you can have a dramatic glimpse of the northern face of the majestic Mt. Everest. There is a restaurant adjacent to the monastery wherein you can dine. Near the Rongbuk Monastery, you can spend the whole day whiling away your time, cycling or trekking to the EBC. The Campsite is only 8 kilometers away. Once again, we will stay overnight at the Rongbuk Monastery.
You are free to enjoy on the second day by doing what you enjoy. It can be anything, reading something or just taking a walk on Everest. You can even choose to do cycling or go for a cart ride to the Everest Base camp, whichever way you want to explore Everest.
Stay overnight in tents in Rongbuk Monastery.
Well, it’s now the time to leave Rongbuk and ride into the bumby road. Ride back down into the bouncy road and thereafter, opt for a shortcut into the mountains only to reach another bouncy trail that takes you down to Tingri at 4340.
Enjoy an overnight stay in Tingri.
Today we will start with a flat ride of about 40 to 50 km before lunch. After the lunch, we will start with the challenge of the increasing inclination of the Lalung Pass at 4990m. This will give you a feeling of being high as the peaks surrounding you, including Shishapangma at 8012m.
Today we will establish our tents between the two passes in the valley.
Stay in Camp
This is the day when we will be tackling our very last up hill, as we go up towards the phenomenal Thang Pass to 5050m. From there, you will start going downhill enjoying the stunning sights of the vivacious chain of Himalaya. As you reach the Nyalam town, you will start noticing the greenery again. Ride down past innumerable waterfalls and various pine trees line roads, towards the border town of Gyirong at 2300m. It would be your last day in Tibet.
Enjoy an overnight stay in Gyirong.
Tour guide will assist clients to exit China. And see clients off at Gyirong border. Transfer from Gyirong to Kathmandu, it’s 250 US$ per car, does not included in Package, need pay extra if clients request. Or you can take a bus to Kathmandu, about 40 US$ depending on your negotiation with the driver.