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Lhasa to Kathmandu (Tibet) Guided Cycling Holiday
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Tour Summary


Ultimate mountain bike holiday across Tibet

“This tour is ideal for those looking to complete one of the world’s highest mountain bike traverses.”

· Hugely rewarding Tibetan cycling journey
· Sunset on Everest from Rongbuk
· Worlds longest bike descent from Tibet into Nepal
· Bike across the Pang La with fine views of the Himalaya

10 nights hotels and lodges, 11 nights camping, 16 days biking, Ride distance 1150 km (720 miles), 90% tarmac – 10% dirt road – 100% vehicle supported, Max altitude 5220 metres. Join in Kathmandu, Meal Plan: All meals included

Tour Introduction


This classic mountain biking holiday from Lhasa to Kathmandu, is a long and demanding cycle ride on sometimes rough and ever changing roads across Tibet to Nepal. To make this cycling trip extra special, we have incorporated a trip away from the main highway, to bike to Everest Basecamp and the Rongbuk Monastery.

Flying to Lhasa via a brief stay in Kathmandu, 3 essential nights are then spent getting used to the 3660 metre altitude. There is much to see in the days spent in and around the capital of Tibet, including the stunning Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and the colourful Tibetan markets.

We can also accompany devout pilgrims on the circuit known as the Barkor, which circles the Jokhang. A couple of short, easy bike rides around Lhasa assists with the group’s acclimatisation and allows us to visit some of the many interesting temples and religious sites, such as the Sera Monastery which lies just a short distance outside the city.

Setting off on our epic journey, there are 6 major passes to be cycled on the main Lhasa to Kathmandu route as it runs westwards, parallel to the Great Himalaya Chain which forms the border with the territories of Bhutan, Sikkim and Nepal to the South. Throughout this trip, the biking group will have full vehicle support and there may be times when all but the super fit need their bikes to be transported to the top of the next pass to enable us to keep to our ambitious schedule.

The road traverses a high and dry plateau-land, which is punctuated by the unforgettable monastery towns of Gyantse, Shigatse and Shegar, as well as by several smaller settlements and nomadic Drogpa camps.

On the detour away from the main route towards the Rongbuk Monastery, the route climbs through many hairpin bends to reach the Pang La, which affords breathtaking first views of all the Himalayan peaks including the awesome Mount Everest.

We will spend 2 nights at Rongbuk Monastery close to Everest Basecamp before biking an alternative route, via the Lamma La, back to the Kathmandu highway. Back on the main route, we reach the edge of the Tibetan Plateau as we cycle across the double pass of the Lalung La and then Thang La. Now begins a mind-blowing bike descent of 4600 metres via the border town of Zangmu to the verdant valley of the Bhote Kosi River in Nepal.

We spend a relaxing evening at the wonderful Borderlands on the banks of the Bhote Kosi, before a final climb up to the superbly situated town of Dhulikel on the edge of the Kathmandu Valley.

Day-by-Day Cycling Holiday Itinerary


Day 1: Arrive into Kathmandu

Rendezvous at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Airport transfers are provided. Package services begin with the evening meal.

Day 2: Free day in Kathmandu.

A free day in Kathmandu. Optional guided sightseeing tour of the city’s main attractions, which include colourful Buddhist shrines and Hindu temples. We spend a second night at our Kathmandu hotel.

Day 3: Fly to Lhasa

We return to Kathmandu Airport and take the spectacular flight to Lhasa, which takes us over the Himalaya and Mount Everest. We meet our Tibetan hosts and transfer to the group hotel in Lhasa.

Day 4: Lhasa Potala Palace

An acclimatisation and sightseeing day in Lhasa, to include a leisurely exploration of the 7th Century Jokhang Temple and a visit to the magnificent Potala Palace.

Day 5: Sera Monastery Ride

An easy ride out to the Sera Monastery is the perfect way to aid the acclimatisation process. Returning to our hotel, the afternoon can be spent souvenir shopping or relaxing in a cafe in the Barkor.

Day 6: To the foot of the Khamba La

Starting out on our epic ride, we ride the relatively level and straightforward stage on newly-laid tarmac, to the bottom of the Khamba La. We set up our first camp at the foot of the pass.

Ride distance 85 km (53 miles).

Day 7: To Nakartse

Today we cross the first of 6 major passes, the Khamba La (4794m). At this stage of the holiday, the 1000 metres ascent is a real challenge. Great views of Yamdrok Lake, before dropping down to a lovely campsite before the village of Nakartse.

Ride distance 75 km (47 miles).

Day 8: Ride to Kora La

Next up is the Karo La (5050m) with glaciers descending to the roadside. Descending from the pass, through a wonderful valley and by way of a series of villages, we camp beneath the Simi La.

Ride distance 68 km (43 miles).

Day 9: Ride to Simi La

After an easy-angled climb to the Simi La, we enjoy a mostly downhill stage to Gyantse. Here, we check in at our hotel and have the afternoon free to explore the temple complex of the Kumbum.

Ride distance 50 km (31 miles).

Day 10: Ride to Shigatse

We have a flat and fast morning’s ride to Shigatse, where we check in at our hotel and have the afternoon free to explore the amazing Tashilhunpo Monastery and the local market.

Ride distance 95 km (59 miles).

Day 11: Rest day in Shigatse.

We spend a rest day at Shigatse, which gives us time to explore the fantastic Tashilhunpo Monastery. We spend a second night at our Shigatse hotel.

Day 12: Tso La

A gradual climb today, as we approach the distant Tso La. A late lunch is taken at a pleasant site besides the Ra Chu River and we set up camp at 4290 metres before the pass.

Ride distance 106 km (66 miles).

Day 13: Ride to Tso La.

Today, we climb to the top of the Tso La (4500m) for spectacular views of the main Himalaya Range. Onwards to Lhatse and then a steady climb to a camp before the Gyamtso La.

Ride distance 85 km (53 miles).

Day 14: To the Gyamtso La.

Another tough climb to the high point of our route at the Gyamtso La (5220m). We get our first views of Everest, as we descend to Shegar and turn south to camp beyond Chay Village.

Ride distance 82 km (51 miles).

Day 15: Head towards Everest

Heading now towards Everest, we make the tough ascent to the Pang La (5150m) where the views of the Himalaya, including Mount Everest, are simply outstanding. We then have a great dirt road descent to our camp near Choesang.

Ride distance 59 km (37 miles).

Day 16: Rongbuk Monastery

We have a relatively steady morning’s ride to the Rongbuk Monastery where we set up our highest camp of the holiday (5000m) with stunning views of Everest. After lunch there is the option to make the return ride up to Everest Basecamp. Ride distance without the basecamp

Ride 24 km (15 miles).

Day 17: Friendship Highway

We have an early start for those wanting to ride the whole of the route back to the main road via the Lamma La. Finally reaching the Friendhip Highway, we bike through Tingri to our camp beside the Tsamda hot springs.

Ride distance 90 km (56 miles).

Day 18: Views of Everest.

Great views of Everest and Cho Oyu as we bike across the plateau to our idyllic camp, with green grass and a crystal clear stream, below the Lalung La.

Ride distance 55 km (34 miles).

Day 19: Thang La

Two more high passes to cross today, including the Thang La (5132m), with great views of Shishapangma. Then we commence our mega-descent towards Nepal, stopping off just beyond Nyalam, where we camp.

Ride distance 87 km (54 miles).

Day 20: Zangmu

Today is a massive and seemingly endless descent on switchbacks, crossing into Nepal at Zangmu and then ever downwards to the Borderlands Resort beside the Bhote Khosi River.

Ride distance 58 km (36 miles).

Day 21: Kathmandu Valley

A bit more downhill, then a final, long drag up to Dhulikhel on the rim of the Kathmandu Valley. At least there is no shortage of oxygen down here! After a final short descent to our hotel in Kathmandu, the celebrations at the end of an epic ride can begin.

Ride distance 110 km (68 miles).

Day 22: Return to Kathmandu Airport

Package services end after breakfast. Kathmandu Airport transfers are provided.

Altitude

This holiday involves going to very high altitude.

During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above.

This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully.

Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.

Map & Route Information

Is this holiday for you?

The Lhasa to Kathmandu ride can fairly claim to be the highest mountain biking in the world. It is an all-time classic biking adventure, best suited to mountain bikes fitted with semi-slick tyres. Hard-tail mountain bikes, especially 29’ers, work well on this route.

The importance of 3 days, spent gently sightseeing around Lhasa cannot be over emphasised, as proper acclimatisation is vital to anyone hoping to complete this route.

Our journey from Lhasa to Kathmandu crosses some very remote country and for 80% of the ride we are on the Tibetan Plateau, at an altitude of between 4000 and 5220 metres.

Biking on the main Lhasa to Kathmandu road is fairly straightforward; it is all tarmac and continues to be improved by the Chinese. However, the altitude does make the riding a strenuous undertaking.

Throughout the route, we will have the support of a back-up vehicle, and anyone who is not feeling up to riding a particular stage has the option to get in the support vehicle.

On our ride into Everest Basecamp, we will encounter rough corrugated dirt tracks and there will be a chance to get off road using the small herders’ paths which short-cut many of the switchback descents and climbs.

This is one of our toughest biking adventures and will provide a real sustained workout. Constant long days, lots of climbing and usually in very remote locations.

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Holiday Overview

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What’s Included?

• An experienced professional local bike guide and for larger groups an additional Western biking leader
• Kathmandu Airport transfers
• Internal flights and all land transport involved in the itinerary
• Support vehicles and drivers throughout the journey from Lhasa to Kathmandu
• All accommodation as described
• All meals
• 11 nights full service camping with food and all equipment (not personal equipment)
• Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu and in Lhasa

What’s Not Included.

• Travel Insurance
• Nepalese and Chinese visas
• Tips for local bike guide and support crew
• Miscellaneous expenses – drinks and souvenirs etc. Bike Carriage on the flights – please check with your carrier for charges

Meal Plan.

All meals are included in the trip price from dinner on Day 1 through to breakfast on Day 21.

Accommodation

During this trip the group will spend 3 nights in Kathmandu at a centrally located tourist-class hotel. We will also spend 3 nights in hotel accommodation in Lhasa.

En-route between Lhasa and Kathmandu we have 14 nights when we will either be camping or staying in basic hotels and lodges.

All accommodation is arranged on a twin-sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex.

It is possible to hire a single tent for this trip at an additional cost – PLEASE NOTE single tent hire does not include single rooms in hotels.

Depending on availability, it may be possible to book a single room for your nights in Kathmandu and Tibet.

Semi-Slick Adventure

The Lhasa to Kathmandu ride can fairly claim to be the highest mountain biking in the world. It is an all-time classic biking adventure, best suited to mountain bikes fitted with semi-slick tyres. Hard-tail mountain bikes, especially 29’ers, work well on this route.

The importance of 3 days, spent gently sightseeing around Lhasa cannot be over emphasised, as proper acclimatisation is vital to anyone hoping to complete this route. Our journey from Lhasa to Kathmandu crosses some very remote country and for 80% of the ride we are on the Tibetan Plateau, at an altitude of between 4000 and 5220 metres. Biking on the main Lhasa to Kathmandu road is fairly straightforward; it is all tarmac and continues to be improved by the Chinese.

However, the altitude does make the riding a strenuous undertaking. Throughout the route, we will have the support of a back-up vehicle, and anyone who is not feeling up to riding a particular stage has the option to get in the support vehicle. On our ride into Everest Basecamp, we will encounter rough corrugated dirt tracks and there will be a chance to get off road using the small herders’ paths which short-cut many of the switchback descents and climbs.

This is one of our toughest biking adventures and will provide a real sustained workout. Constant long days, lots of climbing and usually in very remote locations. Bike hire available locally.

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Lhasa to Kathmandu, 23 days, 22 nights
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