Mountain Bike Tour starting from the roof of the World Tibet to beautiful country Nepal is obviously exciting and adventurous. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition makes arrangement for Lhasa to Kathmandu Mountain Bike tours, Mountain Bike tours in Nepal and Mountain Bike tours in Tibet. Mountain Bike tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu is an eventual biking journey across the Tibetan plateau, the roof of the world. The adventure biking tour from Tibetan capital city Lhasa is the world’s longest and deepest bike descent, from the Tibetan Plateau into Nepal. It is a high level ride, traversing the road between Lhasa and Kathmandu including 4-day round trip, off-road, to Rongbuk Valley underneath the dazzling north face of Mount Everest.
This Lhasa-Kathmandu biking adventure holidays is combine form of flying into Lhasa, allowing 4 days for essential acclimatization in the magical Tibetan capital and have plenty of time to explore its numerous attractions.The expedition overland back to Kathmandu, crosses 6 major passes while visiting the magnificent monastery towns of Gyantse, Xigastse and Xegar reaching the edge of the Tibetan Plateau at the Thang La (5200m.), and beginning the longest descent in the world, an incredible 4600 meters into Nepal. It includes two more days of biking on the remarkable ridge-top trails of the Kathmandu Valley.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1337m)
You are welcomed to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal renowned for historical monuments, Hindu Temples, and Buddhist Stupas/Monasteries. We meet our guests at the Tribhuvan International Airport. A staff member will be waiting with a Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition placard with our guests’ names displayed. After dropping luggage at the hotel, guests are taken for a short sightseeing tour. In the evening, guests are invited to a Welcome Dinner at a Nepali restaurant.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1337m)
A local guide will be available. According to your wishes, the guide will escort you for sightseeing. Sightseeing may include the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupati, Boudhanath, Patan Durbar Square, and the Swoyambhunath areas. Starting after breakfast, usually at 9.00am, the exploration of Kathmandu Valley can continue until 5.00pm. Lunch and dinner, you will be responsible for.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa (3600m)
We fly to Lhasa over the highest mountains in the world, the Mt. Everest. Arriving in the Tibetan capital city (3,680m altitude) we will get enough time to relax and adjust to the high altitude. In the afternoon we can take out our bicycle and travel around this renowned city. We spend the night at one of Lhasa’s top hotels.
Day 04: Lhasa Full day Sightseeing (3600m)
Today we will enjoy for the whole day doing sightseeing in Lhasa. We will visit various Gompas including the famous Dshokhang Temple and the local markets, but the best part of the day will certainly be the visit to Potala Palace, the previous residence of the Dalai Lamas, which govern the city. We spend the night in the same Hotel.
Day 05: Lhasa Full day Sightseeing (3600)
Today also the day of exploring Lhasa. After breakfast we’ll visit the beautiful monastery of Drepung. In the afternoon we will be on our own. Hence, we either explore the remaining attractions of the city or get ready for the next day’s cycling. We will spend the night at the same Hotel.
Day 06: Start the Bike Tour!
From today onwards our Trans -Himalayan biking adventure begins. We gradually leave Lhasa and cycle along the Tsangpo River to the foot of the Kamba Pass (3700 m). When we arrive we will find tents waiting for us, latrines, shower tent and other facilities for the cyclists will be ready. We spend the night in the tents [Total cycle: 85 km].
Day 07: Kamba Pass
Our first mountain pass will be the Kamba Pass which we will cross toady. A sturdy uphill climb reaches a summit profusely decorated with prayer flags (4794m). After descending we continue alongside Lake Yamdruk, at the far side of which we set camp (4490m). We will spend the night in the tents. [Total cycle: 55 km]
Day 08: Karo Pass
Leaving the beautiful Yamdruk lake behind us, we cycle through a ravine and up to the foot of the Karo Pass (4750m), where our tented village will be prepared for us for the night. [Total cycle: 54 km]
Day 09: Gyantse
Today is the noteworthy day of this cycle tour as we have to get up early to climb the high Karo Pass (5010m). By now we will be feeling in good physical condition. Around us we can see several glaciers of 6000m and beautiful lakes. We are pleased for our effort with a night in a top hotel in the city of Gyantse (3980m).
[Total cycle: 79 km]
Day 10: Shigatse
Today in the beginning cycle for an hour to visit the Palkhor Monastery and the old part of Gyantse town. Although today we cycle for a longer distance we don’t need to worry because the highway is well paved and flat. By the afternoon we will arrive in Tibet’s second largest city, Shigatse (3860m). We spend the night at a Hotel. [Total cycle: 94 km]
Day 11: Gyachung Monastery
Leaving Shigatse behind us, we ride over two small passes and through numerous small and beautiful Tibetan villages. We will cycle past the lonely Gyachung Monastery and have a camp. We spend the night in tents at around 4100m. [Total cycle: 75 km]
Day 12: Lhatse
The path leads us throughout the charming valleys. Then the long slope begins which leads over the Yulong pass (4520m). After lunch we head towards Lhatse (3860m). Just before this town there is a hot springs. We will camp approx. 10 km after we pass Lhatse. We spend the nights in the tents. [Total cycle: 95 km]
Day 13: Shegar
Today we have to ponder the dazzling ravine of the 5220m Lakpa Pass. On a clear day we will be pleased for our effort with our first view of Mount Everest. After a 40 km ride through flat plain we will enter the town of Pelbar, often referred as Shegar. This town is a famous stop for every explorer heading to the Everest region. We explore the town on our own. We spend the night in a hotel in the city. [Total cycle: 75 km]
Day 14: Pang Pass
Today is the day on which we turn away from the Lhasa-Kathmandu highway and head towards the world’s highest peak. First we have to face 20km of uphill switchbacks (42 hairpin bends in total!) before we reach the top of the Pang Pass (5150m). We can enjoy lunch staring over Makalu (8463m), Shishapangma (8012m), Cho Oyu (8210m), Lhotse (8516m), Everest (8850m) and several other breathtaking peaks. Then a 20-kilometer downhill follows to the Rongbuk Valley (4200m), where we have a camp for the night. We spend the night in the tents. [Total cycle: 67 km]
Day 15: Rongbuk Monastery
Today we must be very energetic and excited since we are approaching Mt. Everest Base Camp. An uneven bumpy road coils up through the Rongbuk valley until the grand Mount Everest appears before us. We will camp beside the monastery with the remarkable sight of the 8850m peak in front of our eyes. We will stay here for two days. We spend the night in the tents (5150m).
[Total cycle: 35 km]
Day 16: Everest Base Camp
Today is the day of rest and relax at the base camp of the world’s highest peak. However, we will obviously want to get as close as we can to the Mt. Everest. Hence, we can walk, cycle or even hire a donkey and cart ride to the base camp which is just 8km from the campsite and explore the area for sometimes and then come back to the camp.
Day 17: Tingri
Leaving Rongbuk valley, we head back down the rough and bumpy road then take a “short-cut” into the mountains. Another bumpy trail takes us over a ravine and down into Tingri (4340m). We spend the night in the tents. [Total cycle: 76 km]
Day 18: Lalung Pass
Today we cycle for about 40 to 50km on the flat road before lunch. Then we undertake the gradual incline of the Lalung Pass (4990m). From here we will feel like we are as high as the peaks around us, including Shishapangma (8012m). We spend the night in the tents in the beautiful valley between two passes. [Total cycle: 75 km]
Day 19: The Ultimate Downhill
Today we have to get ready for one last kick uphill. After breakfast we climb cycling Thang Pass (5050m). We stop and pat ourselves on the back because from here on down to the Nepalese border it’s all downhill. We will be treated to breathtaking views of the Himalayan chain as we freewheel down. From the town of Nyalam we will notice that the scenery is starting to turn green again. Spiral on down past countless waterfalls to the border town of Zhangmu (2300m). This will be our last day in Tibet. We spend the night in a hotel. [Total cycle: 117 km]
Day 20: Back to Nepal
While leaving the city of Zhangmu we have to pass through customs and get into Nepal. Once we are in the Nepali town of Kodari the downhill continues for the next 50 km. Suddenly it is tropical and humid and green again. After we reach the town of Dolalghat we must climb up to Dhulikhel (1600m). Our accommodation will be in a hotel/resort in Kathmandu. [Total cycle: 97km]
Day 21: Shopping /Rest in Kathmandu or Bhaktapur (1401m) in Sightseeing 3- 4 hours
This day you spend on your own either looking around Kathmandu, buying souvenir for your friends/family or you can have full rest or prepare for going back to your home country. Or if you wish you will be taken to Bhaktapur for sightseeing for 4 hours. But you have to extra charge for this. In the evening you will be served the Farewell Dinner by the company.
Day 22: Departure from Kathmandu (1337m)
Today, we check the list of all necessary documents and goods of our guest. We confirm the flight tickets before 72 hours of departure flight. We advise our guest to put passport and tickets at their handbag for convenience. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition staff representative will take our valuable guests to the airport (3 hours prior to your flight) and bid goodbye. It will be not only goodbye, but also the welcome for next visit to Nepal.
Our Guest’s security is of dominant concern while traveling with Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition. The trekking leader has the authority to adjust or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is necessary due to unfavorable circumstances. Unfavorable weather conditions, the health condition of a group member, or an unexpected natural disaster can force changes to the itinerary. However, every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary. The lead guide will try his/her best to ensure that the trip goes smoothly and according to plan, but please be ready to be flexible if necessary. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition is capable, experienced, and prepared to give 24-hour emergency response to any accident or condition that requires attention or evacuation.
Number of participants
Minimum number of participants: 6
Maximum number of participants: 12