The Lhasa to Kathmandu ride could be classified as `one of the most demanding rides` open to cyclists. You have to deal with high altitude, long distances, various kinds of weather, bad road conditions and change of life style. The Lhasa to Kathmandu ride could be one of the highest in the world. Proper acclimatisation is vital to anyone hoping to complete this expedition. For this purpose we spent four days acclimatizing, while sightseeing and enjoying the city and surroundings of Lhasa.
We begin with a flight of one hour from Kathmandu to Gongar International Airport in Tibet and drive to Lhasa, the main capital and starting point of our expedition. We have to cross 6 high passes and descend from the Tibetan Plateau before reaching our final destination, Nepal. The majority of our time we will spend on the Tibetan Plateau at heights above 4000 metres. Exploring various side valleys such as the route to Everest Base Camp, will involve cycling on much rougher dirt & stony tracks. Daily distances will range from 50 up to 110 kilometres. This may not sound particularly great, especially not to road-orientated cyclists, but the high altitude, difficult terrain, head winds and tough ascents will make cycling in this region a challenge for everyone. During this ride we will definitely take enough time to embrace the magnificent sights and discover the people and their culture, which altogether make this tour an unforgettable experience.
Duration : 23 days
Starting: Lhasa with flight from Kathmandu
Ending at : Kathmandu
Grade : Moderate / Hard
Highest access of the trek : 5220 m
Culture : Tibetan
Mode of trekking: Camping trek
Himalayan sights : Mt. Everest , Mt. Choyu , Mt. Shisapangma & many more
Most attraction of the Trek : Rich culture, adventure, scenic beauty, Mt. Everest Base Camp
Fitness ***, Culture***, Nature****, Comfort****
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrival KTM and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Tibet visa preparation for Tibet .
Day 03: Flight to Lhasa , transfer to Hotel.
Day 04: Lhasa, sightseeing/acclimatisation.
Day 05: Lhasa, sightseeing/acclimatisation.
Day 06: Lhasa, Free day
Day 07: Bike 01: Lhasa - north of Kamba La.
Day 08: Bike 02: Kamba La - Yamdrok Tso.
Day 09: Bike 03: Yamdrok Tso - Karo La.
Day 10: Bike 04: Karo La - Gyantse.
Day 11: Bike 05: Gyantse - Shigatse.
Day 12: Bike 06: Shigatse - Before Tso La pass
Day 13: Bike 07: Before Tso La - camp after Lhatse.
Day 14: Bike 08: Lhatse - Lhakpa La - Pelbar (Shekar).
Day 15: Bike 09: Pelbar - Pang La - Tashi Dzong.
Day 16: Bike 10: Tashi Dzong - Rongbuk.
Day 17: Bike 11: Rongbuk - ride or hike to EBC - back to Rongbuk.
Day 18: Bike 12: Rongbuk - Tingri.
Day 19: Bike 14: Tingri - Sumdo.
Day 20: Bike 15: Sumdo - Lalung La - Nyalam.
Day 21: Bike 16: Naylam - Zhangmu - crossing border - Last Resort.
Day 22: Bike 17: Last Resort - Kathmandu (bike or bus).
Day 23: Transfer to the airport, departure
- Breakfast, lunch, dinner and Camping accommodations during the tour
- Cooks, Camping equipments
- Experienced Guide
- Sightseeing & Private transfers in Kathmandu
- National Park fees
- Tibet special permits, visa letters and entrance fees.
- Transportation in Tibet by Toyota 4W Land cruiser.
- Supporting truck for Luggage, food stuff and Nepali staff.
- Full back up staff from Nepal (guide, cook and other supporting staffs from Nepal )
- All guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
- Airport transfers with an escort
- Insurance of the guide and porters
- 3 Nights Hotel in Kathmandu in BB
- 1 night relax full board at Last Resort
- Flight Kathmandu / Lhasa
- Private transports Kodari border to Kathmandu
- Insurances for Nepali staffs.
- Accommodation in Guest House in Lhasa , Gyantse, Shigatse & Naylam
- Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
- Alcohol & bottle drinks
- Lunches in Lhasa
- Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
- Tips, any expenses of personal nature, client's insurance, entry fees for sightseeing
- Flight excess luggage
- Bikes, Helmet, water bottle
- Nepal visa
- Tibet visa
- Sleeping bag and mattress
- Emergency & Evacuation costs
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
- What's a typical biking day like?
- How fit do I need to be?
- What sort of accommodations used on the tour?
- What about altitude sickness?
- How Qualified are the guides?
- What do I need to take?
Q. What's a typical biking day like?
A typical day starts with an early morning brew served in your tent. After a hot breakfast, during which camp will be packed and the support vehicle or porter loaded, we start cycling in the pleasant cool of the morning. Lunch is usually taken at about 12 noon and takes about an hour or so. We aim to pitch camp for the night by 4 or up to 5 p.m., i.e. well before dusk. During the day you are free to cycle at your own pace, enjoying the scenery and stopping to take as many pictures as you wish.
On our Tea House Trekking days are similar to camping treks apart from your meals and sleeping accommodations are provided by lodges on route.
Q. How fit do I need to be?
Biking in Himalaya, each and every trip is different, some are hard and technical, and some are easy. But it's for sure all involve biking from 5 hrs to 7 hrs a day, the trails vary from wide dirt tracks, to steep rocky ups and down but we advice to take your time and ascend slowly. So generally you must be fit.
Q. What sort of accommodations used on the tour?
Generally we have on offer two types of accomodations in our biking tours, camping or tea house. Tea houses are generally locally built with unique local design and are reasonably comfortable. Depending on region they provide single, double or dormitory room. Generally the toilet facilities will be outside but some place they might offer attached as well. Most tea houses provide a mattress and a quilt or blanket so it's always advisable to take your own sleeping bags.
On our camping tours, we will use tented accommodations, our staffs will set all up for you sleeping tent, toilet tent, shower tent, kitchen tent and dinning tent, generally camping tours are with more personal services and we will take care everything by ourselves.
Q. What about altitude sickness?
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), commonly known as altitude sickness, is an extremely serious, potentially fatal condition. It can occur at altitudes above 2,000m, more usually above 3,500m. There are simple and effective steps to control the risk of AMS. All our guides are fully trained and experienced in dealing with AMS.
The main thing is to drink plenty of fluids, take your time, avoid straining yourself, keep an eye on each other and always enjoy the beauty, culture and friendly. And avoid drinking alcohol and too much of smoking.
Q. How Qualified are the guides?
Our guides are loyal employees of the company, so you can trust on them fully. They are fully licensed to lead any mountain biking tours. We as a professional, every year manages various training to give updates to our guides like English Language, first aid, high altitude sickness, emergency handling or problem solving techniques etc. Our guides are not only guide; they are also professional Mountain Biking racers, advisers, officer on national mountain biking issues.
Q. What do I need to take?
The weather in the Himalaya is unpredictable and it's always advisable to fully gear up. See below for help list.
- Cycling jersey (Half & long sleeves)
- Cycling shorts (Half & long sleeves) Baggy shorts are great for visiting temples etc.
- Cycling Shoes SPD or light weight running shoes)
- Cycling gloves (Half & full fingers)
- Wind breaker or stopper
- Waterproof jacket & trousers (Breathable are great for biking)
- Small day bag with bag cover for rain
- Helmet & Headband
- Sun glass with extra lens for different weather.
- Cycling socks
- Ear warmer for winter in Nepal & Tibet
- Camelbak (good for riding in Nepal) or Water bottle for cycling
- Specific tools (e.g. Disk brake, suspension, and wheel)
- Extra specific disk brake pads & oils for disk brake with spare housing and pins.
- Power bar & powder (Hard to get in Nepal, Tibet, India)
- Leg & arm warmer (Good option for long sleeves)
- General tools e.g. pump, multi tools
- Extra tubes & Tyre for long tour.
- Any special tools for your bike if require.
Other A ccessories: Personal toiletries, personal first aid kit, sun block, lip cream, shampoo, soap, shavers, moisturizer, passport copies, pocket knife, camera and film, towel, water bottle, music and books, flashlight/torch, repairing kits, water purifying tablets.
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