The worlds longest downhill, ancient Monasteries, Everest Base Camp, Altitude, two mystical cities, make Lhasa to Kathmandu THE worlds most EPIC bike ride.
One of the most remote regions in the world, the cycling pilgrimage from Lhasa, Tibet to Kathmadu, Nepal will, quite possibly, be a ‘life changing’ journey through time, spirits, scenery and physical demands. Our fully-supported mountain bike tour takes us across the Friendship Highway to the vast ‘Roof-Top of the World’, Everest Base Camp, the world’s longest descent, the highest high and the former home of the Dalai Lama. Starting in Lhasa at 11,300 feet, we traverse 1,000 kilometers over six panoramic passes exceeding 14,500 feet, finishing in the Kathmandu Valley where the oxygen is rich and the lands fertile. Depending upon your individual tastes and strengths, we’ll cycle 14 full days and 2 half-days averaging 55 km/day. Support vehicles are available for more or less riding. The terrain is 5% tarmac road, 95% non-technical off-road and 100% adventure! Undoubtedly, this is the EPIC BIKE JOURNEY of the world! Nothing in the Alps, nothing in the Pyrenees, nothing in the world even compares.
This expedition is for adventurous cyclists wishing to immerse themselves in the rawness of this vast plateau and the spirit of local Tibetans at a deeper level. We visit the significant monasteries giving rise to Buddhism and come to understand the deep connection between Tibetan culture, religion and the inaccessibility of their homeland. Check out our day-to-day itinerary and join us for our annual pilgrimage to a sacred land you’ll never forget.
Itinerary In Details
Day 01: Arrive and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu. Evening briefing.
Day 02: Check your bikes, equipment half-day sight seeing in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Lhasa. Drive to hotel, build up bikes, go for a test ride. Overnight in hotel.
Day 04: Easy ride around Lhasa, to visit Norbulinka, Jokhang and Sera Monasteries, Overnight in hotel.
Day 05: Visit Drepung Monastery and Potala Palace. Rest of the day free to explore Lhasa on your own. Overnight in hotel.
Day 06: Ride to Chusul, 100% paved road. We follow the Lhasa river all the way down. Overnight in guest house.
Day 07: Drive to the top of Khamba La, 4794m cycle down to and around Yamdrok Lake till Nagatse, Overnight in guest house.
Day 08: Cycle or drive up Karo La pass and ride down to Gyantse, Overnight in hotel.
Day 09: Cycle to Shigatse. Visit Tashilhunpo Monastery. Overnight in guest house.
Day 10: Drive and cycle upto Lhatse. Overnight in guest house.
Day 11: Cross the highest pass today, Gyatso La 5220m. Ride or drive as much as you want. Overnight in Xegar at a guest house.
Day 12: Climb Pang La for panoramic views of Everest, Cho Oyu and the expanse of Tibet. Overnight at Tashi-Zong, Rongbuk Valley.
Day 13: Cycle upto Rongbuk Monastery. Overnight in Rongbuk Monastery.
Day 14: Visit Everest Base Camp and return to the base of Pang La guest house. Or visit hot springs near Tingri.
Day 15: Cycle over Pang La and along the valley to Tingri. Overnight in guest house here or Gusto further down road.
Day 16: Start descending the biggest down hill in the world from Tibetan Plateau down. Overnight in guest house at Nyalam.
Day 17: Continue cycling downhill to Nepal. See trees appearing and rivers growing. We cycle up to Dolalghat and then drive to Hotel in Dhulikhel, Overnight in guest house.
Day 18: Ride last section from valley rim into Kathmandu via Nala and Bhaktapur, transfer to Hotel and farewell dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu at hotel.
Day 19: International flight home.