Tibet cycling tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu 2017-11-07T09:52:42+00:00

Tibet cycling tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu, Duration: 23 days

  • Tibet cycling tour
  • Tibet cycling tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu
  • tricycle in Lhasa
  • Destination:- Lhasa, Ganden monastery (optional), Drak yerpa hermit, Gyanste, Sakya monastery, Shigatse, Mount Everest Base Camp and departure into Nepal
  • Duration:- 23 Days and 22 Nights
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Best Time to Travel:- April to September

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Attractions of Tibet cycling tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu:

Potala palace, Jokhang Temple, Norbulingkha (the Summer palace), Sera monastery, Drepung Monastery, Nechung monastery, Ganden monastery (optional), Drak yerpa hermit, Yamdrok lake, Gyantse monastery, Tashi lhunpo monastery, Rongbuk monastery, and Everest base camp.

Experiences:

  • Cycling on the roof of the world.
  • Exploring the details of Tibetan plateau as you cycle overland to Nepal
  • Visiting Tibetan Villages and experiencing the locals life.
  • Camping at along the way, Waking up with the beautiful sun shine over the Himalayas.
  • visiting all the culture marvels of Tibet, along the friendship high way.
Lhasa Kathmandu tour map

Tibet cycling tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu offers you a unique opportunity to explore the Tibetan plateau like no other tours can. Your Journey begins from Lhasa and ends with Sino-Nepal border at the Zhangmu town. While on your way, you will be exploring all the towns and villages along the friendship high way, including Gyantse, Shigatse, Nangartse, Tingri, Lhatse, Rongbuk, and Everest Base Camp.

You will arrive in Lhasa and for next four days you will try to get proper acclimatization. The first day will be rest day for the reason, then gradually you will ride in Lhasa city. While in Lhasa, you will be visiting all the attractions of Lhasa, including; Potala palace, Jokhang Temple, Norbulingkha (the Summer palace), Sera monastery, Drepung Monastery, and Nechung monastery.

This tour could be challenging for you and it is advised to get a properly checked with your physician, two months before your real visit date. You will have a car, guide and kitchen crews depending on the size for your group. It is advisable to bring an extra batteries if you are photographer.

Best suit for: Families, Elders, Wanderers

Day 1) Arrival and acclimatization

We will welcome you at the Airport or The Lhasa train station. Then you will be escort to your hotel. It is always advice the travelers to take a good rest for proper acclimatization. please do not any activities which would lead you to dehydrate, like taking bath. And avoid hard work for the first day. Many traveler prefer to take a nap. by the evening I will come to meet you at the hotels and discuss about the itinerary and other stuff. If time let we will have a dinner at Tibetan restaurant.

Day 2) Lhasa sign seeing.

Visit to Jokhang Temple and Sera monastery

In the morning after having your breakfast your guide will meet you at the hotel. Then you will first go to the Jokhang Temple, the holiest temple in Tibetan Buddhism. Since you hotel is in the Tibetan quarter of Lhasa city, you will walk to the Jokhang Temple. After visiting the Temple you can some time to explore the Old Lhasa city by your own for couple of hours.The guide will fix you a time and place to visit. In the afternoon, you will visit the Sera monastery. This is a most well-preserved monastery in Tibet. The monastery you can sit in the courtyard where monks will be debating on Buddhist philosophy. you can stay there for some times. this is a very good opportunity for many travelers to take a picture of monks debate. You can tell your guide to give you some free times to explore the monastery by your own, if you would like to live in peace for some times

Day 3) Lhasa sign seeing.

Visit to Potala palace, Norbulingkha (the Summer palace), and Drepung Monastery, Nechung monastery (There are near by)

In the morning you will visit the grand Potala palace. Your guide will fix and time as per the ticket timing. please do not bring any drinking water or any liquid to drink. you will be ask to either drink it or throw it at the check point. Plus please do not take a picture inside of the palace is restrict. there is a time limited of two hours to stay in side the palace to fit in all those travelers in limited time and state of vulnerability of century old palace against thousands of visitor alike. you guide might hurry you. But if you would like to see some thing or spend a few moment in specific place please let know her.

After the visit is over you will be descending from back side of the palace. I always take my group to take a rest and have a tea with locals in tea shop in garden. many travelers like it. Yet prepare to have a load of people focusing on you. its new to them, if you don’t look Asian. but a smile and cheerful aptitude would do the cure and would make it a memorable time. in the garden there is a small island in the pool. the temple is dedicated to the King of Nagas, living in our world yet not visible to our eyes. you might want to visit it. If you are a family travelling with a children i would suggest you to rent a paddling boat and paddle in the pool.

after spending few times in the garden, then i would suggest you to go to Norbulingkha.There is Tibetan restaurant near the Norbulingkha which serves a very good Tibetan food. you will then visit Norbulingkha palace. please buy a bottle of water before entering the gate. It is a not a single one building palace. its more like a resort with one palace for two Dalai Lamas.

After the Norbulingkha Palace, your guide will ask you if you still have the visit Drepung Monastery and Nechung monastery. If you do, then you can visit the Drepung monastery and Nechung monastery. Nechung is find at the foot hill of Drepung monastery. in total this two monastery would take about two hours. beware that there is a quite a lots of high stair case you have to climb up to.

Day 4) Cycling to country side of Lhasa city.

On the fourth day we will pack our lunch and we will ride to the county side of the Lhasa. During this day you will have the first impression to Tibetan Village and Tibetan farms. we will not fix the place where we will be cycling to. But we will discuss on the third day and decide the place.

If you would like you can save this day for your proper rest and shopping, since this would be your last day in Lhasa.

Day 5) Cycling from Lhasa to the foot of Khampa la, 83 km, Camping.

The first of cycling outside the Lhasa city, you will ride for about 83 km. We will ride along the barley farm and the villages for some times. then We will gradually ascend up to the foot of Khampa La. We will stop at the foot of Khampa la for the night. Our kitchen crew will be waiting for us at the camping near Khampa la.

Day 6) Cycling from to Khampa la (4790 m) to Nangartse town, 83 km, Camping.

We will start our day little earlier, After the breakfast we will start ascending up to the Khampa La pass. the altitude of the pass is 4790 meters above sea level. this would be your first mountain pass along the route. Once when we reach the Khampa La pass, we will have a beautiful view of Yamdrok Yumtso Lake. we will stop at the pass for some times and then we will continue descending to the Lake shore. the descend is about 700 meters.

After descending down from the pass we will ride along the shore. we will then divert to the town of Nangartse. Where we will be camping for the night.

Day 7) Cycling from Nangartse – foot of Simila la. 66Km, camping.

We will be paddling along with the baking sound of Tibetan Mastiff. We will ride across the Carola pass at 5050 meters, and proceed to the foot of Simi La. This day we will have a good opportunity to across through a series of Tibetan village. For the night we will camp at the foot of the Simi La.

Day 8) Cycling from Simi-La (4375m) to Gyantse Town (3950 m), 37 km, Hotel.

On the seventh day we will ride across the third mountain pass in the tour. The Simi-La is at the elevation of 4375 meters above the sea level. we shall endure a lesser hardship as compare to some previous days. After crossing the Simi-La we will descend to the vallery of Gyantse. along the way to Gyantse, we will come across with lots of religious sites.

At the Gyantse town we will visit the Gyantse Palchoe monastery, Kumbum stupa and the Gyantse fort. we will stay over night in Gyantse in a B&B hotel.

Day 9) Cycling from Gyanste to Shigatse, 92 km, Hotel.

This would be a pleasant day, we will ride across a plenty of Tibetan villages. we will see the villages life along the way. At Shigatse, we will stay over night in a B&B hotel.

Day 10) Day in Shigatse.

We will visit Tashi lhunpo monastery in the morning and for the rest of the day is free for either rest or exploration of the town. i will be available to assist you, if you need help. i would suggest you to take a rest in the afternoon and explore the old town in the evening.

Day 11) Shigatse – foot of Lagpa la, 100Km, camping

Day 12) Lagpa la – Lhatse, 50Km, guesthouse

Day 13: Lhatse – Baipa, 81Km, camping

Day 14: Baipa – Pang la, 37Km, camping

Day 15: Pang la – Rongbuk, 71Km, Tent guest house

Day 16: Rongbuk (rest day) Tent guest house

Day 17: Rongbuk – Everest Base Camp, 8Km, Tent guest house

Day 18: Everest –Ganggazhen, 68Km, guest house

Day 19: Ganggazhen – Menbuxiang, 60Km, camping

Day 20: Menbuxiang– BorongXiang, 51Km, camping

Day 21: BorongXiang–Kyirong, 87km Guest house

Day 22: Kyirong–JilongZhen 69km

Day 23: JilongZhen –Border crossing to Nepal – Rasuwa Ghadhi– Syapru Besi

End of Tibet cycling tour at border crossing. You continue by your own on Nepal side.

We can also arrange Nepal side services if needed

Its advice to bring your own cycle, if you cant bring your own please let us know. it is always better to bring the cycle by your own. if possible please bring spare parts too.

Please book the tour a month before the real date of visit. i need at least 17 days to process the Tibet Travel Permit
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We are fully committed to responsible and Sustainable tourism practice in Tibet. We have a privilege to be able to host you in Tibet, yes we also understand that we have a responsibility in protecting and contributing back to nature and our local follow people and economy.

We are a Local Tibetan travel agency in Lhasa.  Our agency is 100% staffed with local Tibetan tourism professionals. We only hire local Tibetan guides and other tours crews. We used service from local business only. 100% of the travel money goes to local Tibetan families where you are visiting. We use 20% of the net profit into Environmental conservative projects with local governments and individuals.

We are all born in Tibet. We know how important Tibetan environment is for the eco-system of the entire world. We will love of mountains, glacier, and rivers. We will do our best to reduce environmental impact from your tours in Tibet.

Following are Our ways:

    • No Plastic Bottles in the tour
      We will provide your drinking water in a bigger container, each and every traveler are request to bring their own reusable water bottle. In this way, we can reduce hundreds of water bottles each tour against few big container, which we can later reuse.
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Following are how are take care of our environment our trekking tours.

  1. We nothing leave nothing behind.
    We make sure we take all our rubbish and leave nothing behind.
  2. We protect the grassland
    A little destruction on Tibet’s fragile environment is irreversible. So, in the trekking tours we will not make drainage surrounding your tent, rather we will provide trekkers with a better tent with bathtub style floors to prevent rainwater getting into your tent. We will not dig the grassland and put small tent to make a toilet. Even when we try to the put the grass back, it is not the same. So when you are answering your nature called please enjoy the nature. Maybe you are you will not enjoy the natures call in the wilderness for sometimes.
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Whenever there is someone need for medical help. Our company staff member would gather money for it. The management has decided how much ever is donated by our staff, Company will double that amount by donating the equal amount, what has been collected from the staff’s members. And all our staffs are very generous.

We always inform all our clients about local customs, beliefs, and ethics. So that it would be easier for our home visit, and culture programs.

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