Lhasa to Kathmandu Bike Tour is an epic biking tour on a world scale. It is the world's highest and longest ride. By the time you will wheel down to Kathmandu, you will have made an unbelievable a descent of heart stopping 4600m. There is nowhere else on earth you can participate in such adventure activity.
We will start our trip with a flight from Kathmandu to Tibet and begin our reversal journey back to Kathmandu on our bike. We will be riding through the colossal desert like landscape of Tibet and perhaps meet nomads of Tibet, greet the soaring Himalayas and appreciate the natural biodiversity of Tibet.
En route we will also cross over numerous mountain passes and will visit Everest Base Camp at 5200m. The duration of the biking will be 16 days and will cover over 1000 Km. We will also have time to visit Lhasa and spend sightseeing around the ancient city for a day. Along the way we will either camp or stay in hotels. A team of expert guides, cooks and assistants will accompany us in this epic ride of a lifetime!
Biking from Lhasa City to the foot of Kamba-la Pass (85km):
The proposed bike tour Lhasa to Kathmandu overland cycling starts with a moderately short and easy biking day. You will bike alongside the Tsangpo River. The roads are properly paved and smooth. After around 85km’s ease biking, you will reach to the foot of Kamba-la Pass (3,700m) where you will camp for overnight.
Biking from Kamba-la Pass to Yamdrok Lake (55km):
Today, you will bike from the foot of Kamba-la Pass to Yamdrok Lake. The most difficult part is the strong uphill riding to the summit of Kamba-la Pass(4,794m) where you come across many prayer flags flapping. You can stop here for a while to enjoy the panoramic view of Yamdrok Lake. Then your trail descends from Kamba-la to the lake side of Yamdrok Lake.
Stay overnight camping.
Biking from Yamdrok Lake to Karola Pass (54km):
Today, you will leave behind the beautiful holy lake and bike alongside the black-topped roads to the base of Karola Pass (4,750m). The most parts of today’s roads are even.
Stay overnight camping.
Biking from Karola to Gyantse Town (86km):
Today, you will start biking from the base to climb over the Karola Pass (5,010m) where you will sojourn for a while to enjoy the beautiful topography of Karola Glacier. Leaving Karola Pass, you will continue riding to Gyantse Town (3,980m). The trail is easy ups and down so you don’t have to worry about running out of energy even though you will ride over 80km. Gyantse Town tenders good hotels and food. Here you can treat yourself a great bath and dinner in a local hotel.
Biking from Gyantse to Shigatse (94km):
Before setting your journey for Shigatse, you must take a visit the landmark - Palcho Monastery where different sects of Tibetan Buddhism existing peacefully. If time allows, you can also go to climb the historical Gyantze Dzong. After the visit, you can start your ride that is about 94km to the second largest city in Tibet - Shigatse. This cycling can be done easily because the road is paved well and smooth.
Biking from Shigatse to Gyachung Monastery (75 km):
Before today’s biking starts, you can squander about 1 to 2 hours exploring the famous Tashilhunpo Monastery which is the official place of successive Panchen Lamas. The monastery has the world’s largest statue of the Future Buddha, Jampa. After the visit your biking tour leaves for Shigatse city and bike over two small passes and pass several Tibetan villages. Stay overnight in a camp near Gyachung Monastery (4,100m).
Biking from Gyachung Monastery to Lhatse County (95km):
Today’s ride will be over the highway along the valley for several hours. Then the trail ascends over the Tso La Pass (4,520m), and continues riding to Lhatse County. Staying overnight today is optional. If you prefer camping, keep riding about 10km out of the town. If you want to stay in a hotel, there are many local hotels to accommodate in Lhatse (3,860m).
Biking from Lhatse to Shegar (75km):
Today, you will traverse over Gyatso-la Pass (5,220m) where you can see the magnificent Mt. Everest for the first time. Keeping riding about 40km from the pass, you will turn up at Shegar town. Stay in a hotel or camp for overnight in Shegar.
Biking from Shegar to Rongbuk Valley (67km):
Today you will leave for Lhasa through Kathmandu Friendship Highway as you will be going to head toward Mount Everest. But today you can only finish the tour partially. First trail is challenging 20km of uphill roads which has 42 bends in total. Then you will arrive to Pang Pass(5,150m). Here you can witness several worlds’ highest peaks, including Makalu (8,463m), Shishapangma (8,012m), Cho Oyu (8,210m), Lhotse (8,516m), Everest (8,848m). Then you will ride a 20 Km downhill road leading to Rongbuk Valley where you will camp for overnight.
Biking from Rongbuk Valley to Rongbuk Monastery (35km):
You will keep riding about 35km along the Rongbuk Valley until you reach Rongbuk Monastery (4,980km) where you can see the best views of Mount Everest. This monastery also runs a guest house where you can get electric supply.
Stay overnight in a camp.
Biking from Rongbuk Monastery to Everest Base Camp (16km):
Today is for you to lighten up on the world’s highest peak. You will have a round biking trip of 16km between Rongbuk Monastery and Everest Base Camp (5,200m). The rest time of the day is free for you to enjoy the magnificent peak and other peaks around.
Biking from Rongbuk Monastery to Old Tingri (86km):
Your trail today will have a tough long cycling from Rongbuk Monastery to Old Tingri Town. Only a short section of the road will be well-paved. The rest is rough road but not cliffy. There are several sharp ups and downs trails before getting to Old Tingri.
Stay overnight in a hotel or camping.
Biking from Old Tingri to Gyirong County (188km):
In those two days, you will be biking long Old Tingri Town to Gyirong Town. You need to camp in between your journey as it is hard to find a town to accommodate before getting Gyirong County. The landscape along the cycling trail is just astonishing. If the weather is clear, you can enjoy the clear face of Shishapangma Peak and also enjoy the beautiful view of Pekutso Lake.