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Tibet – Cycling Tour Packages

Arguably the most adventurous ride a mountain biker can do is biking along the Himalayas from Lhasa to Zhangmu. These adventurers can experience at first hand this rugged landscape and environments as well as get to know the life of local people and Tibetan customs. The trip of a lifetime.

Note: The processing time for a Tibet Permit is 20 days. It would be wise to confirm your Tibet tour at least 30 days before travel to ensure adequate time is available to process the Tibet Permit.

Day 1 Lhasa Arrival

Welcome to the roof of the world! You will be pick up at the airport or train station, then be escorted to your hotel in Lhasa city at the comfort of your own private vehicle. En route, enjoy the breathtaking view along the Yarlong Tsangpo River. Tibetan features can be seen along the way, including Big Buddha engravings on the hill near the road, colorful prayer flags and friendly Tibetan people.

After arrival at your hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the local area and acclimatize yourself to this high altitude city at the top of the world.

Tips of today: 1. Go for some walking to acclimate the high altitude but avoid strenuous activity after arrival; 2. You’d better not have bath; 3. Drink more water, and have some fruit; 4. Have a good rest.

Day 2 Lhasa Sight seeing

After breakfast, you will firstly visit the Norbulingka Park, the former summer palace of Dalai Lama. Explore the beautiful gardens and experience one of the most holy sites in Tibetan Buddhism while soaking up the rich history. Next, come to Drepung Monastery, which was once the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery housing 10,000 monks in its heyday. Learn about the lives of Tibetan monks.

Your tour ends at Sera Monastery, where you will get the chance to experience “Buddhism Scriptures Debating”. These debates are unique to Sera and are quite famous. Enjoy the debates!

Tips of today: 1. Obey Buddhist manners and talk appropriately. 2. Feel free to ask tour guide questions about Buddhism or else; 3. Don't forget take your sun glasses and suncream.

Day 3 Wondering Lhasa

The overwhelming Potala Palace is your first stop. As the symbol of Tibet, it was built in 641 AD and was the winter palace of Dalai Lama who is Tibet’s pope. Impressive Tibetan architecture, huge golden Buddha statues, red-robed lamas and devoted pilgrims all make it a must-visit.

In the afternoon, you’ll visit the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center of Tibet. Every day, pilgrims from every corner of Tibet trek here from long distances to worship. Finally, walk the special circular pilgrimage route as local followers always do at Barkhor Street.

Tips of today: 1. Don't climb the Potala in a rush, which may cause hard breath; 2 Please don't disturb pilgrims. You can take pictures from a distance. 3. Don't fear to bargain and compare price if you do shopping in Barkor Street; 3. If you still have energy in the evening, you can go to the square on your own in front of the Potala Palace around 8:30pm to enjoy the 2-hours music fountain for free; 4. On this day, you will be mainly outside, please bring plenty of water, a hat, sun cream, and sun glasses.

Day 3 Biking from Lhasa to Quxu Bridge

Today is an easy day. After breakfast in the hotel, bike the 71 KM, about 4 hours from Lhasa to Quxu Bridge. In evening, after settling into camp, you can walk to the Yarlung Zangbo River to get a great view of the sunset.

Huaxia hotel or Tent
Riding time: 4 hours (71 KM)
Route: Lhasa (3650M) to Quxu Bridge (3593M)

Day 4Biking from Quxu Bridge (3593M)– Kampala pass(4793M)- Nagartse(4450M)

After breakfast ride from Quxu Bridge to Nagartse County. The first section is 30KM to Kampala pass. The trail meanders through villages of mud-walled houses and pastoral farmlands. Take the opportunity to visit the Yomdrok Lake; a spectacular lake on the roof of the world. After have lunch and a rest, continue riding to our destination. Interact with local villagers with the assistance from your Tibetan guide. Set up camp at Nagartse village.
Riding time: 6 hours (84KM)
Route: Quxu Bridge (3593M)– Kampala pass(4793M)- Nagartse(4450M)

Day 5 Biking Nagartse to The Gyangtse

After have breakfast, after leaving Nagartse, the trail heads towards a valley and then to the top of Karo La, the first 5000 meter passes on your trip. Crossing Karo La (5110M) descend to the foot of Simi La at an elevation of 4330m through some beautiful Tibetan villages. After a light lunch and a rest, ride into a wide sandy valley and towards Gyantse. The trail crisscrosses barley fields and beside a flowing river. Visit the Palgor Chorten Monastery. No camping tonight as accommodation is in a comfortable hotel.
Riding time: 6-7 hours (104KM)
Route: Nagartse (4450M) – Karo La (5110M) - Simi La (4345M) - Gyantse (4025M)

Day 6 Biking from Gyantse - Shigatse

Today, ride from Gyantse to Shigatse on a sealed road. This road is more heavily trafficked as are the busy streets of Shigatse. In Shigatse visit the Tashilunpo Monastery which represents the Tibetan super architecture art in the Last Tibetan spirit. Accommodation is at a comfortable hotel.
Riding time: 6 hours (96KM)
Route: Gyantse (4025M)-Bainang- Shigatse (3836M)

Day 7 Biking from Shigatse to Jiding County

Today is a leisurely with free time. After breakfast, sightseeing in Shigatse by yourself and have lunch. After lunch ride to Jiding County and set up camp.
Riding time: 3 hours (61KM)
Route: Gyantse (4025M)-Bainang- Shigatse (3836M)

Day 8 Biking from Jiding to Lhatse

After a light breakfast, the ride follows the Friendship Highway. The first section is 17km from Jiding County to Liuxiang village. The second leg is 40km ride to Tso la which has a clear view of the main Himalayan range. After lunch ride downhill to Lhatse County and stay at local hotel.
Riding time: 6 hours (95KM)
Route: Jiding County (3836M)-Rena County- Tso La (4534M) - Lhatse (4023M)

Day 9 Biking from Lhatse to Baiba

After breakfast, start today's ride with a gradual climb to the foot of Gyamtso La The Gyamtso La at 5220 meter is located approximately 15 kilometers from the Lhatse and is the highest pass of this biking adventure. The trail to the top of the pass is steep and rough in places. From the pass it is steep downhill ride amidst stunning views of Mt. Everest. Riding past small Tibetan settlements, see nomadic herdsmen en route to the camp at Baiba village.
Riding time: 5 hours (86KM)
Route: Lhatse (4023M) - Gyamtso La (5252M) – Baiba (4393M)

Day 10 Biking from Baiba to Zhaxizong Village

Today the ride detours away from the main road to the Everest Base Camp. The road zigzags across the back wall of the valley overlooking a stunning view of the pass. The view from the top of the pass is breathtaking with the whole Himalaya range gleaming right before you. The tough climb to the pass is followed by a downhill ride to small Tibetan settlement where camp is established for the night.
Riding time: 4 hours (64KM)
Route: Baiba (4393M) - Zhaxizong village (4161M)

Day 11 :Biking from Zhaxizong to Mt.Everest Base Camp

Today’s ride is along the broken stone road with the first section from Zhaxizong Village to Quzong passing through Basong village. The ride is 1.5 hours and 23KM. After lunch continue to Rongbuk Monastery which lies 3 kilometers below the Everest Base Camp at an elevation of 4987m; then 3 KM on gravel road to the Mt. Everest Base Camp. Stay at a local hostel.
Riding time: 5 hours (49KM)
Route: Zhaxizong (4164M) - Rongbuk Monastery (4987M) - Mt. Everest Base Camp (5020m)

Day 12 Rest at Mount Everest Base Camp,

Today is a rest day at Mt. Everest Base Camp. See the sunrise and sunset from Base Camp, Mount Everest: Mt. Everest, called Mount Qumulangma in Tibetan Language, is the highest peak of the Earth and probably the most coveted mountain in adventurous travelers’ eyes. Journey to Mt. Everest Base Camp is a both physical as well as psychological challenge to you --5200mt (17000ft), but it will definitely reward you with the most unparalleled views – a panorama of Himalayan peaks - and never-forgotten beautiful memories.

Day 13Biking from Mt.Everest Base Camp to Tingri

The first 16KM of today’s ride from Mt. Everest Base Camp to Monument Road 79 will take about 2 hours because the trail is extremely rocky and bumpy. Continuing the ride tour to the destination, the view of majestic Everest and Cho Oyu is stunning. The dirt road turns into a paved road on entering the small town of Tingri which is an unsheltered and windy settlement nestled underneath the enchanting Cho Oyu. The overnight camp will be at a small village.
Riding time: 7 hours (74KM)
Route: Mt. Everest Base Camp (5020m) – Longjiang La pass- Tingri (4327M)

Day 14Biking from Gangga County to Menbu County

Starting with a little uphill climb, the ride makes its way along the edge of the valley following a river before it enters a lake sheltering a variety of Himalayan ducks. The views of Everest and Cho Oyu along the road are spectacular. Riding a further 22 km brings an excellent campsite which has green grass and crystal clear mountain rivulet and is at the foot of La Lung La.
Riding time: 4 hours (62KM)
Route: Gangga County (4327m) – Gucuo village- Menbu County

Day 15Biking from Menbu County to Zhangmu

After breakfast the first leg of 22KM is about 1 hour from Menbu County to La Lung La pass at 5017 meters offers excellent views of Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar. A six kilometer downhill ride and a further seven kilometer uphill climb brings the top of the second pass - Thang La at 5126 meters. After spending some heavenly moments at the top of the pass begin ‘the world’s longest downhill’ biking adventure. A long pleasant downhill ride amidst superb mountain scenery brings finishes at Nylam. Then ride along the steep road dropping down through the gorge a further 15 kilometers amidst the verdant vegetation to the Chinese border town of Zhangmu at 2300 meters. Tonight stay at local hotel.
Riding time: 7 hours (123 KM)
Route: Menbu County (4327m) – La Lung La Pass (5017m) - Thang La Pass (5126m) – Nylam (3800m) – Zhangmu (2414)

Day 13Zhangmu Departure

Today your tour guide transfer you to the border see you off at Zhangmu Friendship Bridge.

Tips of today: 1. Please pack your luggage carefully, especially for small things like camera charger, power adaptor, mobile phone, phone charger, wallet and towel.

Prices 2015
Tour codeDestinationdurationtour type1 person2-5 person6-9 personmore than 10
TB-LA-4DLhasa City 4 days Private Tours$470 $450$430$400
TB-SG-6DShigatse and Lhasa 6 daysPrivate Tours $780$750$700$650
TB-CT-7DNyingchi and Lhasa 7 days Private Tours $800$780$750$700
TB-NM-5DLhasa and Namtso 5 days Private tours $680 $650$620 $580
Price per Person: More people, you will get more discount, Extra charge applicable for not included in Itinerary

What's included in this price?

1. Private professional English-speaking tour guide.
2. Private vehicle and Luggage Transfers.
3. All necessary Tibet travel permits.
4. All accommodations, based on double-occupancy. Above three star rated hotels in towns and city. Guest house or tent in remote areas.
5. Meals, depend as noted in the itinerary.
6. Admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary.
7. All Service Charges (the planning, handling, operational and communication charges) & government taxes.
8. Accident / Casualty Help

What's excluded in this price?

1. China visa, all air tickets and train tickets to and from Tibet.
2. Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary.
3. Meals not listed in the itinerary.
4. Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional tour activities, etc.
5. Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.
6. Excess Baggage Charges.
7. Single room supplement.

Value for money:

While the trip of a lifetime is priceless, we know value is a vital aspect for those deciding which tour to choose.

When comparing tour prices, be sure to compare like to like. Our tours are designed to ensure that our customers experience all the culture, history, and beauty that Tibet has to offer, and at a reasonable price.

A great way to ensure the lowest possible price is to invite more people on the trip. The more people in a group, the lower the price per person. (We recommend you join our group tour if you are traveling alone. Please contact our travel consultant for more information)

Booking early is also an easy way to ensure the best rate! We highly recommend you contact us at least 1 month before your planned departure date.

Miscellaneous info:

This overland adventure is a deep exploration into exotic Tibet. You will begin your journey in Lhasa, the heart of Tibet, before crossing the 'Roof of the World' and finally arriving in lush green Nepalese valleys. Witness a beautiful sunrise at Rongbuk Monastery and enjoy unparalleled vistas of Mt Everest at its base camp. So make sure your camera is charged and be prepared to have your breath taken away.

Recommended Groups: Suitable for most groups, though highly recommended for youths, couples and students, especially for photographers. Great for those who want to combine their tour from Lhasa with a tour of Kathmandu and also want to see Mt. Everest and stay overnight in Mt. Everest base camp.

Conditions: You will Biking an average of 6-8 hours per day after leaving Lhasa. The road condition is mostly good, though sections (about 200km) are a bit bumpy. There will be plenty of stops on the way to ensure a comfortable tour pace. As the altitude at Mt. Everest base camp is roughly 5,200m, a relatively high level of fitness is required. Our service will end at the border of Tibet and Nepal. It is also possible to start the tour in Kathmandu and come to Lhasa, though the price is slightly higher.

Best time: Between April, May and June is the best time to visit Mt. Everest, as you are more likely to have a great view of Mt. Everest. Avoid July and August as they are simultaneously the peak season and rainy season. Roads might be closed during winter time and rainy season. It may be too cold to travel to Mt. Everest from October to March.


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