Lhasa to Kathmandu Mountain Bike Tour

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  • Mountain biking
  • Mountains
  • Natural landmarks sightseeing
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  • duration 23 days
  • tour type Private
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 16+ years old
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Trek difficulty Easy
  • Starts Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Ends Kathmandu, Nepal
Tour with Flexible Booking Policy
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  • See the north face of Mt Everest. Travel to Everest Base Camp (Tibetan side)
  • Discover rich Tibetan culture during visits to Potala Palace & Jokhang Temple
  • Cycle past beautiful lakes and mountains of Tibet
  • Experience one of the longest downhill mountain biking in the world
Join on on this epic, 23-day, trans-Himalayan bicycle journey that takes you from Kathmandu to Lhasa and back. Prepare for your upcoming bicycle adventure on Day 3 of this trip while riding your bike around Kathmandu. Then fly to Lhasa and enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Tibetan capital city before your journey begins.

Ride more than 1,100km through Tibet on gravel roads and over spectacular mountain passes. The high point of the journey is at the monastery of Rongbuk, from where you can see Mount Everest Base Camp (5,200m). You can walk, cycle or take a donkey cart to the base camp. Then enjoy one of the world's longest and steepest descent – a non-stop downhill journey that begins on the Tibetan Plateau and winds 150 km down to the fertile rice fields of Nepal (an unbelievable 4,600m descent).

Stay overnight in hotels and tents during this journey. An experienced crew of guides, cooks and drivers from both Nepal and Tibet will ensure a smooth operation of this trip. Plus, this mountain bike experience will also bring you into contact with two religions (Buddhism and Hinduism) and act as an introduction to the mysticism of Tibetan culture, the friendliness of the people and the daily life in the villages.

Please note that this tour is only available between the months of April and October and features 15 full days of mountain biking with full logistical support.

5 - Excellent
Based on 34 reviews
  • Atam
  • From Turkey
  • On Aug 07 2019
5 - Excellent
Atam's review for another Makalu Adventure tour
“Everest Base Camp Trek was my dream and I had the chance to live this wonderful experience. It was so amazing to walk in and around the mountains, tents in Base Camp. That was an unforgettable experience for me.”
  • Axel
  • From Germany
  • On Aug 10 2019
5 - Excellent
Axel's review for another Makalu Adventure tour
“We really enjoyed the trip from Lhasa to Kathmandu in 2018. Great landscape, very friendly people, interesting towns and villages with exciting monasteries. Everything went very well on the trip, also because of the great organisation of Makalu Adventure and the tour-guide Shiva. Not to forget the cook Angkami who prepared delicious and daily changing meals.”
  • René
  • From Netherlands
  • On Sep 05 2019
5 - Excellent
René's review for another Makalu Adventure tour
“A challenging tour, with lots of breathtaking scenery and culture. I did this trip in September 2015 and can certainly recommend it. Be aware that depending on the type of road it's partly a hiking trip; for me that made it even more special.”
  • Day 1: Kathmandu arrival & transfer to hotel
  • Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing tour
  • Day 3: Mountain biking around Kathmandu
  • Day 4: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa
  • Day 5: Lhasa: Full-day sightseeing tour
  • Day 6: Lhasa: Full-day sightseeing tour continues
  • Day 7: Start your bicycle tour
  • Day 8: Cycle through the Kamba Pass
  • Day 9: Karo Pass
  • Day 10: Cycle to Gyantse
  • Day 11: Cycle to Shigatse
  • Day 12: Cycle to Gyachung Monastery
  • Day 13: Cycle to Lhatse
  • Day 14: Cycle to Shegar
  • Day 15: Cycle through Pang Pass
  • Day 16: Cycle to Rongbuk Monastery
  • Day 17: Cycle to Everest Base Camp
  • Day 18: Cycle to Tingri
  • Day 19: Cycle to Peokutso Lake
  • Day 20: Hundred kilometre downhill cycling to Upper Kerong (Gyirong)
  • Day 21: Cycle to Kerong border
  • Day 22: Cycle to Syabrubesi & Drive to Kathmandu (140km drive)
  • Day 23: Kathmandu departure
  • All ground transfers as per the above itinerary, including pickup and drop-off on the first and the last days of the tour
  • Hotel in Kathmandu (including breakfast)
  • Hotels in Tibet (including breakfast) as per the Itinerary
  • All group camping equipment like two-man tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, shower tent, toilet tent, tables, chairs & mattresses
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu including all entrance fees wherever applicable
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Lhasa
  • A support vehicle to carry your luggage and a Land Cruiser for assistance. These vehicles are available at all times while in Tibet
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu. Other meals as per the itinerary (we offer hot, fresh meals three times a day while camping. These meals are prepared by our professional kitchen crew)
  • Daily wages and insurance for staff and guides.
OPTIONAL ADDONS (Available during check-out)
  • Kathmandu to Lhasa Flight
  • Chinese (Tibet) Visa
  • Airfare: Kathmandu-Lhasa (available as an addon)
  • Tibet travel permit & visa fees
  • Nepal re-entry visa fees
  • Travel insurance with high-altitude rescue & evacuation
  • All monastery entrance fees in Tibet wherever applicable
  • Expenses that are personal in nature like phone calls and laundry
  • Lunch/dinner while staying in hotels both in Kathmandu and Tibet
  • Bar bills
  • Tips
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Other Practical InformationTHE HIGHEST & THE LONGEST What makes the trans-Himalayan route so special? It is the highest road in the world, averaging an altitude of 4,500 meters above sea level as it traverses the Tibetan Plateau. Secondly, the route boasts the world's longest continuous descent, which of course means that you will face the world's longest uphill if you are heading in the opposite direction. But the best of all is the sense of isolation and awe-inspiring scenery that travelers enjoy despite an onslaught of zigzagging mountain passes and a constant battle against breathlessness. CONDITIONS Expect to cover 70km to 100km per day. Make sure you have clothes for all conditions: Remember that you are above the clouds and days can get sunny. You might also encounter snow, rain, hail and it might get very, very cold at the drop of a hat. WHAT IS THE BIKING EXPERIENCE LIKE? Children carry baskets of yak dung home to be used as insulation and fuel. Yaks are everything out here: Yak skin makes tents and canoes; and yak milk, butter, curd and cheese are a staple. People love yak steak and yak wool makes great sweaters. Even yak urine is used as medicine for exposed cuts. After eight or nine days and 600km of cycling, you should find yourself around the town of Pelbar, the entrance to Everest National Park. It is here that you will probably leave Highway 318 for a few days and head south to Everest Base Camp. By now, you will be suffering from at least half of the following ailments: Knee ligament damage, saddle rash, backache, a very sore backside, cramps in your feet, a runny nose, diarrhoea, constipation, flatulence, headaches, nausea, dry eyes, a dusty cough, insomnia, lethargy, sunburn, frostbite and altitude sickness, not to mention any injuries you might have incurred from falling off your bike! Fear not! For all these maladies combined cannot stop you now. Behold the Pang La, the mountain pass that rises in front of you! Grit your teeth, meditate and do whatever you have to do to get into the groove, to get that Lance Armstrong vibe and hunker down for the next four or five hours to tackle this monster. MOUNT EVEREST Conquering the Pang La is a divine tribulation that you must deal with before being allowed to witness one of the planet's most stupefying vistas. After no less than 42 switchbacks and a 900m increase in elevation, you finally reach the cairn atop the pass, adorned in colourful Buddhist prayer flags. Suddenly the curtain is pulled back to reveal the row of Himalayan peaks you have been chasing. Mount Everest! You are now feeling physically and mentally drained. After all, those last four or five hairpin bends were accomplished on willpower alone. You might find tears freezing on your weather-beaten cheek as you finally dismount and gaze in awe at the white bowling pins before your eyes: Mount Makalu (8,463m), Mount Lhotse (8,516m), Mount Jachonggangri (7,985m), Mount Cho Oyu (8,210m), Mount Shisapangma (8,012m), and the one that Tibetans have for centuries been calling Chomolungma (or 'Mother Goddess of the World') – Mount Everest. BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE Over 1,258 bikers from 61 different countries have participated in this Lhasa to Kathmandu mountain bike tour with us since 1998. Our success rate is above 96 percent.
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