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We had a wonderful time in Tibet. We have learned a lot about this unique destination because of the wonderful guide Degyi who is so knowledge and always available towards our tours. We stayed at the Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa, and we would never imagine a Tibet travel could be so nice and amazing without the help of Degyi.

Also, thanks a lot to our Tibetan driver Mr.Wongdun for his safe driving and a good sense of service along the way.

We shall return Tibet in the near future!

P.B. and A. A - Europe
Tibet Travel

June 2018 (Private Tibet Journey from Kathmandu)



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Cyclists' Tibet - Biking from Lhasa to KathmanduTour Name:         Cyclists' Tibet - Biking from Lhasa to Kathmandu
Tour Code:          M98D244
Duration:            18 Days & 17 Nights
Destination:        Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Rongbuk, Mt.Everest Base Camp, Tingri, Zhangmu/Dram, Kathmandu
Features:            This is just an epic ride in the world, cycling through the "Land of Snows", Tibet, to Kathmandu, Nepal, crossing six high mountain passes over 5000 meters. Before you embark on your biking adventure you have three nights in Lhasa to acclimatize and to absorb the exotic Tibetan heritages and to explore this history-laden city. With its spectacular mountain scenery and rich Buddhist culture, Tibet is an amazing place to visit. You will be expertly guided around the most significant and ancient Gompas (monasteries) of Lhasa, Gyantse & Shigatse by your Tibetan guide, who will instruct you on the intricacies of Tibetan Buddhism. The biking route takes you across high altitude desert, over awesome mountain passes, stopping off at Rongbuk Monastery and Base Camp of Everest, before making the spine-tingling world's longest downhill biking to Kathmandu, Nepal. An adrenalin-fueled challenging mountain biking trip of all times!
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Arrive in Lhasa, be met and transferred to hotel. Free at own leisure for altitude acclimation. N/A  Lhasa Kyichu Hotel



Cultural visits in and around Lhasa to Sera Monastery, Potala Palace, or relax in Lhasa. B, L  Lhasa Kyichu Hotel



Cultural visits in and around Lhasa to Norbulingka Park, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street. B, L  Lhasa Kyichu Hotel


Cycle to Drepung Monastery for cultural visit. Biking back hotel in the town of Lhasa.  B, L  Lhasa Kyichu Hotel

 Lhasa - Chusul

Ride out of Lhasa along Kyichu River to Chusul. B, L, D  Camp or Lodge

 Chusul - Nagarze

Cycle across the Khamba-la pass, descending to Yamdrok Lake and onwards to Nagarze. B, L, D  Camp

 Nagarze - Longma

Ascend to Karo La (5045m) followed by descent to Longma. B, L, D  Camp

 Longma - Gyantse

Biking over the Simi-la pass (4,330m) and proceed to Gyantse Town. Sightseeing in Gyantse for the Pelkhor Chode Monastery and Kumbum Stupa.  B, L, D  Gyantse Yeti Hotel

 Gyantse - Shigatse

Riding to Shigatse. B, L, D Shigatse Manasarovar Hotel


One day rest at Shigatse to visit Tashilhunpo Monastery. B, L, D Shigatse Manasarovar Hotel

 Shigatse - Tso-la pass

Cycle to Tso-la pass.   B, L, D  Camp

 Tso-la pass - Gyatsola

Biking through Lhatse town and onwards to the camp below Gyatsola Pass. B, L, D  Camp

 Gyatsola - Shegar

Climbing toward the highest pass Gyatso-La and descent to Shegar. B, L, D  Mt.Everest Hotel

 Shegar - Tashi Zong

Cycling on the bumpy dirt road upwards to Tashi Zong, a Tibetan village on the half way to Rongbuk Monastery. B, L, D  Camp

 Rongbuk Monastery

Biking all the way up to Rongbuk Monastery.  B, L, D  Camp or Lodge

 Everest Base Camp

Riding to the Base Camp of Mt.Everest, walking at the B.C., cycle back Rongbuk to watch sunset. B, L, D  Camp or Lodge

 Rongbuk - Tingri

Cycle down to Tingri through the Nam La (5100m). B, L, D  Local Lodge

 Tingri - Nyalam

Biking to Nyalam, short stop at the Cave of Milarepa. B, L, D  Local Lodge


Riding a downhill road to Zhangmu, the Tibetan border town with Nepal. B, L, D  Local Lodge


 Zhangmu - Dhulikhel

Cross the border pass and enter in Nepal, biking to Dhulikhel. B, L, D Local Lodge


 Dhulikhel - Kathmandu

Cycle to Kathmandu, Nepal's capital city. B, L Local Hotel


Trip ends after breakfast. B N/A

Day01 Arrival Lhasa
You will be greeted and received by your Tibetan guide and driver with Hadda (snow white silk ribbon for Tibetan to greet distingue guests). Transferred to your hotel in the city and free at own leisure to acclimatize to the altitude.

Day02 Lhasa (B, L)Potala Palace
Acclimatization day with sightseeing in Lhasa. We will visit a few places such as Sera Monastery which is one of Lhasa's great monasteries. You will visit Sera Monastery which was created in AD1419 and has always been an important Buddhist seminary. Here in Sera, you have chance to see the grand occasion of the Buddhist monk debating at one big courtyard. After Lunch, we will visit the famous Potala Palace, which was originally constructed in 637 by Songtsen Gampo, the first king of the united Tibet, and later expanded and served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas as well as the religious-political nexus of traditional Tibet.

Day03 Lhasa (B, L)Norbulingka Park,Lhasa,Tibet
Cultural visits in and around Lhasa to Norbulingka Park, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street. Jokhang Temple is the center of the Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred land of Buddhist followers where thousands of pilgrims come for worship everyday. Walk on the holy Barkhor Circuit and do some shopping if desired.

Day04 Lhasa (B, L)Drepung Monastery,Lhasa,Tibet
After a good breakfast we will start biking for Drepung Monastery cycling right in front and passing the Potala. The monastery is situated 25km to the west of Lhasa, this is to further acclimatize and adjust to the climate and altitude. which was established in 1416AD and the second, third and fourth Dalai Lama once resided in. Riding back to your hotel in Lhasa.

Day05 Lhasa - Chusul (B, L, D)Cycling Tibet
Cycling through the busy roads for about 45 minutes we leave Lhasa behind please remember to always keep on the left hand side as there will be vehicles plying on this road as well and as we cycle along the Bhramhaputra river heading toward the bottom of Khamba-la, Approx. 6-7 hours ride. O/N Camp

Day06 Chusul - Nagarze (B, L, D)Yamdrok Lake,Tibet
Biking over the Khamba-la pass (4795 m), approx. 24km climb passing the old road between Gyantse and Lhasa the dazzling Yamdrok-tso (also known as Scorpion Lake) can be seen from the summit of the Kambha-la pass. To the interior of the lake ten or so hilly islands stand independently one from the other which give homes to flocks of wild ducks. A lot of colorful ducks and geese are swimming on the surface of the lake. There is also plenty of natural fodder for the fish in the lake. The lake has a fish reserve of about 300 million kilograms. That is why it is called "the Fish Store of Tibet". The coast of the lake is an ideal pasture. All these make an intoxicating quite picture. After lunch we cycle down to our campsite on the other side of Yamdrok Lake before Nagarze town Approx.: 6-7 hours ride. O/N Camp. Distance: 68km, Altitude: 4300m

Day07 Nagarze - Longma (B, L, D)Biking in Tibet
After breakfast we pack up and cycle on a straight path toward the Karo-La (5,050) pass, cycling on the out skirt of the town Nagarze, with a panoramic view sweeping from the left hand side up to the front thus having great views of the Himalayas & glaciers upon reaching the summit of karo-la pass one can awe at the sight of the glacier which is approximately 50 meters below the pass. From here we ride down the path which has been slowly erroded by water that has made it resemble some what to a water slide at an amusement park and taking us almost to the camp site before Ralung Monastery intersection (Longma). Approx. 6 hours ride. O/N Camp. Distance: 49km, Altitude: 4610m

Day08 Longma - Gyantse (B, L, D)Kumbum Stupa,Gyantse,Tibet
Biking over the Simi-La pass (4,330m), we are on a pleasant and gradual ride to Gyantse town. The road is a gentle climb with a pleasant view of a man made lake for the purpose of generating electricity from a dam. We enjoy a nice lunch at the summit of Simi-la. Upon reaching Gyantse (3950), in the Nyang Chu valley 254km south-west of Lhasa, is one of the least Chinese-influenced towns in Tibet and is worth a visit for this reason alone. Sightseeing in Gyantse for the Pelkhor Chode Monastery and Kumbum Stupa. Built in the15th century and situated in the northwestern edge of Gyantse, Pelkor Monastery is the only one large building complex in Tibet that old monastery and stupas are completely preserved and characterized as a monument. It is recorded 14,000 kilograms of copper was used to make the 8-meter-high sitting statue of Sakyamuni Buddha housed in the grand hall of the temple. The 8-storey stupa is 42m high and 62m in diameters contains a total of 76 chapels with wonderful murals revered by art scholars around the world. Kumbum Stupa opens 8 doors, which are decorated with relief sculptures of lively flying dragons, running lions and walking elephants. It is a master-piece of the joint efforts of the Nepalese, Tibetan and Chinese. Approx.: 4-5 hours. The remainder of the afternoon is free for you to visit the monasteries and Stupas contained within this historical town. O/N Hotel. Distance: 87km, Altitude: 3950m

Day09 Gyantse - Shigatse (B, L, D)Shigatse Farming Area
Today's ride is a scenic and gentle 90 km across beautiful plains with a dramatic mountain backdrop. After a mid-ride lunch stop, we continue across the plains to Shigatse, Tibet's 2nd biggest town in the traditional capital of Tsang. The Tsang kings exercised their power from the towering heights of Shigatse turning this town in to an important trading town as well as an administrative centre. Approx. 6-7 hours. O/N Hotel. Distance: 90km, Altitude: 3900m

Day10 Shigatse (B, L)Tashilhunpo Monastery,Tibet
One day rest at Shigatse to visit Tashilhunpo Monastery. The monastery is the biggest Gelugpa monastery in the Tsang regions of Tibet, sprawls on the slope of Mt. Niser, south-west of Shigatse. Tashilhunpo is associated with the Gelugpa order and is one of the six great Gelugpa institutions along with Drepung, Sera and Ganden in Lhasa and Kumbum and Labrang in Amdo. It is probably the largest functioning monastic institution in contemporary Tibet and is an impressive place to explore.

Day11 Shigatse - Tso-la pass (B, L, D)Biking in Tibet
Today will be a long day ride, with an occasional paved road making the rest of the road a dusty one and we will stop for lunch break besides the Ra Chu River, then we cycle on to our camp below the Tso-la pass (4500). Approx. 6-7 hours O/N Camp. Distance: 112km or 83KM if tired, Altitude: 4000m

Day12 Tso-la pass - Gyatsola (B, L, D)Tibet Cycling Tour
After we leave Tso-La pass (4500m), we go down a long 9km descent & pass through Larze. Which is a small truck stop and is a dusty place but has some shops with well stocked shelves and few guesthouses. Camp below the Gyatso-la near a river. O/N Camp. Approx. 6-7 hours. Distance: 58km, Altitude: 4150m

Day13 Gyatsola - Shegar (B, L, D)Bike Riding Journey in Tibet
In the morning after breakfast we cycle up to a 25km climbing toward the highest pass Gyatso-La (5220m). The ride to Gyatso-la is an interesting one as we will be in the middle of a gorge during the start of this particular ride accompanied by a river on the right hand side. Approximately 7km before reaching the summit we suddenly come to an opening where we can once again see the great mountains but it will be very windy at this point (we advise for you to have wind proof attire ready as our support vehicle will be at a distance just in case) until we cross the pass and descent down to Shegar. O/N Hotel. Distance: 70km, Altitude: 4350m

Day14 Shegar - Tashi Zong (B, L, D)Riding on Winding Road to Mt.Everest
Today we start our ride on a paved road up to the police check post. Here we would have to produce our passport to the authorities and after the check post we will turn off the Friendship Highway around 6km west of the Shegar checkpoint where our guide will sort out the permits for the Everest region. From here the path will be the toughest of bumpy roads. The road is very winding both up hill and down hill with sharp turns. On this particular road we would like to advise everyone to stay on the edge of the road at a safe pace because of heavy vehicle also using this road which takes us to the Pangla pass (5200m), a rocky uphill. From here a superb panoramic view of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu can be seen on a clear day. We will bike downhill towards the river where after crossing it we will face the windiest place of our tour. We will cycle to the Tashi Zong.  O/N Camp. Approx. 5-6 hours. Distance: 60km, Altitude: 4320m

Day15 Tashi Zong - Rongbuk (B, L, D)Rongbuk Monasery Near Base Camp of Mt.Everest
Today we will be on a bumpy road but a gentle climb up to Rongpbu monastery from our campsite. With an altitude of 5,030 meters it is the highest temple in the world. It was said the Rongbuk Monastery had been built as early as the time of the Fifth Dalai Lama. Approx. 4-5 hours. O/N Camp. Distance: 33km, Altitude: 5000m

Day16 Mt. Everest Base Camp (B, L, D)Mt.Everest in Tibet
After breakfast, we take to our bikes and head slowly up the gravel jeep trail to Everest Base Camp. The route is only 5kms, but the stunning views and thin air mean it might well take 90 minutes! The views from Base Camp are spectacular and offer a 360 degree panorama of the high Himalaya to put your photographic skills to the test! After enjoying the ambience of Base Camp, we return to our tented accommodation where our cooks will have prepared another amazing lunch! The afternoon is free to relax and enjoy the incredible surroundings. 100% off-road. Maximum ride distance 8km.

Day17 Rongbuk - Tingri (B, L, D)Riding in Tibet
Heading back out of the wide valley, a turn-off takes us over the Nam La pass and along smaller tracks to Tingri, a little town overlooking the sweeping plains. Tingri is bordered by the mighty Himalayas and we will have distant views of Everest, Cho Oyu, as well as the ruins of buildings destroyed in the 18th century Nepalese invasion of Tibet. 100% off-road. Maximum ride distance 70km. Approx. 7-8 hours Altitude: 4340m

Day18 Tingri - Nyalam (B, L, D)Tibet Cycle Tours
Biking to Nyalam, short stop at the Cave of Milarepa. Please make sure that you check your brakes properly because we will be riding mostly downhill from here which is another 6 hours biking that bring us to Nyalam which literary means "The Gateway to Hell" in Tibetan. This is because the road drops from Nylam like a stone off the Tibetan plateau into a mossy gorge of waterfalls and cascades which during the monsoon creates a sea of clouds that submerges the road and thus giving the effect of an eerie scene out of a horror movie. Before reaching Nylam just 10km off there is a place with the closest cultural sight which is Nyalam Pelgye Ling, a small temple that is associated with the Cave of Milarepa, the famous Buddhist mystic and composer of songs who lived during the late 11th to the early 12th century. We camp after Nyalam. Approx. 7 hours. O/N Camp. Distance: 80km, Altitude: 3650m

Day19 Nyalam - Zhangmu (B, L, D)Cycling Journey in Tibet
Our last day in Tibet, we descent (2850m to Barabise) on the longest downhill of our tour on a bad road which is muddy, rocky and slippery with a big drop on the right hand side into the river Bhote Kosi. Heading towards the border Zhangmu which also is known as Khasa in Nepali and Dram in Tibetan. Approx. 4-5hrs, Distance: 109km, Altitude: 2200m

Day20 Zhangmu - Dhulikhel (B, L, D)Biking through Tibet to Nepal
Ride to the Friendship Bridge and cross the border into Nepal. Please remember to ride on the left in Nepal! From Dolalghat we transfer to Dhulikhel. Maximum ride distance 50km.

Day21 Dhulikhel - Kathmandu (B, L)Kathmandu
The last day of our biking trip bring us back to where our journey began, to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. Approx. 3 hours. O/N Hotel Distance: 32km, Altitude: 1300m

Day22 Depart Kathmandu (B)
Riding tour finishes after breakfast.

Tour costing varies upon group size, travel season and hotel accommodation levels etc. For price details please email us at info@splendidchinatours.com.

Price inclusions:
01). All accommodations based on two persons sharing one room (single occupancy is subject to supplement);
02). China internal flights with airport tax or train as stated in the program;
03). Round-trip transfers between airports or railway stations, hotels, and scenic spots in each city by private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced licensed drivers;
04). All admission fees and activity expenses as listed in the itinerary;
05). Daily meals as specified in the itinerary: B denotes breakfast, L denotes lunch, and D denotes dinner (SD signifies special dinner);
06). Services of a local English speaking guide in each city (other languages can be arranged upon request, supplement may apply);
07). Tibet local travel permits such as Tibet Entry Permit (TTB), Alien's Travel Permit (PSB) and Military Permit etc. when applicable;
08). Mountain bike rental, mechanic, cook and camping tent with sleeping mattress during camping;
09). Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour;
10). Governmental taxes and fees.

Price excluded:
01). International airfare to/from China;
02). Chinese Visa fees;
03). Expenses of personal natural such as laundry, telephone, drinks, mini bar etc;
04). Personal shopping, optional activities and excess baggage charges;
05). Gratuities for local tour guides, drivers and hotel bellboy etc;
06). Personal sleeping bag;
07). International travel insurance;
08). Services and activities that are not mentioned in the itinerary.

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