The Tibetan Plateau is a landscape like nothing else on Earth, an epic, empty expanse of breathtaking majesty. Cycling is without doubt one of the best ways to discover a country.Enthusiastic adventurers from all over the world regard Tibet as an ultimate adventure travel destination for its unlimited possibilities. Undeniably, Cycling in Tibet offer most insightful, inspiring and intriguing experience as you cycle broad valley of barley, rich yak pastures, picturesque flower-carpeted valleys, deep gorges, rugged high altitude deserts, successions of glacier-topped mountains and highly glaciated mountain passes.
Cycling in Tibet not only introduce you to its Himalayan peaks, monasteries and culture but also equally educates you on its distinctive flora and fauna, and chances to interact with Tibetan Nomads is another incomparable enjoyment of cycling in Tibet. Cycling in Tibet you are certain to witness rich & exotic species like Himalayan black bear, giant Tibetan brown bear, snow leopards and so many other exotic species which you have never seen before.
Cycling in Tibet since its opening has been the most popular trial. We cannot perform independent travel. We require travel permit, a tour guide and a private vehicle with a driver. An organized tour is the most under rules and regulation of Tibet. It takes about 2- 4 weeks to cycle the Tibetan Autonomous Region. A support vehicle, guide and a reliable cycling tour operator is the most. This tour offers a unique mix of millennia-old culture and scenery of jaw-dropping grandeur. Starting from the vibrant city of Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province and a major Chinese cultural centre, you’ll head out into the rice paddies of the Sichuan Basin to begin a gentle climb up to the Tibetan Plateau. Plotting a course through wide river valleys lined with soaring snow-topped mountains, you’ll soon reach the sweeping Tibetan grasslands, where you’ll visit ancient monasteries and even meet a few nomadic yak herders! Ride on over high mountain passes, where colourful prayer flags flutter in the breeze under a sky of the purest blue – the defining image of this magical region. It’s then back down to Sichuan for some leisurely cycling, fine dining and even a visit to a panda breeding centre before the tour comes to close back in Chengdu.
Cycling trails has been improved greatly across the Tibetan Plateau. We can cycle through the dirt roads to remote regions like Amdo and Kham. The route around the Yarlung valley and Mt. Kailash is the popular one. In the Kham region, the overland route from Kangding to Shangri- La has become quite popular. Since this route lies in western Sichuan and northwest Yunnan provinces, no organized tour is required making this route affordable for all budgets. This area is rich in Tibetan culture, even better than some areas in the Tibet Autonomous Region, so don’t feel like you are not seeing the “real Tibet” by taking this route. A popular cycling route in Amdo is the route from Chengdu to Xining via northern Sichuan, southwest Gansu and eastern Qinghai.If you plan to cycle in Tibet, make sure you bring a good tent, sleeping bag and other quality camping gear. There are towns along most of the popular cycling routes, but you will still need to camp in between towns. Though the Amdo and Kham regions, found in western Sichuan, northern Sichuan, Qinghai, southwest Gansu and northwest Yunnan provinces, are excellent and do not require any organized tour, all foreigners planning to cycle in the Tibet Autonomous Region MUST be part of an organized tour. There are many travel agencies that can arrange cycling tours with the required travel permits, tour guide, private vehicle and driver.
Although it is our intention to operate the itinerary as detailed below, it may be necessary to make some changes as a result of climatic conditions, alterations to flight schedules or other operational factors
DAY 01: Warm welcome with Nepalese Cultural way at Airport by Himalaya Thunder Team.
DAY 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing. Preparation of your bike in the evening.
DAY 03: Fly to Lhasa from Kathmandu.
DAY 04: Lhasa sightseeing.
DAY 05: Sightseeing and tour preparation.
DAY 06: We cycle down to Khamba-la, approx. 6-7 hour's ride. Overnight in camp. Distance: 85km, Altitude: 3550m.
DAY 07: Biking over the Khamba-La pass (4794 m), approx. 24km climb and we will have lunch at the beautiful Yamdrok lake. After lunch we cycle down to our campsite on the other side of Yamdrok lake before Nagarze approx. 6-7 hours ride. Overnight in camp. Distance: 68km, Altitude: 4300m
DAY 08: Bike over the Karo-La (5045) pass, take a break and enjoy the great views of Himalayas. Camp before Ralung Monastery intersection. Approx. 6 hours ride. Overnight in camp. Distance: 49km, Altitude: 4610m.
DAY 09: Bike over the Simi-La (4,330m), and then it's a pleasant gradual ride to Gyantse town. Approx: 4-5 hours. Rest of the afternoon is free for you to visit the monasteries and nearby stupas of Gyantse. Overnight in hotel. Distance: 87km, Altitude: 3950m
DAY 10: A long days ride will take us across vast stretches of flatland to Shigatse, Tibet's 2nd biggest city in the province of Tsang. Since the rest of the road today is dusty you could bike or drive. . Approx. 7-8 hours. Overnight in hotel. Distance: 90km, Altitude: 3900m.
DAY 11: Long day ride, lunch break besides the Ra Chu river, then we cycle on to our camp below the Tso-La (4500). Today we can hardly ride on paved road about 45km. Approx. 6-7 hours Overnight in camp. Distance: 112km or 83KM if tired, Altitude : 4000m
DAY 12: Bike over the Tso-La pass (4500m), down hill rides 9km & pass Lartse. Camp below the Gyatso-La. Overnight in camp. Approx. 6-7 hours. Distance: 58km, Altitude: 4150m
DAY 13: Bike over the highest pass Gyatso-La (5220m), approx. 23km climb and descent down to Shegar. Overnight in hotel. Distance: 70km, Altitude: 4350m
DAY 14: Today we ride or drive of 3 hours, which takes us to the Pang-La pass (5200m), rocky uphill. From here a superb panorama from Makalu to Shishapangma can be seen. Bike downhill towards the Tashi Zong village and camp at Pasoom. Overnight in camp. Approx. 5-6 hours. Distance: 62km, Altitude: 4350m
DAY 15: Bike to Rongbuk monastery at our campsite. Approx. 4-5 hours. Overnight in camp. Distance: 33km, Altitude: 5000m
DAY 16: After breakfast, we bike to Everest Base Camp and after lunch back to Pasoom campsite. Approx. 6-7 hours/ O/N Camp. Distance: 49km, Altitude: 4350m.
DAY 17: Drive and bike towards Tingri, our campsite will be nearby Tsamda Hot Spring. Approx. 7-8 hours. Overnight in camp. Distance: 112km, Altitude: 4340m.
DAY 18: We cycle on the highway and camp at Lhavlung Dovang between Thong-La (5050) and Zarakpa (5000m). Approx. 5-6 hours. Overnight in camp. Distance: 78km, Altitude: 4850m
DAY 19: Today the biking takes us over the pass of Lalung-la, which offers spectacular view of Gaurishankar, Dorje Lhakpa, Shishapangma and Langtang. From here another 6 hours biking brings us tour Nyalam camp. Approx. 5-6 hours. Overnight in camp. Distance: 65km, Altitude: 3650m.
DAY 20: Our last day in Tibet, cycle downhill towards the border Zangmu and enter Nepal through Kodari. Approx. 3-4 hours biking, we will have a lunch before Barabise and we ride till Dolalghat and then a van will transfer us to hotel in Dhulikhel. Approx. 2 hours. Overnight in lodge. The last day party will be held in the hotel. Don't forget to enjoy the sunrise early morning. Distance: 127km, Altitude: 1500m
DAY 21: The last day of our biking around the valley rim brings us to Kathmandu. We will transfer you to hotel. Approx. 2 hours bike duration. Distance: 32km, Altitude: 1300m
DAY 22: See off at Airport in Nepalese Cultural manner for final Departure.
Note: Presented Itinerary is our tentative plan to make your experience rich. It can be customized as client's interest and timeframe.
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