22 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Bike Tour
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22 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Bike Tour

Lhasa to Kathmandu Bike Tour is a long journey full of amazing sceneries and cultural experience. Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa for two days' acclimation in Lhasa city, then bike toward Everest Base Camp via the beautiful turquoise Yamdrok Lake, and the way back to Kathmandu.

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  • Itinerary Details
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22 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Bike Tour

  • lhasa
  • gyangtse
  • shigatse
  • lhatse
  • tingri
  • rongphuk
  • nyalamu
  • zhangmu
  • kathmandu

22 Day

$ 4400

Itinerary Highlights

    Visit the most famous sights of legendary Kathmandu

    Admire the pearl on the roof of the world – the Potala Palace

    Travel from Lhasa to Kathmandu by bike

    Immerse yourself in the spectacular scenery along the road from Lhasa to Kathmandu

  • Itinerary Details
  • Service Included
  • Trip Notes
Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu, Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square
Hotel: Stay overnight in Kathmandu Meals:dinner

Transfer to your hotel after arriving in Kathmandu airport.

After a little rest, visit the Durbar Square. The Durbar Square lies in the heart of Kathmandu. It also called as Hanuman Dhoka Palace Square locally -an ancient seat of the Nepalese Royalty. Most of the buildings we see here date from 15th to 18th century.

Some of the important monuments to be seen here are: Taleju temple, Jagannath temple, Kal Bhairav, Kumari Ghar, Kasthamandap - built from the timber of a single tree.

Day 2 Kathmandu Day Tour - Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa
Hotel: Stay overnight in Kathmandu Meals:breakfast , lunch , dinner

In the morning, first drive to Pashupatinath Temple which is situated 5 kilometers east of Kathmandu City and is one of the holiest temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Then drive to Boudhanath Stupa, 8 kilometers east of Kathmandu City. Boudhanath Stupa is one of the biggest in the world of its kind.

After lunch, drive to Swayambhunath Stupa, located approximately 4 kilometers west of Kathmandu city. This Buddhist Stupa is said to be 2000 years old.

Day 3 Flight to Tibet & Acclimation
Hotel: Lhasa Hotel (3-star/4-star) Meals:breakfast , lunch , dinner

Take the morning flight to Lhasa. In a little over one hour, the Kathmandu - Lhasa air journey covers rugged terrain that once took trade caravans months to cross. The views are spectacular, and on a clear day, as many as eight of the world's 14 highest peaks - including Everest - lie before you.

At the Lhasa airport, you will be transferred to your hotel in Lhasa for a relaxing adjustment to the altitude!

Day 4 Lhasa City Sightseeing - Potala Palace - Jokhang Temple - Barkhor Street
Hotel: Lhasa Hotel (3-star/4-star) Meals:breakfast , lunch , dinner

This is your 2rd day in Tibet, so you should be physically ready for Potala Palace—the palace with a lot of steps.

Climb up to Potala Palace, Tibet’s iconic landmark. You’ll see a lot of precious decorated statues, Buddhist scriptures and murals inside. Your guide will reveal to you the interesting history of the palace.

Visit Jokhang Temple (elevation 3,700 m), said to be the spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism. You will see many pilgrims prostrating themselves near the temple. Take part with locals in the 20-minute walk with prayer wheels, clockwise around Jokhang Temple. Take a stroll round Barkhor Street and see some Tibetan handicrafts.

Tip:
There are 1,080 steps up to Potala Palace and climbing steps on the plateau is not easy. If it’s too demanding physically, you don’t have to climb all the steps, and your tour guide will adjust your route accordingly.

Day 5 Lhasa City Sightseeing - Sera Monastery – Drepung Monastery
Hotel: Lhasa Hotel (3-star/4-star) Meals:breakfast , lunch , dinner

Enjoy a hotel breakfast, and visit Norbulingka in the morning; formerly the summer palace for the Dalai Lamas. Nowadays, Norbulingka is a beautiful public park and a good place to see locals camping and picnicking in summer.

Watch a monks’ daily debate in Sera Monastery (elevation 4,000 m), the second most important monastery in Tibet. The debate not to be missed is held at 15:30 every day, except Sundays. Monks are happy to live in the monastery and study Buddhist scriptures there.

Later you will visit Drepung Monastery, renowned as the site for the annual Shoton Festival. If you visit in early August, you will have a chance to see for yourself this largest of Tibetan festivals.

General rules for visiting temples in Tibet: Cameras are not allowed in the temples or in the debate field, but taking photos with a cell phone is ok. When visiting a temple, your shoulders should be covered, and you should not wear shorts. Walk clockwise when visiting Barkhor Street.

Sera Monastery

Drepung

Day 6 Short ride out of Lhasa (85 km)
Hotel: Camping Meals:breakfast , lunch , dinner

The first riding day is very short and easy. Your journey towards Everest starts with the Friendship Highway as it heads out across the plateau. The road is in good condition and quite flat.

Leave Lhasa and cycle along the beautiful Tsangpo River to the foot of the Kamba La Pass (3700 m).

Day 7 Ride to Yamdrok Tso via Kamba La Pass (55 km)
Hotel: Camping Meals:breakfast

You will overcome the first mountain pass of this trip. A strong uphill climbing along a tar road of several switchbacks, we will reach a summit lavishly adorned with prayer flags (4794m).

After descending we continue togo along Lake Yamdrok Tso, at the far side of which set up camp (4490m). The dazzlingly turquoise green Yamdrok-Tso Lake is one of the three great holy lakes in Tibet.

Day 8 Yamdrok Tso to Karo La Pass Base (54 km)
Hotel: Camping Meals:breakfast

Leave the beautiful lake behind, we will cycle along the Friendship highway which soon becomes a gravel roadway. Through a ravine and up to the foot of the Karo La Pass (4750m), your tented village will be prepared for the night.

Day 9 Karo La Pass to Gyantse (86 km)
Hotel: Camping Meals:breakfast

Today is a significant day on the tour. Get up early to climb the high Karo La Pass (5010m). You can see glaciers stretching down to 6000m and beautiful lakes. You are rewarded with a night in a top hotel in the city of Gyantse (3980m).

Day 10 Gyantse to Shigatse (94 km)
Hotel: Overnight at Shigatse Meals:breakfast

First visit the Gyantse Dzong and Gyantse Kumbum. The Dzong is a fort dating from the 14th century and the Kumbum, a large gold-domed stupa with several small chapels, contains an impressive collection of Tibetan Buddhist murals.

Then head out on the highway towards Shigatse. Although today is a long cycling day, the highway is tarred and flat. In the afternoon, arrive in Tibet's second largest city, Shigatse (3860m). Enjoy a shower in your hotel.

Day 11 Gyachung Monastery (75 km)
Hotel: Camping Meals:breakfast

Get up early to visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, where you can see the well preserved largest statue of Jampa (future god) in the world. The monastery itself is anabiding place for the successive Penchen Lamas.

Then leave Shigatse and ride over two small passes and several small Tibetan villages, we will pass the isolated Gyachung Monastery and camp.

Day 12 Gyachung Monastery to Lhatse (95 km)
Hotel: Camping Meals:breakfast

Keep riding along the highway. The route leads you through picturesque valleys before the long route which leads over the Tso-La (4520m).

After lunch, head towards Lhatse, pass the hot springs and camp about 10km outside of town.

Day 13 Lhatse - Shegar (75 km)
Hotel: Overnight in Shegar Meals:breakfast

Ride over the 5220m Gyatso-La with stunning view. You will be rewarded with first view of Mount Everest on a clear day.

After a 40 km ride through flat prairie towns, you will arrive in the town of Pelbar, often referred to as Shegar. Shegar is a popular stopover for anyone heading to the Everest region. Today will be a long and gruelling ride through the canyon.

Day 14 Pang Pass (67 km)
Hotel: Camping Meals:breakfast

Today's riding is a little tough as the road condition is not as good as that of the past days. You will divert off the flat highway just outside of Shegar, then head towards the world's highest peak, Everest.

After passing through the border control point, you will face 20km's of uphill switchbacks (42 hairpin bends in total) before reachingf the summit of the Pang Pass (5150m). Your reward will be some of the most magnificent views of Everest and surrounding peaks.

Enjoy lunch as you gaze over Makalu (8463m), Shishapangma (8012m), Cho Oyu (8210m), Lhotse (8516m), Everest (8850m) and several other breathtaking peaks.

Then a 20-kilometer downhill follows to the Rongbuk Valley (4200m), where we camp.

Day 15 Rongbuk Monastery (35 km)
Hotel: Overnight in Rongbuk Monastery (Dormbed/Tents) Meals:breakfast

You should be at maximum fitness and excited about the approach of your highest destination, Everest Base Camp. A bumpy road winds up through the Rongbuk valley until the majestic Mount Everest appears before you. Camp beside the monastery with the unforgettable sight of the world's highest peak in front of you. We will stay here for two days.

On your second day, you can either read a book or get even closer to Everest by taking a walk, cycling or hopping on a donkey and cart ride to Everest base camp, which is 8km from the campsite.

Day 16 Rongbuk Monastery (35 km)
Hotel: Overnight in Rongbuk Monastery (Dormbed/Tents) Meals:breakfast

You should be at maximum fitness and excited about the approach of your highest destination, Everest Base Camp. A bumpy road winds up through the Rongbuk valley until the majestic Mount Everest appears before you. Camp beside the monastery with the unforgettable sight of the world's highest peak in front of you. We will stay here for two days.

On your second day, you can either read a book or get even closer to Everest by taking a walk, cycling or hopping on a donkey and cart ride to Everest base camp, which is 8km from the campsite.

Day 17 Rongbuk - Tingri (86 km)
Hotel: Stay overnight in Tingri Meals:breakfast

Leave Rongbuk, head back down the bumpy road and then take a shortcut into the mountains. Another bumpy trail takes us over a canyon and down into Tingri (4340m).

Day 18 Lalung Pass (77 km)
Hotel: Camping Meals:breakfast

Today begins with a 40 to 50km flat ride before lunch. Then we tackle the gradual incline of the Lalung Pass (4990m). From here, you will feel like you are as high as the peaks around you, including Shishapangma (8012m).

Set up tents in the valley between two passes.

Day 19 Cross Thang Pass to Zhangdu (117 km)
Hotel: Stay overnight in Zhangmu Meals:breakfast

Today, we tackle our last up hill, as we cycle up the incredible Thang Pass to 5050m. You will be treated to breathtaking views of the Himalayan chain as you freewheel the most incredible nonstop downhill.

From the town of Nyalam, you will notice that the scenery starts to turn green again. Cycle down past countless waterfalls and pine trees line roads, with waterfalls practically crashing over you, to the border town of Zhangmu (2300m). This will be our last day in Tibet.

Day 20 Zhangmu - Dhulikhel (97km)
Hotel: Stay overnight in Dhulikhel Meals:breakfast

From Zhangmu, we have to pass through customs and into Nepal.

Once you are in the Nepali town of Kodari, the downhill continues for the next 50 km along some very bumpy and rocky roads. Suddenly it is tropical and humid and green again as you cycle alongside rice paddies.

After reaching the town of Dolalghat, you must climb up to the town Dhulikhel (1600m).

Day 21 Dhulikhel - Bhaktapur - Kathmandu (35 km)
Hotel: Stay overnight in Kathmandu Meals:breakfast

The last day will take you from Dhulikhel to Kathmandu. You will freewheel down through Bhaktapur, where you can stop and see some of the town's famous temples if you wish, before riding into bustling Kathmandu.

In the afternoon, you can relax, shop or go sightseeing.

Day 22 Depart from Kathmandu
Hotel: None Meals:breakfast

After a long exciting trip, it's time to say goodbye to Kathmandu. Transfer to airport for your flight to next destination.

Service Included:

Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;

All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;

Personal knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide;

Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on your group size;

All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel or budget hostel, guesthouse or tent. Please tell us your accommodation preference when submitting the enquiry; we will arrange the best-value hotels for you.

Domestic flight/train tickets listed in the itinerary;

All meals listed in the above itinerary;

Tourist accident/casualty insurance;

First aid kit;

Service Excluded:

International flight to and out of China;

Chinese visa (Note: we could help you with the Chinese visa application, like providing the invitation letter, presenting the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies, etc that you may need. )

Domestic flight/train not listed in the itinerary. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price; please contact us our travel experts for the details.)

Meals not specified in the itinerary; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).

Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;

Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.

    Trip Tip

    1.Tibet Travel Permit;

    You will need a Tibet Entry Permit. Its cost is included in the tour quotation. Send your passport and China visa copies to us 20 days in advance, and we will apply for your permit once you book a Tibetan tour with us. In our experience, we can virtually guarantee to get your permit during times when Tibet is open to foreign travelers.

    2.Accommodation

    We’ve selected heritage hotels in the more traditional area of Lhasa, near Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street, so that travelers can experience more of the local life and culture. If you prefer to stay in a hotel with special oxygen supplies, other hotels in Lhasa are recommended (as above).

    The accommodation in Dingri is poor (see above).

    3.Guiding;

    Our English-speaking guides are natives of Tibet with good knowledge of Tibetan culture, history, and Buddhism. Most are trained to offer Western-standard service.

    4.Food

    Enjoy local Tibetan, Western Chinese and Nepalese food on the tour.
    You will have standard western hotel breakfast in Lhasa, and specially prepared breakfasts outside of Lhasa: including butter, bread, coffee, tea, etc.
    After the first day, lunch is included every day. Your guide can recommend some good local restaurants for dinner. Outside Lhasa, we suggest you have dinner in the hotels where you are staying.

    5.Altitude Sickness

    Before your trip, ask your doctor for any suggestions in relation to altitude sickness and bring some medicine just in case. The most popular altitude medicine among foreigners is Acetazolamide/Diamox.
    We recommend that during the first two days after arriving in Tibet, visitors should keep warm, not take a bath, not smoke or drink alcohol. Drink plenty of water (>4 litres per day) before going and at altitude, and eat lots of vegetables and carbohydrates. Slow down, even if you feel energetic. Moving slowly is the best way to avoid altitude sickness.
    If you don’t feel well after entering Tibet, go and see a doctor as soon as possible. There are doctors in major hotels in Lhasa, and you can call your tour guide for help at any time. We offer a free oxygen bag in the car.

    6. What to Pack

    Seek medical advice about altitude effects and pack any medicine you might need. Sunglasses, snow glasses, hats, lip balm, sun block, walking boots, and down jackets are all recommended.

    7.Transport

    Comfortable private cars/vans with experienced drivers will be arranged for you. All our vehicles meet the requirements of the Tibet Tourist Bureau, and are equipped with GPS and speed-limiting equipment.

    8.Booking

    Take into consideration the time you need to apply for your Tibet Entry Permit. It’s best to book a tour with us at least 30 days before your tour starts.

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