Travelling by bicycle offers a challenging way to see Tibet. A couple of short, easy bike rides around Lhasa will assist with the group's acclimatisation, and will allow to visit some of the many interesting temple, and the largest of the Tibetan markets at Barkhor. Throughout this trip, the group will have vehicle support and there will undoubtedly be times when all of the bikes have to be transported to the top of the next pass, in order to keep to the ambitious schedule as per the itinerary.
There are six major passes to be negotiated on the main Lhasa to Kathmandu route as it runs southwards, parallel to the Great Himalayan chain which forms the border with the territories of Bhutan, Sikkim and Nepal. On the entire trip the road travels a high and dry plateau - land, which is punctuated, by the unforgettable monastery towns of Gyantse, Shigatse and Xegar, and also by several smaller settlements and nomadic Drogpa encampments.
Kathmandu Lhasa Biking Tour Itinerary
Day 01: Kathmandu to Lhasa
Fly Kathmandu to Lhasa. Upon arrival at Gonggar airport, you shall be met and transfer provided to Lhasa City. O/nt at Hotel.
Day 02: Lhasa
Tour on bike in and around Lhasa. O/nt at Hotel.
Day 03: Long ride
Tour & Preparation for the long ride. O/nt at Hotel.
Day 04: Biking
Bike towards as coming from the Airport on a good tarmac road then turn off from the bridge towards near Khamba - La 4794m and camp. Approx 6-7 hrs.
Day 05: Yamdrok
Bike over Khambala Pass and descent towards Yamdrok Tso (Lake) and camp at Pede Dzong farther from the lake. Approx: 6-7 hrs.
Day 06: Simi-La
Bike to Simi-La 4200m after Karo-La 5045m. Approx 6 hours.
Day 07: Gyantse
Bike to Gyantse town Approx 4-5 hours, rest of the afternoon free for the tour of the Monasteries and historical places. O/nt at Gyantse Hotel.
Day 08: Shigatse
Bike to Shigatse, the 2nd biggest city in Tibet. Approx 6 hrs. O/nt at Hotel.
Day 09: Local tour
Rest day for local tour of the Tashilunpo Monastery and market place.
Day 10: Biking
Bike to near or about Larze approx 6-7 hrs. O/nt at camp.
Day 11: Biking
Bike over the highest pass of this trip at Gyatso - La 5220m and descent towards Shegar. O/nt at Camp. Approx 6 hours.
Day 12: Lalung-La Pass
Bike past Old Tingri towards Lalung-La Pass (5124m) and camp. 6-7 hrs.
Day 13: Nyalam
Bike over the pass and camp after Nyalam town on the green vegetation. O/nt at camp.
Day 14: Kodari
Bike towards the border of Zhagmu & Kodari for 3-4 hours and drive to Kathmandu.
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