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Moving through the Tibetan Plateau on the north of the Himalayas on a motorcycle is a fascinating journey.
The Tibet Bike Tour is an ideal option for adventure seekers who loves to ride a motorcycle and explore. Picture yourself on a 500 cc Enfield motorbike, traversing the deserted and treeless terrain of the Tibetan Plateau, encountering remote settlements that reflects an outstanding resemblance to ancient Tibetan culture and traditions, and witnessing nomadic herders grazing their livestock against the backdrop of the world’s highest mountains. While it may not be the most comfortable experience, this journey is a thrilling adventure that will leave a lasting impression in your mind.
Tibet, situated on the Tibetan Plateau north of the Himalayas, is an autonomous region within China that is famously known as “the roof of the world” due to its elevated peaks. Mount Everest is shared between Tibet and Nepal. Lhasa, the region’s capital, houses the Potala Palace, which was previously the Dalai Lama’s winter residence and the Jokhang Temple, a significant spiritual center in Tibet that holds a golden statue of the young Buddha.
During this tour we will be starting the journey from Kathmandu following the roads leading to Kerung, a border between Nepal and Tibet. Finishing all the formalities, we then will officially be in Tibetan land. We then will explore Tibet on a motorcycle and move towards the basecamp of the highest mountain of the world, Mount Everest.
Global Holidays Adventure offers exceptional services at affordable rates. Having operated in the region for more than a decade, we have earned the reputation of being a reliable provider of adventure tours. Our team comprises of proficient and knowledgeable local guides, who are well-versed in foreign languages. As a result, our visitors are guaranteed a diverse and pleasurable tour experience.
“Feel the wind, hear the sound, and experience the freedom of the open road on the motorcycle!”
Required documents are as follows:
American Passport Holders: USD $ 215 Per Person
Canadian Passport holders: USD $ 215 Per Person
Other Nationality: USD $ 125 Per Person
Arrival in Kathmandu
One of our office individual will receive you from the international terminal at Kathmandu. He will be holding a PLA card with your name written in it. Upon reaching hotel in Kathmandu, we need your passport in order to process the Tibetan visa (Chinese visa). The visa process will take about 3 working days.
Kathmandu sightseeing/ visa processing day.
Today after breakfast you will enjoy the Kathmandu. You will be visiting few durbar squares, monkey temple and get to know about the culture of Kathmandu too.
Kathmandu sightseeing and visa process day.
You will chill around Kathmandu and do some sightseeing activity. You love to hike then you can also do so as Kathmandu is valley surrounded by hills and you could enjoy some good hike as well. You will choose bike, take a quick ride, and get to know the bike. More or less today will be the bike day.
Ride to Syabrubeshi (2380 m, 80 km / 6 hours approx.)
Today we will start the journey to Everest base camp from Kathmandu. Today we will ride around 80 km both on and off-road. Riding through the winding narrow roads will be challenging yet fun. However it is suggested to ride carefully on the roads.
Syabrubeshi to Kerung (2750m, 42 km 2 hours max.)
Today after breakfast we ride towards the boarder on Nepal and China, Kerung. The day is going to be long as you need to complete the formalities of the boarder. Once done with formalities the rest of the days we get to know the place and acclimatize ourselves.
Ride Kerung to Tingri (4300m, 244 Km, 5 hours.)
After breakfast, you'll embark on an uphill ride to the highest plateau on earth. The landscape in Tibet is typical and will provide an extraordinary feeling of standing on the world's rooftop. If the weather allows, you'll be able to witness a stunning panoramic view of the majestic Himalayan ranges, which include Mt Cho Oyu (8201 M) and Mt Xishapagma (8012M), although they appear dwarfed by the vast expanse of the Tibetan plateau. From TINGRI, you can relish the breathtaking magnificence of Mt. Everest (8,848 M).
Tingri to EBC via Rongbuk monastery. (5200m)
The journey to reach the Everest base camp is an exciting one, taking approximately three hours ride. Along the way, we'll have the opportunity to visit the magnificent Rongbuk Monastery. Once we arrive at the North Base Camp of Everest, which sits at an altitude of 5,200 meters, we'll be treated to jaw-dropping views of majestic mountains such as Cho Oyu (8,201m) and Shishapangma (8,013m). It will be a breathtaking and unforgettable experience. Afterward, we'll return to Rongbuk Monastery, where you should expect modest lodging.
Ride Xegar to Shigatse (Elevation 3900 m.) -244 KM /4-5 hours.
Today is also one of the most beautiful day. You will cross over 5200 meters passes where often get the snow. After a beautiful drive you will arrive at Shigatse,(3900m) the second largest Tibetan city. Tashilhunpo Monastery, being one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet is the major attraction of Shigatse. Explore your evening around local town of Shigatse.
Shigatse to Gyantse (3950m)
We ride a scenic road from Shigatse to Gyangtse is around 2.5 hour covering the distance of somewhere around 95 km. We reach Gyantse passing through monastery and stupas and scenic mountains views.
Gyantse to Lasha (3650m) via Karo La Pass &Yamdrok Lake.
Today, we will embark on a 4-5 hour ride covering a distance of 200km in order to reach Lasha. During the journey, we will cross the Karo la Pass (5010m) and witness the beauty of the sacred Yamdrok Tso Lake, which is over 72 km long and renowned for its turquoise freshwater. Taking in the pristine views of the lake, we will continue our journey and eventually arrive at Lasha.
Today after breakfast we visit Potala Palace. It contains the burial stupa of past Dalai Lama and meditation caves of 33rd King of Tibet. It was the winter palace of Dalai Lama, Museum and a world heritage site since 1994. We then visit Norbulingka palace and another museum on Tibet. Later in evening you can chill around enjoying local Tibetan cuisine and some shopping of souvenir.
Today we will visit Drepung Monastery, which used to be Dalai Lama palace before they move to Potala palace. Jokhang temple happens to be one of the most sacred and important temple of Tibet. Sera monastery is another place that you will be visiting where above 3000 monks reside practicing Mahayana Buddhism. Later in evening you can chill around enjoying local Tibetan cuisine and some shopping of souvenir for your people back home.
Fly Lasha to Kathmandu
Today you will fly back to Kathmandu and upon reaching Kathmandu you can enjoy your rest of the day chilling at Kathmandu.
Our representative will drop you off at the international terminal of the airport.
Actually in order to visit Tibet you need permit and being autonomous region of china you do need a Chinese visa as well. Tibet being one of the sensitive region of China you need to acquire special permit. You can visit Tibet with Chinese visa but having visa and permit of Tibet, you cannot visit China.
Of Course, without a license you cannot ride. So for Tibet motorbike tour we will issue temporary Chinese driving license for you. Which allow you to drive in Tibet. To issue the temporary driving license we need your scan copy of your international driving license.
Yes, there will be supporting truck or off-road vehicle where you will be keeping all your stuffs apart from your documents. The supporting vehicle will also have spare parts of the motorcycle as well.
Well, due to the improvement of road condition, the asphalt road almost dominates the major highway from Kathmandu to Lhasa. Of course there are bumpy patches but overall the road conditions are good. A great advice is to follow the gradual ascent to avoid acute altitude. With an average altitude of 4000m, Tibetan Plateau is a great playground to test your lungs and heart. It’s vital to have a good acclimatization before riding your bike for the thrilling ride.
We use 411cc Royal Enfield Himalayan or 500cc Royal Enfield Classic motorcycle depending upon your choice. Both of the motorcycle are powerful and comfortable for a long ride.
Riding or driving on roads of Tibet you have to drive/ride from right hand side.
The climate is not that harsh as many people imagine. The favorable time to travel is from mid-April to June and September and October. Lastly, climate of Lhasa is more moderate then rest of the Tibet and is suitable for all season. However due to administrative works its closed on March.