Across the Himalaya

Lhasa – Chengdu

From the capitol of Tibet we ride our bikes over the 5000 meter high Tangula Pass onto the Qinghai high plateau. Majestic, snowcapped mountains line up all the way to the grasslands of the Tibetan nomad peoples.

At a glance:

Date:31.05.2013 – 16.06.2013 Booked Out
Group size (min/max):3 (+2 Pillons)/ 5 (+2 Pillon)
Price$4870 (Rider)/ $4600 (Pillon)
Highlights:Lhasa, Tangula Pass, Qinghai Lake, Labrang, Lanmusi
Driving days:14
Style:Expedition tour with camps. Other accomodation in mid-range hotels.
Driving hours/ day:7-9
Level of difficulty:Medium

Map view of the route

Route description

1Flight from Chengdu to LhasaWe begin our journey in Chengdu, and fly to Lhasa together. In Lhasa we will take our time to acclimitize, and visit the Jokhang Temple, and the Potala Palace, former seat of the Dalai Lama.
From there the paved roads lead up to the 5000 meter high Tangula Pass, a challenge for man and machine. Decending on the other side of the pass we ride through an endless plateau landscape, surrounded by snowcapped mountains, where we will pitch our first camp. We will ride along the wild Brahmaputra river on 4500 meters towards the shores of Qinghai Lake, where we will camp one more time.
Leaving the vast lake and the reflections of white clouds and the sky on its surface behind, we
descent further into fertile countryside to the ancient Monastries of Labrang and Lanmusi. Small Tibetan villages, where it seems time has stood still, and vast grassland line up the road back to Chengdu. You finally made it – you crossed the Himalaya.
This bike tour demands endurance and some experience on motorbikes, especially long distance touring.
3Lhasa – Dangxiong
4Dangxiong – Amdo
5Amdo – Tangula
6Tangula – Germud
7Germud – Xiangride
8Xiangride – Camp
9Camp – Guide
10Guide – Lingxia
11Lingxia – Labrang
13Labrang – Lanmusi
14Lanmusi – Sunpan
15Sunpan – Dujiangyan
16Dujiangyan – Chengdu
17Chengdu – end of the tour.


Flight from Lhasa to Chengdu (respectively the other way round)
Yamaha YBR 250 cc during the tour
All overnight stays
All permissions
Entrance fee to sights stated to be visited during the tour
Tent, sleeping bag, camping mat and blankets will be provided during the tour
Support vehicle (for Pillons amongst other things)

Not included:

Alcoholic beverages
Entrance fee to sights not stated to be visited during the tour
Special or personal meals

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