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The adventure of a lifetime is taking you from comfortable Munich in Bavaria across the Alps and Balkan Mountains to Istanbul, the Oriental Pearl at the Bosporus, start point of the famous Silk Road. We will ride up into the Anatolian highland, cross the Georgian hinterland on curvy roads and through deep gorges. The Caukasus awaits us before descending into the steppes and wide, never ending grasslands of Russia and Kazakhstan. In Uzbekistan we cross the largest desert of Central Asia and visit the most spectacular oasis and trading towns Khiva, Buchara and Samarkand on the Silk Road with their large Madras, Mosques and historic old towns. From there we will ride on gravel roads through the stunningly beautiful mountains of Kyrgyzstan and take the almost 4000 meter high Torugart Pass to China. In Kashgar we enjoy the beautiful old city and the best kebabs with ice cold beer at the edge of the Taklamakan desert before we ride up to the Tibetan plateau. Passes beyond 5000 meters await us. We cross the Roof of the World from West to East, visit holy Mt. Kailash and the shores of azure blue Manasarovar Lake. Before we arrive at Everest Base Camp, we ride one of the world’s most spectacular and curviest mountain roads with four 8000-meter-high mountains lined up at the horizon. We stay overnight at Rongbuk monastery on 4900 meters from where we have a grand view onto the world highest moun-tain: Everest. We follow beautiful countryside roads, enjoy views of Yamdrok Lake and reach Lhasa, Tibet´s capital. Here, we visit the Potala Palace and the holiest temples. If you continue the extension to Dali, the next few days will take you from the Tibetan plateau across the Eastern Himalayas into the subtropics and old towns of Yunnan province. Days and days of road bends and beautiful landscapes will blow your mind.
Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan , China
3/5 – Advanced because of the heights and the climatig conditions. Driving on curvy mountain tracks should be done with no problems.
42 days/ 34 riding days/ ~ 11.731 Kilometers Longest tour day: 587 Kilometer / 10 hours Average tour day: 380 Kilometers
Motorbike-Tour with stays in hotels, guest houses and accommodations. The roads on this tour are mostly asphalted very well. Ratio Piste/Aspahlt: 10/90.
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Daily route RoadTrip Eurasia:
Germany-Lhasa motorbike tour from Munich to the Himalaya
Meeting of all tour participants in Munich. Get to know each others in the evening. Tour briefing.
Munich – Ljubljana (Slovenia):
From Munich we cross the Eastern Alps and find ourselves at the end of the day in the small and beautiful capital of Slovenia. Our hotel is located right inside the historic center. By foot it takes us only a few minutes to reach the heart of the old Ljubljana where street artists and wonderful bars and restaurants are located. The first two riding days will have some highways and serve us as a link towards the more spectacular landscapes in Eastern Europe and Turkey. However, if time allows we can take also deep countryside roads.
Ljubljana – Belgrade ( Croatia,Serbia):
Ride to Serbia´s capital Belgrade. We leave the European Union and take the border crossing in a hilly landscape to Serbia. Belgrade is located at the confluence of the rivers Danube and offers unique Soviet architecture and European modernity.
Belgrade – Nis (Serbia):
We reach the foothills of the Balkan Mountains and enjoy an evening in the old yet modern and hip town of Nis.
Nis – Koprivshtitsa (Bulgaria):
We will reach the beginning of the Central Balkan Mountains and stay overnight in a small historic village in the middle of a forest. Small mountain roads lead us to our 150 years old hotel where the owner and his family will cook traditional meals for us.
Koprivshtitsa – Sozopol
Today we explore the central Balkan Mountains, which gave the entire region its name. We ascent over a thousand meters above Bulgaria and have from the Beklemento Pass (1520 m) an incredible view over the wide landscape. Beautiful curves bring us back down, where we continue our way through the Bulgarian hinterland and drive east towards the Black Sea. We reach its shores at Sozopol. Sozopol emerged from the Greek colony of Apollonia and is one of the oldest cities in Bulgaria. We enjoy the rest of the day on the beach and spend the evening on the peninsula where we enjoy the restaurants with sea view.
Sozopol – Istanbul (Turkey):
We follow the coast south and then cross the Strandscha Mountains of Thrace. Great curves lead through this forested mountain all the way to the Turkish border. Our fantastic hotel is located on the European side of Istanbul, directly at the Bosporus and in walking distance to the historic quarter of the town. From the excellent rooftop bar and restaurant, we have a view onto the sea and the at night illuminated Blue Mosque.
Istanbul visiting day. We visit the modern metropolis on the Bosphorus with many of its highlights, such as the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, and enjoy the flair of this unique city.
Istanbul – Safranbolu:The Mediterranean flair of the Bosphorus slowly gives way to an alpine mountain landscape as we move into the North Anatolian highlands. Safranbolu has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage list since 1994 because of its beautiful townscape of timber. If time permits, we can practice our off-road skills by riding through a nearby national forest park before reaching our destination. 410 Kilometers
Safranbolu – Amasya:
Amasya lies in the hinterland of the Black Sea coast in the Pontic Mountains in a narrow valley directly at the river. The main part of the charming city extends on the east side of the river, on the west side there are only a few rows of houses at the foot of the steep castle hill. Five bridges connect both halves of the city, which invites you to linger. In caves on the hillside dating back to the times when the Greek colonized this part of Turkey, you find the final resting places of the kings of this long-gone civilization.
Amasya – Bayburt:
We ride further east and follow the high valleys of the north Anatolian highland. We continue through the idyllic mountain landscape to Bayburt.
Bayburt – Savsat:
A beautiful winding mountain road brings us to Savsat in the fast East of Turkey. Here, we stay overnight in wooden bungalows in the lush mountains separating Georgia from Turkey and enjoy fresh river trout or homemade grilled meatballs at the hotel´s restaurant.
Savsat – Gori (Georgia):
We take a remote inland border to Georgia. Near Gori we visit the old Silk Road ruins of Uplistisikhe, and of course the famous castle of Gori for a sun downer.
Gori – Grosny ( Russia):
From Gori we ride north to the Russian border. Border formalities. Continue to Grozny, capital of the Russian republic of Chechnya. The city which was completely destroyed during the civil war in the 1990s is now a modern business hub of the region. We stay in the best hotel in town, from the rooftop restaurant we have a great view over the city.
Grosny – Astrakhan:
Astrakhan is situated on the Volga and has buildings from different eras, from Renaissance to Classicism to Orthodox influences. Sights are the Astrakhan Kremlin and the Trinity Church. 490 Kilometers
Rest day for relaxation. And for everything else an adventurer has to do.
Astrakhan – Atyrau (Kazakhstan) :
Today we cross the border to Kazakhstan. With a little luck we will see camels on the way. Atyrau, a town that lives from the oil and gas deposits of the Caspian Sea, is our destination. Atyrau lies within the vast Kazakh steppe landscape.
Atyrau – Beyneu:
Through the steppe to Beineu.
Beineu – Elabad (Uzbekistan):
Border formalities. We reach the largest desert of Central Asia and the Aralkum Desert near the nowadays mainly dried out Aral Sea. Elabad is surround by 250 kilometres of desert, a truckdriver stop and surely a great location for a Quentin Tarantino movie. The restaurant next door has great BBQ and ice cold vodka.
Elabad – Khiva:
We follow the traces of the old silk road and reach Khiva, former capital of the Khanat Chiwa in Choresmien with flourishing textile industry (among other things carpets). The historic city centre has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990.
Khiva – Buchara:
We ride through the desert Kysylkum to Buchara, which is one of the oldest cities in Uzbekistan. Like Samarkand, it was a trading and resting place on the old Silk Road. With over 140 architectural monuments, Bukhara is an impressive “museum city”.
Buchara – Samarkand:
This pearl of the Silk Road and UNESCO world heritage, which awaits us at the end of a short riding day, impresses with its Islamic architecture. We visit the Registan Square and the adjoining Madras and the old city.
Samarkand visiting day. Allow your tired bones to rest or explore the city. Don´t miss the night bazaar and all the great restaurants.
Samarkand – Kokand:
We cross Uzbekistan from west to east and cross the first mountain pass in days before reaching Kokand near the border to Tajikistan. In Kokand we visit the Palace of Xudaya Khan, whose façade adorns numerous ornaments and colors. In addition, the city is known for its madrasas and mosques.
Kokand – Osh (Kyrgyzstan):
Short riding day to Osh and border crossing into Kyrgyzstan.
Osh – Kazarman:
The first part of the route brings us to Jalalabad. After a while the road turns into a gravel road and we hit the first mountain passes. We gain altitude and ride on an elevation in between 1,500 and 2,000 meters. We conquer four gravel passes, remote and devoid of any traffic, through the most beautiful and unforgettable mountain landscape of Kyrgyzstan. Overnight stay in the small village Kazarman in the mountains. Here are only homestays available and the group will stay at the homes of a handful of families.
Kazarman – Tash Rabat:
Tash Rabat is a well-preserved 15th century caravanserai. Today’s overnight stay takes place in a yurt camp. The way to the historic settlement, which is translated as “stone hostel”, leads again across gravel roads. Tash Rabat is located in the Altbaschi mountain range (part of the Chinese Tian Shan mountains) on the old Silk Road near the Chinese border.
Tash Rabat – Poste station near Kashgar – Kashgar (China):Around noon we reach the Kyrgyz-Chinese border. The 3,752 meter high Torugart Pass marks the border between Kyrgyzstan and China. The vehicles have to be parked 120 km away from Kashgar at a special customs station for inspection. In the evening we will arrange a transfer to Kashgar and the next morning another transfer back to the customs station to pick up our motorcycles. This will be a long day and we may only arrive at the hotel past midnight due to the unbelievable Chinese buraucrcy. 220 Kilometers
Motorcycle pick up and customs procedures. We take care of everything, only patience has to be brought along.
Today the provisional Chinese driving licenses and number plates will be issued. There will also be a short medical/technical check. Again, you will need some patience.
Kashgar – Sanshili:
Very early departure before sunrise. Today will be a long day since there is no accommodation available open to foreigners in between Kashgar and Sanshili. On the way to Sanshili on the Tibetan high plateau we pass numerous controls and have to register several times with the police – this requires a lot of patience. The climate here on the Silk Road, very close to the Taklamakan Desert, is really desert-like hot. Today we start from the “deep” of the Tarim Basin and the desert-like areas along the Silk Road up into the Tibetan mountains with the first pass beyond 4000 meters and several passes beyond 3000 meters. The most challenging day on the entire tour.
Another pass, almost 5000 meters high, awaits us after breakfast. We cross the wide plateau, ride alongside mountains and rivers to Duoma, a tiny place in the middle of nowhere.
Duoma – Ali:
Via Lake Bangong to Ali. One part of Lake Bangong is located in China, the other half in India. One side of the lake is filled with salt water, while the other side has fresh water. Ali is the administrative capital of Western Tibet.
Ali – Mt. Kailash:
Short trip to Mt. Kailash, holy for the Tibetans. With a little luck we will see numerous pilgrims, some of them coming from even more remote parts of Tibet, Nepal and India. Some of them walk thousands of kilometres and embark from their homes for a jounrey that can take several years to complete. It is their goal to circumbulate the holy mountain as often as possible -or up to 51 times-, praying all the way, trying to leberate themselves and other from negative Karma. The mountain is 6,638 meters high, rises majestically above the Tibetan plateau with its snow-covered summit. According to legend, every believing Buddhist has to circumbulate the mountain at least once in their life. After arriving in Tacheng – the starting point for the pilgrim walk – we can ride or walk to the Tarpoche Pagoda. If you wish, you can also visit the shore of holy Lake Manasarovar, just a few kilometres away.
Mt. Kailash – Saga:
Ride to Saga along the deep blue Manasarovar lake, framed by snow-covered mountains. Also today, the endless vastness of Tibet and spectacular landscapes with wildlife await us.
Saga – EBC (Mount Everest base camp):
Today, we ride near the Nepalese border to remote Lake Paiku which is surrounded by high mountains. A 4,500-meter-high and winding pass is waiting for us before we reach the lake shore. From Tingri, the road turns south and snakes its way further up into the Himalaya mountains, where we will have a good view of the world’s 8,000m high mountains and the surrounding valleys. An unbelievable hairpin road with dozens of turns and views on several 8000 meter high Himalayan mountains leads you to the Rongpu Monastery. 10 kilometers before Rongpu monastery we have to drop the bikes and take a government bus. The road we take by motorbike is truly spectacular. We have to cross cross several 5000-meter-high passes on a fantastic new road which was built in 2016 – one of the greatest roads on earth. Shortly after Rongbu Monastery, the road comes to an end. At Rongbuk monastery, you can enjoy the view and take breathtaking photos. Overnight stay in the basic inn of the Rongbu monastery.
EBC – Xigaze:The view of the 8.848-meter-high summit of Everest rewards all efforts and awaits us in the early morning for sunrise. A hot coffee and the first rays of sunlight illuminating the mountain are the best way to start the day. 5,220-meter-high Gyatso La Pass brings us to to Xigaze where we can visit Tashilhunpo monastery if time permits. 340 Kilometers
Xigaze – Gyangze – Lhasa:
We cross the wide central Tibetan plateau to Gyangze, where we visit the largest stupa (Tibetan pagoda) of Tibet. Ride along the turquoise blue lake Yamdrok, where we may see shaggy yaks for the last time, we pass the 5100-meter-high Karo La mountain pass before reaching the fertile river valley of the Yarlung Tsangpo. The we reach Lhasa. We have arrived at the destination of the trip.
Shipping of the motorcycles. This day serves as a buffer day in case of delays.
We enjoy the day at the Bharkor market in the old town of Lhasa, visit the former residence of the Dalai Lama, the Potala Palace, and the most sacred of all temples for Tibetans, the Jokhang.
Departure from Lhasa: flight to Chengdu and transfer to the hotel. If you want, you can either extend your stay in Chengdu on your own – or continue your journey from Lhasa to Dali. (The onward journey to Dali follows seamlessly from Lhasa. Please ask for the separate brief information).
Airport transfer 1 hour
Individual departure from Chengdu.
Extension Lhasa – Dali: From Tibet to the land “South of the Clouds” – The Eastern Himalayas and the Subtropics of China –
Until recently, the roads descending from the Tibetan plateau to the province of Yunnan via the Eastern Himalayas were off limits to foreigners. You can look forward to the finest views, remote mountain roads, undiscovered wilderness on the banks of the Mekong, snow-covered Himalayan peaks, deep evergreen forests, and of course endless winding roads and beautiful mountain passes.
The extension starts with a ride through primeval forests, the “Switzerland of the Orient” in Lulang, grasslands with grazing yaks and the the beauty of Ranwu Lake surrounded by 5.000 meter high snow-capped peaks.. We’ll ride along the majestic Mekong, Salween and Yangtze – the longest river in Asia – and enjoy the views of rugged sandstone landscapes and deep gorges. We stay overnight at the farm house home of a Tibetan family and visit the colorful old town of Shangri-La before we take another winding road through the Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the deepest gorges on earth. Visiting the Chinese minority old towns of Lijiang and Dali and riding along tea plantations and banana trees let us realize that we have left the Himalayas and are in the subtropics, not far away at all from South East Asia.
Lhasa – Nyingtri:
Our last riding day on the Tibet high plateau. We’ll say “tashi delek” on the next day – goodbye – to the Tibetan plateau, cross our last 5,000-meter pass, then descend on a winding road through fragrant spruce forests into the “Switzerland of the Orient”, with its wooded mountains and rolling grasslands with grazing yaks.
Nyintri – Ranwu Lake:
Today is going to be another day for spectacular views on the Tibet Motorcycle Tour. We’ll take the various passes on the road to Ranwu and enjoy the fascinating landscapes rolling by. We’ll spend the night directly at the shore of Ranwu, a mountain lake framed by snow-covered peaks, at an altitude of nearly 4,000 meters – in the most beautiful resort of the region, of course. 270 Kilometers
Ranwu – Zogang:
The day begins with a ride along the Salween River, which originates on the Tibetan plateau and descends to Shan State in Myanmar. On the way, we can enjoy spectacular vistas in the gorges through the expansive sandstone landscapes. But the treat of the day is yet to come: an iconic road, known by the locals only as “the road of 72 curves”. At the end of the serpentines, we reach a 4,300-meter pass with a view many miles into the valley below. The quiet mountain roads descend through gorges and evergreen forests to Zogang – a true highlight of ourTibet Motorcycle Tour.
Zogang – Jiabe:
Two more passes with altitudes of 4,300 and 3,900 meters await us. We’ll ride along the rugged banks and gorges of the Upper Mekong – which is quite unlike the placid river downstream in Thailand – to Feilaisi, the “Flying Temple”, and say farewell to Tibet. Yunnan awaits. The temple is dedicated to the deity enthroned on the peak of Kawa Karpo, the last snow-covered peak of our journey, and at the same time the highest mountain of the eastern Himalayas and final highlight with its majestic 6,700 meters. We’ll spend the night there, at the foot of the mountain, at the home of a local Tibetan family where we enjoy homemade red wine, “arak” liquor and home cooked food in a beautiful farm house.
Jiabe – Shangri-La:
From our Tibetan host family, our journey will take us over the 4,300-meter Pass of the White Horse and down into the gorges of the Yangtze, the longest river in Asia and third-longest in the world. Here, at “only” 1,900 meters above sea level, we’re at the lowest altitude of the tour. It’s quite warm and cacti grow on the river banks – an incredible contrast. Our final riding stage takes us to the romantic old town of Shangri-La. Its small two-story houses are built entirely of wood and are richly decorated with carvings. In Shangri-La, we’ll visit the 22-meter prayer wheel – the largest in the world – and we should turn it at least three times for good karma.
Shangri-La – Lijiang:
Today´s ride will bring us from the Shangri-la on a small countryside road into one of the deepest gorges on earth – the Tiger Leaping Gorge. Cliffs of 3.2 kilometers height are above us, forming the peaks of the 5,500 meter high Jade Dragon Snow Mountain range. On to Lijiang, a UNESCO world heritage site featuring an old town, many shops, restaurants and bars. Civilization is back and we surely enjoy it. 340 Kilometers
Lijiang – Dali:
Our last short riding day along farm land to Dali. Goodbye dinner and party.
End of the tour in Dali.
41/47 nights in hotels or guesthouses with breakfast, 8 nights in basic accommodation Shipping of motorcycles: Lhasa – Chinese coast (crated by truck) and China – Hamburg (by FCL sea freight container) -included- Motorcycle guide on own motorcycle Mechanic accompanying the group Service vehicle for luggage and passengers All permits for Tibet/China for the temporary import of the vehicle including provisional Chinese driving license and number plates, customs deposit bond, vehicle insurance Local guides for Russia, Kazakhzstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tibet All entrance fees according to the program Flight Lhasa – Chengdu at the end of the tour on day 41 Airport transfer to Lhasa airport and from Chengdu airport to the hotel on day 41 Parking fees
Awesome Experience! We took a one day trip organized by Tibetmoto while visiting Beijing CIty and it was the best part of our trip. The guide was an expert on the culture as well as the area. That was the best day of our one week long visit. I highly suggest if you are visiting Beijing to take a day and book a one day trip you will be amazed at how much more you will see and learn.
Thx for this unforgettable motorbike roadtrip We had a really awesome motorbike tour with tibetmoto! Me and my friends booked a motorbike tour through Yunnan, China’s most amazing province. It took us deep into the valleys of Mekong and Yangtze river as well as into the jungle of Xishuangbanna! We enjoyed a Homestay with a Tibetan family high up in the mountains of Kham. Yunnan is amazing for motorbiking with all the curvy mountain roads. Overwhelming trip with great guide and organization!
Excellent Motorbike Tour!!! My boyfriend and I did a one day bike tour around the area of yunnan. The Trip was truly spectacular. Fascinating landscapes and stunning views everywhere we rode. The tour guide was Hendrik and he was fabulous, helpful, extremely knowledgeable and has good riding skills. The bikes from tibetmoto have also a high quality and we felt save the whole time. Hendrik was really good with helping us to book the day and very responsive on email. We just wishes we would been able to do a longer trip with them.
Truly Amazing tour in Yunnan! I truly enjoyed myself on this tour! When getting ready to prepare for it, they made sure to vividly inform me of what to expect as well as clear suggestions in an itemized list of what I should pack for the tour. I learned a lot from the guide, and I like the fact it didn't feel rushed like other tours I've experienced. The guide was courteous and truly cared about my overall experience. The vehicle was in great condition, as well. I highly recommend it!
Motorbike tour in Yunnan Last october I went to China for this beautiful and fun motorbike tour. I stumpled over Tibetmoto because of a youtube video about a tour in yunnan. I expected China, to be honest, a lot more chaotic, but it turned out to relativeley organized (just imagine the amount of people over here). Fortunately the tour I booked prevents us from traffic and many people. The North of Yunnan is just amazing. The roads up there are just fantastic. Winding and well prepared actually, which really astonished me. The panoramas from some points are just breathtaking, espacially at an about 4000m pass with a view to a snowy mountain range. The accomodations were just right and sometimes we even had western breakfast. The guide Hendrik, acutally the owner, was really kind and knowledgable about the region. I can imagine to come back to this huge country and explore more around here on a motorbike.
China Overland Mongolia - Laos – A Phantastic Journey We found Tibetmoto company on several blogs where it got positive recommendations and reviews. Thanks to Laura´s blog we chose them to arrange the China part of our world tour. We entered in August from Mongolia into China and spend a few days around Beijing before driving to Tibet. At the Erenhot border our assigned guide was waiting for us and helped us with the border formalities; he was dealing with the border procedures, customs, traffic administration and so forth, so for us it was mainly waiting and killing time. After crossing the Gobi desert our journey continued to the Tibet-Qinghai plateau and the vastness of Tibet. Tubden, our Tibet guide, was a great help when in the middle of nowhere and 500 kilometers away from Lhasa our clutch disc broke. The backoffice localized the spare part in Lhasa and Tubden arrange a overnight delivery by taxi to the small village where we got stuck and convinced a local car mechnic to fix our Land Cruiser. Great job! Overall a great experience - we would surely chose this company again.
Overlanding with own vehicle in China through Tibet Moto In June and July I went through China with my Dutch registred vehicle, entering Xinjiang, going through Tibet an exiting from Yunnan to Laos, arranged by Tibet Moto. Everything was arranged very well. At the preparation stage the contact through email was crisp and clear. Hendrik took time to answer al my questions, he made me a travel schedule and adapted were necesery. Than we also had a skype meeting to talk through everything.
Just before I intended to enter China, Tibet was suddenly closed by the government for foreigners. Hendrik walked the extra mile to arrange an alternative, with last minute changes in entry dates and vehicle permits, so I could wait in Kashgar for Tibet to be open again.
The transit itself went smooth without any hickups. Ofcourse there are a lot of different aspects involved, going through a technical vehicle check, getting a chinese driver license and insurance for the vehicle. But they all turned out good. On the road there are a lot of police checks, there the documents prooved to be al legit, besides the time it takes there were no problems at all. The different guides asigned to me were professional and friendly, also helping from ordering food in restaurants to minor vehicle maintenance issues.
In Yunnan I met personally with Hendrik and his wife. He took me out for dinner and beers, also on a personal level Hendrik is a trustworthy guy in my perception. Even after I departed China he showed interest in my wellbeing and he helped me with advise of travel agencies for overlanding. The departure out of China went very quick, before noon I already departed China.
Overall I can really recommend Tibet Moto for other overlanders wishing to cross China. Crossing China with your own vehicle isnt cheap, but Tibet Moto was way cheaper than other travel agencies I contacted, with an excellent service. So well done Hendrik!
Excellent guides and knowledge This tour was excellent right from the word go. The knowledge the guides had on all the areas we visited was very well informed and they didn’t hesitate to stop and explain any part if you had a question. The sights are incredible and I have already recommended the Lhasa to base camp tour to people. Thanks Hendrik, tashi, jimmy and all the rest of the crew that made this awesome time possible.
Professionally organized Overland tour by Tibetmoto Hello everyone, we booked with Tibetmoto because of the recommendation of friends and didn't regret it. The trip of a lifetime-with our VW bus from Holland through China and Tibet and further to Thailand-was well organized. Tibetmoto got all the necessary China permits and transit documents for us and the bus. Furthermore, the arranged guides who picked us up from the border at Irkeshtam and accompanied us to the Laos border were super friendly, helpful, and spoke excellent English. We shared a lot of laughs together. From communication before booking (we had many questions and they were all answered in detail) to picking a route and management of the permits and documents, everything was great. The only drawback about the route was that the road between Lhasa and Deqin was under construction and quite challenging.
Family Friendly Tour in Yunnan Yunnan was absolutely gorgeous! We are so glad to have been a part of it. I joined this tour together with my husband and my two children (age four and six) and what we especially liked were the kids friendly activities on that tour. We took a private fun to do Chinese dumpling cooking class and stayed one night in a real Tibetan farm home. The next morning our children were milking cows with the Tibetan grandparents and brought the goats into the mountains. The time spend in the car was not really short (its a vast country), but doable for children if you bring some toys to play with. A great vacation to get away from the hustle and bustle of Chinese cities. In Yunnan you can really experience the beautiful countryside and traditional life. Our guide Sonam was very knowledgeable and easy to get along with. Booking was easy and Tibetmoto gave us many different tour options, ideas and customized our trip in the end.
Spectacular Tibet tour with my family..!! Our Tibet tour was a perfect adventure trip for me, my husband and my two children (age 12 and 14). Especially my children enjoyed it a lot as they had so many fun activities to do like yak and horse riding and trekking. Our tour started with a visit to Kokonor salt lake where we had an awesome yak ride and enjoyed the views on the lake. Lhasa and the Potala Palace was spectacular as well. We explored the true Tibetan beauty in a 3- day trek which covered Shalu Monastery and Ngor Monastery. The visit to the Everest Base Camp was an exciting opportunity to be at the foot of world’s highest mountain. This tour was indeed one of the best vacation we've ever had. Tour guide Nyima - a Tibetan who learned English in India - was very smart and acquainted with the places which made our trip more interesting. Also, all our queries and concerns were taken care of before the booking was done and Tibetmoto gave us many different tour options. Recommended!
Enjoyed the day tour very much I was on a trip to China during our last vacation with my college friends. We decided to go n a Tibetmoto Day tour since we wanted to do something adventurous. The booking process was smooth and I contacted the owner Hendrik for the booking. He helped us to get the reservation done without any hassle at all. All my questions were answered promptly. Shineray helped us to plan our motor bike tour just as we expected. We were given with 400cc motor bikes and it was the most powerful bike that I have ever driven in my life. All of us enjoyed the tour very much as they were extremely helpful as well. I highly recommend this place to anyone who wants to do something adventurous as a group in China.
Torugart pass to Shanghai On a bright Sunday morning in April 2017, my 1983 Land Rover “Edna” and I started on a trip that would take us from the Netherlands to China, crossing over 5,300 meters high mountain passes.
End July 2017 we arrived at the Torugart pass, the border between Kyrgyzstan and China. From here we drove over 9000 Km to Shanghai, thereby travelling through XinJiang province and along the Himalayas through Tibet. The China part of the ‘expedition’ was arranged with strong support from Tibetmoto, which is run by Hendrik Heyne and his team.
In short, thanks to Tibetmoto, particularly when it came to handling red-tape in China, this trip has become an unforgettable lifetime experience. Travel through China using your own vehicle without a guide is not possible. (Apparently being accompanied by a guide was already compulsory during the time of the old Silk routes!) This holds particularly true for the more ‘sensitive provinces’. Having said that, the guides that we were provided with (Thubten and Tashe) are probably the best one can get for such a journey: Very knowledgeable, supportive and in plain English just great fun to have on board. On a trip such as this, things are bound to not always go exactly as planned (…). However, also when it came to difficult questions e.g. with regard to the arrangement of visa’s and permits, Tibetmoto proved to be an indispensable partner. I would highly recommend their organization to anyone planning an overland trip to China.
Going Remote: Riding the Eastern Himalayas of China I have been dreaming to ride in the Eastern Himalayas for a long time, but due to political circumstances and the lack of a reliable tour operator I had to wait until this year September.
But let me begin at the very beginning: I met the Tibetmoto team the first time around 5 years ago in a small guesthouse in Shangri-la, where they were on tour with a group of guests. We talked, exchanged ideas, discussed routes and travel stories and until earlier this year I forgot all about it. Then, by chance, I rediscovered their website and found the "At the Roof of the World Tour". What a surprise! It didn't take long to find a couple of other adventure hungry guys/gals and we booked this tour for the last 2 weeks in September, right after the rainy season. We got not disappointed, that is for sure!
Before arriving in Lijiang, where the tour started, we took a break in Kunming, enjoyed the city, and then flew into Lijiang where our adventure began. Well, Lijiang changed a lot in recent years, becoming far more touristy than it was supposed to ever become, but its still nice to take a stroll through the old town at night, hitting some bars and enjoy the nightlife. In Lijiang we met all other riders plus the Tibetmoto staff and excitement started to grow, seeing all the preparation going on. We got our Chinese Shineray X5 travel Enduro bikes and as a supply vehicle served us a Pick-up with a exchange bike (we didn't need it), canisters of fuel, spare parts, snacks and much more.
Already the first day passing by Shangri-la was amazing, since we crossed the first mountain pass of 3,500 meters after only 2 hours of riding. By the end of the first riding day we were already in a remote gorge near a mighty river in a small Tibetan town and we should not see another tourist for the next 10 days to come. We rode every day in between 200 and 320 kilometers (thats not little taking the small and curvy mountain roads into account and we never arrived somewhere before 4pm) over Himalayan mountain passes, across grassland, met wild looking Khampa mountain nomads and slept in solid mid range hotels along the way. Road conditions and accommodations were beyond my expectations, roads being newly paved and hotels very clean, warm with comfy beds and Western toilets. We had a lot of different yak meat dishes, hand made wheat noodles and for lunch often only a snack from the supply vehicle (if no town or lunch place en route). One of the biggest highlights for me was Qinghai lake, the largest salt lake of the Himalayas. We arrived there in the afternoon, coming down from a mountain pass when suddenly this "ocean" appeared right in front of us. Riding downhill hundreds of slopes the lake became larger and larger, finally arriving at the shore. That night, we stayed in yurts at the lake shore where you can take bath on 3,800 meters and watching herds of yaks passing by. What an experience!
If you book this tour be prepared, although there is some additional gear in the pick-up truck. The weather can change quickly and you need good/warm gear. This route is a rare adventure, connecting the few "touristy" sights mentioned in guide books and leading through unheard of and virgin, beautiful landscapes.
Last but not least: The tour was professionally organized, bikes well maintained and our guide was a great and easy going fellow who knew not only many stories and historical facts, but as well the importance of a cold beer after a long day on the bike.
If you love adventure, if you love mountains and the Himalayas, if you are interested in riding Eastern Tibet (a place which not many people know), you will love this.
Everest or bust 2018 We just completed a tour to Everest base camp from Lhasa with Hendrik and his crew. From start to finish was a trip of a lifetime. Everything was organised extremely well from the different types of foods to the monastery tours and of course the riding through breathtaking scenery and long winding roads each day. The backup crew and mechanics were brilliant and a special shout out to Jimmy the tour guide who’s knowledge of everything and helpfulness made the trip. “JIMMY, we love you man”We also met so lovely people touring with us that will be friends for life.
great trip, safe & professional guide I booked a tour with Tibetmoto and was pleasantly surprised! I had an amazing time riding around Yunnan, aided by a very professional guide who took pains to make sure the whole experience went as smooth and safely as possible. The views were incredible and we also got to experience Chinese lifestyle in the many little villages we visited on the way. All in all an amazing trip I will never forget!
Day trip in Shangri-la Booking this day trip was the best thing I could have ended up doing on my trip in Yunnan. The feeling of being in an unfamiliar place can be a little overwhelming at times, but the tour guide was professional and friendly the whole way. The temple in Shangri-La was one of my favorite stops during the trip. The Tibetan family we met was amazing! I often strive to meet locals on my trips, and it can be hard, but having them instantly meet you as part of a booked trip definitely moves things along and provides you with an unforgettable experience, especially with the local cuisine. Don’t even get me started on the spectacular mountainside views, I couldn’t stop taking pictures. I highly recommend booking this day trip! I had a fantastic experience with them.
One day Calligraphy Yoga class with Mathias Wolters by Tibetmoto in Dali I am very happy and touched that I had the opportnunity to join this one day class. Mathias Wolters teaches very autentic and personal and can guy everybody very good through the new movements. He has the abilitiy to show you the keypoints so that each movements gets understandable. Mathias Wolters offers you all his knowledge and likes to show you the deeper essence of Calligraphy Yoga. These movements are very beautiful and are actually a combination of Yoga and Qigong. I really felt a change in my body and my mind, my whole beiing was in a state of relaxation. The location in this 500 year old temple in the Changshan mountains above the old town of Dali is impressing and fits wonderful to do there movements. Great was also that we had in between snacks, fruits and tea, coffee and other drinks.
One of the best tours we've had Our tour of Beijing City was definitely the highlight of our trip. Our tour guide was most helpful and the service that he provided was excellent. He told us all about the culture of the city which was much different than what we were used to. We have been on other tours that did not provide even half of the benefits of this tour. My wife and I really enjoyed all the photo ops that we had rather than taking the bus tour. We found out about this tour from a friend who had used this service last year. Tibetmoto is our choice for more trips in the future. Thanks ever so very much for the excellent customer service that you provided. We will make sure to let all of our family and friends know about your wonderful tours. Make your trip memorable with the team from Tibetmoto
Spectacular motorbike adventure in China I joined a 9 days motorbike tour with 3 of my friends in China this August. The landscapes were really beyond our expectations. Gorges, cliffs, valleys and snow mountains made the Alps look like a smaller brother of the mountains in Yunnan.
We mainly took backroads with little to no traffic which were well paved. Although the hotels and guesthouses were often simple in remote areas they were clean and somehow charming (especially the one in the Tiger Leaping gorge with the terrace high above the cliffs). Local food and dishes were everywhere absolutely delicious.
Our Tibetan motorbike tour guide was quite a character, really funny and made this adventure even better. We will come back to see more of this awesome country!
Motorbike trip through Tibet The most epic and enjoyable holidays ever experienced Everest was awesome,The whole crew was more than helpful very well planned and executed tour.Very highly recommend.
A Trip that I Must Take Again! Motorbiking with Tibetmoto was an adventure that I will definitely seek to have again. I knew that I had picked the right company to tour with by the warmth and kindness that I experienced from both the owner, Hendrik and Tenzin who had been patient, pleasant and informative while he answered all of my initial questions and concerns.
From the beginning of this journey, I felt like I was in good hands and that I could trust Sonam to guide us on this wonderful trip and he did. The land was absolutely stunning. The small towns were amazing and the ever-expansive rice terraces were unbelievable. I can’t imagine seeing the Yunnan province in any other way. I am so happy that I followed my first mind and rode with Tibetmoto. It’s a trip that I have to definitely take again. I can’t wait to go back! Highly recommended!
Amazing motorcycle tours in Yunnan, Tibet, Sichuan and Qinghai Tibetmoto - awesome tour operator for exploring Yunnan, Sichuan, Qinghai and Tibet by motorcycle, car or with your overland vehicle.
I have book two tours with Hendrik and his team. Both tours were customised motorcycle tours to my desire photography, riding awesome roads, experiencing the local lives, staying in home stays, sleeping out in tents, seeing the luscious high grassland, visiting the memorable printing house of Dege, the unique Larung Gar monastary of Serthar or the holly mountains, tasting local food and enjoying riding the stunning countryside, deep gorges or breath taking views.
Hendrik is the owner of Tibetmoto. He enjoys riding out with customers. Hendrik knows his cruising area inside out. You want to ride on dirt roads or climb the highest pass - he will bring you there, snow, mud, perfect new roads, nice and easy pistes - he knows the place to take you. All tailored to your skills and level of adventure.
He runs a professional business with a constant support from his back office, so that he can change hotels and to accommodate the route. Further, there was always a pickup with us carrying our luggage or ready to supply a warm coffee or a drink. We could ride light and just enjoy China from its best side. Hendrik runs a modern fleet of bikes, which are all well maintained and perfect for these road conditions.
After riding in October 2015 with him, I returned in June 2016 and will now return again in 2017 to ride Kashgar, the dessert and discover new territories.
Tibetmoto - a awesome experience
The BEST way to experience Dali Travelling with Hendrik as a guide for a day tour to the sights of Dali and surrounds, was an incredible and once in a life time experience. I saw (and tasted!) this special part of the world, in a way I never would have been able to on my own.
I'm so glad I chose to do this tour and can not recommend Tibetmoto more highly.
Tibet Tour - Lhasa - Mount Everest - Lake Nam Tso - Lhasa amazing motorcycle tour for any skill level. all important sights were visited, amazing mountain passes, views, great food and cultural experience.
With Tibetmoto everything is perfectly organised, all bikes are daily serviced, their is a mechanic and a jeep with the luggage following, so you do not need to worry about a heavy load on your motorcycle.
the detailed information prior and during the trip are excellent and allow you to prepare your trip and gear correctly.
Tibet and the tibetan culture is a most see on your "bucket list". riding on a motorcycle and experiencing Tibet so close up and real is "the icing".
book early as there are limited motorcycles. Best riding time late spring or early autumn
go for a life time ride with Tibetmoto
A Relaxing Hike with great views After spending a few weeks in the northern part of China surrounded by concrete, I was very excited to get out into nature and see some beautiful sites. I had heard that in Yunnan there is a very pretty place called the Tiger Leaping Gorge. So after some research I chose this hike and it did not disappoint! I’m still stunned by the views we saw during the four days. Our guide Lobsang was very knowledgable and made walking the trail easy. We never hiked more than 4 hours a day and usually it was less than that, which is very doable. While the hike wasn’t extremely challenging, it was still really nice to have a comfy bed to rest in every night and I thought the chosen hotels were very charming and boutique like, it made for a nice touch. Everything was taken care of, from airport pick-up to a day-to-day itinerary. It’s not often that I just get to setback and enjoy the trip, but on this hike I didn’t have to worry about a thing.
Experience Tibet with your family We had a family friendly tour in China´s Yunnan Province. Highlights were the Tibetan family home-stay at Jiabe (can you believe there are baby goats for the kids to play with- they enjoyed it a lot). Since you go in Yunnan Province you have the feeling to experience Tibet and the Tibetans and eat their local and organic food (and homemade wine) and great easy hiking trails into deep ancient forest nearby. There are other places nearby you can visit as the old town of Dali and the old town of Lijiang. Our guide was very professional. He also was willing to take care about our children and that the kids liked him. I recommended this tour to all my friends and family. This is once in a lifetime experience not to miss.
Trans Tibet Motorbike Tour - Tibet with Everest Base Camp - Perfect Way to experience Tibet! I have had the pleasure to ride with the Tibetmoto team in Sep 2018 during their Trans Tibet Tour and I would recommend fully hearted to join any of their upcoming trips.
A choice of Bikes in very good condition, beautiful roads, impressive landscapes, a knowledgable and helpful local guide, authentic accomodations and lunch/dining options and a very likeable, skillfull and supportive Tibetmoto Team (Hendrik, Tashi and the support crew). I trusted them right from the start and they accomodated any questions, concerns or proposals. If you look for a reliable tour operator with relevant local knowledge and the understanding for international guests - don’t look any further. I’ll definitely book another tour with them - just this says everything.
Overland tour Mongolia – China - SEA Hi everyone, we booked the China part of our world trip with Tibetmoto. At Erenhot border we were greeted by out guide who helped us with the border formalities and accompanied us to the border of Tibet at Goldmud. From there we crossed the endless plateau landscape. At some point we spotted wild horses and stayed with nomads for a couple of nights. In Lhasa, we took a break for a few days after endless driving and continued to Yunnan province where our trip ended at the border to Lao. The trip was very well planned by Tibetmoto and we apprecited the many recommendations for overnight stops, routing and sights (both before and during the tour). The service was professional yet personal and you can feel that the team members are passionate travellers themselves. Last but not least: the tour price was very competative. And unlike other travel agencies we contacted we received always proper and detailed answers in comprehensive English language. That made planning much easier. Thanks guys!