West Tibet Motorbike Tour

Explore the breathtaking landscape and culture of Tibet on this unforgetable West Tibet Motorbike Tour to the mount Kailash and Everest Basecamp. This West Tibet Motorbike Tour leads you through the sparsely populated highlands of Tibet – the world of the nomads.
Gain insight into the fascinating life of the tibetan and it’s culture.
Your Westtibet motorbike tour starts in the colourful capital city Lhasa with it’s fascinating temples and markets. It brings you moreover to the wild landcape, icecold and clear lakes, past the snowcapped mountains, through green grasslands and deep gorges.

Tibet knows about his land impressions and it’s role of natural light plays. Lonely wide streets in the midst of fantastic nature. On this West Tibet Tour you explore the untouched valleys and mountain lakes like the Manasarovar or Serling lake. You observe the sunrise and sunset at the mount everest and visit the legendary mount Kailash. Motorbike Tours like the West Tibet Motorbike Tour is the most impressiv way to explore all the magnificent of west Tibet.

Your West Tibet Motorbike Tour includes lots of fascinating stops where you will have enough time to dicover everything and not only to past by.
Meet the friendly tibetan nomads who welcoming every guest with warming buttertea. Drive on winding roads, over amazing mountain passes to finally reach the roof of the world!

The tour starts in Lhasa and brings us to the Namtso lake towards north untill we cross the derserted  tibetan plateau from east to west. After we visit the far western city of Tibet, we visit one of the tour highlights: The snow-covered holy mountain Kailash which lays 6.638 metre above the sealevel and is still undiscovered. The tibetan people believe in the absolution after clockwise walk around the Kailash -it means good Karma.

Aswell as the Mount Everest Base Camp which is the Start and Endpoint for the Climbers and Hikers of the Mount Everest can not be missed on the West Tibet Motorbike Tour.

The West Tibet Motorbike Tour leads you to breathtaking areas, which only few people experienced in life. You will never forget the colours, the good smell and experiences you will make on this tour -its guaranteed unforgettable!

West Tibet Motorbike Tour Overview

Date:On request
Price:On request
Highlights/Itinerary:Lhasa – Namtso Lake – Serling Lake- Nyima – Gertse – Ali (Ngari) – Zanda – Mount Kailash – Saga – Everst Basecamp – Xigaze – Lhasa
Difficulty:3/5 – Demanding due to high altitude and climate. Experience on curvy mountain roads is a requirement.
Duration/Length:14 days / 12 riding days / ~ 3.470 kilometer
longest riding day: 9 hours, 480 kilometer / Average riding day: 6.5 hours, 300 kilometer
Style:Tibet motorbike tour with overnight stays in hotels and guest houses. The roads on this tour are mainly paved. Ratio dirt track or gravel/tarmac approx: 05/95.
Media:West Tibet motorbike tour photos gallery 2018
Motorbikes:Shineray X5 400 / BMW G 310 GS / BMW F 800 GS / BMW R 1200 GS

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Daily Itinerary: West Tibet Motorbike Tour

DayRoute: Description
1First meeting in Lhasa: Airport pick-up and first meeting with the Tibetmoto Team and Tibet guide. Transfer to the hotel in Lhasa. Free time and acclimatization on 3,600m. Tibetan welcome dinner in the evening.
2Lhasa: After your application of the temporary Chinese driver´s license (with accompanying help), you have the opportunity to explore the attractions of Lhasa. Visit the most important temples like “Jokhang” or the “Potala Palace”.  Take your time to explore the colourful barkhor market where you can buy traditional tibetan souvenirs before the motorbike tour starts.


3Lhasa – Namtso lake: Before the West Tibet Motorbike Tour starts you pick up your temporary driver’s license. Your today’s destination is the Natso Lake above 4.718 Metres of sealevel – the biggest saltwater lake Tibets. Before you arrive at the lake shore, you will cross the famous Laken Pass (5.186 Metern).
4 h / 200 kilometer
4Namtso lake – Serling lake: Today  will brings you picturesque landscpapes. You will drive on small roads along the eastern shore of the Namtso- and Baingoin lake to finally reach the Serling lake on 4,530 metre, Tibet´s second largest lake. You spend your night at the lake.
8 h / 300 kilometer
5Serling See – Nyima: The road to Nyima is extraordinary; in the morning often wild animals such as wild Tibetan horses can be spottet. Enjoy the pure nature and wildlife through the unique beauty of Tibet.
7.5 h / 230 kilometer
6Nyima – Gertse: Today on your West Tibet Motorbike Tour you will capture the tibetan plateau on your way to Gertse. Thereby the route will leads you along the shores of the dong lake (4.500 meters). Get ready for a breathtaking panorama view and save unforgetable pictures of the beautiful scenery.
8 h / 350 kilometer
7Gertse – Ali: On this day of your West Tibet Motorbike Tour you will drive to the most western city – Ali. The sunniest sight of Tibet which will take you to desert similar landscapes.
9 h / 480 kilometer
8Ali – Zanda:  You leave the most western point behind you and move further east. Soon the mainroad will ends and you drive through rugged sandstone landscape (ála  Arizona) to Zanda. The region around Tholing and Zaparang provides the most beautiful Himalaya scenery on the tour. Point of departure is the abandonee kingdom of Guge which was built in the 10th century.
5.5 h / 200 kilometer
9Zanda – Mount Kailash: You start early in order to arrive the Mount Kailash for activities. Tarchen (4,600m) is the starting point of the Kailash circumbulation.
Upon arrival there are several opportunities. Hike to Tarpoche, a pagoda with mani prayer stones on the circumbulation trail or keep on going with the bikes and ride off-road to Tarpoche.
4.5 h / 240 kilometers
10Mount Kailash – Saga: Incredibly beautiful is the exit of the mount Kailash with the motorbike. First we drive along the Manasarovar shore on a sealevel of 4,590 metre. You will see the holy glacier of the tibetan culture aswell as the impressive plateaus, deep gorges and valleys.
7.5 h / 500 kilometer
11Saga – Everest Base Camp: From Saga you leave the south and pass by lake Paiku. Shortly you reach the Friendship Highway and across the Lamna pass (5,130m) to  the Robgbuk monastery near the Everest Base Camp. The monastery is located on 4,980 meters. You spend the night there. You have the opportunity to walk to the Everest Base Camp (8km) to see the sunset. Alternatively, the sunrise can be seen next morning.
7 Stunden / 300 Kilometer
12Everest Base Camp – Xigaze: After the incredible experience at the everest base camp, the West Tibet Tour brings you back to the Lamna Pass and Frienship Highway. You arrive Xigaze, an important tradecentre of the autonomous southwestern area of Tibet.
8 h / 360 kilometer
13Xigaze – Lhasa: From Xigaze you leave the main road and head south to Gyangze and along the shores of Yamdrok lake to Lhasa. Yamdrok lake will be the last grand lake on this Tibet tour. Before reaching Lhasa we cross the Yarlung Tsangpo, the life giving water source of Tibet.
7.5 h / 310 kilometer
14The tour ends in Lhasa: The time flies fast on the adventure of  the Western Tibet Motorbike Tour. After one last traditional meal together, you will pick up on time at your accomondation to get your flight back home.

=driving time (estimated) without breaks


Photos Gallery West Tibet Motorbike Tour 2018

Included services:
Shineray X5 400/BMW F 800 GS
Dinner, Mineral water
13 overnight stays in hotels and inns
German tour guide (English speaking) on own motorcycle
Native tour guide (English speaking)
Escort vehicle with driver for passengers and baggage
Assistance with organising the trip to/from China
Assistance with applying for visa to China
Spare parts, engine oil
Temporary Chinese driving license, all Tibet permits



5 star ratingAmazing 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

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5 star ratingMotorbike 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.

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5 star ratinggreat 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!

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