Discover Tibet – 16 Days Cycling Adventure

Discover Tibet

16 Days Cycling Adventure

In Tibetan language, Lhasa means both “The Holy Land” and “The Buddha Land.” This holy city, which sits at an altitude of 3,650 meters (11,975 feet) and has over 1,000 years of cultural and spiritual history, is our launching pad. We spend two days exploring the city, then warm up with rides to Quxu and the 11th century Nyetang Dolma Lhakhang temple. Overnight, we’ll stay at
the beautiful Yamzho Lake, one of Tibet’s three holy lakes. During the next three days, we ride about 350 km over both paved and unpaved roads. On day 9, we’ll arrive at Tingri. Tingri is known for its spectacular views of Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Mount Makalu, and Cho Oyu, four of the six highest mountains in the world. We stay overnight at Everest Base Camp with stunning views in the morning. On the next day we ride to Lhatse valley, one of the most magnificent valleys in the world and slightly longer than the Grand Canyon. During the summer season, the whole valley is covered with green barely fields and bright yellow mustard meadows. Our trip will end with another day in Lhasa. Make sure you are in good physical condition before signing up for this tour.

Tour Details

Route Description

Daily itinerary

1Meeting in Chengdu: Flight from Chengdu to Lhasa in the afternoon or evening.
2Acclimatization and sightseeing day in Lhasa: We visit the Potala Palace and the Norbulingka summer palace of the Dalai Lama. In the afternoon we have time for the Bharkor market. 3-star boutique hotel accommodation in the old town of Lhasa.
3Lhasa – Quxu: Warm up day. On the way to Quxu we visit the celebrated temple Nyetang Dolma Lhakhang from the 11th century. 63 KM
4Quxu- Nagarze: On our second riding day we will pass by stunning lake Yamdrok. We stay in a guesthouse on the shore of the lake. 93 KM
5Nagarze – Gyantse: Slowly, we leave the lake shore and head north to Gyantse. Gyantse is famous for the largest Chörten (or: Stupa) of Tibet, which serves as a monastery, and the old fort of Gyantse Dzong, located on a hilltop and overlooking the town. 103 KM
6Gyantse – Galaxiang: Since long we have left the civilization behind us. On this day the last sign, a fully paved road, becomes history. We ride through small villages, countryside and farmland. 96 KM
7Galaxiang – Gamba: One of our harder days of the tour. The road condition is far from being perfect, but we are rewarded with great views and friendly people. 108 KM
8Gamba – Dinggye: Similar to day 7 the road is in a ever changing condition from almost perfectly paved to gravel. We are now in the deepest Tibetan countryside imaginable and therefore off-the- beaten-track. 127 KM
9Dinggye – Tingri: Day 9 brings us closer to civilization; we join the Friendship Hwy., which connects Nepal with Tibet. Above Tingri town on a hill the old fort Shekar Dorje Dzong offers great views on Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Cho Oyu: four of the six highest mountains on earth. Tingri is a popular starting point for mountaineers who plan to ascent Mt. Everest. 121 KM
10Rest day in Tingri: Well deserved!
11Tingri – Rongpu Monastery close to Mt. Everest: From Tingri we continue further south to Mt. Everest Base Camp. The last 50 kilometer, leaving the Friendship Hwy., are still unpaved. We stay overnight around Rongbu monastery. On the next morning we can choose to either take a bus, ride a horse, or hike all the way up to the base camp. From there we have stunning views on the world ́s highest mountain. 132 KM
12Rongpu Monastery – Everest Base Camp – Rongpu Monastery – Tingri: From Ronpu Monastery transfer back to Tingri by car.
13Tingri – Lhatse: In Lhaste we take a walk up to the ancient fort of Lhatse Dzong from where we have a view on the Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon, the deepest Canyon in the world and slightly longer than the Grand Canyon in the United States. 88 KM
14Lhatse – Shigatse: Shigatse, host to one of the largest monasteries in Tibet, Tashilhunpo, is our last stop we reach solely by bicycle. 150 KM
15Shigatse – Lhasa: Transfer back to Lhasa by car (280KM).
16Tour ends after breakfast in Lhasa.

Duration: 16 days
Cycling days: 10
Rest days: 1
Total cycling distance: 1081 km Group size: Min 1 / Max 12

Included service:
15 overnight stays
Meals:Breakfast/ Lunch
Mineral water and snacks
Entrance fee tickets to sights
Tour leader
Additional Tibetan guide
All Tibet permits
Quality, well-maintained mountain bike
Airport pick-up in Lhasa
Bike tools and spare parts
Support vehicle and driver
Support organizing your trip to China
Support with your Chinese visa application in your country
Price: 2480 EUR p.p. in a group of four. Prices for smaller / larger groups on request.

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