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The world's highest moutain bike journey


21 days Lhasa to Kathmandu Mountain Biking Tour 
Adventure Type: Moutain Biking
Duration: 21 days
Cost: US2350/per person (4 person onwards)
 
 
9 fixed departures for Year 2012:
April, 2-10 May, 12-June 1 June, 2-22 July, 5-25 September, 25-October15 October,1-21  
 
The whole trip will lead you on a mind blowing mountain biking experience from Lhasa to Kathmandu and much of the surrounding attractions. We will follow the main route which runs westward, parallel to the majestic Himalayan range. Along the way we will cross six major passes and traverse a high arid plateau area. Spectacular monastery towns and ancient settlements provide many wondrous sites throughout our trip. We will also take a detour away from the main route in order to reach the Pang La pass, which allows for extensive views of the Himalayas. The highlight of the trip for many is our stop over at Everest Base Camp. Gazing up at the sheer monstrosity of Everest is an unforgettable experience. After staying one night at the base camp we go back to the main Kathmandu route.
 
We cross one more high pass as we reach the edge of the Tibetan Plateau. After the Thang La pass we cruise down a 4600 meter descent. The descent ends at the valley of the sun Kosi River in Nepal. A final easy day's traveling brings us back to Kathmandu. Along the entire way a truck, cook, guide, and 4 wheel drive Land cruisers support our journey. Experience the real natural high! Come mountain biking in Tibet and Nepal! ---click to see photos of this trip here---
 
ITINERARY
 
DAY 01 - ARRIVAL IN LHASA
Once you arrive at Gonggar airport or Lhasa Train Station, an easy one hour or half hour drive will take you to your final destination of the traditional Kailash Hotel, Dhood Gu Hotel, Kyichu Hotel, Yak Hotel or Shambala Hotel, etc. The remainder of the day can be spent relaxing and exploring some of the many sights in Lhasa.
 
DAY 02 - IN LHASA
Haven't you always dreamed of visiting the ancient Tibetan monasteries? Our knowledgeable English speaking guide will show you everything there to see in some of these renowned sights. First off we will explore the beautifully preserved Sera Monastery. Many of the pictures you see of Tibet are of these buildings with their white washed walls and golden roofs. To this day several hundred monks live and study in this architecture. The afternoon will be spent exploring the Jokhang temple and Norbulingka. The Norbunglinka is another astounding piece of architecture and was once the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Jokhang Temple will provide you one of your first sights of devout Tibetans, as hundreds visit this sacred shrine each day. The central market of Lhasa, the Barkor, surrounds the Jokhang Temple. In these cobbled streets you can experience more Tibetan culture and even purchase some amazing crafts.
 
Day 03 - FURTHER EXPLORATION OF LHASA
To explore some of the ancient quarters of the Dalai Lama we will visit Potala Palace in the morning. Be prepared for astonishment as this grand palace has been around since the 17th century. It is a vast building with much to explore. Those who wish to do so can ride their bikes around the city for the first time.
 
DAY 04 - LHASA OUR FIRST DAY ON THE BIKE
Our fourth day will be another easy one as we cruise around Lhasa on our bikes. Both the Sera and Drepung Monastery will be visited for another taste of Tibetan culture. To add even more history and culture we will also visit Drepung Monastery. Once home to over 10,000 monks, the Drepung Monastery is still a beautiful sight to see. Miraculously it was one of the few sights to escape the Cultural revolution without widespread damage.
 
DAY 05 - LHASA - CHUTSU
Our life changing journey officially begins today as we pack up the trucks and prepare for departure. It is essential that we take only what we need with us. Our first stage to Chutsu is fairly level and easy. We will ease you into the journey so it is even more enjoyable for you.
 
DAY 06 - CHUTSU - YAMDROK TSO
Our first major pass is encountered today as we cross Khamba La. We will take the pass slow and even hop in the trucks if necessary as we are all not acclimatized yet. The views form the pass stretch out for miles and miles. We are able to see numerous rivers and the turquoise waters of Yamdrok Lake. The night will be spent at a campsite below the lake after descending the pass.
 
DAY 07 - YAMDROK TSO - RALUNG
Our first stop after leaving the campsite takes us to the small town of Nagartse. We will visit the highly revered Samding Monastery. Many Tibetans believe that this monastery is the home of the earthly incarnation of the goddess Dorje Pagmo. After Nagartse we climb our second major pass, Karo La. It is an awe-inspiring site the see the massive glaciers rising nearly straight up from the road. Our night will be spent below the pass in the small village of Ralung.
 
DAY 08 - RALUNG - GYANTSE
This is another fairly easy day as we cruise downhill to Gyantse. While in Gyantse we will visit many historic sites. The sites range from ancient military forts to beautiful monasteries. The Kumbum monastery, a large gold roofed stupa, has much to explore in its intricate buildings. Even if you are not an art connoisseur you will appreciate the wondrous murals to be found in this monastery. We will spend the night in the Gyantse hotel. Relax and enjoy the hot showers!
 
DAY 09 - GYANTSE - SHIGATSE
Our destination, shigatse is 94 kilometers away. If we want to reach it by nightfall we must get in our back up vehicles. Don't worry though; all of the beautiful sections of this stretch will be viewed on bicycle. After finally reaching Shigatse we will spend the night in one of two first rate hotels.
 
DAY 10 - SIGHTSEEING AND REST IN SHIGATSE
Today will be spent in exploring Tibet's second largest city! There is much to see in this town, but the highlight for most is our visit to the Tashi Lhumpo Monastery. High walls surround this intricate maze of shrines, prayer wheels, rock inscriptions, and Tibetan pilgrims. Excellent views are seen once again from the top of the Shigatse fortes. Once again we will spend the night at one of two first rate hotels in Shigatse.
 
DAY 11 - SHIGATSE - TSO LA
Today we head towards our third major pass, Tso La. We must ride for nearly 115 kilometers before we reach our final campsite before the pass.
 
DAY 12 - TSO LA - LHATSE
From this challenging pass we are rewarded with our first views of Everest in the distance. The night will be spent in the small town of Lhatse.
 
DAY 13 - LHATSE - SHEGAR
On our fifteenth day we cross yet another pass, Gyamtso La. Our night will be spent in Shegar, only a few kilometers away from the main road and our path to Rongbuk valley.
 
DAY 14 - SHEGAR - PANG LA
Our goal today is to bike ten kilometers off the main road to the Pang La pass and ascend this pass before nightfall. We will spend the night in a small settlement on the south side of the pass. Along the way, wondrous views of Makalu, Everest and numerous other peaks can be seen.
 
DAY 15 - PANG LA - RONGBUK
Our route splits off to the south as we encounter Phadruchi, a decently sized town after the pass. The majority of today's ride is flat as we head toward Rongbuk. However, we must climb a steep 10 kilometers before we reach Rongbuk Monastery. It is such a relief to see Everest come into view as we end this long day.
 
DAY 16 - REST AND EXPLORATION DAY AT RONGBUK
Today is a much needed rest and sightseeing day in Rongbuk. We will explore the numerous destroyed and revitalized monasteries that inhabit this high altitude area. What a historic and moving sight it is! The Everest base camp is only one hour biking from here!
 
DAY 17 - RONGBUK- TINGRI
Today is an amazing today as we cycle to Tingri and end our day with a dip in the natural hot springs. It is a quiet yet beautiful countryside.
 
DAY 18 - TINGRI - THANG LA
Today we cycle towards our last and highest pass of the trip, Thang La. We must make camp before this daunting pass.
 
DAY 19 - NEGOTIATING THANG LA
Today is another challenging day as we cross this amazing pass. We are all in excellent shape by now. However, it is still a feat to climb this high pass. Camp is made in a campsite below Shishapangma.
 
DAY 20 - THANG LA - ZHANGMU
Finally we are able to cruise nearly 4600 meters downhill! What an adrenaline rush today is as we head towards the Nepal border. Our easy ride down is complimented with beautiful scenery along the way.
 
DAY 21 - ZHANGMU - KATHMANDU
Our last day is a long yet easy ride as we cycle to Kathmandu. A bittersweet last night is spent in the Hotel Dynasty in Kathmandu. What a relief these hot showers and beds are!
 
Service included:
* 3 star standard hotels BB basis(Bed and breakfast twin sharing rooms) in Lhasa, Gyantse, Xigatse, Zhangmu, camping at rest of the places
* Meals provided by our cook during camping
* 1 Supporting vehicle
* 1 Tibetan local English Speaking guide + 1 cook
* All camping gears, tents, sleeping bags, mattresses, cooking tents
* Mineral waters, fruits
* Nepal side border pick up and transfer to Kathmandu
* All necessary permits including Tibet Entry Permit
* All Sightseeing entrance fees as per the program

Service not included:
* Lunch and dinners during staying in 3 star hotels
* Any flights into Lhasa (please let us know where you plan to enter we can arrange your flight tickets accordingly)
* Tibet Group Visa fee if entering from Nepal side, cost US114/per person for none US passport holder and US198 for US PP holders, we will do the paper work for you
* Insurance, suggested to buy it from your own country which will protect you much better
* Bikes, if not convenient to bring your own bike, we can provide professional mountain bike at a rental price of US150 only

9 fixed departures for Year 2012:

April, 2-10 May, 12-June 1 June, 2-22 July, 5-25 September, 25-October15 October,1-21  

View some pictures of this trip, click here
 

*For those do not have enough time to do this trip, but still wanna have a taste of bikings inside Tibet, we have worked out a another economic but very cheering 7 days trip details as below:
 
7 days World's Longest Downhill Bike Tour 
Aventure Type: Moutain Biking
Duration: 7 days
Cost: US1000/per person only!
 
 
 
Have you ever dreamed of cruising downhill on a bicycle through some of the world's most majestic scenery?
 
Then this trip is for you! We will begin our ride from the top of the highest pass on the Friendship Highway between Kathmandu and Lhasa. The route, nearly 4600 meters, will provide you the opportunity to see wondrous mountains and experience both Tibetan and Nepalese culture. These two cultures are neighbors, but are very different in their history and beliefs. It is easy to fall in love with this area while riding. As if the trip wasn't easy enough, we will take a rest day in Nyalam. While in this quaint small town we will visit numerous historic sites, like the site where revered Tibetan saint Milarepa meditated. On the way down to Kathmandu we will also pass through numerous small villages such as Panauti and Lubhu. So come join us for this easy yet rewarding cruise through Nepal and Tibet. You will remember this rush for the rest of your life!
 
ITINERARY
 
Day 01 Transfer to Dhulikel with sightseeing in Bhaktapur
Day 02 Ride to Kodari Eco Resort
Day 03 Drive to Nyelam
Day 04 Acclimatisation day in Nyalam
Day 05 Drive to Lablung La [5200m] and ride down to Kodari Eco Resort
Day 06 Ride to Dhulikel
Day 07 Ride to Kathmandu via Panauti and Lubhu 
 
*You can start this trip entering from Kathmandu, in Nepal side, as well as from Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Canton (Guangzhou), Chongqing, Kuming, Xian, Xining all these cities for your convenience in China.

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