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 NOMADIC ADVENTURES                                         TIBET MOUNTAIN BIKE TOUR


Location: Tibet

Duration: 22 Days

Accommodation: Hotels and Tents

Minimum Group Size: 2

Departures: April to October

Maximum Altitude: 5400m

Proposed Fixed Dates for 2017:


Please email us as the situation changes constantly due to regular visa and border change issues



Tibet Visa


When entering Tibet from Nepal, Chinese Visas cannot be used. As such, the visa for Tibet must be obtained from the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. As visa's are only issued on Mondays, Wednesday's and Thursdays (except if they fall on a Chinese Holiday), trips need to be arranged to suit these visa issue dates, i.e. any one going on a trip departing for Tibet from Nepal, needs to arrive in Kathmandu at least three days before entering Tibet.


When you confirm your trip with us, we will organize your Travel Permit for Tibet, Visa Approval Documents and apply to the Chinese embassy to obtain your visa. We will thus require your full passport details, 3 weeks prior to your arrival at Kathmandu. The final documentation will be done on arrival in Nepal.


Please note that visa for Tibet obtained elsewhere has still got to be endorsed by the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu.


Your current Passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the date of travel. The passport must also have more than two blank visa pages. We will require two full front passport photos taken against a clear background, in either colour or black and white. Photo's cannot be scanned and if digital, must be printed on gloss photo paper.

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Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu. Transfer to Thamel Eco Resort

Day-2: Full day of guided sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley including visits to Durbar Square and the temples of Swayambhunath, Bouddhanth, Guheshwari and Pashupatinath.


In the evening we will all get together for a welcome dinner with an entertaining Nepalese culture show. Overnight at Hotel.


Day-3: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa

Morning transfer to the airport for the hour-long flight to Tibet. This spectacular flight, on a China Southwest Airlines Boeing 757, takes us right across the main Himalayan range and provides us with magnificent mountain views. After landing at Gonggar Airport and meeting our Tibetan guide, it is a further 2-hour drive by Landcruiser jeep to Lhasa where we will check into the Hotel. It's advisable to rest and take it easy for the remainder of the day due to Lhasa's altitude. Overnight Dhud Ghoo or Lhasa Hotel or similar.


Day-4-5   We will spend two full days visiting the major temples and monasteries in Tibet, to include the beautiful Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery and Potala Palace, former residence of the Dalai Lamas, which dominates the city, as well as the Jokhang Temple with scores of pilgrims prostrating themselves in worship outside. We will also spend time wandering through the local markets and shopping for goodies to take home or to just take in the atmosphere of the square.  Later you will have time to prepare your bike for the trip. Overnight accommodation at Hotel.


Day-6: Start cycling! Finally, your trans-Himalayan biking adventure begins. Our journey towards Everest starts with the Friendship Highway as it heads out across the plateau. We leave Lhasa and cycle along the Tsangpo River to foot of the Kamba Pass (3700 m).


When you arrive at the camp you will find tents, latrines, shower tent and facilities ready. Overnight accommodation in tents [Total cycle: 85 km].


Day-7: Kamba Pass

Our first mountain pass. A strong uphill climb along a tar road of several switchbacks, reaches a summit lavishly adorned with prayer flags (4794m). After descending we continue alongside Lake Yamdruk, at the far side of which we set camp (4490m). Overnight accommodation in tents. [Total cycle: 55 km]


Day-8: Karo Pass base

Leaving the beautiful lake behind, we cycle along the Friendship highway which soon becomes a gravel roadway, through a ravine and up to the foot of the Karo Pass (4750m), where our tented village will be prepared for the night. Overnight accommodation in tents. [Total cycle: 54 km]


Day-9   : Karo Pass to Gyantse

A significant day as we have to get up early to climb the high Karo Pass (5010m). Around us we can see glaciers stretching down to 6000m and beautiful lakes. You are rewarded for your effort with a night in a top hotel in the city of Gyantse (3980m). Overnight accommodation at Gyantse Hotel. 


Day-10: Shigatse

First we will visit the Gyantse Dzong and Gyantse Kumbum. The Dzong is a fort dating from the 14th century and the Kumbum, a large gold-domed stupa with several small chapels, containing an impressive collection of Tibetan Buddhist murals. We then head out on the highway towards Shigatse. Although today involves a longer distance, the highway is tarred and flat. In the afternoon we will arrive in Tibet's second largest city, Shigatse (3860m). Overnight accommodation at Shigatse Hotel. [Total cycle: 94 km]


Day-11: Gyachung Monastery

We leave Shigatse and ride over two small passes and through several small Tibetan villages. We will cycle past the isolated Gyachung Monastery and camp. Overnight accommodation in tents at around 4100m. [Total cycle: 75 km]


Day-12 : Lhatse

The route lead us through picturesque valleys before the long route begins which leads over the Tso-La (4520m). After lunch we head towards Lhatse past the hot springs and camp about 10km outside of town. Accommodation in tents. [Total cycle: 95 km]


Day-13 : Shegar

Today we view the stunning canyon of the 5220m Gyatso-La. On a clear day you will be rewarded for your effort with your first view of Mount Everest.  After a 40 km ride through flat prairie towns, you will arrive in the town of Pelbar, often referred to as Shegar. Shegar, is a popular stopover for anyone heading to the Everest region. Today will be a long and gruelling ride through the canyon. Overnight accommodation in Hotel Quomolongma. [Total cycle: 75 km]  


Day-14 : Pang Pass

Just outside of Shegar, we will divert off the main Lhasa-Kathmandu highway and head towards the world's highest peak, Everest. After passing through the border control point, you will be faced with 20km’sof uphill switchbacks (42 hairpin bends in total!) before you reach the summit of the Pang Pass (5150m). Your reward will be some of the most magnificent views of Everest and her surrounding peaks. Enjoy lunch as you gaze over Makalu (8463m), Shishapangma (8012m), Cho Oyu (8210m), Lhotse (8516m), Everest (8850m) and several other breathtaking peaks. Then a 20-kilometer downhill follows to the Rongbuk Valley (4200m), where we camp. Overnight accommodation in tents. [Total cycle: 67 km]


Day-15 -16 :Rongbuk Monastery

Now you should be at peak fitness and excited about the approach of Everest Base Camp. A bumpy road winds up through the Rongbuk valley until the majestic Mount Everest appears before you. We will camp beside the monastery with the unforgettable sight of the 8848m peak in front of your eyes. We will stay here for two days. One your second day, you can either read a book or get even closer to Everest by taking a walk, cycling or hopping on a donkey and cart ride to Everest base camp, which is 8km from the campsite. Overnight accommodation in tents (5150m). [Total cycle: 35 km]


Day-17: Tingri

Leaving Rongbuk, we head back down the bumpy road and then take a "short-cut" into the mountains. Another bumpy trail takes us over a canyon and down into Tingri (4340m). Overnight accommodation in tents. [Total cycle: 86 km]


Day-18 : Lalung Pass

This day begins with a 40 to 50km flat ride before lunch. Then we tackle the gradual incline of the Lalung Pass (4990m). From here you will feel like you are as high as the peaks around you, including Shishapangma (8012m). Overnight accommodation in tents in the valley between two passes. [Total cycle: 77 km]


Day-19: Cross Thang Pass the ultimate downhill

Today, we tackle our last up hill, as we cycle up the incredible Thang Pass to 5050m. You will be treated to breathtaking views of the Himalayan chain as you freewheel the most incredible non stop downhill, all the way to the Nepalese border. You will be treated to breathtaking views of the Himalayan chain as you freewheel down.


From the town of Nyalam you will notice that the scenery starts to turn green again. You will cycle down down past countless waterfalls and pine tree lines roads, with waterfalls practically crashing over you, to the border town of Zhangmu (2300m). This will be our last day in Tibet. Overnight accommodation in Zhangmu hotel. [Total cycle: 117 km]


Day-20: Back to Nepal

From Zhangmu we have to pass through customs and into Nepal.


Once you are in the Nepali town of Kodari the downhill continues for the next 50 km along some very bumpy and rocky roads. Suddenly it is tropical and humid and green again as you cycle alongside rice paddies. After you reach the town of Dolalghat you must climb up to Dhulikhel (1600m). Accommodation in Dhulikhel Lodge Resort. [Total cycle: 97km] 


Day-21: Bhaktapur and Kathmandu. Free day for shopping, etc

You will freewheel down through Bhaktapur where you can stop and see some of the town's famous temples if you wish, before we ride into busy Kathmandu again. In the afternoon you can relax, shop or go sightseeing. We will all get together in the evening for a last dinner to celebrate the successful completion of this amazing adventure. [Total cycle: 35 km].


Day-22:  Final Departure from Nepal.


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Trails technically exigent for cyclists with good training.
Ratio of 4 hours effective ride
Level III
Dirt roads. Bridle paths. Single-tracks
Less than 3,500m height
Less than 7 degrees downhill/climbing in short strokes.
Risks of falls.

Trails for expert riders. Technical and challenging rides.
Ratio of more than 4 hours ride
Level IV
Dirt roads. Bridle paths. Single-tracks, downhill/climbing.
Over 3,900m height. Possible carrying of the bike.
Less than 10 degrees downhill/climbing
Risk of falls.
Level V
Bridle paths, single-tracks, downhill/climbing
Stairs and trials, very technical and difficult.
More than 10 degrees downhill/climbing
Non-tourist trails.
High risks falls.

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