Tibet- Shangri-La, the land of snows is well known as the roof of the World lies on a plateau at an average elevation of 4,000m. Tibet further is the land of ancient Buddhist culture having awesome landscapes, artistic monasteries, and century’s old caravan trails. The holy land is bounded by the Kunlun Mountains to the north and the Himalayas to the south. Tibet covers an area of 1.2 million Esq. km, and has a population of 2.3 million. Tibet is a sacred land of myths and mysteries inhabited by the ever smiling people. It has not only exerted magnetic spell upon travelers for centuries but also upon spies, missionaries, scholars, geographers, mystics, soldiers and cranks etc, yet, only a few intrepid serious and determined travelers have been able to make it. Tibet being extremely remote and isolated by the most formidable Himalayan ranges, a fascinating world of timeless splendor, unique tradition and breathtaking scenery awaits all travelers.
BEST SEASON and WEATHER
From April to October is the best season for riding. There is not much rain in Tibet as it is a plateau behind the Himalayan range. But it rains to some extent during July and August and rest of the season is fine with the clear sky. There may be snowfall in the high passes if it rains during April and end of October. Temperature ranges from 0-15 degree Celsius depending upon altitude and weather.
The bulk of the trip is crossing the arid Tibetan Plateau, which lies in the rain shadow of the Himalayas and does not receive much annual precipitation. Our departures during the season are timed to miss the monsoon in Nepal, and we should be guaranteed clear, dry weather for the last step into Kathmandu. The weather on the Tibetan Plateau during the day will be surprisingly mild and warm, while nights will be clear and crisp. Temperatures will range from 20 degrees Centigrade during the day to well below freezing at night. As on any of our routes, though, storms can occur at any time along with a sprinkling of snow.
Tibetans are generally honest and Hotel staff can be trusted not to walk off with our belongings. Pickpockets are virtually unknown and there seem to be no scams aimed at parting us from our money. The situation has eased and Tibetans no longer risk being punished for talking with foreigners. We have to avoid taking photographs of Chinese soldiers.
Min 4 pax, plus Nepali guide-medically trained and experienced, drivers, Tibetan guide, and extra Nepalese MTB guide if numbers dictate.
|DAY 06: Sightseeing in Lhasa: Drepung monastery and Potala Palace; Rest free day to explore LhasaWe experience invaluable insights during our visits to POTALA PALACE and DREPUNG MONASTERY. This 17th century POTALA PALACE offers an awesome view of entire city and also has private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Ancient history has it that Drepung Monastery which was built in 14th century used to shelter around 10,000 monks but as now there has been quite a declination resulting in only few hundreds. Tibetans’ respect and belief are immensely knotted with this monastery.|
|DAY 07: Lhasa – Chusul: 97 kmAt our full acclimatisation, we take to our bikes or cycle out to the Drepung Monastery on the outskirts of Lhasa. The Freedom Highway then leads us away from Lhasa down the Lhasa Valley and to our guesthouse in Chusul.|
|DAY 08: Chusul – Nagatse: 105 kmFollowing breakfast, we move on to tackle the 25km climb up to the pass of Kamba La. This tough climb will take 3-4 hours but the views from the prayer-flag-strewn summit at 4794m are spectacular. We then descend to the turquoise Yamdrok Lake where we will have lunch. After lunch, we make a gentle and scenic road jurney to the small town of Nagatse.|
|DAY 09: Nagatse – Gyantse: 100 kmFollowing breakfast, there is the opportunity to tackle the first and (fortunately) ‘lowest’ of the high passes – the 5045m Karol La. This climb will take approximately 3hours. The subsequent descent is twice as long and descends over 1000m in altitude to Gyantse in the heart of the Yang Chug Valley. There is plenty to catch including the Palcho Monastery and the magnificent Kumbum Stupa – a fantastic tiered structure that is now unique in the Buddhist world. We will also be able to see the beautifully located Gyantse Dzong – where Lt. Col Francis Younghusband made his infamous first stronghold in 1904.|
|DAY 10: Gyantse – Shigatse: 94 kmUpon our today’s ride, we traverse through senic gentle 94 km road across beautiful plains with a dramatic mountain backdrop. At mid-ride, we stopp for lunch and then continue across the plains into Shighatse, Tibet’s second largest city and home to the controversial Panchen Lama, whose home is traditionally at the Tashilunpo Monastery.|
|DAY 11: Shigatsewe make our rest in Shigatse where we also visit the huge Tashilhunpo monastery complex. During our time in Shigatse, we engage to obtain the necessary permits for visiting Everest Base Camp.|
|DAY 12: Shigatse – Lhatse: 150 kmToday, we start a gentle ride through rolling terrain across the Shigatse Plains. A gradual but long climb then takes us to the double passes of Tra La (4050m) and Tsuo La (4520m). There is then a fantastic descent which flattens out before we arrive at our guesthouse at Lhatse.|
|DAY 13: Lhatse – Shegar : 85 km
What Is Included
- Complimentary welcome dinner in one of the finest Nepalese restaurants in Kathmandu
- Sightseeing in Nepal and Tibet as per itinerary
- Experienced English speaking local tour guides (Tibetan & Nepalese in respective places)
- Accommodation on Bed and Breakfast basis in Nepal and Tibet
- Overland transportation (1 Truck up to 5 pax with cabin for passengers and more than 5 pax jeep and truck)
- All Entrance fees in Tibet and Nepal.
- International airfare to/from Kathmandu
- Kathmandu to Lhasa airfare
- Mountain Bike if on rent
- Lunch and Dinner in Nepal and Tibet
- Trip cancellation and Medical/Evacuation Insurance
- Items of personal nature (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, the internet , laundry etc.)
- Excess baggage
- Tips for guides & drivers
- Nepal Visa fee
- Tibet Visa