Highest Mountain Bike Race

  • Package price

    USD 3950

  • Trip Code

    MKA-1125

  • No of days

    22

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About trip

Trip Overview

The Highest Mountain Bike race is being conducted by Makalu Adventure Nepal. It is not only the highest race but one of the most scenic race, Participants will be able to see the oldest monasteries of Tibet during their visit to Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse. But also one of the most scenic route as you pass by Yamdrok Tso a very beautiful lake. Tingri and Everest base camp will provide the participants a panoramic view of Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma all 8000 m peaks besides the view of smaller mountains on the trail. Participants will be racing in the highest plateau in the world.

 

The Highest; the Longest

What makes the Trans-Himalayan highway so special? Again, it's the highest road in the world, averaging an altitude of 4,500 metres above sea level as it traverses the Tibetan plateau. Secondly, the route boasts the world's longest continuous descent, which of course means that you'll face the world's longest uphill if you are heading in the opposite direction. Best of all to mountain bikers is the sense of isolation and awe-inspiring scenery. They must also face an onslaught of zigzagging mountain passes and endure a constant battle against breathlessness.

Conditions

Expect to cover 70 to 100 km per day. Be sure you have clothes for all conditions: remember that you are above the clouds and it can be very sunny and bright. It can also snow, rain, hail and become very, very cold at the drop of a hat. In fact, it's all character-building stuff and after one week you'll be more resilient to the harsh conditions.

 

What's the biking like?

Children carry baskets of yak dung home. The dung will be used as insulation on the walls of their house and, come winter, will be burnt as fuel. Yaks are everything out here: yak skin tents and canoes; yak milk, butter, curd and cheese; yak steak; yak wool sweaters; even yak urine as a medicinal remedy for exposed cuts.

After eight or nine days and 600 km of pedaling, you should find yourself around the town of Pelbar and the entrance to the Everest National Park. It's here that you will probably leave Highway 318 for a few days and head south to Everest Base Camp. By now you are carrying at least 50 per cent of the following ailments: knee ligament damage, saddle rash, backache, a very sore backside, cramps in your feet, a runny nose, diarrhea, constipation, flatulence, headaches, nausea, dry eyes, a dusty cough, insomnia, lethargy, sunburn, frostbite, altitude sickness - not to mention any injuries you might have incurred from falling off your bike!

Fear not! For all these maladies combined cannot stop you now. Behold the Pang La, the mountain pass which rises before you! You grit your teeth, you meditate, you turn 'Eye of the Tiger' up to 10 on your Walkman; you do whatever you have to do to get into the groove, to get that Lance Armstrong vibe and hunker down for the next four or five hours to tackle this monster.

 

The Mount Everest

Conquering the Pang La is God's fee for allowing you to witness one of the planet's most stupefying vistas. After no less than 42 switchbacks and a rise of 900m in altitude, with your weary thighs bursting at the seams, you finally reach the cairn at the top of the pass, adorned in colourful Buddhist prayer flags. Suddenly the curtain is pulled back to reveal the row of Himalayan peaks you have been chasing. The Mount Everest!

You are now feeling physically and mentally ragged. Those last four or five hairpin bends were accomplished on willpower alone. You might well find an emotional tear freezing on your weather-beaten cheek as you finally dismount and gaze in awe at the white bowling pins before you almost close enough to touch: Makalu (8463m); Lhotse (8516m); Jachonggangri (7985m); Cho Oyu (8210m); Shisapangma (8012m); and the one that Tibetans have for centuries been calling Chomolungma ("Mother Goddess of the World"), at 8850 meters above sea level - Mount Everest.

 

Book with confidence

Over 1258 bikers from 61 different countries have ogranized Lhasa to Kathmandu bike tour with us since 1998. Success rate is above 96%.

 

Our net cost is $ 3950/- per person.

Participation Fee : $ 500 per person

 

VISA Cost

Americian :  USD 185

Canadian  :   USD 175

Other Nationaity  :   USD 85

What you will get

Includes

  • All ground transfers as per our Itinerary by Air Conditioned Private Vehicle.
  • Welcome Dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • Five star Hotel in Kathmandu (Bed & Breakfast basis including all govt. taxes and VAT).
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu around world heritage sites and major attractions of the city.Sightseeing tour of Lhasa.
  • All entrance fees wherever applicable.
  • Airfare: Kathmandu to Lhasa
  • Camping at the end of day.
  • All the meals included.
  • Support truck and jeep for the cyclist racers.
  • Professional medical team enroute and at the camp for medical facilities.
  • During camping cook, kitchen helpers, and staff to set up camps and serve food.
What you wont get

Excludes

  • All International Airfares / Airport Taxes.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as bar bill, laundry bill, telephone bill, tips, beverages and etc.
  • Personal Medical & Travel Insurance.
  • Rescue & Evacuation - If needed.
  • Visa fees for Tibet.
  • Cargo fees for mountain bike $100/- for flight Ktm/Lhasa.
Things To Do

Itinerary

Arrive Kathmandu. Transfer to 5 Star Hotel

Full day guided sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley.

Overnight Hotel. Welcome dinner - Live Nepalese Cultural Program hosted by Makalu Adventure

Fly to Lhasa from Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.

Full day guided sightseeing in Lhasa. Overnight at hotel.

Continue the sightseeing in Lhasa. Overnight at Hotel.

Start the Bike Tour. Camp after 86 km.

Kamba La Pass. Camp after 56 km.

Continue and camp before Karo pass.

Karo Pass to Gyangtse. Gyantse 86 kms. Overnight at Hotel.

Gyangtse to Shigatse. Shigatse 106 kms. Overnight at Hotel.

Continue and camp after 75 km.

Continue and camp after Lhatse 95 km.

Continue. Shegar 80 kms. Overnight at Hotel.

Continue. Pang La Pass. Camp after 65 km.

Continue to Rongbuk. Camp after 35 km.

Go to Everest Base Camp. Camp at Rongbuk.

Camp before Tingri. 76 km

Continue and camp after 75 km.

Kerung

Today we cross a pass and cycle downhill to the border between China and Nepal. The town is called Kerung.

Last Day of Race

Today is the last day of the race. We finish the race at Dhunche Cycling 50 km.

Drive To Kathmandu

Departure from Kathmandu

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