Lhasa to Kathmandu Mountain Bike Tour

  • Package price

    USD 1850

  • Trip Code

    MKA-1040

  • No of days

    22

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About trip

Trip Overview

This mountain bike tour offers the world's longest and steepest descent – a non-stop downhill that begins on the Tibetan Plateau and winds 150 kms down to the fertile rice fields of Nepal (an unbelievable 4600m descent!).

We will ride more than 1,100 km through Tibet on crushed stone roads and over spectacular mountain passes. The high point of the journey comes when we arrive at the monastery of Rongbuk and see Mount Everest Base Camp (5200m). This is the only trip in the world where you can visit Everest Base Camp with a bicycle! It was here on the North Face that Reinhold Messner began his successful solo ascent of Everest in 1980.

We stay overnight during this journey in hotels and in tents. An experienced crew of guides, cooks and drivers from both Nepal and Tibet provide for a smooth operation. The tours are available between the months of April and October and feature 15 full days of biking with full logistical support.

This mountain bike experience will also bring you into contact with three religions (Buddhism, Lamaism and Hinduism) and act as an introduction to the mysticism of Tibetan culture, the friendliness of the people and the daily culture in villagers' lives.

 

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%.

What you will get

Includes

  • All ground transfers as per our given itinerary.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu (including breakfast and all taxes).
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu (including all entrance fees).
  • Welcome Dinner with live Nepalese culture show at one evening.
  • Guided sightseeing in Lhasa with all entrance fees included.
  • Hotels in Tibet (including breakfast and all taxes) as per our mentioned Itinerary.
  • All Camping Equipment (such as Two-Man Tent, Dining Tent, Kitchen Tent, Shower tent, Toilet Tent, Tables, Chairs, Mattresses, etc.
  • Support Truck to carry your luggage and a Land Cruiser for assistance. Available at all times (while in Tibet).
  • Three times hot, fresh meals per day while camping, prepared by our very professional kitchen crew.
  • Daily wages and insurance for staff and guides.
What you wont get

Excludes

  • Airport Tax.
  • Airfare: Kathmandu-Lhasa.
  • Tibet travel permit, Visa fee, All monastery entrance fees wherever applicable.
  • Expenses of a personal nature; Lunch/dinner in the Hotel; Bar bills; Laundry bills; Telephone bills; Tips, etc.
  • Personal Medical & Travel insurance.
  • Rescue & Evacuation - If necessary.
  • Nepal re-entry visa fee.
  • Excess baggage charges.
Things To Do

Itinerary

  • Day 01
    Arrive Kathmandu. Transfer to 3 Star Hotel 
  • Day 02
    Full day guided sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley.

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

  • Day 03
    Fly to Lhasa from Kathmandu. Overnight Hotel New Mandala (3*).
  • Day 04
    Full day guided sightseeing in Lhasa. Overnight Hotel New Mandala

    Lhasa to Kathmandu Mountain Bike Tour.jpg

  • Day 05
    Continue the sightseeing in Lhasa. Overnight Hotel New Mandala .

    Potala Palace

  • Day 06
    Start the Bike Tour. Camp after 86 km.

    Lhasa to Kathmandu Mountain Bike Tour

  • Day 07
    Kamba La Pass. Camp after 56 km.
  • Day 08
    Continue and camp before Karo pass.

    Karo Pass-Lhasa to Kathmandu Mountain Bike Tour.jpg

  • Day 09
    Karo Pass to Gyangtse. Gyantse 86 kms. Hotel Gyantse.(3*)
  • Day 10
    Gyangtse to Shigatse. Shigatse 106 kms. Hotel Shigatse.(3*)

    Shigaste - Lhasa to Kathmandu Mountain Bike Tour

  • Day 11
    Continue and camp after 75 km.

  • Day 12
    Continue and camp after Lhatse 95 km.
  • Day 13
    Continue. Shegar 80 kms. Hotel. (3*)
  • Day 14
    Continue. Pang La Pass. Camp after 65 km.

  • Day 15
    Continue. Rongbuk. Camp 35 kms.

  • Day 16
    Go to Everest Base Camp. Camp at Rongbuk.

  • Day 17
    Camp before Tingri. 76 km
  • Day 18
    Continue and camp after 75 km.
  • Day 19
    Lalung-Leh Pass. Hotel Zhangmu (3*)117kms.
  • Day 20
    Continue from Zhangmu and cross the border. Overnight Resort at Dhulikhel.(3*)
  • Day 21
    Morning drive to Kathmandu. Free day for shopping and etc.(3*)
  • Day 22
    Final Departure from Nepal.
Dates & Price

Departures

1
Fixed Departures for Apr, 2018
Start Date End Date Trip Status Price
Apr 12, 2018 May 3, 2018  Booking Open

$ 1850

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Fixed Departures for May, 2018
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May 3, 2018 May 24, 2018  Booking Open

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May 20, 2018 Jun 10, 2018  Booking Open

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Fixed Departures for Jun, 2018
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Jun 10, 2018 Jul 1, 2018  Booking Open

$ 1850

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Fixed Departures for Jul, 2018
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Jul 1, 2018 Jul 22, 2018  Booking Open

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Jul 12, 2018 Aug 2, 2018  Booking Open

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Fixed Departures for Aug, 2018
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Aug 2, 2018 Aug 23, 2018  Booking Open

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Aug 19, 2018 Sep 9, 2018  Booking Open

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Fixed Departures for Sep, 2018
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Sep 6, 2018 Sep 27, 2018  Booking Open

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Sep 20, 2018 Oct 11, 2018  Booking Open

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Fixed Departures for Oct, 2018
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Oct 4, 2018 Oct 26, 2018  Booking Open

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Words from clients

Client Reviews

EXCELLENT : (4.8 / 5.0 ) 5

96% recommend this Package.
Score Breakdown
  • Thomas Costermans
    Belgium January 16, 2017

    amazing adventure and experience, well organized by Makalu adventure

    I was participating in the mountainbiketrip back in May 2014. It was an amazing adventure and experience, well organized by Makalu adventure. Our guides always helped us and the food and accommodation along the way were very good. Thse guys also supported us through some rough times on the road, which was needed so I am very thankful for this unforgettable experience, Makalu!
  • Turbo DK
    Ireland June 27, 2017

    This tour definitely exceeded my expectations

    This tour definitely exceeded my expectations. Everything went smooth and was well organised. The landscapes were highly diverse and the guides were great. Highly recommended.
  • Glenn
    New Zealand June 27, 2017

    What a fantastic trip

    What a fantastic trip. Without doubt one of the hardest physical challenges I have set myself at age 58 but thoroughly satisfying and very enjoyable. From the preparation and communication prior to departure, arriving in Kathmandu on my way to Tibet, and from Lhasa across Tibet and back to Kathmandu the service from Makalu Adventures was just fantastic. Thank you to the whole Team of Makalu Adventures from management through to our guides, chefs and drivers for making this an absolutely amazing journey.
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