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Tibet MTB Adventure

Ride across the sacred planes of Tibet across this 1100 km long once in a lifetime MTB journey.

Our adventure starts in the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, from where we will catch a flight to Lhasa, the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region. From there we will embark on a journey 1100 kilometres long across the Tibetan plateau and parts of Nepal. Throughout the tour we will be accompanied by a minibus as well as a truck which will store and transport all of our excess equipment.

This journey will take us across the Gyamtsho-La pass (5220m) and the city of Shigatse, offering spectacular views of the north face of Mt. Everest, through which we will descend along the Lalung La pass (5170m) and reach green Nepal. Distances covered daily will vary between 70 and 100 kilometres. In every place we spend the night we will also take the time to explore our surroundings and appreciate the cultural and religious landmarks of Tibet.

This is a tour for the true lover of nature and MTB explorer. For an optimal and more pleasant experience, it is highly recommended to adequately prepare for the demands of this tour by training regularly in the months leading to its beginning. With that said, this tour should not serve as a testing ground for your physical capabilities, but rather as a gateway to a completely new and unique experience which will hopefully better your soul and spirit for the remainder of your life.

Itinerary

Day 1

Meeting at the airport. Transfer & accommodation in hotel.

Day 2

Tour of the city and its surrounding areas, both by bike and on foot.

Day 3

Flight Kathmandu – Lhasa. Hotel accommodation. Exploring old Lhasa sity.

Day 4

Tour of the city by bike. Leisure time.

Day 5

Start of the MTB tour. 86 km long ride to the Kampa La pass. Camp accommodation.

Day 6

56 km long ride to the Yamdrok Tso camp.

Day 7

Bike ride to camp located at Karo La pass.

Day 8

86 km long ride to the city of Gyantse. Hotel accommodation. Tour of the city.

Day 9

90 km long ride to the city of Shigatse. Hotel accommodation. Tour of the city.

Day 10

75 km long ride to camp Nang Pa.

Day 11

85 km long ride to camp Ihatse.

Day 12

85 km long ride to the city of Shigar. Hotel accommodation. Tour of the city.

Day 13

82 km long ride to the city of Tingri. Hotel accommodation. Tour of the city.

Day 14

75 km long ride to Lalung La pass. Camp accommodation. Tour of the monasteries in the vicinity.

Day 15

Bike ride to the town of Zangmu. Hotel accommodation. Tour of the town.

Day 16

86 km long ride to the city of Dhulikhel. Hotel accommodation. Tour of the surrounding vantage points offering spectacular views.

Day 17

45 km long ride to the city of Kathmandu. Hotel accommodation.

Day 18

Departure day

Dates & Prices

April 21st, 2020
Spots available: 8 2480 €, Per Person

F.A.Q.

What’s included in the price?
To maximize convenience, we include as much as possible, so you can just relax and think about hiking. Here’s what’s included:

  • Flight, taxes and all fees  Kathmandu – Lhasa
  • Airport transfers
  • Three star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu; double rooms, half-board
  • Three star hotel accommodation in Lhasa; double rooms, half board
  • Hotel accommodation in Tibet during the MTB tour; double and triple rooms, full board
  • Camp accommodation in Tibet during the MTB tour; full board
  • Three star hotel accommodation in Dhulikel; double rooms, full board
  • Guided tours of Kathmandu and Lhasa
  • Tibetan visa
  • Tibetan travelling permit
  • Entry tickets to all monasteries visited in Tibet
  • Minibus transfer during the tour (in case of bad weather)
  • Equipment transfer via truck during the tour
  • Professional MTB guide / 3-time at the Olympic games
  • Tibetan local guide, cook & support stuff

 

 

What does not included in the price?

  • Flights to/from Kathmandu
  • Nepalese visa  (40 USD)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tickets to museums and temples (optional excursions)
  • Taxi service in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses

 

You will need to cover flights; insurance and extra spend. You’ll need to book your flights to and from Kathmandu, travel insurance and cover other personal expenses (etc. drinks, souvenirs…).

What’s the MTB tour like?
The MTB tour is strenuous to very strenuous. Every day we will ride a bike, that last 5 to 6 hours, with easy pace. You will ride on quality local road. It is safe and solid. It can be windy and cold because it is more than 4.000 above sea level. After two days of acclimatization in Lhasa, we will start our bike ride to Kathmandu. Every day we will ride a bike from 45 to 90 km, and the altitude is from 3600 to 5200 above sea level.

What’s the city tour like?
All-day city tour is organized with  our guide and transportation. We will see the most important cultural and historical monuments in Kathmandu and Lhasa.

What skills/experience/fitness do I need?
You need high level fitness level. The previous hiking experience at altitudes up to 4000 above sea level is mandatory. Your guide will give you full instructions and a safety briefing at the start.

What do I need to bring with me?

  1. Bicycle transport bag
  2. Sleeping bag & mattress
  3. Gore-Tex jacket
  4. Gore-Tex pants
  5. Socks; fleece and regular
  6. Cotton T-shirts
  7. MTB Helmet
  8. Polar of woolen cap
  9. Hat (sun protection)
  10. Polar fleece
  11. Gloves
  12. Towel, toiletries
  13. Sunglasses x 2
  14. Headlamp
  15. Thermos x 2
  16. Medicine, vitamins, etc.
  17. Sunscreen SPF 30 or more, lip balm
  18. Raincoat

The transport bag carrying your belongings will be stored in the truck throughout the tour; part of your belongings can be stored at our hotel in Kathmandu. In the event that the participant is not fit to ride can simply skip a day and be transported by a minibus following the group.

 

What are the guides like?
All the activities on this trip will be led in English by qualified and professional guide.

What’s the food like?
All food is local and is freshly cooked, hearty mountain meals. These include domestic cheese and other local milk products, dry meat specialties, fish, local fruit, fresh fruit and vegetable. We can organize your meal in the way you like. The drinks are not included.

Can my dietary requirements be catered to?
Absolutely. Just let us know when you fill in your travel documents.

When can I go on this trip?
Book on to our pre-set dates above. If you are considering alternative dates, the perfect time for this adventure is between June and  September.

What’s the weather like?
Spring and early autumn are the best periods to visit this region. In summer the average temperature in Tibet can be around is 20 degrees, but on the mountain passes is colder and temperature is between minus 5 degrees Celsius during night and 10 degrees Celsius during a day. Autumn is slightly chillier but still really pleasant and colors are stunning.

Which flights should I book?
You should book flights to Kathmandu airport (Nepal capital).

How do I meet the transfer?
At your arrival, the transfer will be holding a sign with the name of the tour. We’ll give you all extra details before travelling.

How big will the group be?
This trip will run with a minimum of 6 people, and a maximum of 15. Please note, if there are not 6 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled. Please contact us for confirmation before booking your flights, or book with a credit card.

Can I customize the trip?
Of course! For private groups of six or more the trip can run on any days you wish, be extended or changed to suit your needs. Enquire now for a private trip.