Tibet- Shangri-La, the land of snows, the roof of the World. Tibet is a land of ancient Buddhist culture having awesome landscapes, artistic monasteries and century’s old caravan trails. Tibet which is an autonomous region of China lies on a plateau at an average elevation of 4,000 m. It is bounded the Kunlun mountains to the north and the Himalayan to the south. Tibet covers an area of 1.2 million sq. km, and has a population of 2.3 million.
Tibet is a sacred land of myths and mysteries inhabited by the ever smiling people has not only exerted magnetic spell upon travelers for centuries but also spies, missionaries, scholars, geographers, mystics, soldiers and cranks etc, yet, few intrepid serious and determined 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 to the roof of the world.
A fully supported expedition in Tibet and Nepal, riding from the ancient capital of Lhasa across Tibet via base of the Mount Everest Base Camp and then on into the Nepal and the Kathmandu valley on the second-longest downhill (two and a half days) in the world. This trip, with accommodations in local teahouses and camp, offers those bikers with an adventurous spirit to live up close with the mysterious nomadic people of Tibet and experience this vast and unique landscape on a more personal level.
Potala This expedition allows time for exploring many of Tibet's most fascinating cities and monasteries and gives the rider the opportunity to ride the best and most scenic portions of the friendship highway that links these two ancient Himalayan Kingdoms. Support vehicles carry all equipment (and riders who may need a rest on the climbs!) giving us the freedom to accommodate participants of many different levels of riding skills.
An experienced Nepali mountain bike guide, fluent in English and Tibetan, will ride with you, look after you and your equipment, help you with all-important altitude, acclimatization and other health matters, and deal with Chinese officials and support crew. Your trip starts and finishes in Kathmandu, where the guide will take care of all your last-minute needs, endorse your Chinese visas, and ensure that this fantastic, once-in-a-lifetime experience will also be trouble-free.
The Best Season and Weather:
From April to October is the best season for riding. There isn’t much rain in Tibet as it’s a plateau behind the Himalayan range but it rains some extent during July and August and rest of the season is fine with clear sky. There may be snowing in the high passes if it rains during April and end of October. Temperature ranges from 0-15?c depending upon altitude weather.
16 full days, 2 half days cycling on rough, dirt and pot holed roads non-technical mountain biking with 100% vehicle support. We ride 90% off road, 45 to 65 Km. a day, mostly flat, undulating or downhill! We ride total distance and altitude as follows:
Min 4 pax, plus Nepali guide-medically trained and experienced, drivers, Tibetan guide and extra Nepali MTB guide if numbers dictate.
What does includes
Hotel/ Guest House Basis
Tour cost Included:
1. Air ticket: Kathmandu to Lhasa,
2. Hotels in Kathmandu, Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, and Dhulikhel are on B & B basis.
3. Full Camping Support with all meals
4. Packed lunch during staying hotels in Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse
5. Tibetan Guide
6. Nepali Cycling Guide cum Mechanic
7. Support Vehicles
8. Tibet Visa
9. Entrance fees in Lhasa and Shigatse.
Cost doesn’t included:
1. Airport Tax in Kathmandu
2. Excess baggage charges
3. Dinner in hotels at Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse
5. Soft/hard drinks
6. Emergency evacuation fee
7. Insurance of any kind and other expenses of Personal Nature.
Tibet BikingThe tour includes hotels & simple guesthouse in Bed and Breakfast Basis. In Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Tingri and Nyalam, we will get nice Hotels/guesthouses but in other places guesthouses are simple Tibetan style twin sharing, toilet outside and bucket bath instead of tub bath.
Dinner is fine everywhere but lunch is not that much good e.g. generally we get noodles on the way for lunch and packed lunches won’t be available. And tour doesn’t include soft/hard drinks,
lunches, dinners. Please note that in Kathmandu hotels are in room only basis.
Tibet BikingTour Includes:
1. Tour includes flights to Lhasa
2. Chinese visa,
3. Overland transportation (truck and 4WD), and bellow 4 people 4WD only. 4.
4. Hotels/guest houses in Tibet with BB basis and hotels in Kathmandu on room only basis.
Tour doesn’t includes:
1. Tour excludes Mountain bike
3. Sleeping bag
4. Airport Tax
5. Any Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverage
6. Emergency evacuation fee
7. Insurance of any kind
8. Baggage excess charges.
9. Nepal re-entry visa fee and other expenses of personal interest.
You need a mountain bike in a good working order with helmet (both available for hire in Kathmandu, $175 and $20 respectively). We have big stock of bikes with front suspension e.g. Trek 4700, Gary fisher Marlin 2004 with genuine parts
1. A 3-season sleeping bag rated to zero
2. T-shirts (cotton and short sleeved)
3. Long sleeve shirt or light pullover (Polypropylene is recommended)
4. Cycling shorts long and short both needed for the unexpected weather
5. Waterproof windbreaker with a hood and wind trousers (make sure the material is “Breathable” for exercise)
6. Cycling socks
7. Cycling shoes
8. Cycling gloves full and half
9. Hat – suitable for cycling and sun protection.
10. Micro-sensor Headband
1. Sun glasses
2. Suntan block or lotion
3. Personal medication
4. Camera and films
5. Flash light / torch
6. Plastic bags for wet cloths
7. Needle, thread, and safety pins
9. Mask for dust
10. Water-bottle or Camelback
11. Power bars & your choice of dry food
Spare Bike Parts:
1. Inner tube
3. Puncture kit
4. Brake shoe
5. Mini-repair tools
6. Brake & gear wire
7. Bike oil
If anybody brings a bike with Magura, any other new system bikes and Disk brake system, he/she should bring all the repair kit and spare parts & tools.