Everest Base Camp Biking Tour

  • Max elevation 5,220 m /17121.6 ft
  • Difficulty Tough
  • Trip Type March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
  • Duration 21 Days
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One of the most remote regions in the world, the cycling pilgrimage from Lhasa in Tibet, to Kathmandu in Nepal will quite possibly be a ‘life changing’ journey through time, scenery and physical demands. Our fully-supported mountain bike tour takes us along the Friendship Highway to the ‘Roof-Top of the World’, Everest Base Camp, and takes in the world’s 2nd longest descent, and the former home of the Dalai Lama.

Starting in Lhasa at 3,650m, we traverse 1,100km over 5 panoramic passes exceeding 4,500m, finishing in the Kathmandu Valley where the oxygen is rich and the lands fertile. Depending upon your individual tastes and strengths, we’ll average 70 km/day on our bikes. Our support vehicle is always available if you would rather take a day off the saddle. The terrain is 80% tarmac road and 20% non-technical off-road.

This expedition is for adventurous cyclists wishing to immerse themselves in Tibetan culture with a backdrop of ethereal views of the Tibetan plateau. On our journey through amazing Himalayan scenery, we visit some of the most significant monasteries of the region and come to understand the deep connection between Tibetan culture, religion and the mountains.

This tour includes an experienced bike guide cum mechanic fluent in English, equipment vehicle carrying all our personal equipment, cyclist support vehicle, and a bike mechanic with all the spares needed.

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  • Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu airport

    Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transffered to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 2 : Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing in Kathmandu

    At around 8am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about the trek. This includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip. For the meeting, please make sure you bring passport, two copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting.

  • Day 3 : Ride from Kathmandu to Nagarkot via Bhaktaur

    We endorse Chinese visas on this day and you check bikes and equipments, after which we ride due east to the medieval town of Bhaktapur, an ancient city full of Newari culture. There are many temples and squares here that we will have time to explore. It is one of the major attractions of the Kathmandu valley, and definitely not to be missed! From here we head north-east to the beautiful Nagarkot hilltop on an excellent and quiet tarmac road. Nagarkot is the best destination to acclimatize and warm up before Tibet tour. Overnight at a hotel.

  • Day 4 : Ride back from Nagarkot to Kathmandu via Shanku

    We descent on Jeep tracks through the ancient village of Shanku where we will have lunch and then ride back to Thamel, Kathmandu. We lose elevation on the down hill tracks, which at some points require technical skills. You will find yourself amidst massive stretches of farms. In fact, a considerable amount of rice and vegetables supplied to Kathmandu comes from Sankhu. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Day 5 : Fly from Kathmandu to Gonkar, then drive to Lhasa

    After breakfast, drive to the airport for an hour flight to Gonkar. You will be met at Gonkar Airport by your Tibetan guide. After immigration formalities take a 1.5-hour drive along 93 km road leading to Lhasa lying at an altitude of 3,660m. It’s advisable to rest and take it easy for the remainder of the day due to Lhasa’s altitude. Overnight at a hotel.

  • Day 6 : Ride around Lhasa for acclimatization and sightseeing

    We will visit a few popular places such as Sera Monastery which is one of Lhasa’s great monasteries that survived the Cultural Revolution better than most. We can get up close and personal to a ‘Debate’ where the monks will try and outwit their colleagues with questions on religion. Have a peaceful time watching pilgrims circumambulate from the comfort of a café overlooking the Barkor. Overnight at a hotel.

  • Day 7 : Ride Drepung Monastery and Potala Palace for sightseeing

    After a good breakfast we will start biking for Drepung Monastery cycling right in front and passing the Potala. The monastery is situated 25km to the west of Lhasa, this is to further acclimatize and adjust to the climate and altitude. Drepung Monastery the largest of the monasteries out of the great Gelugpa monasteries was home to around 10,000 monks during the Chinese takeover of Tibet in 1951. Once we reach the entrance to the monastery, we leave our bikes at the car park and climb up the stairs into the monastery.

Includes:

  • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a private Tourist vehicle.
  • Twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast included. (4 nights)
  • Twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Nagarkot and Dhulikhel breakfast included. (2 nights in total)

Excludes:

  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Your travel insurance (mandatory for the trip; should cover helicopter rescue charges).(See the travel insurance page.)
  • Lunch and dinner in for entire trip – about USD 15 to 20 per person per day.
  • All items of personal nature like drinks, laundry etc.

Trip Highlights

  • Hugely rewarding mountain biking in the Roof of the World, in arguably some of the most serene environments imaginable
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Lhasa
  • Stunning flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa
  • Tasting exotic food like Yak cheese and butter tea in Tibet
  • Interacting with pilgrims and monks
  • Riding through high passes, including the Gyatso-La Pass (5,220m)
  • Longest down hill biking (on paved road) in the world
  • Visiting the Everest Base Camp and base of the Everest North Face via Rongbuk Valley
  • A farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant on the day before departure to celebrate our trip success

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