Lhasa Kathmandu Cycling Tour

  • Max elevation 5,150m
  • Difficulty Strenuous
  • Trip Type Cycling adventure
  • Duration 22 Days
  • Accomodation Hotel/ Guest House
  • Transportation 4wd Jeep
  • Trip Style Demanded
  • Group Size 2-20 pax
  • Best Season March-November
  • Food Bed and breakfast in Kathmandu & Lhasa , Rest no meal
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Lhasa  Kathmandu Cycling tour is one of the most remote regions in the world.Therefore, cycling tour will be quite possibly a ‘life-changing’ journey ,considering  time, scenery, and physical demands. Nepal Travels  Expedition team will  fully support to organize cycling  tour. Tibet mountain bike tour  ride us the way of  Kyirong, Dhunche Kathmandu to the ‘Roof-Top of the World’, Everest Base Camp.

It starts  from Kathmandu to Lhasa at 3,650m . we traverse 1,100km over 5 panoramic passes exceeding 4,500m. Depending on your individual tastes and strengths,  average 70 km/day on our bikes. Our support vehicle is available if you would take a day off the saddle. The terrain is 80% tarmac road and 20% non-technical off-road.

Lhasa Kathmandu Cycling expedition is for adventurous cyclists .This  tour immerse themselves in Tibetan culture with a backdrop of ethereal views of the Tibetan plateau. We  go through  amazing Himalayan scenery during tour.Once, we visit  most of the  significant monasteries we come to understand the deep connection between Tibetan culture, religion and the mountains.

Hence, for your help experienced bike guide,cyclist support vehicle and mechanic with all the spare part needed in case of emerging needs.


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Itinerary Overview

  • Day 1 : Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu, Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square,Transfer to your hotel after arriving in Kathmandu airport.
  • Day 2 : Kathmandu Day Tour - Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa
  • Day 3 : Flight to Lhasa,Tibet & Acclimation
  • Day 4 : Lhasa sightseeing - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street
  • Day 5 : Lhasa Sightseeing - Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery.
  • Day 6 : Short ride out of Lhasa (85 km).
  • Day 7 : Ride to Yamdrok Tso via Kamba La Pass (55 km).
  • Day 8 : Yamdrok Tso to Karo La Pass Base (54 km)
  • Day 9 : Karo La Pass to Gyantse (86 km).
  • Day 10 : Gyantse to Shigatse (94 km).
  • Day 11 : Gyachung Monastery (75 km).
  • Day 12 : Gyachung Monastery to Lhatse (95 km)
  • Day 13 : Lhatse - She gar (75 km).
  • Day 14 : Pang Pass (67 km).
  • Day 15 : Rongbuk Monastery (35 km).
  • Day 16 : Explore Everest Base Camp.
  • Day 17 : Rongbuk - Tingri (86 km).
  • Day 18 : Lalung Pass (77 km).
  • Day 19 : Cross Thang Pass to Gyirong (117 km).
  • Day 20 : Gyirong - Trisuli (115km).
  • Day 21 : Trisuli to Kathmandu (60km).
  • Day 22 : Depart from Kathmandu.
  • Day 1 : Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu, Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square,Transfer to your hotel after arriving in Kathmandu airport.

    Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and she/he will be displaying, Nepal Travels & Expedition signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 2 : Kathmandu Day Tour - Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa

    After Breakfast, visit UNESCO World Heritage sites Pashupatinath Temple which is situated 5 kilometers east of Kathmandu City and is one of the holiest temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Then drive to Boudhanath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa is one of the biggest in the world of its kind. After lunch, drive to Swayambhunath Stupa, this is said to be 2000 years old. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Day 3 : Flight to Lhasa,Tibet & Acclimation

    Taking the morning flight to Lhasa. Kathmandu - Lhasa air journey covers rugged terrain that once took trade caravans months to cross. The views are spectacular, and on a clear day, as many as eight of the world's 14 highest peaks - including Everest - lies before you. At the Lhasa airport, you will be transferred to your hotel in Lhasa for a relaxing adjustment to the altitude! Overnight in Lhasa.

  • Day 4 : Lhasa sightseeing - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street

    In the morning, visit the famous Potala Palace and explore the grandest of its myriad chapel. You will appreciate its audience halls, the jeweled and Golden burial chortens (stupa Tombs) of past Dalai Lamas, and tremendous number of Buddhist frescoes, thangkas, combinations of mandala, visit the holiest temple in Tibet, the Johkang Temple, built during Songtsen Gonpo's reign by princess Wencheng of Tang Dynasty, 647 A.D, and its famous Barkor Kora. Note: the sequence of sightseeing might be changed basing on the reservation of Potala Palace

  • Day 5 : Lhasa Sightseeing - Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery.

    Visit two important monasteries in Lhasa, the Drepung and Sera Monastery. Drepung monastery is situated at the foothill of a mountain and was founded by Jamyang Choeje in 1416. It was once the home to 10000 monks and Ganden Podrang in Drepung is famous as it was the government centre and later moved to the famous Potala palace during the fifth Dalai Lama. After having lunch, continue to visit the Sera Monastery, which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most attractive Buddhist Scriptures debating held in the courtyard mostly around 3 - 5 in the afternoon. Camping service.

  • Day 6 : Short ride out of Lhasa (85 km).

    The first riding day is very short and easy. Your journey towards Everest starts with the Friendship Highway as it heads out across the plateau. The road is in good condition and quite flat. Leave Lhasa and cycle along the beautiful Tsangpo River to the foot of the Kamba La Pass (3700 m) Camping service

  • Day 7 : Ride to Yamdrok Tso via Kamba La Pass (55 km).

    You will overcome the first mountain pass of this trip. A strong uphill climbing along a tar road of several switchbacks, we will reach a summit lavishly adorned with prayer flags (4794m). After descending we continue to go along Lake Yamdrok Tso, at the far side of which set up camp (4490m). The dazzlingly turquoise green Yamdrok-Tso Lake is one of the three great holy lakes in Tibet. Camping service

  • Day 8 : Yamdrok Tso to Karo La Pass Base (54 km)

    Leave the beautiful lake behind, we will cycle along the Friendship highway which soon becomes a gravel roadway. Through a ravine and up to the foot of the Karo La Pass (4750m), your tented village will be prepared for the night. Camping service.

  • Day 9 : Karo La Pass to Gyantse (86 km).

    Today is a significant day on the tour. Get up early to climb the high Karo La Pass (5010m). You can see glaciers stretching down to 6000m and beautiful lakes. You are rewarded with a night in a top hotel in the city of Gyantse (3980m). Guest-house accommodation.

  • Day 10 : Gyantse to Shigatse (94 km).

    Visit Gyantse Dzong and Gyantse Kumbum. The Dzong is a fort dating from the 14th century and the Kumbum, a large gold-domed stupa with several small chapels, contains an impressive collection of Tibetan Buddhist murals. Then head out on the highway towards Shigatse. Although today is a long cycling day, the highway is tarred and flat. In the afternoon, arrive in Tibet's second largest city, Shigatse (3860m). Enjoy a shower in your hotel.

  • Day 11 : Gyachung Monastery (75 km).

    Early to visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, where you can see the well preserved largest statue of Jampa (future god) in the world. The monastery itself is an abiding place for the successive Panchen Lamas. Then leave Shigatse and ride over two small passes and several small Tibetan villages, we will pass the isolated Gyachung Monastery and camp. Camping service.

  • Day 12 : Gyachung Monastery to Lhatse (95 km)

    Keep riding along the highway. The route leads you through picturesque valleys before the long route which leads Tso-La (4520m). After lunch, heading towards Lhatse, pass the hot springs and camp will be 10km outside of town. Camping service

  • Day 13 : Lhatse - She gar (75 km).

    Ride over 5220m Gyatso-La with stunning view. You will be rewarded with first view of Mount Everest on a clear day. After a 40 km ride through flat prairie towns, you will arrive in the town of Pelbar, often referred to as Shegar. Shegar is a popular stopover for anyone heading to the Everest region. Today will be a long and gruelling ride through the canyon.

  • Day 14 : Pang Pass (67 km).

    Today's riding is a little tough as the road condition is not as good as that of the past days. You will divert off the flat highway just outside of Shegar, then head towards the world's highest peak, Everest. After passing through the border control point, you will face 20km's of uphill switchbacks (42 hairpin bends in total) before reaching the summit of the Pang Pass (5150m). Your reward will be some of the most magnificent views of Everest and surrounding peaks. Enjoy lunch as you gaze over Makalu (8463m), Shishapangma (8012m), Cho Oyu (8210m), Lhotse (8516m), Everest (8850m) and several other breathtaking peaks. Then a 20-kilometer downhill follows to the Rongbuk Valley (4200m), where we camp.

  • Day 15 : Rongbuk Monastery (35 km).

    You should be at maximum fitness and excited about the approach of your highest destination, Everest Base Camp. A bumpy road winds up through the Rongbuk valley until the majestic Mount Everest appears before you. Camp beside the monastery with the unforgettable sight of the world's highest peak in front of you. We will stay here for two days. On your second day, you can either read a book or get even closer to Everest by taking a walk, cycling or on a donkey and jeep ride to Everest base camp, which is 8km from the campsite. Camping service. Stay overnight in Rongbuk Monastery (Dormbed/Tents).

  • Day 16 : Explore Everest Base Camp.

    Acclimation, Mount Everest is the highest peak in the world, and also the main peak of Himalayas. The summit is situated on the border between China and Nepal, and its south side belongs to Nepa.

  • Day 17 : Rongbuk - Tingri (86 km).

    Leave Rongbuk, head back down the bumpy road and then take a shortcut into the mountains. Another bumpy trail takes us over a canyon and down into Tingri (4340m). Guest House.

  • Day 18 : Lalung Pass (77 km).

    Today begins 50km flat ride before lunch. Then we tackle the gradual incline of the Lalung Pass (4990m). From here, you will feel like you are as high as the peaks around you, including Shishapangma (8012m). We set up camp between two Pass.

  • Day 19 : Cross Thang Pass to Gyirong (117 km).

    Today, we tackle our last uphill, as we cycle up the incredible Thang Pass to 5050m. You will be treated to breathtaking views of the Himalayan chain as you freewheel the most incredible nonstop downhill. From the town of Nyalam, you will notice that the scenery starts to turn green again. Cycle down past countless waterfalls and pine trees line roads, with waterfalls practically crashing over you, to the border town of Gyirong (2300m). This will be our last day in Tibet.

  • Day 20 : Gyirong - Trisuli (115km).

    From Gyirong, we have to complete custome formalities to enter in to Nepal. Once you cross the border, the downhill continues for the next 20 km along some very bumpy and rocky roads to Sybrubense Suddenly it is tropical and green land again as you cycle alongside rice paddies. After reaching the town of Dhunche, you must climb up and down to the town Trisuli (1600m).

  • Day 21 : Trisuli to Kathmandu (60km).

    The last day will take you from Trisuli to Kathmandu. You will cycle from Galchi or Kanani freewheel down through Kathmandu, where you can stop and see some of the famous temples if you wish, before riding into bustling Kathmandu

  • Day 22 : Depart from Kathmandu.

    After a long exciting trip, it's time to say goodbye to Kathmandu. Transfer to airport for your flight to next destination.


  • All ground transfers as per our given itinerary
  • Hotel in Kathmandu (including breakfast and all taxes).
  • Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu (including all entrance fees). in tibet
  • Personal knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide;
  • Firewall Dinner with live Nepalese culture show before departure.
  • Vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on your group size;
  • 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.


  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Personal Medical & Travel insurance.
  • Lunch and dinner in for entire trip – about USD 10 15per person per meal
  • All items of personal nature like drinks, laundry dinner
  • Expenses of a personal nature; Lunch/dinner in the Hotel; Bar bills; Laundry bills; Telephone bills; Tips, etc.
  • Tibet travel permit, Visa fee, All monastery entrance fees wherever applicable.
  • Tipping for guide and driver expected Nepal and Tibet side.
  • Your private equipment, like bicycle, Clothes, Booth etc...
  • China Visa Fees European Passport holder $ 85 and USA passport holder US$ 175.
  • Rescue & Evacuation - If necessary
  • Nepal re-entry visa fee.
  • Excess baggage charges.

.Warm fleece hat with ears cover or balaclava.
2.Sun hat and scarf to cover the face.
3.Well polarized sunglass (UV protector).
4.Coldproof polypropylene t-shirt (2/2 half and full sleeve).
5.Windproof fleece jacket and thermal down t-shirt.
6.waterproof shell jacket and Gore-tex jacket.
7.Lightweight poly-liner gloves and wool or fleece gloves(1 pair each).
8.A pair of expedition mittens.(waterproof shell).
10.light weight cotton pants and hiking shorts.(1 pair each)
11.A pair of light and expedition thermal bottoms.
12.A pair of fleece trousers and A pair of waterproof shell pants.(breathable fabric)
13.A pair of socks.(Thin lightweight inner and thick warm wool hiking socks).
14.Hiking shoes with spare laces.
15.light sandals/shoes for camp.

Extra necessary equipment.
1. Headlamp (with extra batteries and bulbs)
2. Basic First Aid Kit
3. Large plastic bags.
4. 2 water bottles.(1 liter each)
5. Toiletries and Medium-size towel.
6. Face and body moisturizer
7. 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches)
8.A small day trek bag( with a combination lock).
9. Small padlocks for duffel bags.
10. Books, Games, Binoculars. (Optional).

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

Cycle Equipment

1.A mountain bike and spare parts and maintenance tools, including two inner tubes, one outer tube, a chain puncher, an inflator, a socket head wrench, two brake cables, four brake rubbers, a chain corrector, pinchers, glue, etc.
2.Helmets prevent serious injury during a cycle tour. It is not a decoration but the last protection to your head during an accident. You must be very careful during your choice of the helmet.
3. A knapsack, bicycle saddlebag.
4. Compass, elevation watch, torch, ten spare batteries.
5. A long string of firecrackers. Cut the firecrackers into two to four shorter strings and put one at hand so that you can use it to scare away wild animals attacking you. In addition, you need a box of match, instead of lighter. A lighter might not work at a high altitude due to lack of Oxygen. In fact, firecrackers are the best weapon to cope with attacking from wild animals. A gun or knife in hand might be helpless, at night in particular.
6. 500ml of alcohol used for sterilization in case of being injured.
7. 500ml gasoline in case you are attacked by wild animals at night; you can light the gasoline to scare them away.
8. A long stick used for self-defense. It is more useful than a knife.
9. High altitude tent, warm sleeping bag, self-inflating mattress, moisture-proof pad.
10. Padded jackets, down clothes, water-proof coat, pants and shoes, hat, sunglasses, lipstick.
11. Alcohol stove or gas stove and bottled alcohol or gas for cooking food or boiling water. If you drink cold water and eat cold food all the way, I am afraid it will influence your health.
12. Two ropes, a pair of scissors and a knife.


1.Bring some medicine for altitude sickness in case such as Rhodiola Rosea
2.Anti-Trauma: Safflower Oil, Band-aid, Mercurochrome, Gauze, Adhesive Plaster, Bandage, Alcohol.
3.Anti-mouth and throat disease: Caoshanhu Buccal Tablets, Mirabilitum Praeparatum Buccal Tablets.
4.Anti-heat and inflammation: Radix Isatidis Infusion.
5.Anti-pneumonia: Toupaoanbian Capsule, Ofloxacin.
6.Anti-anoxia: Glucose.
7.Anti-inflammatory: Spiramycin.
8.Anti-gastrointestinal disease: Domperidone, Norfloxacin, Ageratum-liquid.
9.Anti-cold: Vitamin C Yinqiao tablets used for handle pneumonia. In Tibet, a cold easily translates into emphysema and a cough into a pulmonary disease.

Pay attention to your safety 

Slow down your speed when descent, for you may encounter a brake failure. There are too many cases where cyclists met accidents when descending too quickly downhill and collided to the hillside. You shall never ignore the possible dangers that may arise if you just seek pleasure when descending hills at a high speed.

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I and my husband from France we did small trekking to Annapurna base camp from Pokhara, Dilip was our guide and he did great jobs,  Amrit from Nepal travels and Expedition serve great jobs too. The guide was very good and knowledge, Provided hotels are perfect in Pokhara and Kathmandu,  overall everything went well. good job Amrit and His Team.

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