17 days Lhasa to Kathmandu Bike Tour

17 days Lhasa to Kathmandu Bike Tour
May - OctBest Time
TightTour Pace
5248mMax Altitude
Physical Demands
Lhasa-Shigatse-Everest Base Camp-Gyirong border
The Lhasa to Kathmandu bike tour is an once-in-a-lifetime adventure that offers a unique opportunity to experience the beauty, culture, and history of Tibet and Nepal in a truly immersive way. Starting in Lhasa, you will embark on a challenging 1,100-kilometer journey by cycling across the Tibetan Plateau, through the Himalayan foothills, and eventually to Kathmandu.
D1: Arrive in Lhasa
D2-3: Lhasa Sightseeing
D4-5: Lhasa / Yamdrok Lake
D6-8: Yamdrok / Shigatse
D9-10: Shigatse / Lhatse
D11-12: Lhatse / Pang Pass
D13-14: Pang Pass / Tingri
D15-17: Tingri / Gyirong border
Itinerary Details
Includes & Excludes
Tour FAQs
Itinerary Details

Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa [3650m]

Upon your arrival in Lhasa, our guide and driver will be waiting to welcome you at either Lhasa Airport or Railway Station. The airport is located about 1.5 hours away from the city center, while the railway station is only 20 minutes away. Our staff will transfer you to your hotel. Have good rest today, and get ready to begin your adventure the following day. Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 2 Lhasa Sightseeing 

Today, we'll begin at the Potala Palace, an enormous structure that dominates the skyline of Lhasa. As you approach the palace, you'll be struck by its sheer size and grandeur. Inside, you'll spend 1-2 hours exploring its rooms, halls, and chapels. Then we'll visit the Jokhang Temple, which is considered the spiritual heart of Tibet. This is where pilgrims from all over Tibet come to pay their respects and offer prayers. The temple is a fascinating blend of Han, Tibetan, and Nepalese architecture, and is a testament to the rich cultural heritage of the region. Finally, we'll take a stroll through Barkhor, the oldest street in Lhasa and a hub of traditional Tibetan life. You'll have the chance to soak up the unique atmosphere of this incredible city. Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 3 Lhasa Sightseeing

Today, we'll explore two of the most exquisite and significant monasteries in Lhasa, starting with Drepung Monastery. The name Drepung is derived from the Tibetan language and means "piles of rice," which is a symbol of good fortune and prosperity. Drepung Monastery once housed over 10,000 monks, making it the world's largest monastery. After lunch, we’ll pay a visit to Sera Monastery. Sera is renowned for its stunning architecture and breathtaking views. One of the most fascinating activities to experience at Sera Monastery is the Buddhist scriptures debating session that takes place in the afternoon from 3 to 5 PM. Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 4 Cycle from Lhasa to Kangba La Pass (85 km)

On the fourth day, we embark on our cycling journey towards west. The road will be flanked by breathtaking vistas on either side, providing us with stunning views of the rural landscapes of Tibet. As we approach the Kangba La Pass, which stands at an altitude of 4,990 meters, we will witness the majestic Yarlung Tsangpo River winding its way along the foot of the mountain pass. As we reach the foot of the Kang La Pass, we will set up camp for the night.

Day 5 Cycle to Yamdrok Tso via the Kangba La Pass (55 km)

Today’s route starts with a challenging climb up the Kangba La Pass, the main mountain pass, which involves navigating steep uphill slopes on a winding tar road with numerous hairpin bends. Reaching the summit of this pass is akin to overcoming a significant obstacle, and the reward is a breathtaking panoramic view of the Yamdrok Valley that will leave you in awe. As you descend from the summit, you'll arrive at the shore of the Yamdrok Tso Lake - one of the three sacred lakes in Tibet. The beauty of the lake is awe-inspiring, and it's the perfect spot for a peaceful overnight camping experience.

Day 6 Cycle from Yamdrok Tso to Karo La Pass (54 km)

As we bid farewell to the picturesque lake, we will embark on a cycling adventure along the Friendship Highway. The smooth asphalt road will eventually give way to a gravel path as we make our way through a rugged ravine and ascend towards the majestic Karo La Pass, towering at an altitude of 5010 meters. Today, camp at the foot of the pass, where you can rest and rejuvenate amidst the scenic beauty of the great outdoors. 

Day 7 Cycle from Karo La Pass to Gyantse (86 km)

Morning, we will set off on our journey towards Gyantse. Our path will take us around the pristine lake, following the winding Friendship Highway. While the initial stretch of the road will be smooth and flat, we will eventually encounter a gravel path as we make our way towards Gyantse. Along the way, we will witness the breathtaking beauty of ravines and quaint villages. Upon arrival in Gyantse, we will rest and recharge at a comfortable hotel, ready for the next leg of our adventure.

Day 8 Cycle from Gyantse to Shigatse (94 km), [3860m]

Morning, visit the Pelkor Chode Monastery in Gyantse, a significant site in Tibetan culture, before continuing on to Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet. A cycling tour from Gyantse to Shigatse is a journey through the heart of Tibet, taking you through some of the most breathtaking landscapes and historic sites. The route covers a distance of approximately 94 kilometers and is relatively flat and tarred, making it a comfortable ride for cyclists of all levels. After arrival in Shigatse, you can explore the bustling markets, sample local cuisine, and relax in a comfortable hotel.

Day 9 Cycle to Gyachung Monastery (75 km)

After breakfast and an enlightening tour of the Tashilhunpo Monastery, we will resume our cycling adventure towards the Gyachung Monastery. Our path will lead us through two small yet scenic passes, as we traverse through the charming Tibetan villages dotting the landscape. With every pedal, we will be immersed in the idyllic beauty of our surroundings, soaking in the sights and sounds of the serene countryside. As we reach our destination, the Gyachung Monastery, we will camp here and spend the night in peaceful tranquility, surrounded by the spiritual aura of this ancient place.

Day 10 Cycle from Gyachung Monastery to Lhatse (95 km)

Once we have finished our breakfast and taken a brief rest, we will embark on a 95-kilometer journey to Lhatse. We will snake along the meandering roads like miniature pilgrims, as we traverse the magnificent valleys leading up to Tso-La, which sits at a lofty altitude of 4520 meters above sea level. We shall take a break at Tso-La, where we will refuel with lunch before continuing our journey. Along the way, we will pass by the hot springs before finally setting up camp in a location situated 10 kilometers away from Lhatse town.

Day 11 Cycle from Lhatse to Shegar (75 km)

Prepare yourself for an unforgettable journey as we ride over the magnificent 5220m Gyatso-La pass, offering a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding landscape. On a clear day, you'll be blessed with the first glimpse of Mount Everest, a sight that will leave you in awe. Following a 40-kilometer cycling through flat prairie towns, we'll reach the charming town Shegar, a well-known resting spot for adventurers heading towards the Everest. Today's ride will be a challenging one as we navigate through the rugged canyon, pushing our limits. Stay overnight at hotel in Shegar.

Day 12 Cycle from Shegar to Pang Pass (67 km)

Today, we navigate through rough and winding roads outside Shegar in our quest towards the Everest Base Camp. Leaving the flat highways behind, we'll pass through the Border Check Point and begin a rigorous 20-kilometer uphill cycling, complete with 42 hairpin bends to reach the summit of Pang Pass [5150m]. Although strenuous, it offers a highly rewarding experience, with stunning views of Mount Everest and neighboring peaks such as Shishapangma [8012m], Makalu [8463m], and Lhotse [8516m]. Following the uphill challenge, we'll brace ourselves for a 20-kilometer downhill ride to the Rongbuk Valley [4200m]. Once we reach the valley, we'll pitch our campsite, rest for the night before continuing our journey towards the Everest Base Camp.

Day 13 Cycle to Rongbuk Monastery & Everest Base Camp (35 km)

Today’s destination is Rongbuk Monastery and Everest Base Camp. The road ahead is bumpy and winding, but soon, the awe-inspiring sight of Mount Everest will be within our reach. Take in the serenity of the surroundings, and bask in the glory of the magnificent mountain that stands tall in front of us. We'll spend the rest of the day here, allowing ample time to explore the area, acclimate to the altitude, and fully take in the grandeur of the Everest Base Camp. This will be a momentous occasion that will stay with us forever. Stay overnight at the tent hostel near the Rongbuk Monastery.

Day 14 Cycle from Rongbuk to Tingri (86 km), [4340m]

This morning, we set off on our bikes and cycle down the valley with the magnificent Mount Everest looming in the background. Today, we’ll cross the Lama La Pass [5101m], where we'll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Himalayan range. The descent from the pass is exhilarating, with a mix of rough sections of road and free-flowing dirt tracks that will take us through some stunning landscapes. After a challenging 44 kilometers of riding, we'll finally reach the barren plains leading to Tingri. We'll rejoin the Friendship Highway and make our way to our campsite just outside the town. Camping in Tingri.

Day 15 Cycle from Tingri to Lalung Pass (77 km)

Our journey today starts with a pleasant 40 to 50km ride across flat terrain before we pause for lunch. Afterwards, we take on the gradual ascent of the Lalung Pass, which stands tall at 4990m. As you climb higher, you'll begin to feel like you're on top of the world, surrounded by towering peaks like Shishapangma [8012m]. Our day's adventure will culminate as we pitch our tents in the serene valley nestled between two magnificent passes. Get ready for an unforgettable camping experience under the starry night sky.

Day 16 Cycle from Thang Pass to Gyirong (117 km)

On this day, we will be embarking on our final uphill journey towards the magnificent Thang Pass, reaching an altitude of 5050m. From there, you can begin your descent while taking in the breathtaking vistas of the vibrant Himalayan mountain range. As you approach the town of Nyalam, you'll start to notice the return of lush greenery. Riding down past numerous waterfalls and roads lined with pine trees, you'll make your way towards the border town of Gyirong, located at an altitude of 2300m. Stay overnight in Gyirong.

Day 17 Gyirong to Nepal border

Once you reach the Gyirong border, your tour guide will assist you in exiting Tibet (China) and bid you farewell. Our services will end here. To reach Kathmandu, you can either hire a jeep or take a bus. However, please note that the road condition from Gyirong to Kathmandu is not favorable, and the journey can take up to 10 hours. Hence, we do not recommend taking a bus.

Includes & Excludes
What’s included in this tour package?
Transport: Private minivan or minibus with driver
Free Lhasa airport / train pick-up and drop-off
Twin-sharing / double room accommodation in Tibet
Local English-speaking Tibetan guide
All entrance fees of sightseeing places mentioned in itinerary
All necessary Tibet permits
Government tax
What’s excluded in this tour package?
Chinese Visa fee
Bikes or bike rental costs
Tips for the guide and driver
Flight or train tickets into and out of Lhasa
Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, etc
Tour FAQs

Q: What is the distance between Lhasa and Kathmandu?
A: The distance between Lhasa and Kathmandu is approximately 1,100 kilometers or 680 miles.

Q: What is the best time of year to do the Lhasa to Kathmandu bike tour?
A: The best time of year to do the Lhasa to Kathmandu bike tour is from May to October when the weather is relatively dry and sunny.

Q: Is the Lhasa to Kathmandu Bike Tour suitable for beginners?
A: No, the Lhasa to Kathmandu Bike Tour is a challenging adventure trip that requires a certain level of fitness and experience with cycling on rough and uneven terrain. Participants should have previous experience with long-distance cycling and be comfortable with cycling at high altitudes.

Q: Is it safe to do the Lhasa to Kathmandu bike tour?
A: The Lhasa to Kathmandu bike tour can be challenging due to high altitude and rough terrain. It is essential to have proper training and equipment before embarking on this tour. However, with the right preparation, it can be a safe and enjoyable experience.

Q: Do I need a visa for the Lhasa to Kathmandu bike tour?
A: Yes, you will need a Chinese visa as well as the Tibet Travel Permit to enter Tibet for the Lhasa to Kathmandu bike tour. It is recommended to obtain the necessary visas well in advance of the tour.

Q: What is the cost of the Lhasa to Kathmandu bike tour?
A: The cost of the Lhasa to Kathmandu bike tour can vary depending on the tour operator, the route taken, and the amenities provided. On average, the tour can cost anywhere between $3,500 to $5,000 per person.

Q: What is the altitude of the Lhasa to Kathmandu bike tour?
A: The route passes through several high-altitude passes, with elevations ranging from 3,000 meters to over 5,000 meters above sea level. cyclists should be prepared for the effects of altitude, such as shortness of breath, headaches, and fatigue.

Q: What kind of accommodation is provided on the tour?
A: Accommodation on the tour typically includes a mix of camping and guesthouses. Participants are responsible for providing their own camping equipment, such as tents and sleeping bags.

Q: What kind of support is provided on the tour?
A: The tour typically includes a support vehicle that carries luggage and camping equipment. A local guide will also be provided to lead the group and provide assistance as needed.

Q: What kind of bike is suitable for the tour?
A: It's highly recommended to bring a durable and reliable mountain bike with sturdy suspension and powerful brakes for cycling from Lhasa to Kathmandu. The terrain in Tibet can be rugged and challenging, so it's crucial to have a bike that can handle the rough roads. A racing bike with narrow wheels is not suitable for cycling in Tibet and should be avoided.

Q: What kind of food is provided on the tour?
A: The tour typically includes three meals a day. You’ll eat in hotel or restaurant where they are available. Our guide will buy food materials for the cycling tour before leaving Lhasa. You and guide will cook together while you are in remote areas where you can only camp.

Q: What kind of accommodations are available on the Lhasa to Kathmandu bike tour?
A: Accommodations on the Lhasa to Kathmandu bike tour can vary from basic guesthouses and camping to more luxurious hotels. 

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Client Feedback

From Mr. Gerard Adrien From Mr. Gerard Adrien
GTT-D-2660, 29-07-2023

Hi Daniel. We are already on our way back to Shanghai. We would like to thank you for the great trip we had. Our guide Jampa and our driver did an excellent job. They are both very recommendable! We enjoyed the trip despite the altitude discomfort we experienced during the first 3 days. Thank you!

From Ms. Elena Maria Valisi From Ms. Elena Maria Valisi
GTT-V-3371, 10-09-2019

I highly recommend this agency. I travelled with other 2 couples who booked through different agencies and they paid a lot more to have less assistance, same hotels/tour/guide/car, less flexibility and no travel insurance included.