Tibet Motorcycle Tour

If you're looking for a unique adventure that combines stunning natural landscape, rich cultural heritage, and the thrill of motorcycle riding, then a Tibet motorcycle tour could be just what you need. Located on the northern side of the Himalayas, with an average elevation of more than 4,000m above sea level, Tibet is known as “the Land of Snows”. This wonderland offers a range of unforgettable experiences for motorcycle enthusiasts. From the majestic Himalayan Mountains to the vast expanses of the Tibetan Plateau, there are few places on earth that can match the sheer beauty of Tibet. You'll have the opportunity to ride through winding mountain roads, cross high altitude passes, and explore ancient Tibetan monasteries and temples.

There are several different routes you can take on a Tibet motorcycle tour, depending on your interests and level of experience. Some popular routes include the Friendship Highway, which runs from Lhasa to Kathmandu in Nepal (or reverse), and the Northern Tibet Loop, which takes you through some of the most remote and rugged areas of Tibetan plateau. Besides, one of the highlights of any Tibet motorcycle tour is the chance to visit the north face of the Everest Base Camp. You’ll enjoy the panoramic views of the Himalayas, including views of Everest itself and marvel at the awe-inspiring grandeur of the world's tallest peak.

As a responsible Tibet tour operator since 2013, we will provide you with professional guidance on the process and prepare all the necessary documents for a motorcycle tour. The tour will be led by experienced guides who will ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable Journey. Let us arrange a hassle-free Tibet motorcycle tour for you.

Our Popular Tibet Motorcycle Tours

It’s time to plan and accomplish an exhilarating motorcycle ride through the “Roof of the World”! Take a look at our popular motorcycle tours below and pick the one which interests you most, or feel free to contact us for a customized motorcycle tour in Tibet.

9 Days Lhasa to EBC Motorcycle Tour
11 Days Xining to Tibet Motorcycle Tour
22 Days Self-drive or Motorcycle Tour from Xinjiang to Tibet

The Types of Motorbikes We Offer in Tibet

It's important to choose a reliable and well-maintained motorcycle for the riding in Tibet, as the terrain on the plateau can be challenging, and breakdowns in remote areas can be difficult to manage (though you will have a support vehicle during the whole trip). In terms of motorcycle rental in Lhasa, we are able to offer BMW motorbikes from basic models to high-end series, which include G 310, F 800, R 1200 and Adventure.

Motorbikes available for rental in Lhasa

Some FAQs about Tibet Motorbike Tour

The arrangement of a motorcycle tour in Tibet involves lots of considerations. These include choosing the right time to travel, obtaining the necessary documents, selecting the best motorcycle routes, and packing efficiently. To help you prepare properly, here are some commonly asked questions about motorcycle tours in Tibet.

Q: Can foreigners go on motorcycle tours in Tibet?
A: Yes, foreigners are allowed to go on motorcycle tours in Tibet, but you need to obtain a Tibet Travel Permit (TTP) and be part of an organized tour with a registered tour operator. Independent travel is not allowed to travel to Tibet, including for motorcycle tours, due to the government's regulations, so you’ll be accompanied by a tour guide during the whole trip.
Q: What type of motorcycles are used for Tibet motorcycle tours?
A: We could provide BMW motorcycles for rental, our motorcycles are well-maintained and equipped with essential accessories and spare parts. Meanwhile, you can also ride your own motorcycles in Tibet as long as they are sturdy and suitable for the terrain and altitude, such as Harley-Davidson, Royal Enfield, or Honda motorcycles.
Q: What are the requirements for joining a Tibet motorcycle tour?
A: To join a Tibet motorcycle tour, you will need to have a valid passport with at least six months of validity remaining, obtain a Tibet Travel Permit (TTP) through a registered tour operator, and have a valid motorcycle driving license from your home country. It's advisable to keep these documents in a safe place and have photocopies or digital copies as backup. And please note if you ride your own bikes from Nepal, in addition to the temporary Chinese driving license, we’ll also need to get the Chinese license plate for you.
Q: What is the best time of year to go on a motorcycle tour in Tibet?
A: The best time to go on a motorcycle tour in Tibet is from April to October, during the warmer months when the weather is generally mild and the roads are more accessible. The high altitude and harsh weather conditions in Tibet make it challenging to travel during the winter months.
Q: How difficult is it to ride a motorcycle in Tibet?
A: Riding a motorcycle in Tibet can be challenging due to the high altitude, rough and remote terrain, and unpredictable weather conditions. Riders should have previous experience with long-distance motorcycle riding, be physically fit, and be prepared for the challenges of riding at high altitudes.
Q: What are the highlights of a motorcycle tour in Tibet?
A: The highlights of a motorcycle tour in Tibet include breathtaking landscapes, stunning mountain views (including Mount Everest), unique Tibetan culture, ancient monasteries, and remote villages. It's a once-in-a-lifetime adventure for motorcycle enthusiasts and nature lovers.
Q: What should I pack for a motorcycle tour in Tibet?
A: Packing for a motorcycle tour in Tibet requires careful consideration due to the high altitude and changing weather conditions. It is essential to pack warm clothing, including layers, waterproof gear, a good quality helmet, gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen, and personal medications.
Q: Are there any health concerns for motorcycle tours in Tibet?
A: Yes, traveling at high altitudes in Tibet can pose health risks, such as altitude sickness or acute mountain sickness (AMS). It is advisable to acclimatize slowly, stay hydrated, and follow the guidance of your tour operator or guide. It's also recommended to consult with your doctor before embarking on a motorcycle tour in Tibet, especially if you have any pre-existing health conditions.
Q: What are the accommodations like during a Tibet motorcycle tour?
A: Accommodations during a Tibet motorcycle tour can vary depending on your preference and the route. It may range from hotels in major cities to basic guesthouses or tented camps in remote areas. And, facilities and comfort levels can be very much different from economical hotel to luxury 5-star hotel.
Q: How much does a motorcycle tour in Tibet cost?
A: The cost of a motorcycle tour in Tibet can vary depending on the duration, route, accommodations, and services provided by the tour operator. Basically, the motorcycle tour in Tibet won’t be cheap, you’ll prepare at least 4000 USD for this trip.
Q: Is it safe to go on a motorcycle tour in Tibet?
A: Overall, Tibet is considered a safe destination for motorcycle tours. Riders should follow the instructions of their tour guide, adhere to traffic rules and regulations, wear appropriate safety gear, and exercise caution while riding. It's also essential to have travel insurance that covers adventure activities and emergency medical evacuation.
Q: Do I need to be physically fit for a motorcycle tour in Tibet?
A: Yes, being physically fit is important for a motorcycle tour in Tibet. Riding at high altitudes can be physically demanding, and the challenging terrain requires good physical stamina and endurance. It's recommended to engage in regular exercise and prepare yourself physically before embarking on a motorcycle tour in Tibet.