Lhasa Kathmandu Ultimate Descent - 20 Days Trip

Trip Code: LKU
Trip Duration: 20 Days Trip
Max Altitude: 5040m/16535ft
Group Size: Min. 4- Max. 14
Best Time for Visit: Mar to Sep
Activity: Mountain Biking
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Trip Overview

A fully supported expedition in Tibet and Nepal, this biking tour starts and finishes in two of Asia's most exotic cities. Starting from the ancient capital of Lhasa, via Mount Everest Base Camp, and continuing down to Kathmandu on one of the longest downhill runs in the world (two and a half days), the trip encompasses five major passes over 5000m, and traverses a distance of 1000km over the backbone of the Himalayas. It offers an opportunity to those bikers with an adventurous spirit to share the terrain of the mysterious nomadic people of Tibet and experience this vast and unique landscape on a more personal level. This expedition allows time for exploring many of Tibet's most fascinating cities and spectacular monastery towns such as Gyantse, Shigastse and Shegar, and offers a chance to ride the best and most scenic portions of the Friendship Highway which links these two ancient Himalayan Kingdoms. Support vehicles carry all equipment (and riders who may need a rest on the climbs!) allowing freedom to accommodate participants of many different levels of riding skills. Everest Base Camp is a 'not to be missed' inclusion in this tour. To cycle there is another major challenge, as the road climbs almost fifty hairpin bends over the Pang La Pass. Here, at 5150m, are magnificent views of the Himalaya, and of Mt. Everest itself. Finally reaching Base Camp is a memorable experience few ever forget. An experienced Nepali mountain bike guide, fluent in English and Tibetan, will ride with the group, care for riders and equipment, help with all-important altitude acclimatisation and other health matters, and deal with Chinese officials and support crew. The trip starts in Kathmandu, where last-minute needs will be dealt with, Chinese visas endorsed, and care taken to ensure that this fantastic, once-in-a-lifetime experience will be trouble-free, before an exciting flight to Lhasa. There will be time to explore that ancient city, and thereby acclimatize, before beginning the unforgettable mountain bike ride back to Nepal's capital.

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Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Day 2 We endorse Chinese visa, you check out bikes, equipment.
Day 3 Fly to Lhasa.
Day 4 Easy ride around Lhasa, to visit
Day 5 Visit Drepung monastery and Potala Palace.
Day 6 Cycle 61km to Chusul (3600m), following the Lhasa River all the way down.

Altitude: 3600m/11811ft

Day 7 Drive or cycle to top of Khamba La (4794m), cycle 24km down to and around Yamdruk Lake till Nagatse (4794 m).

Altitude: 4794m/15728ft

Day 8 Cycle or drive up Karo La, ride 105km down to Gyantse (3990m).

Altitude: 3990m/13090ft

Day 9 Cycle down to Shigatse (3860m) and visit Tashilhunpo Monastery (94km ride).

Altitude: 3860m/12664ft

Day 10 Drive and cycle 148km up to Lhatse (4050m).

Altitude: 4050m/13287ft

Day 11 Cross the highest pass today, Gyatso La (5220m).

Altitude: 5220m/17125ft

Day 12 Climb Pang La for panoramic views of Everest, Cho Yu and the expanse of Tibet, and cycle 55km to Tashi-Zong (4140m), Rongbuk valley.

Altitude: 4140m/13582ft

Day 13 Cycle up 63km to Rongbuk Monastery (4920m).

Altitude: 4920m/16141ft

Day 14 Visit Everest Base Camp today and return to Rongbuk (4920m) &Altilde; ride 63km.

Altitude: 4920m/16141ft

Day 15 Cycle 140km (or 80km shortcut) over Jong La and along the valley to Tingri (4340).

Altitude: 4340m/14238ft

Day 16 Start descending the longest downhill run in the world (154km) from Tibetan Plateau down to Nyalam (3750m).

Altitude: 3750m/12303ft

Day 17 Keep descending downhill into Nepal today.

Altitude: 1600m/5249ft

Day 18 Ride last 35km section from valley rim into Kathmandu via Nala and Bhaktapur.
Day 19 Leisure day in Kathmandu.
Day 20 Transfer to Airport for Departure.

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Trip Info (Tour/Trek Styles) Explained
Private Group

This style of trip is organized for specific groups of people (families, friends,school and college students, colleagues, business associates etc.), and is closed to outsiders. If you are interested in this particular trip departure date then please get in touch with us.

Open to All

This trip departure is open to all. However, if you are interested in this particular trip departure date but want your own private group, then please get in touch with us.

Lodge Based Trip/Trek

This trip/trek is lodge (teahouse) based. All accommodation, including food, is provided in local lodges. Occasionally however, where a large group is concerned we may choose to send our own cook along, as well, to take care of your food hygiene and to cook some special additional items.We provide all necessary documentation, including permits, and arrange all internal transport. We provide trekking guide, assistant guide(s) and porters/animals for transport of your gear. You merely carry a daysack with essentials, including water.

Camping Based Trip/Trek

This trip/trek is camping (tent) based. We will provide one 3-man tent for every two people, also single tents, where requested, on payment of supplementary costs. All food and drinks are provided by our experienced cook and his kitchen team. We provide all necessary documentation, including permits, and arrange all internal transport. We provide trekking guide, assistant guide(s), cook, kitchen crew, food and drink, and porters/animals for transport of your gear. You merely carry a daysack with essentials, including water.

Guide, Accommodation & Porter only

In this trip neither food nor transportation is included. Clients are responsible for food and local transportation, and our responsibility is to provide insured guide, insured porter, and all necessary permits. All additional costs are the responsibility of the clients, including charges incurred as a result of delays or cancellation of services beyond our control. Clients pay for their own accommodation. Any additional costs are the responsibility of the clients, We can arrange hotels and international airport transfer, on request.

Self Guided Budget Trip

This trip is specially designed for low-budget travellers who prefer fairly basic facilities with reduced services. It is a pre-requisite that a porter is hired for any self-guided trip, which is an ideal set-up for those who enjoy independent travel with minimum cost. We have added support to minimise the hard work of planning and costing, and we will be available to help in the unlikely event of an emergency. We will arrange all documentation (including permits), before you arrive in Nepal, so that you are free to get on with your adventure, relying only on your porter to help you on your way. All additional costs are the responsibility of the clients, including charges incurred as a result of delays or cancellation of services beyond our control. Hotel accommodation, local transportation and international airport transfers may be arranged, on request.

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