Compared with the regular 4WD tour and the time-consuming biking tour, this motorcycling tour enables you to fully emerge into the beauty of Tibetan plateau in an efficient way. After visiting iconic attractions in Lhasa, you will take a trial ride to Gandan Monastery about 60km away before setting off for the remote EBC. On the motorcycling way from Lhasa to EBC, you will cross over Gampala Pass, ride along Yamdrok Lake, and visit the famous Pelkor and Tashilunpo Monastery. You can stay overnight at EBC to appreciate the breathtaking sunset, starry night, and sunrise at Mt. Everest. An extra vehicle and a staff providing back-up service will follow you to guarantee the success and secure of the motorcycling adventure.
Itinerary Day by Day
Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa
When you arrive in Lhasa, your tour guide will hold a board with your name on it at the exit to welcome you. A private car will take you to the reserved hotel. You may view the Yarlung Tsangpo River/Bhamaputra River (the longest and largest river in Tibet) and Lhasa River on the way from airport to Lhasa. Then, you can take a good rest at hotel to acclimatize to Tibetan plateau environment.
Tip: Our guide will wait for you at the designated place if you ride your own motorcycle to Lhasa. We can also arrange motorcycle tour to EBC and Lhasa for those ride from Kathmandu or Kashgar.
Day 2: Lhasa Day Tour (B)
Today, you’ll pay a visit to the famous Potala Palace, the world culture heritage and the winter palace of Dalai Lama. You can explore its audience halls, the jeweled and golden burial chortens (stupa tombs) of past Dalai Lamas, meditation cave of the 33rd Great King of Tibet, and tremendous number of Buddhist frescoes, thangkas, combinations of mandala, etc.
Then you will head to the holiest temple in Tibet, the Jokhang Temple, built during Songtsen Ganpo's reign by Princess Wencheng of Tang dynasty, 647 A.D. Here you can observe sincere pilgrims making prostration in front of Jokhang Temple. While entering inside the temple, you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve. On the top of Jokhang Temple, you can enjoy the panorama of old Lhasa City and great vista of Potala Palace.
Then you can do the kora with pilgrims and locals by circling the Barkhor Street around the temple, buy some souvenirs, and taste sweet tea and local snacks in local tea house. Later, you can take your family to explore farm products like yak butter in Tromzikhang, the famous farm produce market.
Stay overnight in Lhasa.
Day 3: Lhasa to Ganden Monastery (ride 120km)
Today, you will ride about 60km from Lhasa to Gandan Monastery and then ride back to Lhasa. Ganden Monastery is situated on the Wangpori Mountain and is one of the “Great Three” Gelug monasteries founded by the Great Tsongkhapa in 1409. You can ride your motorcycle along the winding road to the grandeur monastery complex, go for Lingkor (kora/circuit) around the monastery, visit the Great Tsongkapa’s meditation cave, and appreciate the beautiful view of Lhasa Valley. At last, you will ride back to hotel to prepare your supply and fix motorbike for the following ride.
Tips: An extra vehicle and staff will follow you to provide back-up service for the motorbike tour.
Stay overnight in Lhasa.
Day 4: Lhasa to Gyantse (263km, B)
Today you will head for Gyantse via Yamdrok Lake. You can have panoramic view of the turquoise Yamdrok Lake and the now-capped Mt. Nojin Kangtsang (7191m) at Gangbala Pass (4790m), and have close view of the lake which is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet later.
After having lunch at Nagarze, you will visit the Karola Glacier at the roadside. After parking your motorbike, you can appreciate the massive icy glacier and the white Tibetan stupas around it. When arriving at Simila Mountain Pass, you can hang auspicious prayer flags on the mountain pass and view Manak Dam Lake.
Finally you will arrive in the historical Gyantse Town, you can visit Pelkor Monastery and appreciate the Nepali-style Kumbum Stupa, enjoy the spectacular vista of Gyantse Fortress, and tour the Tsulaklakang Monastery right beside.
Stay overnight in Gyantse.
Day 5: Gyantse to Shigatse (94km, B)
In the morning, you will visit the historic Gyantse Fortress. Climbing to the top of the awe-inspiring fortress, you can appreciate the panorama of Gyantse Town and Pelkor Monastery.
Then, head to Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse. Founded in 1447 by the 1st Dalai Lama, Tashilunpo Monastery remains the traditional throne of the Panchen Lamas. You can see the world’s highest Future Buddha statue and get an insight of the glorious history of Tibetan Buddhism there. Later you will visit Tsampa Mill and see how Tsampa is made in the traditional way.
Stay overnight in Shigatse.
Day 6: Shigatse to EBC (340km, B)
On the way to EBC, you will pass three famous mountain passes, Tsola Pass (4600m), Gyatsola Pass (4528m), and Gawu La Pass (5198m). At the viewing platform of Gawu La Pass, you can enjoy the stunning view of the world’s top 4 highest peaks along Himalayan Range, namely, Mt. Everest (8844m), Cho Oyo (8201m), Lhotse (8516m), and Makalu (8463m).
Then you will visit Rongbuk Monastry, the highest Buddhist site in the world and trek 4km to Everest Base Camp (5200m) to get a closer view of Mt. Everest.
Tips: Please walk slowly and do not exert yourself to prevent acute altitude sickness. Make sure to wear enough clothes since the temperature at EBC can be very low in the morning and night.
Stay overnight in Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse.
Day 7: EBC to Shigatse (340km)
In the morning, you can catch the stunning sunrise of Everest Peak if weather permits at the lodging area. Then take the car ride back to Shigatse.
Tips: We can also arrange the tour to Nepal from EBC if you prefer to visit Kathmandu, Nepal.
Stay overnight in Shigatse.
Day 8: Shigatse to Lhasa (280km, B)
Travel back to Lhasa along the Yarlung Valley. You can stand on the viewing platform and appreciate the vast Yarlung River bed. At last, you will be dropped off at your hotel in Lhasa.
Stay overnight in Lhasa.
Day 9: Depart from Lhasa (B)
The guide will pick you up from your hotel, transfer you to Lhasa Gonggar Airport or Lhasa Railway Station, and help you get on board.
- Twin sharing accommodation as per the itinerary on full board with breakfast and dinner in hotel and Lunch in local restaurant.
- English speaking Tibetan Guide
- Support Truck throughout the tour
- Transportation of bike : Kathmandu - Kyirong – Lhasa
- Custom clearance in both Tibet and Nepal border
- Monastery entrance fee & Rongbuk Entry Fee
- Tibet Travel permit
- Travel insurance (personal accident coverage,mandatory driving coverage in China)
- Local driving licence
- Everest Conservation Fee
- Emergency 2 bottles portable oxygen cylinder
- Transportation of 1 Road Captain and 1 Mechanic from Kathmandu to Lhasa
- All expenses of accommodation, meal, permit, allowance, transportation from Kathmandu to Lhasa to Kathmandu for Mechanic.
- Fee of Rider from Kathmandu to Kyirong.
- 5 Royal Enfield 500 CC Bike + 01 bike for Road Captain
- Fuel during the ride Lhasa to Kathmandu.
- Basic spare parts of Bikes
- Tibet Visa Fee (Acceptable in US$ cash only)
- Airfare: Kathmandu – Lhasa ( fare as per availability )
- Cost of damaged caused to bike due to unforeseen circumstances
- International driving license
- Deposit of US$ 500 per bike
- Expenses incurred due to damage in bike due to negligence of rider
- Travel insurance (Must be including all activities undertaken including)
- Expenses incurred during any rescue operation
- Any expenses incurred due to any damage of motor bike and loss of equipments etc.
- Alcoholic beverages & bar bills
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