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15 Day Ride to Everest Base Camp Guided Motorcycle Tour in Nepal and Tibet

Kathmandu - Syabru Bensi, Nepal; Gyirong - Shegar - Shigatse - Gyantse - Lhasa - Sakya - Basum, China

Royal Enfield Motorbike Tour from Nepal to Tibet

Ride to Everest Base Camp via Kyirong offers tons of riding adventure to the riders who have been fascinated with some of the world best motorable road in the mountains range. Motorbike adventure to even a normal place is exciting, so just think what kind of adventure awaits you riding to the foot of the Everest, “Roof of the World”. The thrill, adventure, excitement are sure to give you goosebumps making you a storyteller of your experience while taking a chill time with your friends, families and colleague.

Key information

  • Terrain: asphalt
  • Bike: rental bike (500cc Royal Enfield)
  • Mileage: 2,344 kilometers / 1,456 miles
  • Daily rides: 60 - 410 kilometers / 37 - 255 miles
  • Riding gear: not included: personal biking clothing including helmets
  • Meals: all breakfasts and 10 dinners

Meet the guides

Sujan, Farooque, & Anup
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Highlights

  • Ride to Everest Base Camp
  • Starts and ends in Kathmandu
  • Sightseeing tour at Potala Palace
  • 500cc Royal Enfield Motorcycle hire with spare parts
  • Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu with transport and guide
  • Local Tibetan English speaking guide
  • 14 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfer

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


11 riding days
Airport transfer included: Tribhuvan International Airport
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated at a three-star hotel on twin sharing basis in Kathmandu with breakfast for three nights. During your stay in Tibet, you will be accommodated at three-star standard hotels or guest houses on a twin sharing basis.

Program

This ride to Everest Base camp takes you inside Nepal and Tibet Himalayan mountain range and with a visit to the foot of world highest mountain through Tibetan Pleatue. In 2001, Parikama Treks made the successful first ride till the foot of Everest Base Camp on their Himalayan motorbike starting from Nepal. The moment when dream ride become reality for the adventure riders in the Himalayas. But it was once again shattered with the earthquake in 2015 that devastated one and only border connecting them to Tibet, China motorbike tour. Once more with all the approval on Nepal and China government, new tracks for people to ride to Everest Base Camp via Kyirong has been opened.

This new track to Tibet by motorcycle and a ride to Everest Base Camp via Kyirong will once again take you to the foot of world highest mountain offers stunning mountain views, high passes on a motorbike, vibrant culture, great road, remote villages and busy city markets experience. En- route, you follow the shortest motorable trails of Mount Kailash from Nepal and taking turns to discover the dramatic high altitude Potala Palace originally the residence of Dalai Lama and other different Monasteries available in the Tibetan plateau. This ride to Everest Base Camp via Kyirong starts and finishes in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal following the route to Syabru Bensi located in the Langtang Region. Then, crossing the newly opened border Kyirong followed by Saga, Shakya, Gyantse, Lhasa, Lhatse and finally to Rongbuk where Everest Base Camp lies in Tibet, China.

Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu

Upon arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu, you will be met, assisted and transferred to the hotel. At the hotel lobby, there will be a short briefing about the tour whilst guests are having welcome drinks. Later, guests can retire to the allocated rooms for much deserved shower and rest. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 2: Chinese visa preparation, Kathmandu sightseeing, and bike introduction

Parikrama Treks and Expeditions will submit all your identification details at chinese embassy in Kathmandu for a Chinese group visa. After breakfast, you will commence a sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath Temple (the biggest Hindu temple) and Budhanilkantha Temple (the tallest sleeping Vishnu). Lunch in the hotel and the rest of the day is free for the preparation of trip. There will be a short briefing program conducted in the hall before dinner around 18:00 along with an assistance for money exchange and down jacket distribution. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 3: Ride from Kathmandu to Syabru Bensi (152 killometers / 94 miles, 7 hours, altitude: 2400 meters)

After the breakfast, you will ride to Syabru Bensi. Passing the Kathmandu Valley, the roads twist and turn along the high hills through remote villages. When you reach the village of Ranipauwa, there is a fine view of the Annapurna Mountain range in the west and Langtang Mountain range in the east. Following plain land to Trishuli bazzar, then touring over rough roads, guides you into the Langtang National Park where you will notice the remoteness of the human settlement at higher altitude. Overnight at a hotel in Syabru Bensi.

Day 4: Syabrubesi - Rasuwa Gadi - Gyirong (60 kilometers / 37 miles, 2 hours, altitude: 2700 meters)

Head towards the immigration and customs formalities on both sides (Nepal and Tibet, China). You will drive to the small town, Gyirong, the last border town, complete Nepali immigration formalities and cross the friendship bridge and met your Tibetan guide and driver. Finally, proceed for China custom clearance for the motorcycles and after completion, load up the gear on the waiting Land Cruiser / mini truck and ride for another 24 kilometers to Gyirong town. Gyirong means happy village in Tibetan. Upon arrival, you will check in at the hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or explore around the town to acclimatize. Overnight at a hotel

Day 5: Ride to Shegar (approximately 340 kilometers / 211 miles, 6-7 hours, altitude: 4280 meters)

You will start the scenic ride from Gyirong to Shegar crossing over a few mountain passes among which is Kungthang la pass (5236 meters), one of the highest and you will bypass Tibetan town of Old Tingri from where you will have a good view of Himalaya Mountain range including Everest and few other mountain whose elevations are above 8000 meters. Along the way, you will see the Lake Peigu Tso and Mount Shishapangma (8013 meters) if weather permitting. Here is a breathtaking panorama of beautiful Himalayan ranges including Mount Everest (8848 meters) but is dwarfed by the vastness of the Tibetan plateau. This scenically rewarding ride provides plenty of opportunities for photography. Upon arrival at Shegar, you will check in at the hotel and rest. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 6: Ride to Shigatse (approximately 240 kilometers / 149 miles, 6 hours, altitude: 3950 meters)

After breakfast, head off for 150 kilometers flat stretch to Shigatse. The route today is scenic with only a small pass of 4300 meters. Upon arrival, you will check in at the hotel and following lunch break, you will first go to health check up, then take the bikes for checking at Shigatse vehicle maintenance center. Once pass all the check up, only then you will be granted a temporary bike driving license and temporary plates. Stay in Shigatse for overnight.

Day 7: Morning apply for temporary license and afternoon ride to Gyantse (approximately 90 km / 56 miles, 1 - 2 hours, altitude: 3900 meters)

First thing in the morning, you will visit the Shigatse city traffic police station to apply for the temporary driving license which takes one to two hours depending on the group size and short traffic rules and regulation will be conducted by the traffic police. After lunch, continue to Gyantse. The 90-kilometer journey seems like hours because of the 40 kilometers/hour speed limit imposed by the traffic police. There are regular check posts as well as patrol cars to strictly implement the rule. Gyantse is a pastoral town and still retains the charm of a traditional Tibetan town untouched by modern expansion. In the late evening, there will be a sightseeing tour of Gyantse, Kumbum, and Pelkhor Chode Monastery which will takes you back to the 15th century. You will spend the night in Gyantse.

Day 8: Ride to Lhasa (approximately 350 kilometers / 217 miles, 9-10 hours, altitude: 3650 meters)

Today, you will set out of Gyantse for Nagartse (100 kilometers) near Lake Yamdrok, passing the Simi La (4200 meters) Karo La (5010 meters) and the ride to Nagartse, a small village near the Yamdrok Lake and an ideal place for a lunch stop. There are Yak herders around and the lake itself supports a population of scale less fish in its non-saline waters. It is about 124 kilometers from Lhasa. Lhasa, capital of Tibet at an altitude of 3650 meters, is situated on the north bank of the Kyichu River in the province of U (Central Tibet). Lhasa consists of two district parts consisting of different architecture, population and lifestyle. Old Lhasa, the Tibetan section, centers on the Jokhang Temple. Its streets are narrow, between white washed stone houses whose walls slope inward as they rise. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Lhasa (altitude: 3650 meters)

After breakfast meet the representative and proceed for the tour of Potala Palace. Your sightseeing begins with a visit to the imposing Potala Palace, once the home of the Dalai Lama. Chapels and galleries within the palace are open to visitors. Visit Jokhang temple, home of the most precious Buddha image in Tibet. Pilgrims holding prayer wheels can be seen walking in a clockwise direction around the temple. Browse through the Barkhor Bazaar where a wide variety of Tibetan handicrafts are on display. Surrounding the Jokhang Temple is the bustling Barkhor market place which is the religious and social focus of Lhasa. Next, you will proceed for the sightseeing tour of Ramoche Temple. Travel to Drepung Monastery, a Yellow Hat Sect where the Dalai Lamas were trained, and on to Norbulingka Park, former summer palace of the 7th Dalai Lama. Also visit Sera Monastery where the monks can be seen in red robes and curved yellow hats. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 10: Ride to Sakya (approximately 410 kilometers / 255 miles, 8-9 hours, altitude: 4025 meters)

After breakfast, set out for Shigatse via the northern route. The route today is relatively straight forward but scenic at times when you ride along the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra River). It's 280 kilometers from Lhasa to Shigatse City. Upon arrival at Shigatse, you do not enter the city premises but continue on the outskirts and head off further towards Sakya which lies another 110 kilometers from Shigatse. Check in at the hotel and the rest of the day is for rest and self exploration around the city. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 11: Ride Sakya to Rongbuk (approximately 255 kilometers / 158 miles, 6 hours, elevation: 5100 meters)

From Sakya, you will ascend to the Gyatso la pass at 5248 meters, the highest pass on this section of the journey, which is marked by a gate adorned with prayer flags. From here, you will descend to Shegar. From Tingri, you will come out on the main road and slowly negotiate traffic to the sign post which points to the Qomolongma (Everest) National Park. As you ascend and descend from one valley into the other, there are fantastic views of the snow peaked mountains (weather permitting) of the rugged terrain of the high Himalayas. Sulkily breathing dust and leaving a dust trail, you will arrive at Rongbuk Monastery and the Lodges of Rongbuk. In the distance, towering above everything else is Mount Everest, the mother of the earth at 8848 meters. Nowadays, the road is all back topped till the Rongbuk. Check in at the simple and basic monastery guest house.

Day 12: Mount Everest excursion, ride to Tingri (altitude: 4348 meters), and to Gyirong (approximately 286 kilometers / 178 miles, 7 hours)

After breakfast, you will pay a visit to Everest Base Camp which lies at 5200 meters if you missed it the day before. Follow the dirt road south and the Dzakar Chu (river), Dza Rongphu, Everest Base Camp settlement has now been moved here. The Everest Base Camp is just beyond some moraine hills. From Tingri, you will ride on the highest plateau of the world with typical view of the Tibetan landscape offering sheer feeling of standing on the roof of the world. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 13: Ride to Kathmandu (approximately 161 kilometers / 100 miles, 5 hours)

After breakfast, ride down 24 kilometers to the border and the Nepal - Tibet Friendship Bridge. Here, the porters will transfer the luggage to the Nepal side and you will bid farewell to your guide and riders from Tibet. Complete the Chinese immigration and then cross the friendship bridge. You will be met by representatives from Nepal who will assist to complete the Nepali customs and immigration and ride to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, check in at a hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 14: Free day in Kathmandu

Free day to relax or explore around the town for the final minute souvenir shopping. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner. After dinner, you will be transferred to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 15: Final departure

After breakfast, you will have a free time for final departure transfer to the airport for you onward flight.

Bikes

Parikrama Treks and Expeditions selects their trusted partner Royal Enflied 500 cc / Himalayan 411 cc especially for this tour as the most reliable bike for any terrain to ride on Nepal, Tibet, China, India and Bhutan.

Skill level(s) required for this tour: advanced

Advanced:

  • Can ride for five to six hours
  • Extensive riding experience
  • Assistance on demand (if required)
  • Experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • Comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Included excursions

  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Sightseeing tour in Lhasa
  • Excursion to Mount Everest Base Camp

Guides

Sujan

Farooque Ahmed Khan

Anup Devkota

Location

Nepal

Nepal is popularly symbolized across the globe, by the highest mountain in the world; Mount Everest. This small South Asian country is home to the world’s highest snowy mountains and an array of ethnic groups with vibrant cultures, religions, ancient history and languages. Nepal, a landlocked nation, situated between India and China, is one of a few countries in the world where such immense climatic and topographic diversity features so dramatically and is crammed into such a small geographical area.

Tibet

Tibet, known as "Roof of the World" and "The Forbidden Land", is a popular travel destination for unique sightseeing / excursions, adventure travel, expedition, trekking and pilgrimage. For centuries, she has fascinated mankind. This land beyond the mighty Himalayas on the highest plateau of the world has always been a challenge to all human beings. In the past, only those who had the strongest will and courage to defy the nature could visit Tibet as she was very remote and isolated destination. Even then it was closed for foreign travelers. But after the opening of Tibet in 1986 for foreign travelers, it has become a prime destination for explorers, adventure travelers and scholars. Now thousands of travelers from different parts of the world visit Tibet every year for different purposes from sightseeing, expedition to trekking.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Hire of 500cc Royal Enfield motorcycle and spare parts of bikes (whichever applicable) for the entire trip
  • Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu as per the itinerary with a private vehicle and English speaking guide
  • Motorbike custom entry fee at China custom
  • Temporary motorbike license and driving license
  • 1 local Tibetan English speaking guide
  • 1 mechanic from Nepal, their accommodation, meals and daily wages
  • Cost of fuel for the bikes and mechanic as well as engine oil top up
  • Back up support of a truck to carry support staff and clients personal baggage / gears, guide from Tibet
  • All entry fees to the sites and monasteries for both motorbikes and members
  • Everest Conservation fee for members, bikes, crews and vehicle
  • All necessary Tibet entry and road permits
  • Deposit amount in Chinese custom by Parikrama Treks
  • Transfer from and to Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in a private car, accompanied by an English speaking representative
  • 14 nights' accommodation
  • Daily breakfasts (during your stay in both Nepal and Tibet)
  • Dinner at hotels / guesthouses or local restaurants on en-route stopovers (during your stay in Tibet only)

What's not included

  • Air ticket and air tax if needed
  • Lunch in Kathmandu and throughout the tour in Tibet (approximately 10-18 USD per meal)
  • Nepal entry and re-entry of 40 USD for 30 days upon arrival at the Kathmandu airport or Nepal Border
  • China / Tibet visa fee (114 USD per person, extra 95 USD per person for American nationals)
  • Personal biking clothing including helmets
  • Photography charges for still and video cameras at Monasteries in Tibet
  • Emergency and evacuation costs, travel / medical insurance / personal insurance of the riders
  • Any extra cost in the event of landslides and personal nature expenses
  • Bank transfer fees, cancellation fee if there are unavoidable situations, such as political disturbance or visa rejection by Chinese Embassy
  • Personal nature expenses such as bar bills, alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, extra mileage, personal gratuities such as tips to guides, drivers and mechanics
  • Costs incurred due to natural calamities, strikes, and break downs and beyond the control and its associates

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Parikrama Treks and Expeditions will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Tribhuvan International Airport Airport transfer included: Tribhuvan International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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  • Licences photographers will get a special discount.
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