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16 Day Guided Specialized Himalayan Motorbike Tour from Nepal to Tibet

Kathmandu - Ramche - Rasuwaghadi, Nepal; Kyirong - Tingri - Shigatse - Gyantse - Lhasa - Rongbuk, China

Royal Enfield Motorbike Tour from Nepal to Tibet

This tour starts and finishes in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. While on your stay in Kathmandu you will enjoy sightseeing while your Chinese visa is being prepared. This tour sure is one of the unique Asian expertise tours within the region. This Nepal-Tibet motorcycle trip takes you to the extreme of adventure travel with ease and comfort in the Lhasa-Kathmandu motorbike expedition

Key information

  • Terrain: asphalt
  • Bike: rental (Royal Enfield 500cc or Himalayan 411cc)
  • Mileage: 2000 kilometers / 1243 miles
  • Daily mileage: 182 kilometers / 113 miles
  • Riding gear: not included: personal gears and clothing for motorbike ride like safety helmet, gloves, glass, jackets, etc
  • Meals: all breakfasts

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Kathmandu
  • Ride along the ancient Silk Road
  • Excursion to Mount Everest Base Camps
  • 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

Tibet is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Normal visits to the Tibet terrain are so extraordinary, that a motorbike tour could be thought of as even more exciting. This motorbiking tour to the “roof of the world” will be so thrilling and a lifetime experience. With open roads and the White Mountains greeting you, the motorbike experience to Tibet is unlike anything.

Itinerary

Day 1- Arrive in Kathmandu, rest and relax

Upon arrival in Kathmandu International Airport, your tour guide will transfer you to your hotel. At the hotel lobby, there will be a short briefing about the tour whilst the guest are having welcome drinks. Later the guest can retire to the allocated rooms for much deserved shower and rest. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 - Kathmandu sightseeing and visa processing

After breakfast in the hotel restaurant, meet at the hotel lobby for your city sightseeing in Kathmandu. You will visit Swambhunath and Durbar Square, Hanuman Dhoka, Kumari Temple. Evening is free for personal activities. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3 - Kathmandu to Syabrubesi / Ramche (186 kilometers / 116 miles)

Enjoy a steep winding descent to Trishuli with the beautiful scenery to match and ride along rolling hills, deep forests, and flowing streams. Negotiate traffic out of the Kathmandu city to the Ring Road cross section - Balaju. From here, follow the Nagarjun highway to Kakani with the winding and narrow forested road.

From here it is a steep winding descent till Trishuli but the scenery is fantastic. Deep forested areas, with clear flowing streams and waterfalls provide visitors of what Nepal is all about. The beauty of the area is not easily forgotten. The rolling hills, the Trishuli River, ethnic villages, suspension bridges, all make it a very interesting ride.

Here you will stop for the lunch. After lunch head north and continue ride to Dhunche. From here, steep descent on a winding and snaky trail till Syabrubesi.

Day 4 - Rasuwa Border - Kyirong Thil

Kyirong - Nepal / Tibet border is the last border town. Complete Nepali Immigration formalities and cross the friendship bridge. You will complete Chinese Immigration and be met by your guide and driver from Tibet. Proceed for China custom clearance for the motorcycles and after completion, load up the gear on the waiting mini truck and ride for another 24 kilometers to Kyirong town.

Nature Reserve is the famous beauty spot. Upon arrival and check in at the hotel, the rest of the day is free to relax or explore Paba Temple, built around 637 AD. According to legend, the Nepalese Princess Bhrikuti Devi went through the Mang (Kyirong Town) to Lhasa. When she entered Tibet, she carried three Buddha statues of Sakyamuni, which was called "Wadi Sangbu", and was placed in the town of Kyirong and the Paba Temple was built for it.

Day 5 - Kyriong Thil - Old Tingri

After breakfast, you will start to journey to Old Tingri. You could see forest disappeared and surrounding are all mountains, now you are in Himalaya mountain range now. When driving pass the Kongtang Lhamo pass (5236m), you could see the panoramic view of Himalaya mountain range very close to you.

On the way, you will enjoy the view beautiful border line and snow-capped mountain and evergreen forest, you can appreciate the epic mountain outlook of Himalayan range.Including Mt Cho Oyu (8201m), Mt Shishapangma (8012m), and Piku Tso lake. Stay overnight in Old Tingri.

Day 6 - Old Tingri - Shigatse

After breakfast, ride to Shegar for a few kilometers. Turn off the Friendship Highway and ride to Sakya. You can enjoy the panoramic view of Himalayas range. You will arrive in Shigatse, second-largest city in Tibet, by afternoon. The monastery is the traditional seat of successive Panchen Lamas. Stay overnight in hotels in Shigatse.

Day 7 - Shigatse - Gyantse

In the morning after breakfast, you will visit the famous Tashilhunpo Monastery, founded in 1447 by Gendun Drup, the first Dalai Lama. It is a historic and culturally important monastery. Next to Shigatse, there is a short ride just 92 kilometers to Gyantse, which boasts a variety of important cultural and historical sites - Khumbum, Palkhor Chode Monastery, and Gyantse old street.

Day 8 - Gyantse - Lhasa (265 kilometers / 165 miles)

After breakfast, ride 265 kilometers to Lhasa. As you pass Manak Dam Lake, you may hang pray flag at Simila Mountain Pass. Next, comes the close view of Korola Glacier on the roadside.

Then, you will pass the Khamba La Pass (4760m) to view turquoise Yamdrok Lake and snow-capped Mount Nyichen Khangsa. Finally, you will also cross the Brahmaputra River and finally reach Lhasa. Stay overnight in hotels in Lhasa.

Day 9 - Sightseeing in Lhasa

Today you will visit famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture. It was first built by 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in seventh century and later in 17th century rebuilt by fifth Dalai Lama, since then it was home to the Dalai Lama and his government. Walking though the long steps are quite challenging but it is worthwhile to leave your footsteps in the spiritual palace of God of Compassion which listed in the world heritage in 1994.

After lunch, take an easy visit to Jokhang Temple in the center of the Old Lhasa city. Jokhang Temple is one of the most scared temple in all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since from early days.

After that, you have time to walk around the Bakhor street which is the one of the most devotional circuit as well as crowded central market of Lhasa. During the old days, it is the most famous local market but now it is changed to tourist gift shopping center.

Day 10 - Lhasa - Shigatse

Today after breakfast ride will be along the Brahmaputra River to Shigatse by northern road. On the way, you will visit small Tibetan villages.

Day 11 - Shigatse - Rongbuk

After breakfast ride to Rongbuk. Ride along the Brahmaputra River and through the Tongmei and reach Lhatse, crossing several passes along the way. You will have views of the Himalayans at Gyatso La Pass (5220m) and Gawu La Pass (5250m), a great spot for a view of all the Himalayan Range’s mountains above 8000 meters.

From left to right, you will see Mt. Makalu (8463 m), Mt. Lotse (8516 m), Mt. Everest (8844 m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8201 m), and Mt. Shishapama (8020 m). After arriving at Rongbuk, you will have the highest mountain in the world towering above you.

Day 12 - Explore Everest Base Camp and ride bike from Rongbuk - Old Tingri

After breakfast, you have the opportunity to explore Everest Base Camp (5200 m). The base camp itself is dry and barren, but the views of Everest more than compensates for it. It truly is an awe-inspiring place with the sheer north face of the highest mountain in the world. After lunch, ride back to Old Tingri.

Day 13 - Old Tingri - Kyirung Thil

You will see beautiful scenery over the Kontang la Pass and impressive views of Mt. Shishapama and Peikutso lake. As you wake up the next morning, a striking view of luminous peaks is highlighted by the sun and it is to say goodbye to this landscape. Next, you will ride south to Nepal.

Day 14 - Kyirong - Syrubisi - Kathmandu (170 kilometers / 106 miles)

After breakfast, ride down 24 kilometers to the border of Nepal and Tibet. Here the porters will transfer the luggage to the Nepal side and you will bid farewell to your guide and driver from Tibet.

Complete the Chinese Immigration and then cross the small makeshift bridge and enter Rasuwagadhi, Nepal. Here, you will be met by representatives from Nepal to assist and complete Nepal Customs and Immigration. Overnight at hotel.

Day 15 - Leisure day in Kathmandu

Today you will be handed back your motorcycles followed by a free day at leisure to explore around the town for the souvenir shopping before a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at hotel.

Day 16 - Final departure

Today, you will have free time in the morning and by afternoon or evening, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight to home, three hours prior to your flight time.

Skill level

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

You will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu and an excursion to Mount Everest Base Camp.

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

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

  • Airport picks up and drops all transportation (airport to hotel to airport)
  • Sightseeing tours as per itinerary
  • Standard three-star deluxe hotel in Kathmandu
  • Standard hotel or guest house accommodation in Tibet
  • Royal Enfield 500cc / Himalayan 411cc with fuel
  • Reserve private vehicle for members and Nepali support team
  • Luggage transfers from Kathmandu to Kyriong border and return
  • 1 support truck or Jeep for luggage, guide, and mechanic to ride according to above
  • All travel permits and entry fees for members and motorbikes
  • 1 local Tibetan English speaking guide
  • 1 experienced Nepalese mechanic throughout the tour from Nepal, their accommodation, insurance, meals and daily wages
  • Special permit and visa letters for self-drive motorbike including temporary motorbike and driving license
  • Tibet group visa fee for Nepalese support team
  • Motorbike entry and exit formalities assistance in immigration and customs
  • Supervise and manage fee for traffic police in Tibet if any require
  • First aid medical kit, oxygen cylinders, and portable bottles for emergency in case needed
  • Bike deposit amount in Chinese Custom (2000 USD) per bike (paid by company)
  • Taxes and service charges

What's not included

  • Air ticket and air tax (if needed)
  • Flight delays or cancellations due to adverse weather condition or technical reasons
  • Lunch and dinner in whole trip throughout the tour (approximately 12 to 18 USD per meal)
  • Personal gears and clothing for motorbike ride like safety helmet, gloves, glass, jackets, etc
  • Any fine or maintenance service and spare parts cost that require due to any damage of motorbike during ride
  • Personal expenses, alcohol, and beverage drinks
  • Tips for leader, guide, mechanic, driver, and other service crews
  • Extra truck and van or bus for support vehicles (if required)
  • Your travel insurance for health, travel, and bikes
  • Nepal entry and re-entry visa fee
  • Tibet / China visa fee
  • Emergency and evacuation costs
  • Any extra cost due to unforeseen circumstances like natural calamities, political reason, landslides, adverse weather condition or political upheaval, etc.

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 in the price. 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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