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16 Days Thrilling Kathmandu Loop Guided Motorbike Tour through Nepal and Tibet along The Himalayas

Kathmandu - Syabrubesi, Nepal; Gyirong - Shegar - Shigatse - Gyantse - Lhasa - Namtso Lake, Tibet, China

Thrilling Guided Motorbike Tour Nepal

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Follow the most thrilling and most challenging parts of the Himalayan roads. This is designed for those who seek a special motorcycle adventure riding on 500cc Royal Enfield Bike. Get back your passion for liberty and adventure, express your own attitude, and experience completely different cultures of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Lamaism. Put on your jacket, helmet, and ride on the Enfield up to the Himalayas.

Key information

  • Bike: rental bike (Royal Enfield 500cc)
  • Terrain: a mix of asphalt and off-road
  • Mileage: 2682 kilometers / 1667 miles
  • Daily rides: 95 - 420 kilometers / 59 - 261 miles
  • Riding gear: not included: personal riding gears including helmets
  • Meals: all breakfasts

Meet the guides

Sujan, Farooque, & Anup
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Kathmandu
  • Lovely Kathmandu sightseeing tour
  • Ride through stunning locations in Nepal and Tibet
  • Excursion to Mount Everest Base Camps and Rongbuk Monastery
  • Full day sightseeing tour of Potala Palace or Jokhang Temple
  • Royal Enfield motorbike rental
  • 15 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


13 riding days
The maximum participants in the group is 14
Airport transfer included: Tribhuvan International Airport
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Accommodation

During this tour, you will be staying at various accommodations including hotels and guesthouses based on two sharing a room. Private rooms are available at an extra cost.

Program

Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu - Chinese visa preparation

Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu (arrival before 10:00 a.m.), you will be met, assisted, and transferred to the hotel. Parikrama Treks and Expeditions will submit all your identification details at the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu for a Chinese group visa. Please note that due to visa processing, it takes two to three working days in Kathmandu. You will stay overnight at a hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing and bike introduction

After breakfast, you start the sightseeing in Kathmandu valley. You will be visiting Boudhanath and Pashupatinath Temple. You will shortly brief the tour in the evening at the hotel. Your overnight will be at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 3: Kathmandu - Syabru Bensi (152 kilometers / 94 miles)

  • Time: 7 hours
  • Altitude: 2400 meters

After breakfast, you will start your ride after receiving the visa from 9:30 a.m. to Syabubesi. 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. You will stay overnight at a hotel in Syabru Bensi.

Day 4: Syabru Bensi - Rasuwa Gadi - Gyirong (44 kilometers / 27 miles)

  • Time: 3 hours
  • Altitude: 2700 meters

With Tibet on Beijing time two hours and 15 minutes ahead, there is an early departure for the Tibet border at Kerung. After breakfast, you will ride approximately 30 kilometers to Nepal/Tibet border, the last border town, complete Nepal/China immigration formalities (estimated time roughly is two to four hours) and met your Tibetan guide and driver.

Finally, you will proceed for China custom clearance for the motorcycles and after completion, you will load up the gear on the waiting supporting vehicle and ride for another 24 kilometers to Kyirong town. Kyirong means 'happy village' in Tibetan. Paga monastery, Chagar monastery, and Qiangzhen monastery are the main monasteries of Kyirong and Kyirong Jiangcun Nature Reserve is the famous beauty spot. Upon arrival, you will check-in at the hotel.

Day 5: Gyirong - Old Dingri - Shegar (350 kilometers / 218 miles)

  • Time: 8 hours
  • Altitude: 4050 meters

A ride will start through the uphill to the highest plateau of the world with the typical view of the Tibetan landscape offering a sheer feeling of standing on the roof of the world. From where, weather permitting, breathtaking panorama of beautiful Himalayan ranges including Mount Cho Oyu (8201 meters) and Mount Xishapagma (8012 meters) but dwarfed by the Vastness of the Tibetan plateau. From Tingri, one can enjoy the magnificence of Mount Everest (8,848 meters). You will stay overnight in Shegar.

Day 6: Shegar - Lhatse - Shigatse (250 kilometers / 155 miles)

  • Time: 4.5 hours
  • Altitude: 3900 meters

You will start your tour at around 8:30 a.m. from Dingri and drive through one big mountain pass, Gyatso (5220 meters / 3.2 miles), and some beautiful villages. You will take an unusual route from Lhatse to Shigatse through old Lhatse and Phuntsoling monastery where you have less traffic and more off the beaten trail. You will visit the Phuntsoling monastery and sleep overnight in Shigatse.

Day 7: Morning apply for a temporary license (95 kilometers / 59 miles)

  • Time: 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 regulations will be conducted by the traffic police. After lunch, you will continue to Gyantse. In the late evening, there will be a sightseeing tour of Gyantse, Kumbum, and Pelkhor Chode Monastery which will take you back to the 15th century. You will spend the night in Gyantse.

Please note to process the bike for observation. It has been made mandatory that all motorcycle be sent for examination to the Police headquarters of Shigatse, who will recheck all the permits from Lhasa Police Headquarters, custom clearance, and so on and then issue the pass for the motorcycles to travel through Shigatse prefecture and also issue a temporary local driving licence to all motorcycle riders as per the list and details.

Day 8: Shigatse - Gyantse - Yamdrok Lake - Lhasa (270 kilometers / 169 miles)

  • Time: 6 hours
  • Altitude: 3650 meters

In the morning, you will visit the Tashi Lhunpo monastery which is the seat of the Panchen Lama and the largest Gelukpa monastery in the Tsang region. After lunch, you will ride along the Yarlung Tsangpo river which is started from the western part of Tibet near Kailash and it flows through the Tsang region, Nyingtri, the eastern forest region of Tibet and finally, it flows into the Bay of Bengal. There is a beautiful landscape on the way with sand dune. You will stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 9: Potala Palace, Jokhang temple, and Bharkor Bazaar

Today, you will visit Potala Palace, Jokhang temple, and Bharkor Bazaar and enjoy amazing things there.

Day 10: Lhasa - Namtso Lake North part (300 kilometers / 186 miles)

  • Time: 7.5 hours
  • Altitude: 4700 meters

You will ride to Namtso Lake overnight. Namtso Lake is one of the biggest highland lakes in Tibet. You will ride almost 230 kilometers and will be staying at a guesthouse near the lake. In the morning, you will take a picture of the stunning lake with sunrise and Yaks and pest view of the lake and Nianqingtangla ranges. You will stay in a hotel in a tent guesthouse (eight people in one tent).

Day 11: Namtso Lake - Shigatse (290 kilometers / 180 miles)

  • Time: 8.5 hours
  • Altitude: 3900 meters

You will see a good view of Tibet landscapes and animals. You will stay overnight in Shigatse.

Day 12: Shigatse - Rongbuk monastery (350 kilometers / 218 miles)

  • Time: 8 hours
  • Altitude: 5000 meters

You will start your tour at 9:00 a.m. and a quick visit to the Sakya monastery. You will drive through the Dingla pass, 5000 meters from which you will have a fantastic view of Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu respectively which are over 8000 meters. After the lunch in Rongbuk monastery, you will visit the world's highest monastery, Rongbuk.

You will walk up to Everest base camp which takes you an hour and a half and explore Everest base camp and back to Rongbuk monastery. When the sun sets, you will have a fantastic view of Mount Everest in the red colored sunshade.

Day 13: Explore Everest base camp and Rongbuk monastery - Gyirong (420 kilometers / 261 miles)

  • Time: 10 hours

You will witness a fantastic view of Mount Everest in the red colored sunshade when the sun rises on the Everest. After breakfast, you will visit the world's highest monastery of Rongpu, ride to Everest Base camp and enjoy the most beautiful view of Mount Everest, and take group photos with motorbikes with a background of mount Everest in your photos. After finishing all activity, you will return to the Rongpu monastery.

Late afternoon, you will ride across another Pangla pass, 5000 meters, and descend down in the valley and get to old Dingri. Old Dingri is one of the popular places to stop a night in order to view Mount Everest for tourists especially for those who are unable to go to Mount Everest because of the altitude problems. You will continue to Gyirong and spend your night in Tibet.

Day 14: Gyirong - Kathmandu via Syabrubesi (approximately 161 kilometers / 100 miles)

  • Time: 7 hours

After breakfast, you will 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 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, you will check-in at a hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax and sleep at a hotel.

Day 15: Free day in Kathmandu (optional but suggested)

This is a free day or cushion 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 and sleep there.

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

Intermediate

  • Can ride for three to four hours
  • Average riding experience
  • Little assistance required
  • Comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • Average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • Steep ascents and descents

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, a full day sightseeing tour of Potala Palace or Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, and an excursion to Mount Everest Base Camp and Rongbuk Monastery.

Guides

Sujan

Farooque Ahmed Khan

Anup Devkota

Location

This tour starts and finishes in Kathmandu, Nepal. Throughout this tour, you will pass and visit Syabru Bensi, Rasuwa Gadi, Gyirong, Old Dingri, Shegar, Lhatse, Shigatse, Gyantse, Yamdrok Lake, Lhasa, Namtso Lake, Rongbuk monastery, and Everest base camp.

Tibet was opened to tourism in 1985. Before this, it avoided influence from the West and this country developed its unique culture and religion independently. Since Tibet was governed by the spiritual leaders, monasteries and religious institutions were the backbones of power so the importance and prestige were shown by the size and magnificent architecture of these buildings.

Tibetan Buddhism contains many elements of their older religion,” Bon Po” which worshipped the sky, moon, sun, fire, soil, and even evil spirits, and this is why a monastery such as Tashilhunpo contains thousands of unique statues, paintings (thangka), religious, and historical books that to visit in detail would take weeks.

The monasteries are crowded by pilgrims who often travel long distances to fulfill their vows and wishes and their emotions show that religion still holds a very important place in their daily lives.

On day nine, you will enjoy visiting various places such as Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and ancient Bharkor Street.

Potala Palace

The Potala is considered one of the great wonders of the world. It is held sacred by Tibetans as the former residence of successive Dalai Lamas, and is one of Tibet's most holy pilgrimage sites. A palace was originally built in the 7th century by King Songtsen Gampo and was believed to have been nine stories high, but around the 9th century, it is believed to have been destroyed by a big fire.

The present Potala Palace was constructed by the great fifth Dalai Lama in the 17th century after he became ruler of Tibet. The Potala Palace is divided into two sections, the White Palace (completed in 1653) and Red palace (completed 1694).

It has more than one thousand rooms and is thirteen stories high. The White Palace was secular in nature and mainly used for government administration, whilst the Red palace was mainly used for religious functions and still has numerous chapels, including those containing reliquary stupas of the successive Dalai Lamas which are richly decorated in gold, silver, and semi-precious stones. 

Jokhang Temple

The Jokang is Tibet’s most sacred temple, the main point of pilgrims from the entire Tibetan plateau. Located at the heart of the ancient town of Lhasa, it was built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo's queen Bhrikuti on a site identified by Queen Wencheng according to her geomantic calculation. The temple is 3 stories high and it is constructed with enormous chapels including the most sacred statue of Budhha Shakyamuni, enshrined. It has around 70 monks nowadays.

Ancient Bharkor Street

Ancient Bharkor Street is the most sacred pilgrimage site in Lhasa and it is full of pilgrims from dawn till dusk. There are four huge prayer flags situated in Bhakor street which surrounds the Jokhang, known respectively as Gadhen Dharchen in the northeast, Juyak Dharchen in the west, Kelsang Dharchen in the southwest and SharKyaring Dharchen in the southeast.

The Barkhor street is the most active market in all Tibet and it is possible to purchase traditional Tibetan artifacts, religious implements, antiques, modern goods, books, music, clothing, spices, fresh meat, and vegetable.

Food

Your daily breakfast included in the prices will be served at every accommodation staying overnight.

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

  • Kathmandu sightseeing tour
  • Sightseeing tour of Potala Palace or Jokhang Temple
  • Excursion to Mount Everest Base Camp
  • Visit to Rongbuk Monastery
  • 500cc Royal Enfield motorcycle rental
  • 15 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Airport pick up and drop off service
  • 1 English speaking guide
  • Support vehicle with a mechanic
  • Motorcycle maintenance charge
  • Fuel, spare parts of bikes, and engine oil top-up
  • Minor repairs (1 set)
  • All necessary permit
  • Required government taxes
  • Office service charges

What's not included

  • Airfares and taxes
  • Nepal and Tibet visa fee
  • All lunches and dinners
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal riding gears including helmets
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Tips for the staff
  • Breakages happening due to rough handling, accidents, or theft
  • Any item not mentioned in the included cost section

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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