Epic Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour (12 Riding Days )

Epic Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour (14 Days )

“Travel makes one modest; you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” — Gustave Flaubert

Experience the ultimate BMW GS adventure in the Himalayas. An opportunity to ride the Himalayan range as well as explore cities renowned for their culture and the mystical charm they exude; join us on this rare adventure as we ride from the ancient city of Kathmandu to Tibet. We explore the vast landscape anchoring these two cities, as we ride through one of the most remote roads in the world with the mighty Himalayas by our side. The highlights of this tour are many but to name a few, we will visit many World Heritage sites in Kathmandu, explore age old monasteries in Tibet, ride the highest plateau in the world, make a stop at the Everest Base Camp and marvel at the sight of Mt. Everest standing tall at 8848 Meters. Gear up for an epic journey to celebrate two ancient cultures and spectacular Himalayan landscapes unlike anywhere in the world.

Book Package

Day 1

Arrival

Day 2

Process for Tibet Visa, Day at leisure

Day 3

Process for Tibet Visa, Day at leisure

Day 4

Kathmandu to Shyabru Besi (Distance: 120km, Riding Hours: 5-6hrs, Altitude: 2380m)

Day 5

Shyabru Besi to Kyirong (Distance: 45km, Riding Hours: 1-2hrs, Altitude: 2700m)

Day 6

Kyirong to Tingri (Distance: 255km, Riding Hours: 4-5hrs, Altitude: 4349m)

Day 7

Tingri to Shigatse (Distance: 292km, Riding Hours: 5-6hrs, Altitude: 3800m)

Day 8

Shigatse to Lhasa (Distance:273km, Riding Hours: 4-5hrs, Altitude: 3656m)

Day 9

Free Day in Lhasa

Day 10

Lhasa to Lhatse (Distance: 425km, Riding Hours: 7-8hrs, Altitude: 3800m)

Day 11

Lhatse to Rongbyuk (Distance: 186km, Riding Hours: 4-5hrs, Altitude: 4980m)

Day 12

Rongbuk to Kyirong (Distance: 382km, Riding Hours: 8hrs, Altitude: 2700m)

Day 13

Kyirong to Kathmandu (Distance: 280km, Riding Hours: 6-7hrs, Altitude: 1400m)

Day 14

Depart Kathmandu

Highlights

• Experience riding the wild and spectacular landscape of the Himalayan range
• Enjoy a rare combination of culture and adventure that is unlike anywhere in the world
• Explore various world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley, the cultural heart of Nepal.
• Ride through the Tibetan plateau which is highest in the world
• Explore age old monasteries in Lhasa, the center of Tibetan Buddhism
• Visit Potala palace, the residence of the Dalai Lama.
• Cross the Gyatso la pass at 5248 M, the highest section of the journey
• Ride to Everest Base camp and view Mt. Everest standing tall at 8848 M

Service Includes

• All arrival and departure transfer to and from the airport accompanied by an English speaking repre-sentative.
• Accommodation in Kathmandu on Bed and Breakfast Basis throughout the length of package.
• Sightseeing tour accompanied by an English speaking guide.
• Use of BMW GS 800/700 bike for the entire trip.
• Cost of fuel for the bikes.
• Services of a support of a Road captain and mechanic as well as support of 4WD vehicle to carry support staff, spare parts and clients personal baggage from Kathmandu / Kyirong (Pre – Trip) and Kyirong / Kathmandu (Post Trip).
• Poterages at the Kyirong (Tibet border) to transfer the equipment and spare parts from Nepal side to Tibet side and vice versa pre and post Tibet Tour.
• Visa Fee for Tibet
• Documentation for Tibet travel permit and a special permit for Everest Base Camp.
• Services of a knowledgeable Tibetan Guide from Lhasa Office.
• Permit for Motorcycles to enter Tibet and the Everest Base Camp region in Tibet, PRC
• Overnight stay at the mentioned places as per the itinerary
• All monastery entrance fee during sightseeing tours and bus to Everest Base Camp and back from Rongbuk (as per the itinerary).
• Comprehensive medical kit
• Support of Oxygen canisters

Price Excludes

• International flight & any airport tax.
• Personal expenses like, communication, laundry, bar bills, internet.
• Tips for guide and drivers etc.
• Client's Insurance and Medical Expenses.
• Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/rescue due to any unforeseen causes.
• Any other tours and transfers other than mentioned above.
• Any extra nights at hotel due to any reason.
• Supplement charges for alternate hotels or upgrading hotel

Weather

We will be taking this tour in autumn. During this season the average temperature ranges from 15C to 25C, with blue skies and clear weather. The nights, however, can be very cold and temperatures can drop below 0 degree Celsius.

Communication

The hotels in Lhasa, Shigatse and Kathmandu have international IDD phone and fax services. These days, mobile phones work fine up to the Everest Base Camp. You can also have a roaming facility added to your mobile phone. If you buy a Chinese SIM card at the border, you could stay in touch with your family and friends most of the time. Please ask us for the latest facilities and schemes on Chinese mobile phones.

Meals

 Meals are based on Full Board Basis. 

Crew and Guide

1 Road Captain/Chief Technician and 1 mechanic. An experienced English speaking Tibetan guide will guide you to the sightseeing places in the Tibetan cities.

Accomodation

• In Kathmandu, at Marshyangdi (3 star) (www.thamelhotel.com) or similar standard hotel.
• In Lhasa, Accommodation at 3 Star.

• In Shigatse at MansaroverHotel(3 star)or similar standard hotel.

• In Kyirong at Kyirong Grand Hotel (3 Star) or similar standard hotel.

In other remaining places accommodation at best aviable hotel.

Trip Extensions

We provide custom tailored packages.

Itinerary Changes

One should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip that takes you into one of the remotest corner of the Tibetan plateau, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in the itinerary. Depending on the prevailing situation, the itinerary can be modified to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of tour completion should always coincide with the original itinerary.

Day 1Arrival

After arrival at the Airport, Our Representative will welcome you and transfer to Hotel. Check in to Hotel which shall be provided with welcome amenities.
Rest of the day stroll around the historic town of Kathmandu or warm up with the fun-filled lively streets of Thamel on own
Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 2Process for Tibet Visa, Day at leisure

Breakfast: Hotel in Kathmandu
Process for Tibet Visa at China Embassy and day at leisure for own activities

Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu 

Day 3Process for Tibet Visa, Day at leisure

Breakfast: Hotel in Kathmandu
Process for Tibet Visa at China Embassy and day at leisure for own activities

Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu 

Day 4Kathmandu to Shyabru Besi (Distance: 120km, Riding Hours: 5-6hrs, Altitude: 2380m)

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 we stop for the lunch. After lunch head north and continue ride to Dhunche. From here steep descend on a winding and snaky trail till Syabrubesi. Upon arrival at Syabrubesi, check in to the lodge. Rest of the day is free to relax or explore around the village.
Overnight at the Lodge (Best available)

Day 5 Shyabru Besi to Kyirong (Distance: 45km, Riding Hours: 1-2hrs, Altitude: 2700m)

After breakfast ride approx. 20 Km to Kerung - Nepal / Tibet border, the last border town, complete Nepali Immigration formalities and cross the friendship bridge. Complete Chinese Immigration and met by guide and driver from Tibet. Proceed for China Custom clearance for the motorcycles and after completion, load up the gear on the waiting Landcruiser / Mini Truck and ridefor another 24 kilometer to Kyirong town.

KERUNG
Kerung, one of the frontier counties of Tibet Autonomous Region, lies in the southwest of Tibet and the southwest of Xigaze prefecture, covering 9,126 square kilometers with a population of 10 thousand. Kerung means in Tibetan happy village. Kerung Town is one of the important towns in Kerung County, with a sea level of 2,700 meters. Pagba Monastery, Chagar Monastery and Qiangzhen Monastery are main monasteries of Kerung and Kerung Jiangcun Nature Reserve is the famous beauty spot. Up to 1960 one of the main trade routes between Nepal and Tibet passed through this region. Easily accessible from Nepal, it was used several times as an entrance gate for military actions from the site of Nepal against Tibet. Upon arrival check in at the Hotel. Rest of the day is free to relax or explore around the town to acclimatize.
Overnight at the Hotel

Day 6Kyirong to Tingri (Distance: 255km, Riding Hours: 4-5hrs, Altitude: 4349m)

Beautiful Tibetan landscape welcomes you this day as you ride through a number of valleys and ride along the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra River. After breakfast, ride through the beautiful big and well paved road over highland of big Tibetan plateau. The Himalayas are stunning from high passes. Explore beautiful lakes and the local settlement with their daily unique activities. Tingri is unique Tibetan town from here; we can see Mount Everest view and other neighbor mountain peaks.
Overnight at Tingri

Day 7 Tingri to Shigatse (Distance: 292km, Riding Hours: 5-6hrs, Altitude: 3800m)

Road from Tingri to Shigatse is main highway again. Crossing several high passes decorated with Buddhist prayer flags. Tibetan nomad live, beautiful Lakes and mountain. Shigatse is second largest city in Tibet. Visit Tashilampo monastery and overnight at hotel.
Overnight at the Shigatse

Day 8Shigatse to Lhasa (Distance:273km, Riding Hours: 4-5hrs, Altitude: 3656m)

Today a more scenic ride towards Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. On the way you will pass Karo La (5,050m) from where see the imposing Karola Glacier. At 5,560 m, and with an area of 9.4 sq km (3.6 sq mi), this imposing glacier. Further drive to Yamdrok Lake, one of three most famous holy lakes in Tibet. The scenery of turquoise blue water in the lake with the reflection of surrounding snow-capped mountains is awesome. Further ride to Lhasa and transfer to hotel.
Overnight at Lhasa

Day 9Free Day in Lhasa

After your breakfast start to visit major places in Lhasa city with your motorbike. The Potala Palace: Winter palace of Dalai lama considering of 13 stories and 1000 rooms. Drepung Monastery: the biggest and the richest of all the monasteries in Tibet. School of over 10000 monks and governed 7700 subsidiary monasteries. Bharkhor Bazaar: largest and oldest market in Tibet. You walk through the heart of old Lhasa with its narrow streets white- washed stone homes, windows framed in black and brightly painted woodwork and almost everyone has something to sell.
Overnight at the Lhasa

Day 10Lhasa to Lhatse (Distance: 425km, Riding Hours: 7-8hrs, Altitude: 3800m)

Begin the return journey and ride the northern route to Lhatse and prepare ascending to 5248 M, the Gyatso la pass which is the highest section of the journey. Drive start after your breakfast in Lhasa. You can view golden field on the bank of Lhasa River. Passing several high passes get clear view of Tibetan Himalayas and giant glacier called Khorala glacier 7200 miter high. Crossing Gyantse and Shigatse, second largest city in Tibet and administrative center of west Tibet, we will drive further to Lhastse for Overnight.

Day 11Lhatse to Rongbyuk (Distance: 186km, Riding Hours: 4-5hrs, Altitude: 4980m)

Ride to Rongbuk through new winding road in the mountains. Enjoy the stunning mountain scenery; past the wild grassland, the torrent and soaring mountains. You can see the panorama of Himalaya range including the four over 8000m high mountains and more to enjoy like Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Qowowuyag (8201m) and Mt Makalu (8463m). Further ride to Everest Base camp and explore. Ride back to Rongbuk from where you ccan view majestic view of golden summit of Mt. Everest at sunset.

Day 12Rongbuk to Kyirong (Distance: 382km, Riding Hours: 8hrs, Altitude: 2700m)

Sunrise view above Mt. Everest from Rongbuk and after breakfast ride towards Kerung border.
Overnight at the Kerung

Day 13Kyirong to Kathmandu (Distance: 280km, Riding Hours: 6-7hrs, Altitude: 1400m)

Cross Nepal-Tibet Friendship Bridge and ride towards Kathmandu. In the evening farewell Dinner with cultural dance show.
Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 14Depart Kathmandu

Free till departure. Our representative will escort you to the International Airport for onward destination.

Tour Cost BMW F700 GS/BMW F800 GS

Epic Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour (12 Riding Days )
Epic Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour (12 Riding Days )
Epic Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour (12 Riding Days )
Epic Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour (12 Riding Days )
Epic Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour (12 Riding Days )
Epic Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour (12 Riding Days )
Pax Sharing room, Riding 2 up Sharing room, Riding solo Single Supplement
6 to 7 Pax $ $ $
8 to 10 Pax $ $ $

Available Dates

S.N Start Date End Date
1 09/24/2019 10/07/2019 Book Package
2 10/15/2019 10/28/2019 Book Package
3 11/01/2019 11/14/2019 Book Package