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Lhasa to Kathmandu Mountain Bike Tour - 20 Days

The literal means of Lhasa (the place of the Gods) in Tibetan is the capital of Tibet Autonomous Region which represents largely a city of wonders. Further valuable fact is that Tibet is the land of ancient Buddhist culture, having awesome landscapes, artistic monasteries and century’s old caravan trails.  Your first view of the red and white Potala Palace soaring above the holy city raises Goosebumps and the charming whitewashed old Tibetan quarter continues to preserve the essence of traditional Tibetan life. Lhasa is an ancient city with, it’s time-honored 1300 years’ history. It was called ‘Luosha’ or ‘Luoxie’ which mean “dirt- delivering by sheep” in ancient times. There is a story for the name. It is said that Lhasa once was an area of low-lying marsh. In order to fill in the earth princess winching from the Tang Court used sheep to deliver the dirt after she arrived at the place. Lhasa became the city’s name in the ninth century.


The Lhasa to Kathmandu mountain cycle ride could be classified as one of the most demanding cycles rides to cyclists. You have to deal with high altitude, long distance, various kinds of weather, bad road conditions and change of lifestyle.  This mountain bike tour offers the world longest and steepest descent and a nonstop downhill that begins on the Tibetan plateau. The trip starts in Nepal, after a couple of days exploring Kathmandu we take a dramatic flight across the great Himalayan range to Lhasa, capital of Tibet. This is one of the most interesting, remote and spectacular parts of the world. We have 3 days of sightseeing and acclimatizing before cycling across a beautiful landscape of snow-capped summits. All around us are scenes of religious devotion, prayer flags fluttering on the tallest mountain passes and processions of devout pilgrims traveling to the numerous monasteries and temples.


Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to the hotel

NAMESTE! Satellite Treks And Expedition heartily welcomes you to the Beautiful country Nepal. We will meet you at the International Airport at Kathmandu. Our Companies Representative will be there holding placard on which either the company or client's name will be printed just opposite of the arrival and ager your reception, we will transfer you to the hotel. After your arrival at the hotel, we fix the schedule for a short orientation meeting, which gives you some detail information about the trip. Later in the evening we Satellite Treks and Expeditions will organize a Welcome Dinner at a typical traditional Nepalese restaurant where we will enjoy with a Nepalese meal and cultural program. If you arrive at night we will have some discussion on the next day morning after your breakfast.

After breakfast, we first get you familiar with the Kathmandu valley by taking you for sightseeing. We first take you to Kathmandu Durbar Square and explore the beautiful complex of palaces, temples, shrines, and courtyards built by the ancient Nepali kings between the 12th and 18th century. We also take you to swyombhunath (Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath. Briefing hotel where we will be discussing the technicalities of the trek and overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive to the Tribhuvan international airport for Tibet flight. This is one of the most spectacular flight with a one hour flight on over the Himalayan range that and with this flight we will see the Mount Everest and various Himalayan peaks. We will land at Gongkar airport and move to the scheduled hotel in Lhasa (Beautiful City). Check in the hotel and after checking we go for a walk around the Barkhor Square, the spiritual heart of Tibet.

After breakfast. Our tour begins with a visit to SERA MONASTERY. An Experience, professional guide escorts us about this all historical place with together. We will visit Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, JOKHANG TEMPLE, one of the sacred site which unravels more deep seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. Apart from that, we will visit BARKHOR MARKETS where we can view the gods of Tibetan culture, custom, and tradition. In the evening time, we will visit around the city and stay overnight at hotel.

After breakfast, our day begins with a visit to Dshokhang Temple and Local Market. The main highlight of this day will be visited Potala Palace, the former residence of the Dalai Lamas. Potala Palace is the Top tourism attraction of Lhasa, which dominates the whole city.

After breakfast, we take our bikes or cycle out to the Drepung Monastery on the outskirts of Lhasa. The Freedom Highway then leads us away from Lhasa down the Lhasa Valley and to our guesthouse in Chusul.

After breakfast, we move on to tackle the 25km climb up to the pass of Kamba La. This tough climb will take 3-4 hours but the views from the prayer-flag-strewn summit at 4794m are spectacular. We then descend to the turquoise Yamdrok Lake where we will have lunch. After lunch, we make a gentle and scenic road journey to the small town of Nagatse and stay overnight at camp.

After breakfast, we will take an hour to visit the Palkhor Monastery and the old part of Gyantse town. Then after we involve a longer distance, the highway is paved and flat. In the afternoon we will arrive in Shigatse which is the second largest city of Tibet ( 3860m). stay overnight at Hotel in Shigatse.

After breakfast, We move from Shigatse and ride over two small passes and through several small Tibetan villages. We will cycle past the isolated Gyachung Monastery and camp. Overnight accommodation in tents, which is situated at altitude 4100M.

Morning after breakfast, we move by cycle through picturesque valleys. Then take long rides begins which leads over the Yulong Pass (4220m). Take the lunch and head towards Lhatse (3860m). Few Kilometer before the town , there is  a hot springs. For overnight we will camp Approximately 10-12 Kilometer after the Lhatse.

After breakfast, we have to contemplate the stunning canyon of the 5220m Lakpa Pass. On a clear day, you will be rewarded for your effort with your first view of Mount Everest. After a 40 km ride through flat prairie towns you will arrive in the town of Pelbar, often referred to as Shegar. This town is a popular stopover for anyone heading to the Everest region. Overnight accommodation in a hotel.

After breakfast, we move the way towards the world’s highest peak to left the Lhasa – Kathmandu highway. First, you are faced with 20km of uphill switchbacks (42 hairpin bends in total!) before you reach the summit of the Pang Pass (5150m). Enjoy lunch as you gaze over Makalu (8463m), Shishapangma (8012m), Cho Oyu (8210m), Lhotse (8516m), Everest (8850m) and several other breathtaking peaks. Then a 20-kilometer downhill follows to the Rongbuk Valley (4200m), where the camp. Stay overnight at camp.

Now you should be at peak fitness and very excited about the approach of Everest Base Camp. A bumpy road winds up through the Rongbuk valley until the majestic Mount Everest appears before you. We will camp beside the monastery with the unforgettable sight of the 8850m peak in front of your eyes. Overnight accommodation in tents (5150m).

In this place, you get a close view of Mount Everest and easily access to reach the camp. You can walk, cycle or even take a donkey and cart ride to the base camp which is 8Km from the campsite. Stay overnight in tents.

Leaving Rongbuk, we will head back down the bumpy road, then take a short cut into the mountains. Further Bumpy Trail takes us over a canyon and down into Tingri (4340m) and stay overnight in camp.

After breakfast, we move towards Peokutso Lake. Peokutso Lake paiku( Peiku, Tibetan: Paiku-Tso or Tsho) is a lake at 4591 meters elevation on the Tibetan Plateau in the south of the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) River. The lake is 27 Kilometers long and 6 kilometers wide at its narrowest. It is surrounded by mountains reaching 5700 to 6000 meters. Streams fed by glaciers cascade to the valley floor, but most sinks into alluvial deposits before reaching the lake. The surrounding catchment is a endorheic basin with no outlet. It would overflow into the yarlung Tsangpo with a water lever about 100 meters. The lake’s brackish water is evidence that it has not overflowed with hundreds if not thousand of years.

Gyirong town is called Upperkerong in Nepali language which is the border of Nepal and Tibet. Upper Kerong is the main town in the cross board tread between Nepal and China. This boarder was opened recently from December 2014 for enhancing the Business and tourism Promotion by reasonable access. The place is situated inthe southern part of Tibet Autonomous Region of China. The town has an altitude about 2700 meters with a subtropical mountain monsoon climate, meaning reasonable precipitation and warm weather.InGyirong town, there is a village of ethnic Nepali referred to as daman people. They are descendant of Nepalese Gorkha Army centuries ago. Todays our overnight at Lodge at Gyirong.

After breakfast, we will start cycling to Karen boarder which is 77 kilometers distance from Gyirong. This is the point of Nepal -china relationship and promotion center by land. For the overnight we will camp in the beautiful scenic camp site at Kerong. The site is located in an extraordinary geographical structure that gives heavenly joy to all participants during todays cycling.

We will take the simple breakfast at our beautiful campsite and start cycling until the lunchtime in Syburbesi where a pickup vehicle we are standing to receive us and take back to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu with bed and breakfast.

Until the departure hour you will free for your personal activities. Before two and half hours of departure time, we will drop you the airport.


  • Airport pickup, drop and all land transfers as per itinerary.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu (including breakfast and all taxes).
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu (including all entrance fees).
  • Welcome Dinner with live Nepalese cultural program at Nepali Restaurant.
  • Guided sightseeing in Lhasa with all entrance fees included.
  • Hotels in Tibet (including breakfast and all taxes) as per our mentioned Itinerary.
  • All necessary Camping Equipment (such as Two-Man Tent, Dining Tent, Kitchen Tent, Shower tent, Toilet Tent, Tables, Chairs, Mattresses, etc.
  • Truck to carry your luggage and a Land Cruiser for assistance. Available at all times (while in Tibet).
  • Three times hot, fresh meals per day while camping, prepared by our very professional kitchen crew.
  • Daily wages and insurance for all staff and guides.


  • Airport Tax.
  • All Airfare: Kathmandu-Lhasa.
  • Tibet travel permit, Visa fee, All monastery entrance fees wherever applicable.
  • Expenses of a personal nature; Lunch/dinner in the Hotel; Bar bills; Laundry bills; Telephone bills; Tips, etc.
  • Personal Medical & Travel insurance.
  • Rescue & Evacuation - If necessary.
  • Nepal re-entry visa fee.
  • Excess baggage charges.

Trip Facts

  • Duration: 20 Days
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Tour Name: Lhasa to Kathmandu Mountain Bike Tour
  • Duration: 20 Days
  • Destination: Tibet
  • Best Season: From April to October
  • Climate: Clear, Mild and warm ( Average Range 20º C)
  • Transportation: Private Car/ Helicopter
  • Accommodation: Hotel/ Resort/ Lodge
  • Activity: Flying/ Sightseeing / Biking / Cycling
  • Elevation: 5000M
  • Trip Departure: February/ March/ April/ September/ October/ November
  • Group Size: Minimum 2 People to Maximum 18 People for one Group
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