Lhasa to Kathmandu Mountain Bike Tour

MTB tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu

Lhasa to Kathmandu Mountain Bike Tour

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From $2,895USD

Difficulty

Guided

Hotels, Camping, Guesthouses

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Highlights

Take an unforgettable 25-day bike journey across the Himalayas

Ride for hundreds of kilometres next to the immense peaks that comprise the Roof of the World (hello, Everest!).

See awe-inspiring glaciers and high-altitude lakes of icy whites and vivid blues.

Visit remote Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, home to iconic Buddha statues, and murals.

Relax and soak your sore muscles in Tatopani Hot Springs once you cross into Nepal.

Talk about a bucket list item! This is one of the most epic tours you can treat yourself to. The words “it’s about the journey, not the destination” represent this 25-day tour, without a doubt. Cycling from Lhasa, Tibet, to Kathmandu, Nepal?! What a dream!

Start in Lhasa, Tibet, to meet your group and guide and spend the first couple of days acclimatizing and sightseeing. You begin riding Day 4 and keep pedaling for about three weeks! On the way, you’ll visit sacred monuments and monasteries, view unbelievable mountain landscapes of high snow-capped peaks, alpine lakes, and glaciers. Cycle over several mountain passes, feeling more accomplished as you traverse each one.

About two weeks into the journey across Tibet, Mount Everest comes into view, and you spend the next week cycling alongside the imposing peaks at the Roof of the World, including Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho Oyu, and Everest. Once you enter Nepal in the last week of the journey, you will gear down and spend a full day sightseeing in Kathmandu.

On this tour, you’ll stay in a mix of hotels, simple guesthouses, and high-quality tents. This is an epic adventure, to say the least—just you, your group, and your guide facing the elements in the most naturally awesome part of the world. Ride on!

Lhasa to Kathmandu Mountain Bike Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa

Welcome to Tibet! Your guide will meet you at the airport and accompany you to the hotel. For your first couple of days, take it easy and drink lots of water to help acclimatize—you have an immense journey ahead!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Lhasa (3,650 m / 11,975’)
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Bike Tour of Lhasa

Start your morning with a hearty Tibetan breakfast. When you’re finished eating, you’ll be set up with your bike for the adventure and test it out on a tour of the city. Visit Potala Palace, an ancient site built in 637 by the first king of Tibet, then expanded later to house the Dalai Lamas during the winter. In the afternoon, ride to Jokhang Monastery, recognized as the heart of Tibetan Buddhism, where many pilgrims continue to flock. When you have time in the evening, wander through the open market on Barkhor Street to browse the local handicrafts and delicacies.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Lhasa (3,650 m / 11,975’)
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 Cycle Around Lhasa

After breakfast, you will ride outside of the city and visit the incredible Parla Lupu Cave Monastery perched on the side of Yaowang Mountain. The panoramic views of Lhasa below will be worth the effort. Next, you ride to visit Norbulinka, where the Dalai Lamas live in the summer. Visit another monastery in the afternoon that has roses all over its grounds. Among this fragrant place, 200 monks live, and this afternoon, you will witness the public “Buddhism scripture debates,” which are integral to monks’ education. Return to Lhasa for a good rest to prepare for a big ride tomorrow.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Lhasa (3,650 m / 11,975’)
Distance
4 hours, 15 km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 4 Ride Lhasa to Chushur

Prepare to cycle for about 6 hours today on mellow terrain as you climb and descend in a valley heading toward Chushur. Stop en route to visit a Tibetan Buddhist College, then visit the Nyetang Monastery, home to an impressive and colourful Buddha carved in the rock. Finish the day in Chushur and settle into a hotel for the night.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Chushur (3,500 m / 11,482’)
Distance
6 hours, 60 km, +/­– 120 m elevation
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 Cycle Kampala Pass

Today’s ride will take you to new heights, so make sure you eat well in the morning. The first leg of the ride is up a gradual incline to reach Gamba Zebo Village to take a break. Continue riding uphill as the slope gets steeper as you near Kampala Pass, where you will want to stop and snap pictures of the panoramic scenery. After you ride along Kampala Pass, come to an observation deck that overlooks Yamdrok Lake, a pristine vivid blue lake, likely with black yaks and locals walking its shores. Pedal on an undulating path the remainder of the way until you reach Baidi to set up camp for the night.

Overnight Location
Camping (4,900 m / 16,076’)
Distance
6 hours, 70 km, +/– 1200 m elevation
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Ride Karola Pass

Rise early and have a hot cup of tea, and you soak in your surroundings. As you ride nearer to the Himalayas, the views get more impressive, starting today. You will cycle along Yamdrok Lake to the base of Karola and begin the ascent over Karola Pass. As you gain altitude, the mountain views will take your breath away (and not just from riding uphill!). On today’s ride, you can admire one of Tibet’s three major glaciers, Karola Glacier, the east source of the Nianchu River. You will cover decent ground today and arrive in Longma Village to camp after cycling 90 km.

Overnight Location
Camping (4,000 m / 13,123’)
Distance
7 hours, 90 km, +/– 1100 m elevation
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Explore Manla Reservoir + Pelkhor Monastery

Today’s ride is full of sightseeing en route. After breakfast, bike along hilly roads for about 10 kilometres until reaching Manla Reservoir, an artificial lake with stunning blue water among dry hills, recognized as the first dam in Tibet. Enjoy some flat terrain as you head towards Gyantse County. On the way to the hotel for the night, pause at the Pelkhor Monastery, home to Kumbum Stupa, which means 100-thousand Buddha pagoda. It’s a remarkable complex with an 8-metre-high copper statue of Buddha inside the grand temple’s centre. Fill your cup of zen before getting some rest for the night.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Gyantse (4,000 m / 13,123’)
Distance
5 hours, 70 km, +/– 1100 m elevation
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Cycle to Shigatse

After breakfast, pack up your things and hop on your bike for a long, wonderful ride across this spiritual area of Tibet. The route will lead you alongside the Nianchu River on a relatively flat road. Pass through several spots dotted with the iconic prayer flags and make your way to Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet, with a population of 40,000. Take a rest when you arrive; you’ll be here for two nights and can explore the city tomorrow.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Shigatse (3,800 m / 12,467’)
Distance
6 hours, 94 km, +/– 600 m elevation
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Walking Tour of Shigatse

Give your biking legs a rest today and depart after breakfast to explore the many sights of Shigatse. Take some time to meander through the Tashilunpo Monastery, where they practice the Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. A remarkable giant Buddha statue guards the premises that contain the tomb of the 4th Panchen Lama (thought to be the reincarnation of Maitreya Buddha) and riches of jewels and gold. In the afternoon, get to know the Shigatse inhabitants by visiting the local market, browsing their handicrafts, and tasting local cuisine. Head back to the hotel for the night.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Shigatse (3,800 m / 12,467’)
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Ride from Shigatse to Jiding

After breakfast, it’s time to get back on the bike. Today’s ride is fairly lowkey, with a few climbs and descents—but absolutely breathtaking scenery. You will not get tired of these mountain views, prayer flags, yaks, and blue waters. Head to Jiding to set up camp for the night.

Overnight Location
Camping (3,800 m / 12,467’)
Distance
6 hours, 55 km, +/– 400 m elevation
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 Pedal Over Youlongla Pass

Once you’ve filled up on your morning meal, continue the ride among incredible Tibetan landscapes on a gently undulating route. You’ll pass by the unique K5000 milestone marking this distance on Highway G318 from Shanghai. Ascending from here, you’ll be awarded unbelievable views over Youlongla Pass as you ride through the Roof of the World. Set up camp in Youlongla.

Overnight Location
Camping (3,800 m / 12,467’)
Distance
6 hours, 61 km, +/– 600 m elevation
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 Bike Through Lhatse + Gyastola Pass (5260 m)

Begin your day with a pleasant downhill ride to Lhatse, where two main national highways intersect. This long biking day includes traversing the highest pass on Highway G318, Gyastola Pass at 5260 m / 17,257 ft. Once you’re over this, you’re getting closer to Mount Everest as your elevation stays higher than the previous week and a half. Camp tonight once you reach Gyastola.

Overnight Location
Camping (3,800 m / 12,467’)
Distance
8 hours, 62 km, +/– 1200 m elevation
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 Bike to Baiba + First Glimpse of Mount Everest

Today presents a challenging ride as you head into the Himalayas. Nearly two weeks into your tour from Lhasa, you will catch your first glimpse of the majestic Mount Everest—all this pedaling pays off! Continue riding through Tibetan townships until reaching Baiba to check into a simple hotel for the night. Everest tomorrow!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Baiba (3,800 m / 12,467’)
Distance
7 hours, 81 km, +/– 1200 m elevation
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 Cycle Jawula Pass + Enter Mount Everest Area

Wake up to fresh mountain air and hop on the bikes heading south to Mount Everest. After breakfast, you will ride for about 12 kilometres before turning to ascend Jawula Pass that reaches 5205 m / 17,077 ft. From here, you’ll gain magnificent views of the giant peaks comprising the most notable section of the Roof of the World: Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, Nuptse, and Cho Oyu. The second half of the ride leads you downhill towards Tashi Dzong, where you’ll stay in a cozy guesthouse for the night.

Overnight Location
Guesthouse (3,800 m / 12,467’)
Distance
7 hours, 65 km, +/– 1400 m elevation
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 Visit Rongbuk Monastery

After two weeks on your bike, you’re getting used to this lifestyle! Mount your bike after breakfast for an easy road ride towards Chhoe Dzong, then turn to head uphill to Everest’s second check-in point on the Tibetan side. In the afternoon, discover Rongbuk Monastery, the largest in the region. You’ll feel the mystical vibes as you explore this religious site among some of the tallest peaks in the world. Find a viewpoint in the evening to witness an unforgettable sunset over Mount Everest. Talk about once-in-a-lifetime! Stay in a nearby guesthouse for the night.

Overnight Location
Guesthouse (3,800 m / 12,467’)
Distance
7 hours, 49 km
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16 Pedal Alongside Mount Everest

Wake up with enthusiasm knowing that you’ll be cycling next to Mount Everest for today’s path—almost unbelievable! The route is a gravel road and can be challenging on the bike, so take your time and make sure you get enough food and water at breakfast. Along the route, you’ll ride next to great snow-capped peaks, some of which are the tallest in the world. Despite feeling infinitesimal here, know that you’re partaking in this huge memorable journey for yourself. Be proud that you’ve made it this far! Sleep in a comfortable guesthouse tonight.

Overnight Location
Guesthouse (3,800 m / 12,467’)
Distance
7 hours, 74 km, +/– 1000 m elevation
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17 Ride past Cho Oyu and Everest

After eating in the morning, you’ll continue riding through the Roof of the World on a relatively flat road for most of the day. Cycle past the great Cho Oyu and Everest, admiring in awe of their imposing sizes and snowy slopes against beautiful blue skies. You will set up camp tonight and sleep under the stars.

Overnight Location
Camping (3,800 m / 12,467’)
Distance
7 hours, 61 km, +/– 800 m elevation
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18 Ride the Roof of the World

It’s no surprise that the Roof of the World is a vast area. Today’s route will lead you further alongside the Himalayas on a relatively easy road. With no shortage of snow-capped peaks to stare at, you’ll feel as though you’re riding through a desktop screensaver of beautiful mountains! Spend another night in your tent, camping among protected nature.

Overnight Location
Camping (3,800 m / 12,467’)
Distance
7 hours, 50 km
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19 Lake Paiku & Kongtanlamu Pass

After fuelling up on breakfast, prepare for a long but fulfilling day of riding. You’ll take an extended break at a stunning location today: Lake Paiku, the largest lake in Shigatse. Admire the reflections of enormous mountains around the lake, and keep your eyes out for wildlife like fish, wild horses and donkeys, and yellow ducks. Ride around the lake for a solid portion of today’s route, then head up Kongtanglamu Pass. Get some rest in a hotel tonight in Kyirong County City.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Kyirong (2,800 m / 9,186’)
Distance
8 hours, 90 km
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20 Bike to Nepalese Border

The Tibetan portion of the itinerary is nearing its end. After breakfast, you’ll have a wonderful break from challenging uphill riding with a descent of about 1500 m, allowing you to experience four seasons in a day. Starting from high alpine tundra, make your way through dense forests and end up in subtropical temperatures. Sleep in a quaint guesthouse for your last night in Tibet.

Overnight Location
Distance
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21 Cross into Nepal + Tatopani Hot Springs

Bid farewell to your Tibetan guides and cross the border to meet your Nepalese guides. Once you’ve passed through customs, continue riding towards Kathmandu. You’ve left Everest behind, and with that, your route heads steadily downhill into the Kathmandu Valley. Make a well-earned stopover at Tatopani natural hot springs to soak your weary muscles after three weeks of riding. Settle into a local lodge in Dhunche for the night.

Overnight Location
Lodge in Dhunche (2,030 m / 6,660’)
Distance
32 km, +/– 1900 m elevation
Meals
Breakfast

Day 22 Cycle Dhunche to Trishuli

After three weeks of riding, your bike probably needs a tune-up. Your guides will help you fix your bike after breakfast to make sure it’s well-maintained for the last leg of the journey to Kathmandu. Today’s route is shorter than many of the previous days, and with the soak in the hot springs yesterday, you should be feeling refreshed. Stop at a hydroelectric dam on today’s route for an exciting look at Trishuli’s power source. Stay at a lodge in Trishuli for the night.

Overnight Location
Lodge in Trishuli (500 m / 1,640’)
Distance
40 km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 23 Arrive in Kathmandu

Rise early for breakfast and prepare to re-enter civilization at the end of the day. Today you’ll have to opportunity to note the differences between Tibet and Nepal as you ride into Kathmandu Valley, stopping at small villages along the way to say hello to the locals. This is your last full day on your bike, so enjoy it! Settle into a hotel in Kathmandu that might feel luxurious after so long on the road.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Kathmandu (1,400 m / 4,593’)
Distance
6–7 hours, 72 km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 24 Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Good morning, Kathmandu! You have a full day of sightseeing in this hectic yet mystical city. Visit attractions like the Pashupatinath Temple, a sacred Hindu complex, and the Boudhnath Stupa, a beacon of Buddhist worship. Take some time to wander through Bhaktapur City, a well-preserved ancient city in the eastern part of the Kathmandu Valley. It’s known as the “City of Temples,” and you will see why when you visit. Indulge in some local cuisine for your final night in Kathmandu and celebrate all that you’ve accomplished over the last 24 days.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Kathmandu (1,400 m / 4,593’)
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Day 25 Departure from Kathmandu

Enjoy your final breakfast and reminisce on the last 25 days—what a trip! You’ll have a transfer to the airport in time to check-in for your flight home, or wherever you’re heading next on your journey.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Lhasa to Kathmandu Mountain Bike Tour Price and Dates

This guided tour in Tibet and Nepal is always run as a custom tour for your group only and the price always depends on the number of people in your group and the time of the traveling.
Prices below are per person sharing a double or a triple room.
From April to June

  • Guided Groups of 2: $6,050USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 3: $4,695USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 4: $3,775USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 5: $3,295USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 6: $2,895USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 7+: on request

From July to August

  • Guided Groups of 2: $6,495USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 3: $5,050USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 4: $4,050USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 5: $3,550USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 6: $3,150USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 7+: on request

From September to October

  • Guided Groups of 2: $6,350USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 3: $4,925USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 4: $3,995USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 5: $3,450USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 6: $3,050USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 7+: on request
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Accommodation on Lhasa to Kathmandu Mountain Bike Tour

This tour is based 3- and 4-star hotels with modern amenities for a comfortable stay. Rooms are double occupancy, and single travelers will pay a supplement. You will also spend several nights camping in a two-person tent with mattresses provided. Accommodation also includes a few nights sleeping in basic guesthouses and lodges in the mountains.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of $625USD to $650USD (depending on the season and availability) to have a private room in a hotel while traveling with your group. Contact us and we can try and match single travelers up, where possible.

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Hotels, guesthouses and camping

From camping under the stars in Himalayas, to staying in comfortable hotels – this tour offers a wide selection of the accommodation that will introduce you to the Himalayan hospitality.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s included in the Lhasa to Kathmandu Mountain Bike Tour?

Meals

24 breakfasts, 17 lunches, and 16 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodation for 24 nights is included in the tour.

Transportation during the Tour

Transport for your luggage is included throughout the tour. Airport or railway station transfers are also included. An escort vehicle will be available on cycling days in case of an emergency.

Also Included

  • Entrance and sightseeing fees
  • Local English-speaking guides
  • Two-person tent for camping nights
  • Camping mattress, cook, cooking equipment

Not included

  • Bicycle rental
  • Sleeping bag
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in itinerary
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Anything not mentioned as “Included”
  • Tips + personal expenses

Optional Extras

  • Extra night in Lhasa
  • Extra night in Kathmandu

Frequenty Asked Questions about Lhasa to Kathmandu Mountain Bike Tour

How hard is the Lhasa to Kathmandu Mountain Bike Tour?

We rate this tour as a 5 / 5. You should be physically fit and comfortable riding on poor roads and at high altitudes for up to 8 hours daily.

Do I need a visa to travel to Tibet and Nepal?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Lhasa to Kathmandu Mountain Bike Tour?

24 breakfasts, 17 lunches, and 16 dinners are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have Health and Medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.

Can I rent a bike for this tour?

Unfortunately, it’s not possible for this tour and you should bring your own bike and biking equipment. Make sure it’s a mountain bike.

How do I get to Lhasa to start this tour?

You can reach Lhasa by plane from several major airports in China. You can also take a train to Lhasa from many cities in China. You will be picked up at the airport or train station.

Is the Lhasa to Kathmandu Mountain Bike Tour in English?

Yes, the local guides are English-speaking.

Where does the Lhasa to Kathmandu Mountain Bike Tour end?

The tour ends in Kathmandu, Nepal, with a drop-off at the airport.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Tibet and Nepal?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Tibet and Nepal?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

Based in Chengdu (Sichuan province, China), with an affiliated agency in Lhasa (the capital of Tibet Autonomous Region), Greatway Tour organizes China tours since 1994. They specialize in adventure and trekking tours in Western China, covering Tibet and the eastern Tibetan area Kham – Amdo in provinces Sichuan, Yunnan, Qinghai, and Gansu. Since 1995, Greatway Tour began to organize self-driving tours across China for individuals and agencies abroad, whether they drive their own vehicles/motorcycles/bikes brought from their own country, or if they need help with renting the kind of vehicles they wish to start their China self-driving journey.

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Prices

From $2,895USD

Difficulty

Guided

Hotels, Camping, Guesthouses

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

Real humans are always a click or call away

Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

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