8 Days Private Tour Lhasa – Yamdrok – Gyantse – Shigatse – Lhatse - Shegar - Rongbuk / Everest – Paiku Tso / Xixiabangma - Kyirong – Kathmandu
Breathtaking is perhaps an understatement when describing this motorbike travel linking two of the world's most exotic capital cities. We will begin this odyssey after four days in Lhasa, which will enable you to acclimatize and visit many of the city's beautiful temples and palaces. Monasteries guide our route as we travel southwestwards, parallel to the towering Himalayan range. We will stop alongside nomads and their families.
Through the course of our journey we will pass by the holy lake Yamdrok Tso, the historical and significant Buddhist seats of Gyantse and Shigatse, negotiate six high mountain passes, reaching elevations of almost 18,000 feet at the Everest, and finally leave Tibet via Kyirong to Kathmandu. An unforgettable descent will bring us from the rocky Tibetan Plateau down into the lush green landscape of Nepal.
Today arrive in Lhasa (3650 m), the capital of Tibet, transfer to hotel. Stay at the hotel for adapting to the high altitude. It is helpful to take things easy for the first few days, and try to drink some water.
Overnight at 3*Yak Hotel
Pilgrims on Barkhor Street
Prepare for the motorbike tour
Help you to obtain the motorcycle and temporary motorcycle riding license.
Overnight at 3*Yak Hotel
City tour by bus, Potala Palace – landmark of Lhasa, Jokhang and Barkhor Street, Debate in Sera
In the morning visit Potala, which was originally constructed in 637 by Songtsen Gampo, the first king of the united Tibet, and later expanded and served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas as well as the religious-political nexus of traditional Tibet. The crowds of pilgrims, innumerable magnificent murals, Buddhist statues, scriptures and rare treasures altogether create a dense religious and art atmosphere that impresses every visitor. In the afternoon visit Jokhang monastery, the center of the Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred land of Buddhist followers where thousands of pilgrims come for worship everyday. The temple, built in 647, is the earliest wood-and-masonry structure still existing in Tibet. Walk on the Barkhor street surrounding Jokhang, a big free market with its prolific stalls for selling local specialties. In the late afternoon visit Sera monastery, which was created in 1419 and has always been an important Buddhist seminary. As rose are planted everywhere in the monastery, it is also called “the court of wild rose”. Today still 200 lamas live in there. The "Buddhism Scriptures Debate" in Sera is very famous.
Overnight at 3*Yak Hotel
Ride from Lhasa to Gyantse
Tibet motorbike tour starts, Karo La Pass and Glacier, holy lake Yamdrok, Palkhor with Pagoda Kumbum
In the morning ride motorbike to Gyantse along the Kyichu River. On the Kamba La (4.796 m) have a fantastic view of the holy lake of Yamdrok Yumtso (4441 m), one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and the largest habitat of waterfowls in south Tibet. On one of the peninsulas of the spear-shaped lake lies the holy Mt. Donang Sangwari (5,340m), and the snow peaks of Nojin Gangzang (7,191m) and Jangzang Lhomo rise in the distance. The lake and the Yarlungtsangpo River (3570) are separated by a mountain and the shortest distance between them is only 6 kilometers. The 800m-high difference contributes a rich water resource to this region. Many Tibetans believe that the life of Tibet will no longer continue when the lake dries up. Pass by the 5.010 m high Karo La and the Simi La to Gyantse (approx. 3.900 m). In the afternoon visit Pelkor Chode Monastery as well as the splendid Kumbum Stupa (100-Thousand-Buddha Pagoda) nearby, both of them built in the15th century and situated in the northwestern edge of Gyantse. This typical Tibetan Buddhist monastery is the only one large building complex in Tibet that old monastery and stupas are completely preserved and characterized as a monument. It is recorded14,000 kilograms of copper was used to make the 8-meter-high sitting statue of Sakyamuni Buddha housed in the grand hall of the temple. The 8-storey stupa is 42m high and 62m in diameters contains a total of 76 chapels with wonderful murals revered by art scholars around the world.
Riding 284 km
Overnight at 3*Jiangyuan Hotel
Ride from Gyantse via Shigatse to Lhatse
Tashilunpo Monastery in Shigatse
In the afternoon ride motorbike about 90 kilometers to Shigatse (3880m), the second largest city with 40,000 inhabitants in Tibet and the traditional capital of the Tsang. Visit Tashilunpo monastery of Gelug Sect, the seat of the Panchen Lama built in 1447 and one of the six grand monasteries in Tibet. The monastery houses a giant statue of the Maitreya Buddha, the biggest gilded statue of Maitreya (Buddha of the future) in China, and a tomb of the 4th Panchen Lama containing masses of jewels and gold. In Tibet Buddhism, Panchen Lama is just the reincarnation of Maitreya Buddha. Today 600 monks live in the monastery. Afterwards ride motorbike to the Lhatse (4020m).
Riding 254 km
4 hours 18 minutes
Overnight at 2*Nongmin Hotel
Ride from Lhatse to Rongbuk / Everest
Rongbuk monastery, Sunset of Everest, Himalaya
In the morning ride motorbike to the Everest. After pass by Shegar (4300m), you can have a view from Pang La (5150m), from left to right – Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, Nuptse and Cho Oyu. In the afternoon reach Rongbuk monastery (4980m). With an altitude of 5,154 meters it is the highest temple in the world. It was said the Rongbuk Monastery had been built as early as the time of the Fifth Dalai Lama. Mount Everest, which stands 8,848 meters (29,021 ft) above sea level, is often referred to as 'the third pole on earth'. Being the world's highest peak, its legendary status holds a fascination to many trekkers and mountaineers. In the evening enjoying the sunset of Everest (Qomolangma), if the weather is fine.
Riding 195 km
4 hours 22 minutes
Overnight at Rongbuk guesthouse
Everest (Qomolangma), Himalaya
Ride from Rongbuk / Everest via Old Tingri and Paiku Tso to Kyirong
Sunrise of Everest (Qomolangma), Paiku Tso Lake at the foot of Xixiabangma Mountain
Morning enjoy the sunrise of Everest (Qomolangma), if the weather is fine. Afterwards ride to Kyirong town bordering on Nepal. On the way pass by Paiku Tso Lake (4590m) at the foot of Xixiabangma Mountain, where we take a walk by the holy lake. With an area of more than 300 square kilometers, embraced in the arms of three mountains, the lake is rich in fish resources. Varieties of rare animals like wild horses, wild donkeys and yellow ducks inhabit in this area. Far view of Shishapangma (8012m). In the late afternoon reach the small city Kyirong (4200m) near the border to Nepal.
Riding 352 km
6 hours 26 minutes
Overnight at 2*Kyirong Hotel
Kyirong – Kathmandu
Border crossing. Onward journey to Nepal
Ride to the border, here you return the rental motorbike and say goodbye to the guide from Lhasa, cross the border and enter Nepal.
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With individual China Tibet travel, you can decide when, where and how you go on tour by yourself. What's more, you can choose the length of travel and whom you go with.
Hotel, program and itinerary are subjected to change with prior notice.
We must point out that you counter a basic tourism infrastructure in this region. You stay overnight mostly at simple hotel/guesthouse. Long motorbike riding on bad roads and on high altitude and delays require good physical fitness, resilience and flexibility of the participants. Program and route changes due to unforeseen events are expressly reserved. If you desire the unknown and have an understanding of contingency, this is the right trip for you.