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Unread 09-07-2010, 09:19 PM
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Jiri Jammer
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Changwon
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Lhasa-Kathmandu bike tour

My contract will be ending on October 30th and my plan has been to meet a friend in Shanghai, buy two mountain bikes, and take them on a train to Lhasa then ride the route from Lhasa to Kathmandu with a stop at the Everest base camp. I had wanted to do this as a 2 man group, camping, trying to avoid police checkpoints and just getting a basic Tibet travel permit that looked like it could be obtained online. I have now learned that traveling via this method has been virtually impossible since 2008. As we are on a smaller budget, we still wish to do more camping, and as much of the trip under our own power. A guide has been arranged but the more people the cheaper the cost.

Tibet Cycle
19 days trip
5 days hotel
14 days mountain biking

Day 1 In Lhasa
Airport or train station picking up, The rest of the day will be for you to relax and adjust to the high altitude.

Day 2 In Lhasa
Full day sightseeing. Includes the Potala Palace built in the 7th century by the thirty-third famous King -Songtzen Gampo. The restored palace we see today, the white buildings on either side, called the White Palace, were built three hundred years ago by the fifth Dalai Lama as living quarters. The central building, called the Red Palace, was built by the disciple of the fifth Dalai Lama and contains mourning halls and libraries. Afternoon, you will visit the Jokang Temple suited in Barhkor Street, which is also the spiritual center of Tibet, Everyday pilgrims from every corner of Tibet trek a long distance to the temple. And in the evening, we will go to Xinsiji for Tibetan live show, it is one of the most pleasurable places to watch the performance and enjoy the dance in a truly cultural environment.

Day 3 From Lhasa- Namtso Lake- Lhasa
Day tour to Namteo Lake via Yangpachen hot-spring. In Tibetan, Namtso means 'Heavenly Lake.' It is considered one of the three holy lakes in Tibet. Namtso is famous for its high altitude (4720 meters), vast area (1961 square kilometers) and beautiful scenery, its purity and solemnness are symbols of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. On the way back, you can have hot spring at Yangbachen, which is world-famous for its spectacular phenomenon of hot springs boiling on the cold plateau, features all kinds of hot springs including highest-temperature hot springs, boiling springs and geysers as well as common hot springs, the area of which totals more than 7,000 square meters.

Day 4 In Lhasa
Cycling along Lhasa River preparing for the long trip.

Day 5 From Lhasa to The base of Kamba La (64 km)
we cycle down the Kyi Chu valley to the confluence of the Brahmaputra Tsangpo. After crossing the bridge over the Brahmaputra the road winds up to the base of the Kamba La (4797 meters) Overnight in tents.

Day 6 From The base of Kamba La to - Yamdrok Tso camp(64 km)
We start early to cycle up the switchbacks to the summit of the Kamba La pass that affords great views of the Yamdrok Tso . From the Kamba La pass there is a steady descent to the banks of the Yamdrok Tso and we cycle alongside lake to camp. Overnight in tents.

Day 7 From Yamdrok Tso camp to camp (44 km)
cycling leads away from the lake and over the Karo La. A short stage of 44 km to camp. Overnight in tents.

Day 8 From camp to Gyantse. (65 km)
We reach Gyantse, a stage that involves a long and gradual descent to the Gyantse valley. Overnight at a hotel in Gyantse and visit the Pelkor Chode Monastery. Overnight Gyantse.

Day 9 From Gyantse to Shigatse (90 km)
A great cycling day on a very good flat road. Overnight at a hotel in Shigatse.

Day 10 In Shigatse
In Shigatse we will be visiting the Bachen Lama Set -Tashilunpo Monastery, which was built in1447 by the first Dalai Lama. Overnight at a hotel in Shigatse.

Day 11 From Shigatse to Camp (80km)
Today's cycling covers the comparatively level section to camp. Overnight in tents.

Day12 From camp to Lhaze(78km)
We will Cross the Tsuo La (4500 meters) and travel through the town of Lhaze. Overnight in Lhaze.

Day 13 From Lhaze to Shegar(75km)
Today we will cycle a steady ascent to the Lhakpa La (5220 metres) and after The Lhakpa La, it is a gradual descent to Camp. We camp near the town with time to stock up on supplies for the following section. Overnight in tents.

Day 14 From Shegar to Pang La(60 km)
We turn off the main highway and cycle south towards the main Himalaya. Our first stage takes us up the incredible switch backs to the Pang La (5200 metres). We gain fine views of Everest and Rongbuk valley before descending to camp. Overnight in tents.

Days 15-16 From Pang La to Rongbuk monastery(40km)
On the second day, you can get even closer to EBC by trekking ,cycling or hopping on a donkey. Overnight in tents.

Day 17 From Rongbuk monastery to Tingri(86km)
Head back down the road and then take a "short-cut" into the mountains ,and another bumpy trail takes us over a canyon and down into Tingri. Overnight in tents.

Day 18 From Tingri to Lalung La(77km)
From Tingri we continue across the Tibetan plateau ascending gradually to the Lalung La (4950 metres) Overnight in tents in the valley between two passes.

Day19 From Lalung La to Zhangmu(137km)
Today cycle a Ascent to Thang pass(5050 metres),then you will head out on the most incredible Non-stop downhill, to the border town of Zhangmu

here is the quote based the itinerary
CNY 12000 per person (Based on 2 people)
CNY 8200 per person (Based on 3 people)
CNY 6400 per person (Based on 4 people)

Cost ONLY includes :All required Tibet permits ,Airport or train station pick-up ,Jeep with fuel ,English-speaking tour guide ,,Sal
Cost NOT includes: Flight or train tickets into Lhasa any /hotel/food for driver and tour guide
,All the entry fees ,entry fee of EBC for tour guide and jeep, Hotel ,meals ,all your own expensive, all camping equipments.

I would really love it if you would consider joining me on this epic voyage across the roof of the world.
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Unread 09-10-2010, 05:47 PM
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Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Seoul
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This sounds epic and a ride I might consider doing in the future - unfortunately I don't have the time off to do this in November which is a huge shame as I would have loved to.

Hope it goes well! And hope to see a trip report and some pictures when you've completed it!!!
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