LHASA TO KATHMANDU RIDE

The mountains of Tibet have haunted the ambition of explorers for centuries. And for the adventure cyclist, this land of rugged beauty, vast landscapes, brilliant skies and glittering peaks offers one of the ultimate biking challenges. Journey across high altitude desert, over awesome mountain passes and to Everest's spectacular north face Base Camp. Explore ancient monasteries, the bustling streets of Kathmandu and Lhasa and rest assured that blood, sweat and tears will be rewarded on this truly epic adventure.

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Kathmandu

Travel to Nepal and dive into the kaleidoscope of colour and sound that is bustling Kathmandu. Get ready for the adventure with a ride through Kathmandu Valley.

Days 3-5 Lhasa

Fly over the Himalayas to lively Lhasa, and absorb the spiritual vibe of the Tibetan capital.

Day 6 Chusul

Cycle out to the ancient Drepung Monastery on the outskirts of Lhasa before hitting the Freedom Highway. Cycle through the Lhasa Valley on the way to Chushul.

Day 7 Yamdrok Lake/Nagatse

Embark on a steep climb to Kamba La and be rewarded with jaw-dropping views from the prayer-flag strewn summit. Marvel at the turquoise waters of Yamdrok Lake over lunch, and then continue to the small town of Nagatse.

Day 8 Gyantse

Head to Karol La before enjoying an exhilarating descent into the Yang Chug Valley. Stop to admire Kumbum Stupa and Gyantse Dzong.

Days 9-10 Shigatse

Ride across plains against a backdrop of mountains. Relish in a day out of the saddle in Shigatse - perhaps wander through Tashihunpo Monastery.

Day 11 Lhatse

Traverse the Shigatse plains before ascending to Tra La and Tsuo La. Enjoy a fast descent down to Lhatse.

Day 12 Gyatso La

Travel up Gyatso La, the highest pass on the Friendship Highway - the sight of Everest looming in the distance is bound to impress.

Day 13 Pang La

Ascend Pang La then head off-road - down twists and turns - into Rongbuk Valley

Days 14-15 Rongbuk/Everest Base Camp

Everest's North Face is revealed en route to Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monastery on earth. Discover intricate murals inside before camping in the shadow of Everest. Ascend to Base Camp and be humbled by the incredible 360 degree-views of the Himalayas.

Day 16 Tingri

Cycle off-road over Nam La and on to Tingri, a small town overlooking sweeping plains with distant views of Everest.

Day 17 Nyalam

Conquer Tibet's last pass, Shung La, before the epic downhill journey to Nyalam.

Day 18 Dhulikhel

Cross the famous Friendship Bridge at Kodari on the way back into Nepal.

Days 19-20 Kathmandu

Enjoy Kathmandu Valley's postcard scenery and explore World Heritage listed Bhaktapur. Perhaps relax in Durbar Square and toast the completion of this incredible Lhasa to Kathmandu ride over a celebratory dinner of Nepali cuisine.

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