Meals Key

(meals key: B = breakfast; L = lunch; D = dinner)

Day 1: Kathmandu

Kathmandu - for most people the name alone conjures up romantic images of adventures from a golden era of expeditions, so what better place to begin our journey than one of The Subcontinent’s most exotic and exciting cities? You will be met at Kathmandu airport and transferred to our joining hotel where the group will come together in the evening for a briefing and our first meal together.

Cycling Distance:    0KMS    

Max Altitude:        1300M    

Sleeping Altitude:    1300M

Included Meals:        

 

Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Whilst our team organise the necessary paperwork for Tibet we offer a city tour that includes such Kathmandu highlights as Dubar Square, Pashupatinath and Boudhanath. Alternatively, you may wish to branch out on your own and explore the nearby towns of Bhaktapur and Patan, or simply wander around Kathmandu enjoying the sights sounds and smells, meeting the locals and relaxing in one of the towns great cafés.

Cycling Distance:     0KMS

Max Altitude:        1300M

Sleeping Altitude:    1300M

Included Meals:    B

Accommodation:    Hotel

 

Day 3: Kathmandu

Today is a contingency day to allow extra time to take care of documentation and last minute preparations before leaving Nepal. This is a good time to explore Katmandu further, purchase any items you may realise you have forgotten, and perhaps enjoy a final pizza before hitting the Tibetan Plateau.

Cycling Distance:     0KMS

Max Altitude:        1300M

Sleeping Altitude:    1300M

Included Meals:    B

Accommodation:    Hotel

 

Day 4: Fly to Lhasa

Today we will take the one hour flight across the Himalayas to the fabled city of Lhasa. Some will notice the thin air as soon as we walk from the aeroplane, others may not notice the depletion of oxygen until faced with their first flight of stairs. What is for sure is that by dinner time everyone will have realised why it is so important to spend some days in this fascinating city acclimatising to the altitude.

Cycling Distance:     0KMS    

Max Altitude:        3600M

Sleeping Altitude:    3600M

Included Meals:    B

Accommodation:    Hotel

 

Day 5: Sightseeing in Lhasa

Your behaviour during the early days of this tour will have a huge impact on the rest of the journey. It is essential to take things easy at altitude, and so our first day in Lhasa is a day free to rest or to amble around the fascinating old Barkor area of the city. Pilgrims from all over the Tibetan Buddhist world converge here at the Jokhan Temple, and sitting in a shady spot watching these wonderful rituals unfold is alone enough to make for a memorable day.

Cycling Distance:     0KMS    

Max Altitude:        3600M

Sleeping Altitude:    3600M

Included Meals:    B

Accommodation:    Hotel

 

Day 6: Sightseeing in Lhasa

The Potala Palace is one of the worlds most spectacular structures, and for many, a journey to Lhasa would not be complete without a visit. This morning we can travel together as a group to the Potala, and for those with energy to spare a visit to Sera University monastery can be arranged for the afternoon.

Cycling Distance:     0KMS    

Max Altitude:        3600M

Sleeping Altitude:    3600M

Included Meals:    B

Accommodation:    Hotel

 

Day 7: Lhasa - short ride out of Lhasa

Today will be our first experience of cycling at high altitude with a gentle shakedown ride out of town to the Kyichu River. 

Cycling Distance:     Short ride

Max Altitude:        3600M

Sleeping Altitude:    3600M

Included Meals:    B

Accommodation:    Hotel

 

Day 8: Lhasa to the base of the Khamba La pass

Today our expedition begins in earnest as we saddle up and ride westward out of Lhasa towards the most imposing mountains on Earth. Our first day’s ride is gentle on us as the road leads us along a wide flat valley to the base of the Khamba Lass pass. On arrival at camp, our crew will be waiting to greet us with hot drinks and snacks in the mess tent.

Cycling Distance:    85KMS     

Max Altitude:        3600M    

Sleeping Altitude:    3600M

Included Meals:    BLDS

Accommodation:    Camping

 

Day 9: Base of the Khamba La pass to Nakartse

We are introduced to our first experience of high altitude climbing this morning as we make our way to the top of the Khamba La pass. Gently does it is the key to success as our bodies continue to acclimatise to the altitude. Arriving at the top of a 4800 metre pass for the first time is an interesting and unforgettable experience. Equally unforgettable is the stunning turquoise water of Yandrok Tso lake as we freewheel down onto The Tibetan Plateau. This afternoon’s ride follows this beautiful body of fresh water to our wilderness campsite.

Cycling Distance:    75KMS     

Max Altitude:        4800M    

Sleeping Altitude:    4300M

Included Meals:    BLDS

 

Day 10: Nakartse to Lungmar

The Karo La pass is the first of our climbs that goes above 5000 metres. From our campsite to the summit is a climb of around 35 kilometres with an altitude gain of 500 metres. Once at the top we have splendid photo opportunities at a beautiful roadside glacier before rolling back down to the Plateau 500 metres below us, where our cheerful crew await us at camp with hot chocolate, coffee and snacks. 

Cycling Distance:    50KMS     

Max Altitude:        5050M    

Sleeping Altitude:    4500M

Included Meals:    BLDS

Accommodation:    Camping

 

Day 11: Lungmar to Gyantse

Our next pass is the twin peaks of Simi La. It’s a gentle 500 vertical metre climb to the first pass, and a quick down and up to the second pass before a gentle ride into the town of Gyantse where we can enjoy the comforts of a hotel for the night. Being only a half day’s ride the afternoon is free to explore the winding back streets of this Gyantse. It may also be possible to visit Kumbum monastery, a nine levelled three-dimensional mandala contained within a huge winding peripheral wall.   

Cycling Distance:    60KMS     

Max Altitude:        4500M    

Sleeping Altitude:    4050M

Included Meals:    BLDS

Accommodation:    Hotel

 

Day 12: Gyantse to Shigatse

The 95 kilometres from Gyantse to Shigatse is a lovely flat pastoral ride through a wide fertile valley. Yaks and horses graze in green meadows whilst farmers tend the land and golden barley sways gently in the breeze. 

Cycling Distance:    95KMS     

Max Altitude:        4050M    

Sleeping Altitude:    3850M

Included Meals:    BLDS

Accommodation:    Hotel

 

Day 13: Shigatse - Rest Day

We are still acclimatising to the altitude, and with a comfy hotel, this is a fine opportunity to spend a day off the bikes. Shigatse is the largest town between Lhasa and Kathmandu, and a few hours gentle wandering around a larger modern Tibetan city will for many be an interesting way to spend the day. Others though may prefer to relax at our hotel and re-energise for the challenges ahead.

Cycling Distance:    0KMS     

Max Altitude:        3850M    

Sleeping Altitude:    3850M

Included Meals:    B

Accommodation:    Hotel

 

Day 14: Shigatse to the Base of the Tso La pass

Ahead of us as we ride out of Shigatse is a day of steady climbing as we make our way from the 3800 metres at which we have spent the past two nights to 4200 metres where we camp at the foot of the Tso La pass. 

Cycling Distance:    95KMS     

Max Altitude:        4160M    

Sleeping Altitude:    4160M

Included Meals:    BLDS

Accommodation:    Camping

 

Day 15: Base of the Tso La pass to Base of Gyatso La

A four hundred metre climb over eight kilometres begins our day as we cross the 4550 meters Tso La. This is followed by a long gentle descent to the town of Lhatse some thirty kilometres away. The day will end with a brief climb to where our crew await us at camp. 

Cycling Distance:    60KMS     

Max Altitude:        4550M    

Sleeping Altitude:    4150M

Included Meals:    BLDS

Accommodation:    Camping

 

Day 16: Base of Gyatso La to Shregar

A colourful mass of prayer flags that flutter in a breeze that carries their mantras to the heavens awaits us at the top of the highest pass of our journey - the Gyatso La. The climb is a challenging 1200 metre ascent stretched out over twenty kilometres. The rewards are dramatic views of the snow-capped Himalayas and a glorious forty five kilometre descent to our campsite. 

Cycling Distance:    65KMS     

Max Altitude:        5250M    

Sleeping Altitude:    4400M

Included Meals:    BLDS

Accommodation:    Camping

 

Day 17: Shregar to Tashi Dzong

The road across the Pang La pass was until recently a corrugated gravel road, dusty and bone-jarring. Now though, a pristine surface leads us to one of Earth's most formidable views formed by the snow-clad peaks of some of the world’s highest mountains, Cho Oyo, Pumori, Lhotse, Makalu, and Everest. Stretching out before us is the serpentine descent that winds endlessly down into the valley below, where the barren brown terrain comes alive in a beautiful green oasis.  

Cycling Distance:    80KMS     

Max Altitude:        5200M    

Sleeping Altitude:    4200M

Included Meals:    BLDS

Accommodation:    Camping

 

Day 18: Tashi Dzong to Rongbuk

There is no doubting how high we are now cycling, every sense tells us. We are 40% down on oxygen, the air is thin and dry, our progress is more sedate than usual - we feel the altitude with each and every sense. And it is this as much as anything that brings scale to rounding a corner and being confronted by the towering majesty of what the Nepalese call Earth Mother Goddess, the highest peak on Earth. The grandeur of Everest is literally breathtaking as she rises white and grey, with an omnipresent mane of vapour trailing from her summit nearly four vertical kilometres above us.

We reach our campsite in time for lunch. Once our hunger is sated we remount our machines and ride the final few kilometres to Everest Base Camp - a somewhat special achievement in cycling. 

 

Cycling Distance:    50KMS     

Max Altitude:        5200M    

Sleeping Altitude:    5000M

Included Meals:    BLDS

Accommodation:    Camping

(Today’s distance and campsite altitude may vary depending on circumstances).

 

Day 19: Rongbuk to Old Tingre

For some today is the most beautiful stretch of our tour as we leave the sealed road behind and follow the dirt trails and tracks that cross the wonderful 5100 meters high Lama La pass. From the top of the climb we have a long, rewarding, and at times challenging descent along a valley alive with textures and earthly hues leading us once more to the smooth sealed surface of the Friendship Highway and our campsite just outside of the town of Old Tingre. 

Cycling Distance:    80KMS     

Max Altitude:        5100M    

Sleeping Altitude:    4350M

Included Meals:    BLDS

Accommodation:    Camping

(Today's distance may vary depending on yesterday).

 

Day 20: Old Tingri to the Base of Lalung La 

Now, back-back on the sealed surface of the Friendship Highway, we wheel our way west enjoying superb views of snow peaks, including the 8027 meters high Shishapangma, the highest mountain standing solely in Tibet. 

Cycling Distance:    75KMS     

Max Altitude:        5020M    

Sleeping Altitude:    4870M

Included Meals:    BLDS

Accommodation:    Camping

(Today's distance may be more depending on conditions).

 

Day 21: Base of Lalung La to Paiku Tso Lake

It is at this stage that the route to Kathmandu has altered since the earthquake of 2015 destroyed the Friendship Highway where it dropped down to Nepal at the Nylam border. 

The new route from Lhasa into Nepal now continues further west and tonight we will camp by the shore of the beautiful Paiku Tso lake with the stunning backdrop of the snow-capped peaks of the Langtang range and Shishapangma. 

Cycling Distance:    90KMS     

Max Altitude:        5150M    

Sleeping Altitude:    3775M

Included Meals:    BLDS

Accommodation:    Camping

(Today's distance may be less depending on yesterday)

 

Day 22: Pekutso Lake to Gyirong

Ahead of us is a challenging ride with two five thousand meters plus passes to be tackled. The first pass tops out at 5000 metres, whereas the second pass reached a heady 5300 metres with some uncharacteristically steep sections. The remainder of the day is a 20km descent to Gyirong

Cycling Distance:    55KMS     

Max Altitude:        5255M    

Sleeping Altitude:    4095M

Included Meals:    BLDS

Accommodation:    Camping

 

Day 23: Gyirong to Rasuwa Ghadhi 

Today we head for Nepal losing more than 2000 metres in altitude as we follow the Girong Zangbo river to the small Nepalese border town of Rasuwa Gandhi.

Cycling Distance:    95KMS     

Max Altitude:        4095M    

Sleeping Altitude:    2050M

Included Meals:    BLDS

Accommodation:    Camping

 

Day 24: Rasuwa Ghadhi to Trisuli

For the most part of our first day in Nepal, we follow the Trishuli River as we skirt the western edge of the Langtang National Park, one of Nepal’s excellent trekking regions. Now at comparatively low altitude, everything feels different - the smells, the sound of bird song, the oxygen-rich air. There is no doubting that we have moved to an altogether different region from that of the past few weeks as Nepal throws up some cycling challenges of its own by way of some cheeky little climbs along a generally undulating route. 

Cycling Distance:    75KMS     

Max Altitude:        2400M    

Sleeping Altitude:    1075M

Included Meals:    BLDS

Accommodation:    Camping

(Distance subject to circumstances)

 

Day 25: Trisuli to Kathmandu

Even now, seemingly a stone’s throw from our destination the challenges are not over as a final gargantuan climb leads us to the downhill into the hectic hustle of the Kathmandu Valley. The fresh air of Tibet is now long behind us as we tackle the dust and fumes out our final kilometres to our tranquil hotel courtyard and lashings of celebratory Everest beers.

Cycling Distance:    50KMS     

Max Altitude:        1900M    

Sleeping Altitude:    1300M

Included Meals:    BLDS

Accommodation:    Hotel

(Distance subject to circumstances)

 

Day 26: Kathmandu - Depart

The tour officially ends after breakfast today with transport to Kathmandu airport.

 


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