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Nakkhu Lalitpur, Nepal

Kathmandu to Lhasa Motorcycle Tour via EBC (5051m) T22 -Detail & Itinerary

Detail Itinerary
According to Chinese embassy in Nepal, Minimum of 3 working days is strictly required to get Chinese Group Visa and we need your original passport to process the visa. Therefore, we encourage you to arrive Kathmandu in the morning to make it convenience in visa application. 

Preliminary Plans to consider 

You need to plan accordingly.

– Arrival in the early morning of visa application day or the previous day. 

– We need 3 full days to prepare Group Visa from Chinese Embassy Nepal. 

– Original passport and a Passport size picture each is required to apply visa in Kathmandu. 

– Diplomats, journalists, government officials, Media Photographers passports holder can’t get permit to enter Tibet through local tour agency. They must obtain permit under the arrangement of foreign affairs. 


Tour Duration and Details

* Arrival & Visa preparation: 1 – 3 Day 

* Riding: Day 3 – 15

* Departure Day: Day 16 

Best Time: April – Early November


Day 1: Receive our group by our friendly guide in a Nepali hospitable environment. Group transfer to hotel. Collection of passports and get refreshed. A day to relax and stroll around local market. Meet a group by our representative at hotel for briefing about the next plan of tour. Time: TBC


Day 2:  After breakfast, you will start a guided tour to many historical landmarks listed under world heritage sites. A few of them are Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ Swayambunath and Buddhists shrine of Bouddhanath which is one of the largest Stupas in the world,  a medieval city Patan and an artistically attractive Kathmandu Durbar Square.


Day 03/04Kathmandu (1300) – Bidur/Dhunche/Stabrubeshi/Rashuwagadhi 

Today, we will stay ready for the ride, waiting with your allocated motorcycle. You can stroll around the nearby town for souvenir or relax at the hotel. We start riding if we receive passports before the afternoon. We ride to North of Kathmandu as far as possible that we could ride by the day light, possibly Bidur or nearby and O/N at guest house.

If passports arrive late, we start ride on day 4, (Time: TBC) towards Nepal Tibet Border,  Kerung from Kathmandu. (124km – 8 Hours). Overnight at Guest house in Nepal side. It is long day journey through remote road to Langtang national park till Rasuwagadi through Nuwakot, Dhunche, Shyabrubesi.

Day 05: Kerung (Town in Tibet) (2300 M/4500M)

Ride and cross Nepal Tibet border and reach at first Tibetan town Kerung. 24 kilometer only. After custom formalities, we ride 24 kilometer to reach Kerung. It is day of acclimatization in your first altitude reach. Option to ride up to Kerung Thil (Upper kerung) which reach almost 4,500 meter with the scenic Himalayan views and ride back to Kerung for overnight stay.

Day 06: Kerung – Tingri (4300m) / Lhatse(4,350m): 225 Km/244 Km

 Day drive uphill to the highest plateau of the world with the exhilarating view of Tibetan landscape offering sheer feeling of standing on the roof of the world from where if weather permits, experience breathtaking panorama of beautiful Himalayan ranges including Mt Cho Oyu (8201 M) & Mt Xishapagma(8012M) but dwarfed by the Vastness of the Tibetan plateau. From TINGRI, one can enjoy the magnificence of Mt. Everest (8,848 M). Stay overnight at Guest House


Day 07: Tingri – Rongbuk (5200 M)

Ride to Everest Base Camp (5,200m) and ride back to Ronbuk Monastery. Overnight at Guest House 5,000M. It is a day of reaching at Base Camp of North side of Mount Everest. We ride through Ronbuk monastery to the base camp. Explore and experience the truth of the tales and ride back to Ronbuk for overnight. Ronbuk is last tea house point near Everest Base Camp. Clear view of Mount Everest and other mountain can be seen from here.

Day 08: Rongbuk – Tingri/Shegar (4348 M)

Spend easy morning at Ronbuk with the scenic view and ride back to Tingri or Shegar. Morning time to spend enjoying the view of Mount Everest and other Himalayan peaks. Visit oldest Ronbuk monastery nearby. Later ride back to Tingri/Shegar via same road. Overnight at Guest house. 

Day 09: Tingri – Shigatse (3900 M)

Ride to Shigatse (220 km – 6 Hours). Overnight at Hotel 3900m. Road from Tingri to Shigatse is main highway again which run across several high passes over Gyatchu La (5220 M), decorated with Buddhist prayer flags. Experience Tibetan nomad lives, beautiful Lakes and mountain. Shigatse is second largest city in Tibet. Visit Tashilampo monastery and overnight at hotel (3 Star)

Day 10: Shigatse – Lhasa (270 Km/7 Hr, 3700 M)

It is again riding in the main highway. Route today is more greenery and scenic. We meet Lhasa River several times. It is more busy road with big lorries, buses and cars. Reach at Lhasa and transfer to Hotel (3 Star). Evening walk around the city and dinner place. Overnight at Hotel 3,700m.


A day in Lhasa. Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang temple and walking around Tibetan streets. Overnight at Hotel. Our guide will lead you to visit major attraction. Visit major historical places in Lhasa. Visit Potala Palace – The palace of Dalai Lama, Jokhnag temple and walk around old city of Lhasa Barkhor Bazzar. back to hotel and overnight. 

Day 12: Lhasa – Shigatse (4000 M)

Ride to Shigatse (270km – 8 Hours) Via Yamdrok Lake. Overnight at Hotel (3 star) 4,000m. Start to ride back from today. Ride to second largest city of Tibet Shigatse. Beautiful colourful Yamdrok lake with the view of Mount Nojin Kangtsang on the way. Passing several high passes and seeing clear view of Tibetan Himalayas and giant glacier called Khorala glacier 7200 meter high. Shigatse is administrative center of west Tibet.


Day 13: Shigatse – Saga (4450 M)

Total riding is quite long today. Ride back to Saga (320km – 9 Hours). Overnight at Guest House 4450m. A day riding to Saga, a get way of Mount Kailash and lake Manasarovar. We leave Shigatse region and enter Nagri region. The high mountain views are more stunning to see along the way. Saga is another small city facilitated with guest houses, Tibetan, Chinese restaurants and shops.


Day 14: Saga – Kerung (2300 M)

Drive to Kerung today and O/N at guest house 


Day 15: Kerung – Kathmandu (1300 M) (7/8 Hrs)

After Necessary Border formalities, ride back to Kathmandu. Handover motorbikes and end of tour drinks/snacks and photographs together. You will be transfer to hotel to relax overnight that you really deserve after one of the great achievement in your riding history. 

Day 16: Departure/Fly home

A van will be at your hotel to transfer to airport and wish you a safe flight back home to your loved ones.


1. Environment

Tibet is culturally and spiritually rich and it possesses unparalleled natural beauty. Its ancient cultures can still be felt and seen throughout the plateau given that many regions within Tibet remain undeveloped. As such, hotels
accommodations are moderate, water can be scarce at times and electricity is not always reliable and/or available in all areas. This tour has been designed to offer a variety of natural and cultural highlights that provide an amazing travel experience. The demanding itinerary calls for long distances on challenging road conditions. Thus, participants must possess an intermediate to advance skill level.


2. Health concerns

Due to Tibet high altitude, participants are encouraged to obtain a comprehensive physical examination as well as get plenty of rest and sleep prior to traveling to Tibet. Abstaining from tobacco and alcohol use is also recommended before the commencement of trip in order to prevent upper respiratory infections.


3. Items of daily use

Personal First Aid items are recommended such as sun screen, lip sun screen, lip balm, antiseptic cream, anti-diarrhea medicine and broad spectrum antibiotics (participants must contact their doctor). Given that temperatures can range greatly from morning to evening, long-sleeve clothes, a wool sweater, and a jacket are recommended in addition to sunglasses and a sun hat.

4. Road conditions

Landslides as well as rock and mud slides occur from time to time during Tibet rainy season. A full or partial refund will not be issued should the itinerary be interrupted by weather conditions or natural disasters.

5. Culture

Participants are expected to be mindful and respectful of the local culture and traditions. Participants must walk clockwise when visiting temples, chapels, pagodas and similar structures. When in doubt, please consult your guide prior to
engaging in a culturally or spiritually sensitive activity.


6. Safety issues

Tibet is considered a safe place with friendly inhabitants; however, it is recommended that participants are aware of their surroundings and guard their valuables. Exploring areas in pairs or as a group is advisable to avoid unforeseen dangers.


Important Health Considerations
Participants with any of the following conditions, you should seek medical consultation with your doctor before confirming your journey to a high altitude area of more than 3,000 meters:

  • Heart disease, arrhythmia, stage II hypertension, blood disease, cerebrovascular disease or if the resting heart rate is significantly above 110 beats per minute.
  • Chronic respiratory disease, moderate or severe obstructive pulmonary disease such as bronchial asthma,bronchiectasis, emphysema, active tuberculosis or pneumoconiosis.
  • Uncontrolled diabetes, epilepsy or schizophrenia.
  • Severe cold and upper respiratory tract infection, body temperature above 38 degrees Celsius or below 35 degrees Celsius.
  • Patients who have been diagnosed with high altitude pulmonary edema, high altitude cerebral edema, high altitude hypertension, high altitude heart disease and high altitude polycythemia.

Important Notes

  • Participants must be over 18 years of age, in good health and must bear a Tibet Entry Permit. An international motorcycle driving license is required to ride motorcycles in Tibet.
  • Please wear a helmet conforming to DOT international standards,riding clothes,riding pants, riding gloves, riding boots etc.
  • Please contact our guide, customer service staff immediately if you are in an accident during your ride.

Passport Type

Passport should be normal/ordinary. Chinese Embassy refused to give visa in Kathmandu for Diplomatic passport holder and the passport holder of Bangladesh, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan etc and few South African countries as well as for the reporters/journalist; so we regret for unable to manage tour in Tibet for them. French passport holder can get visa in normal process with 5 working days so they have to reach Kathmandu accordingly about a week before.

Equipment riders need to pack

Warm clothing is essential to ensure comfort and safety, while non-essential gear such as a knife may simply come in handy. Here we have a suggested packing list to guide you in preparation:

·         Walking boots and sandals for rest (normal sports shoes also work)

·         A water & wind proof jacket

·         Woolen T-shirt/base layer

·         T-shirts

·         A thick pullover/fleece

·         Shorts / skirt for sunny days

·         Trousers / track suit or long pants

·         Thermal long underwear

·         Water bottle

·         Warm socks (woolen is best)

·         Swiss army knife

·         Torchlight with spare batteries

·         Sunglasses

·         Sun lotion

·         Personal medical supplies

·         Towel

·         Day pack for your valuables (camera, money, Passport etc.) and rucksack or duffel bag for your clothes

·         Warm hat with sun protection

·         Gloves

Keep in mind that you are traveling overland to highest plateau in the world; we will be driving consistently above 5000m/16400ft during the journey to Lhasa (3,650m/11,975ft) being the exception. Driving fast at such elevation could lead to medical complications (Acute Mountain Sickness) which could be fatal. There is 50% less oxygen compared to sea level in high-altitudes places like in Tibet. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen in air. Your body needs few days to acclimatize to this environment, which is why we will begin acclimatise from Kerung. Although we provide information regarding AMS precaution, the only option for treatment is descending (evacuation). We advise that clients with known heart, lung or blood diseases, or clients over the age of 60 to consult their doctor before traveling. Symptoms of AMS include mild to severe headaches, dizziness, fever, loss of appetite or stomach pain; it is essential to alert our staff if you are feeling poorly to ensure that illness does not progress.

Therefore, we advise you to get emergency evacuation insurance just in case during the trip. We believe Europe and Americas have many options of insurance to offer you for this type of trip.

Travel Insurance: Good travel insurance

1. That covers a medical/illness including, immediate recovery by air in the Himalayas abroad in an emergency.

2. That covers any liabilities in case something happen on the tour abroad. (Accidents or any unexpected event while riding).


Autumn (August, Sept, & Oct), spring (March & April) & summer (May, June & July) are the best seasons for attempting this unforgettable Trans-Himalayan journey. No matter about the group size but should be at least two person but same nationality.

We look forward to see you to join this tour which will be very much adventurous, exhausting and enjoyable as well and also certainly be one of your achievement in your riding portfolio to share among about your experience to others later. The interesting thing is you are going to base(5,380 M/17600 ft) of Mount Everest (8848 M/29002 Ft), the highest peak in the world.

We wish you best of luck for this wonderful tour to be smooth and successful!
Thank you very much!


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Tours Summary

Cost(Self Drive) $N/A
Cost(Guided) $4995 PP (Based on 3 - 5 Pax)
Tour Type Trans Himalayan Adventure, Exploration & Sightseeing
Minimum Pax 3