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11 Days Classic Tibet Motorcycle Tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu

Tour Route: Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse-EBC- Old Tingri-Gyirong- Syabrubesi-Kathmandu

Trip Overview:

This wonderful motorcycle tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu bring you to experience the best attractions in Tibet. Before formally starting your motorcycle trip, you will visit the essence of Lhasa and take an adaptive riding to Ganden Monastery. On the way to Kathmandu, you have a chance to enjoy sacred Yamdrok Lake, majestic Karola Glacier, ancient Tashilhunpo Monastery, etc. Besides, you can spend a night at EBC to closely view the stunning Mount Everest. At last, end your motorcycle journey in Kathmandu.

  • Tour Code:
    TTO-PT-TMT11
  • Max Altitude:
    5,200 m
  • Tour Type:
    Private tour with private guide and vehicle
  • Phisycal Demand:

    Phisycal Demand Level Guide:
    1. Easy (1 point) - suitable for all level of fitness, family with kids and senior groups.
    2. Moderate (2-3 Points) - suitable for those having average level for fitness, family with kids bigger than 12 years.
    3. Moderate to Strenous (4 Points) - suitable for those physically fit and have experiences of high altitude trekking.
    4. Strenuous (5 Points) - suitable for adventures and individual with physically fit and healthy.

  • Season:
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Highlights:

  • Go down into the bowels of the Potala Palace, the impressive but spiritless citadel of the Dalai Lamas.
  • Join the shuffling, murmuring pilgrims around the shrines of the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual heart of Tibet.
  • Follow monks, mendicants and fellow pilgrims around the Barkhor Street, Lhasa’s fascinating medieval pilgrim circuit.
  • Marvel at the turquoise waters of Yamdrok Lake, one of Tibet’s most sacred lakes.
  • Climb the dazzling Gyantse Kumbum, a monumental chorten with mural-filled chapels.
  • Worship before a 26m gold Buddha at Tashilhunpo Monastery, a walled complex the size of a village.
  • Stay overnight at Everest Base Camp and enjoy superb scenery of the north face of Mt. Everest and the Rongbuk monastery.

 

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa

Welcome to Tibet! Upon arrival, be greeted by our local guide at airport or train station and be presented with traditional Tibetan White Scarf to wish you good luck!

After group photo at airport, you will board on the coach and transfer to your hotel. You will enjoy the spectacular scenery and the typical Tibetan villages on the way.

Stay at the hotel after arrival for adapting to the high attitude. It is helpful to take things easy for the first few days, and try to drink some water just and now.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 2: Lhasa Sightseeing - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street

After breakfast, we go to the Potala Palace, a golden feather upon the roof of the world, which Tibetans proudly claim to be the prime miracle since the creation of this world. It is visible from any distance, with the golden roof shinning in the sun, spend one hour wondering around the inside of this magnificent building exploring the rooms previously used by the Dalai Lama and the many Buddhist icons within.

In the afternoon we go inside of the Jokhang Temple. The Jokhang, like most of the larger temple structures have numerous individual temples within it dedicated to specific enlightened beings, protectors, high lamas, or saints. Images, both sculpted and painted, are everywhere. Every inch of wall and ceiling is brightly painted with images of clouds, beings, mandalas, or decorative patterns. Colorful silk banners, three stories high, hang in various places. Color, pattern, and images crowd in around you. The central image inside the building is a 30-foot high gilded image of Maitreya Buddha.

Then stroll around the back alleys of the Barkhor Street of Old Lhasa. The streets smelled of yak butter and incense while hordes of pilgrims shuffled along the main Kora (circumambulations) around Jokhang Temple. If someone just walked at a normal pace, one kora would take about 15-20 minutes.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 3: Lhasa Sightseeing - Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery

In the morning, you will have a tour for Drepung Monastery, the ever-largest monastery with more than 10 thousand monks, Buddhist debates often occur there. Seen from afar, its grand, white construction gives the monastery the appearance of a heap of rice. As such, it was given its name which, in the Tibetan language, means Monastery of Collecting-Rice. Learn about the lives of Tibetan monks there.

In the afternoon, you are going to visit Sera Monastery, have a little hike for the beautiful valley scenery nearby and picnic there. Sera monastery 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. You may have the chance to watch the famous Monks Debate (usually from 15:00 to 17:00) before returning to Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 4: Lhasa tour: Ganden Monastery

Today you will visit Ganden Monastery by motorcycle. Ganden Monastery, lie on 40 km northeast of Lhasa, is one of the Three Great Gelugpa Monasteries in Tibet. On the way, you can enjoy the stunning scenery of the Lhasa Valley. After sightseeing the Ganden Monastery, we will drive you back to hotel in Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 5: Lhasa to Gyantse (263km)

Today formally start your motorcycle trip. Moving west from Lhasa, Yamdrok Lake is the first attractions you can’t miss. Yamdrok Lake is one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet. It is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains. According to local legend, Yamdrok Lake is the incarnation of the goddess. You can enjoy the panorama of Yamdrok Lake at Gangbala Pass.

Next, you will leave for Karola Glacier after having lunch at Nagarze. You can stop at the side of the highway and take photos of the majestic glacier.

Finally, you will arrive in Gyantse, the was third largest city of Tibet. You will visit Palcho Monastery, which is a temple where three different religious sects coexist. The famous Kumbum stupa is the part of Palcho Monastery. At the higher levels of stupa, you can see the wonderful views around the Palcho Monastery.

Stay overnight in Gyantse.

Day 6: Gyantse to Shigatse (94km)

In the morning, you will visit the monument of Gyantse Fortress. It is in honor of the soldiers who died in the war of against the aggression of British army in 1904. Then, you will head for Shigatse. After arrive in Shigatse, you will sightsee Tashilhunpo Monastery. It is the largest temple in Shigatse, and you can see the world’s largest gold gilded bronze statue of future Buddha in there.

Stay overnight in Shigatse.

Day 7: Shigatse to EBC (340km)

Today, you will firstly ride to Rongbuk Monastery, which is the highest Buddhist site in the world. On the way you will pass through three mountain passes, including Tsola Pass, Gyatsola Pass, and Gawu La Pass. You will stay a while at Gawu La Pass to enjoy the stunning view of the 4 highest peaks of Himalayan Range: Mount Everest (8844.43m), Cho Oyo(8201m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8463m). Then you will trek 4km to EBC to closely see the beauty of mount Everest.

Stay overnight in the guesthouse of Rongbuk Monastery.

Day 8: EBC to Old Tingri (70km)

Open your eyes, and wake up to the first sunlight shining over the pyramid-shaped summit of imposing Mount Everest. After breakfast, you will head to Old Tingri via Pangla and Rachu Valley. Along the way you can enjoy the beauty of Mount Everest in the distance. The graveled and dusty road can be bite challenging for you.

Stay overnight in Old Tingri.

Day 9: Old Tingri to Gyirong (250km)

Today, ride from Old Tingri to Gyirong. You will see the lofty peak of Mount Shishapangma, tranquil Pekutso Lake, and Kuntanglhamo Pass.

Stay overnight in Gyirong.

Day 10: Gyirong to Syabrubesi (75km)

In the morning, you will go through the customs to Nepal. The guide on Nepal’s side will accompany you to Syabrubesi inside Langtang National Park.

Stay overnight in Syabrubesi.

Day 11: Syabrubesi to Kathmandu (137km)

Today, you will ride from Syabrubesi to Kathmandu. Our service ends in Kathmandu.

What’s included?

1.Tibet Entry Permit

2. Comfortable, clean and safe vehicle depending on your group size with reliable local driver;

3. Admission fees of tourist sites listed in the itinerary;

4. Professional English speaking tour guide;

5. Accommodations depend on your preference. Please tell us your preferred accommodation class when submitting the enquiry, and we will arrange the best-value hotels for you.

6.All measl listed in the itinerary;

7.Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance

What’s not included?

1. International flight to and out of China;

2. Chinese Visa

3. Domestic flight / train not listed in the itinerary (If you need ticket booking service, please leave your requirements in the Online Inruiry form.)

4.Meals not specified in the itinerary;

5.Tips to driver and tour guide, Tip as you wish

6.Personal expenses, such as laundry, phone call, optional tour activities and so on.

Trip Notes:

1. Tibet Travel Permit

Tibet Travel Permit is a must for Tibet tour. Its cost is included in the tour quotation. Send your passport and China visa copies to us 20 days in advance, and we will apply for the permit after you book a Tibetan tour with us. Shortly after we get your permit from Tibet Tourism Bureau, we will inform you and mail it to your hotel in China via express.

In some extreme cases, our staff will hand it over to you at the airport or railway station. In our experience, we can virtually guarantee to get your permit during times when Tibet is open to foreign travelers.

2. Accommodation

Tibet is never known for its 5-star luxury resorts, though you can find some like Intercontinental Lhasa Paradise, St.Regis Lhasa Resort, Sheraton hotel, etc in Lhasa. Overall, the accommodation facilities and services are not as good as those in coastal and central parts of China. However, from cheap and clean youth hotel, to distinct Tibetan style 3-star and international 5-star luxury hotel, you will find one that suits your interest and pocket in Lhasa.

We’ve handpicked cozy and safe hotels in the central area of Lhasa, where you will find Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street are just steps away from you. You can easily experience more of the local life and culture. Normally, as you travel to remote areas in some parts of Shigatse like Tingri, or EBC, Ngari, Nagqu, etc. the accommodation would be much poorer. Some may have air-conditioning in the hotel;others may only have electric blanket in the guesthouses. And the food is also very basic.

3.Guiding and Tipping

Our English-speaking guides are natives of Tibet with good knowledge of Tibetan culture, history, and Buddhism. Most are trained to offer Western-standard service. Throughout your stay in Tibet, we will minor your health and provide prompt help to you. If you run into any trouble, please do not hesitate to reach them or our customer service manager.

Travelers’s tipping to Tibetan guide and driver is taken as an extra gratitude to their good service, just like what you do in the west. Normally, a tipping of 7 USD/day is acceptable. The basic rule is good service for good pay.

4. Toilet

Admittedly, to many western tourists, using toilets in Tibet is the most dreadful experience. So, please down play your expectation. If you take Tibet train to Lhasa, both western toilet and squat toilet are available in the train. If you stay in hotel above 3-star hotels in Lhasa, Shigatse, etc. you will have no complaining using standard western flash toilet.

However, if you visit some of the attractions like Yamdrok or Namtso, EBC outdoor, mostly you will see the smelly and filthy pit toilet.It's better to carry enough toilet paper.

5. Tibet Weather

One of the biggest features of weather on Qinghai-Tibet Plateau is the dramatic temperature change between day and night. The annual temperature in Lhasa is -2℃-- 12℃(spring), 9℃-- 22℃(summer), 7℃-- 19℃(fall), -7℃-- 9℃(winter). Do wear clothes properly such as thermal tops, fleece jacket, breathable underwear, down jacket, jeans, beanie, etc.

Of course, sun screen, lip balm, sun glasses are essential to shield you from powerful blinding sunlight on the plateau. Do drink more water and eat more vegetable as you travel in Tibet. It can prevent you from dehydration.

6. Acclimatization to the High Altitude

For the first timer to Tibet, either by flight or train, a good rest is a must for quick acclimation to the high altitude in Lhasa. Never rush to tour the street or attractions on your own. Walk slower and do not exert yourself like running or jumping. Spending at least two days in Lhasa is a good way to get acclimatized before heading to Shigatse or Namtso. If you have any discomfort, do tell it to your guide,and he will help you out.

7. Other Dos and Don'ts

Normally, taking photos is forbidden in the monastery. If you want to take photos of Tibetan pilgrims, a gentle ask of permission would be appreciated or you can do it from a long distance. Swimming and fishing are not allowed in holy lakes in Tibet; Do not talk about sensitive topics like politics; International tourists are not allowed to travel alone in Tibet according to the policy; Walk clockwise around Barkhor Street; Never venture into the unknown trails; do as much as you can to protect the fragile eco-system in Tibet, etc.

As Tibetan Buddhism is deeply-rooted in every facet of Tibetans' life, always follow and respect the unique customs in Tibet. If you are uncertain about something, it’s advisable to ask your guide before you do it at will.

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