Kathmandu Lhasa Motorbike Tour

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US$ 3,500 P/P

Trip Info

  • Duration

    12 Days

  • Max. Altitude

    3,640 m

  • Difficulty

    moderate

  • Starts From

    Kathmandu Nepal

  • Trip Ends At

    Lhasa Tibet

  • Best Season:

    Kathmandu to Lhasa Motorbike Tour is a fantastic way to explore the best of Nepal and Tibet. The motorbike trip always provides the riders with a unique sense of adventure, thrill, and a rush in their adrenaline.

    In this well-planned trip, the 12-day Kathmandu to Lhasa motorbike tour encompasses all of the highlights of Himalayan scenery, spiritual and cultural exploration.

    You may meander around Kathmandu's bustling backstreets, admiring the city's famed Hindu and Buddhist heritages. Then there's the breathtaking Himalayan scenery, sacred Buddhist places, and dedicated Tibetan pilgrims, among other things, which all add up to the most enthralling experience on your Royal Enfield Bike.

    Tibet's capital, Lhasa (3,650 m), is rich in cultural and natural splendor, as well as historic cultural artifacts.

    Motorbike riding from Kathmandu to Lhasa takes you over the Tibetan Plateau's desolate, small towns of people reflecting ancient Tibetan culture and customs, nomadic herdsman grazing their animals, all in the backyard of the world's tallest mountains. It may not seem cozy, but it is a thrilling adventure that will be with you for the rest of your life.

    This multicountry motorbike tour takes you to explore Nepal's capital city Kathmandu. The temple city boasts an illustrious two-thousand-year history and a refined culture that stands among Asia's best, with a plethora of Hindu temples, Buddhist stupas, and monuments. It is commonly referred to as an open museum of ancient arts and architecture, and it has plenty more to offer visitors.

    Kathmandu Valley is the home to seven UNESCO world heritage landmarks.

    Riding in Royal Infield Bike and touring around this incredible destination on bumpy, off-the-beaten-path, twisty-turn curroads provides the rider with a new level of satisfaction, thrill, and worth doing it.

    So, simply immerse yourself in the enigmatic aura of Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism, and take in the breathtaking Himalayan scenery and unusual culture with the thrilling motorbike ride that leaves a permanent impression on you.

    Motorbike Tour Highlights

    • In both Nepal and Tibet, visit some of the most important Hindu and Buddhist sites.
    • Visit the world heritage sits in Kathmandu valley (Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath, and Swayambhunath)
    • Ride with a sense of adventure on a variety of unusual roadways.
    • Experience the thrill of riding to the base of the world's tallest mountain, Mt. Everest.
    • Get a taste of the fascinating life atop the world's roof.
    • Fantastic opportunity to be a natural photographer.

    Best Season

    Traveler can do motorbike tour all days and season of the year. The only difference you get is the different shade beauty of nature. 

    Autumn and spring is the best time to do any kind of adventure activities. These both offer sunny and very pleasant weather. While riding your royal infield you can see the breathtaking landscapes, mountain peaks small-small human settlements and many other scenarios. Almost every rider or traveler prefers these two seasons to explore nature because of the good weather and climate with the blooming beauty of nature.

    Riding with the cold breeze in the winter is a fantastic travel experience that every bike trip enthusiast should attempt. The weather will be cold and mild during the day and frigid at night. While riding you can also witness the glowing white snow in Tibet. Begin with caution to make your winter ride more exciting and memorable.

    Summer and monsoon seasons bring bright, sunny days with plenty of rain. Riding during this season will be a bit more challenging due to the rain, as the road conditions may be poor and some roadways may be muddy and slippery, but going on a motorbike tour during the rain is still a fantastic experience. That feeling is incredible.

    Permits

    All foreigners, excluding Chinese and Tibetans, must get a Tibet visa and travel authorization in order to enter Tibet. Tibet travel permits are issued by the Tibet Tourism Department. Tourists are unable to apply for their own travel permits. The Tibet Office will only accept applications from recognized travel agencies. Permits or visas for Tibet are issued on paper, not in your passport. 

    (Note: It is critical to understand the distinction between a Tibet travel permit and a Tibet visa. You cannot enter Tibet solely based on a Chinese visa. You must obtain a Tibet Travel Permit before entering Tibet.)

    Necessary documents for Tibet Visa /Permit:-

    • A clear scan copy of your passport that is valid for at least six months.
    • Emailing a copy of a Chinese visa (For those travelers who are entering Tibet from mainland China).
    • You must fill out a form with your most recent passport-size photo at the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. For travelers departing from Nepal.
    • The approval of the travel permit by the Tibet Tourism Government Department takes at least 3 days. Applying for a Tibet permit a little earlier is far safer, as the processing might take little time.
    • Diplomat passport holders, journalists, professional media photographers, and government officials are unable to get Tibet travel permission through travel agencies. They can only come in through the foreign affairs mechanism.

    Tibet Permit and Visa Costs:

    Passport holders from Canada: US $ 155 per person

    Passport holders from the United States of America will be charged: US $175 per person.

    Passport holders from Romania: US $ 115 per person

    And for other nationalities: US $ 85 per person

    Itinerary in Details

    Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu

    🕑 20 Min Drive to Hotel

    Max Altitude: 1,300 m

    On your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu, Himalayan Trekkers representative will be there to greet & welcome you and transfer you to your booked hotel in Kathmandu. You can rest and relax over there. Our operator will obtain your original passport and utilize it to apply for a China Group Visa (at least 3 days to be processed). 

    Later, our guide will provide a brief overview of tomorrow's Kathmandu tour and motorbike trip from Kathmandu to Lhasa. 

    Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

    Day 2: Full Day Kathmandu Motorbike Tour

    🕑 6/7 Hours

    Max Altitude: 1,300 m

    Today, we will visit the Shree Pashupatinath Temple early morning. This temple is a very holy place for the Hindu people. This temple is built to worship the lord of the lord – Lord Shiva (Mahadev). It is one of the most ancient and sacred temples in the city. Since 1979, the temple has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Every year a lot of devotees from all over the world come to get a blessing in Pashupatinath, especially in “Shivaratri” (the great night of Lord Shiva).

    After getting the blessings, we will head towards the amazing Bouddhanath Stupa. It is one of the largest Stupas in South Asia and became the epicenter of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The stupa exemplifies the value of peace and unity. It is one of Kathmandu's most visited tourist attractions. It has a total surface area of 1600 square feet. Around 50 monasteries can be found in the surrounding area. We were able to see Buddhists worshiping Lord Buddha in their own special way. You can even try some of the delicious Tibetan food over there. 

    While after visit some of the sacred places next we will be visiting the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The alluring city with a unique ethnic way of life preserved through centuries of isolation from Kathmandu's hustle and bustle While at the main square, we can see the Nyata-Pola Temple, the Golden Gate, water spouts, and the 55 Window Palace, all of which combine to create a magical outdoor theater for visitors. 

    In Bhaktapur, we also immerse ourselves in the true delicacy of the inhabitants. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is one of the most stunning architectural showpieces areas, who highlights the century-old art of Nepal, and Bhaktapur is also very popular for its delicacy in food and “Juju Dhau” the most famous yogurt in the valley. Overnight stay in hotel.  

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

    Day 3: Full Day Sightseeing in Kathmandu (Part II)

    🕑 6/7 Hours

    Max Altitude: 1,300 m

    After having a delicious morning breakfast, we will begin our tour and move towards Kathmandu (Basantapur) Durbar Square is one of the historical Durbar Square (royal palace) amongst the three Durbar Square in the valley. The Malla family originally ruled over the medieval kingdom of Kathmandu, and this was their royal seat. It is one of Kathmandu's most popular tourist attractions. 

    The royal square is surrounded by temples, royal quarters, courtyards, and the home of Kumari, the Living Goddess. Pagoda-roofed temples and regal palaces have intricately carved timber supports, windows, and brass embellishments. These historical sites highlight Kathmandu's diverse art and architecture. Furthermore, the durbar square is a significant socio-cultural site for the Newari people in the valley.

    After exploring the historical palace, we will visit the incredible Swayambhunath Temple also known as the “Monkey Temple”. The temple is extant over a cliff with 365 staircases. It is an old cultural temple and is very famous from an architectural point of view and also for tourist purposes. From the top, you can see the amazing view of Kathmandu city. Here we can witness the both culture of Hindus and Buddhists, which makes the Swayambhunath Stupa more interesting. The combination of culture, religion, art, and also scenic beauty are the important things that we get from this temple.

    We will visit Patan Durbar Square in the afternoon. It is one of the best places to know about the antique history of the valley and the kings of Nepal. This palace is built by Siddhi Narsimha Malla in 1627 when the Malla family are the ruler of Nepal. Patan is also a very well-known place for its arts, wood carving, metal craving as well Thangka painting art, which will blow your mind. Patan has 136 courtyards referred to as ‘Bahals’ and fifty-five major temples. The structures in Patan durbar square like Krishna Mandir that is completely build from stones, Vishwanath Temple, Bhimsen Temple, Taleju Bhawani Temple are fascinating. After exploring, you can try some of the famous and delicious Newari food, which will win your heart.

    Overnight stay in Hotel. 

    Note: A Representative from Himalayan Trekkers will get your China group visa and help you get everything ready for tomorrow’s motorbike tour.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

    Day 4: Motorbike ride to Syabrubesi (137 KM)

    🕑 7/8 Hours Ride

    Max Altitude: 1,520 m

    From today our adventurous Kathmandu to Lhasa Motorbike Tour will officially begin.  Today, we will drive north on a zigzag mountain road to Syabrubesi (2,380 m), a lovely village nestled within Langtang National Park. 

    As you approach the Sino-Nepal border in the valley, the road becomes bumpier. So, be cautious while you're riding on a twisting route in the mountains area. 
    Overnight stay in Syabrubesi at the lodge. 

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Tea House/Guest House

    Day 5: Ride from the Sino-Nepal border to Gyirong (75 KM)

    🕑 2 hours Ride

    Max Altitude: 2,700 m

    We drive from Syabrubesi to the Gyirong border after breakfast. It's around 45 minutes long and covers 20 kilometers. We will continue driving to Gyirong country (2700m) after you have cleared customs and spend one night there for improved acclimatization before climbing higher to Old Tingri. You can go to Padmasambhava cave in the afternoon. Spent the night in Gyirong. 

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Tourist/Travelers Standard Hotel

    Day 6: Motorbike Rude from Gyirong to Old Tingri 250 KM

    🕑 5/6 Hours Ride

    Max Altitude: 4,300 m

    The true adventure begins as we drive up through the huge Himalayas. The lush forest and plants gradually give way to majestic mountain passes and awe-inspiring Himalayan peaks, draped in dreamy snow, after passing the snowline. The tarmac road leads you past the majestic Kuntanglhamo Pass and into an endless horizon (5,236 m). 

    Another beautiful view along the road is Mt. Shishapangma's (8012m) stunning peak and calm Pekutso Lake. The astonished panorama of Mt. Everest, rising ahead of the horizon, will undoubtedly amaze you as you come closer to the Old Tingri (4,300 m). Overnight stay in Old Tingri in Hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Tea House/Guest House

    Day 7: Motorbike riding from Old Tingri to EBC (70 KM)

    🕑 1:30 Hours Ride

    Max Altitude: 5,200 m

    We left after breakfast for Everest Base Camp (5,200 m). The entire journey runs parallel to the traditional hiking path from Old Tingri to EBC. Though the graveled and sandy road presents a minor obstacle, the beauty along the way, which is dominated by soaring peaks and vast Himalayan ranges, will leave you speechless.

    You'll see Mt. Cho Oyu in the distance and pass through high passes such as Lamna-La (5,150 m) and Pang-La (5,350 m). Your journey comes to a close when you ride to the Rongbuk Monastery, which is only a 10-minute walk from the EBC camping site.

    Then you can go to the famed Rongbuk Monastery (5154m) and use Rongbuk as a foreground in your shots of Mt. Everest. Don't forget to practice meditation within Tsongkhapa's cave. You will spend the night in a tented camp at the base of Mt. Everest.

    Note:To avoid acute altitude sickness, walk carefully and do not exert yourself due to the great altitude. EBC can get very cold at night and sunrise, so bring plenty of layers for admiring Everest's twilight. Along the route, our well-trained guide will keep an eye on each tourist's health. 

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Tea House/Guest House

    Day 8: Ride to Shigatse from EBC (340 KM)

    🕑 7/8 Hours Ride

    Max Altitude: 3,850 m

    If the weather cooperates, you may watch the spectacular sunrise over Mt. Everest from the lodge area in the morning. After breakfast, we'll continue northeast to Shigatse along the well-known Sino-Nepal Friendship Highway. It would be a long journey, punctuated by the breathtaking Himalayan landscape and a beautiful vista of Shigatse.

    You'll cross via the famed Gawu La Pass (5198m), where you can see the top four highest peaks, including Mt. Everest (8,844 m), Lhotse (8,516 m), Makalu (8,463 m), and Cho Oyo (8,201 m). After arriving in Shigatse in the afternoon, you will visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, the seat of Panchen Lama. 

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

    Day 9: Ride from Shigatse to Lhasa via Gyantse (375 KM)

    🕑 7/8 Hours Ride

    Max Altitude: 3,640 m

    Continue your journey from Shigatse to Lhasa. You will pass through Gyantse, one of Tibet's most beautiful counties. Your visit will be focused on the Nepali-style Kunbum stupa inside Palkhor Monastery. Furthermore, the majestic Gyantse Fortress on Zhongshan Hill, which overlooks the entire Gyantse town, will take your breath away. If time allows, take a stroll down Gyantse town's historic street.

    Then we'll get back on the road. Colorful prayer flags can be hung above the Simila Mountain pass, and the vast Karola Glacier can be seen from the highway. Another highlight would be driving past the turquoise Yamdrok Lake on the winding road. We will arrive at Lhasa, Tibet's capital, after a hard journey.
    We will spend our night in Lhasa. 

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

    Day 10: First Day - Full Day Lhasa Tour

    🕑 7/8 Hours

    Max Altitude: 3,640 m

    The Potala Palace, a UNESCO world heritage site and the Dalai Lama's winter palace, is our first destination. You can visit the former residence of the Dalai Lama, as well as his conference room and religious chamber, by slowly walking up the steep stone steps to the White and Red Palaces. The gilded burial stupas of previous Dalai Lamas can be seen, as well as the meditation cave of Tibet's 33rd great king. From the pinnacle of Potala Palace, you may get a bird's-eye view of Lhasa city and the Lhasa valley.

    We'll eat lunch before heading to the renowned Jokhang Temple. It is Tibet's most revered Buddhist site. Outside the temple, you'll see pious Tibetan pilgrims of all ages prostrating themselves in front of the Jokhang, as well as long lines of Tibetans walking the Barkhor circle. Inside, in faint butter light, you may view the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve, possibly Tibet Buddhism's most revered treasure. You can climb to the summit of Jokhang Temple to see a panoramic view of old Lhasa and the Potala Palace.

    Then we can do the Kora and buy some souvenirs by circling Barkhor Street with pilgrims and locals. Enjoy a delicious sweet tea in a local tea shop and pay a visit to Tromzikhang, the famed farm produce market.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

    Day 11: Second Day Lhasa Tour

    🕑 5/6 Hours

    Max Altitude: 3,640 m

    You will visit Drepung monastery in the morning, which is one of Tibet's "big three" Gelug monasteries, founded in 1416 by Jamyang Choge, one of Tsongkhapa's principal students. You may tour the monastery's largest monastic kitchen and participate in a Buddhist sculpture carving class near Drepung.

    Tourists will visit Sera Monastery in the afternoon, which is one of Tibet's "big three" Gelug monasteries. The Monks Debate, which takes place between 3 and 5 p.m., is a big draw. You can also take a tour of the Tibetan Holy Scripture printing house, which has three sand Mandalas and a brilliant Buddha Rock Painting. Overnight spend in Lhasa.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

    Day 12: Departure Day from Lhasa

    🕑 1: Hour Drive to Airport

    Max Altitude: 3,640 m

    It's time to bid farewell and return to your homeland. Our staff will pick you up and drop you off at the airport terminal. It is critical to arriving at the international airport within 3 hours of your scheduled departure time. We hope to see you again for other more exciting travel journeys.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Includes

    • Full-board accommodation in double rooms as per the itinerary, with breakfast and dinner in the hotel and lunch in a local restaurant.
    • Throughout the tour, there will be an English-speaking Tibetan guide and a support truck.
    • Border crossings between Tibet and Nepal require customs clearance.
    • Rongbuk Entry Fee & Monastery Entrance Fee
    • Permit to travel to Tibet
    • Insurance during travel (personal accident coverage, mandatory driving coverage in China)
    • A local driver's license.
    • Conservation Fee for Everest Base camp
    • Portable oxygen cylinder with 2 bottles in case of emergency
    • All expenses for Mechanic, including lodging, meals, permits, allowances, and transportation from Kathmandu to Lhasa.
    • Rider's Fee from Kathmandu to Kyirong
    • 5 Royal Enfield 500 CC Motorcycles plus 1 motorcycle for the Road Captain
    • Fuel for the bike during the whole journey
    • Bikes' basic spare parts and Helmet

    Excludes

    • Tibet Visa Fee (accepted only in US currency)
    • Flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa (fare as per availability)
    • Damage to the bike as a result of unanticipated events
    • A legally valid driving license
    • A $500 deposit per bike is required.
    • Expenses incurred as a result of damage to the bike caused by the rider's irresponsibility.
    • Insurance for travel (Must be including all activities undertaken including)
    • Expenses incurred as a result of any rescue mission
    • Any costs paid as a result of damage to the motorcycle or loss of equipment, etc.
    • Bills for alcoholic beverages and bar tabs

    FAQ'S

    Q. Do I need a license to ride in Tibet?

    For Tibet motorbike tour, we will offer you a temporary Chinese driver's license. You can drive to Tibet if you have one of these. To get the temporary driving license we need your scan copy of your original international driving license.

    Q. Which type of Motorbike will be provided during the tour?

    We offer a 411 CC Royal Enfield Himalayan or a 500 CC Royal Enfield classic motorbike, both of which are quite powerful and comfortable for long journeys. 

    Please let us know which bike is most convenient for you. If you require other brands of motorcycles, we can arrange them if they are available in Nepal or Tibet.

    Q. Are the streets safe in Lhasa (Tibet) while riding the motorbike?

    In general, Lhasa (Tibet) is a safe place to visit. Almost all Natives (Tibetans) are devout Buddhists who believe that good deeds would benefit them in the afterlife, and crime is quite uncommon in this nation. 

    Q. What currency I can use in Tibet?

    The Chinese Yuan is the currency unit. All foreign currencies can be exchanged at the Bank of China. Saturdays and Sundays are bank holidays in Tibet/China. Outside of banks, especially outside of Lhasa, travelers' cheques and credit cards are extremely difficult to cash.

    Q. What is the time zone if Tibet?

    Despite its vast landscape, all of China's time zones are calculated from Beijing, which is 8 hours ahead of GMT standard time. Tibetan time is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, as we now know (GMT). 

    It's also two hours and fifteen minutes ahead of Nepalese standard time and two hours and thirty minutes ahead of Indian standard time.

    We, Himalayan Trekkers, make every attempt to provide our guests with the safest and most pleasant accommodations possible. In Kathmandu, we usually book a three-star hotel with all of the amenities, but if you want us to book a hotel that fits your budget, that would be no problem. There are several hotel options in Kathmandu, ranging from luxurious to budget-friendly.

    Lhasa has the widest selection of hotels, ranging from 3-star to 5-star. Shigatse has fewer options, with 4-star hotels being the highest quality. In other parts of Tibet, lodging is a little more modest, consisting mostly of typical 2-star or 3-star hotels and guest homes. 

    Meals

    During this Kathmandu to Lhasa, Motorbike Tour riders can have so many different kinds of food. In Kathmandu, there is plenty of option in food from national to international such as Nepali, Thakali, Indian, Korean, Chinese, continental, Italian and many more. All the meals during this trip will be safe and hygienic, so travelers do not have to worry about it. 

    In Lhasa, You can have a variety of Tibetan food, which is very delicious and full of notorious. Try some of the local food to get the original taste of Tibet.

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