Mount Kailash EBC Lhasa Motorbike Tour

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USD $ 5,499 / per person

Trip Info

  • Duration

    18 Days

  • Max. Altitude

    5,545 m m

  • Difficulty

    difficult

  • Starts From

    Kathmandu

  • Trip Ends At

    Lhasa

  • Transport

    Royal Enfield Motorbike, Car

  • Best Season:

    • Summer (May,Jun)
    • Autumn (Mid-Sep - Mid November)

Overview

The Mount Kailash EBC Lhasa Motorbike Tour is a complete thrilling journey that gives you a pure sense of freedom. Your raging motorcycle riding through the Himalayas and the holiest Hindu and Buddhist shrines lead you to discover the world’s highest peak in this journey. This action-packed adventure is created for adventurous riders who wish to experience the gorgeous Himalayas as well as the best and most important destinations in Nepal and Tibet. 

From Kathmandu to Lhasa via Mount Kailash and EBC or the other way around, our expertly designed triplets - you adapt to Kathmandu city’s bustling backstreet and the Tibetan Plateau and admire the famed Hindu Temples and appreciate the true Buddhist ambiance. 

The adrenaline-pumping road trip journey on the roof of the globe will make your ideal fantasy come true, with plenty of thrills and divine sensations to enjoy. You can ride your motorcycle along with Lake Manasarovar and trek the kora around Mt. Kailash with prostrating Tibetan pilgrims, then feel awed at the foot of the world's tallest mountain the next day, and so on.

The appeal of riding your motorcycle on the roof of the globe all the way to Mount Everest Base Camp is hard to resist for motorcycle enthusiasts. The awe-inspiring Potala Palace in Lhasa, the numerous monasteries dotting the landscape, and the flawlessly kept roads are just a few of the highlights of this trip.

The trip's highlight, without a question, is getting up close and personal with Everest Base Camp, which is located at 5,200 meters. Add up the most enthralling experience on your favorite motorcycle by meeting the devout Tibetan monks, spiritual locals and by learning about fascinating Tibetan customs. 

Join us on a tour to Tibet, one of the world's most beautiful and fascinating locales, and witness the beauty and spirituality of the Tibetan people, which can be felt across the country. Simply expect to be met by spectacular sunshine and a plethora of warm smiles from our enthusiastic guides. 

Important Note: Individual travelers are unable to arrange their own freelance tours in Tibet. The price of the tour is determined by the number of people in your group. If you are a single person interested in taking a Motorbike Tour to Kailash EBC & Lhasa, we recommend that you join our scheduled departure group to save money on your tour.

Top Highlights of Kailash EBC Lhasa Motorbike Tour

  • Great opportunity to ride on some of the best roads in the world 
  • Adventurous ride across hilly roads lined by glaciers
  • Serene Turquoise blue lakes 
  • Warmest hospitality and spirituality of the Tibetan people
  • Kora on the sacred Mount Kailash Parikrama 
  • Important Hindu and Buddhist landmarks both in Nepal and Tibet

Best Season

Tibet is a motorcycle-friendly destination all year. However, the optimum season to enjoy motorbike travel starts from mid-April to early June and September to early November. You may appreciate the cool air, deep blue sky, lovely terrain, and magnificent Himalayan Range particularly the Everest Base Camp throughout the spring, monsoon, and autumn seasons. Winter (December to February) is not recommended to embark on the excursion, as cold weather and heavy snowfall make the route rough but is possible adding an extra thrilling experience. 

Permits & Visas for Kailash EBC & Lhasa Motor Bike Tour

For the Mount Kailash Everest Base Camp Tibet Motorbike excursion, one needs a to obtain Chinese Group Visa, Tibet Visa, Tibet Travel Permit, Alien’s Travel Permit, Motorbike Permit, Self-Riding Permit, and Immigration Deposit. Himalayan Trekkers will help to obtain these special permits. Our professional guide will look after everything at all of the checkpoints.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu

🕑 20 Min Drive to Hotel

Max Altitude: 1,300 m

One of the representatives from Himalayan Trekkers will pick you up from the international airport and transport you to your hotel. In case of early arrival, we will collect your original passport, visa photo, and a Chinese Embassy form to obtain a final Tibetan Visa & Chinese Group Visa. 

For this though, your original passport will be held for three days. You can relax or take a stroll around the Thamel area after a brief rest at the hotel.
Later, we will provide a quick overview regarding the upcoming motorbike journey from Kathmandu to Lhasa.

Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

Day 2: Kathmandu Riding sightseeing & visa preparation

🕑 6 Hours

Max Altitude: 1,300 m

The Chinese Embassy requires at least three working days for the final visa. So, we apply for your visa today and will receive it early on the third day so that we can leave Kathmandu the same day and  Also, today will be your final test ride before embarking on your long journey.

After breakfast, you will embark on a guided tour of Kathmandu's most important historical and spiritual sites. We begin by exploring the Kathmandu Durbar Square, a complex of palaces, courtyards, and temples that served as the seat of Kathmandu's historic Malla monarchs between the 12th and 18th centuries. 

Then we'll head to Swayambhunath Stupa, which sits on a hillside and is one of Nepal's holiest Buddhist sites, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At last, we move to the Lalitpur district to explore Patan City, which is an enchanting mix of palace buildings, artistic courtyards, and a former palace complex (Patan Durbar Square). A 16th-century temple dedicated to the Hindu God Lord Krishna built entirely of stone, is one of the most notable monuments here.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

Day 3: Kathmandu Riding Tour

🕑 6/7 Hours

Max Altitude: 1,300 m

Our second day of the Kathmandu tour begins with a visit to Pashupatinath Temple that is situated 5 km east of Kathmandu. The temple of Lord Shiva; Pashupatinath is considered one of the holiest shrines of Hindus. The visit provides an opportunity to closely encounter the Hindu rituals including the cremation along the Bagmati River. 

Our next stop, Boudhanath Stupa lays 8 km east of Kathmandu. This ancient colossal Stupa is one of the biggest in the world and the center of Mahayana (Tibetan) Buddhism in the world. It entered the UNESCO Heritage Sites list in 1979. 

Later, after lunch, we ride to Bhaktapur Durbar Square. It is a home of the ancient Nepali culture, customs, and wood arts, and potteries. The ancient monument on round indicates the medieval age tradition and lifestyle of Nepal and this vintage Bhaktapur town is inhabited by indigenous Newari people. We return to Kathmandu by the evening and make the last preparation for the riding trip towards the Everest Base Camp.  

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

Day 4: Ride from Kathmandu to Dhunche (110 KM)

🕑 4/5 Hours Ride

Max Altitude: 2,030 m

Finally, you will get your Tibet Visa today morning. And our riding journey towards the Himalayas starts after a delightful breakfast at the hotel in Kathmandu. We kick off our engines from Thamel and start heading towards Dhunche in Rasuwa district via Nuwakot along the white water of Trishuli and lush green vegetation.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Tea House/Guest House

Day 5: Riding Rashuwagadi and Cross the Sino-Nepal border to Kerung Tibet (75 KM)

🕑 4/5 Hours

Max Altitude: 3,500 m

We drive to the Gyirong Border after breakfast from Dhunche passing by Syabrubesi. 

When you pass the customs, we drive to Kerung County and stay for a better acclimatization one night before moving up to Saga. You can visit the cave of Padmasambhava in the afternoon. If time allows, we'll take a short climb to Guru Milarepa's cave (renowned for his tantric wisdom and folk singing) and take in the magnificent views of Mt. Ganesh and Langtang. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

Day 6: Ride from Kerung to Saga Tibet (105 KM)

🕑 3/4 Hours

Max Altitude: 4,640 m

Our journey continues to Saga after breakfast. Snow-capped mountain peaks can be seen in the far south. We will be traveling over the plains for the most part, so it'll be a pleasant ride. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Tea House/Guest House

Day 7: Ride to Lake Manasarovar (4,590 m) via Paryang (494 KM)

🕑 7/8 Hours Ride

Max Altitude: 4,590 m

We prepare for the drive to Lake Manasarovar with an early breakfast. We'll drive to Paryang for the first three hours. The spectacular perspective of the pyramid-shaped summit of Mt. Kailash and the lovely view of Manasarovar will come into view as we leave Paryang and ride closer to Lake Manasarovar.

You can also ride your bike around Manasarovar Lake Parikrama. Holy Mansarovar – the highest freshwater lake in Asia with a turquoise tone – is teeming with fish and swans. It is surrounded by holy Mt. Kailash, Mt. Gurula-Mandala, and Lake Rakshasa. The area is known for its gold and other mining, as well as hot springs and hundreds of wild animals. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Tea House/Guest House

Day 8: Sunrise over Manasarovar - Sightseeing around in Lake & Ride to Darchen (60 KM)

🕑 2 Hours

Max Altitude: 4,575 m

Our day starts with the breathtaking sunrise over Manasarovar. You may opt. to participate in a minor ritual or take a brief holy bath by Manasarovar Lake, or simply ride the motorcycle along the Manasarovar shoreline. If time allows, we will go to Chui Gompa.

We then ride to Darchen (base camp of Mount Kailash Parikrama) to prepare for our three-day hike up Mount Kailash. This location will be filled with pilgrims during the auspicious pilgrimage season, with hundreds of tents erected all around.

Once in Darchen, we will have a good rest and prepare for the Kora (circumambulation) around the holy Mount Kailash that starts from the next day. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Tourist/Travelers Standard Hotel

Day 9: Ride Darchen to Tarboche (4,725 m) & Trek to Diraphuk (Riding 13km, Trek 7km)

🕑 5/6 Hours

Max Altitude: 5,080 m

Today is the first day of the sacred kora around Holy Kailash. We will park our motors in Sarshung Village, meet the porter, horses, and yaks in Tarboche and begin our trek to Diraphuk together. The best vantage point in Tarboche is Yama Dwar, which offers spectacular views of Mount Kailash's south and west flanks. This is most likely the greatest spot for a close look. It takes roughly two and a half days to complete the trek around Mount Kailash. 

The entire trail up to Diraphuk is quite flat with a gentle ascent; nonetheless, due to the region's considerable height, it is natural to become exhausted. It is vital to take frequent breaks. The final section of the voyage is difficult, with a steep ascent, but it is just for a half-hour. 

(Note: Those who are not trying Parikrama will travel to Darchen and wait for the rest of the group to return after circumambulation for two days. In China, it is essential to observe a basic rule: ‘ENTRY TOGETHER AND EXIT TOGETHER.’) 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Tea House/Guest House

Day 10: Trek to Dzuthulphuk via Drolma La Pass (5,650 m), (Trek 22 km)

🕑 6/7 Hours

Max Altitude: 5,230 m

Today is the most physically demanding day of the journey. We will leave Dhiraphuk before sunrise over harsh hills to Zutulphuk. The hike from Diraphuk begins with an upward climb, but after about two hours of walking, the terrain gets gentler with a gentle ascent. Half of the trail runs through altitudes above 4,900m so you might feel out of breath or have headaches. The group will proceed at a calm and steady pace, keeping this in mind.

After roughly 4 hours of hiking, we will arrive at Dolma La pass, a magnificent high pass with fluttering Tibetan prayer flags. This is the absolute pinnacle of this magnificent journey. On the right side of the trail, after a modest descent from this pass, you'll see a little glacier lake, Gauri Kunda. 

The trail descends quickly from Gauri Kunda through an ice zone for a short distance before joining a trail full of rocks and small pebbles. Descending can be more difficult than ascending, so we must pay close attention as we walk down.

You will finally arrive at the valley floor after a 90-minute climb down from Gauri Kunda. From here, the trail becomes flat and simple all the way to Zutulphuk, where we will spend the night. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Tea House/Guest House

Day 11: Trek to Dzongdul & ride to Darchen (Trek 7km, riding 5km)

🕑 3 Hours

Max Altitude: 4,575 m

Today is the last day of this holy Kailash Kora. Today’s kora is accompanied by a stack of Mani stones. We will trek to Dzongdul where our bikes were parked and from there, we again resume our riding journey back to Darchen. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Tourist/Travelers Standard Hotel

Day 12: Ride from Darchen to Saga via Mayum La Pass (490 KM)

🕑 7 Hours

Max Altitude: 4,500 m

We'll ride back to Saga from Darchen today, passing via Lake Manasarovar and leaving Mount Kailash behind. We will drive across the Mayum La pass, the military roadblock, Paryang, and the sand-dunes area before arriving in Saga in the evening. After the Mayum La Pass, a picnic lunch will be served someplace. After a lengthy trip of approximately 490 kilometers, we will spend the night in Saga.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Tea House/Guest House

Day 13: Ride to Everest Base Bamp (5,200 m) via Old Tingri (4,340 m), (450 KM)

🕑 7/8 Hours

Max Altitude: 5,200 m

Once we leave Saga, we will have another long trip to Everest Base Camp. From Old Tingri to EBC, the entire path is parallel. The grandeur along the trip, which is characterized by soaring peaks and immense Himalayan ranges, will leave you awestruck, despite the graveled and sandy road. 

We will pay our visit to the fabled Rongbuk Monastery at 5154 meters, the world's highest monastery and the best vantage point for seeing Mt. Everest. The monastery is near the road towards the camping site of Everest Base Camp. Depending on your choices, you can sleep in a tented camp at the base of Mt. Everest or in a monastery guesthouse at night. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Tea House/Guest House

Day 14: Ride to Shigatse (3900 m) via Lhatse (4050 m), (340km

🕑 5/6 Hours

Max Altitude: 3,900 m

The day starts with a morning visit to Everest Base Camp. After breakfast, our ride starts towards Shigatse, one of Tibet's historic towns via Lhatse. On the way, stop at Sakya Monastery, one of Tibet's largest Buddhist monasteries for the Sakyapa sect of Mahayana Buddhism. We also come across a stunning pass at 5220 meters named, Gyatso La Pass.  

Once we reach Shigatse, we check-in at our accommodation and take a rest. In the evening, we visit the Panchen Lama's official residence, Tashilhunpo Monastery, Shigatse's largest and most influential Gelug monastery. In this culturally significant monument, we will get the opportunity to travel through cobblestone valleys and visit halls and chapels.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

Day 15: Ride to Lhasa (3,660 m) via Gyantse (3,980 m) (375 KM)

🕑 5/6 Hours

Max Altitude: 3,660 m

In the morning, we drive to Gyantse, a historic county halfway between Shigatse and Lhasa that is home to the Palkhor Chode monastery (Gyantse Kumbum) and the Gyantse Dzong. The magnificent Gyantse Fortress atop Zhongshan Hill, which commands a panoramic view of Gyantse, will take your breath away. We may explore Gyantse town's old street if time permits. 

We drive to Lhasa in the afternoon, passing through the Karo la Pass (5,010 m) and the Kambala Pass (4,794 m). We will pass by the picturesque Karo la Glacier, Yamdrotso Lake, and Brahmaputra River before arriving at the capital of Tibet, Lhasa. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

Day 16: Lhasa Tour Day 1 (Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Market)

🕑 6/7 Hours

Max Altitude: 3,660 m

The guided Lhasa sightseeing starts from the winter palace of the Dalai Lama called Potala Palace. The Palace houses the golden burial stupas of previous Dalai Lamas, as well as the meditation cave of Tibet's 33rd great king. Regarded as one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, it offers a bird's-eye view of Lhasa city. 

After lunch, we will also pay a visit to the world-famous Jokhang Temple, which is regarded as the spiritual core of Tibetan Buddhism. Without walking Barkhor Street, the historic way to circumambulate Jokhang Temple, our journey will be incomplete. We'll then stop by a local tea shop for a tasty sweet tea before heading to Tromzikhang, the famous farm produce to market, later that evening.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

Day 17: Lhasa Tour Day 2 (Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery)

🕑 6/7 Hours

Max Altitude: 3,660 m

The second day in Lhasa starts with a tour to Drepung Monastery, one of the great three monasteries along with Sera and Ganden Monasteries. Unique architectures and spectacular buildings and Tibet's largest kitchen for over 10,000 monks during the heyday, are among the highlights of a visit to Drepung Monastery.

In the afternoon, we visit the Sera Monastery, where we can hear lamas/monks singing Buddhist scriptures in the Tsochin Hall and observe Buddhist discussions in the enormous debating courtyard.  The library and printing press there can help you gain a comprehensive understanding of the Monastery's past and present. The visit to this monastery offers you yet another opportunity to learn more about the Sera complex’s architecture. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

Day 18: Departure from Lhasa Tibet

🕑 1 Hour drive to Airport

Max Altitude: 3,660 m

After breakfast, you will be driven to the airport/train station by private car by one of our representatives, where you will say your goodbyes and the trip will come to an end.

(Itinerary Note: You can also start the riding journey from Lhasa and end in Kathmandu.) 

Meals: Breakfast

Includes

  • Airport pickups and drops off in a private vehicle 
  • 3 standard twin sharing hotel accommodation as per the itinerary on BB basis in Kathmandu, Shigatse & Lhasa  
  • Best available twin sharing accommodation on full board basis during the kora days and rides in remote areas
  • English speaking Tibetan Guide
  • Custom clearance in both Tibet and Nepal border
  • Monastery entrance fee & Rongbuk Entry Fee
  • Tibet Travel permit
  • Everest Conservation Fee
  • Temporary Chinese License 
  • Chinese Bike Plate 
  • Emergency 2 bottles portable oxygen cylinder
  • Transportation of 1 Road Captain and 1 Mechanic from Kathmandu to Lhasa
  • All expenses of accommodation, meal, permit, allowance, transportation from Kathmandu to Lhasa to Kathmandu for Mechanic
  • Royal Enfield 500 CC Bike
  • Fuel/ Gasoline, Helmet
  • Basic spare parts of the motorcycle
  • A welcome/farewell dinner
  • All applicable government taxes and royalty fees 

 

Excludes

  • International Airfare and departure airport taxes 
  • Tibet Visa Fee 
  • Travel insurance 
  • Meals in Kathmandu, Shigatse, and Lhasa 
  • Alcoholic beverages & bar bills
  • International driving license
  • Cost of damaged caused to bike due to unforeseen circumstances
  • Expenses incurred due to damage in bike due to negligence of rider
  • Any expenses incurred due to any damage of motorbike and loss of equipment etc.
  • Personal expenses like laundry, hot showers, internet, phone bills, gifts, souvenirs, etc. 
  • Tips and Gratitude
  • Any expenses not mentioned beyond the inclusion 

 

FAQ'S

Q. Can I rent a motorcycle for the trip to Tibet? /Do you provide the bikes? If yes, what kind?

Yes, you can rent a motorcycle of your choice that is suitable for this trip’s route. We do provide the riders with Royal Enfield 500 CC bikes throughout this trip.

And, you will be followed by a backup truck with technical supplies, oxygen, and a Tibetan guide, etc. We also will go on a test ride to determine if you can properly acclimate to the Tibetan plateau while riding the bike.

Q. What are the chances of getting Altitude Sickness during the trip to Tibet?

Altitude sickness is a common problem for visitors to high-altitude destinations, including Tibet. The highest point you will come across in this trip is at 5,630 meters at Drolma La Pass.

The chances of getting AMS are unpredictable. It's more important to know how to deal with altitude sickness than it is to be afraid of it. You may travel to Tibet with ease if you know how to avoid altitude sickness and how to deal with its symptoms.

The common symptoms are headaches, dizziness, nausea, lack of appetite, and lack of sleep. With enough rest, avoiding smoking, alcohol, and coffee, hard exercise, and plenty of water, you can quickly overcome this height hangover and travel in Tibet with no difficulties. 

If the symptoms recur, simply inform your guide, get lots of rest, and drink plenty of water, and you should be OK. Severe altitude sickness can be fatal, therefore you should go to a lower elevation right away. 

Q. Do I require travel insurance for my trip to Tibet?

Tibet is one of the world's highest countries, with an average elevation of 3,000 to 4,000 meters. It is mandatory to get insurance to have a safe and stress-free trip. 

When traveling in Tibet, AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) might arise if you are not adequately acclimatized along with unforeseen accidents. So, we highly recommend our guests to carry travel and health insurance to cover these hurdles. 

Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers arranges the best and the most comfortable accommodations for the comfort and level of satisfaction of our valued guests. 

In places like Kathmandu, Shigatse, and Lhasa, 3 standard hotels on Bed & Breakfast basis are reserved, whereas in rural areas, a traditional trek lodge/guest house on a twin sharing basis is reserved.

Luxurious rooms from 5 Star hotels are also made available on-demand in cities for an additional fee, however, such services are not available in isolated areas.

Meals

Breakfast will be served throughout our journey. You are expected to pay for your lunches and dinners in cities such as Kathmandu, Shigatse, and Lhasa. With the large variety of menus from all over the world, meal options in these cities can range from inexpensive to opulent. 

In rural areas, breakfast will be served at the same location where you will spend the night. Dinner can be arranged similarly. Lunch will be eaten on the way to the next destination. Only basic meal options such as Tibetan bread, dal (lentil soup), bhat (rice), and tsampa porridge would be available in the remote areas.

GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. 

A comprehensive list of gear for all activites is listed on our dedicated page of Complete Gear List For Trekking and Climbing

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