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Tibet Motorbike Tour

location_iconKathmandu, Lhasa

Country

Nepal

Duration

17 Days

Fitness Level

Moderate

Best Season

Mar to May - Sep to Dec

Group

Size 1- 15 People

Transportation

Private Vehicle/Flight
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Overview

Tibet Bike Tour is designed for the travelers who love bike riding adventures. Imagine yourself in a 500 cc Enfield motorcycle riding along the lone road in the barren treeless landscape of the Tibetan Plateau, small settlements of people resembling the ancient Tibetan culture and lifestyles, nomadic herdsman grazing their animals, all in the backyard highest mountains of the planet. It may not sound so much cozy but it is a sheer adventure that may be tattooed in your memory for eternity.

The trip starts from the city of Lhasa. You will visit ancient monasteries, several palaces including Potala palace, other various religious and culturally important sites. From there you start your bike riding adventure. You will ride through the turquoise lakes, small villages and even take a glimpse of Everest, the highest mountain. Considering the cultural and scenic richness of Tibet, this bike tour is probably the best bike tour in Asia.

 

(The trip demands a good driving experience. You will enjoy a 500 cc Royal enfield or 411 CC Royal Enfield Himalayan as your ride. Luggage will be carried by a supported jeep with one technician for emergency services.)

About Motorbike:-

We have 411 CC Royal Enfield Himalayan and 500 CC Royal Enfield classic motorbike which are very powerful and comfortable for long drive in Himalaya. Please write us which bike is comfortable for you. We can also provide other brands of motorbikes if your require brands of motorbikes are available in Nepal or in Tibet.

 

Riding your own motorbike in Tibet:-

Riding your own motorbike in Tibet is also possible. We need proper documents of your motorbikes which you are bringing for Tibet tour. Once we get your documents we will issue the motorbike permits accordingly.

 

The Best Time To Go:-

Tibet's climate is favorable all year around for motorbike tour. Overall, the best time for Tibet Motorbike tour start from April to November. During this season you can enjoy the crisp air, deep blue sky, beautiful landscape and wonderful Himalayan Range. December, January and February are also good season for weather bot due to the cold weather it is not recommended.

 

Travel Tips: Month of March is not allowed for international tourists to visit Tibet due to the Tibet travel policy.

 

Tibet Visa and Travel Permit Information:-

All foreigners other Than Chinese and Tibetan need to obtain Tibet visa and travel permit to enter the Tibet. Tibet travel permit is issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau. Tourist cannot apply their travel permit themselves. Tibet Bureau only accept application from registered travel agencies like Global Holidays Adventure. Tibet permit or visa comes in paper, not in your passport.

(Note: It is very important that Tibet Travel permit and Tibet Visa is different. You can’t enter the Tibet just with Chinese Visa. Before entering Tibet you should obtain Tibet Travel permit.)

Require document for Tibet visa /Permit:-

  • At least six month valid clear scan copy of your passport.

  • Chinese visa copy by email (For those travelers who are entering Tibet from mainland China).

  • You have to fill up a form Chinese Embassy Kathmandu with your latest passport size of a picture. For those who are Travelling from Nepal. Global Holidays Adventure will manage it).

  • Tibet Tourism Bureau takes one week time to approve the travel Permit. Sometime it take more than a week so applying your Tibet permit before 15 days Is safe way.


Diplomats passport holders, journalists, professional media photographer and government officials are Not able to issue their Tibet Travel permit through normal travel agencies. They are only able to get under the arrangement of foreign affairs.

 

Tibet Permit and Visa Fees:

American citizens:: US $ 215 per person.

Romanian citizens: US $ 155 per person.

Canadian citizens: US $ 195 per person.

Brazilian citizens : US $ 205 per person.

Argentina citizens: US $ 215 per person.

Other citizens: US $ 125 per person.


(Our cost is depend upon the group size of rider so please email info@nepaltraveladventure.com with your group size and requirements. Also our itinerary can be customized as per your suitability.)

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Itinerary

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Day
1
Arrival at Kathmandu,
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Altitude

1350 Meters
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel
transport_icon Transport: Private Van

Welcome to Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan international airport Global Holidays Adventure representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. After time to get refreshed, evening you'll meet Mr. Surya or Mr. Samsher to brief about your trip.

Day
2
Kathmandu Sight Seeing Tour. (Tibet Visa Preparation Day)
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Altitude

1350 Meters
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast
transport_icon Transport: Private Van

Today after breakfast you will start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. All of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites; including the, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' Swayambunath and Buddhists shrine of Bouddhanath which is one of the largest Stupas in the world and Medieval city Patan.

Day
3
Half day Bhakpatur Durbar square sightseeing and rest of the day Visa and Trip Preparation.
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Altitude

1350 Meters.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast
transport_icon Transport: Private Van

Today you will explore the ancient city of Bhaktapur and rest of the day trip preparation. Normally it will take two and half days for Urgent Tibet visa. Top urgent visa we can take within one days but it will be little expensive.

Day
4
Ride Kathmandu to Shyabrubesi.
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Duration

125 Km / 7-8 hours.
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Altitude

Elevation 1,140 m
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast
transport_icon Transport: Motorbike

After an early breakfast in hotel you will kick up your motorbike, you will follow 40 Km to the Prithibi and turn left to the Kerung border. Due to the road condition it is very long journey through remote areas of Langtang national park till Rasuwagadi through Nuwakot, Dhunche and you will stay overnight at Shyabrubesi.

Day
5
Ride Shyabrubesi to Kerung. (3 hours including necessary border formalities)rest of the day acclimatization at Kerung.
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Duration

42 KM / 3 hours
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Altitude

Elevation 2,750 m
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast.
transport_icon Transport: Motorbike

Today after breakfast at guesthouse you will dive 18 Km to Nepal and Tibet border. After necessary border formalities you will drive to Kerung 24 KM from the border. Rest of the day you will explore the local town of Kerung and no more drive for acclimatization for next day.

Day
6
Ride Kerung to Tingri.
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Duration

244 Km / 5 hours.
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Altitude

Elevation 4300 m
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast
transport_icon Transport: Motorbike

Today after breakfast you will ride uphill to the highest plateau of the world with the typical view of Tibetan landscape offering sheer feeling of standing on the roof of the world. from where, weather permitting, 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).

Day
7
Ride Tingri to Ronbuk Visit Everest Base Camp (Qomolangma base camp)
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Duration

185 Km/ 7 hours.
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Altitude

Elevation 4980 M.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast.
transport_icon Transport: Motorbike

Today After breakfast you will ride to Ronbuk through beautiful Tibetan countryside. You will explore Ronbuk Monastery (highest monastery in the world) and and enjoy the close beautiful views of Everest. (Before 4 Km of Ronbuk the chinese government not allow any vehicles so to reach Ronbuk will go by electric bus which are avaliable every 30 minutes. Also now without climbing permits other visitors are not allow to the Everest base camp. But you will reach 1.5 Km before base camp where the views are similar and gigantic). After enjoying your day at Everest base Camp you will drive to Xegar for Overnight stay. (If you want to stay at Ronbuk for your experience then it is also possible. only the things the next day you have to drive 90 KM more to reach Shigatse.)

Day
8
Ride Xegar to Shigatse.
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Duration

244 KM /4-5 hours.
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Altitude

Elevation 3900 m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast.
transport_icon Transport: Motorbike.

Today is also one of the most beautiful day. You will cross over 5200 meters passes where often get the snow. After a beautiful drive you will arrive at Shigatse,(3900m) the second largest Tibetan city. Tashilhunpo Monastery, being one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet is the major attraction of Shigatse. Explore your evening around local town of Shigatse.

Day
9
Ride Xigatse - Gyantse.
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Duration

95 KM - 3/4 hours.
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Altitude

Elevation 3,950m
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast
transport_icon Transport: Motorbike

Morning sightseeing to the Panchen Lama's Tashilhumpu Monastery. Drive to Gyantse and visit to the Kumbum Stupa & Phalkor Monastery and Local town of Gyantse.

Day
10
Ride Gyantse to Lhasa.
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Duration

261km - 5/6 hours
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Altitude

Elevation 3650m
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast
transport_icon Transport: Motorbike

Full day picturesque drive crossing over Karola (5,010m), Kambala (4,749m), Colorful Yamdrok-Tso Lake and the Tibetan lifeline river Brahma Putra (Yarlung Tsangpo).

Day
11
Guided city tours in Lhasa.
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Altitude

Elevation 3650m
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast.
transport_icon Transport: Private Van

Once you relinquish your delicious breakfast, you straightaway make arrangements for your sightseeing tour. Your experienced guide accompanies you to the famous monasteries of Tibet. On your awe-inspiring visit to Sera Monastery, you are introduced to the important aspects of Buddhism. After lunch, you once again continue exploring Tibetan ancient cultures and civilizations as you pay a visit to Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Jokhang temple provides yet another exciting and educative tour. Wandering around Barkhor Markets is another major highlight of the day. Finally, you head back to your hotel for relaxation and refreshments.

Day
12
Guided City tour around Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery.
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Altitude

Elevation 3650m
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast
transport_icon Transport: Private Van.

Today you get more acquainted with the mystiques of Lhasa. In the morning after breakfast, you will set off to view majestic Potala Palace towering above city of Lhasa. You get to witness unique, pristine and overwhelming array of intricate Tibetan murals, temples, stupas, and tombs of eight past Dalai Lamas from a perfect vantage point. Ancient Tibetan cultures come alive with your every exploration. Later in the noon after lunch, you will visit beautifully landscaped Drepung Monastery. You can observe nuns and monks chanting and performing religious discourses. After this religious journey, you eventually return to your hotel for delicious dinner and well-eared peaceful sleep.

Day
13
Drive to Sigatse.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast.
transport_icon Transport: Motorbike

Today after breakfast, we take the same route that we took in order to reach Lhasa, however we skip the place called Gyangtse. We will be spending night at Sigatse. Feel free to stop at the place that catch your interest, take pictures and enjoy the breathtaking landscapes.

Day
14
Sigatse to Tingri.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast.
transport_icon Transport: Motorbike.

Today we board on 6-7 hour motorcycle ride towards Tingri. Riding on the same tarmac that led us to Lhasa. Don’t forget to enjoy the view and obviously feel free to stop at place catching your attention. Take breaks, stretch your body and ride again.

Day
15
Drive to Kerung.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast.
transport_icon Transport: Motorbike.

Today we say goodbye to Tibetan Plateau and reach Nepal. Experience the dramatic change in landscape. Upon reaching boarder, we complete all the formalities and officially re-enter Nepal. Don’t forget the driving lane changes at boarder side, from today you will be riding on left side where as yesterday you were riding your bike on right hand side.

Day
16
Drive back Kathmandu.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast.
transport_icon Transport: Motorbike.

Today we drive back to Kathmandu, the same 175 km on both good black topped and off road terrain of Nepal. Upon reaching Kathmandu you can sit by the bar and enjoy some drinks while reflecting on trip discussing about the events that you lived and will treasure forever.

Day
17
Final Departure.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast.
transport_icon Transport: Private Vehicle.

Today one of our representative will drop you off at the airport terminal of Kathmandu.

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Inclusions

  • All airport transfer as per the itinerary. 
  • 4 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with twin shearing on BB basis.
  • Kathmandu Sightseeing tour by private vehicle with one professional english speaking guide.
  • Twin sharing accommodation in Tibet as per the itinerary on BB basis (Breakfast included).
  • One English speaking Tibetan Guide.
  • Tibet visa fee.
  • 1 Support Jeep in Tibet.
  • 1 Support Truck for whole trip.
  • Entry fee of mention places.
  • All necessary permits.
  • Temporarily Chinese motor bike driving licence.
  • Each Person 500 CC Royal Enfield Motorbike.
  • Fuel for Motor bike.
  • Portable oxygen cylinder in vehicle.
  • 1 Mechanic (Royal Enfield specialist) and his all expenses (food, accommodation, wages, visa, permits etc).
  • Spare parts (tube, wires/cable, bolts, light bulb etc) *Note: Charges may applicable for major parts damaged during bike rides (Insurance recommended)
  • Airfare Kathmandu - Lhasa.
Excludes
  • Travel Insurance (must cover all risk undertaken including motor bike accidental damage cost).
  • Lunch and dinner during the whole trip. 
  • Liquor beverages (hard and soft drinks).
  • Major spare parts cost.
  • Expenses of personal nature, phone calls, laundry etc
  • Gratuity to staff.
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FAQs

What is the physical requirement for Tibet Motorbike tour ?

Tibet Motorbike tour is designed for those adventure lovers who are physically fit and have good skill for Motorbike riding in cold Himalaya. During this adventure you will cross 5200 Meters altitude by motorbike, so you should have good physical condition for this trip.

Do I Need License to ride in Tibet ?

Of Course, without a license you are not a real rider. So for Tibet motorbike tour we will issue temporary Chinese driving license for you. Which allow you to drive in Tibet. To issue the temporary driving license we need your scan copy of your international driving license

Do I need any previous experience for Lhasa Kathmandu Motorbike tour?

You don’t need any experiences of Himalayan ride but make sure that you are a good motorbike rider and can drive for a long way in cold Himalayan road.

Is there any supporting Van/Truck during the Trip?

Yes, we provide one private supporting Van/ Truck during your motorbike tour in Tibet. Your all luggage and spare parts of motorbike will carry by our supporting Van.

 

What Kind of Motorbike is provided?

We provide 411 CC Royal Enfield Himalayan or 500 CC Royal Enfield classic motorbike which are very powerful and comfortable for long drive. Please write us which bike is comfortable for you. We can also provide other brands of motorbikes if your require brands of motorbikes are available in Nepal or in Tibet.


What about guide and Crews?

1 Road Captain/Chief Technician and 1 mechanic will be provided during the whole trip. An experienced English speaking Tibetan guide will guide you to the sightseeing places in the Tibetan cities.

 

What is the best season for motorbike tour in Tibet?

The Tibetan climate is not as harsh as many people imagine it to be. Tibet's climate is favorable to travel from April to the beginning of November, and most ideal in August and September. However, Lhasa's climate is more clement than the rest of Tibet, and is suitable to travel year-round. The sun radiation in Tibet is extremely strong. It's not for nothing that Lhasa is called the Sunlight City. The months of May, June and September are the primary tourist season in eastern Tibet.


How long does it take to get Tibet Visa?

It can take about a week to three days in urgent cases.

How can i get Travel permit while travelling from China?

You can get Tibet travel permit through a proper agent from mainland China or with Global Holidays Adventure reliable and swift services, where you have to inform us before you enter into China.

Is there any Age-bar to get Tibet Visa ?

So far there is no age-bar to get Tibet Visa, any one from child to elder can apply Tibet Visa. 

Do I have Airport pickup facilities?
Definitely! Global Holidays Adventure Pvt. Ltd provides airport pick up facilities for those customers who have booked private tour for any of our packages. We don't charge any money for the service.$#


Can I organize a Tibet visa myself? Can I travel alone in Tibet?

Unfortunately, due to China's very strict tourism policy for Tibet, it is not possible for you to get a visa by yourself and it is not possible to travel in Tibet on your own. As an authorized travel company like Global Holidays Adventure will organize everything; visa, permit to enter and all other paperwork.


What currency do I have to use in Tibet?

The unit of currency is Chinese Yuan. The Bank of China can exchange all foreign currencies. The banks in Tibet/China are closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Travelers Cheques and credit cards are very difficult to be cashed outside the banks especially outside Lhasa.

 

Are there ATMs counters in Tibet?

ATM facilities are easily available in Lhasa and Shigatse; however, it may be difficult to find one in other smaller towns or in remote places.

 

How bad is Altitude Sickness in Tibet, and what can I do to avoid, or treat it?

Known as the Roof of the World, Tibet is one of the highest places on earth. Due to Tibet's high altitudes, many visitors from low-altitude areas may suffer from altitude sickness. Most people suffer minor effects of altitude sickness only, which include headache, loss of appetite, and a tendency to have no energy until their bodies adjust to the high terrain. This adjustment can take anywhere from a few hours, and in rare cases, a few days. If visitors do some simple preparations before going to Tibet, most of the symptoms of altitude sickness can be avoided. Being healthy and in good shape before you arrive in Tibet will help greatly. It is also recommended that you talk to your local physician about AMS pills to help combat altitude sickness. Once arriving in Tibet, walk slowly and take deep breaths. Your tour guide will be there to offer help and suggestions.

Will there be problems with the language barrier?

Visitors to Tibet do not need to worry about the language barrier at all. Each visitor will have an English-speaking tour guide, and most of the front desk staffs in the big hotels can communicate in English. The main languages used in Tibet are Chinese, Tibetan, English and Nepali. If you are a solo traveler, you will get pretty more people who can speak these languages in Tibet's most popular tourist spots.

 

What is the electricity supply in Tibet and what plugs are used?

Generally, the electricity supply in Tibet is 220V, 50HZ. If you have a plan in future to travel in Tibet and wish to bring some electrical devices with you for basic use then keep in mind that transformer is very essential. Tibet hotels bathrooms have the access of 220V and 110V electrical devices power. But, in the guest room normally only 220V electrical sockets are available.

 

Is there internet access in Tibet for foreign traveler?

Definitely there is internet access for foreign traveler in Tibet but only on limited areas like Lhasa, Shigatse, Gyantse and Tsedang where some café provides internet facilities. In addition, hotels in some city like Lhasa and Shigatse also provide internet facility to their customers.

 

What type and standard of accommodation will I encounter?

In most of the cities and towns, hotels and guest houses are available. Lhasa accommodation ranges from the simple guest houses to five star hotels. Shigatse, Gyantse and Tsedang offers up to three star hotels. Moreover, now few government alliance classical grand hotels are also being operated in the big cities. While in other smaller or remote areas, accommodation is available mainly in guest houses and they are very simple.

Are the streets in Tibet safe?

Generally, it is quiet safe in Tibet. Almost all Tibetans are devout Buddhists who believe that good deeds will gain advantages in their next lives and crimes are also very rare in this region. But tourists need pay attention to dogs that are free to move everywhere. So you need to take care while you are travelling alone in the night time. We strongly recommend foreign traveler not to walk in the night time.


What is the time Zone of Tibet?

Despite being the large landscape time zone of all the state of china is measured from Beijing, which is 8 hours ahead of GMT standard time zone. Now, we are clear that Tibetan time is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). And it is 2 hours and 15 minute ahead of Nepalese standard time and 2 hour and 30 minute ahead of Indian standard time.

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