Cycle Expedition: Lhasa to Kathmandu

22 days Graded Strenuous

Cycling the Friendship HighwayPrayer flags at Everest Base CampA fully supported expedition in Tibet and Nepal: You will be riding from the ancient capital of Lhasa across Tibet via the base of Mount Everest and then on into the Nepal and the Kathmandu valley on the second-longest downhill (two and a half days) in the world. This trip, with accommodations in local teahouses and camping, offers those bikers with an adventurous spirit to live up close with the mysterious nomadic people of Tibet and experience this vast and unique landscape on a more personal level.

The expedition also allows time for exploring many of Tibet’s most fascinating cities and monasteries and gives the rider the opportunity to ride the best and most scenic portions of the friendship highway that links these two ancient Himalayan Kingdoms. Support vehicles carry all equipment (and riders who may need a rest on the climbs!).

An experienced Nepali mountain bike guide, fluent in English and Tibetan, will ride with you, look after you and your equipment, help you with all-important altitude, acclimatisation and other health matters, and deal with Chinese officials and support crew. Your trip starts and finishes in Kathmandu, where the guide will take care of all your last-minute needs, endorse your Chinese visas, and ensure that this will be a fabulous once-in-a-lifetime experience.

On a number of the cycling days there are several options for over night camping locations. Depending on the progress of the group and camping conveniences the campsites may vary a little. This will be decided by the Trip Leader during the trip. Remember this is a strenuous cycle ride during which you will have a sustained period at high altitude. There are 5 mountain passes over 5000metres, so you should be fit and able to tackle this Himalayan epic adventure. For those taking the challenge it should be one of the most memorable journeys of your life.

Click here to download trip notes for Cycling Lhasa to Kathmandu

The Vital Statistics

  • 22 days ex Kathmandu
  • International Flight Kathmandu – Lhasa
  • 10 nights city hotel / Guesthouse
  • 11 nights fully catered tented camp
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu & Tibet
  • Cycle Leader and Techinical Support

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Comments (3)

  1. Carol Hyland said:

    It was a fabulous trip. We had unseasonally-frequent rain, but the nice thing was that TRT were flexible enough to suggest alternative accommodation when we got too soggy. I would do the whole thing again (a bit fitter perhaps). Although we were mostly cycling at over 3600, the itinerary is carefully designed to get the maximum acclimatisation as you go along. Apart from Kamba La Pass. That’s a long old haul (1100m/24 km) very early on in the trip and requires bigtime endurance skills. But the back-up bus was always around and most of us hopped on it at some point or other. Tips: (1) take heavy-duty cream for your lips or you will suffer. (2) quick-dry cycle shorts do NOT dry quickly at these temperatures or altitude. I conditioned myself beforehand to wearing underwear under them and I’m glad I did (3) take spare pare of bike shoes/trainers in case of rain – soggy feet’s miserable! (4) be prepared for the biggest, most extraordinary landscapes ever – camera a must (5) don’t buy Chinese batteries, they’re crap – take loads with you (6) enjoy!

  2. Mita Srinivasan said:

    This is the second time we use The Responsible Travellers and I would highly recommend them. The trip itself was an amazing experience (thankfully I was not cycling) but the back up team were good at what they did – they improvised and made sure that we were well looked after and taken care of. The guides were knowledgable not only about the sites and history but also about the flora and fauna.

    Looking forward to another adventure with them – and they have a few.

  3. Jane & Adrian Tierney said:

    Wow is the first and last word we can say. If you want a “real” holiday, go on this adventure, pack a sense of humour lots of patience and an ability to get on with other people in and out of the group. Do not expect any frills, live, breathe, smell as the people do, this is a once in a lifetime oppurtunity that you will never forget and dream about for a long time. The team are astute,caring and do a fantastic job and we had many a laugh with them. Throw away those awful Holiday Catalogues and go on this adventure of a lifetime, we would love to do it again! Tips Get Fit (really Fit), pack Wipes, Sun Block have a laugh

    Jane and Adrian Tierney

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