Roof of the World Tour
In 1999, Himalayan Moto Tours was the First tour operator to run organized motorcycle tours into Tibet. In 2001 we were the first to reach Everest Base Camp on the Tibet northern approach by motorcycle and the first to bring motorcycle groups to Everest Base Camp. This tour really does take you to the edge of adventure!
Tibet and Nepal offer adventure riders a fantastic experience – both cultural and scenic. Scenic highlight is for most Mount Everest, and the Potala Palace in Lhasa is probably the cultural highpoint and focus. And in between, you get to ride through the real Tibet at a time that may well turn out to be a crossroads in the country's modern history..
Travelling in Tibet is full of the unexpected, which is certainly part of its appeal. Our Tibet tour is best termed a ‘motorcycle adventure’, and should be undertaken by fit, experienced riders with an open mind for changing road conditions and different rules of the road. And some off-road riding experience is required for Everest Base Camp. Itineraries are subject to improvement or change depending on local conditions.
Temperatures on tour are subject to rapid changes, and the climate will vary from the lower to the high elevations. While riding we must be prepared for these changes. Expect very hot and humid conditions on the plains, with possible showers. As we climb into the foothills expect warm daytime temperatures and cooler nights. Approaching the high passes we can expect anything from warm sunny days to rain, sleet or snow, with nights cool to cold but rarely reaching freezing point. Our tour dates are designed for optimum weather conditions. However, mountains are mountains, so we do recommend you bring a sleeping bag just in case!
2 September -15 September
LHASA - KASHGAR
19 September - 7 October
ARRIVE KATHMANDU. We will greet you personally upon your arrival in Kathmandu and transfer you to our luxury hotel, the Yak and Yeti, where you can unwind after the long flight and enjoy some R&R by the pool. If there's time you can go out and explore this great city. This evening we have an introductory meeting to get to know each other and our bikes.
KATHMANDU (free day). Today we'll take you on a sightseeing tour of the city, taking in sights such as Syambanath (the monkey temple), both ancient Hindu and Buddhist temple complexes, Bodnath Stupa, one of the holiest Buddhist sites in subcontinent, Pashupatinath, an ancient Hindu temple complex, and burning ghats on the Bagamati river. And this evening, take in the fantastic nightlife.
KATHMANDU – KODARI (85 km). After an early breakfast we ride out of Kathmandu for the journey towards the border and to the Last Resort, a luxury tented camp across one of the deepest gorges in the Himalaya (and home to the world's highest bungee jump!) with views of the high peaks. In the afternoon we have a detailed briefing for the days ahead.
KODARI – NYALAM (125 km). We ride along what can best be described as a bad road (fortunately very short!) to the Tibet border, cross the Friendship Bridge into Tibet and ride the famous “Friendship Highway” as we climb to Nyalam at over 4000 m (12,500 ft) and our guest house, where we take an acclimatization stop to get ready for the next 4 days of high passes..
NYALAM - OLD TINGRE (140 km). We continue heading north over the first high pass, Lalung-La, at 5000 m (16,500 ft), with views of Everest before turning east to our guest house at Old Tingre.
OLD TINGRE – RONGBUK (145 km). Today we ride to Everest Base Camp, probably one of the most famous sites in Tibet outside Lhasa. Base Camp is 9 km south of Rongbuk Monastery, at 18,200 ft. The highest mountain on Earth looms majestically just over our shoulders.
RONBUK – XIGAR (130 km). Today we'll rise early and visit the Everest Base Camp before riding the major dirt road down to Pesong for lunch. From Pesong it's a leisurely ride to our hotel in New Tingre, also known as Xigar.
XIGAR – SHIGATSE (240 km).Today's journey takes us first up sweeping and starkly beautiful Tibetan valleys and then over 5200 meter Lhakpa La to drop to our lunch spot in Lhatse. After lunch it's a long and speedy drive through terrain that varies from iron rich hills to bizarre groves newly planted saplings that sometimes stretch for as far a the eye can see. Shigatse is by far the largest city we've seen so far and after cleaning up in our hotel, we'll venture into town for a good meal!
SHIGATSE – GYANGTSE (90 km). After breakfast at the hotel, we'll visit Shigatse's famous Tashi Lumpo monastery - home monastery of the Gelukpa sect's sprititual leader: the Panchen Lama. Tashi Lumpo is quite extensive and the sights are marvelous. We'll then head off in south-easterly direction down the increasingly fertile and busy valley, to Gyangtse, where we'll check into our hotel and then visit Gyantse's famous Buddhist Monastery complexes housing some of the rarest Tibetan Buddhist art in the world.
GYANGTSE – LHASA (255 km). Heading north-east, today is a day of good roads and exceptional scenery as we pass Yamdrok Tso lake on the scenic back roads to Lhasa. We ride on over two more 5000 m passes (16,400 ft), Karo-La and Kamba-La before arriving at the Forbidden City, Lhasa, and our central Hotel Tibet.
LHASA. Today we have a chance to explore the city. We'll visit the Jhokang monastery and browse the multitude shops in the Bharkor that surround the Jhokang itself. After lunch in one of Lhasa's many fine restaurants, we'll have a free day to explore.
LHASA. Today is our final day in Tibet, and a day for sightseeing. We'll begin with a leisurely breakfast, as stroll around town, and then a guided tour of the Potala Palace, the icon of Tibet, home of 14 Dalai Lamas. We then return to our hotel hopefully giving you time for a last look around before our farewell dinner with dancing yaks!!!
LHASA – KATHMANDU. Our early morning 2-hour return flight to Kathmandu takes us over Mt Everest for an unforgettable final memory of this unique holiday. After lunch your time is your own to explore the city by mountain bike, rickshaw, foot or taxi. In the evening we have our farewell dinner party.
DEPART KATHMANDU. We will take you to the airport for your international flight home. Or you can extend your stay in Nepal and take advantage of the trekking and rafting available.
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