Tibet Motorcycle Adventure

Dates: June 2020 (TBC) 

Time to tick this one off your bucket list! Ride Nepal takes you riding on the roof of the world on BMW F800 GS or R1200 GS.

Visiting the Palace the Dalai Lama grew up in, high altitude turquoise freshwater lakes, and of course unobstructed views of the Northern face of Mount Everest!

The journey allows 2 days to explore Tibet’s old capital, the now modernised and vibrant city of Lhasa (3650m). Accommodation will be 3-4 star hotels throughout except one night in a large traditional Tibetan tent, shared with the other members in the group. This is to dramatically enhance your chances of seeing a clear view of Mt. Everest at sunset, with the starry night sky and in the morning when the first light hits the tallest peak in the world. It will be an unforgettable night and the highlight of the whole trip.

Riding at about 4000+m everyday on mostly well maintained tarmac roads and travelling with our own support vehicle.


Tour Summary


  • Potala Palace, Lhasa – The Dalai Lama’s childhood home
  • Ride the road to EBC, Everest Base Camp and watch the sunrise over Mt. Everest from Rongphu at 5000m
  • Yamdok Lake, one of three sacred freshwater lakes in Tibet, 72km long, this one is a brilliant turquoise
  • Gyantse Fort
  • Karola Glacier
  • Sera Monastery: A huge Buddhist complex in Lhasa
  • Jokhang Temple, an ancient and important temple in Lhasa.
  • Lhasa: The holy city, the centre of the Tibetan Buddhist world – Lhasa literally translates as “the place of the Gods”
  • Ride over many high passes of over 5000m

Day 1 Kathmandu


Usually flights are overnight so you should allow an extra day for the journey to Kathmandu. Once you arrive at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport we will pick you up directly from the airport transfer you to your 5* hotel. There will be the opportunity for exploration of the ancient city in your own time this day depending on your time of arrival. Once you are settled in we collect you from the hotel and introduce you to your bikes. The evenings’ briefing will be latest at 6pm, with an introduction and familiarisation with your bikes and a talk on safety and riding style in Nepal. We’ll ride out to town for dinner this evening and a taste of Kathmandu traffic.


Day 2 Kathmandu


Whilst we’re busy with the work for your permits/visas to China. A member of the Ride Nepal team will be entertaining you with day rides around Kathmandu Valley with sightseeing of the different and amazing world heritage sights.


Day 3 Kathmandu


Whilst we’re busy with the work for your permits/visas to China. A member of the Ride Nepal team will be entertaining you with day rides around Kathmandu Valley with sightseeing of the different and amazing world heritage sights.


Day 4 Tatopani/Kyirong

2300m alt. _ riding distance

We ride today till the Chinese border crossing. This will probably be the hardest day’s riding today as we are riding on Nepali roads with Nepali traffic, the mountain roads are high, with steep drops and lots of hairpin bends. Stunning scenery and exciting riding like you’ve never experienced before!



Day 5 Nyalam

3750m alt. _ riding distance.

Riding into Tibet today we begin to acclimatize at 3750m. The roads in Tibet are very different to the roads in Nepal. They are well maintained, tarmac roads, which are smooth and easy to ride on at high speeds. The speed limit however is 70KMH,


Day 6 Nyalam


Acclimatization day today. You will be up on the Tibetan plateau where the scenery is like some other world. Nyalam is a small town, with not any bars to hop or cafes to hang out at per se, although there will be friendly teahouse owners that will be thrilled to make you a cup of the traditional Tibetan milk, ghee, salt and sugar tea!

Lots of time to contemplate life and soak up the peaceful vibes.


Day 7 Tingri

4390m alt. 217km riding distance.

Nyalam to Tingri today, TIngri used to be an important trading post where Sherpas from Nepal came and exchanged rice, grain and iron for Tibetan wool, livestock and salt.


Day 8 Shigatse

3900m alt. 244km riding distance.

Tingri – Shigatse today, Shigatse is the second largest city in Tibet with 12,000 inhabitants. It used to be the old capital, with it’s own ‘Potala Palace’ which has since been destroyed. There is a fort or Dzong, which sits in Shigatse still today which was rebuilt in 2007 and houses a small museum on Tibetan culture.


Day 9 Lhasa

3650m alt. 351km riding distance.

Shigatse – Lhasa, riding today. Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, literally translates as “The place of the Gods” Now called Chennguan which in Chinese means “Urban Gateway”. Lhasa is a city rich in history and culture, The Potala Palace is a must see whilst there, you actually can’t miss it, situated on a cliffside. The childhood home of the Dalai Lama, and many before him, used as a royal retreat dating back many centuries. Lhasa was a cosmopolitan city with a bustling market place, a hub for foreign traders. Now Lhasa is a vibrant modern city, one of the highest in the world.


Day 10 Lhasa

Time to rest and sightsee at your own leisure.


Day 11 Lhasa

An extra day in Lhasa sightseeing as one is definitely not enough!


Day 12 Gyantse

3950m alt. 261km riding distance.

Gyantse is an ancient settlement in Tibet, population around 8000 people. It has not expanded much unlike other cities in Tibet. It was garrisoned by the British army during WWII, there is an impressive cliffside fortress here, or Dzong.

The ride here is another stunning day of riding on the Tibetan plateau, where also we visit Yamdok Lake, one of three sacred lakes in Tibet. A high altitude lake fresh in water and turquoise in colour.


Day 13 Shigatse

3900m 90km.

We have some time this morning for sightseeing Gyantse, then this afternoon riding back to Shigatse.


Day 14 Shegar

4050m alt. 244km riding distance

Staying tonight at the Everest Hotel in Shegar, this is the penultimate stop on the Everest Highway.


Day 15 Rongbuk

5000m. alt. 168km

Today is the day we get up and close to the stunning North face of Mount. Everest with an unobstructed view of the mountain, which you don’t get when trekking in Nepal. Framed by the prayer flags from Rongbuk monastery it is a truly breathtaking memory to take back home with you and cherish for a lifetime!



Day 16 Zhangmu

2300m alt. 181km riding distance

Riding back to the Chinese/Nepal border today.


Day 17 Kathmandu


Last day on the roads riding, will be much busier with all different kinds of traffic as we head back to Kathmandu, and the hustle and bustle of the city.



Day 18 Departure

We’ll drop you back to the airport in time for your flight back to the UK.



Bikes, Fuel, All meals (B,L,D), All Accommodation (mostly 4*), All transfers, All permits, China Visa, Guides, Support vehicle (carrying your luggage, spare parts etc.)

Not Included

International Flights, Alcohol, Client Insurance, Tips and other personal expenses