Sky Scraping Tour of Tibet

Date: June 3rd – 12th 2020     Total Distance: 1690km     Max Altitude: 5400m


  • Tour Cost with F800 GS: £5391.00
  • Tour Cost with R1200 GS: £5947.00
  • Tour Cost in Jeep: £2012.00

Date: July 4th – 13th 2020


  • Tour Cost with F800 GS: £5655.00
  • Tour Cost with R1200 GS: £6211.00
  • Tour Cost in Jeep: £2012.00

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, Yamdrok Lake one of the largest/highest freshwater lakes, Namtso Lake the highest saltwater lake. Unobstructed views of the Northern face of Mount Everest  from Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monastery in the world. Everest Base Camp is just 7km down the road, (open to those with climbing permits only.) The journey also allows two full days to explore Tibet’s old capital, the now modernised and vibrant city of Lhasa (3650m).

Accommodation will be 2-4 star hotels throughout. Riding at about 4000+m everyday on mostly well maintained tarmac roads and travelling with our own support vehicle. We spend many days at a lower altitude and avoid the usual rush to Everest Base Camp, making sure you safely acclimatize, we also avoid sleeping at anything higher than 4600m.

In order to get to Lhasa you must stopover at Chengdu, China (500m). Please allow an extra day for this journey.

Tips for the first day:

As part of the acclimatization, we recommend that you avoid strenuous exercise, it is best to take it easy, drink plenty of water and rest as much as possible.


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  • Potala Palace, Lhasa – The Dalai Lama’s childhood home
  • Ride the road to EBC, Everest Base Camp and view Mt. Everest from Rongphu at 5000m
  • Yamdok Lake, one of three sacred freshwater lakes in Tibet, 72km long, this one is a brilliant turquoise
  • Historical city of Gyantse
  • Ride by Karola Glacier
  • 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

When to Go


Day 1 Lhasa 3650m

Welcome to Tibet,  the roof of the world! Your journey begins at Lhasa where you will be met by your tour guide at the airport and escorted to the hotel. You will have the rest of the day to explore the city on your own and acclimatize to the high altitude. Overnight hotel accommodations at the famous Yak Hotel 3*


Day 2 Lhasa 3650m

On this day, your guide will assist with the necessary paperwork to obtain your local motorcycle license. The rest of the day is set aside for you to acclimatize and explore the streets of Lhasa on your own, there are plenty of touristy restaurants and shops, or you can walk the sacred path of Barkhor or just dive down any narrow side street and go exploring. Overnight at the Yak Hotel


Day 3 Potala Palace – Jokhang Temple – Sera Monastery 3650m

Start today’s Lhasa exploration with an exciting visit to iconic Potala Palace,regarded as one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. In addition, you will also visit Jokhang Temple which is considered the spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism. The last site of the day will be the famous Sera Monastery,where you will have the opportunity to observe monks debating in a courtyard as the have done for hundreds of years.


Day 4 Lhasa-Yamdrok Lake- Karola Glacier-Shigatse 3860m

226 miles / 365 KM. A thrilling motorcycle ride is about to begin today! We will leave the hotel after breakfast and ride to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet and the world’s third highest city. Along the way we will admire the sacred Yamdrok Lake located at an altitude of 4,400m, covering over 360 square kilometers. We pass by the white Karola glacier (5,045m) that blankets the hillside, it can be seen up close due to its proximity to the road. Overnight at 4* hotel in Shigatse.


Day 5 Shigatse-Lhatse- New Tingri 4500m

149 miles / 240 KM – Our day begins with a visit to the official seat of the Panchen Lama: Tashilhunpo Monastery, it is the largest and most influential Gelug monastery in the Shigatse Prefecture. We will have the opportunity to walk the cobblestone alleys and visit halls and chapels in this culturally important site. Later in the day we head to Tingri. Overnight hotel accommodations in Tingri at the Roof of the World Hotel 2*


Day 6 Tingri-Gyawu-La Pass-Rongbuk Monastery -EBC Highway –Old Tingri 4500m

108 miles / 175 KM – We start our early morning ascent passing through the old Tibetan villages, which have been here long before the road arrived. We continue to the Gyawu-La pass (5,198 m) from where you can see a large stretch of the Himalayas, including Mt. Makalu (8463m), Mt. Lyou chotse (8561 m), Mt. Everest (8844 m) and Mt. Cho Oyu (8201 m) towering over the barren landscape. From the pass we ride down 48 switchbacks and continue to Rongbuk Monastery (5000m), the highest monastery in the world, just 7km from Everest Base Camp. Stay over in Old Tingri at the Snow Leopard Hotel


Day 7 Old Tingri-Lhatse-Shigatse 3860m

186 miles / 300 KM –  Leaving Old Tingri which used to be an important trading post where Sherpas from Nepal came and exchanged rice, grain and iron for Tibetan wool, livestock and salt.  We retrace our previous route to Shigatse. Stunning views of the vast and pristine plateau will accompany us throughout the day. Overnight at Hotel Manasarovar 4*


Day 8 Shigatse-Yangpachen-Damxung 4200m

205 miles / 330 KM – This morning we ride besides the Brahmaputra River, one of the longest rivers in the world, on our way to visit the famous Yangpachen Hot Springs before arriving in Damxung. Overnight at a Hotel in Damxung.


Day 9 Damxung-Namtso Lake-Lhasa 3650m

174 miles / 280 KM – We start the day by crossing the Nagen-La pass (5190m) and to reach Namtso Lake , one of the three sacred lakes in Tibet is also the highest lake in the world standing at 4718m above sea level. We then return to Lhasa,  “The place of the Gods” Now called Chennguan which in Chinese means “Urban Gateway”.  From here we will dismount from our motorcycles for the last time on the tour. Overnight at the Yak Hotel


Day 10 Departure

This morning we will say farewell to Tibet, our guides and driver as this amazing journey comes to a close. Transfer to Lhasa airport will be arranged for your flight home.


Bikes, Fuel, All meals (B,L,D), All Accommodation (mostly 2-4*), All transfers, All permits, China Visa, Guides, Support vehicle (carrying your luggage, spare parts etc.)


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