Tibet Big Bike Tour: Eternal Snows of Kailash

Date: June 17th – 30th

Prices:

  • Tour Cost with F800 GS: £7547.00
  • Tour Cost with R1200 GS: £8325.00
  • Tour Cost in Jeep: £3386.00

Date: July 18th – 31st 2020

Prices:

  • Tour Cost with F800 GS: £7917.00
  • Tour Cost with R1200 GS: £8695.00
  • Tour Cost in Jeep: £3386.00

Ride into the far corners of the roof of the world. This is the ultimate Tibetan adventure, using BMW F800S or R1200 GS to traverse the plateau, exploring the remote  and barren landscapes of Tibet.

Visit the most sacred mountain of earth, Mt. Kailash, watch the sunrise over the tallest mountain of earth Mt. Everest, visit the ancient kingdom of Guge, the foremost Buddhist Kingdom up til the 1600s and explore some of the highest cities on earth including Lhasa.

Sightsee for two full days in Lhasa and get a guided tour around Potala Palace the childhood home of our current Dalai Lama.

Accommodation will be 2-4 star hotels throughout and one night will be spent in a traditional Tibetan tent, sharing with your fellow travellers. Riding at about 4000+m everyday on mostly well maintained tarmac roads and travelling with our own support vehicle.

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.

Tour Summary

Highlights

  • Mt. Kailash, the sacred mountain
  • Lake Manasarovar and Lake Rakchastal the freshwater and saltwater lakes that sit below Mt. Kailash
  • The Ancient Guge Kingdom
  • Riding the Far Western Tibetan plains
  • 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
  • Gyantse Fortress
  • 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

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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. In order to get to Lhasa you must stopover at Chengdu, China (500m). Please allow an extra day for this journey. Overnight hotel accommodations at the famous Yak Hotel 3*

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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

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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.

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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.

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Day 5 Shigatse-Lhatse-Saga. 4640m

280 miles / 450 KM. Crossing 9 high passes today, the weather gets colder and windier as you will be riding at a higher altitude most of the day. Venturing into Western Tibet, home to over 1000 wild donkeys, wild horses, vultures, eagles, yaks, mountain antelope, changra (pashmina goats), ducks and even rabbits! Arriving tonight at the remote, but thriving town of Saga.

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Day 6 Saga – Lake Manasarovar – Mt Kailash – Darchan 4500m

304 miles / 490 KM. Today you ride to the ultimate spiritual destination of Mt Kailash. If you get to visit it once in your life then you are very fortunate. You cannot summit the mountain as it is forbidden according to folklore and by government law. Today we ride towards this sacred mountain, and the two great lakes that sit beneath it. You will cross two high passes and ride by sand dunes, hopefully spotting more wildlife on our way. The second high pass is called Mayum La pass (5216m) this is a sacred high pass and one many pilgrims had to cross on their way, it is the gateway to Kailash.  After crossing the final checkpoint we ride up over a small hill and Lake Manasarovar and Mt. Kailash come into view. Overnight at Himalaya Hotel

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Day 7 Darchen-Zada Tholing-Zada 3660m

143 miles / 230 KM. Today we will start our ride through the pristine grasslands at the foot of Mt. Kailash where we may spot the rare black-necked crane, and with much luck, we may even see a wolf. Breathtaking views of Mt. Kailash will accompany our journey. As we ride on the windy road to Zada the landscape unexpectedly becomes desert-like with intriguing clay forests. Overnight hotel accommodation in Zada.

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Day 8 Zada-Guge Kingdom-Lake Rakchastal-Burang 4755m

205 miles / 330 KM. Early in the morning we ride to Tsaparang, the oldest centre of Guge where the former Summer Palace of the Kings tower over the landscape. A fortress wall and four temples guard the entrance. This kingdom is one of the oldest in Tibet and one of the most important, there are ruins of the fortress built into the stone of a looming ridgeline. The frescoes from the ancient Thöling Monastery and inside the thousands of caves a few frescoes still live on. Very few western tourists make it here as it is so remote. Overnight hotel accommodation in Burang.

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Day 9 Burang-Paryang-Saga 4640m

335 miles / 540 KM. This morning we will have the opportunity to witness the sunrise over Lake Manasarovar, where Mt. Kailash stands directly ahead of us.  Riding back to Saga, we retrace our original route. Overnight hotel accommodation in Saga.

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Day 10 Saga-Pelku Tso Lake-Mt. Shishapama- Old Tingri – Rongbuk

199 miles / 400 KM

Today we will cross the Brahmaputra River, one of the longest rivers in the world and continue our journey through the sandy plains where Tibetan Shepherds can often be seen with their yaks or sheep. Midway through today’s ride we will stop to appreciate a phenomenal panorama of Pelku Tso Lake with Mt. Shishapama in the background, the 14th highest mountain in the world at 8012m. 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, on the EBC Highway. Arriving at this site is sure to be an unforgettable experience! Here you’ll get unobstructed views of Mt. Everest. EBC sits only 7 km down the road, unfortunately the Chinese government no longer allows tourists to visit EBC unless they have a climbing permit, due to environmental reasons. However the views from Rongbuk are every bit as glorious.

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Day 11 Rongbuk-Tingri-Lhatse-Shigatse 3860m

248 miles / 400 KM This morning you will watch the sunrise over Mt. Everest. We retrace our route back to Tingri and then head to Shigatse, stunning views of the vast and pristine plateau will accompany us throughout the day. Hotel Manasarovar 4*

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Day 12 Shigatse-Tashilhunpo Monastery-Damxung 4200m

205 miles / 330 KM. The day begins at the largest and most influential Gelug monastery in the Shigatse region. You will have the opportunity to walk the cobblestone alleys and visit halls and chapels in this culturally important site. The rest of the day will be spent traversing the plateau on our way to visit the famous Yangpachen Hot Springs before arriving in Damxung. Overnight at a Hotel in Damxung.

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Day 13 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 surrounded by rare sighted grassland. 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 capital of Tibet, literally translates as “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. And there will certainly be celebrations for completing this epic Tibetan motorcycle adventure this evening.

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Day 14 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..

Included

  • 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.)

Not Included

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