Duration : Days
Group Size : pax
A bike or hike in the mountains of Nepal is not a wilderness experience. It is rather a cultural and nature experience. It is a journey through various ethnic cultures, religion and geographical diversity of this Himalayan kingdom. There are rich varieties of flora and fauna within a limited area and horizontal distance of 70 km from a lowest elevation of 150 meter to 8848 meter above sea level. The hills are dotted by numerous villages, which are linked by footpath. You use these networks of footpath made by local people to visit several destinations.
The people in the villages are friendly and hospitable. Depending upon season you come across local people in their distinctive ethnic dress and cultural festivals. On major trade routes like in Annapurna area you are likely to meet traders from Tibet with caravan of mules, porters carrying construction and development materials and soldiers going home on leave from the army. The awespiring Himalayan peaks will always remains with you giving fresh air and nostalgic feeling. You will be amazed to find the great contrast in hard life in the mountain and, happy and smiling face of the people. A bike tour in the mountain of Nepal always gives you time to reflect and think about your own life style; it may change the way you look at life.
You will be riding on absolutely beautiful terrain. Mountain biking in Nepal is more than pristine countryside and wilderness. You will be doing physically amidst the exotic culture. Experience bikers says that " mountain biking in Nepal is about riding in off road trails, great climbs and within that context it is about being able to arrive in an unexpected festival. Here there are trails with goats, cows and buffaloes grazing in the field, farmers carrying ploughs and yaks up there in the mountains and lots more; so it is quite unique."
What biking is like in Nepal & Tibet
Life on the bike: You may have lunch or tea before you start to bike; it depends upon when you arrive at the bike start point. On a long bike tour your duffel baggage and camping equipment will be loaded on a support vehicle to carry. The support vehicle carries food and all necessary equipment.
Bike tour around the rim of Kathmandu valley and in places where lodging facilities are available you will eat and sleep in the best available lodges. Usually a packed lunch is provided during your bike in the daytime. For a group size of up to 10 members a guide is assigned. Above 10 members 2 guides accompany the group. The guide will ensure that you are on right trail.
After you arrive at the camp tea will be served. Drink a lot of fluid. Dinner will be served around 6 p.m. After dinner usually most bikers retire. Candles are provided in the tent and in lodges wherever electricity is not available. Make sure to extinguish the candle before you go to sleep or go out of the tent.
Usual pattern is to wake up at 6am, pack your duffel bag and have breakfast at 6.30am. By 7am everyone is ready to start biking. When weather is cold and the day is short this schedule may be delayed. Your guide will inform you about this.
Lunch stop depends upon suitable spot. In camping arrangement it depends upon availability of water. Usually you will stop for lunch around 11am. Meals are served in the open.
In average you will be biking about 7 to 8 hours a day. If you are at higher elevation you will be ding less. It is important to bike slowly and steadily. Because of mountain terrain which is up and down it is difficult to measure distance covered in each day. Usually you will be biking about 10 to 15 km a day. Your day to day schedule is arranged in such a way that you can easily cover the distance without taxing your body. Anyone in good health and sound physical condition can complete any bike tour that we organize. But you should be prepared to bike steep hills.
A short biking tour:
A short biking tour in the mountain can be a day trip on the ridge or a maximum of 7 days biking up and down the hills to see a closer view of the spectacular Himalayan range that tends to extend wherever you go. Close view of the mighty Himalayan peaks is the highlight of your biking tour in Nepal. Bike or walk on the mountain is always up to the ridge and down the valley. Except while biking and walking through river valley and along the ridge most of the day is spent biking several up and down terrain. A day bike ride in the mountain is usually a steep ride for 3 to 4 hours and another 3 to 4 hours down hill. Riding pace is easy and gradual.
How high you go:
Duration : 19 Days
Group Size : 3-5 pax
Visit Kathmandu 2/3 day (optional)before fly to Lhasa and spend 3 days for the necessary acclimatization enjoying the fascinating Lhasa. Trails navigating between Lhasa and Kathmandu, off Road to Rongbuk, the Valley beneath the Stunning North face of Mount Everest and the Everest Base Camp (5200m). You will visit all the major cities enroute, Gyantse, Shigatse, Lhatse, Shegar and Tinri are on the list.This Bicycle trip will provide you a fantastic and special experience. It is adventurous. It is ancient Tibet and modern China in the process of blending together. Tibet is enchanting. It is one of the most remote parts of the world. Most of Tibet, including Lhasa, is at an elevation of more than 3658 meter (12000 feet).
The distance in Tibet is very wide and the road is rough. So schedules are often disrupted by mechanical problem, floods, or landslides. To tackle the problems that arise out of these unforeseen circumstances you would certainly need spirit of adventure and patience. In fact your journey to Tibet would be a rewarding and unforgettable experience like the one Tibetan pilgrim get once they are in Lhasa.The highest mountain in the world, Mt.Everest, and another 8000-meter peak of Mt.Makalu dominates the breathtaking view.
The Bike tour provides opportunity to learn three religions, Buddhism, Lamaism and Hinduism, also the Tibetan culture, the country and people. All these make this journey a great tour of a lifetime.
Lhasa-Kathmandu tour is the worlds Longest & Deepest Mountain Bike tour. Pedal on endless crushed stone paved path and settlements, monasteries and Palaces. High point of this journey is when when travel to Rongbuk monastery and Mount Everest Base Camp (5200).
Eight-day overland journey to Lhasa is extended to include a side trip to the famous Rongbuk monastery and Everest base camp from Tibet side. Yamdrok Lake, Tashilumpo monastery at Xigatse, seat of Panchen Lama, lies en-route to Lhasa. The highway on the plateau that runs almost parallel to the Himalayan range offers dramatic view of the landscape. Four WD drive Toyota Land cruiser is used for the journey.
We arrange a private tour on your suitable and convenient dates. We also customise a tour or a trek to suit your exact requirements and dates. We will make every effort to make your trip smooth and hasselfree.
Night in Kathmandu before the tour: We suggest at least 2 to 3 nights in Kahtmandu to allow sufficient time to process your China/Tibet visa.
Potala Palace was built in 1645 and completed in 1693. It dominates the landscape in Lhasa. The palace is the former winter residence of the Dalai Lama. It used to be the official residence of 13 Dalai Lamas. The magnificent building has over 1000 rooms. Inside there are many chambers; you can see brilliant frescoes paintings and great view of Lhasa. Jokhangtemple has valuable relics of Buddha and magnificent statues related to Tibet Buddhism. Often you come across devotees, who have come from far flung of Tibet, prostrating in and around. The sight of pilgrims prostrating themselves in front of Jhokang must be seen to be comprehended. This is something you can never see elsewhere. Jokhan temple in Lhasa is the spiritual center of Tibet where in the summer nomads meet other pilgrims on their way to the high pasture.
Sera monastery is one of the three important monasteries. It was built in 15th century. Once upon a time it used to have 5000 monks. It belongs to Gelugpa order known as Yellow Hat. The other important monastery around Lhasa is Drepung monastery. It used to have 8000 monks. They are thought in the tradition of Vajrayana, Tantra and Sutra.
Visit to the historical place of Zedang involve a long drive. It is 190km to the east of Lhasa in the Yarlung valley which is linked with the birth of Tibet's history. It would be very interesting to visit Samye monastery which is one of the oldest monastery in Tibet. The monastery is simply breath taking and inspiring.
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