Bicycling Trip in Tibet


They are many ways to enjoy the beauties of Tibet. One of the best ways to witness the true beauties of Tibet is through bike tours.

The duration of the trip is longer as compared to the normal vehicle tours. Longer duration tours have more chances to see the beauties of Tibet in a deeper way.

Bicycling tour allows Travelers to camp in remote areas where they are fewer Tourist and more local Tibetans with stunning nature.

Beauties of the sunrise, sunset, and stars in the night can be seen while camping outside of the cities. 

At the beginning of March 2018, Tibet Travelers has two bicycling tour inquiries from two different groups of Travelers from Europe and America.

They were two Travelers from America, a father, and a son. Another group of eight Travelers was from Italy. After exchanging many Emails and chats in What's App. We have successfully arranged the bicycling Tibet tour for eight Italian Travelers from Europe.

They are two different ways to book a bicycle tour through Tibet Travelers. All-inclusive tour with accommodation, meals, camping equipment and cook for the tour or excluding accommodation, meals, camping equipment, and cook as an exclusive tour.

If Travelers prefer the easier option, we would highly recommend an all-inclusive tour but it will be more expensive so for budget bicycling Travelers can also choose the exclusive tours.

Photo: Motorbike Tours in Tibet at Mount Everest North face base camp Yak hair tea tent area

Travelers can bring their bicycles from their home country to Tibet or Travelers can also buy the Trek bikes in Tibet, China, or Nepal.

They are 3 brands of Bikes available to buy in Lhasa.

  1. Gaint
  2. Merida
  3. Ucc        

The price ranges for Bikes in Tibet are around 500 US Dollars to 1500 US Dollars depending on the quality of the bike. Tibet Travelers will help Travelers to show the shop of the Bikes. 

Eight Italian bicycling Travelers short Story 

Four of the Travelers were traveling into Tibet from Kathmandu, Nepal on 2018 July 25th, another four Travelers were traveling into Tibet from Chongqing, China on July 28th with a few hour's stop. We have arranged for a local friend from Chongqing to deliver the permit to the airport and pass it to Travelers for 400 RMB so our Travelers won't need to spend a night in Chongqing.

Italian Travelers bought their bicycles from Italy to Tibet via a flight. One of the good bikes we have seen with them was the Trek Bike. 

Today is the third day of the bicycling group. They manage to cycle around 70km on the first day of the bike tour. The total duration of the bike tour is around 18-19 days including 3-4 days in Lhasa for acclimatization. They are cycling from Lhasa to Mount Everest base camp and Kyirong border between Nepal, finally ending at Kathmandu, Nepal. 

Some Travelers love the adventure of the bicycling trip in Tibet. 

One of the most popular bicycling, cycling or bike trips in Tibet is the 19 Days from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp via ending at the Nepal Border. 

Tibet Travelers would like to share this special Tibet adventure itinerary with all the Travelers.

Travelers have to bring their own packable bicycle or Travelers can also buy the bikes in Lhasa, which cost around 200-400 US Dollars depending on the quality of the bicycle.

Tour can be also modified at Travelers prefer sightseeing. 

19 Days Bicycle itinerary from Lhasa to Nepal Border

Day 1: Arrive at Lhasa      

Day 2: Lhasa -Jokhang Temple- Barkhor Square and Sera monastery in the afternoon for monks debate     

Day 3: Lhasa - Potala palace - Norbulingka palace    

Day 4: Lhasa- Drepung monastery- Nechung temple

(Accommodation 3-star Kyichu hotel) 

Day 5: Lhasa- foot of Gampa la (83km, camping)

Day 6: Gampa la - Nangartse(79km, camping)    

Day 7: Nangartse - foot of Simila la pass (66km, camping)

Day 8: Simi la pass- Gyantse (37km stay at the hotel

(Accommodation 3-star Jianzang hotel)

Day 9: Gyantse (visit Palkor chode and Kumbum stupa) - Shigatse(visit Tashilhunpo monastery) (92km)

(Accommodation 4-star Gesar hotel)

Day 10: Shigatse -foot of Tso la pass (100km, camping)

Day 11: Foot of Tso la pass - Lhatse (50km)

(Accommodation Guesthouse)

Day12: Lhatse - Pelber (8km, camping)

Day13: Pelber -Geu la (37km, camping)                        

Day14: Geu la – Rongbuk monastery (71km,  camping) 

Day15: Rongbuk monastery to Everest base camp (8km)

(Accommodation tent Guesthouse)

Day 16: Everest to Old Tingri - 80km, camping)

Day 17: Old Tingri - Phikutso lake (camping)

Day 18: Phikutso lake - Kyirong (guest house)

Day 19: Kyirong - Cross Nepal Border

Tibet Travelers service ends.

From here Travelers will cross the friendship bridge on foot and hire transport to Kathmandu (100 yuan/per person for a local van, approximately 4 hours, 150km) Travelers can also cycle to Kathmandu 

Read our article: Roads in Tibet

Price Includes

All the Required Tibet Travel Permit                  

Administrative fee                                                          

Tibetan English Speaking Tour Guide                                

Car transportation inside Lhasa (taxis) and outside Lhasa (Business Van)                                                                  

Tour Driver and Tour Guide food and accommodation

Vehicle tolls and vehicle repairs (if necessary)                

Camping equipment: Tent, sleeping bag, and mattress.    

Cook while camping outside of Lhasa.                            

Kitchen stuff, tent, and food while camping.                  

Entrance fees for sightseeing listed                                  

Meals and accommodation listed above

Price Excludes

Personal expenses of clients (flights and train to Tibet)

Driver and Guide gratuities, depending on their performance.  

Transport from Nepal border to Kathmandu

Two documents required to travel to Tibet is the China visa and Tibet Travel Permit


Tibet Travelers highly recommend a bicycling trip to all the Travelers who would love to do random camping, cycling in high altitude paved roads with fresh air and enjoying the beauties of Tibet in a slow and deeper way.

Tibet Travelers also arrange motorbike Tours in Tibet for Travelers loving a bike at high altitudes in Tibet. Travelers can read our previous article on Motorbike tours in Tibet.

Thank you for reading Tibet Travelers' article on bicycling tours in Tibet. Travelers can send us Emails regarding bicycling tours in Tibet.

Written By :Tenzin

Feb 15, 2018


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