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Unveiling the Ultimate Challenge: The Lhasa to Kathmandu Mountain Bike Tour


The Lhasa to Kathmandu Mountain Bike Tour is not for the faint of heart. It’s an epic adventure reserved for thrill-seeking cyclists, a grueling yet unparalleled journey that traverses the vast Tibetan Plateau and descends into the verdant valleys of Nepal. This demanding route promises breathtaking scenery, cultural encounters, and the ultimate test of physical and mental fortitude. Buckle up and get ready to experience the world’s longest and steepest descent on two wheels!

A Pedal Through Untamed Landscapes: Unveiling the Roof of the World

Your adventure commences in Lhasa, the enigmatic capital city of Tibet. After acclimatization to the high altitude, you’ll embark on your cycling odyssey, leaving the urban landscape behind. The initial leg of the tour might share some stretches with well-known roads, but soon, you’ll veer off the beaten path and delve into a realm of untamed beauty. Traverse the vast Tibetan Plateau, a seemingly endless canvas painted with browns, golds, and grays. Towering snow-capped peaks pierce the clear blue sky, a constant reminder of the raw power of nature. Keep an eye out for nomadic herders tending their yak and sheep, a glimpse into a traditional way of life on the “Roof of the World.” Crushed stone roads will become your companions as you cycle past remote monasteries clinging to mountainsides, testaments to the enduring faith of the Tibetan people.

Conquering Mountain Passes and Embracing Serenity

The Lhasa to Kathmandu Mountain Bike Tour is not just about the destination; it’s about the journey itself. Prepare to conquer a series of challenging mountain passes, each one offering a unique perspective of the surrounding landscape. Feel the burn in your legs as you ascend, but be rewarded with breathtaking panoramas that will leave you breathless. Witness turquoise lakes reflecting the snow-capped peaks, and verdant valleys teeming with life. As you reach the summit of each pass, take a moment to soak in the serenity of the Himalayas, a sense of accomplishment washing over you.

The World's Longest Descent: A Thrilling Plunge into Nepal

The true highlight of the Lhasa to Kathmandu Mountain Bike Tour awaits – the world’s longest and steepest descent. Descend for over 150 kilometers on winding roads, traversing from the high Tibetan Plateau down to the fertile rice fields of Nepal. Feel the exhilaration of the wind whipping through your hair and the rush of adrenaline as you navigate switchbacks and scenic valleys. Witness the dramatic transformation of the landscape as you transition from the arid Tibetan terrain to the lush greenery of Nepal.

Cultural Delights and Reaching the City of Temples

The Lhasa to Kathmandu Mountain Bike Tour isn’t just about physical exertion; it’s also about cultural immersion. Spend evenings in traditional guesthouses, enjoying delicious local meals and interacting with friendly Tibetans and Nepalese people. Learn about their unique customs and traditions, gaining a deeper appreciation for the rich tapestry of cultures you encounter along the way. As you reach the outskirts of Kathmandu, the “City of Temples,” a sense of accomplishment washes over you. Navigate the bustling streets, a stark contrast to the tranquility of the Himalayas, and celebrate your epic journey with fellow cyclists.

The Perfect Choice For:

  • Highly experienced cyclists: This challenging route demands exceptional fitness, strong biking skills, and prior experience with high-altitude cycling.
  • Thrill seekers: For those who crave an adrenaline rush and the challenge of conquering a demanding route, the Lhasa to Kathmandu Mountain Bike Tour is an unforgettable experience.
  • Nature enthusiasts: Witness breathtaking scenery unlike anywhere else on earth. Immerse yourself in diverse landscapes, from the vast Tibetan Plateau to the verdant valleys of Nepal.
  • Culturally curious individuals: Gain a deeper appreciation for the rich traditions of Tibet and Nepal through interactions with the local people.

Detail Itinerary

As you disembark from your plane in Kathmandu, the vibrant energy of Nepal washes over you. Breathe in the crisp Himalayan air and savor the first glimpses of the snow-capped peaks that will soon become your companions. After transferring to your hotel, take some time to unwind and adjust to the altitude. Perhaps wander through the bustling Thamel district, a haven for travelers, with its colorful shops and enticing cafes. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Nepali welcome dinner, a chance to meet your fellow adventurers and get a taste of the culinary delights that await you on your journey.

Today, Kathmandu unveils its rich cultural tapestry. Immerse yourself in the heart of the ancient city, Durbar Square, a mesmerizing complex of palaces and temples showcasing intricate Newari architecture. Witness the captivating Swayambhunath Stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple, perched atop a hill overlooking the city. Climb the steps and be rewarded with panoramic views and playful monkeys keeping you company.

In the afternoon, delve into the serenity of Boudhanath Stupa, the largest stupa in Nepal. Witness hundreds of pilgrims circumambulating the massive dome, chanting mantras and spinning prayer wheels. As the sun begins to dip, find solace in the sacred Pashupatinath Temple, a Hindu cremation site located on the banks of the Bagmati River. Observe the rituals and ceremonies, a poignant reminder of the cycle of life and death.

Escape the city's enchanting chaos with a refreshing cycling tour on Kathmandu's outskirts. Glide along scenic paths, weaving through rice paddies and quaint villages. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding valleys as majestic Himalayan peaks pierce the clear blue sky. This day serves as a warm-up for the challenging yet rewarding journey ahead.

Board a thrilling flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa, the "City of Gods." As you approach the Tibetan plateau, witness the dramatic transformation of the landscape. Anticipation builds as you prepare to explore the historical and spiritual heart of Tibet. Upon arrival in Lhasa, check into your comfortable hotel and take some time to acclimatize to the higher altitude.

Dedicate a full day to exploring Lhasa's iconic landmarks, each steeped in history and cultural significance. Be mesmerized by the Potala Palace, the former residence of the Dalai Lama, a majestic structure towering over the city. Explore the Jokhang Temple, a revered pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhists, and marvel at its intricate golden roof and vibrant prayer flags fluttering in the breeze.

Wander through the bustling Barkhor Street, a vibrant center of Tibetan life. Soak in the atmosphere as pilgrims circumambulate the Jokhang Temple, spinning prayer wheels and chanting mantras. In the evening, savor a delicious Tibetan dinner, a chance to experience the unique flavors of the region.

Today, delve deeper into Lhasa's captivating history and spirituality. Visit Sera Monastery, witness the energetic chanting of young monks during their daily debates. Explore Drepung Monastery, once the world's largest monastery, and marvel at its sprawling complex. As the sun begins to set, capture breathtaking panoramic views of the city from atop Ganden Monastery, perched on a scenic mountainside.

After a hearty breakfast, it's finally here! Your epic mountain biking adventure commences with an exhilarating 85-kilometer ride. Gear up and head out of Lhasa, leaving the city behind and embracing the vastness of the Tibetan plateau. As you pedal along, witness the dramatic landscapes unfold before you – snow-capped peaks in the distance, vast grasslands stretching towards the horizon, and nomadic yak herder settlements dotting the landscape. Breathe in the fresh mountain air and relish the feeling of freedom as you embark on this challenging yet rewarding journey.

Gear up for a challenging but rewarding ride. Today, you conquer Kamba Pass, a 77-kilometer climb that will test your endurance. As you ascend, witness the dramatic transformation of the landscape. Lush valleys give way to barren plateaus, and the air thins with increasing altitude. However, the breathtaking panoramas that unfold with every turn will fuel your determination.

Today's ride offers a scenic journey with a moderate climb. Embark on a 56-kilometer route that winds through picturesque valleys and traditional Tibetan villages. Be greeted by friendly locals and witness their unique way of life. As you approach Karo La, the excitement builds. Conquer the pass and soak in the stunning panoramic views before enjoying a thrilling downhill ride to the town of Ralung, your destination for the night.

Gear up for a more relaxed ride today. Cycle 56 kilometers on a relatively flat route, enjoying the beautiful scenery and the opportunity to interact with the local communities. As you arrive in Gyantse, a historical Tibetan town, be captivated by the imposing Kumbum Monastery, a unique architectural marvel showcasing Tibetan Buddhist art and culture. Explore the labyrinthine streets of the old town, soak in the local atmosphere, and learn about the town's rich history.

Embark on a longer but scenic 95-kilometer ride to Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet. The route offers diverse landscapes, from rolling hills and vast plains to traditional villages and yak pastures. Enjoy the opportunity to witness the nomadic lifestyle of the Tibetan people and experience the unique local culture. As you reach Shigatse, be mesmerized by the Tashilhunpo Monastery, a magnificent Gelugpa monastery adorned with glistening golden roofs.

Today's challenge awaits you. Gear up for a demanding 97-kilometer ride that will test your physical and mental strength. The route features a significant climb, leading you towards the remote region of Rasa. Breathe in the crisp mountain air and savor the breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks. Upon reaching your destination, Gyachung Monastery, a tranquil haven nestled amidst breathtaking scenery, a sense of accomplishment and peace will wash over you.

Enjoy a more relaxed 62-kilometer ride today. The route winds through picturesque valleys and traditional Tibetan villages, offering a chance to soak in the beauty of the Tibetan countryside. As you approach Lhatse, the "Gateway to Everest," the excitement builds in anticipation of the ultimate goal – reaching Everest Base Camp. Spend the night in Lhatse, nestled amidst the majestic Himalayas and prepare yourself for the next leg of your adventure.

Today's ride takes you deeper into the heart of the Tibetan plateau, known for its rugged beauty and harsh yet captivating landscapes. Gear up for a 76-kilometer journey on a relatively flat route, but be prepared for strong winds that can add an extra challenge. As you cycle, witness the vast emptiness of the plateau dotted with nomadic settlements and grazing yaks. Reach Shegar, a small town nestled amidst the rugged terrain, and celebrate your accomplishment with a sense of awe for the immense landscape you've traversed.

The anticipation builds as you approach a significant milestone on your journey. Today's route features a challenging 67-kilometer climb leading to Pang La, a mountain pass offering breathtaking views of the Himalayas. As you ascend, feel the thrill of conquering every turn and be rewarded with panoramic vistas as the landscape unfolds before you. Reach the summit and celebrate your achievement with breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks seemingly piercing the sky. After a well-deserved rest, descend the other side of the pass and set up camp at Pasung, a remote location nestled amidst breathtaking scenery. Spend the night under a blanket of stars, surrounded by the majestic Himalayas.

Today's ride is filled with immense excitement. Embark on a relatively easy 28-kilometer journey, but the destination will leave you speechless. Cycle towards Rongbuk Monastery, perched at an altitude of around 5000 meters and overlooking the majestic Everest region. As you approach the monastery, the sight of Mount Everest, the world's highest peak, towering above you will leave you awestruck. Spend the night at the monastery, a unique experience steeped in spiritual significance and breathtaking scenery.

Today's ride is short but significant. Gear up for a thrilling 2-kilometer ride that will take you to the foot of Mount Everest itself – Everest Base Camp. This short distance might seem easy, but the high altitude will test your endurance. As you reach the base camp, a wave of accomplishment and awe will wash over you. Witness the majestic peak at close range, surrounded by fellow adventurers and climbers preparing for their expeditions. Savor this momentous occasion, a culmination of your long journey and a testament to your physical and mental strength.

Today, you venture off the beaten path and explore lesser-known areas. Embark on an 86-kilometer ride that takes you through a scenic route with rolling hills and traditional Tibetan villages. Be greeted by friendly locals and witness their unique way of life. As you approach Old Tingri, a remote village nestled amidst breathtaking scenery, experience a sense of stepping back in time. Explore the village's traditional architecture and soak in the authentic Tibetan atmosphere.

Enjoy a more relaxed ride today. Cycle 73 kilometers on a scenic route leading you towards Peokutso, a tranquil turquoise lake nestled amidst the Himalayas. The landscape offers a refreshing change from the rugged plateau, with lush valleys and vibrant wildflowers dotting the path. Upon reaching Peokutso, set up camp on the shores of the lake and soak in the serene beauty of the surroundings. Spend the night under a blanket of stars, reflecting on the incredible journey you've undertaken so far.

Get ready for an adrenaline rush! Today's route features a thrilling 74-kilometer downhill ride from the foothills of Gontala Pass. As you descend, enjoy the exhilarating feeling of the wind whipping through your hair and the breathtaking views unfolding before you. Despite the excitement, be cautious and maintain control on the sometimes-steep descents. Reach the foot of Gontala Pass, a sense of accomplishment mixed with exhilaration washing over you.

Today's ride takes you towards the border with Nepal. Gear up for a moderate 50-kilometer journey on a scenic route, offering a chance to catch your breath after yesterday's exhilarating descent. As you cycle, witness the landscape gradually shift from the rugged Tibetan plateau to lush valleys and rolling hills. Be greeted by friendly Nepali locals and experience the warm hospitality of the border town of Kerung. Spend the night celebrating your achievements with your fellow adventurers and enjoying a delicious Nepali meal.

The final leg of your epic journey begins. Embark on a relatively easy 45-kilometer ride that winds through scenic valleys and traditional Nepalese villages. Savor the fresh Himalayan air and the feeling of accomplishment as you near your final destination. As you reach Syabrubesi, a charming mountain town nestled amidst breathtaking scenery, a sense of satisfaction and pride will fill you. Here, bid farewell to your bicycles and board a comfortable vehicle for the scenic drive back to Kathmandu.

Today marks the culmination of your incredible adventure. After a relaxing breakfast and reminiscing about the unforgettable experiences of the past 23 days, transfer to the airport for your flight back home. Take with you not only breathtaking photos and souvenirs but also a wealth of memories – the exhilarating challenges conquered, the stunning landscapes traversed, the unique cultures encountered, and the sense of accomplishment of completing this epic mountain biking odyssey.

Inclusions for EBC Trek Price

  • All (international and domestic) airport transfers on a tourist vehicle.
  • Twin-sharing/double accommodation in hotel for 3 nights in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • Twin-sharing guesthouse accommodation during the trek for 11 nights in the Everest Region.
  • All your standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner), with a cup of tea.
  • Experienced, first-aid trained, government licensed, English-speaking trekking guide.
  • Permits for Everest National Park and village community fee.
  • Porters during the trek for carrying luggage (1 porter for every 2 clients).
  • Wages, accommodation, meals, gear, insurance, and medications for all staff.
  • Round-trip airfare between Kathmandu/Manthali and Lukla.
  • All administrative expenses and government taxes.

Price Excludes

  • Meals (lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu
  • International flight fare
  • Any kind of hot drinks, soft drinks and hard drinks
  • Battery charging, shower
  • Travel insurance along with high-altitude emergency evacuation coverage
  • Tips totrekking staff and driver
  • PersonalTrekking gear and equipment
  • Any expenses otherthan the Price Include section

Equipment List

General Gears

  • Four-season (zero degree) sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Puffy down jacket
  • Daypack (35-45 liters recommended) with rain cover

Upper_body Gears

  • Sun hat or cap
  • Scarf/Neck Gaiter
  • Headlight
  • Sunglasses


  • Technical fabric base layer (light for warmer months, heavy for colder months)
  • Technical fabric short (2) and long sleeve (2) shirts
  • Waterproof, windproof shell
  • Fleece jacket or pullover

Lower Body

  • Technical fabric base layer (light for warmer months, heavy for colder months)
  • Hiking pants (2)
  • Comfortable pants for inside the teahouses
  • Hiking shorts

Hand Gears

  • Wool or technical fabric liner gloves
  • Hard-shell outer gloves (insulated for colder months)

Feet Gears

  • Wool or technical fabric warm socks
  • Hiking socks
  • Liner socks (optional such as silk)
  • Trekking/hiking boots (waterproof recommended)
  • Casual shoes
  • Gaiters (lightweight for dust or heavy for snow in colder months)

Undergarments Gears

        Note: The quantity of each article of clothing can be adjusted to suit the preferences of each

  •  Technical fabric/quick drying is best for underwear
  • Sports bras (women)
  • Pajamas or sleeping clothes

First Aid Kits and Medications

       (Note: Our Company Guides carry medications and first aid kits during the trip. However,
                  personal kits and medications are highly recommended.)

  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • ointment
  • Cough Syrup (recommend for Khumbu Cough)
  • Mosquito repellent cream (for Kathmandu and Phakding)

Other Essentials

  • Passport
  • Extra copies of passport-sized photos
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Toiletry kits
  • Water purification tablets or UV water purifier (if you plan to treat water)
  • Hydration bladder
  • Towel
  • Pillowcase
  • Toilet paper
  • High protein snacks (such as protein bars or nuts)
  • Waterproof/dry bags for carrying important documents and money
  • Airline tickets (Please leave a copy at our office in Kathmandu. This can be useful if there is a
    change in the date of the flight.)


        Once you are in Nepal, you have the option to purchase supplies and gear for hiking if you have
          spare time. Our guide will assist you in buying the equipment..

  • Power bank or extra batteries
  • Cameras and mobile phone
  • Cards/book
  • Binoculars
  • Pee bottle/ pee funnel for women
  • Trekking poles
  • Whistle
  • Thermos for hot water


A properly fitted helmet is mandatory. Other recommended safety gear includes cycling gloves, knee pads, and elbow pads. Consider bringing good quality sunglasses and sunscreen for sun protection, especially at high altitudes.

In Lhasa and Kathmandu, you'll typically stay in hotels with varying comfort levels depending on the tour package. During the cycling journey, accommodation will be mostly in teahouses, which are basic guesthouses offering dorm rooms or simple private rooms with shared bathroom facilities.

The food will be a mix of Tibetan and Nepali cuisine. Tibetan staples include yak momos (dumplings), stir-fries with noodles or rice, and Thukpa (a noodle soup). Nepali food features curries, dal bhat (rice and lentils), and various vegetable dishes. Vegetarian options are usually available. Be prepared for limited fresh food choices at higher altitudes. You may want to bring energy bars or snacks to supplement your meals.

The weather can vary depending on the season and altitude. Spring and autumn offer pleasant temperatures with cool nights. Summer can be hot at lower altitudes, while winter is very cold, especially in Tibet. Be prepared for rain or even snow at higher elevations, so pack accordingly.

Cycling at high altitudes and on challenging terrain requires a good level of fitness and cycling experience. Always follow your guide's instructions and be aware of potential risks like altitude sickness and mechanical issues with your bike. Many tour operators offer support vehicles and medical assistance in case of emergencies.

You'll need separate visas for Nepal and Tibet. A Nepal tourist visa can be obtained upon arrival or beforehand at a Nepali embassy/consulate. A Tibet Travel Permit (PSB Permit) is mandatory for Tibet and is typically handled by your tour operator.

Similar to the Kathmandu-EBC Lhasa Tour, the spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) seasons are ideal. During these times, you'll encounter pleasant weather with clear skies and minimal chance of rain or snow.

The cost can vary depending on the tour operator, chosen itinerary, group size, and level of service. Generally, expect a price range of $2,000 USD to $3,500 USD per person.

Most tours incorporate rest days, especially after particularly challenging sections or when reaching higher altitudes. Rest days allow for recovery, sightseeing, and cultural experiences.

 Charging opportunities will be limited, especially in remote areas. Some teahouses may have solar-powered charging stations, but it's best to bring a portable power bank to ensure you can keep your devices charged.

In addition to regular cycling, incorporate strength training exercises that target your legs, core, and upper body. Hill repeats and interval training can also help improve your endurance and climbing ability.

Most tour operators have a minimum age requirement, often 18 or 21 years old. There may also be an upper age limit for safety considerations. Check with the specific tour operator for their policy.




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