The 1200 kilometers long Trans-Himalayan Highway from Lhasa to Kathmandu is one of the most scenic, popular, demanding and amazing trails for international mountain bikers that goes over the huge span of barren desert and Snowy High Mountain passes. This is originally the part of the famed Silk Road of the middle ages once facilitated trade between China, Nepal and India. It was almost impossible to continue the journey throughout the year because of snow on the high passes. Later when the Chinese Government opened the region for tourism, introduced good hotels and restaurants and invested in road construction, Lhasa and present Tibet came to this situation. Tibet became then opened for all the travellers. For those with a passion for mountain-biking over the high passes of Tibetan plateau, permits are now available to cycle the entire way from Lhasa to Kathmandu. A strong determination is required to attempt the expedition. The Lhasa to Kathmandu Trans-Himalayan highway is the highest road in the world with an average altitude of 4,500 meters (14,764ft) above sea level as it traverses the Tibetan plateau. It is also the world's longest continuous descent. The bikers must also face the zigzagging mountain passes and endure a constant battle against breathlessness with awe-inspiring Himalayan scenery. The trip is expected to cover 70 to 100 kilometers per day.
Season for Tibet Travel:
Tibet travel is ideally good for the period of March through October. The best times considered to visit are spring, early summer and late autumn. Because of Tibet's high altitude, it is wiser to get prepared before starting the journey. Due to the large temperature differences during the day, warm clothes should be taken to keep away the cold. Since the land also receives a great deal of sunshine; sunglasses, sunscreen and a sun hat are indispensable items that are required while travelling in Tibet.
High Altitude Warning:
The days can be very sunny and bright. It can also snow, rain, hail and become very cold so that cloths are required for all conditions. The bikers should eat as much as and as often as possible. Alcohol, cigarettes and sleeping pills all thin the blood and must be avoided while at altitude. If there is any symptom of altitude sickness seen, in fact, very little can be done except stop, descend and rest. The Tent at night shouldn't be zipped all the way down. Heat exhaustion can result from lack of air circulation. A face-mask with filters is must for the dust so it doesn't restrict breathing system. Our expedition crew will accompany the trek for the entire schedule.
Trekking in Tibet is more demanding than the vehicle tours. However, treks in Tibet are more suitable for passionate trekkers who have courage to walk at least 6-7 hours each day. You might even need to walk 7 to 8 hours or more on some days. But, if you have passions, good health with average physical fitness and self confidence, trekking in tibet can be completed successfully. Regular exercising and jogging for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance your strength and stability. If you have any previous hiking experience, that would be an asset. It is important that you consult with your doctor before making decision for this trek if you have any medical problems in the history. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lungs or any other serious disease should inform Trekking Encounters before booking this trip.
- Only Private Tours are available.
- Tour is available on Budget/Standard/Deluxe category.
- Tour includes accommodation and breakfast only in Lhasa.
- Operation of Tibet Tours is subjected by the Chinese authority.
Take a Trans-Himalayan flight from Kathmandu to Gonggar Airport in Lhasa. Reception will be given by our Tibetan Guide and transfer to the Hotel in Lhasa City. Stay overnight (O/N) at Hotel (BB-Bed and Breakfast).
Guided sightseeing tour of Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Market. Stay O/N at Hotel (BB).
Guided sightseeing tour of Sera & Drepung Monasteries. Stay O/N at Hotel (BB).
Completion of necessary border formalities is required at the Zhangmu and Kodari border. Bike onward to Kathmandu through the scenic countryside of Nepal.
Option available for extending your trip with Jungle Safari adventure, white water rafting or a trip of your choice.
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Kathmandu City Tour
Activity: Cultural tour to the World Heritage Sites.
Major sites: Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, Kathmandu/Patan/Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Changunarayan Temple.
Duration: Full/Half day.
Frequency: Tour can be organized in any day and at your suitable time.
Cost: US$ 50 per person. Group discounts available.
Ground transfer: Included by a private vehicle as per group size (Car/Van/Bus).
Guide: English Speaking City Tour Guide included. Additional language Guides are also available on demand.
Meals: Not included.
Entrance fee: Applicable and not included. Ask more details
Mt. Everest Flight
Activity: Mount Everest sightseeing flight.
Duration: One hour.
Frequency: Everyday in the morning between 6am to 9am.
Cost: US$ 224 per person. Group discounts available.
Ground transfer: Included by a private vehicle. Two persons minimum needed.
Airport tax: Included.
Airline: Buddha Air, Simrik Airlines and Yeti Airlines. Ask more details
Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park
Activities: Jungle safari on elephant-back, jungle walk, canoe ride, jeep drive, experience of Tharu culture.
Accommodation: Resorts, Hotels and Lodges.
Transportation: Private Car included (Kathmandu/Pokhara-Kathmandu).
Duration: 3 days and 2 nights.
Cost: Starts from US$ 225 per person. Ask more details
Jungle Safari in Bardia National Park
Activities: Jungle safari on elephant-back, jungle walk, boat ride, jeep drive.
Accommodation: Jungle lodges.
Transportation: Not included.
Duration: 4 days and 3 nights.
Cost: Starts from US$ 475 per person. Ask more details
Bird Watching in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve
Activities: Bird watching, boat ride and wildlife viewing on jeep drive.
Accommodation: Resorts, Tented camps.
Transportation: Not included.
Duration: 3 days and 2 nights.
Cost: Starts from US$ 480 per person. Ask more details
Rafting in Nepal
Trishuli River: 2/3 Class –1 Day – 17 Kilometers – Cost starts from US$ 30 per person.
Seti River: 3 Class – 2 Days – 32 Kilometers – Cost starts from US$ 80 per person.
KaliGandaki River: 4 Class – 3 Days – 56 Kilometers – Cost starts from US$ 140 per person.
BhoteKoshi River: 4/5 Class – 2 Days – 18 Kilometers – Cost starts from US$ 85 per person.
- Cost includes: Top quality Rafting equipment, Highly trained Crew, Well organized camping, Hygienic food.
- Transportation: Bus transportation included and depends. Ask more details
Bungy Jumping / Canyoning / Paragliding / Ultralight Flight
We can check and deliver information and cost as per your interest received for Bungy Jumping, Canyoning, Paragliding and Ultralight Flight. Bungy and Canyoning can also be customized together. Ask more details
Package available on demand.
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