Departing April 23rd 2015
Cycling Llasa to Kathmandu
This trip has a closing date of 25th January. It is time to make the big decision. (http://www.remarkableadventures.co.nz/country/india-and-tibet/tibet---lhasa-to-kathmandu-cycle-expedition.32/)
About this Trip
For the dedicated mountain cyclist there are few trips to match this high altitude expedition across the vast Tibetan Plateau. We combine this with an exhilarating ‘off the highway' ride to over 5500m beneath the towering north face of Everest. After a few days acclimatising and appreciating the cultural highlights of Lhasa we prepare for our challenging, fully supported expedition (with accompanying crew and vehicle).
We follow the Lhasa to Kathmandu ‘highway' along a mostly sealed road and over a series of 5000m high passes linking Gyantse, Shigatse and Shegar. Beyond the towns our overnight camps provide an opportunity to visit villages often missed on the regular overland drive to Kathmandu. At Shegar we divert to the Rongbuk Monastery and Everest Base Camp to gain unsurpassed views of the north face of Everest. This is our high point before freewheeling almost 4000m from the Tibetan Plateau to Nepal and continuing our adventure to Kathmandu.
From: Lhasa to Kathmandu
Number of Days: 24 days Distance/Grade:
Challenging Accommodation: Good quality accommodation in Kathmandu & Lhasa and basic accommodation elsewhere
Price: NZD$6185 (Joining Kathmandu)
Expert Guide: Geoff Gabites and Graham Frith (GrumGoesGlobal) will be leading the expedition.
Grum is an ageing outdoors hippy who has had a midlife event that resulted in setting out to cycle around the world over the next few years! His background as an outdoors instructor, hike and cycle guide, plus having cycled the Lhasa – Kathmandu route before, will provide endless evening tales. Currently Grum is in Vietnam, having cycled across Australia and up into Asia.
Geoff is the owner of Adventure South and over the past 23 years the company has become a major tour provider with trips in NZ, Asia and South America. Expedition cycling has become a passion after cycling Leh to Manali and the Altiplano of Peru this year. Climbing expeditions around the world have taken him to altitude in many countries with his first Tibet trip being in 1981. This tour will be a cycle down memory lane for him with a highlight being to view the Everset Base Camp in the Rongbuk Valley.
Trip Highlights Experience the longest downhill cycle in the world! Sightseeing in Kathmandu – visit the monkey temple, Pashupatinath (a major Hindu shrine) and the giant budda stupa Panoramic Himalayan views Sighteeing in Lhasa, including the Potala- former home of the Dalai Lama Cycle theTibetan Plateau Visit Everest Base Camp north side Brief Itinerary*
DAY 1: Join Kathmandu
DAY 2: In Kathmandu, Sightseeing/Rest Day
DAY 3: Fly Kathmandu to Lhasa
DAYS 4/6: In Lhasa
DAYS 7/10: Cycle to Gyantse (250km)
DAY 11: Cycle to Shigatse (90km)
DAY 12: In Shigatse DAYS 13/15: Cycle to Shegar (250km)
DAYS 16/18: Cycle to Everest Base Camp
DAYS 19/21: Cycle to Nyalam (225km)
DAY 22/23: Cross border to Nepal and cycle to Kathmandu
DAY 24: Contingency day or day in Kathmandu, tour concludes *Minor variations may occur due to the challenging nature of this tour. .