Why so early...the trip begins on 23rd April 2015 in Kathmandu? I need to choose my route to Lhasa. Flights to Lhasa are limited so we need to book seats ASAP. You need to get to Kathmandu. .... Here's a letter from Geoff at Adventure South....
Greetings to you all.
You are receiving this email because you have expressed an interest in joining Grum on part of his journey and the Tibet trip is where that falls at present. Like you, I am excited at the prospect and yes I plan to join the departure as well. Last year we cycled from Leh to Manali in Ladakh and this year was the Canyons and Altiplano of Peru. There is definitely something addictive about what I term 'expedition' cycling and the prospect of a long duration journey at altitude is exciting. Just to keep us all excited, Bas found a photo from 20 years ago when he and friends free wheeled from Lhasa to Kathmandu – without support and the necessary visa’s!!! How things have changed.
Grum has joined one of our cycle trips in Bali which will be a lifetime away from what he gets to experience again in Tibet. Friends of his who were looking to support him joined the trip and had a great time.
Meanwhile Bas left on Friday with a group of 15 friends and clients ( when does a client become a friend??? ) and despite concerns about the road being washed out on the Nepalese side of the border, everyone is now in Lhasa and the gear has made it by road as well. They have two more acclimatisation days in the beautiful city before they head off for their trip. I’m trying to get another of our guides on that trip, Helen Tait, to send us a blog and images of the trip as it unfurls, so we can keep everyone up to date.
In the broad sense, our trip logistics will be as follows.
Trip starts in Kathmandu. Arrive on Day 1, Tentatively April 23rd
free day to organise visas etc on Day 2, April 24th
Fly across to Lhasa on Day 3. April 25th
Lhasa is at an altitude that things hurt first up – but being careful with activity and acclimatisation over the next 3 days allows the body to catch up and sort out issues. Leh was very similar and we found a day sitting around, followed by a day of light cycling next day allowed us to face sightly longer exercise regimes thereafter. The wonders of Diamox were delightful.
From there it's on our way. The road is pretty much all sealed through to the point where we turn off to Everest Base Camp. That is a 3 day in and out trip and we will get an update on this section when our September cyclists get back from doing the same route. We should then hit Kathmandu around May 20/21st with this detail yet to be tidied up.
The flight across the Himalayas to Lhasa is spectacular – but there is an issue with availability – so we will want to get these seats booked as early as possible. In September I will come back to you to with more information and a full set of notes for you to get excited about. We will need to get a deposit on this trip – along with a scanned copy of your passport etc etc. Doubtless I will rave about cycling in Tibet and will feed you more info and hopefully a blog from the group en route from Lhasa now – but overall I’ll be focused on getting this trip some momentum.
At the moment the trip cost is looking like being around NZ$6100 but I do note the NZ dollar is sliding slowly but steadily.
Love to have you along. Believe me that this ride is once on a life time magnificent. Get in touch with Adventure South now. Register your interest. More stuff on my GrumGoesGlobal Tibet page