An epic ride across 'the forbidden land', taking in Kathmandu and Lhasa, the north face of Everest, 5000m+ passes, and an unrivalled 4000m descent into Nepal!
Tibet, protected by the great Himalayan chain to the south and west, and by the even more inhospitable mountains to the north and east, has haunted the ambition of explorers for centuries.
The allure is as high as the altitude, and for the adventurous cyclist this land of rugged beauty, vast landscapes, brilliant skies and glittering peaks offers one of the ultimate biking challenges.
After some essential time acclimatising around Kathmandu and Lhasa, our route takes us across high altitude desert, over awesome mountain passes, stopping off at Rongbuk Monastery and Base Camp for views of the north face of Everest, before making the 160km, 4600m descent into Nepal and the lush Kathmandu Valley.
In recent years much of the route has been surfaced making it perfect for cycling. A tough trip, but for those who venture to the spectacular beauty of Tibet, the sense of achievement is guaranteed.
What makes this trip responsible?
We have had an excellent long-term relationship with the operator, which helps to stabilise their income generation and to create a more sustainable future. Our local leaders are committed to responsible tourism and helping to preserve the way of life in their area so they and our local operator actively encourages all suppliers to use locally sourced produce and to dispose of waste appropriately to minimise the impact on the local environment.
Bonfires are discouraged and gas stoves are used instead (where possible). Most importantly a greater interaction with the small communities we visit is encouraged so you can learn about the local culture and the local communities can feel the benefit of your visit. Cycling as a means of travel has a minimal environmental impact, particularly as you will be providing much of the power yourself! Many trips venture into remote locations rarely visited by tourists, helping to support and develop traditional communities.
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Lake reflection in front of Everest\'s North Face