Kailash Biking Tour..31 Days

Trip Introduction

ROUND KAILASH TOUR (32 DAYS / 31 NIGHTS)

Mt. Kailash, 6,740 m (22,112ft) is situated to the north of the Himalayan barrier. It is the perfect mountain with awesome beauty with 4 great faces. It is the spiritual centre for four great religions: Buddhism, Hinduism, the Jain religion and the pre-Buddhist animistic religion – Bon-Po. For Tibetans; it is known as Khang Rimpoche (Precious Jewel of Snow) and they see it as the navel of the world. It is said that a stream from the mountain pours into a nearby lake and from here rivers flow in the four cardinal directions.

The River of the Lion Mouth to the North, the River of the Horse Mouth to the east, the River of the Peacock Mouth to the south and the River of the Elephant Mouth to the West.

Strangely four major rivers are indeed originated near Kailash, the Indus, the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra), the Karnali and the Sutlej. Tibetans believe that it is the residence of Demchog, a fierce looking tantric deity who lives there with his consort, Dorje Phagmo. For the Tibetans also, it is a particularly special place in that their poet saint Milerapa, spent several years here meditating in a cave.

For the Hindus Mount Kailash is the earthly manifestation of Mt. Meru, their spiritual centre of the universe. On the top, their most revered God, Shiva and his consort Parvati. For the Jains, an Indian religious group, Kailash is the site where their first prophet achieved enlightenment. For the older, more ancient religion of Bon, it is the site where its founder Shanrab is said to have descended from heaven. It was formerly the spiritual centre of Zhang Zung, the ancient Bon Empire that once included all of western Tibet. Bon people walk around the mountain in a counter clockwise manner, unlike the other religions.

Over the centuries pilgrims have constantly journeyed immense distances to achieve enlightenment or cleanse themselves of sin, braving enormous distances, particularly harsh weather. In fact, the entire region of Mt. Kailash is of important religious significance and includes the two turquoise-blue, pristine high-altitude lakes of Mansarovar and Rakshes taal. Nature lovers can encounter numerous unusual species of birds, wildlife, and flora here. This holy region is known as navel (center) of the universe, attracting scholars and researchers from all over the world.

ITINERARY

DAY 01: KATHMANDU ARRIVAL

Arrival in Kathmandu International Airport, Meet and Greet. Transfer from the airport to the respective hotel. Enjoy refreshment drinks upon arrival offered by the hotel. Check in at the room and rest. Evening visit around the Thamel City. Dinner & Overnight Stay at the Hotel.

DAY 02: KATHMANDU

Visa process and sightseeing in Kathmandu valley.

DAY 03: KATHMANDU

Packing and checking of bicycles.

DAY 04: KATHMANDU – LHASA

Fly Kathmandu to Lhasa. Overnight in Hotel.

DAY 05: LHASA

Sightseeing around Lhasa.

DAY 06: LHASA

Sightseeing around Lhasa.

DAY 07:  CYCLE TO BELOW KHAMBALA PASS.

Overnight in Camping

DAY 08:  CYCLE TO NAKATSE

Overnight in Camping

DAY 09:  CYCLE TO GYANTSE.

Visit Pelche Monastery. Overnight in Hotel.

DAY 10:  CYCLE TO SHIGATSE

Visit  Tashilhunpo Monastery. Overnight in Hotel

DAY 11:  CYCLE TO LHATSE.

Overnight in Lhatse Hotel.

DAY 12:  CYCLE TO SANGSANG. (KM 90-100).

Overnight in Camping.

DAY 13:  CYCLE TO RAKA. (KM 110-130).

Overnight in Camping.

DAY 14:  CYCLE TO SAGA. (KM   80-100).

Overnight in Guest House.

DAY 15:  CYCLE TO BASAGUKE (KM 110-120).

Overnight in Camping.

DAY 16:  CYCLE TO ZHONGPA. (KM 100-110).

 Overnight in Camping.

DAY 17:  CYCLE TO BARYANG. (KM 100-110).

  Overnight in Guest House.

DAY 18:  CYCLE TO MAYUM LA (KM 120-130).

Overnight in Camping.

DAY 19:  CYCLE TO HORCHU. (KM 100-130). 

Overnight in Camping.

DAY 20:  CYCLE TO DHARCHEN. (KM 80-100)

Overnight in Guest House.

DAY 21/22/23:  MT. KAILASH CIRCLE

Overnight in Camping        

DAY 24:  CYCLE OR DRIVE TO PHARYANG.

Overnight in Camping

DAY 25:  CYCLE OR DRIVE TO SAGA.

Overnight in Camping

DAY 26:  CYCLE TO PEIKU TSO. (KM 100-120).

Overnight in Camping

DAY 27:  CYCLE TO KHOZO

Overnight in Camping

DAY 28:  CYCLE TO BELOW TONGLA. (KM 100-120).

Overnight in Camping

DAY 29:  CYCLE TO NYALAM. (KM 80-100)

Overnight in Camping

DAY 30:  CYCLE TO FRIENDSHIP BRIDGE

Cycle to Friendship Bridge at the Nepal-Tibet border and then to Dhulikhel, farewell dinner in the hotel. Overnight in Hotel.

DAY 31:  KATHMANDU

Drive to Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel. Final evening for shopping.

DAY 32:  DEPARTURE

Prices:

Cost includes:

COST INCLUDES: 

  • Chinese visa.
  • Tibet travel permit.
  • Welcome drinks upon arrival.
  • Biking guide with mechanical and first-aid backup.
  • Hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis with bed & breakfast.
  • All meals and accommodation during biking days.
  •  Support vehicle.
  • Chinese Government taxes.

COST EXCLUDES:

  • Mountain bikes with helmet and water bottle
  •  Soft/hard drinks
  • Insurance, Emergency evacuation
  •  Other items of personal nature.

Cost does not include: 

 

CONDITIONS AND BIKING PROFILE:

This is undoubtedly the most challenging tour that we are running. In terms of the average altitude, and the length of the trip, the Lhasa to Kathmandu ride can fairly claim to be the highest mountain biking in the world. The importance of two days, spent gently sightseeing around Lhasa, cannot be over emphasized, as proper acclimatization is vital to anyone hoping to complete this route. We start from the Tibetan capital -Lhasa, and cross many Passes, before eventually descending from the Tibetan Plateau into Nepal. 50% of our time though, is spent on the Tibetan Plateau at heights above 4000 metres. The main road has been well built by the Chinese, with approximately one third of it metalled. The rest is on well-worn dust tracks. Just like our other bike trips, there will be a chance to get off road, using the small herders' paths, which dissect many of the switchback descents and climbs.

This is our most demanding cycling trip, for which you will need to be reasonably fit and put in some training. Throughout the route, we will have the support of a back-up vehicle, and anyone who is not feeling up to cycling a particular stage has the option to get on the bus. On the main route the cycling is simple with no technical difficulties, but for those of you who want more of a thrill off the road, the footpaths, which dissect the hundreds of switchbacks, offer as much of a challenge as you could want.

This expedition allows time for exploring many of Tibet's most fascinating cities and monasteries and gives the rider the opportunity to ride the best and most scenic portions of the friendship highway that links these two ancient Himalayan Kingdom’s. Support vehicles carry all equipment (and riders who may need a rest on the climbs!) giving us the freedom to accommodate participants of many different levels of riding skills.

An experienced Nepali mountain bike guide ( Splendid Holidays Tours and Travels –Nepal), fluent in English and Tibetan, will ride with you, look after you and your equipment, help you with all-important altitude, acclimatization and other health matters, and deal with Chinese officials and support crew. Your trip starts and finishes in Kathmandu, where the guide will take care of all your last-minute needs, endorse your Chinese visa, and ensure that this fantastic, once-in-a-lifetime experience will be trouble -free.

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Price start from : $ 5500

Activities:

Mt.Biking

Accommodation:

Tented Camp & Hotel

Trip Duration:

28-31 Days

Trip Grade:

Hard

Altitude:

5600 Meters

Meals:

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Transportation:

Supporting Landcruiser & Bus

Group Size:

2-16 Pax

Best Month:

May to September

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