Nepal-TiBet (Magical Ride in Mountains)
Day 01: ARRIVE KATHMANDU
Upon arrival at International airport in Kathmandu, Meet, assist and transfer to the hotel. At the hotel lobby there will be a short briefing about the tour whilst the guest are having welcome drinks. Later the guest can retire to the allocated rooms for much deserved shower and rest. Overnight at Hotel
Day 02: KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING & BIKE INTRODUCTION
AM: After breakfast, meet at the lobby and proceed for the sightseeing tour of the ancient Kathmandu city with its many beautiful temples and shopping courtyards. As one crosses from the modern area of New Road into the Durbar Square, the one time Freak Street, one is suddenly in the midst of Kathmandu’s famed medieval architecture. The major tourist attractions on this tour includes a visit to the Hanuman Dhoka (Hanaman ate) which takes its name from the Monkey God. Near the Hanaman Dhoka is the house of the Living Goddess Kumari - Kumari Bahal. Two painted stone Lions stand guard at the entrance. Visitors may enter the courtyard to see the Living Goddess but are forbidden to take photographs. Also visit Kasthamandap”, a temple built from the wood of a single tree from where Kathmandu city derived its name. Continue drive to Swayambhunath Stupa - one of the protected monument sites of the Kathmandu Valley. It is situated on the top of the hill lying 4 kilometers west of Kathmandu. More than 2,500 years old, this ancient landmark is connected to the visit of Manjushree who created Kathmandu – a lake than – by draining its waters. The sage saw a celestial lotus in bloom on the top of this hill and sacrificed it. It is an important pilgrimage center as well as the center of art, architecture, religion and culture of Mahayana Buddhism. The stupa of Swayambhu is a hemispherical mound of compacted earth, and is built to specific rules, and is replete with symbols. The mound represents the four elements of earth, fire, wind and water. The 13 gilded rings of the spire symbolize the 13 steps of the ladder leading to Nirvana, the final salvation. The shrine is bedecked in colorful prayer flags.
The pilgrim’s progress to Swayambhunath’s holy premises is actually through a sylvan path of 365 steps. The entrance is graced by a huge Vajra (Symbol of thunder bolt). Statues of Buddha adorn the four corners of the stupa. Statues of goddess Ganga and Jamuna guard the eternal flame behind it. There is a Tibetan gompa (monastery) and innumerable chaityas (small stupas). The balcony of Swayambhunath is ideal for viewing the entire valley spread out below. Break for Lunch. After lunch return back to the hotel.
PM: There will be a briefing about the trip as well as bikes. Later after the briefing the guest can take a trail round within the city. Overnight at the hotel
Day 03: RIDE KATHMANDU to POKHARA (approx. 210 KM)
07:00 Hrs: After breakfast, set out of the Kathmandu to the Prithivi Highway. Firstly we negotiate the traffic out of Kathmandu and ride out of the Valley to the check post of Thankot located on the crest of a ridge and descend to Naubise, 17 kilometers of winding mountain road. From here, the highway is much more defined and makes a smoother ride. The ride from here is scenic as we follow the banks of the Trishuli river, a river very popular for rafting adventures and we arrive at Kurintar, 97 kilometers from Kathmandu in about another 1 ½ 2hours where there is a nice restaurant “Riverside Springs Resort”. After a short break, ride to Muglin (110 kms from Kathmandu), the junction where the highway bifurcates, South to Chitwan and West to Pokhara. Head west for 90 kilometeres to
Pokhara by firstly crossing the suspension bridge and following the Marshyangdi river for a while. Pass through typical Nepali landscape of scattered villages with ochre coloured thatched houses, rice fields, winding roads and groups of small settlements. Our arrival in Pokhara area is greeted with fantastic views of the western Himalayas, the Annapurna range and the famous Fish Tail Mountain.
Pokhara stands at 884 m above sea level, about 700 m lower than Kathmandu Valley. In Kathmandu Valley the high temples are all around you, in Pokhara it is the mountains. Only foothills separate Pokhara form the full height of the Himalayas, and the magnificent 8000 m. peaks of the Annapurna range. Pokhara is a vacationer's paradise with its crystal clear lakes and fantastic views of the Annapurna range including the Fish Tail Mountain. Overnight at the Hotel
Day 04: RIDE FROM POKHARA to TATOPANI (approx. 105 KM)
After early breakfast, set out for Beni Bazaar, 78 Kms on the Baglung Highway this takes about 3 hours and a convenient place to stop for lunch. From here we set out on the newly constructed road to Jomsom. The new road is a rough affair as the terrain has to be maintained regularly due to landslides and land slips due to the monsoon season. However it is more than compensated by the charm of the region and the scenic natural beauty. Crossing small streams and negotiating gravel paths, arrive at Tatopani (26 Kms) which means “Hot Water”, and is one of the most popular overnight stops in this area. It is so named because of the Hot Springs, located close by. Overnight at Lodge, Tatopani.
Day 05: RIDE TAROPANI to JOMSOM (approx. 40 KM)
After an early breakfast, set out on the trail by following the Kali Gandaki River passing waterfalls and Thakali and Magar Villages to Dana (4750 ft./ 1446 m.). Steeply ascend to Ghasa (6600 ft./ 2012m) along the Kali Gandaki gorge, the deepest gorge in the world. As we pass between the Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna mountain range, a dramatic change in vegetation is witnessed from green forests, to dry arid desert. It takes gradual acclimatizing with the surrounding. The Thakali’s are the dominant tribe of the valley, related to the Gurung and Magars of the southern slopes. From here we head to
Jomsom passing through the villages of Kalopani and Marpha. Upon arrival checking into the Guest House. Jomsom (2713 m) is the Administrative center of the Mustang region and the gateway to the Annapurna region. A land of mystique, the rugged peaks of the Annapurna, Nilgiri and Dhaulagari gaze down in their awesome splendor at weathered landscapes that contrast with the deep river ravines over noisy riverbeds. Jomsom is a mixture of hard work, social frivolity tempered by culture founded on deep religious traditions. It has the only airport that operates daily scheduled flights to Pokhara in the early mornings before the winds build up. PM: FREE to enjoy the tranquil surroundings. Overnight at the Guest House
Day 06: RIDE to MUKTINATH & THEN DESCEND to MARPHA via KAGBENI
After breakfast we set out for Muktinath, one of the many pilgrimage places in the Kali Gandaki basin. Set out of Jomsom Bazaar, cross the wooden bridge and then ride to the river bed. The going is slow here because of the uneven graveled road but after a while we ascend on a dirt track ascending all the way to the settlement of Muktinath by way of Jharkot. If lucky, one can find ammonite fossils millions of years old but one can also buy them directly from the traders. The arid desert landscape, rolling hills and the mountain views offers abstract beauty gives a feeling of being on top of the world. Muktinath at 3800 m, its eternal flame draws the Hindus and Buddhist alike and is therefore interesting to note the mixture of Buddhist and Hindu culture in this area. There are many interests to occupy the day in this ancient town, which also used to be the capital of one of the province of Mustang. It draws thousands of pilgrims annually. After the visit, ride down to Kagbeni (2800 m) which is the gateway to Upper Mustang. (Note: The Kaligandaki Valley becomes increasingly windy during the day as the winds blows south to north and makes it difficult for travelers. So it is a good idea to start early and reach Kagbeni for lunch.
Kagbeni means “Bolt at the two rivers”. At an altitude of 2840 meters it is a famous village of Baarah Gaun (Lit:twelve villages) region in Mustang district. It is a fascinating medieval village with closely packed mud brick houses, dark alleys and imposing chortens. The village stands in a little green oasis dominated by its red monastery. This village also boasts of a Monastery and the monks are of the yellow hat or the Gelup Sect. The Kali Gandaki was one of the major trading routes between Tibet and India. The traders brought the famous salt from Tibet and barley, spices and clothes from India. After the Chinese invasion in Tibet, the trade came to an halt but is slowly improving. After lunch it is an 45 minute ride to Jomsom but we continue further 25 kilometers, about 1 ½ hour slow ride to Kalopani and check into the Lodge. Overnight at the Lodge.
Day 07: RIDE KALOPANI to POKHARA (approx. 124 KM)
It is a pleasant relief to be able to tackle the roughest section of the journey in the early morning. Descend to Tatopani (21 kilometers) and then continue riding back to the settlement of Jaleswor located close to the river and then continue on to beni. After a quick stop for a quick, set out following the trail along the river and the after about an hour meet the main highway at Maldhunga and then continue of the metalled road to Pokhara which is reached in about 2 ½ hours.
Upon arrival, Check into the Hotel. Pokhara stands at 800 meters above sea level and is an ideal vacationers paradise. With its crystal clear lakes, magnificent views of the Annapurna Mountain Range and its bustling but quaint lake side bazaar, it is a major tourist attraction. From here most of the treks starts for the western region and it is a haven for people who wants to relax in this serene mountain beauty. The Annapurna mountain range is impressive by any standard. Looming ahead to take the center stage is Machhapuchhare or “Fish Tail Mountain”, which gets its name from the shape of its summit and flanking it from either side are the great mountains of the range including Annapurna I (8091 m), the first 8000 m peak to be scaled in 1950. The range continues to meet the Lamjung Himal in the east while to its west looms the massive dome of
Dhaulagiri (8161 m). EVE : The evening is free to browse through this lakeside bazaar and enjoy dinner at one of the Lake side restaurants. Overnight at the Hotel
Day 08: RIDE POKHARA to CHITWAN
After breakfast ride to Royal Chitwan national Park (approx 3 hours). On arrival at the entry point, meet resident naturalist and transfer to the wildlife safari camp. At the resort, the manager will brief the clienst about the activities of the resort and assign the rooms. Lunch at the resort.
In the afternoon, board the Elephants for a 2 ½ hour safari in search of the one horned Rhino, the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger and many other animals as deer, wild boars, sloth bear, leopard, etc. and over 450 species of birds. EVE: Continental or Nepali dinner is served around the campfire in the round house. Overnight at the Resort
Day 09: CHITWAN JUNGLE SAFARI
Early morning the guests are again taken for a 3 hour wildlife safari on an Elephant to view and photograph wildlife from close quarters. The animals are scattered, elusive and mostly reside in the dense grasslands which grow to a height of 20 ft. the only means of penetrating this dense grassland is by elephants. In late morning visit the Elephant stables where the resident naturalist highlights the life of the beast. This is an interesting hour with the elephants and the guests get the opportunity of participating and witnessing the rare scene of elephants at bath. Lunch at the resort.
PM: Guests are taken for a drive through the jungles comprising of Saal forests and riverine forests and visiting the numerous lakes to view the Mugger crocodiles, water birds and appreciate the flora of the national park. This will be followed by a boat ride on the river to view the endangered fresh water Dolphin, fish eating Gharial Crocodiles and many migrant and resident water birds.
After the boat ride meet waiting vehicles for the drive to the resort. Overnight at the Lodge
Day 10: RIDE to KATHMANDU
You wake up very early to go on a bird walk. Bird lovers can observe 450 species and butterfly amateurs will discover at least 67 species, including some as big as a hand. After a good breakfast, you hit the road for the last day of the trip. You will end the loop on a very beautiful note. You first ride across the plains towards Hetauda, and you finish with a series of zigzags before reaching Kathmandu
for a good night's sleep. Overnight at the Hotel
Day 11: FREE DAY in KATHAMNDU & FAREWELL DINNER
Free day in the city. Opportunity for you to discover the Nepalese capital, and to do some shopping OR relax OR explore the city on your own.
18:00 Hrs: Dinner at the famous Bhojan Griha with Nepalese authentic food and cultural dance show.
Overnight at the hotel
Day 12: FINAL DEPARTURE
Free for final minute packing until transfer to the airport for final departure.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Upon arrival in Kathmandu International airport in Kathmandu, Meet, assist and transfer to the hotel. At the hotel lobby there will be a short briefing about the tour whilst the guest are having welcome drinks. Later the guest can retire to the allocated rooms for much deserved shower and rest. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing & Bike Introduction
AM: After breakfast, meet at the lobby and proceed for the sightseeing tour of the ancient Kathmandu city with its many beautiful temples and shopping courtyards. As one crosses from the modern area of New Road into the Durbar Square, the onetime Freak Street, one is suddenly in the midst of Kathmandus famed medieval architecture.
The major tourist attractions on this tour includes a visit to the Hanuman Dhoka (Hanaman Gate) which takes its name from the Monkey God. Near the Hanaman Dhoka is the house of the Living Goddess Kumari – Kumari Bahal. Two painted stone Lions stand guard at the entrance. Visitors may enter the courtyard to see the Living Goddess but are forbidden to take photographs.
Also visit Kasthamandap, a temple built from the wood of a single tree from where Kathmandu city
derived its name. Continue drive to Swayambhunath Stupa - one of the protected monument sites of the Kathmandu Valley. It is situated on the top of the hill lying 4 kilometers west of Kathmandu. More than 2,500 years old, this ancient landmark is connected to the visit of Manjushree who created Kathmandu a lake than by draining its waters. The sage saw a celestial lotus in bloom on the top of this hill and sacrificed it. It is an important pilgrimage center as well as the center of art, architecture, religion and culture of Mahayana Buddhism. The stupa of Swayambhu is a hemispherical mound of compacted earth, and is built to specific rules, and is replete with symbols. The mound represents the four elements of earth, fire, wind and water. The 13 gilded rings of the spire symbolize the 13 steps of the ladder leading to Nirvana, the final salvation. The shrine is bedecked in colorful prayer flags.
The pilgrims progress to Swayambhunaths holy premises is actually through a sylvan path of 365 steps. The entrance is graced by a huge Vajra (Symbol of thunder bolt). Statues of Buddha adorn the four corners of the stupa. Statues of goddess Ganga and Jamuna guard the eternal flame behind it. There is a Tibetan gompa (monastery) and innumerable chaityas (small stupas). The balcony of Swayambhunath is ideal for viewing the entire valley spread out below.
Break for Lunch. After lunch return back to the hotel.
PM: There will be a briefing about the trip as well as bikes. Later after the briefing the guest can take a trail round within the city. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03: Ride Kathmandu to Nyalam (approx. 158 KM)
Negotiate traffic out of the Kathmandu city to the Ringroad cross section - Koteshwor. From here, follow the newly constructed highway to Bhaktapur (Approx. 12 Km from Kathmandu).
Continue cruising past Bhaktapur to Dhulikhel (Approx. 18 Km from Bhaktapur) via Jagati, Sanga &
Banepa passing road side settlements and terraced farmlands.
After few kilometers from Dhulikhel the highway drops in to the winding road with the beautiful
sceneries of terraced fields and forested trails alongside small settlement to Zero Kilo. From here road bifurcates. North road leads to Melamchi Bazaar and South road leads to Kodari. Head south and continue ride towards Dolalghat - the lowest point on the entire road at 634m (Approx.25 Km from Dhulikhel). Dolalghat is situated at the confluence of Indrawati and Sunkoshi rivers on the Aranikohighway and this place is apparently famous for the fish from its rivers.
Cross the bridge and slowly ascend on a winding road for a few kilometers and after 2 kilometers turn a steep right to come up to the ridge. (Note: At the turning, the straight road leads to Chautara so one needs to take the full right turn and continue on the highway).
Continue ride another approx. 50 km to the Kodari (Nepal Tibet Border).
Upon arrival at Kodari, the last border town, complete Nepali Immigration formalities and cross the
friendship bridge. Complete Chinese Immigration and met by guide and driver from Tibet. Proceed for China Custom clearance for the motorcycles and after completion, load up the personal gears on the waiting Land Cruiser and the spare parts on the truck and ride 20 minutes (8 kilometers) to Zhangmu. Zhangmu: Located at an altitude of 2300 m and known to Nepali as Khasa, hangs on a cliff face, its boomtown architecture having a temporary look. Even the monastery roofs are sheathed in corrugated iron sheets. Here we obtain travel pass for vehicles from the transport office and then ride for an hour through the Tibetan landscape to Nyalam gaining an altitude of 1450 meters within a short span of 30 kms. Upon arrival, check into the Guest House. Overnight at the Guest House.
Day 04: Ride Nyalam to Tingri (Approx. 152 KM)
Ride to the highest plateau of the world with typical view of the Tibetan landscape offering a sheer
feeling of standing on the roof of the world. Firstly cross the Nyalam Pass (3,800m) and ascend steeply to Thong La (5,050m), in about 2- 3 hours. From here, weather permitting, there is breathtaking panorama of beautiful Himalayan ranges including Mt. Everest (8,848m) and Mt. Shishapangma, but dwarfed by the vastness of the Tibetan plateau.
After a brief stop, we ride past a discreet pass Lalung La (5200 m) marked by an array of prayer flags and then continue on the friendship highway to Tingri. Upon arrival check in to the guest house. (Note : This is a short day to allow time for acclimatization). Lunch at the Guest house.
PM: FREE TO WALK AROUND THE BAZAAR OR JUST REALX. Upon arrival check in to the guest house. Overnight at the Guest House.
Day 05: Ride Tingri to Shigatse (Approx. 292 KM)
After breakfast ride 70 km to Shegar. Shegar: Also called New Tingri, surrounded by Mountains, is another town that lies in the shadow of a great fortress. Even in ruins it is majestic. Seeming to grow out of the craggy brown rock, its sinuous wall bristles with watchtowers like stegosaurus spines. Isolated in 1855 by marauding Nepalese in search of booty, the Gurkhas cut off the dzongs water supply and settled in for a long siege. Shegar proper has little to recommend it except the highest post office in China. Continue ride further 100 km on a very scenic drive crossing the Gyatso La (5,220m), the highest pass enroute to Lhasa. From here we descend to the settlement of Lhatse. We have a choice to either continue on the friend ship highway by crossing two smaller passes to Shigatse or to take a diversion and follow the simpler route following the river. However, the guide shall advise us on road conditions and will take the route as per his advice.
Shigatse is the second largest town in Tibet and the capital of Tsang, lying 354km west of Lhasa at an
altitude of 3810 m. From here follow the Northern route to Lhasa via Trakdruka, Nyemo, Chusul and
Nyethang.Upon arrival check in to the guest house. Upon arrival check in to the guest house.
Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 06: Shigatse
*Note: Process bike for observation (It has been made mandatory that all Motorcycle be sent for
examination to the Police headquarters of Shigatse, who will recheck all the permits from Lhasa
Police Headquarters, Custom clearance etc and then issue the pass for the motorcycles to travel
through Shigatse perfectire and also issue a temporary local driving licence to all motorcycle riders
as per the list and details.
While the permits are being taken care of, proceed for the sightseeing tour of the Panchen Lamas
Tashilhunpo Monastery. Founded in 1447 by GendunDrup, the first Dalai Lama. It is the seat of the
Panchen Lama who is second to the Dalai Lama in Tibetan Buddhist Hierarchy. The 5th Dalai Lama in
declared that his teacher, then the Abbot of Tashilhunpo, who a manifestation of the Buddha Amitabha and the Panchen Rinpochhe. Tashilhunpo has one of the worlds largest statues - a 9 storeyed gilded bronze statue of Maitriya, the future Buddha. Rest of the day is free to relax or explore around the town. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 07: Ride to Lhasa (Approx. 300 Km)
The trail today on tarred road is a pleasant and enjoyable one. The ride takes about 6 7 hours. We follow the YarlungTsangpo River and scenery of irrigation fields, yak hair skin boats are a typical scene of Tibet. Lhasa: The capital of Tibet at an altitude of 3650m is situated on the north bank of the Kyichu River in the province of U (central Tibet). Two high craggy hills stand up in isolation from the valley floor. One, Red Hill, is topped by the Potala Palace and the other, Chockpori or Iron Hill, is crowned by a tall antenna. Lhasa in Tibetan means "Place of the Gods" and Potala Palace " the residence of the Dalai Lama (the god king), is the earthly representation of the celestial Palace of Avaloketswora, the Buddha of infinite compassion whose incarnation in the humanform is believed to be the Dalai Lama. As Tibets political, religious and cultural centre it is a city truly blessed by the gods, where life is unhurried, is people jovial and yet remaining staunchly independent.
Lhasa consists of two district parts consisting of different architecture, population and lifestyle. Old
Lhasa, the Tibetan section, centersaround The Jokhang Temple. Its streets are narrow, between white washed stone houses whose walls slope inward as they rise. Windows are framed in black trapezoids, with protruding fan shaped eaves above. Many houses have brightly painted woodwork. The Chinese section, was built in the last 30 years around the base of the Potala. It is characterized by straight, broad streets and utilitarian buildings that houses Chinese style department stores and all kinds of government houses. A Revolutionary Museum below the Potala displays the evidence of Chinese who brought economic and social change during the past 30 years. In spite of its forced pace of modernization, Lhasa has not lost its soul. It is a friendly city where a Tibetan will always return a smile. Upon arrival at Lhasa check in to the hotel. Rest of the day is free to relax or explore around the town. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 08: Sightseeing tour of Lhasa
Sightseeing tour at Potala Palace: This legendary palace built atop a single hill is synonymous with Tibet. First foremost king, Songtsen Gompo, it was expanded to its present structure during the 17th century by the 5th Dalai Lama. This 13 storey, 1000 room citadel served as the headquarters of the former "churchstate" of Tibet and was home to successive Dalai Lama who, from the latter half of the 18th century, used it as their Winter Palace. Lunch at the Hotel or at a local restaurant
In the afternoon, visit the Jokhang Temple: Situated in the heart of old Lhasa, it houses Tibets most
precious religious relic, a golden Shankyamuni Buddha which was brought as a gift by the Chinese
Princess Wen Cheng on the occasion of her wedding to the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gompo. Surrounding the Jokhang Temple is the bustling Barkhor market place, which is the religious and social focus of Lhasa. This spiritual centre of Tibet is also the heart of Lhasa. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 09: Ride Lhasa to Gyantse (3950m) 264 km
Set out from Lhasa for about 26 kilometers to Chusul and then climb steeply to the Kamba La (pass) at 4790 m with views of the turquoise blue waters of the manmade lake caused by the dam for the hydro project below and the Himalayan peaks in the far distance. Here, nomads bring their Yaks and Tibetan Mastiffs for photo opportunity to all tourists.
Later, descend to the Lake and ride along the picturesque trail of the colourful Lake Yamdrok, the
Tibetan lifeline of the river Brahma Putra (YarlungTsangpo). Yamdrok Tso or Turquoise Lake is a lake of a glaring blue that radiates a near mystical charm. It is about 240 kms in circumference and is more like an Island sea. There are Yak herders around and the lake itself supports a population of scale less fish in its non-saline waters. From here ascend to the Karo La (5010 m) to once again meet Yak Herders who offer photo opportunities to dress in traditional costumes and ride their Yaks for a nominal fee. Continue ride towards Gyantse by following another manmade lake and ascending to Simi La at 4300 m and then finally descending to the town of Gyantse, the 3rd largest town of the region. Gyantse still retains the charm of a traditional Tibetan town untouched by modern expansion. It made world headlines in 1904 when Colonel Young husband, who led British Expedition to Tibet, defeated the Tibetan army there. As a crossroad on the principle trade route to India, it used to be renowned for the excellence of its carpets. The compound, encircled by an impressive wall, once contained 19 monasteries, presided over by the still intact fortress perched atop a nearby mountain. Here one visits the KumbumStupa and PelkhorChode Monastery. Upon arrival check in to the hotel. Rest of the day is free to relax or explore around the town. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 10: Ride Gyantse to Shegar (320 km)
After breakfast ride towards Shegar via Shigatse, Drongtse, Panam and Gyatso.Shigatse A Granary of
Tibet is the famous cultural city with a history of more than 500 years. It is 90 kilometers from Gyantse and 3,800 m above sea level. It has been a place in which Panchen lamas of various historical stages were authenticated. Later it has become a political and religious center in rear Tibet. To its south stands the world known Qomolangma Peak. Around the city there are the Sakya, Palkor and Shalu monasteries. From here continue to Lhatse. Another 100 kilometters and then ascent o the Gyawala Pass at 5200 m before descending to Shegar at 4200 m.Upon arrival check in to the hotel,The rest of the day is free to relax or explore around the town. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 11: Ride Shegar to Rongbuk (104 Km)
After breakfast, head off to the Check point and after completion of the routine check, we drive for
another kilometre and take the left turn at the marker and then head towards the Everest Base Camp. Firstly we arrive at the check post of the Quomolomgma National Park where permits are checked and then ascend on a zigzag trail to Gyawo la Pass at (5200 m). From here we descend one again zigzagging our way on 100 switchbacks to the settlement of TashiDzom for a much deserved lunch break. After lunch, pass a few villages and then the ride is on a difficult stretch of a gravel path making riding difficult. Ride along the Rongbuk River with great views of Mt. Everest looking overhead (weather permitting) and our arrival at Rongbuk is a sudden one because the settlement is reached after a sudden turn in the path. The magnificent view of the Mt. Everest is awe inspiring.
Upon arrival, check into the Rongbuk Monastery Guest House. Overnight at the Rongbuk Monastery Guest House.
Day 12: Excursion around Mt. Everest Base Camp and ride to Zhangmu (223 Km)
After breakfast, follow the dirt road south and the Dzakar Chu (river), now much reduced in volume, is on your right. Soon the valley broadens and the road leaves the river to continue its ascent on the other side, swerving to avoid a rockslide. At the base of the slide is chorten; at its top are the ruins of the Samdrupo Nunnery (a small chapel has been rebuilt). Here is now situated the settlement of DzaRongphu. The Everest Base Camp settlement has now been moved here. The Everest Base Camp is just beyond some moraine hills. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore this area and enjoy this tented town.
(Note: The new rules prohibit vehicles from going beyond DzaRongphu area. Clients need to travel
by the Government coach and it costs Yuan 50.00 for a round trip ride).
So board the coach for the 4 kilometre drive to the Everest Base Camp area. Here we embark and then ascend to a small ridge with prayer flags and with an unobstructed view of Mt. Everest and the open Tibetan plateau leading to the Camp II Later descend to the Bus Park and board the bus for the ride back to Dza Rongphu. Here we can spend some time at the tented city for a cup of tea/ noodle soup or shop for souvenirs or even send a post card from the mobile post office.
Later board the motorcycles and then set out of Rongbuk by retracing the route till the 26 kilometre mark and then cross the bridge and head off with a steady climb to Tingri which takes about 4 hours. From Tingri we drive on the highest plateau of the world with typical view of the Tibetan landscape offering sheer feeling of standing on the roof of the world. Cross the Lalung La (5,200m) and Thong La (5050 m) from where, weather permitting, here is a breath-taking panorama of beautiful Himalayan ranges including Mt. Everest (8,848m) but is dwarfed by the vastness of the Tibetan plateau. Descend down for about an hour to arrive at a familiar setting, near the Mileapa Cave, where Milerapa is said to have meditated. Continue further for about 30 minutes to arrive at Nyalam. From here continue ride another 30 Kilometer to Zhangmu. Upon arrival check into the Guest House,
Overnight at the Guest House.
Day 13: Ride Zhangmu to Kathmandu (Approx. 128 KM)
After breakfast, complete the Chinese customs and border formalities. The permits and Motorcycles are checked once again and then we drive down 8 kilometres to Kodari and the Nepal Tibet Friendship Bridge. Here the porters will transfer the luggage to the Nepal side and we bid farewell to our Guide and drivers from Tibet. Complete Chinese Immigration and then cross the friendship bridge. Met by representatives from Nepal who will assist to complete Nepal Customs and Immigration and ride 120 Km (4 hours) to Kathmandu. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 14: Final Departure
Free for final minute packing until transfer to the airport for final departure.