Cycling Friendship Highway - 20 Days

The Friendship Highway meanders through the untouched land of Tibet. Not only this, it also goes uphill and downhill, and at the same time, it also offers a panoramic view of the tallest mountains of the world, such as Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. Later, it heads off to the river and Tashi Zong.

It is by cycling on the Friendship Highway that you reach Lhasa and Sera Monastery and to other interesting places of Tibet. After having a hearty breakfast, you cycle to Drepung Monastery and Potala Palace, a cardinal landmark. This palace comes under the wonders of the eastern architecture. By cycling on the Friendship Highway, you also travel along the bank of the Tsangpo River all the way down. This river is known as the Brahmaputra River in India.

Friendship Highway will also takes you to Yamdrok-tso, a dazzling scorpion lake. By this lake, you will have your lunch. As you reach the summit of the Karo-La Pass, you will also see the panoramic view of the Himalayas and glaciers. You will also come across the vast stretches of a flat agriculture land and reach the second biggest town of Tibet. You will also bike in the midst of beautiful scenery. You will also walk on a paved road, as well as, on a dusty road. From the Friendship Highway, you will bike over the Lalung-La Pass from where you see a spectacular view of mountains, such as Gaurishankar, Dorje Lhakpa, Shishapangma, and Langtang. You will also descend southwards to Nyalam, which in Tibetan means ‘The Gateway to Hell’.

From Nylam, the road drops to a mossy gorge of waterfalls and cascades. As you ride on the muddy, rocky, and slippery road, you descend to Barabise, near the Chinese border. Barabise comes under the list of the villages of Nepal. In Barabise, you see the business men selling Chinese – made – goods, and they include from clothing to electronic devices.

Day 1

Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal (1,340 m). Stay overnight in a Hotel

Day 2

Ride from Kathmandu to Nagarkot via Bhaktapur ( 2, 168 m). Stay overnight in a Hotel

Day 3

Ride back from Nagarkot to Kathmandu via Shanku (1, 340 m). Stay overnight in a Hotel

Day 4

Fly from Kathmandu to Gonkar, then drive to Lhasa (3, 650 m). Stay overnight in a Hotel

Day 5

Ride around Lhasa for acclimatization and sightseeing. Stay overnight in a Hotel

Day 6

Drepung Monastery and Potala Palace sightseeing. Stay overnight in a Hotel

Day 7

Ride from Lhasa to Quxu (3, 600 m). Stay overnight in a Guest House

Day 8

Ride from Quxu to Nagarze (4, 410 m). Stay overnight in a Guest House

Day 9

Ride from Nagarze to Gyangze (4, 020 m). Stay overnight in a Guest House

Day 10

Ride from Gyangze to Shigatse (3, 835 m). Stay overnight in a Guest House

Day 11

Ride from Shigatse to Jidingzhen (3, 905 m). Stay overnight in a Guest House

Day 12

Ride from Jidingzhen to Lhatse ( 4, 050 m). Stay overnight in a Guest House

Day 13

Ride from Lhatse to Tingri/Xegar (4, 320 m), via Gyatso La Pass (5, 220 m). Stay overnight in a Guest House

Day 14

Ride from Tingri to Rongbuk (5000 m), EBC (5, 150 m), and back to Rongbuk . Stay overnight in a Guest House

Day 15

Ride from Rongbuk to Old Tingri (4, 350 m). Stay overnight in a Guest House

Day 16

Ride from Old Tingri to Menbuxiang (4, 685 m). Stay overnight in a Guest House

Day 17

Ride from Menbuxiang to Nyalam (3, 750 m). Stay overnight in a Guest House

Day 18

Ride from Nyalam to Dolalghat (Nepal), drive or ride up to Dhulikhel ( 1, 600 m). Stay overnight in a Hotel

Day 19

Ride from Dhulikhel to Kathmandu via Bhaktapur and Thimi (1340 m). Stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 20

Transfer to the airport for departure

Trip Highlights

  • Bhaktapur, an ancient city, which is enriched with Newari culture, temples and squares.
  • Nagarkot, the best hill station, and ride to Nagarkot is a warm up riding before heading Tibet
  • Scenic air - route from Kathmandu to Lhasa
  • Sera Monastery
  • Drepung Monastery and Potala Palace
  • Khamba-la Pass (4,794 m)
  • Longest downhill biking in the world (on the paved road)
  • Dazzling beautiful Yamdrok-tso (Scorpion Lake)
  • Spectacular view of Gaurishankar, Dorje Lhakpa, Shishapangma and Langtang.
  • Mossy gorge of waterfalls and cascades
  • Day 1Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal (1,345 m)

    The representative of Ace Holidays receives you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. You see the representative displaying the signboard of Ace Holidays outside the airport terminal. You will be transferred to your respective hotel by the private vehicle of Ace Holidays. Before the Biking, there is a meeting. In this meeting, you are requested to bring your passport, 3 passport sized photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance. Also in this meeting, you must clear all due balance, sign a legally binding trip form, and a non – liability disclaimer. In this meeting, you are also requested to ask any questions of your trip. In this meeting, you will also get gifts, such as a Duffel Bag and a Cap. from Ace Holidays. Stay overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.

    Note:If you arrive late in the evening, you will be briefed about the trip by your guide at the hotel lobby.

  • Day 2Ride from Kathmandu to Nagarkot via Bhaktapur (2168 m)

    You put Chinese visa on this day and check your bikes and equipments, and after this, you ride to Bhaktapur, which is a medieval town, which is an ancient city, and which is enriched with Newari culture. In Bhaktapur, you visit temples and squares. They are the major attractions of the Kathmandu valley, and they are not to be missed. From here, you head to the northeast that is Nagarkot by riding on a tarmac road. Nagarkot is the best destination to acclimatize and your ride to Nagarkot is a warm up riding before heading Tibet. Stay overnight in a hotel. (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 3Ride back from Nagarkot to Kathmandu via Shanku ( 1340 m)

    You descend following jeep tracks through the ancient village of Shanku, where you will have lunch and then ride back to Thamel, Kathmandu. Following downhill track, you lose elevation, but you require technical skills at some points. You will find yourself amidst massive stretches of farms. In fact, a considerable amount of rice and vegetables supplied to Kathmandu comes from Sankhu. Stay overnight in a hotel. (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 4 Fly from Kathmandu to Gonkar, then drive to Lhasa (3650 m)

    After breakfast, you drive to the airport for an hour flight to Gonkar, Tibet. You will be met at Gonkar Airport by your Tibetan guide. After passing through immigration, you drive 1.5-hour along 93 km road to Lhasa, which is situated at an altitude of 3,660 m. It is advisable to take a rest. Stay overnight in a hotel. (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 5 Ride around Lhasa for acclimatization and sightseeing

    You will visit a few popular places, including Sera Monastery, which is one of Lhasa’s great monasteries that survived the Cultural Revolution. You can see a ‘Debate’ taking place, where the monks will try to outwit their colleagues with questions on religion. Have a peaceful time watching the pilgrims that circumambulate from the comfort of a café overlooking the Barkor. Stay overnight in a hotel. (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 6Ride Drepung Monastery and Potala Palace for sightseeing

    After having breakfast, you will start biking to Drepung Monastery and Potala palace. The monastery is situated 25 km away from the west of Lhasa. This is also a good way to acclimatize and adjust to the climate and altitude. Drepung Monastery was a home to 10,000 monks, when China tookover Tibet in 1951. When you reach the entrance of the monastery, you will leave your bike at the car park and climb up the stairs, which lead to the monastery. Visit the famous Potala palace. This is a cardinal landmark as well as a structure, which comes under the wonders of eastern architecture, and it looks best from a distance. To visit Potala palace, you will take 3 hours, so you are advised to wear a comfortable cloth and shoe. Stay overnight in a hotel. (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 7Ride from Lhasa to Quxu (3600 m)

    After cycling on the busy roads for 45 minutes, you leave Lhasa behind. Please remember to ride on the right side, as there will be vehicles plying on this road. You follow the Brahmaputra River all the way down. Stay overnight in a guesthouse in dormitory bedroom. (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 8 Ride from Quxu to Nagarze (4410 m)

    Biking over the Khamba-la pass (4,794 m), 24 km, you pass the old road between Gyantse and Lhasa. From here, you can see the dazzling Yamdrok-tso (Scorpion Lake). This lake lies several hundred meters below the road. You will have lunch beside the beautiful Yamdrok Lake. After lunch, you cycle down to the town of Nagarze. Stay overnight in teahouse (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 9 Ride from Nagarze to Gyangze (4020 m)

    You will see the panoramic view of the Himalayas and glaciers when you reach the summit of the Karo-La Pass. You will also come across the sight of the glacier, which is approximately 50 below the pass. Bike over the Simi-La (4,330 m), you will enjoy a pleasant gradual ride to Gyangze town. Stay overnight in a guesthouse. (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 10 Ride from Gyangze to Shigatse ( 3835 m)

    Leaving Gyantse also means leaving behind your 2 days off-road aches and pain, you ride on a paved road. This ride is long, and you will ride across the vast stretches of flat agriculture land up to Shigatse, which is the second biggest town of Tibet. The Tsang kings exercised their power from the towering heights of Shigatse, making this town an important trading town as well as an administrative center. You will also visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery. Stay overnight in a guesthouse. (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 11 Ride from Shigatse to Jidingzhen ( 3905 m)

    After breakfast, you will ride through the beautiful scenery to Jidingzhen. You will ride to the base of the Tso-La pass. This will be a good time to prepare physically and mentally for a couple of passes in the following days. Stay overnight in a guesthouse. (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 12 Ride from Jidingzhen to Lhatse (4050 m)

    Today, you ride on an occasional paved road, but which is dusty most of the time. You can of course, hitch a ride on the support vehicle if you do not feel like riding. After you leave the Tso-La Pass (4,500 m), you go down a long 9 km descent and reach Lhatse, which is a small truck stop and is a dusty place, but it has some shops with well-stocked shelves and few guesthouses. Stay overnight in a guesthouse. (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 13Ride from Lhatse to Tingri/Xegar (4320 m), via Gyatso La Pass (5220 m)

    In the morning after breakfast, you bike up to a 25 km road, climbing towards the Gyatso-La Pass (5,220 m), the highest pass of your trip. The ride to Gyatso-La is an interesting one as you will be in the middle of a gorge and by a flowing river on the right side. Before reaching the summit, you come to an opening where you can once again see the great mountains. Here, it is windy. Stay overnight in a teahouse or guesthouse. (Breakfast Included)

  • Day 14Ride from Tingri to Rongbuk (5,000 m), EBC (5150 m), and back to Rongbuk

    Today, you start cycling on a paved road up to the police check post. Here, you will have to produce your passport to the authorities and then you turn off the Friendship Highway around 6 km west of the Shegar checkpoint, where your guide will sort out the permits for the Everest region. From here, you will ride on bumpy roads. The road is winding up hill and downhill. While riding on this road, you would like to advise you to be careful because of heavy vehicle, and this road takes you to the Pang La pass (5200 m), a rocky uphill. From here, you can see the panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu on a clear day. You will bike downhill towards the river, and from there, you will ride to the windiest place of your tour and then to Tashi Zong village. Stay overnight in a guesthouse (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 15 Ride from Rongbuk to Old Tingri (4350 m)

    After an hour ride from Rongbuk, you take a new route to Old Tingri via Long Jong La. Occasionally, the level of river gets high, which will make you difficult to cross the river, in such a case, you will ride and drive to Tingri via Tashi Dzong and Pang La. Stay overnight in a guesthouse. (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 16Ride from Old Tingri to Menbuxiang ( 4685 m)

    Today, you will bike over Lalung-la pass, which offers the spectacular view of Gaurishankar, Dorje Lhakpa, Shishapangma and Langtang. Please make sure that you check your brakes properly because you will be riding mostly downhill from here. Stay overnight in a guesthouse (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 17Menbuxiang to Nyalam (3750 m)

    You continue to descend southwards and after a few hours of biking, you reach Nyalam, which literary means ‘The Gateway to Hell’ in Tibetan. This is because the road drops from Nylam like a stone off the Tibetan plateau into a mossy gorge of waterfalls and cascades, which during the monsoon creates a sea of clouds that submerges the road and thus giving the effect of an eerie scene out of a horror movie. Before reaching Nyalam just 10 km off, there is a place with the closest cultural sight which is Nyalam Pelgye Ling, a small temple that is associated with the Cave of Milarepa, the famous Buddhist mystic and composer of songs, who lived during the late 11th to the early 12th century. Stay overnight in a teahouse.(Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 18 Ride from Nyalam to Dolalghat and drive or ride up to Dhulikhel (1600 m)

    This is your last day in Tibet as you head towards the border Zhangmu which also is known as Khasa in Nepali and Dram in Tibetan, then entering Nepal through Kodari (which also happens to be the only bungee jumping spot in Nepal), you descend rapidly to Barabise following the longest muddy, rocky and slippery road. You will have lunch at Barabise (870 m), a small town with shops and basic hotels. From here after lunch, you have option either to ascend to Dhulikhel (1,600 m) or hop on the support van to the hotel in Dhulikhel. Stay overnight in a hotel. (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 19Ride from Dhulikhel to Kathmandu via Bhaktapur and Thimi (1340 m)

    After riding 2.5 km from Dhulikhel, you leave the Arniko Highway behind. Following the dusty road up to Bhaktapur, you continue to drive on the broken tarmac road to Thimi, a popular town for handmade paper mask. Thimi is the major supplier of vegetables to the capital, Kathmandu. Ride the last section of Valley rim through busy traffic and transfer to your hotel. You have the option to do these activities: Chitwan jungle safari, Pokhara sightseeing, trekking, rafting, bungee jumping, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, and Everest flight. Stay overnight in a hotel. (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 20Transfer to the airport for departure

    Today is the last day of your trip because you are departing from Kathmandu. You will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to Tribhuwan International Airport on time.(Breakfast provided)

  • IMPORTANT NOTE

    During the trip, weather, local politics, transport or other factors, that are beyond Ace Holidays can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially changed. If changes are necessary, the leader will decide what is the best alternative for you. Taking this into consideration, as well as the best interests of the whole group, including a change, Ace Holidays will do everything to minimize the effects, but it cannot be held responsible for the results, arising from changes or delays.

Arrival and Departure

Upon arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, you see the guide holding the signboard of Ace Holidays, and your guide accompanies you from the airport to the hotel. Similarly, on the departure day, your guide accompanies you from the hotel to the airport.

Important Note: The local porters at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, may ask tip/money to you. PLEASE DO NOT GIVE ANY MONEY TO THEM, not even to the person, who is holding Ace Holidays' sign board. Begging is one of the harsh realities of this country, Ace Holidays believes that it should be discouraged. Ace Holidays will also not repay you if you give money to anyone at Tribhuwan International Airport.

Accommodation

Accommodation includes in shared rooms in Two Star Hotel in Kathmandu and Lhasa on bed and breakfast. In Quxu, Nagarze, Gyantze, Shigatse, Jidenzhang, Lhatse, Tingri, Xegar, Nyalam, and Menbuxiang the accommodation will be at basic guesthouse in twin sharing and at times even in dormitory, including breakfast

The Group Size

Minimum group size for this trip is 2 people and the maximum is 30 people, the average number is normally 10 people. Ace Holidays provides 1 lead guide, 1 assistant guide (if the group size is 10 or more).

Guides and Staffs Arrangements

Skilled, experienced, and helpful guides make your trip smooth. Ace Holidays carefully select these guides on the basis of their appropriate experience, skills and personal aptitudes. With an object of serving local communities, Ace Holidays only employs local staffs who have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local regions. The trek, tour, and expedition leaders of Ace Holidays have undergone the following training:

-Intensive Wilderness First Aid
-Trekking Guide Training
-Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet
-English Language
-Conservation and Biodiversity
-Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)

Best Seasons

April to November

Giving to the Local Community

Ace Holidays works closely with local community and is one of the main supporters of Sambhav Nepal, a non-political and non-profit social organization. Ace Holidays also supports the remote villages of Gorkha and other parts of Nepal through donation, sponsorship programs and various projects.

Donation

Ace Holidays donates a percentage of its business profit on a yearly basis, and it also supports the ongoing maintenance cost of the local schools and community-based schools of the Gorkha District.

Sponsorship

One of the major activities of the Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted in full collaboration with Ace Holidays.

Partnership for Volunteering Program

The Arupokhari Volunteer Program, devised by Ace Holidays and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize the teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capitals for education, health and community development in the villages of Gorkha district, western Nepal. For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal's website www.sambhavnepal.org

Equipment and Packing List

The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trip. The personal items are of individual interests and choices. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

In a supported biking trip, heavy items are carried by porters and personal belongings, such as money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by you. So, you are briefed to pack items in two different bags before the trip.

Ace Holidays will supply complimentary water proof duffel bag, which you can use on the trip and is carried by a porter. This duffel bag is a gift to you from Ace Holidays. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them later after the trek.

Riding Kits

  • Helmet
  • Bike gloves x 3 pairs
  • Biking glasses
  • Padded cycling shorts (to last at least 5 rides)
  • Long-sleeved base layers>
  • Short-sleeved and long-sleeved cycling tops
  • Biking socks (at least 5 pairs)
  • Head torch
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

  • Feet

  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
  • Upper Body

  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
  • Accessories

  • Sleeping bag rated to zero DC
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry insidetrekbag
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Water bottle (2) or camel bag
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
  • Toiletaries

  • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Hygeine

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti bacterial hands wash
  • Extras/Luxuries

  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  • iPod
  • Pencils and small notebooks
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
  • Swimming customs (for Kathmandu)
  • Sleeping Bag and Down Jacket Rental

    You can rent a good sleeping bag and a down jacket from Ace Holidays. The price is USD 25 per person for each of these. Total cost is USD 50 per person for both sleeping bag and down jacket for the entire trip.
  • First Aid Kit

    Please note your guide will carry the first aid kit bag during the biking. However, you are recommended to bring your personal first aid kit bag.
  • Additional Information

    Have more questions, and if you wish to discuss any aspects of this trip or your suitability, please visit our FAQs or contact us.

Please Note: In these types of rides, you usually pedal along the whole trail without lift access or shuttle, and you do not need any extraordinary equipment to complete the ride. This means bikes are light and usually hardtails (only front suspension). The terrain can be rough, but not extreme. The trip required more endurance as well as some skills, depending on the region you are biking. Vehicle support is provided where possible to make your journey safe and stress-free.

Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made of Lycra can often be offensive to the locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable to wear then please wear it as a base layer, and please also pack something to wear on top of it.

If you’re bringing your own bike, you have it professionally serviced before the trip, and ask your bike shop to use dry lube on your chain, and you should also bring the following things.

  • Brake pads specific to your bike x 2 sets
  • Rear mech hanger specific to your bike x 2
  • Bottle of dry lube
  • Four inner tubes, or spare bottle of fluid
  • Tubeless tyres (two for each tyre)
  • Quick link to suit your chain
  • For 29” wheels bring extra spare tubes; these are more difficult to find in Nepal
  • Ace Holidays states the price per person below. Group Discounts of 5 % to 15% is available for booking of 4 or more than 4 people. A group booking of 12 or more people is subjected to a maximum discount with an availability of a free trip to 1 person. This trip can also be customized, according to requirements.

    Small Group Journey - The departure dates currently available to join our fixed group departure

    No Fixed Departure Dates are available for this Package.

    Private Journey - Customize the Suitable Date for You

    Ace Holidays understands that some clients want their trips to be a private affair and spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at their own Schedule. Considering this, Ace Holidays organizes private trip for them, as well. Please choose the departure date.

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    Tailor Made Journey - Itinerary Personalized According to Your Specifications

    You can also use this trip as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, you can also add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti River, on the Trisuli River or the Bhote Koshi River. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from the specialists of Ace Holidays, please fill in the tailor-made form.

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      Cost Includes

    • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a private Tourist vehicle.
    • Twin sharing accommodation in a Two - Star hotel in Kathmandu.
    • Twin sharing accommodation in a Two - Star hotel in Nagarkot and Dhulikhel.
    • Accommodation includes in shared rooms in Two Star Hotel in Lhasa on bed and breakfast. In Quxu, Nagarze, Gyantze, Shigatse, Jidenzhang, Lhatse, Tingri, Xegar, Nyalam, and Menbuxiang the accommodation will be at basic guesthouse in twin sharing and at times even in dormitory, including breakfast
    • Kathmandu - Gonkar airfare for the client and the mountain biking guide(s), including airport departure tax.
    • Tibet entry permission and Chinese visa. Monastery entry fees during bike sightseeing in Tibet.
    • Ground transportation to and from Kathmandu. SUVs and a support truck during biking in Tibet.
    • Monument entry fees and permits included.
    • Ace Holidays' licensed English-speaking mountain biking guide(s). The number of guides and assistant guides is dictated by the group size.
    • Mountain bike for the number of days riding. The brands include Cube, Trek and Giant hardtail or full-suspension bikes, depending on your choice.
    • The required number of ground staff for the tour.
    • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for our ground staff.
    • Ground Transportation from Dolalaghat to Kathmandu.
    • Gifts, such as duffel/kit bag and sun hat from Ace Holidays(yours to keep).
    • All government taxes and official expenses.
    Please Note :
    • USD 850 per person, if you want to upgrade to five star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and best possible accommodation in Tibet.
    • Cost Does Not Include

    • International airfare and airport departure tax.
    • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation. (See the travel insurance page)
    • Nepal entry visa – you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying US $40 and $ 100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos). Internet and telephone calls.
    • Lunch and dinner for the entire trip (It costs you roughly USD 15 to 20 per person per day for lunch and dinner).
    • Item of Personal nature like alcohol, cold drinks and laundry.
    • Personal clothing and equipment.
    • Tips for Guide, Porter and Driver. (Tipping is expected)
    • Others expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section.

    Trip Highlights

    • Bhaktapur, an ancient city, which is enriched with Newari culture, temples and squares.
    • Nagarkot, the best hill station, and ride to Nagarkot is a warm up riding before heading Tibet
    • Scenic air - route from Kathmandu to Lhasa
    • Sera Monastery
    • Drepung Monastery and Potala Palace
    • Khamba-la Pass (4,794 m)
    • Longest downhill biking in the world (on the paved road)
    • Dazzling beautiful Yamdrok-tso (Scorpion Lake)
    • Spectacular view of Gaurishankar, Dorje Lhakpa, Shishapangma and Langtang.
    • Mossy gorge of waterfalls and cascades

    How fit do I need to be for this biking trip? Is this trip for me?

    Lhasa to Kathmandu Biking Trip should only be undertaken by those who have some previous mountain biking experience. You should be physically fit to brave the effects of higher altitudes as you ascend over 5,000 m which involve some steep climbing against head winds. Biking at this level lasts for several weeks. The Lhasa to Kathmandu biking trip is a fantastic one in this category, where you'll be staying mostly in tea houses and/or camping en route. There are several high passes you will cross on paved road, including the Gyatso-La Pass at 5,220m. The picturesque views of the mountains, serene lakes and ancient settlements are sure to reward you on this strenuous trip.

    Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival?

    Yes, the airport representative of Ace Holidays will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying the sign-board of Ace Holidays. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

    What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel, Lhasa and along the biking route?

    Ace Holidays uses twin sharing standard rooms, two star hotel in Kathmandu, Dhulikhel and Nagarkot, including breakfast. Note that higher star hotels in Tibet are very rare. Ace Holidays offers two star hotel in Lhasa, Gyangze, Shigatse and Lhatse and very basic accommodation (dormitory room) for the rest of the trip in Tibet. All the accommodation are pre-booked before starting the trip. While in the tour, if you want to change the hotels, the additional cost can be paid directly to our guide. Ace Holidays does its best to provide the best accommodation available but please do keep in mind that you are taking an adventure tour, and sometimes the arrangement may be basic especially along the Tibet to Nepal Highway. Traveling in Tibet is a fantastic experience but sometimes you have to put up with a bit of discomfort. To enjoy this trip you need to have an adventurous spirit and the ability to adapt to minor discomforts. You could choose the camping option if you would like more convenience and privacy with all the foods on your demand but this can be a bit expensive and is not possible in guesthouses.

    What sort of food can I expect in Biking route?

    All the restaurants that we dine in Kathmandu, Dhulikhel and Nagarkot cater Continental, Chinese, Mexican, American based cuisine with some local influences, always plenty to choose from. While in Tibet most guesthouses cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic recommended because it assists with acclimatization – try to eat some every day. In some places you may find some meat. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps. Please note that only breakfast are included in our trip package, make sure you carry enough money (USD 15 to USD 20 per day/Average USD 18 per day) to pay for lunch and dinner.

    What mode of transportation do you use?

    Ace Holidays is all about providing you with local insights, lifestyle as well as adventure. Using a variety of private transport is an integral part of our Himalayan tours, enhancing the experience. We use the best 4WD SUVs as our support vehicle across the Tibetan highland. These vehicles are extremely sturdy, spacious and reliable and they make the journey as comfortable as possible. For larger groups, we also use supported trucks to carry your luggage. We fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa, from where we begin our biking journey. We use our own Fleet service for Transportation.

    What is the best season for this trip?

    The best time for Lhasa to Kathmandu Biking Trip is from April to November.

    What type of bike is required for this trip and what brands are available for hire?

    Either hard-tail or full suspension mountain bikes will do fine. In some parts of the routes, you can take downhill shortcuts for which we strongly recommend full suspension bikes. (Your guide will let you know if there are any shortcuts you can take.) All the brands we provide are properly serviced and fully functional standard hardtail rentals best suited for the trips. We provide full suspension bikes (if preferred by our clients) for an additional charge. Trek: 3-, 4-, 6- and 8-series Cube: Comp, LTD, CMPT, Reaction Giant: ATX, Tralon Other brands: Capic and V-Ket

    Are hired bikes guaranteed for the trip?

    Bikes are hired at the time of booking, and are included in the price. The frame size of the bike has to be matched with your height, and since there is a limited number of each size, we strongly suggest you provide us with this information well ahead. In case of any damage incurred to the bike or the equipments, the client will be liable to pay for the repair and/or replacement, depending on the nature of the damage.

    What equipment and tools are included with the bike hire?

    Ace Holidays provides a helmet, a pump, a spare tube, a water bottle and a repair kit with a rental bike.

    What additional equipment is available upon request for an additional cost?

    Cycle computer and a GPS unit for USD 2 and USD 5, respectively, per day per person.

    Can I bring my own bike and accessories?

    You definitely can! It is highly recommended that you have your bike thoroughly serviced before coming on the trip. Spare parts are available in Kathmandu, but may not always be compatible with your bike. Most airlines are quite used to people travelling with bikes, and if a bike is properly boxed and within the luggage allowance, it is a relatively hassle-free experience. On arrival at your destination you will be met by your leader, and you will just need a baggage trolley to take your bike as far as the transfer vehicle. Make sure the bikes are properly packed. You may do it yourself (here's a guide or if you're not sure, you could have a local bike shop pack it for you. We take every care to ensure your bike is well treated, but it is normal for a bike to sustain minor scratches, resulting during the daily ride as well as loading and unloading from support/transport vehicles.

    What is the procedure of checking in with a bike and what luggage weight allowance do I have?

    Your bike is part of your baggage allowance on the plane, details of which are shown on your flight ticket, and maximum weights are usually between 20 and 25 kgs. A boxed bike weighs around 16 kg, so you need to pack carefully. Put heavy items in your hand baggage, wear your heavy/bulky jacket when you check in. Ace Holidays will not be liable for any excess baggage charges brought by the airline as a result of your exceeding the baggage allowance, whether you have a hire bike or take your own bike. In practice excess luggage charges are rare for those who pack sensibly, even if you are a little over the specified limit. Few airlines impose specific standard bike carriage charges. All such charges are beyond our control, and to be paid by the client. Where we know of a bike carriage charge in advance, this will be added to the relevant trip notes. In the unlikely event of any of your luggage and or bike being misplaced or damaged while in the care of the airline, a Property Irregularity Report (PIR) must be filed with the appropriate airline on arrival. This is essential if you subsequently wish to make a claim against the airline or on your travel insurance. This must be done at the airport where your baggage arrived, or should have arrived.

    Are there any bike maintenance and repairs while on the trip?

    The support vehicle (where available) and the guide will carry the required repair tools and spares. We do recommend you carry some basic tools and spares (like a puncture kit and Allen keys). Our guides are also qualified mechanics and have ample experience maintaining bikes on the trips.

    What cycling gear do I need?

    Safety and comfort are what you're looking for here. Here's a quick list of what you'll need for the trip: • Cycling helmet (included with the bike rent) • Touring shoes • Cycling gloves • Cycling shorts (1 to 3 pair) • Socks - wool or synthetic (2 or 3 pair) • Leg warmers or tights for riding • Short-sleeved shirts (2) • Light, long-sleeved shirt for layering and sun protection • Windcheater, rain gear, jacket and pants • Waterproof shoe covers It is recommended that you carry a backpack with your valuables like camera and passport. Panniers are not suitable for the trips.

    Can I bring my own saddle and pedals?

    Yes. All the bikes are compatible with customized bike parts. The support team accompanying the group will be able help with any bike alterations or damage to the bike along the entire trip. Please inform us in advance if you plan to bring your own saddle and pedals.

    Do we need to be experienced cyclists for longer tours?

    No. The guide will carefully pace the ride to include rest and refreshment along the way. Where available, the support vehicle will accompany you and you can always hitch a ride if you need a break.

    Can I charge my digital camera or other equipments on my trip?

    These facilities will be available in some of the places in your hotel/teahouse at reception by paying some service charges. Remember to bring multile adapters!

    Are there any communication facilities during the trip?

    The commutations service in Nepal is good and phone and Internet are available in Kathmandu, Dhulikhel and Nagarkot at your hotel. Communication facilities in Tibet have been improved over the past few years. All the hotels we use in Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse have international IDD phone and fax services. Phone calls can also be made from public booth in bigger towns. Internet cafes are also available at bigger towns, check with your guide for the best cyber cafes in each town. You can also have a roaming facility added to your mobile phone as mobile phones work fine in Tibet. If you buy a Chinese SIM card at the border, you could stay in touch with your family and friends most of the time. Please ask us for the latest facilities and reserve the Chinese SIM card for the trip.

    Can I use credit cards in the places I visit in trekking?

    In Kathmandu and Lhasa yes - to some extent. Once you are out of the cities, all you need is cash. Besides Chinese Yuan, only US dollars can be accepted in Tibet. Also shops that accept American currency are very limited and you might not be able to get a good deal for an exchange rate. Credit cards can only be used at some hotels in Lhasa. The Bank of China also accepts credit cards. ATM is not widely available. Exchanging your money to Chinese currency will be the best option for you, which can be done at the Bank of China. While changing money at the local money exchange centers, please make sure that you are accompanied by your guide and do consult him as you may easily be duped with counterfeit notes.

    How much additional money do I need per day?

    It depends on your spending habits. Generally, you can allocate USD 15 to USD 20 for lunch and dinner. Tibet is becoming more expensive every year. There are many shops in Lhasa, Shigatse and Gyantse that sell traditional Tibetan handicrafts. We recommend you to bring extra money to spend on souvenirs.

    Is the water fine to drink? Do I need to bring purifying tablets/filter?

    In main town (Kathmandu, Lhasa, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel) bottled water is readily available. You will need to purify the spring or river water in many places in Tibet, so please bring the good purifying aid with you. We recommend you to drink minimum four little of water every day.

    Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be?

    This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction.

    Are Ace Holidays' staffs insured?

    Our company insures all our staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters. Please browse though Company Information pages to view insurance details.

    What essential documents do I need to bring with me on tours?

    Here are some documents that you will need to carry with you: • Valid Passport – must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour, keep a separate photocopy. • Travel insurance, keep a separate photocopy • Cash and Traveller’s Cheques, keep numbers and proof of purchase separately • Flight tickets • Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts.

    I would you like to extend my holiday, any recommendations?

    Yes, there are a plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip. Please see our special trips in this website.

    What immunizations will I need?

    Vaccaination is not complusory, but it is better if you vaccinate against diphtheria, hepatitis, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. We would like to know your blood group because it is important in case of emergency. Please tell us if you are suffering from any disease.

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