Go East Young Man2024-04-20T18:09:08+00:00

Go East, Young Man

From Yunnan to Tibet: An adventure through the eastern Himalayas to the world’s highest peaks, the Everest Base Camp & Lhasa

Until not too long ago, foreigners were barred from traveling the roads from Shangri-La in Yunnan province to the Tibetan plateau along the eastern Himalayas. With our new Tibet Motorcycle Tour, we’ve unlocked this route. On this journey, you’ll be treated to spectacular vistas of the world’s highest summits, including the awe-inspiring Mount Everest. But it’s not just about the heights; you’ll also discover Tibet’s rich cultural heritage, remote mountain passes, pristine nature along the Mekong, the snow-clad peaks of the vast Himalayas, dense pine forests, and, of course, countless thrilling bends and breathtaking passes.

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Our adventure begins in Chengdu, from where we ascend into the Himalayas and explore the picturesque Tibetan old town of Shangri-La, located in the northernmost part of Yunnan province. Encircled by towering peaks and resting on the edge of the Tibetan expanse, Shangri-La is a true gem. Its vibrant and colorful old town sets the perfect stage for the start of our motorcycle journey. On our first day, the landscapes of the Himalayas envelop us. We’ll rest for the night in a Tibetan homestay at the foot of the majestic Kawa Karpo, which, at 6,770 meters, stands as the highest peak in the eastern Himalayas. Here we gain a genuine insight into the daily life and traditions of the Tibetan people.

Our route weaves its way through the East Himalayas, tracing the majestic courses of the Yangtze, Mekong, and Salween rivers, within the UNESCO-protected “Three Parallel Rivers” region. As we ride, untouched forests and areas often dubbed the “Switzerland of the East” unfold before us, offering magnificent panoramas of sandstone landscapes and deep canyons. We eventually reach Ranwu Lake, its beauty accentuated by snow-covered summits.

Upon reaching the Tibetan plateau we continue riding to Everest Base Camp where we witness the majestic mountain from up close and spend the night near Rongbuk Monastery. Throughout our route, numerous vantage points on winding roads reveal breathtaking views of the world’s highest mountains: Makalu, Shisha Pangma, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and, unmistakably, Mount Everest. As we approach Lhasa, we’ll experience the mesmerizing blue Yamdrok Lake, ride across the icy Karo La Glacier Pass, and explore some of Tibet’s most significant monasteries and fortresses. The tour’s crowning moment is exploring the mystic city of Lhasa, letting the famous Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and bustling Barkhor Market captivate our senses.

This tour is organized in conjunction with our partner, Tibetmoto Tours. As experts and direct providers of Tibet motorcycle tours, boasting their own motorcycle fleet, a base in Shangri-La, and a dedicated Tibetan team, they ensure you experience Tibet, its culture, and its people up close and personal.



28.09. – 13.10.2024
Shineray X5 5.490€
BMW 310 GS 5.990€
BMW 800 GS 6.490€
Pillion 4.490€
Single Room +690€
16 days / 15 nights / 11 riding days
All overnight stays in mid range hotels, often with a boutique atmosphere. Rooms always with attached bath/toilet. 4* hotel in Kathmandu.

12.04. – 27.04.2025
27.09. – 12.10.2025

Shineray X5 5.490€
BMW 310 GS 5.990€
BMW 800 GS 6.490€
Pillion 4.490€
Single Room +690€
16 days / 15 nights / 11 riding days
All overnight stays in mid range hotels, often with a boutique atmosphere. Rooms always with attached bath/toilet. 4* hotel in Kathmandu.


  • The Tibetan old town of Shangri-La, home to the world’s largest prayer wheel
  • Ride through East Tibet along the iconic G214 & G318 roads, featuring a winding ascent onto the Tibetan plateau
  • The majestic Yangtze, Salween, and Mekong rivers in East Tibet, a UNESCO World Heritage region known as the “Three Parallel Rivers.”
  • Navigating the Serpent’s 72-curve pass near Zogong
  • Breathtaking views of the world’s highest mountains – Makalu, Shisha Pangma, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, & Mount Everest
  • The thrilling 108-curve ride leading to the Everest Base Camp
  • Stay near Rongbuk Monastery, located close to the Everest Base Camp and at the foot of Everest itself
  • The awe-inspiring azure Himalayan salt lakes, Ranwu & Yamdrok
  • Explore Lhasa. Tour the historic Barkhor Market, the Potala Palace – the former residence of the Dalai Lama, and Jokhang – the most significant temple for Tibetans
  • Cross the towering passes: Gyatso La (5,220m), Karo La (5,100m), Pang La (5,200m), and Dongda La (5,130m)
  • Experience Tibetan hospitality first-hand by spending the night with a local family in a homestay
  • Visit the Palcho Monastery, housing Tibet’s largest pagoda, and the fortress of Gyangze, as well as Tibet’s grandest monastery, Tashilhunpo
  • Discover the Yumbulakhang Palace, Tibet’s first palace

The 10 Tibetan Passes we will cross:

  • The unnamed passes of the Eastern Himalayas: 3,900m, 4,200m, & 4,300m
  • Dongda Pass at 5,130m
  • Ranwu Lake Pass standing at 4,400m
  • The final Eastern Himalaya pass near Linzhi, reaching 4,600m
  • The trip’s loftiest pass, Gyatso-La, at 5,222m
  • The 108 twists of the Everest Road leading up to the Pang La Pass, 5,200m
  • Karo La Glacier Pass, peaking at 5,100m
  • Yamdrok Lake Pass, at an altitude of 4,900m
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Go East, Young Man Motorcycle Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Setting off for Shangri-La

Arrive at Chengdu Airport and catch a connecting flight to Shangri-La the same evening. As you exit the baggage claim, a member of our team will greet you, followed by a transfer to the hotel. Upon arrival, we’ll have a late-evening snack, where riders and team members can get to know each other in a relaxed setting.

Day 2: Shangri-La & Surroundings

Our Tibet motorcycle tour kicks off in the vibrant old town of Shangri-La, situated at an altitude of 3,300 meters. Traditional two-story wooden houses adorned with detailed carvings give this old town its charm, creating a unique ambiance. On a walking exploration, we’ll visit the world’s largest prayer wheel, towering at 22 meters on Turtle Hill. For good karma and a smooth journey, we ensure to turn the wheel at least three times clockwise. To acclimatize optimally, we’ll take things easy today: short strolls, a warm fire at our motorcycle base in the old town, and an evening of Tibetan cuisine in a local specialty restaurant.

Day 3: Tibetan Homestay Blues

Our first riding day on the Tibet motorcycle tour takes us through the awe-inspiring gorges of the Yangtze River, Asia’s longest river and the third-longest in the world. Within the area of the three parallel rivers – Mekong, Yangtze, and Salween, which is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site, we reach the tour’s lowest point at 1,900 meters. Its surprisingly warm here, we can even spot cacti by the riverside – an unexpected sight amidst the rugged Himalayan nature. Our route winds alongside the impressive 5,000-meter-high White Horse mountain range until we reach our destination for the day, our Tibetan motorcycle homestay.

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Set amidst the grand snow-capped mountains at an elevation of 2,000 meters, our rider´s homestay offers not just cozy accommodation but a truly unique cultural experience. The warm welcome from our Tibetan host family and the traditional dinner transport us straight into the heart of Tibetan hospitality. A short walk to a nearby viewpoint brings us to a narrow mountain saddle. From here, a breathtaking panorama of the deep Mekong Gorge below unfolds – a view that leaves us breathless.

More information about our Tibetan homestay.

Distance covered: approx. 210 km

Day 4: Snow Mountain Kawa Karpo, 6.770m

After a hearty Tibetan breakfast with freshly made flatbreads, we begin our day. Today’s route winds along majestic mountain ranges and eventually leads us to Feilaisi, the “flying temple”. This sacred site is dedicated to the deity perched high atop the pyramid peak of Kawa Karpo. Standing impressively at 6,770 meters, Kawa Karpo is the highest summit of the Eastern Himalayas and undeniably a highlight of our motorcycle journey through Tibet. We then leave the picturesque province of Yunnan, continuing through the border region into Tibet province. The ride promises adrenaline and a steadily rougher landscape: we cross two breathtaking passes, ascending to heights of 4,300 and 3,900 meters. Our path winds further to Markham, granting us spectacular views of the wild shores and gorges of the Upper Mekong. Here, the Mekong appears as a powerful, roaring river—a stark contrast to the gently flowing Mekong of Southeast Asia.

Distance covered: approx. 240 km

Day 5: From Pass to Pass – Dongda La (5.130m)

Despite today’s shorter distance, the route promises sheer thrill. After crossing a 4,300-meter-high pass that rewards us with grand panoramic views, our journey continues on exciting roads. We face the challenge of the 5,130-meter-high Dongda Pass, one of the highest passes on our entire tour. Following this impressive ride, we reach Zuogong, a charming small town situated by the riverside, inviting exploration.

Distance covered: approx. 160 km

Day 6: Winding Roads at Ranwu Lake

One highlight of our Tibet motorcycle tour awaits: the Serpent Pass with its 72 curves. A pure adventure that sets our hearts racing. We continue our tour and ride along the impressive Salween River, which originates from the Tibetan plateau and winds its way down to Myanmar, into the Shan state. Throughout the ride, breathtaking views of deep gorges surrounded by mesmerizing sandstone landscapes greet us. The mountain roads take us right through this stunning gorge, past dense pine forests, and up into the heights of Ranwu. Here, a 4,400-meter-high pass awaits. We find our rest for the night at nearly 4,000 meters, by the shores of the picturesque alpine lake of Ranwu. In the best resort of the area, an unparalleled view opens up to us: the lake, majestically framed by snow-covered peaks soaring 5,000 meters.

Distance covered: approx. 290 km

Day 7: The „Switzerland of the East“

As the first sun rays touch the ground, we start our day and ride through dense coniferous forests. This region rightly boasts the nickname “Switzerland of the Orient”. Cruising through this picturesque landscape, we pass by forested mountain slopes and vast grasslands where yaks graze leisurely. Today’s journey through East Tibet promises yet more breathtaking panoramas and we enjoy the expansive mountain passes that ultimately guide us to Linzhi. Before reaching our destination for the day, we conquer the ascent of an imposing 4,600-meter-high pass. Then we reach the most eastern tip of the Tibetan high plateau. We have made it, we are at the Roof of the World!

Distance covered: approx. 360 km

Day 8: To the Cradle of Tibetan Culture

We get up early, as a long riding day awaits. Our journey takes us through winding and well-paved roads alongside the picturesque Yarlung Tsangpo River heading west. On a newly paved road, we draw closer to our destination: Tsedang. Here, the magnificent Yumbulakhang Palace awaits us – Tibet’s oldest fortress which proudly gazes back over its two-thousand-year history. From this impressive stronghold perched atop a massive rock, a breathtaking view over the vast fertile valley unfolds. However, if pressed for time, we can opt to visit the Yumbulakhang Palace the following morning.

Distance covered: approx. 410 km

Day 9: Along the Yarlung Tsangpo

The Yarlung Tsangpo river, Tibet’s life-giver, guides us today. This mighty river is not only a crucial water source for Lhasa and southern Tibet, but it also offers captivating views. It accompanies us continuously until we reach Xigaze, our destination for the day. Our cozy hotel, centrally located, gives us the opportunity to soak in the local ambiance. A stone’s throw away, traditional markets buzz with life, offering a chance to dive into vibrant local scenes and acquire souvenirs. As the day winds down, we find ourselves spellbound by the historic Tashilhunpo Monastery, Tibet’s largest temple complex.

Distance covered: approx. 320 km

Day 10: Everest & the Word´s Highest Mountains

Today holds an absolute highlight of our motorcycle ride through Tibet: the majestic Mount Everest and its base camp. Climbing higher across the Gyatso-La Pass, we swiftly reach 5,222 meters – marking the highest point of our entire tour. The magnificent road, with its myriad of curves, presents us with spectacular views of snow-capped peaks, including several surpassing the 8,000-meter mark, and deep, captivating valleys. A truly unparalleled adventure. After passing Tingri, the road winds further uphill, especially on the renowned road of 108 curves, leading over the 5,200-meter high Pang La Pass. On a clear day, this pass offers a unique panoramic view of the Himalayan range, with Makalu (8,463m), Shisha Pangma (8,012m), Lhotse (8,561m), Cho Oyu (8,201m), and the imposing Mount Everest (8,848m).

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Before we reach Rongbuk Monastery, it’s essential to note that for environmental reasons since January 2019, we can’t cover the last few kilometers on our motorcycles. Instead, we board a bus that takes us to the monastery. Upon arrival, we’re greeted with a magnificent backdrop of Everest and clear views if the weather permits. Our accommodation for the night is a modest guesthouse located near our motorcycles.

Distance covered: approx. 330 km

Day 11: The Mongolian Monastery, Sakya

Today, we continue our adventure, navigating towards Sakya. Along the way, we conquer two passes, each surpassing 5,000 meters in height. Our route meanders through remote mountain roads, and during our ride, we pass by a dried-up salt lake. The Sakya Monastery, majestically positioned with its white pagodas against the mountainsides, was once the center of Buddhist scholarship in Tibet and boasts a rich history. Standing like a sentinel over the valley, it is surrounded by what seems like an endless grassy landscape. What makes this monastery special is its architecture. Unlike many other Tibetan monasteries which display traditional Tibetan building styles, the Sakya Monastery reflects influences from Mongolia – a powerful testament to the cultural ties between Tibet and Mongolia in the past.

Distance covered: approx. 250 km

Day 12: The Monastery of Gyangze

We set out on the Friendship Highway, a significant road link between China and Nepal. This highway runs through numerous picturesque villages, bypassing vast plateau landscapes and wheat fields shimmering golden in the sunlight. We soon reach our destination for the day: the historic town of Gyangze. Overlooking Gyangze is the impressive Gyangze Dzong fortress, which stands as a guardian above the town. Our first stop is the Buddhist Pelkhor Monastery. Renowned for its stunning architecture and art, the monastery is often dubbed the “Monastery of Ten Thousand Paintings,” hinting at the artistry that adorns its interiors. The highlight of the monastery, however, is its gigantic stupa, known to be the largest throughout Tibet. Within its four floors and 108 chapels, it conceals innumerable treasures. The 10,000 wall paintings are merely a fraction of what awaits discovery. Every corner of this magnificent structure narrates its own tale, inviting to delve deeper into Tibet’s culture and history.

Distance covered: approx. 240 km

Day 13: Enchanting Yamdrok Lake

Our last riding starts with a ride across the Karo La Pass, situated at an elevation of 5,100 meters. Overlooking the pass, a sprawling glacier can be seen right from the road. After crossing the pass, we’re treated to a sight of one of Tibet’s most beautiful lakes: the azure-blue Yamdrok Lake, one of Tibet’s holiest lakes. Its captivating colors aren’t the only beauty as it is nestled amidst towering mountains. Locals believe that those pilgrims who swim in the holy lake Yamdrok are forgiven all sins. So better unpack your swimming shorts and jump in! Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, from the lake’s shore, we ascend our tour’s final pass, the 4,900-meter high Yamdrok Pass.

Next, we make our way to Lhasa, Tibet’s capital. But before immersing ourselves in this culturally rich metropolis, we follow the course of the mighty Yarlung Tsangpo River.

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Its waters mirror the blue sky, guiding us as we slowly approach the mysterious and vibrant city of Lhasa. We have made it and reached our final destination – its time to celebrate! We’ll stay near the old town and embark on an evening stroll at sunset.

Distance covered: approx. 260 km

Day 14: Lhasa´s Cultural Treasures

Today is dedicated to Lhasa’s cultural side, the mystical capital of Tibet. Lhasa, translated literally as the “Place of the Gods,” has a trove of attractions awaiting us. In the morning, we head to the iconic Potala Palace, the former residence of the Dalai Lama. Exploring both its exterior and interior, we gain a deeper understanding of Tibet’s tumultuous history. Later, we wander through the narrow lanes of the Barkhor Market. This bustling market is a melting pot of Tibetan culture where vendors offer an array of goods and souvenirs, from traditional attire and jewellery to religious artifacts. Numerous pilgrims walk clockwise around the market’s centrepiece – the Jokhang Temple, which we visit subsequently.

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To many Tibetans, this temple represents the spiritual heart of Tibet and the endpoint of countless pilgrimages. Here, we witness the profound religiosity of the Tibetan people first-hand. In the afternoon, our journey takes us to the Sera Monastery. Located a few kilometres outside the city, this monastery is renowned for its animated theological debates, where monks emphasize their points with spirited gestures and shouts. We enjoy local specialities in a restaurant near the old town and celebrate “Goodbye Tibet” (for now).

Day 15: Lhasa to Chengdu

Today marks the end of an unforgettable journey. We take a flight back to Chengdu, spending the night near the airport. After transferring from the airport to our hotel, the rest of the day is free for leisure and unguided. If time permits, one can visit the Panda Breeding Center in Chengdu on their own.

Day 16: Chengdu

End of our adventure. This marks the end of our Shangri-La – Lhasa Tibet Motorcycle Tour.

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Included Services

  • English-speaking guide on their own motorcycle
  • English-speaking Tibet guide
  • Mechanic service
  • Support vehicle for luggage and passengers
  • 15 nights in typical mid-range local hotels, one basic overnight stay at Everest
  • Choice of motorcycle, partial comprehensive insurance with deductible
  • Fuel for the motorcycle, wear parts
  • Breakfast, lunch snacks, dinner, mineral water throughout the tour, soft drinks with meals
  • All entrance fees for attractions mentioned in the tour desciption
  • Airport transfers for day 01 (Shangri-La – tour hotel), day 15
  • Domestic flights Chengdu – Shangri-La and Lhasa – Chengdu
  • All Tibet travel permits (Tibet Travel Permit), all necessary translations of documents

Not included Services

  • International flights
  • Beverages containing alcohol
  • Tips (optional)
  • Airport transfer day 16

Questions & Answers

What do I need to bring along for a motorcycle tour?2020-01-06T11:30:46+00:00

You will definitely want to bring your riding suit with protectors and a helmet. You will also need motorcycle boots or lighter riding shoes and gloves. While your gear should be breathable in hot climates, you need to be ready for anything at high altitudes and in the Himalayas. We recommend winter gloves, warm socks, liners for jackets and trousers, a scarf and face protection. Rain gear is a good idea if your riding suit is not waterproof.
Please note that we do not hire out clothing. We believe that your own riding gear will fit best and thus give you the best protection. If you forget anything, we’ll find a solution, however. We often have spare gear with us, or we can point you in the direction of a shop.

Do I need travel insurance and travel health insurance?2019-12-18T06:24:21+00:00

We always recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover costs incurred if you need to cancel the trip due to illness or other reasons. When shopping for travel health insurance, make sure the policy covers the potentially high cost of medical evacuation to your home country. Both forms of insurance can save you a lot of money in an emergency and we recommend them unreservedly. In many countries, your national motoring organization can provide the coverage you need.

What should I keep in mind when riding with a passenger?2019-12-18T06:24:20+00:00

Riding two-up is almost always possible. In difficult terrain or on rough tracks, every passenger has a guaranteed seat in the support vehicle to keep things relaxed for both rider and pillion.

Do pillion passengers have a guaranteed seat in the support vehicle?2019-12-18T06:24:16+00:00

Yes, all passengers have a guaranteed seat. In bad weather or challenging riding conditions, they can switch to the support vehicle at any time – and back to the bike when conditions improve.

How big are the groups? What’s the minimum number of participants?2019-12-18T06:24:15+00:00

Groups generally consist of 8 to 14 riders and 2 to 6 passengers. The minimum number of participants is 6 riders.

What’s the Classic Bike Adventure travel team like?2022-04-14T10:41:11+00:00

Our European tour guides are skilled motorcyclists and inveterate travelers who love India. They’re resilient in the face of stress and know the history and culture of the regions they cover. Our Indian mechanics are experienced Enfield specialists who all speak English and are happy to help with any technical problem, great or small.
A stand-in rider is always available. More information on our travel concept is available here.

What do I need in the way of documents?2019-12-18T06:24:09+00:00

You will need your passport, national driving license, international driving license and flight ticket. Please be sure to make photocopies of all of your important travel documents and carry them separately. They can be invaluable in an emergency.

Do I need a driving license?2019-12-18T06:24:05+00:00

All riders must have a valid motorcycle driving license issued in their home country. An international driving license is also required. Be sure to contact the relevant authorities in your home country well in advance for more information on obtaining an international driving license.

Will I need maps?2019-12-18T06:31:37+00:00

Simple street maps are often available locally. The best road maps are available from the German publishers Reise Know How and Nelles. These are only available in specialized bookstores or online.

Where can I stow my bags?2019-12-18T06:24:02+00:00

Your baggage will be carried by the support vehicle. Please don’t pack too much – remember: less is more. From time to time, we’ll have to carry our baggage over short distances to the hotel. Baggage is not insured, so please be sure to purchase your own baggage insurance for the trip if necessary. Your personal items for the day are best kept in the saddlebags or your daypack. Tank bags – including magnetic ones – can be used on the Enfields, but we don’t provide them.

What’s a typical day on the road like?2019-12-18T06:22:49+00:00

A travel day normally begins at 8 am with breakfast. Around 9 am, after a short briefing by the road captain, it’s time for the day’s riding, the mileage of which can vary quite a bit. Plenty of time will be available for lunch and coffee breaks, of course. Depending on the day’s mileage, we’ll reach the destination hotel between 3 and 4 pm.
Since our tours vary considerably, we may also hit the road at 8 am on high-mileage days – which is also nice, because then we have the whole day ahead of us.

Why we’re starting and ending our Tibet Motorcycle Tour in China2019-11-22T09:42:55+00:00

In the wake of the earthquake in Nepal in 2015 and road construction in many parts of the country, the journey from Kathmandu to Lhasa has not only become time-consuming, but also dangerous. The entire route from Kathmandu to the Chinese border at Rasua Gadhi on the Nepalese side and Gyirong on the Chinese side is currently a construction site. The road surface consists of sand and large stones, and it’s extremely dusty. Numerous trucks also use the road. Not even enduro enthusiasts would enjoy the ride. We would also have to factor in the time-consuming border procedures on the Nepalese and, in particular, the Chinese side, that can take up to a full day.

Starting and ending the Tibet Motorcycle Tour in Kathmandu would thus mean putting up with the same route and dealing with comparably long border procedures twice on the same tour. Regardless of what other organizers may think, that’s not our idea of a fun Tibet Motorcycle Tour. The road conditions and waiting times would not exactly be the highlights of a ride to Everest Base Camp. In our opinion, it makes no sense to start and end a tour with a focus on Tibet as its highlight in Kathmandu. And besides, a fleet of state-of-the-art bikes is waiting and ready to roll in Tibet.

If you want to discover the best Nepal has to offer – and not just see it as a transit country – we recommend our Magic Nepal Motorcycle Tour, or our spectacular Mustang Motorcycle Tour. On our Tibet Motorcycle Tours we hardly ever take the same road twice – we only have the most beautiful routes, and we don’t waste precious time at borders. We want you to remember your ride to Everest Base Camp as a true highlight.

What kind of bikes will we ride?2019-12-18T06:26:11+00:00

Depending on the specific tour, the following bikes are available for our motorcycle tours in Tibet and China: The BMW models G 310 GS, F 800 GS and R 1200GS, as well as the Shineray X5, a 400cc single-cylinder enduro.

How much is the deposit for the bike on China and Tibet tours?2019-12-18T06:26:03+00:00

The deposit for the motorcycle varies depending on the choice of bike:
Shineray X5 400: EUR/US$ 500
BMW G 310 GS: EUR/US$ 1,000
BMW F 800 GS and R 1200 GS: EUR/US$ 1,500

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