Trans Tibet Tour2020-02-17T12:36:55+00:00

Trans Tibet Guided Motorcycle Tour

Experience the landscapes of the Tibetan high plateau and the thousand-year-old Tibetan culture.

This Tibet motorcycle tour will take you through the hills of the Tibetan nomads, along snow-covered peaks and through deep valleys with the turquoise-blue lakes Yamdrok and Namtso. We will ride our motorcycles over passes higher than 5,000 metres, visit the most important Tibetan monasteries and discover half-forgotten ancient cities. Our road will lead us on this tibet tour to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, the former residence of the Dalai Lama, as well as down lonely country roads and through dreaming landscapes almost abandoned by humankind. Breathtaking landscapes await us in the expanses of the Himalayas and on the highest mountains of the world at the base camp on Mount Everest. On the road back to Lhasa we will visit the biggest lake in Tibet, the Namtso lake. Join us on our fascinating motorcycle trip through tibet.

Highlights

  • All highlights of Tibet, scenic as well as cultural
  • Visit of Lhasa, with the historic Barkhor market, the Potala Palace (former residence of the Dalai Lama) and the Jokhang – the most important temple of the Tibetans, as well as the Sera monastery
  • Visit to the Samye monastery and the first palace of Tibet: Yumbulakhang
  • Fantastic views of the mountain giants Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Shisha Panama, and of course Everest: the highest mountains in the world
  • The 108 curves of the road to Everest base camp
  • Overnight in the Rongbuk Monastery at the “foot” of Mount Everest at 5,200 meters, very close to the Everest base camp
  • Breaks at the Yamdrok salt lake, with its fantastic 4,900 meter high panoramic pass
  • The 5,220 meter high Gyatso La Pass and the 5,100 meter high glacier pass Karo La
  • The Palcho monastery with the largest pagoda Tibet and the fortress of Gyangze, the Tashilhunpo monastery near Xigaze
  • Namtso Lake, one of the largest Himalayan salt lakes in Tibet
  • The wonderful landscapes between Xigaze and Lake Natmso, with pastures and farms at over 4,000 meters
  • Breaks at the Yamdrok salt lake, with its fantastic 4,900 meter high panoramic pass

2020
16.09. – 27.09.

Shineray X5 400: 3.980 USD
BMW G 310 GS:
4.380 USD
BMW F 800 GS:
4.680 USD
Single Room: +590 USD

On Request BMW 1200 GS

12 days / 11 nights / 7 riding days

Overnight stays in hotels of the middle class and in guesthouses.

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Trans Tibet Motorcycle Tour Itinerary

Day 1: First meeting in Chengdu

Arrival in Chengdu. Transfer to your hotel and free time for acclimatization. Traditional Sichuan dinner in the evening. Get to know the Tibetmoto Team and your fellow Tibet motorcycles tour riders.

Day 2: Flight to Lhasa

The Bhutan Intensive Tour starts with a winding ascent from 200 meters at the border to the Indian state of Assam to an altitude of over 1,000 meters. In Khaling, we have an opportunity to meet with local weavers, practitioners of a craft that is very popular in eastern Bhutan. After 100 km, we reach Bhutan’s only university in Kanglung. Today, we’ll get a good feel for Bhutan as a true paradise for bikers. Look forward to a day of winding our way along an endlessly twisty road through the mountains and a picnic lunch. We’ll reach our day’s destination, the sleepy little town of Trashigang, in the afternoon. After settling in, it’s time for a bit of exploration.

Fight time: approx. 2 hours

Day 3: Our first day in Lhasa

Today you need to apply for your driving licences. In the afternoon we take a walk and visit the famous Bharkor market and, in the company of hundred of pilgrims, walk around the Jokhang temple in the old city. The Jokhang temple is one of the most important temples for Tibetans and a must-seen in Lhasa. Overnight stay near the old town.

Day 4: Warming Up

We will pick up our licence once they are ready and enjoy another beautiful day in Lhasa. In the afternoon, we’ll make a trip to the Ganden Monastery, located on 4,100 meters. The road leading up to the monastery is very curvy and we get a first impression of how phantastic the coming days will be. Since the issuance of the Tibet motorcycles driver´s license sometimes takes more time, this day is reseved for additional paper work (if necessary). The excursion to Ganden monastery is only possible if all paperwork has been finished.

Day 5: Lhasa to Tsedang

On the first Tibet motorcycle tour riding day we travel to the south east of Lhasa and follow the wide Yarlung Tsangpo river. After lunch, we visit the famous Samye monastery and continue riding across a vast desert valley to Yumbu Lakang, Tibet´s first building and palace of Tibet´s first king.

Distance covered: approx. 160 km

Day 6: Tsedang – Gyangze

From Tsedang we ride along the Yarlung Tsangpo to Yamdrok Lake. Winding roads with views of the azure blue lake far below make our first day on the road a real experience on this motorcycle tour of Tibet. We make a stop along the way to take pictures and to enjoy the panoramic view. We drive over Nagartse near the first snow-covered foothills of the Himalayas and onward over the 5,100 m Karo La Pass to Gyangtse. Depending on our arrival time, we will visit an old fort in Gyangtse (Gyangtse Dzong) that thrones majestically above the city. The Buddhist Pelkhor Monastery was built in 1427 and is known as the monastery of the ten thousand paintings. With its four storeys, 108 chapels, and over 10,000 wall paintings, this is the biggest stupa (pagoda) in Tibet.

Distance covered: approx. 318 km

Day 7: Gyangze – Sakya

Leaving Gyangze the tour continues on the Friendship Highway to Lhatse. Before we get to Lhatse, we will make a detour to the Sakya monastery in a green highland valley. The green hills offer a lovely contrast to the Tibetan highlands of the previous day’s journey. The Sakya monastery was once one of the most important in Tibet. Its Mongolian architecture gives it an appearance completely different from the other monasteries in Tibet. After arriving in Lhatse, it is possible to take a short walk to the old fortress (Karu Dzong), 14 kilometers away. This excursion is only possible if we arrive early enough.

Distance covered: approx. 242 km

Day 8: Sakya – Everest Basecamp

From Sakya, the road goes south and snakes its way further up into the Himalaya mountains, where we will have a good view of the world’s 8,000m high mountains and the surrounding valleys. An unbelievable hairpin road with dozens of turns and views on several 8000 meter high Himalayan mountains leads you to the Rongpu Monastery, where we arrive in the afternoon. To get there, you must cross several 5000 meter high passes on a phantastic new road which was build in 2016 – one of the greatest roads on earth. Shortly after Rongbu Monastery, the road permitted for our motorcycles comes to an end. It is possible to walk to the base camp, which takes about 1 hour or to take a public vehicle. At the camp, you can enjoy the view and take breathtaking photos. The earlier we get to the base camp, the better the view normally is. You have enough time to spend several hours here Overnight stay in the basic inn of the Rongbu monastery.

Distance covered: approx. 233 km

Day 9: Everest Basecamp – Shigatse

In the morning you can enjoy the sunrise around the Everest. An entire day of motorcycles riding gets us back to Shigatse. On the way we not only cross Gyatso La (5,220 meter)but you enjoy the once more breathtaking scenery of Tibet from your motorbike.

Distance covered: approx. 334 km

Day 10: Shigatse – Namtso Lake

After leaving Shigatse, we leave the main road and ride on backroads to Namtso lake. We reach the broad salt lake Namtso—one of the biggest in Tibet– in the late afternoon. The presence of the opposite shore of the lake is often only hinted at. We will ride along the shore which invites us to explore the surroundings – grazing yaks, small monasteries, meditation caves and hills that can be climbed. We let the day end with the sunset on the shore of the lake. With a cold beer, we let the day’s experiences pass in review.

Distance covered: approx. 390 km

Day 11: Ride to Lhasa

Today, we take the main road with its fantastic panoramas to Lhasa. Here, you can experience the country of Tibet for the last time and say goodbye to this unique country and its people

Distance covered: approx. 228 km

Day 12: Tour ends in Lhasa

After breakfast, our Tibet motorcycle tour ends in Lhasa. Transfer to the airport.

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Questions & Answers

Included Services2020-01-14T15:27:58+00:00
  • Domestic Flight Chengdu – Lhasa
  • Shineray X5 400/BMW F 800 GS
  •  Dinner, Mineral water
  • 11 overnight stays in hotels and inns
  • German tour guide (English speaking) on own motorcycle
  • Native tour guide (English speaking)
  • Escort vehicle with driver for passengers and baggage
  • Assistance with organising the trip to/from China
  • Assistance with applying for visa to China
  • Spare parts, engine oil
  • Temporary Chinese driving license, all Tibet permits
  • Breakfast, Dinner, sparkling water
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?2019-12-18T06:24:12+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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