Tour Overview

Tour Duration: 12 days

Cycling Days: 7 days

Total Distance: 598 km

Avg Daily Distance: 85 km

Tour Difficulty

Price from:

€3699 Per Person

Included

  • 11 nights, including breakfast (double occupancy)
  • All standard meals
  • German and English cycling team leaders
  • Senior local guide
  • Limited edition #Epic Tibet Jersey
  • Passenger Minibus
  • Bicycle transport
  • Sightseeing entry tickets
  • Insurance coverage of up to RMB 300,000
  • Tibet entry permit

Not Included

  • Alcohol
  • Personal expenses
  • Altitude medication
  • Tips for guides
  • International and local flights

There is no other ride as high and as EPIC as this one. You will be riding on the highest paved roads in the world, visit the highest monastery with Everest in the background and the bragging rights for a lifetime. For the next 12 days, EpicTibet will take participants through route lesser travelled, untouched scenery and interact with the wonderful locals.

Imagine riding from summer to winter in a span of 2 hours

The question I am often asked is how should I pack? More winter or summer? The swings in temperature is challenging as we are constantly swapping between summer and winter gear. There is a high tendency to over pack as we struggle with a 20kg - 25kg limit at the airlines. But once on the road you will realize that you only need that few items for the trip. The air is also very dry that washed clothes left overnight dries by sunrise.

From day 2 onwards we will be constantly above 2800m and over the next few days rising till we get to the top of Gyatso La Pass, 5240m. Daily itinerary will included moving from hotel to hotel and you get to ride from dense forest to desert as we cycle from east to west of Tibet.

Early Bird Offers

Early bird - 5 % (ends 31 December 2019)

Early bird - 3 % (ends 31 January 2020)


Day 1 = Chengdu arrival

Upon arrival at Chengdu airport, our bikes are checked in at the oversized storage and we head to town spending the rest of the afternoon doing some sightseeing and challenging our taste buds to Sichuan Hotpot. Chill out and get to know the rest of the crew.

Chengdu arrival

Day 2 = Basomtso

|We catch an early flight at 7am from Chengdu into Nyingchi, Tibet. After paperwork and permits are checked, we are cleared and out journey begins. We meet our local partners with a little welcome ceremony, group picture and we are off to Basomtso to set up our bikes and explore some sights around the lake. Rides are optional.

Basomtso

Day 3 = Basomtso - Nyingchi
120km -300 Climbing meters

120km downhill with a descend of 300m all the way to Nyingchi Town. Sounds easy until you try. The sights are amazing and the roads are visited by the rare occasions of cars and trucks passing by. We ride in the opposite direction from the majority of cyclist heading to Lhasa on G318.

After late lunch at Nyingchi and a contingency for any last minute mechanical repairs, we head to Mianling Hilton by bus and spend the evening at one of the best hotel in the region.

Day 4 = Milin - Gyanca County
100km 827 Climbing meters

We bid farewell to our comfortable beds of the Hilton, a reward that came too early. And today we ride through rolling hill toward Gyaca county passing through some of the most beautiful landscapes on our journey.

Remaining 150km by bus as we move to Gyaca county for nice Tibetan dinner and a much needed rest.

Day 5 = Gyaca County - Tsetang
78km 562 Climbing meters

After breakfast, the bus takes us some 35 km ahead and drop us off where road conditions are better. Today is a recovery ride and a easy day as we explore a cluster of micro villages along the way.

The landscapes here become very dry and dusty. Lots of construction are happening in the area as roads and highways are being built. Possible route change so be prepared.

Day 6 = Tsetang – Yamdrok Lake – Gyangze
70km 1200 Climbing meters

From Tsetang, we take a bus ride of 135km to the start point. We then start to cycle up some 1200m of elevation to the top of Yamdrok Lake.. Bus transfer to 125km to Gyangze.

During the transfer we visit the Carola Glacier where you will still see the snow capped ranges, so better put on more clothes

Tsetang – Yamdrok Lake – Gyangze

Day 7 = Gyangze - Shigatse
90km 268 Climbing meters

After the first massive climb session, it’s time for a recovery ride. Flat roads descending gradually into the next city of Shigatse. Along the way you will be greeted by farmers, children, sheeps and yaks as they go about with their daily lives/.

If we are early there is ample time for even a massage for your tired legs round the corner.

Day 8 = Gyatso La Pass
70km 1000 Climbing meters

We depart early as we head 170km from the hotel to the start of the ride. The climb to Gyatso La Pass is one of the most challenging as we are constantly fighting the elements. Expect possible hail, drizzle, snow and lots of wind when making your way through the valley.

We will be riding on the highest paved road in the world, taking participants to 5240m above sea level. The landscape is so barren you cannot imagine how some of the locals could call this place home.

After the tough 20km uphill, we ride straight to our hotel in Tingri. It’s an easy descend with fantastic view, be prepared to stop for some photos along the way. What’s the rush?

Gyatso La Pass

Day 9 = Gyawula Sunrise - Rongbuk Monastery
70km 1000 Climbing meters

The hardest part for today is waking up. Breakfast is ready at 0600hrs and we set off by 0630hrs. The plan is to get to the top of Gyawula Pass for the sunrise and a peek at Everest at first light.

There is ample time for photos and prep as we await for the sun to rise and give us the much needed warmth before the long descend.

While i was taking photographs I could hear Phil shouting out in awe a he descends the 108 switchbacks below. This is the best ride of my life!

Day 10 = Bus Transfer to Lhasa

Expect a long day on the road as we make our way back to civilization. 500km or 12 hrs in the bus today. Sit back and relax.

Bus Transfer to Lhasa

Day 11 = Potala Palace + Sera Monastery

Sightseeing day as we visit Potala Palace and see the monks debate at the Sera Monastery. An animated discussion not to be missed. In the afternoon we will join the local bicycle club for a 40km ride and bbq in the nearby mountains.

Day 12 = Homebound

We have come to the end of our adventure. Bon Voyage and see you on the road!


Day 1 = Chengdu arrival

Upon arrival at Chengdu airport, our bikes are checked in at the oversized storage and we head to town spending the rest of the afternoon doing some sightseeing and challenging our taste buds to Sichuan Hotpot. Chill out and get to know the rest of the crew.

Chengdu arrival

Day 2 = Basomtso

|We catch an early flight at 7am from Chengdu into Nyingchi, Tibet. After paperwork and permits are checked, we are cleared and out journey begins. We meet our local partners with a little welcome ceremony, group picture and we are off to Basomtso to set up our bikes and explore some sights around the lake. Rides are optional.

Basomtso

Day 3 = Basomtso - Nyingchi
120km -300 Climbing meters

120km downhill with a descend of 300m all the way to Nyingchi Town. Sounds easy until you try. The sights are amazing and the roads are visited by the rare occasions of cars and trucks passing by. We ride in the opposite direction from the majority of cyclist heading to Lhasa on G318.

After late lunch at Nyingchi and a contingency for any last minute mechanical repairs, we head to Mianling Hilton by bus and spend the evening at one of the best hotel in the region.

Day 4 = Milin - Gyanca County
100km 827 Climbing meters

We bid farewell to our comfortable beds of the Hilton, a reward that came too early. And today we ride through rolling hill toward Gyaca county passing through some of the most beautiful landscapes on our journey.

Remaining 150km by bus as we move to Gyaca county for nice Tibetan dinner and a much needed rest.

Day 5 = Gyaca County - Tsetang
78km 562 Climbing meters

After breakfast, the bus takes us some 35 km ahead and drop us off where road conditions are better. Today is a recovery ride and a easy day as we explore a cluster of micro villages along the way.

The landscapes here become very dry and dusty. Lots of construction are happening in the area as roads and highways are being built. Possible route change so be prepared.

Day 6 = Tsetang – Yamdrok Lake – Gyangze
70km 1200 Climbing meters

From Tsetang, we take a bus ride of 135km to the start point. We then start to cycle up some 1200m of elevation to the top of Yamdrok Lake.. Bus transfer to 125km to Gyangze.

During the transfer we visit the Carola Glacier where you will still see the snow capped ranges, so better put on more clothes

Tsetang – Yamdrok Lake – Gyangze

Day 7 = Gyangze - Shigatse
90km 268 Climbing meters

After the first massive climb session, it’s time for a recovery ride. Flat roads descending gradually into the next city of Shigatse. Along the way you will be greeted by farmers, children, sheeps and yaks as they go about with their daily lives/.

If we are early there is ample time for even a massage for your tired legs round the corner.

Day 8 = Gyatso La Pass
70km 1000 Climbing meters

We depart early as we head 170km from the hotel to the start of the ride. The climb to Gyatso La Pass is one of the most challenging as we are constantly fighting the elements. Expect possible hail, drizzle, snow and lots of wind when making your way through the valley.

We will be riding on the highest paved road in the world, taking participants to 5240m above sea level. The landscape is so barren you cannot imagine how some of the locals could call this place home.

After the tough 20km uphill, we ride straight to our hotel in Tingri. It’s an easy descend with fantastic view, be prepared to stop for some photos along the way. What’s the rush?

Gyatso La Pass

Day 9 = Gyawula Sunrise - Rongbuk Monastery
70km 1000 Climbing meters

The hardest part for today is waking up. Breakfast is ready at 0600hrs and we set off by 0630hrs. The plan is to get to the top of Gyawula Pass for the sunrise and a peek at Everest at first light.

There is ample time for photos and prep as we await for the sun to rise and give us the much needed warmth before the long descend.

While i was taking photographs I could hear Phil shouting out in awe a he descends the 108 switchbacks below. This is the best ride of my life!

Day 10 = Bus Transfer to Lhasa

Expect a long day on the road as we make our way back to civilization. 500km or 12 hrs in the bus today. Sit back and relax.

Bus Transfer to Lhasa

Day 11 = Potala Palace + Sera Monastery

Sightseeing day as we visit Potala Palace and see the monks debate at the Sera Monastery. An animated discussion not to be missed. In the afternoon we will join the local bicycle club for a 40km ride and bbq in the nearby mountains.

Day 12 = Homebound

We have come to the end of our adventure. Bon Voyage and see you on the road!

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