Mt. biking challenge ride to EBC (north)

This mountain biking challenge offers the world's longest and steepest run - a non-stop downhill that starts from the "Roof of the World" - Lhasa and winds more than 1,500 km down to the fertile rice fields of Nepal. Yes, it's a decent of more than 4,500m! The ride will mostly be on bicycles through the Tibetan plateau on gravel roads and few tarred roads and over spectacular mountain passes with views that will capture your imagination and leave a memory to last forever. However one needs to remember that Mountain biking on the highest roads in the world is a physically and mentally demanding challenge.

Cycling through the biggest and highest plateau in the world, marveling at the masterpiece of Mother nature and adding icing to cake is the visit to Mount Everest Base camp (5,200m) - the only trip in the world where you can visit Everest Base camp with a bicycle! It was here on the North Face that Reinhold Messner began his successful solo ascent of Everest in 1980. We stay overnight during this journey in hotels and in tents.

TIBET- a sacred land of myths and mysteries inhabited by the ever smiling people, has not only exerted a magnetic pull upon travelers for centuries but also spies, missionaries, scholars, geographers, mystics, soldiers and cranks, etc. Yet, few intrepid, serious and determined have been able to make it.

Tibet was opened to tourism in 1985. Before this, it avoided influence from the West and this country developed it's unique culture and religion independently. Since Tibet was governed by the spiritual leaders, monasteries and religious institutions were the backbone of power so the importance and prestige were shown by the size and magnificent architecture of these buildings. Tibetan Buddhism contains many elements of their older religion, "Bon Po" which worshipped the sky, moon, sun, fire, soil and even evil spirits and this is why a monastery such as Tashilumpo contains thousands of unique statues, paintings (thangka), religious and historical books that to visit in detail would take weeks. The Monasteries are crowded by pilgrims who often travel long distances to fulfill their vows and wishes and their emotions show that religion still holds a very important place in their daily lives.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,340m). Overnight at the hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (Processing of Tibet Visa). Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa (3,650m). Overnight at Dhood Ghu hotel or Similar.
Day 04: Sightseeing in Lhasa. Overnight at Dhood Ghu hotel or Similar.
Day 05: Sightseeing in Lhasa. Overnight at Dhood Ghu hotel or Similar.
Day 06: Start the Bike Tour and ride to foot of Kamba La (3,700m). Cycling: 85 km. Dinner and Overnight at camp.
Day 07: Via Kamba La (Pass) (4,794m) to near Yamdrok Tso (4,490m). Cycling: 55 km. Dinner and Overnight at camp.
Day 08: Karo La (Pass) (5,010m) base (4,750m). Cycling: 54 km. Dinner and Overnight at camp.
Day 09: Via Karo La (Pass) (5,010m) to Gyantse (3,950m). Dinner and Overnight at Gyantse hotel Or Similar.
Day 10: Shigatse (3,950m). Cycling: 94 km. Dinner and Overnight at hotel Shigatse.
Day 11: Gyachung Monastery (4,100m). Cycling: 75 km. Dinner and Overnight at camp.
Day 12: Lhatse (3,860m). Cycling: 95 km. Dinner and Overnight at camp.
Day 13: Shegar (via Lakpa La (Pass) (5,220m). Cycling: 75 km. Dinner and Overnight at Shegar hotel or Similar.
Day 14: Pang Pass (5,220m). Cycling: 67 km. Dinner and Overnight at camp.
Day 15: Rongbuk Monastery (4,200m) & excursion to Everest Base camp (5,150m). Cycling: 35+20 km. Dinner and Overnight at camp. Note: From Rongbuk we will use a vehicle to drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 16: Rongbuk / Tingri (4,250m) / Nyalam 200 km. Dinner and Overnight at camp.
Day 17: Zhangmu / Kodari/ Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel Kathmandu.
Day 18: Final departure.

Dhaulagiri Region

Kanchenjunga Region

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