Royal Enfields Across Tibet! From Kathmandu north to the border, passing from one mystical world to another, we cross the Tibetan Plateau to the ancient capital Lhasa, over 1200km on the ‘Friendship Highway’.
High altitude desert landscapes across Gyatso La 5,260m, exploring famous Monasteries in Shigatse and Gyantse, riding the western forested lakeside of Yamdrok Tso we head for Lhasa.
Kathmandu Lhasa Riding the 800km Friendship Highway linking Tibet’s capital to Nepal crosses passes some – the highest after Lhartse at Gyatso La 5,260m, is for long stretches well paved making for some really spectacular riding.
Tour Start & Finish at Kathmandu, Nepal
Tour Duration 12 days
Tour Months May to September (arrival day in Kathmandu Sun, Tue or Thur)
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From Shigatse we ride south east to Gyantse up the Nyang Chu river – time permitting we visit the “Anti-British Imperialism Museum” that chronicles the 1904 British ‘Invasion’ of Tibet. The smaller S307 highway crosses Karo La (5,150m) down through Nagartse and around the western forested lakeside of the holy Yamdrok Yumtso and on to Lhasa. In Lhasa we visit the famous Potala Palace. We enjoy two evenings in Lhasa, before flying you back to Kathmandu. The following day is for local touring in and around Kathmandu.
High Mountain Roads – Vast Panoramas
Clear Blue Skies – Raging Rivers
Sky Blue lakes – High altitude desert
Three Star Hotels – Luxury Camps
Local Guest Houses – Parachute Tents
Simple huts – Local Lodges
Culture & Customs
Newari Festivals – Nomadic Life
Nepali Cuisine – Buddhist Culture
Silk Road Scenes – Chinese Development
Broken roads – Off-road sections
River crossings – Altitude Sickness
Snow & Ice – Bright hot sunshine
Day 1 – Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 2 – North to Syabru Besi
We’re heading for the small village of Syabru Besi at the end of the Lantang Valley. It’s at the beginning of a new road built by Chinese road engineers. We night stop in small hotel in the village.
Day 3 – Cross the Border
We meet our guide with support vehicle and with administration matters completed we ride 40kms to the town of Giyrong. Our night stop is in Giyrong.
Day 4 – Into the ranges!
Day 5 – Views of Mt Everest!
Day 6 – Tashilunpo Monastery
Shigatse is the second largest city in the Tibetan Autonomous Region with a population of nearly 100,000 and at an elevation of 3,800m, it sits on the confluence of the Brahmaputra and Nyang rivers. Here we relax and take time to explore the centre of this bustling city, the monastery and markets. It’s our night stop so we’ll head to the ‘old town’ for dinner.
Day 7 – Dark history in Gyantse
In Gyantse in the old Palcho monastery is a small museum – the “Anti-British Imperialism Museum” which gives the Chinese version of the Younghusband led British invasion of 1904. We will night stop in Gyantse.
Day 8 – Last leg to Lhasa.
Then the final pass, a tunnel and bridge across the Yarlung Tsangpo; at the end of the day we reach Lhasa. Traffic moves quickly in Lhasa and driving habits require an eyes-in-the-back-of-your-head, careful approach. We stay in a comfortable, clean, modern hotel – read: hot water, clean sheets, (O2 in the mini bar) and a place to relax. We’ll rest and recover enjoy dinner and retire to get a good night’s sleep.
Day 9 – The Potala Palace
Day 10 – Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 11 – Kathmandu Local Touring
We can taste the weird and wonderful snacks cooked daily by he original inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley, the Newars. If you want to explore firther there’s the older city of Patan to explore, again with it’s unique UNESCO preserved temples in it’s own Durbar Square.
We’ll eat out in one of Thamel’s restaurants perhaps reflecting on some of the Tour highlights. Our night stop is again at our Thamel hotel.
Day 12 – Fly home
Tour Prices Include…
Motorcycle (Himalayan model) including fuel, oil, maintenance & spares.
A Jeep as a support vehicle with driver.
Royal Enfield mechanic and spares where required.
Road Captain/Tour Guide.
All domestic transfers.
All hotel accommodation for the Tour dates (unless otherwise arranged).
All meals whilst at a hotel / lodge / camp. Typically Breakfast and Dinner.
Restricted Area Permits, where required.
Road Book notes and area maps, with en-route contact details.
First-Aid Boxes are carried in the support vehicle and with the Tour Guide.
Expedition Luggage: 2 Panniers, Tank Bags (by request) and 1 Holdall for accumulated stuff*.
*Luggage can be carried in the support vehicle.
Tour Prices Do Not Include…
International Flights / Excess baggage charges.
International Airport departure taxes, airline fuel surcharges.
Visa (Passports must be valid for at least 6 months.)
Personal Travel Insurance.
Lunch. Lunch is usually a “Road Experience” and is either paid for by yourself or a ‘group kitty’.
Entrance fees to national parks, monuments and sites of historic interest.
Hotel bar and snack bills, bottled drinking water.
Vaccinations and medicine.
Laundry service, tips, room service, porters, telephone and fax calls.
Single Accommodation supplement for each tour day is £70.