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18 Days Cycling Tour from Golmud to Lhasa

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TT: 18 Days Cycling Tour from Golmud to Lhasa
18 Days Cycling Tour from Golmud to Lhasa

Strictly speaking, this is the most difficult bike route among a number of riding routes available. You can see snow-capped mountains, vast grassland, holy lakes, herds of cattle and sheep, passing Qinghai-Tibet train, wild ass, wild yaks, Tibetan antelop

Highlights:
Golmud, Wudaoliang, Tanggula Mountain Pass, Amdo, Nagqu, Namtso Lake, Yangpachen, Lhasa
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DAY 1   Golmud - Kunlun Mountains Pass (160 kilometers)
We will begin our biking journey as we cycle from Golmud to our first high pass, the Kunlun Mountain Pass (elevation 4767 meters). This 160-kilometer part of your tour will take around 3 to 5 days, as the road conditions are tough with many uphill slopes.

Meals: None

Accommodation: Camping or Guesthouse

DAY 2   Golmud - Kunlun Mountains Pass (160 kilometers)

Meals: None

Accommodation: Camping or Guesthouse

DAY 3   Golmud - Kunlun Mountains Pass (160 kilometers)

Meals: None

Accommodation: Camping or Guesthouse

DAY 4   Kunlun Mountains Pass - Wudaoliang (109 kilometers)
This part of our biking tour covers around 109 kilometers and 1 to 2 days should be enough as the road conditions are much better in this area. You won’t wan to miss the roadside hot springs when riding through the Nachitai Area. The pure, unspoiled water of the hot springs there is really well worth trying. There are comfortable hotels In Wudaoliang, providing us with a good chance to rest and relax here on the 5th night of our journey.

Meals: None

Accommodation: Camping or Guesthouse

DAY 5   Kunlun Mountains Pass - Wudaoliang (109 kilometers)

Meals: None

Accommodation: Camping or Guesthouse

DAY 6   Wudaoliang - Tuotuo River (150 kilometers)
With an average altitude of around 5000 meters, this part of our biking journey will also be an arduous one. A rough highland climate dominates this area with bitter cold at night and often-strong winds during the daytime due to the topography of the area.

Meals: None

Accommodation: Camping or Guesthouse

DAY 7   Tuotuo River – Yanshiping (91 kilometers)
Arise early this morning to nourish your aching body with the breath-taking sunrise, which will inspire you to continue on through the spectacular scenery as we head towards today’s destination, Yanshiping, where we will spend the night.

Meals: None

Accommodation: Camping or Guesthouse

DAY 8   Yanshiping - Tanggula Mountain Pass (100 kilometers)
Today’s journey takes us once again through beautiful mountain scenery as we head from Yanshiping through the Tangula Mountain Pass and stay overnight in Toudaoban.

Meals: None

Accommodation: Camping or Guesthouse

DAY 9   Toudaoban - Amdo (70 kilometers)
This section of our biking trip is mainly off-road, but the good news is that the scenery just gets progressively more beautiful as we continue on.

Meals: None

Accommodation: Camping or Guesthouse

DAY 10   Amdo - Nagqu (138 kilometers)
Continue your journey on to Nagqu, an important town that serves as a hub of Northern Tibet. On this two-day section of your trip, you will cross the Qiangtang prairie, where you will enjoy a magnificent pastoral view with herds of sheep and Tibetan yaks grazing against the backdrop of seemingly endless green grassland.

Meals: None

Accommodation: Camping or Guesthouse

DAY 11   Amdo - Nagqu (138 kilometers)

Meals: None

Accommodation: Camping or Guesthouse

DAY 12   Namtso Lake
Scenery along this section is fantastic with snow-capped mountains, vast green grasslands, and flocks of sheep. You can either cycle into Namtso Lake, which will take 2 days, or you take the jeep if you just want to make a day trip. Either way, we will need to travel through the Lichen Pass at an elevation of 5190 meters, which will give us a breathtaking view over Namtso Lake. Namtso Lake is one of the three holy lakes of Tibet, and it is also the world’s highest altitude salt lake. We can spend the night along the lakeshore to completely immerse ourselves in our beautiful surroundings.

Meals: None

Accommodation: Nagqu - Namtso Lake (146 kilometers)

DAY 13   Namtso Lake

Meals: None

Accommodation: Nagqu - Namtso Lake (146 kilometers)

DAY 14   Namtso - Yangpachen (123 kilometers)
While enjoying the beautifully clear morning at the lakeshore, you can trek along the shoreline to Tashi Dor Island to explore the meditation caves. After a morning of exploration, we’ll begin the journey back to Lhasa with a bike ride over the Lagangla Pass to Yangpachen. Along the way we’ll have a view of the Nyenchen Thanglha mountain range, reaching Yangpachen around 4 or 5 p.m. Yangpachen is famous for its geothermal power station and the nearby hot spring, where we can relax in the natural hot spring before retiring for the night.

Meals: None

Accommodation: Camping or Guesthouse

DAY 15   Yangpachen - Lhasa (75 kilometers)
This is the final leg of your cycling trip as we roll through beautiful scenery towards the holy city of Lhasa on the roof of the world. The route from Yangpachen to Lhasa is mostly downhill and it has been recently repaired, so we’ll have a smooth and easy ride today. Still we will need to make sure that the bike’s brakes are working properly and that we control our speed, as there are many twists and turns on this route. As we enter Lhasa, we will encounter a sign reading “Welcome to Lhasa!” It’s a fitting end to a rewarding cycling journey that very few people will ever accomplish.

Meals: None

Accommodation: Overnight at Lhasa 3-Star hotel

DAY 16   Lhasa sightseeing - Potola Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor
Today we will start off with the fantastic Potala Palace, which historically served as the winter home of the Dalai Lama. It was first used in the 7th century by the 33rd king of Tibet. The most valuable collections in the Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of the former Dalai Lamas and the meditation cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet. After lunch, we will move on to the Jokhang Temple, which was also founded in 647 A.D. by the 33rd great king of Tibet to promote the Buddhist religion. Inside you can see the statue of the Buddha Sakyamuni as he was at the age of twelve – this is perhaps the most venerated object in Tibetan Buddhism. Around the temple is Barkhor Street where you can perform the “Kora” (a religious circuit around a sacred building or mountain) with pilgrims and locals. The Barkhor market is also a great place to pick up locally made handicrafts and souvenirs.

Meals: None

Accommodation: Overnight at Lhasa 3-Star hotel

DAY 17   Lhasa sightseeing - Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and Norbulingka Park
This morning we will visit the Drepung Monastery – one of the great three Gelug monasteries of Tibet. Founded in 1416 by Jamyang Choge, on Tosngkhapa’s main disciples, the Drepung Monastery is home of Ganden Palace, which formerly served as the Dalai Lama’s palace before later moving on to the Potala Palace. In the afternoon we will move on to see another of the great three of the Gelug monasteries in Tibet – the Sera Monastery. Founded in 1419 by another main disciple of Tsongkhapa, Jamchen Chojey, the main attraction of this monastery is the lively scene of the monks debating Buddhist scriptures in the courtyard behind the monastery in the afternoon. You will finish today’s activity after we visit Norbulingka Park, which served as the summer palace of the Dalai Lama and later became a governmental administration center. Here you will have the opportunity to see how the Dalai Lama studied Buddhist scriptures and touched the lives of the local Tibetan people.

Meals: None

Accommodation: Overnight at Lhasa 3-Star hotel

DAY 18   Transfer to Lhasa Gonggar Airport or Train Station - Depart from Lhasa
Your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel to escort you back to Lhasa Gonggar Airport for your departing flight or to the Lhasa train station for your departing train as you finish your Tibetan adventure.

Meals: None

Accommodation:

Price Includes.

    √Tibet Entry Permit and Alien's travel Permit
    √Transport
    √Environment friendly local bus between Rongpuk and EBC
    √Hot water bottle and sleeping bag provided in Winter while traveling to EBC.
    √Oxygen provided while traveling to EBC.
    √Professional Tibetan English speaking tour guide
    √Travel Agency Service Charge
    √Accommodation as listed in the itinerary
    √One welcome dinner in Lhasa

Price Excludes.

    √Single room supplement.
    √China visa, all air tickets and train tickets to and from Tibet.
    √Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary.
    √Meals not listed in the itinerary (all lunches and dinners).
    √Admission fee of All tourist sites listed in Itinerary
    √Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional activities, etc. √Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.
    √Excess Baggage Charges.

Our Service
We will send you our quotation after we confirm the itinerary with you. The quotation will include experienced English-speaking (or your preferred languages) tour guides, entrance fee to the tourist attractions, accommodation, city transfers with private car and driver, domestic flights or trains, and insurance. The quotation varies in different tourist seasons.
Cancellation Policy

Once the deposit is paid, your trip is confirmed. If you need to change or cancel your itinerary, please contact your travel consultant by email, phone, instant messenger, etc. There will be a charge for Cancellation or modification. The policy is as follows:

1. Notice of trip cancellation due to personal reasons before the trip starts
Cancellation 30 days or more before the trip starts, 10% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation 29-15 days before the trip starts, 20% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation 14-7 days before the trip starts, 30% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation 6-2 days before the trip starts, 50% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation within 48 hours prior to the trip starts, no refund of your deposit.

2. Trip cancellation due to irresistible factors before the trip starts

If you have to cancel the itinerary due to irresistible reasons such as traffic, weather, politics, etc., the deposit will be fully refunded by the company (for loss related to air ticket/train ticket, please take reference of the first item).

Early Birds Discount

Our incredible discounts will help you save more on your next trip. Not only will you enjoy early bird discount. What’s more, if more than 16 people(including 16pax) sign up at the same time, there is no charge for one person. These two promotions can be used in combination to help you save much more on your next adventure.

Our primary concern is always customer satisfaction. Despite our discounts are quite incredible, our service remains at its usual high standard.

We are pleased to offer these three kinds of promotions after receiving your reservation deposit:
Enjoy 10% discount - sign up above 180 days before departure date;
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Reviews
 EBC-Dubai-0001

Hello Amy & Tour team,  

Thank you, we have reached home now safety after a wonderful tour of Tibet. I would like to say a few points about the GOOD service that were given to us! Firstly special thank you to Amy for being organized about the tour, telling us first hand about the tour objectives, organized itinerary! We were organized both mentally and physically as all of our doubts regarding this tour were cleared before we left from home to the tour and the information that was provided met exactly what was there on ground. Real happy about that.  Amy followed up day by day on our health conditions, provided us tips and tricks on how to maintain the best of health on such altitudes and it worked, I would say that were taken through the trip by such an ease due to this, KUDOS to Amy!  Talking to Amy all these days, now she has become a good friend on WhatsApp! :) Even though I have not had an opportunity to meet her in Chengdu yet. I would say that special mention to Lobsong as well, he was an AMAZING tour guide, I have travelled to 6 countries this year, I have not seen anyone as good as he is till now. Thank you for everything!!!

 

 EBC-Germany-0018

Zuerst dankte ich an unseren Reiseleiter Lobsang. Er führt uns einen der höchsten WC in Tibet besuchen, bevor wir die Wallfahrt nach diesem heiligen Schrein am Dala Lama gebaut. Er verwendeten Materialien aus der Fuß des Berges und es entstand ein See gibt es in Ordnung für eine ausgewogene Landschaft. Blick auf den größten Platz in Lhasa können gesehen vom Palast. Als wir an dem Tag und zwar fast jeden Tag kamen, kann man hunderte und Tausende von Menschen singen und heftig auf dem Platz. Viele religiöse Trefferstelle waren in das Palace gespeichert.  Viele Gläubige waren immer noch durch Türen in der Palast betete. Es gab viele Buddha Satzung in den verschiedenen Zimmern mit verzierten Perlen schmücken. Wer kann von der spirituellen Kraft, berührt die Amv (Lehrer Sinn) repräsentiert werden.

 EBC-Brizil-0009

Hi Kay.

I'm in China yet, but I'm going back to Brazil the day after tomorrow. The Tibet's tour was AWESOME ... Everything was perfect! The guide was very smart with very good English, take care with everyone, the best guide in Tibet(he is a small Tenzin)  

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 EBC-British-0011
Thank you Shirley,My brother in law has traveled with your agency about two years ago,  so you come highly recommended : )  
The tour you suggested sounds perfect. Could you give us some other dates too please for a week. earlier than the 26th in June and a week later please and the cost. I have to share the information with my friends and then we will decide accordingly. Two of us will be travelling from Hong Kong.  I have a British passport, my husband has a diplomatic passport (he is from Pakistan, posted as Counsel General in Hong Kong). Two or three people will be travelling from Pakistan to Hong Kong and from there to China and Tibet.  
Two more questions please:  1. can you offer a discount if we have a larger group? 2. Can you also help us with travel options from Hong Kong? Thank you in advance for your help!
 EBC&Namtso-USA-0007

Hi Amy, 

Yes we have arrived, landed yesterday in Cape Town and today went back to the "groove" at work.  I would like to thank you for your outstanding work and let you know how important your help and support has been to us in shaping the itinerary and terms of the trip of our lives.  It is really rare to find such a high level of customer service.  I would like to compliment you also on behalf of my boyfriend as we had an amazing time in Tibet. You have taken the time to assist us from the very beginning and went the extra mile in suggesting ideas for itinerary, providing tips on where to stay and what to do. You have also assisted us with all our crazy inquires,  worries and doubts about visa issuance and time frames on how to get it. The ability to handle that was also outstanding.  We were also very impressed with the excellent level of your English and had no problem at all during our communication, Thanks for everything you have done for us about our Tibet trip!!!   
 EBC-Germany-0012

 Wir besuchten EBC durch online www.Reisennachtibet.com. Wir reisten mit dem Minibus auf eine lange und holprig Road für über 9 Stunden von Shigatse, aber es lohnt sich absolut!

- Das Zelt war viel schöner als erwartet. Sehr atmosphärisch, und unsere ganze Reisegruppe zusammen in einem Zelt übernachten konnten. Das Bettzeug war sauber genug und sehr warm, obwohl die Kissen fühlten sich weniger sauber (und profitiert von überdacht in einem schön sauber Schal! ) . . . . . . . . . .
- Ich empfehle das vermeiden schrecklich Toiletten zu finden und insgesamt eine schöne, ruhige Lage in der Open Air!
- Wir wachten um 6 Uhr morgens zu Fuß zum Basislager der letzten 3 km, das viel schöner als mit dem Bus. Es gab keine cloudsz und die Aussicht war absolut bemerkenswert.
- Wir nahmen 125 mg zweimal täglich für die ganze Reise, liefen langsam, Alkohol und vermieden. Wir hatten keine altitude Krankheit, trotz Aufsteigende sehr schnell ( 1000 m zwischen Shigatse und EBC) .

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