It is the ride on the top of the world which can be a journey of a lifetime. Explore Himalaya fulfills your dream to ride on Royal Enfield 500cc on the celebrated route of the Tibetan plateaus along the Friendship highway in Tibet. The initial three days stay in Lasha provides an opportunity to acclimatize you with the high altitude. The sightseeing on the Royal Enfield around majestic Potala Palace, wondering around typical Tibetan locality Barkhor square and the visits to tranquil Norbulingka, Deprung and Sera Monasteries keeps you absolute busy in Lasha before hitting the Friendship highway.
The highway itself starts from Lhasa, the capital of the Tibet or say Roof of the World. The 1000 km long Friendship Highway, from Lhasa to Kathmandu, goes through 4 passes over 5000m+ starting along the Lasha River. Traveling downhill the Gyatso La Pass at 5220m the scenic view of YamdrokTso Lake aka turquoise lake at the 4447m further inspires you . The ride continues to the city of Gyantse along the YarlungTsong River and Karo La pass at 5045m.Gyantse is the city of famous GyantseDzong, Kumbum and Palkhor monastery. Down the isolated passes we come to Shigaste, the Chinese Town with Tibetan Flavor. Shigaste lies at 3900m below New Tingri. Tashilhunpo monastery at Shigaste has been the resident of all the Panchen Lama. At Shigaste the road branches to two directions. West heads to the City of Ali and south continues with you to pass Shegar, New Shegar and the famous Rongphu Monastery and the Everest Base Camp. Traveling to Everest Base Camp on the 500cc Enfield is no doubt a rare opportunity. Then, Lhatse a small city comes in between Shegar and Shigaste. Before hitting towards the Nepalese border from Lhatse we pass Tingri valley via Lalung La pass at 5050m. Tingri is also the upper valley of Bum- Chu or Arun River. The valley is full of young rivers. From here the road continues towards the Nepal-China border traveling down through Nyalam Tong la pass at 5143m to Nyalam and Zhangmu. Nyalam 3700m is the last major Tibetan city before we reach the border city of Zhangmu.From the custom city of Zhangmu we make the way towards Nepal leaving the Sino- Nepal highway (Friendship Highway). We cross the Friendship Bridge over Bhote Koshi and hit on the Araniko highway to Kathmandu via small hilltop tourist town Dhulikhel.
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Our Tibetan guide will meet you at Gonggar Airport. After immigration formalities, you will be driven to Lhasa (3650 meters). It takes around 45 minutes to reach the old city. After checking in at your hotel, you are advised to take rest and take it easy. Drink plenty of fluids and let your body get used to Lhasa’s high altitude. Note: There is no fixed program arranged for today. .
After breakfast, you will be briefed on the day’s program. With a road captain you will have bike riding practice in Lhasa for 2 hours along with road Captain. Later after lunch you will have sightseeing tour in Lhasa with English speaking local Tibetan guide on motorbike. You will visit to Sera Monastery, Norbulingka and the Barkhor Square. At the famous Sera Monastery, you will get an insight into the important aspects of Tibetan Buddhism. You pay a visit to Norbulingka, the summer retreat of the Dalai Lama. Completed in 1956, the handsome building is ornately decorated with Tibetan carvings and paintings. Jokhang temple provides yet another glimpse of the rich Tibetan cultural heritage. You will also get the chance to stroll around the busy Barkhor Square, the nerve centre of Lhasa. After the day’s tour, you will be escorted back to your hotel..
After an early breakfast, you will be start sightseeing tour on motorbike with your guide to the majestic Potala Palace. The imposing structure of the palace dominates the landscape of Lhasa. As you are guided through the ancient chambers of the palace, you get to see Tibetan art at its best. The Potala Palace has a vast array of intricate Tibetan murals and beautiful statues. You will also get to view the tombs of the eight Dalai Lamas. Later in the day you will visit the beautifully landscaped Drepung Monastery where you can observe nuns and monks chanting and performing religious discourses. After the day’s tour is over, you are escorted back to your hotel for a well- earned rest. Note: Since only a limited number of visitors are allowed inside the Potala palace every day, your Guide will decide upon the order of sightseeing places. .
This day is for you to spend it as you wish. Explore and soak in the sights and sounds of the old city, revisit a favorite monastery, go for souvenir hunting in the busy local market at Barkhor Square, or simply sit in a café and watch pilgrims as they circumambulate the Jokhang. There is also the option of an additional tour to places such as the Tibetan Medical Centre, Ganden Monastery and Tsurphu Monastery. But this additional tour will incur an extra cost..
You will ride motorbike along the Friendship Highway; you drive past Khamba La, at 4794 meter, with a brief halt to savor majestic views of Yamdrok-tso Lake and Nazin Kang Sa, standing at 7252m. Your lunch will be served at Naghaste. On turning westwards, you come across another pass, Karo La at 5045m. If you look at the road, you can see huge glaciers tumbling down. After driving 261 km, beautifully landscaped Tibetan villages become visible as you enter the town of Gyantse..
Gyantse prides on Gyantse Dzong and Kumbum. Gyantse Dzong, a 14th century historical fort, overlooks the entire Gyantse and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. Kumbum has a large gold-domed stupa and houses several chapels and Tibetan Buddhist murals. After you enjoy exploring Gyantse, taking a 90 km drive, you will arrive at Shigatse, the second largest city of Tibet that lies at an altitude of 3900 meter. Tashilhunpo Monastery, being one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet is the major attraction of Shigatse..
Today you will traverse along the Friendship Highway amidst picturesque landscape driving past small town of Lhatse and Gymasto La pass at 5220m. As the route opens into plains, many monasteries and camps of nomadic herders become visible en route to Shegar. Along the ride, you can bask in the splendor of majestic views of snow-capped peaks from Makalu to Shishapangma etc..
After breakfast you will ride towards Rongbuk. This morning you have the opportunity to explore Everest Base Camp (5150m.) After riding for 68 km, you eventually reach Rongbuk at 5000m. You can then view spectacular sight of Mount Everest. The base camp itself is dry and barren, but the views of Everest more than compensates for it. It truly is an awe-inspiring place with the sheer north face of the highest mountain in the world towering above you. Later you ride back to Shegar. .
You will drive past Tingri crossing Lalung La pass at 5124m and Shug La pass at 5200m. Savoring the enchanting views of the surrounding peaks of Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar, you descend from the arid Tibetan Plateau to verdant Zhangmu on the Nepalese border. After driving for 181 km, you find yourself amidst the lush and verdant vegetation of Zhangmu at 2300 meter..
After a few kilometers drive away from Zhangmu to Friendship Bridge across Bhote Koshi river brings you to the Immigration Control in Kodari. Here, you will part with your Tibetan guide and driver, and walk across the river to meet your Nepalese escort who will drive you to Kathmandu. After driving 5 hours for 123 km, you finally arrive in Kathmandu..
After early morning breakfast you will be escorted in a private vehicle 5 kilometers southwest of city center then visit to the holiest of Hindu shrine “Pashupatinath”. Pashupatinath temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of the trinity and the guardian (patron) deity of the Hindus. As you approach cremation areas of the temple, you will witness Hindu’s ritual of cremating a corpse. Tour to Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath at the neighborhood is other retreat that will be served to you. Then after lunch you will be taken the artistic delights of Patan Durbar Square where you will witness widespread prehistoric arty displays carved in wooden and metal blocks. Finally, you will complete the day’s tour and will be escorted back to your hotel..
As per your flight schedule back home you will be escorted to the airport three hours prior to your departure. Have a safe flight and enjoy the memories in Tibet and Nepal..
If you planning to travel Tibet, it can be reached from various parts of China i.e. Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Shanghai & Xining by flight and by train from Beijing:
If you are planning to go Lhasa, Tibet from Nepal there are two different ways as under:
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