Tibet has been the traveler’s major choice to explore. The world’s highest plateau Tibet is considered the holy land of monks indulged deeply into the meditation. The Highway joining this roof of the world to the Himalayan nation Nepal is Friendship Highway. The highway almost covers the distance of 1000km. Every year Explore Himalaya brings the adrenaline hungry road adventurers from around the world to this highway for its special product Motorbike tour to Tibet. The long ride on Enfield motorbikes along the spectacular landscapes on the highway could possibly be the most exciting two-wheeler journey that happens once in a life.
Eight Aussies; Peter, Robin, Ricki, Johann, Susan, Bradley Stephen (Travel Journalist) and Tony Evans (Operation Director, Travel Directors) experienced this thrilling highland journey with Explore Himalaya last spring. The trip was a great retreat. Beginning with sightseeing in Lasha on October 9 the journey covered the mesmerizing natural awe-inspiring sites throughout the highway.
The roadies began to celebrate their motorbike journey at Lasha. They visited Dakripya, Johkang Temple, Ganden Monastery, Sera Monastery and the Majestic Potala Palace at Lasha before their bikes hit the road on the Friendship Highway October 13.
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 Yamdrok Tso Lake aka turquoise lake at the 4447m further inspired the every member of the Motorbike Tour.The ride continued to the city of Gyantse along the Yarlung Tsong River and Karo La pass at 5045m. Gyantse is the city of famous Gyantse Dzong, Kumbum, Palkhor and Pecho monasteries. Down the isolated passes the Aussies came 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 headed to the City of Ali and south continued with our travelers to pass Shegar, New Shegar and the famous Rongphu Monastery and the Everest Base Camp. Traveling to Everest Base Camp on the 500cc Enfield was no doubt a rare opportunity. Then, Lhatse a small city came in between Shegar and Shigaste. Before hitting towards the Nepalese border from Lhatse the motorbikes passd 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 continued 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 the riders’ reached the border city of Zhangmu.From the custom city of Zhangmu the riders made the way towards Nepal leaving the Sino- Nepal highway (Friendship Highway). They crossed the Friendship Bridge over BhoteKoshi and hit on the Araniko highway to Kathmandu via small hilltop tourist town Dhulikhel.
As the visitors came closer to Kathmandu on October 18, Explore Himalaya team was even more eager to receive them cordially for the lawn party at Malla Hotel. The reception was deservingly grand. Our visitors enjoyed their relaxation time after the long journey with cultural presentations by the local artists.
After, the tiring but adventurous long journey on the Friendship and Araniko Highways, the Aussies spent two more days in Kathmandu to visit around the cultural, historical and religious heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley. The Aussie lineup departed Nepal on October 21, 2012.