Experience the fascinating Tibetan culture, the country and its customs, Buddhism, and mystical rituals on the roof of the world. Our adventurous Tibet motorcycle tour takes you along breathtaking mountain roads to the dramatic high plateaus of Tibet. Enjoy unforgettable views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks as you ride across steppe and hilly landscapes, past Tibetan nomads, turquoise salt lakes, spiritual sites, and meditation caves deep in the Himalayas.

Discover the vastness of Tibet on winding passes beyond 5,000 meters above sea level. Get to know the most important monasteries, monuments and almost forgotten places in Tibet. Fulfill a lifelong dream and travel to the famous Mount Everest at an altitude of 8,848 meters and spend the night in an authentic monastery (Rongbuk) with a dramatic view of the Mount Everest summit. This is an adventure you will never forget! Join us on our Tibet motorcycle tour, experience all the highlights of Tibet, and enjoy an unforgettable motorcycle ride to Mount Everest Base Camp! Our Everest base camp motorcycle tour starts in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province – here you will take a domestic flight directly to Lhasa.

Tibet is acknowledged as one of the most mysterious and beautiful places in the world. Your Tibetan adventure is sure to be a remarkable experience that will stay with you for years to come. Traveling up in these beautiful mountains by motorcycle brings you close to the environment and its inhabitants; close to the nature of this huge place. For most riders, a trip like this will be the experience of a lifetime.

 

Tour Highlights:

  • Lhasa exploration tour: the historic Barkhor Market, the magnificent Potala Palace (former residence of the Dalai Lama) and the Jokhang Temple (most important temple of the Tibetans), as well as the Drepung Monastery
  • Visit to the Yerpa hermitage and the sensational Ganden monastery at 4,300 meters
  • Visit to the Samye Monastery and the first castle in Tibet (Yumbulakhang)
  • Breathtaking views of the highest mountains in the world: Cho Oyo (8,201 meters), Shisha Pangma (8,012 meters), Lhotse (8,561 meters), Makalu (8,463 meters) and of course Mount Everest (8,848 meters)
  • Fascinating mountain roads, such as the 108 bends and hairpin bends and an unforgettable drive to Mount Everest Base Camp
  • Overnight stay in the Rongbuk Monastery, near the Mount Everest Base Camp – at the foot of Mount Everest at an altitude of 4,900 meters
  • Exploration of the Yamdrok Salt Lake shore at an altitude of 4,900 meters with unforgettable views
  • Drive on the 5,220 meter high Gyatso La Pass and the 5,100 meter high Karo La Glacier Pass
  • Visit to the Palcho Monastery (largest pagoda in Tibet) and the Gyangze Fortress, as well as the Tashilhunpo Monastery near Xigaze
  • Explore the shores of Namtso Lake, one of the largest Himalayan salt lakes in Tibet at an altitude of 4,718 meters
  • Discover the beautiful pastures and farms at an altitude of over 4,000 meters between Xigaze and Lake Natmso

TOUR OPERATOR Big Bike Tours – Tibet Motorcycle Tours
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (China) / Lhasa Gonggar Airport or Train Station (Tibet)
DEPARTURE TIME The tour will start at the day arrival in Lhasa.
RETURN TIME The tour will finish after breakfast at the hotel on departure day.
GEAR We recommend bringing your gear to be the most comfortable.
INCLUDED
English/German-speaking Guide on his own motorcycle
English-speaking Tibet Guide
Mechanic service during the entire trip
Breakfast, lunch snack (days 2-11), dinner (days 1-11), mineral water throughout the tour, non-alcoholic drinks with meals
11 overnight stays in typical middle-class hotels, one simple overnight stay in the Rongbuk monastery
Permits for Restricted areas (Tibet border control, Lhasa)
All paperwork permits needed
Motorcycle of your choice, partially comprehensive with deductible
Gasoline for the motorcycle, wear parts
Temporary driver’s license for China issued based on a valid international driver’s license
Support vehicle for luggage and co-driver
All entrance fees for sights listed in the invitation to tender
Airport transfers
Domestic flights Chengdu – Lhasa and Lhasa – Chengdu
NOT INCLUDED
All services not mentioned as included and all items of a personal nature
Alcoholic beverages and meals not specified in the itinerary
Travel insurance (cover against cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness). We highly recommend you arrange appropriate insurance in your home country
International flights to and from Chengdu
Tips for guide and driver
Single-room supplement
Personal expenses such as snacks, beverages, laundry, telephone calls, etc.
Additional activities or services or any other expenses not listed as “included.”
Visa fee for Tibet (China)

Please be informed, that our tours are fully inclusive. So you can completely focus on your holiday, the adventure, the riding, and the incredible Tibet. There are no hidden costs or other surprises – our tour prices are final. All is paid. Come ride with us – the real deal!

Chengdu – Lhasa – Tsedang – Gyangze – Sakya – Mount Everest Basecamp –
Shigatse – Damxung – Namtso Lake – Lhasa

(Distance:  2,000 km / 1.250 miles)

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Day 1. Arrival in Chengdu


Arrival of the group in Chengdu. Pick up at the airport and transfer to the hotel. First meeting and Chinese dinner together with local specialties. Sichuan cuisine is one of the best specialties in China – a feast for every palate!

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Day 2. Chengdu - Lhasa


In the early morning, we head back to the airport in Chengdu. Joint flight to Lhasa (3,600 meters altitude). Welcome to Tibet, the Roof of the World! Our trip begins from Lhasa where you will be pick up from the airport and transfer to the hotel, close to the historic old town and the famous Barkhor market. After the hotel check-in and an acclimatization break, you can go on an exploration tour. In addition to the historic old town, you can visit the Barkhor market and the most important Tibetan temple – the Jokhang. The Drepung Monastery will be visited in the afternoon.
On this day, we will also assist you with the paperwork to obtain your local motorcycle driver’s license.
The group spends the evening in a traditional restaurant in the old town. Various Tibetan specialties, butter tea and Lhasa beer are served here.
Tips:
– We suggest you avoid any strenuous exercise, even bathing. It is best to take it easy, drink plenty of water, and rest as much as possible

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Day 3. Lhasa


Until noon there will be time to visit the magnificent Potala Palace in the historic city center of Lhasa, the former and majestic residence of the Dalai Lama. A guide will lead the group through the palace, which served as the official residence and seat of government of the Dalai Lama from 1642 – 1959.
The afternoon is free for acclimatization and activities. If you are interested, you can visit other sights with our guide.
Tips:
– There are 1080 steps up to the top of Potala Palace. We recommend that you take it easy due to the high altitude;
– Taking photos is not allowed inside the palace
– Today you will be mostly outdoors, please bring some water, a hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses

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Day 4. Lhasa (130 km)


A thrilling motorcycle ride is about to begin today!
Today we get on our motorcycles for the first time. A short ride to the east takes the group to the hermitage and meditation site of Yerpa. An unforgettable view awaits at 4,500 meters, surrounded by mountains and valleys. An inspiring moment, as one of the most famous Tibetan yogis Padmasambhava (Guru Rimpoche) meditated and practiced tantric yoga here.
Afterwards, we visit the Ganden Monastery, founded in 1409, which lies at an altitude of 4,300 meters and promises fantastic views from the circular path. The drive to the monastery is heavenly winding and offers a great first impression of the coming days and what is yet to come.

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Day 5. Lhasa - Tsedang (160 km)


The Tibet motorcycle tour can begin! Our first full day of riding takes us along the Yarlung Tsanpo River and its romantic green banks with traditional small Tibetan villages, in the southern west of Tibet. After lunch, the group visits the Samye Monastery. Before reaching the day’s destination of Tsedang, the route leads us through a wide plateau to Yumbulakhang. This is followed by a discovery tour of Tibet’s first castle, which was built by Tibet’s first king 1,400 years ago.

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Day 6. Tsedang - Gyangze (320 km)


The adventure of the Everest base camp motorcycle tour continues. We follow the Yarlung Tsanpo river, always heading towards Yamdrok Lake (4,440 meters). Lake Yamdrok is one of the most sacred lakes in Tibet and promises legendary enlightenment. According to legend, it takes a dip in the lake to rid yourself of all your negative karma. So don’t forget your swimming trunks! Another special experience follows: a serpentine road at an altitude of 4,900 meters with a breathtaking panoramic view of the azure blue lake far below us. On the way to the lake, we take individual breaks for photos and panoramic views.
We continue to Nagartse and over the 5,100-metre-high Karo La Pass. The Karo La Pass lies directly beneath a huge glacier. The group reaches Gyangze and has the opportunity to visit the old fortress of Gyangze (Gyangze Dzong), which towers imposingly over the town. (Depending on arrival time)
Another highlight of the day is the Buddhist monastery of Pelkhor, which was built in 1427 and is known as the “Monastery of Ten Thousand Paintings”. The monastery is the largest stupa (pagoda) in Tibet and includes 108 chapels and 10,000 murals on four floors. Dinner is served in a rustic Tibetan restaurant in the town center. Various traditional dishes can be sampled here.

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Day 7. Gyangze - Sakya (240 km)


On the road again! We leave Gyangze behind us and take the Friendship Highway towards Sakya. We gain altitude and reach the monastery in Sakya, founded in 1073. The monastery is located in a picturesque green mountain valley and was once one of the most important places to visit in Tibet. In contrast to other Tibetan monasteries, the unique Mongolian architecture stands out enormously. The non-touristy village life invites you to relax and the small stores and restaurants invite you to linger. The mountain slopes are particularly good for hiking. There are numerous temples and hermitages to discover here.

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Day 8. Sakya - Mount Everest Basecamp (230 km)


From Sakya, the route takes us south, past dried-up salt lakes and ever further uphill. The more altitude we gain, the better the view of the world-famous 8,000-metre-high mountain region and the surrounding valleys. The unforgettable road with its 108 twists and turns offers fantastic views of the mountains Cho Oyo (8,201), Shisha Pangma (8,012), Lhotse (8,561), Makalu (8,463) and of course the famous Mount Everest (8,848). The highest mountains and most spectacular roads in the world lead the group in the afternoon to the Rongbuk Monastery (4,900 meters), very close to the Mount Everest Base Camp.
To get there, you have to cross several 5,000-metre passes, which were fortunately paved in 2016. The motorcycle ride to Mount Everest Base Camp will leave a lasting impression. Motorcycles are permitted up to 10 kilometers before the Rongbuk Monastery, after which a bus will take the group the last stretch to the monastery. Once we arrive at the monastery, a breathtaking view of Mount Everest awaits us. The night will be spent in a simple guesthouse at the Rongbuk monastery. Many of the rooms offer a romantic view of the highest mountain in the world. In the living room of the guesthouse, the day can be rounded off by the warm fireplace and a hot butter tea, at 4,900 meters above sea level, at the foot of Mount Everest.

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Day 9. Mount Everest Basecamp - Shigatse (330 km)


In the morning, a fantastic sunrise awaits us on Mount Everest before a full day’s drive takes us back to Shigatse. We leave the Rongbuk Monastery behind us and venture onto a new route – a wonderful dirt road back to the Friendship Highway. On our way to Shigatse, we cross the Gyatso La Pass at 5,220 meters – the highest pass of the Tibet motorcycle tour. The group spends the night in a good hotel in Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. A fortress, which towers over Shigatse, invites you to marvel at it, as do the small devotional market and the alleyways of the old town, very close to the hotel.

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Day 10. Shigatse - Damxung (330 km)


Before our motorcycle tour continues, you can visit the famous Tashilhunpo Monastery University in the morning. The monastery is one of the largest monasteries in Tibet and the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama. There is much to discover in the three central main halls. You can listen to the mystical sounds of the monks and marvel at the impressive Buddha statues. We leave Shigatse feeling deeply relaxed and take an idyllic side road that leads us through beautiful Tibetan landscapes and traditional villages. We enjoy lunch with a local nomad family, who give us an authentic insight into their lives. The family graze their cattle by a small alpine lake. We spend the night in the village of Damxung.
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Day 11. Damxung - Namtso Lake - Lhasa (260 km)


One last day! The morning brings us some memorable moments on our last day of driving. After climbing a 5,100 meter high pass, we reach the shore of one of the largest lakes in Tibet – Namtso Lake. Namtso Lake lies at 4,718 meters. The winding descent promises fantastic views of the azure blue lake. We explore the shores of the lake via a gravel road and can enjoy the (often) snow-covered mountain ranges, watch grazing yaks, go hiking on the green hills and visit small monasteries and meditation caves.
Back to Lhasa, the route leads along side roads to a final 4,900-metre-high pass. This magical environment can be experienced one last time on a motorcycle before you have to say goodbye to the endless, otherworldly landscapes of Tibet. Last dinner together in the old town of Lhasa.
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Day 12. Lhasa - Departure


Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to airport or stay and explore Lhasa and the surrounding area.

IMPORTANT NOTES

  1. Participants must be over 18 years of age, and in good health, and a motorcycle driving license is required to rent and ride motorcycles in Tibet.
  2. Please wear riding equipment as well as safety protectors meeting DOT international standards. The helmet, riding clothes, riding pants, riding gloves, riding boots, etc. are all required.
  3. Changing the assigned driver of any motorcycle is strictly prohibited. He (she) who violates this will be responsible for it if any accidents or damages are caused.

Please contact us if you need to book other itineraries or any other personal customized ones.

IMPORTANT HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS
The participant with any of the following conditions should not travel to a high altitude area of more than 3,000 meters:

  1. Heart disease, arrhythmia, stage II hypertension, blood disease, cerebrovascular disease, or if the resting heart rate is significantly above 110 beats per minute.
  2. Chronic respiratory disease, moderate or severe obstructive pulmonary disease such as bronchial asthma, bronchiectasis, emphysema, active tuberculosis, or pneumoconiosis.
  3. Uncontrolled diabetes, epilepsy, or schizophrenia.
  4. Severe cold and upper respiratory tract infection, body temperature above 38 degrees Celsius, or below 35 degrees Celsius.

Patients who have been diagnosed with high altitude pulmonary edema, high altitude cerebral edema, high altitude hypertension, high altitude heart disease, and high altitude polycythemia.

VISA FOR TIBET (CHINA)
First of all, please note that today it is irrelevant whether you refer to China.
To facilitate the issuance of visas through a Chinese Embassy or Permanent Mission, it is best if persons with pre-booked travel arrangements submit along with their visa application a so-called “Visa Confirmation Letter” from the tour operator in Bejing responsible for the tour arrangements. We shall obtain the visa confirmation letter and forward it to you. The confirmation letter implies that the tour operator is responsible for you during your entire stay in China and eliminates further questioning by the Chinese Embassy.
Please note that Chinese Embassies generally do not consider the exact travel dates but simply stamp visas valid for 3 months and entitling the holder to one single entry into China within these 3 months. Therefore, we will forward to you the visa confirmation letter approximately 1 ½ months before the start of the tour to ensure that the validity of your visa will extend beyond the length of your stay in China. Once you have received your visa confirmation letter, you should contact the nearest Chinese Embassy or Permanent Mission to obtain visa application forms, fill in the visa application forms in triplicate, attach one passport photo to each copy of the application form, and enclose a printout copy of the visa confirmation letter with the application. Please refer to the list of diplomatic missions of China for a list of all Chinese Embassies, Permanent Missions, and Consulate Generals.

REGISTRATION / DEPOSIT
Due to the cumbersome logistics involved with obtaining all necessary permits and border formalities, we must impose the following conditions for registration of your participation in the tour:

• The deadline for the latest registrations is two months before the tour starts
• Confirmation of your participation in the tour will only be confirmed against the payment of a 10% deposit (down payment) of the total tour price
• First come – first served: the date of receipt of your deposit (down payment) will determine whose participation will be confirmed first. We will not confirm participation in the tour before receipt of your deposit.

We shall guarantee the departure of the tour with a minimum of 6 bikers and shall limit the maximum size of the group to no more than 15 bikes.

With your registration for the tour, we also need the following personal data from you:

Family Name(s) – as per passport:
First Name(s) – as per passport:
Passport Number:
Nationality:
Date of Birth:
Passport Issue Date:
Passport Issue Place:
Passport Expiry Date:

Please note that to participate in this tour, you must have a valid international driver’s license for motorcycles over 500cc.

For inquiries or in case of any uncertainties, please contact us at info@bigbiketours.com

FULL PREPAYMENT
Because we shall have to fully prepay all suppliers far in advance, we require your full prepayment of the tour (minus the deposit) by the latest two months before the tour starts.

CANCELLATION FEES
Please note that the following cancellation fees apply in the case that you are obliged to cancel the reservations for the tour at the last minute:

If cancellation is received: Fee (in % of the total tour price)
60 Days to 15 Days 30% of the Tour cost
30 Days to 8 Days 50% of the Tour cost
14 Days or less 100% of the Tour cost

We strongly recommend that you purchase individualized travel and/or medical insurance from any insurance company in your home market to prevent having to incur any unexpected medical or travel expenses.

INSURANCE – CHINA
The participant carries full risk in case of an accident, regardless of whether the accident is caused by the tour participant or by a third party. Please bear also in mind that in the case of an accident, the adversary will most likely not be carrying any insurance coverage at all. Hence, the tour participant carries the maximum risk of 6,000 US$ in case of total damage to his/her motorcycle.

OPTIONAL
Against the surcharge of 300 US$, we offer limited comprehensive insurance cover with a maximum liability/participation of 1.000 US$ (instead of 6,000 US$) for the participant in case of damage sustained to his/her motorcycle. For minor damage, we will collect the costs for repair at the end of the tour as it is easier to handle such minor cases on the spot. Tour participants who opt for a fully comprehensive insurance cover will also have to deposit 1.500 US$ in cash or credit card at the beginning of the tour.

It is also important to know that the participant is liable for damage caused to his/her motorcycle in the case of an accident caused by a third person. Third-party insurance in China generally only covers bodily harm caused to the third party and does not cover damage caused to the vehicle of a third party.

CHINA CURRENCY / CREDIT CARDS
ATMs are not yet widespread in China, and only major hotels and sometimes upcountry accept the most common credit cards such as American Express and Visa. In many places, however, credit cards will not be accepted at all. Hence, it is useful to bring cash in US Dollars, preferably also in small denominations as many shops upcountry cannot easily provide change for a 100-dollar bill. You may also want to change some foreign currency into Chinese Renminbi (Yuan) as the Chinese only trade in their currency. When paying for something small with US Dollars, the change will most likely be rendered in the Chinese Renminbi (Yuan). This change, in turn, can be used again for buying a drink or for small tips, etc. Bringing traveler cheques is useless as only the Chinese Investment, and Commercial Bank (CICB) or the Chinese Foreign Trade Bank (CFTB) in Bejing would trade in these through cumbersome and time-consuming procedures. However, it is now possible to change US Dollars and even euros into local currency at most airports and many other places. We recommend changing some Chinese Renminbi (Yuan) already in your home country.

Tour Highlights: Potala Palace; Jokhang Temple; Barkhor Street; Yamdrok Lake; Karola Glacier; Tashilhunpo Monastery; Gyawu-La pass; Rongbuk Monastery; Namtso Lake; North Face Everest Base Camp


Day 1. Arrival in Chengdu



Day 2. Arrival in Lhasa


Day 3. Rest Day in Lhasa


Day 4. Lhasa (130 km)


Day 5. Lhasa – Tsedang (160 km)


Day 6. Tsedang – Gyangze (320 km)


Day 7. Gyangze – Sakya (240 km)


Day 8. Sakya – Mount Everest Basecamp (230 km)


Day 9. Mount Everest Basecamp – Shigatse (330 km)


Day 10. Shigatse – Damxung (330 km)


Day 11. Damxung – Namtso Lake – Lhasa (260 km)


Day 12. Lhasa – Departure

2024 Tour Starts
| 13. Oct – 24. Oct |


2025 Tour Starts
| 27. Apr – 08. May |
| 12. Oct – 23. Oct |


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US$4,200
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