Mount Kailash Everest Lhasa Motorbike Tour

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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Best Season: All Year Round

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Group Size: Min 2 Pax

Transport: Private Vehicle and Motorbike

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18 Days

Trip Overview

The Kailash, Manasarovar, EBC and Lhasa tour is a comprehensive tour of central and western Tibet's principal attractions. You can go to the main monuments in the area and spend enough nights there to acclimate. You will travel through a magnificent route at the highest altitude in the world, with stunning views of lakes, mountains and the huge Tibetan plateau in this trip. You will take your bike to Lake Manasarovar, hike around Mt Kailash, see the base camp of the world's highest peakMount Everest and finally see the sights of Lhasa.

Mount Kailash is a sacred site for Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Bons. Pilgrims believe that they will visit Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar at least once in their lives. Taking a dip at Lake Manasarovar is said to cleanse the soul of all sins committed during one's lifetime. Similarly, Kailash kora will ascend to heaven after death through walking. Mt Kailash and Manasarovar are also the primary water sources for four major Asian rivers such as Indus, Brahmaputra, Sutlej and Karnali. 

This tour starts from Kathmandu and ends in Lhasa. You will explore Kathmandu for two days before officially starting this journey due to the fact that it requires 3 days of staying in Kathmandu to acquire a Tibetan visa for this trip. You will visit different historical monuments situated in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur.On the fourth day, we will ride from Kathmandu to reach Syabrubesi. From there we will head towards Kerung early in the morning, clear our customs and spend the night there. Our next destination will be Saga which takes around 6 hours to reach there from Kerung.  From Saga we will start our ride to reach Lake Manasarovar and stay overnight there. We will enjoy the beauty of Lake Manasarovar and wakeup early in the morning to watch the sunshine above Lake Manasarovar. After that we will head towards Darchen to watch the spectacular view of Mount Kailash and to perform Kailash Parikrama which takes around three days to complete it. After completing our Parikrama, we will then head back to Saga via the same route to start our remaining journey. 

We will go from Saga to the Everest region. Near Rongbuk monastery is Mount Everest's north side and base camp. Rongbuk Monastery is one of the last remaining guest houses and is located near the Everest Base Camp Tibet site. From Rongbuk, we have excellent views of Everest's North Face. We'll drive to Everest Base Camp and then spend the night in Tingri village. It takes another two days to drive from Tingri to Lhasa. Our journey will come to a conclusion in Lhasa. You will stay two more days in Lhasa while exploring around Lhasa.  You may either fly to Kathmandu or take a train or airplane connecting China from Lhasa to get back to home.

From April through October is the optimum time to go on this tour. The pilgrimage season runs from May to September; however, the months of April and October see fewer visitors.


Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

You will be welcomed by our guide and transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu as you arrive at Kathmandu Airport. Our guide will collect your original passport and utilize it to apply for a China Group Visa which takes at least 3 days to be processed.  You can relax or take a stroll around the hotel. Later, our guide will provide a briefing on the upcoming tour and the motorbikes that we will be riding.

Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

We will visit Kathmandu's Durbar Square, one of three durbar (royal palace) squares in the Kathmandu Valley, in the morning. Then we'll go on a tour of Swayambhunath. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Nepal's holiest Buddhist sites, it is also the source of the mythological beginning of the Valley. We will depart in the afternoon for Patan City, which is about a 20-minute drive from Kathmandu. Patan's core Durbar Square is densely packed with temples. It's an architectural focal point with significantly more temples per square meter than Kathmandu or Bhaktapur.

Day 3: Second day tour in Kathmandu

Pashupatinath, Nepal's most prominent Hindu temple, will be our first trip. Islamic conquerors destroyed the historic buildings on the site in the 14th century, smashing the stone linga to tiny little pieces, yet it rose again behind their retreating backs. Later, we will travel to Boudhanath, one of South Asia's largest stupas, which has become the center point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. We will visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square in the afternoon. It is a collection of pagodas and shikhara architectural temples centered on a brick and wood palace with fifty-five windows. Our staff will obtain your China group visa and assist you in preparing for your motorcycle tour the following day.

Day 4: Ride from Kathmandu – Syabrubesi

It's the official start of the adventurous motorcycle tour. Today, we will go north on a zigzag mountain road to Syabrubesi (2380m). It is a lovely village nestled within Langtang National Park. As you approach the Sino-Nepal border in the valley, the road becomes bumpier. So, while riding on a twisting route in the mountains, you have to be very cautious.

Day 5: Ride from Syabrubesi – Kerung

We will drive from Syabrubesi (2380m) to the Kerung border after breakfast. It's around 45 minutes long and covers 20 kilometers. We will continue driving to Kerung area (2700m) after we clear our customs and then spend one night there for improved acclimatization before climbing higher to Old Tingri. We will pay a visit to Padmasambava cave in the afternoon.

Day 6: Ride from Kerung – Saga

We will start riding up to Saga in the morning. The 102-kilometer road takes approximately 5-6 hours in bike. We will see the calm Pekutso in the distance against the snow-capped Mt. Shishapangma’s on the way. We'll arrive in Saga County late in the afternoon.

Day 7: Ride from Saga – Manasarovar

We'll head northwest today, to the well-known Lake Manasarovar, which is near to Mt. Kailash. We'll drive to Paryang for the first three hours (4700m). The spectacular view of the pyramid-shaped summit of Mt. Kailash and the lovely view of Manasarovar (4,590m) will come into view as we leave Paryang and drive closer to Lake Manasarovar. It's a fantastic opportunity to shoot some awesome photos of both Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar together.

Day 8: Ride from Lake Manasarovar – Darchen

We'll get up early and bundle up in warm clothing to watch the spectacular sunrise over Manasarovar. We'll either participate in a short ritual or take a brief holy bath alongside Manasarovar Lake, or simply ride our motorcycles along the lake's edge. We'll then drive to Darchen, a small town at the foothills of Mount Kailash that serves as the start and finish point for the Mt. Kailash kora. You will require a good rest to start the Kailash Parikrama from tomorrow.

Day 9: Trek from Darchen – Derapuk

We'll ride from Darchen to Sarshung Valley in the morning and park our bikes there. At Sarshung village, we'll meet Yaks and porters. After that, we will begin our 13-kilometer trip from Sarshung to Derapuk Monastery, which will take us through the Lachu valley and rivers. Today you can see both the west and north faces of Mount Kailash. Finally, later that evening, we will also pay a visit to Derapuk Monastery.

Day 10: Trek from Derapuk – Dzutrpuk

Today, we'll trek across Dromala pass (5630m), the Kora's highest pass. You can stop for a break in a teahouse along the way. When walking downwards, you may witness native Tibetans prostrating in the Kora trail and the magnificent Kadoe Lake. We will also visit Zutulpuk Monastery and stay overnight in guesthouse.

Day 11: Trek from Dzutrpuk – Darchen

On the third day of the kora, you will travel back to Sarshung valley, from where we will start your ride towards Darchen. There are stacks of Mani Stones along the Kora. We'll finish the trek around noon and recover at our lodging.

Day 12: Ride from Darchen – Saga

Today we will ride back to Saga from Darchen via the same route passing by Lake Manasarovar and leaving Mount Kailash behind. We will stay overnight in Saga after a long ride of around 490 kilometers which takes around 7 hours to complete the ride.

Day 13: Ride from Saga – EBC via Old Tingri

We will have another long ride to Everest Base Camp once we leave Saga. The entire journey runs parallel from Old Tingri to EBC. Though the graveled and sandy road presents a minor obstacle, the beauty along the way, which is dominated by soaring peaks and vast Himalayan ranges, will leave you speechless. We'll go to the famed Rongbuk Monastery (5154m) and use Rongbuk as a foreground in order to get some great photographs of Mt. Everest. Also don't forget to meditate within Tsongkhapa's cave. At night, you have the option of sleeping in a tented camp at the base of Mt. Everest or at a guesthouse, depending on your preferences.

Day 14: Ride from EBC – Shigatse via Lhatse

If the weather permits, you may watch the spectacular sunrise over Mt. Everest from the lodge area in the morning. After breakfast, we'll continue northeast to Shigatse along the well-known Sino-Nepal Friendship Highway. It would be a long journey, punctuated by breath-taking Himalayan landscape and a beautiful view of Shigatse.

Day 15: Ride from Shigatse – Lhasa via Gyantse

Today we will travel via Gyantse, one of Tibet's most beautiful counties. The beautiful Gyantse Fortress at Zongshan Hill, which overlooks the entire Gyantse town, will take your breath away. If time allows, we will take a stroll down Gyantse town's historic street. Then we'll get back on the road. Colorful prayer flags can be hung above the Simila Mountain pass and the vast Karola Glacier can be seen from the highway. Another highlight would be driving past the turquoise Yamdrok Lake on the winding road. We will arrive at Lhasa, Tibet's capital, after a hard journey.

Day 16: Lhasa City Tour

The Potala Palace, a UNESCO world heritage site and the Dalai Lama's winter palace, is our first trip. You can visit the former residence of the Dalai Lama, as well as his conference room and religious chamber, by slowly walking up the steep stone steps to the White and Red Palaces. From the pinnacle of Potala Palace, you may get a bird's-eye view of Lhasa city and the Lhasa valley.

We'll eat lunch before heading to the renowned Jokhang Temple. It is Tibet's most sacred Buddhist site. Outside the temple, you'll see devout Tibetan pilgrims of all ages prostrating themselves in front of the Jokhang, as well as lengthy lines of Tibetans walking along the Barkhor circle. Then we can do the kora and buy some souvenirs by circling Barkhor Street with pilgrims and locals. We will then enjoy a delicious sweet tea in a local tea shop and pay a visit to Tromzikhang, the famed farm produce market, later in the evening.

Day 17: Second day Lhasa Tour

We will visit Drepung monastery in the morning, which is one of Tibet's "big three" Gelug monasteries, founded in 1416 by Jamyang Choge, one of Tsongkhapa's principal students. We will also tour the monastery's largest monastic kitchen and participate in a Buddhist sculpture carving class near Drepung.
We will visit Sera Monastery in the afternoon, which is one of Tibet's "big three" Gelug monasteries. The Monks Debate, which takes place between 3 and 5 p.m., is a big draw. We can also take a tour of the Tibetan holy scripture printing house, which has three sand Mandalas and a brilliant Buddha Rock Painting.

Day 18: Depart from Lhasa

Today will be the last day of your tour. You will be departing for Kathmandu. You will be dropped to the airport as per your flight time schedule.


Firante Treks and Expedition Manages for best and comfortable accommodation and also provides you hygienic food. Standard (3 Star) are booked in the cities such as Kathmandu and Pokhara, whereas a tyical trek lodge will be booked on remote areas. 

Luxurious rooms from 5 Star hotels are also made avaiable on demand in the cities on additional cost but remote regionss dont have such facilities.

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