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Tibet Motorbike Tour Overview


  • Trip Code: CT-10096
  • Package: Tibet Motorbike Tour
  • Duration: 12 Day(s)
  • Max Alt.: 17060 Ft / 5200 M
  • Trip Level:
    Moderate
    Requires some level of experience in trekking with basic physical ability.
  • Best Season: April, May, early June, Sept. Oct, early Nov
  • Trip Route: Kathmandu - Everest Base Camp - Shigatse - Gyantse - Lhasa

Trip Highlights

  • Explore highlighted Hindu and Buddhist sites in Nepal and Tibet
  • Motorbike across the heart of the Himalayan Range, especially to the Everest Base Camp (EBC)
  • Capture stunning photographs of the majestic landscapes
  • Experience the exotic life on the roof of the world

Discover the breathtaking beauty of Nepal and Tibet on an exhilarating 12-day motorbike tour starting from Kathmandu, the vibrant capital city of Nepal. As one of the most popular gateway cities to Tibet, Kathmandu serves as the ideal starting point for this thrilling adventure. 

To obtain your China visa, you'll spend three days in Kathmandu, exploring the enchanting Kathmandu Valley and its myriad attractions. Once you have your visa in hand, you'll embark on a thrilling motorbike journey from Kathmandu to the Kyirong border, the newly opened border crossing between Tibet and Nepal following a devastating earthquake. Previously, tourists would travel through the Dzangmu border, which was closer and more accessible before the earthquake struck.

The road from Kathmandu to the Kyirong border may be challenging, as it spans around 150 kilometers and takes approximately 8-9 hours to navigate due to its less-than-ideal condition. Known as the Sybrubisy border by locals, it is located near Nepal's Langtang National Park, a renowned trekking destination. Throughout your journey, you'll traverse picturesque hillsides and forested landscapes, eventually reaching Sybrubisi on the Nepali side and Kyirong on the Tibetan side. After crossing the border, you'll continue your expedition to Kyirong town, a mere 20 kilometers away. The road conditions significantly improve on the Tibetan side, offering a smooth and wide path for your adventure.

This captivating 12-day Nepal to Tibet overland motorbike tour unveils the wonders of the great Himalayan mountain range, granting you awe-inspiring vistas of iconic peaks like Mt. Everest, Mt. Cho Oyu, and Shisha Bangma. Additionally, you'll have the opportunity to visit charming Tibetan villages and interact with the locals, gaining insights into their culture and way of life. The journey follows the Friendship Highway and takes you to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet and home to the revered Panchen Lama. Continuing your expedition, you'll pass through Gyantse town with its fertile lands, the magnificent Palchoe Monastery, the Kubum Pagoda Stupa, and the majestic Noejin Kangsang snow mountain with its stunning glacier. Marvel at the turquoise splendor of Yamdrok Lake before arriving in Lhasa, the cultural heart and capital city of Tibet. Explore Lhasa's iconic sites, including the world heritage cultural sites of the Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple.

From Rongbuk, you'll embark on a 15-minute walk to reach the Everest Base Camp, where you'll be treated to an unforgettable view of the majestic Mt. Everest. Spend a night at the Rongbuk Monastery, marveling at the breathtaking sunrise and sunset over Mt. Everest. Return to the Kyirong border and make your way back to Kathmandu, cherishing the incredible memories and the joy of completing your Nepal to Tibet motorbike tour.

The best time to book this extraordinary adventure is during the months of April, May, June, September, and October. These months offer favorable weather conditions for a truly immersive and memorable motorbike tour from Nepal to Tibet. For more detailed information about the Tibet motorbike tour, please don't hesitate to reach out.

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Altitude
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu 1300m
Day 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Tibet Visa Preparation
Day 3 Ride from Kathmandu to Chitlang (28 km) 1833m
Day 4 Ride from Chitlang to Syabrubesi via Kathmandu (165 km) 1300
Day 5 Cross the Sino-Nepal Border to Gyirong(75 km) 2700m
Day 6 Ride from Old Tingri to Everest Base Camp (70 km) 5200m
Day 7 Ride from Gyirong to Old Tingri (250 km) Old Tingri (4300m)
Day 8 Head to Shigatse from Everest Base Camp (340 km) Gawu La Pass (5198m)
Day 9 Drive from Shigatse to Lhasa via Gyantse (375 km)
Day 10 Drive from Shigatse to Lhasa via Gyantse (375km)
Day 11 Lhasa Day Tour
Day 12 Departure from Lhasa

Tibet Motorbike Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport, our guide will greet you and transfer you to your hotel. You'll have the rest of the day to relax and acclimate to the surroundings. Our guide will provide a short briefing about the tour and motorbike ride from Kathmandu to Lhasa. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Maximum Altitude: 1300m
Day 2

UNESCO World Heritage Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Tibet Visa Preparation

Embark on a guided city sightseeing tour by motorbike, visiting UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Changu Narayan Temple, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple). This day also includes Tibet visa preparation and a test ride to ensure everything is in order. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Boudhanath Stupa

Day 3

Ride from Kathmandu to Chitlang (28 km)

Begin your motorbike adventure by riding from Kathmandu to Chitlang. This scenic route offers stunning landscapes, village life experiences, and a contrast of greenery. Arrive in Chitlang and enjoy the mesmerizing views. Overnight stay in Chitlang.

Maximum Altitude: 1833m
Day 4

Ride from Chitlang to Syabrubesi via Kathmandu (165 km)

Today, receive your Chinese group visa and continue your motorbike journey towards Syabrubesi. The road gets bumpier as you approach the Sino-Nepal border. Exercise caution while riding on winding mountain roads. Overnight stay in Syabrubesi.

Maximum Altitude: 1300
Day 5

Cross the Sino-Nepal Border to Gyirong(75 km)

After breakfast, cross the Sino-Nepal border and proceed to Gyirong. Spend the night in Gyirong for better acclimatization before heading to Old Tingri. Visit Padmasambhava Cave in the afternoon. Overnight stay in Gyirong.

Maximum Altitude: 2700m
Day 6

Ride from Old Tingri to Everest Base Camp (70 km)

Embark on an exciting ride from Old Tingri to Everest Base Camp. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Himalayas, including the magnificent Mount Everest. Pass high passes like Lamna-La and Pang-La, and arrive at Rongbuk Monastery. Capture engaging photos of Mount Everest and spend the night in a tented camp or Rongbuk guesthouse.

Everest base Camp, Tibet

Maximum Altitude: 5200m
Day 7

Ride from Gyirong to Old Tingri (250 km)

Drive from Gyirong to Old Tingri, reveling in the dramatic landscapes and the awe-inspiring vistas of the Himalayan peaks, including Mount Everest. Overnight stay in Old Tingri.

Maximum Altitude: Old Tingri (4300m)
Day 8

Head to Shigatse from Everest Base Camp (340 km)

Witness the incredible sunrise over Mount Everest, then drive to Shigatse. Enjoy jaw-dropping Himalayan scenery and visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lama. Overnight stay in Shigatse.

Maximum Altitude: Gawu La Pass (5198m)
Day 9

Drive from Shigatse to Lhasa via Gyantse (375 km)

Continue your journey from Shigatse to Lhasa, passing through Gyantse. Visit the famous Kumbum Stupa in Palkhor Monastery and admire the Gyantse Fortress. Capture the enchanting views along the way, including the Karola Glacier and Yamdrok Lake. Arrive in Lhasa and settle into your hotel. Overnight stay in Lhasa.

Day 10

Drive from Shigatse to Lhasa via Gyantse (375km)

Start your day by traveling from Shigatse to Lhasa, passing through the charming county of Gyantse. Visit the Nepali-style Kunbum Stupa inside Palkhor Monastery and admire the magnificent Gyantse Fortress overlooking the town from Zhongshan Hill. Take a stroll in the old streets of Gyantse if time permits. Continue your journey and enjoy the scenic route, including the colorful prayer flags at the Simila Mountain Pass and the impressive Karola Glacier. You'll also pass by the turquoise Yamdrok Lake. Finally, arrive in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, where you'll spend the night.

Day 11

Lhasa Day Tour

Embark on a full day of exploration in Lhasa. Start with a visit to the iconic Potala Palace, the winter residence of the Dalai Lama, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Marvel at the intricate architecture and stunning views of the city and valley from the palace. Next, head to the sacred Jokhang Temple, the most revered Buddhist site in Tibet. Observe devout Tibetan pilgrims and explore the vibrant Barkhor Street that surrounds the temple.

Don't miss the opportunity to savor the sweet tea and browse the local market. In the afternoon, visit Sera Monastery, one of the "great three" Gelug monasteries, and witness the monks engaging in philosophical debates. Explore the Tibetan religious scripture printing house and admire the intricate sand mandalas and rock paintings of Buddha. Overnight stay in Lhasa.

Day 12

Departure from Lhasa

After breakfast, our guide will transfer you to the airport or train station for your onward journey. The tour concludes here.

Please note that this is a sample itinerary and can be customized according to your preferences and requirements.

Not satisfied with this itinerary? CoreTreks offers a customized itinerary option that allows you to personalize your trek according to your preferences and requirements.
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To enter Tibet, all foreigners (except Chinese and Tibetans) need to obtain a Tibet visa and travel permit. The Tibet travel permit is issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau and can only be applied for by registered travel agencies like Global Holidays Adventure. It's important to note that the Tibet permit is separate from the Chinese visa, and you cannot enter Tibet with just a Chinese visa. Before entering Tibet, you must obtain a Tibet travel permit.

Required documents for Tibet visa/permit:

  1. Clear scanned copy of your passport with at least six months of validity.
  2. Chinese visa copy by email (for travelers entering Tibet from mainland China).
  3. For travelers entering Tibet from Nepal, you need to fill out a form at the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu with your latest passport-size photo. Global Holidays Adventure can assist you with this process.

The Tibet Tourism Bureau takes approximately one week to approve the travel permit. Sometimes it may take longer, so it is recommended to apply for your Tibet permit at least 15 days in advance to be on the safe side.

Please note that diplomats, journalists, professional media photographers, and government officials have different procedures for obtaining their Tibet travel permits and should make arrangements through the foreign affairs department.

Tibet Permit and Visa Fees:

  • American Passport Holders: US $175 per person
  • Romanian Passport Holders: US $115 per person
  • Canadian Passport Holders: US $155 per person
  • Other Nationalities: US $85 per person

Please email info@coretreks.com with your group size and requirements to get accurate cost information as it depends on the group size of riders. Additionally, our itinerary can be customized to suit your preferences and needs.

Read more: Tibet Travel Permit from Nepal

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Tibet offers favorable weather for a motorbike tour throughout the year. However, the best time to embark on a Tibet motorbike tour is from April to November. During this season, you can experience the crisp air, deep blue skies, breathtaking landscapes, and the majestic Himalayan Range in all its glory. The weather is generally pleasant and conducive to an enjoyable riding experience.

While Tibet can also be visited during the winter months of December, January, and February, it is important to note that the weather can be extremely cold during this period. Due to the harsh winter conditions, it is not recommended to plan a motorbike tour during this time.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


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Yes, you will need a valid driving license to ride a motorbike in Tibet. For the Tibet motorbike tour, our agency will assist you in obtaining a temporary Chinese driving license, which will permit you to legally ride in Tibet. To facilitate the issuance of the temporary driving license, we will require a scanned copy of your international driving license.

Having a valid driving license is not only a legal requirement but also ensures your safety and the safety of others on the road. It demonstrates that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to operate a motorbike. Therefore, it is important to carry your license with you at all times during the tour.

Please note that the temporary Chinese driving license is specifically for the duration of your motorbike tour in Tibet and may not be valid for other regions or countries. It is recommended to check the specific requirements and regulations regarding driving licenses in Tibet and ensure that your international driving license is still valid during your travel dates.

Obtaining a temporary driving license will allow you to fully enjoy the motorbike tour in Tibet while complying with the local driving regulations.

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Yes, during your motorbike tour in Tibet, we provide a private supporting van/truck to accompany you throughout the journey. The supporting van will carry your luggage and any spare parts or equipment required for the motorbikes. This ensures that you can ride comfortably without the burden of carrying heavy bags or worrying about mechanical issues.

The supporting van will be driven by one of our experienced drivers who will be responsible for transporting your belongings safely from one destination to another. You can rest assured that your luggage and important items will be well taken care of throughout the trip.

Having a supporting van/truck allows you to fully enjoy the motorbike tour without the need to carry excessive weight on your bike. It also provides a convenient option in case of any unexpected situations or emergencies during the journey.

Our team is dedicated to ensuring your safety and comfort throughout the tour, and the supporting van is one of the ways we strive to provide a smooth and enjoyable experience for all participants.

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To obtain a Tibet visa, if you are traveling from Nepal, you can follow these steps:

  1. Contact CoreTreks: Get in touch with CoreTreks, our registered travel agency, at least ten days in advance of your planned departure to Tibet. Provide them with all your passport details and passport-size photos.
  2. Submit Necessary Documents: Submit all the required documents to CoreTreks. These documents typically include a photocopy of your passport and a filled-out visa application form. Make sure to provide accurate and complete information to avoid any issues with the visa process.
  3. Visa Application Processing: CoreTreks will process your Tibet visa application on your behalf. They will submit your documents to the appropriate authorities, such as the Tibet Tourism Bureau.
  4. Visa Stamping: Once your Tibet visa application is approved, the visa will be stamped in your passport before your departure to Tibet. This will typically be done in a group-wise manner, with a minimum of 2-5 people on the same visa sheet. One entry will be stamped for your entry into Tibet, and the other will be for your final departure from Tibet.

It's important to note that the Tibet visa application process may have specific requirements and may vary based on individual circumstances. It is recommended to consult with Global Holidays Adventure or your chosen travel agency to ensure you have the most up-to-date information and to address any specific questions or concerns regarding the visa application process.

Remember, obtaining a Tibet visa is crucial for entering Tibet, and it is recommended to apply well in advance to allow sufficient processing time and avoid any last-minute complications.

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CoreTreks offers airport pickup facilities to customers who have booked private tours as part of any of our packages. This service is provided free of charge, ensuring a seamless and convenient start to your adventure.

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Language barriers should not be a concern during your visit to Tibet. CoreTreks ensures that each visitor is accompanied by an English-speaking tour guide who will assist and communicate with you throughout your trip. In addition, many staff members at major hotels in Tibet are fluent in English. The primary languages spoken in Tibet are Chinese, Tibetan, English, and Nepali. Even if you are traveling alone, you will encounter a significant number of people who can communicate in these languages, especially in the popular tourist areas of Tibet.

Additional Information


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The Tibet Motorbike tour is specifically designed for adventure enthusiasts who are physically fit and possess good motorbike riding skills, especially in the cold and challenging terrain of the Himalayas. It is important to note that this tour involves crossing altitudes as high as 5,200 meters by motorbike, which requires a certain level of physical fitness and endurance.

To fully enjoy and participate in this adventure, it is recommended that participants have good physical condition and stamina. Regular exercise, cardiovascular fitness, and strength training are beneficial for preparing your body for the demands of the tour. It is also advisable to consult with a medical professional before undertaking the tour to ensure you are in good health and physically capable of enduring the challenges of riding in high-altitude conditions.

Additionally, it is essential to have prior motorbike riding experience and be comfortable riding in various terrains, including mountainous regions. Familiarity with handling a motorbike in different weather conditions and maintaining control on uneven surfaces is crucial for a safe and enjoyable experience.

Overall, being physically fit, having experience in motorbike riding, and being prepared for high-altitude conditions are important prerequisites for embarking on a Tibet Motorbike tour.

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We offer two options for motorbikes during the Tibet motorbike tour: the 411 CC Royal Enfield Himalayan and the 500 CC Royal Enfield Classic. Both bikes are known for their power and comfort, making them suitable for long drives in the Himalayan region.

The Royal Enfield Himalayan is a versatile adventure bike designed specifically for off-road and on-road adventures. It provides a comfortable riding position, good suspension, and a powerful engine, making it an ideal choice for tackling the diverse terrains you will encounter during the tour.

The Royal Enfield Classic, on the other hand, is a retro-style cruiser that offers a classic design combined with modern features. With its larger engine displacement, it provides a smooth and powerful ride, perfect for enjoying the open roads and breathtaking landscapes of Tibet.

We understand that comfort is a personal preference, and everyone has different riding preferences. If you have a specific preference between the two models mentioned, please let us know, and we will make the necessary arrangements for your preferred choice.

Additionally, if you have a specific brand or model of a motorbike in mind that is available in Nepal or Tibet, please inform us, and we will do our best to accommodate your request, provided the desired brand is available in our inventory.

Our goal is to ensure that you have a comfortable and enjoyable motorbike tour, and we are committed to meeting your requirements and preferences to the best of our ability.

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