A Motorcycle Journey to The Roof of the World

Overview

TIBET- “Roof of the World” is a sacred land of myths and mysteries inhabited by the ever smiling people and has not only exerted a magnetic pull upon travelers for centuries but also spies, missionaries, scholars, geographers, mystics, soldiers and cranks, etc. Yet, only a few intrepid, serious and determined have been able to make it.

Now, things have changed.
Tibet was opened to tourism in 1985. Before this, it avoided influence from the West and this country developed its unique culture and religion independently. Since Tibet was governed by the spiritual leaders, monasteries and religious institutions were the backbone of power so the importance and prestige were shown by the size and magnificent architecture of these buildings. Tibetan Buddhism contains many elements of their older religion,” Bon Po” which worshipped the sky, moon, sun, fire, soil and even evil spirits and this is why a monastery such as Tashilhunpo contains thousands of unique statues, paintings (thangka), religious and historical books. The Monasteries are crowded by pilgrims who often travel long distances to fulfill their vows and wishes and their emotions show that religion still holds a very important place in their daily lives.

Full name:                 Tibet Autonomous Region of China
Area:                         1.2 m. sq. km
Population:               3 million
In Exile:                      300,000
Capital city:               Lhasa (Population 200,000)
People:                      Tibetan & Chinese
Language:                 Tibeto Burmese, Tibetan and Chinese
Religion:                    90% Buddhist, 1% Muslim, 3% bon, 6% others
Government:             Occupied by China in 1949/1950
Currency:                  Yuan (Y 6.87 = US$ 1.00)
Geography:               Tibet has border with India, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan and Burma
Climate:                     Spring (May to June) – Best weather condition, May to Mid-September Winter – (October to April)
What to wear:            Light weight clothing is recommended for May to June, Warm garments are required from September to April. An umbrella or a raincoat is a must for the summer season.
Voltage:                     Standard voltage only 220 volts.

The Tibetan landscape changes from lush green to rugged and barren and harsh and cold, yet, magnificent and awe inspiring at the same time. The many serene and sacred lakes you come across makes you truly understand why they say it’s the “water tank of central Asia”.

Riding on the Roof of the World on a legendary RE 500cc motorcycle is THE ultimate biking experience for any passionate biker and traveller alike. Gliding along the NEPAL-CHINA friendship highway which is smooth as silk and over some of the world’s highest passes of over 5000m is surely an “adventure of a lifetime”.

The Motorcycle: The Royal Enfield Bullet was originally a British overhead valve single cylinder four-stroke motorcycle made by Royal Enfield in Redditch, Worcestershire, but now produced by Royal Enfield Motors, the successor to the British company, at Chennai, Tamil Nadu, in India. The Royal Enfield Bullet has the longest production run of any motorcycle having remained continuously in production since 1948. The Bullet marque is even older, and has passed 75 years of continuous production. The Royal Enfield and Bullet names derive from the company's links with the Royal Small Arms Factory in Enfield, London.

Recently Royal Enfield has undergone a major retooling particularly in the engine department going from carbureted cast-iron engines to twin spark unit construction engines on all its models, with Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) available on their flagship 500 cc model. The major redesign has sparked such a demand for the bikes that Royal Enfield have started double shifts at their plants. Though many other brands boast of equal popularity, The Royal Enfield has a certain segment of customers who have extreme ardour for this particular bike. With the noise it makes and the way it looks, The Royal Enfield Motorcycle can certainly be vouched for as the “kings of the roads”. It is different and has a class of its own; making it stand out everywhere it goes.

Day 01: Welcome to Kathmandu (1370m)
Day 02: Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu (Visa Processing Day 01)
Day 03: Ride Kathmandu / Banepa / Panauti / Namobuddha / Kathmandu (87kms) (visa processing day 02)
Day 04: Ride Kathmandu to Daman (2450m/65kms/3hrs) visa processing day 03
Day 05: Ride Daman to Syabrubesi (2135m/133kms/6hrs)
Day 06: Ride Syabru besi to Kyirong Town (2700m/36kms/3hrs)
Day 07: Ride to Kyirong Town to Saga (4640m/170kms/5hrs)
Day 08: Ride Saga to Shakya (4300m/323kms/8hrs)
Day 09: Ride Shakya to Gyantse (3950m/250kms/6hrs)
Day 10: Ride Gyantse to Lhasa via Lake Yamdrok (3656m/287kms/7hrs)
Day 11: Sightseeing Tour of Lhasa
Day 12: Ride to Ganden & Sera Monastery (70kms/2hrs)
Day 13: Ride Lhasa to Shigatse (3950m/280kms/7hrs)
Day 14: Ride Shigatse to Shegar (4300m/245kms/6hrs)
Day 15: Ride Shegar to Rongbuk and EBC excursion (5100m/112Kms/4hrs)
Day 16: Ride Rongbuk to Tingri (4348m/78kms/3hrs)
Day 17: Ride Tingri to Kyirong via Paikut Tso (2700m/286kms/7hrs)
Day 18: Ride Kyirong Town to Nuwakot (1000m/80kms/4hrs)
Day 19: Ride Nuwakot to Kathmandu (1370m/72kms/3hrs)
Day 20: Final departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Welcome to Kathmandu (1370m)

Upon arrival met by the representative and transferred to the hotel.

Rest of the day is free to relax.

Eve: A brief introduction of the trip followed by a welcome dinner at a typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural program. After the dinner, transfer to the Hotel.

(NOTE: Passports will be collected for TIBET visa processing which takes 2 working days).

Overnight at the Hotel

Day 02: Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu (Visa Processing Day 01)

09:00 Hrs: After breakfast met by guide and board the vehicle for half day’s sightseeing tour of Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple.

The Boudhanath Stupa is located 6 kilometers Northeast of Kathmandu and is a colossal imposing Stupa standing about 36 meters and is one of the oldest Buddhist monuments ever built in Nepal. The Stupa stands on the massive three level Mandala style platforms surrounded by colorful family style houses. The Stupa is said to have been built in the 5th Century and is a sight of great veneration to the Buddhist.

Continue on to Pashupanath Temple - the most sacred of the Hindu Temples in the world and is amongst the five principle pilgrimage sites for the Hindus. On an annual pilgrimage during Shivaratri Festival, thousands of devotees of Lord Shiva from all the Hindu communities of the world, pay their homage here.

Pashupatinath is the reincarnation of Shiva in his most benevolent form as the shepherd of fertility and so there are no animal sacrifices in this temple. Only fruits, flowers and vermilion are offered. It lies on the banks of the Bagmati river and for the Hindus, to be cremated at Pashupatinath, means a direct passage to heaven.

After the visit, return to the Hotel.

Overnight at the hotel

Day 03: Ride Kathmandu / Banepa / Panauti / Namobuddha / Kathmandu (87kms) (visa processing day 02)

Negotiate traffic out of the Kathmandu city to the Ringroad cross section - Koteshwor. From here, follow the newly constructed highway to Bhaktapur (Approx. 12 Km from Kathmandu). The ancient Bhaktapur City or the “City of Devotees” situated at an altitude of 1,401 m, 12 kilometers east of Kathmandu. Bhaktapur covers an area of 4 square miles and is shaped like a conch shell. Pottery and weavings are its traditional industries.

Continue cruising past Bhaktapur to Banepa (Approx. 10 Km from Bhaktapur) via Jagati & Sanga passing road side settlements and terraced farmlands. From here the road bifurcates east to Dhulikhel, North to Nala and south to Panauti. Head south and continue ride for Approx. 7 km to Panauti.

Here we stop for the sightseeing tour.

Panauti, a small town located 32 km Southeast of Kathmandu, found in the central regions of Nepal. Panauti is a historical city found in Nepal, as it was originally a small state given by King Bhupatindra Malla as a dowry to his sister. This town has a few prominent icons, such as the Indreswor temple and Durbar Square found in the town center. At the end of the 13th Century, Panauti was finally integrated into the unified kingdom of Nepal, along with Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur, which are all former capital cities of the Kathmandu valley. It, consists of a variety of Buddhist and Hindu religious monuments, and is considered to be one of the area’s most important medieval sites.

Panauti is quaint and interesting destination of Nepal. It feels as if has been left exactly the way the founders had built the town. A nostalgic atmosphere covers the narrow town streets and ancient structures. It is known as a Newari town that is located near Roshi khola & Punyamata Khola.

Later continue ride to Namobuddha (Approx. 10 Km) on a graveled & dirt road through the small settlements and terraced field alongside.

Namo Buddha is situated at an elevation of 1750m. It is very important Buddhist Pilgrimage which lies about 38 kilometers east of Kathmandu. The stupa & shrines built in this lovely little hill mark is a very ancient holy site.

Namo Buddha is the historically important place where a prince sacrificed himself for the sake of a sick and hungry tigress and her cubs. One can still find an old historical stone slab depicting the whole story of Namo Buddha. This is an important Buddhist shrine attracting many pilgrims. A trail from this site climbs up for about five minutes to the other site of the hill where there are several more stupas which is considered as a retreat center for Buddhist monks. An ancient carved stone reflecting the legend of Namo Buddha is still there which highlights the historical momentous of Buddha who was moved by compassion at the pitable sight of a tigress and her cubs that he offered his own body as food.

Later continue ride to Dhulikhel (Approx 15 Km)

Dhulikhel, situated at an elevation of 1550 meters with panoramic view of the Himalayas is a small Newari town and is famous for its scenic beauty and old tradition. It offers magnificent views of the Himalayas from Mt, Karyolung in the east to Mt. Himalchuli to the west the twin crest of Mt. Langtang in the west to the Mt. Everest in the east can be clearly viewed in a clear day. Dhulikhel is ideal for snow-capped peaks, sunrise, sunset and it is different from any other and is one of the best sites to watch the sunrise over the Himalayas. From here the road bifurcates; east to Kodari and west to Kathmandu. Continue ride towards Kathmandu via Banepa, Sanga & Bhaktapur (approx. 30 Km).

Overnight at the hotel

Day 04: Ride Kathmandu to Daman (2450m/65kms/3hrs) visa processing day 03

After breakfast met by the road captain and the rest of the team at the hotel lobby and later ride to Daman.

We negotiate the traffic out of the Kathmandu city and ride out of the valley at the cross section of the ring road at Kalanki and then set out for check post at Nagdhunga, just past Thankot. From here, the road twists and turns as we negotiate the traffic and descend to Naubise, 26 kilometer marker (about 17 kilometers from Nagdhunga).

Upon arrival at Naubise we stop for a while at a local tea shop for tea.

After tea we start our ride to Daman. From Naubise Daman is only 29 kilometers all uphill with sharp bends.

Daman situated at an altitude of 2,500 meter (8, 00 ft) Daman is the perfect destination for all seasons to undertake outdoor activities like rock climbing, Para gliding, hang gliding or even just for acclimatization before a hectic trek or mountaineering, Pony trekking, Mountain biking, Fishing etc. One can also view the mountain panorama including Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest –8848m), the highest peak in the world.

Upon arrival at Daman check in to the resort and rest of the evening is free to relax and explore around the resort.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 05: Ride Daman to Syabrubesi (2135m/133kms/6hrs)

After breakfast descend retracing to the main highway at Naubise and then head west all the way to Galchi. Head north following the Trishuli River for a while and then slowly ascend through terraced agricultural lands and small road side villages. At the outskirts of Pokhara, we are greeted with views of the Annapurna Mountain range including the famous Fish Tail Mountain.

From here it is a steep winding descent till Trishuli but the scenery is fantastic. Deep forested areas, with clear flowing streams and waterfalls provide visitors of what Nepal is all about.

Trishuli - The beauty of the area is not easily forgotten. The rolling hills, the Trishuli River, ethnic villages, suspension bridges all make it a very interesting ride. Here we stop for the lunch.

After lunch head north and continue ride to Dhunche. From here steep descend on a

winding and snaky trail till Syabrubesi, a small cluster of shops and local lodges.

Upon arrival at Syabrubesi check in to the lodge.

Rest of the day is free to relax or explore around the village.

Overnight at the Lodge

Day 06: Ride Syabru besi to Kyirong Town (2700m/36kms/3hrs)

After breakfast ride approx. 9 Kms to Raswagadhi - Nepal / Tibet border, the last border town, complete Nepali Immigration formalities and cross the friendship bridge. Complete Chinese Immigration and met by guide and driver from Tibet. Proceed for China Custom clearance for the motorcycles and after completion; load up the gear on the waiting Landcruiser / Mini Truck and ride for another 27 kilometers to Kyirong town.

Kyirong, one of the frontier counties of Tibet Autonomous Region, lies in the southwest of Tibet and the southwest of Shigatse prefecture, covering 9,126 square kilometers with a population of 10 thousand. Kyirong in Tibetan means “happy village”. Kyirong Town at 2700m, is one of the important towns in Kyirong County. Pagba Monastery, Chagar Monastery and Qiangzhen Monastery are main monasteries of Kyirong and Kyirong Jiangcun Nature Reserve is the famous beauty spot.

Up to 1960 one of the main trade routes between Nepal and Tibet passed through this region. Easily accessible from Nepal, it was used several times as an entrance gate for military actions from the site of Nepal against Tibet.

Upon arrival check in to the Hotel/Guest house.

Rest of the day is free to relax or explore around the town to acclimatize.

Overnight at the Hotel

Day 07: Ride to Kyirong Town to Saga (4640m/170kms/5hrs)

After breakfast, ride through the beautiful Tibetan landscape for 70 kms and arrive at Gyirong Zonga, the district headquarters of Kyirong County. We enter a valley, climb to a pass and then descend into another valley one after another and each one more scenic than the next with a scenic view of the famous Paikut Tso Lake. Finally after about 3 ½ - 4 hours, we get a glimpse of the mighty Brahmaputra river or locally known as “Tsang Po” and ride along its banks for a while and cross the bridge (newly constructed to arrive at the hustle and bustle of the Saga town. (In the earlier years, all passengers and vehicles had to be ferried across the river.)

Upon arrival, check in the guest house.

Rest of the day is free to relax or explore around the town.

Overnight at the Hotel

Day 08: Ride Saga to Shakya (4300m/323kms/8hrs)

Start the scenic ride from Saga to Sakya crossing over 5 passes, Heading to Sakya from an elevation of 4600 meters, the trail wends towards the South route. Now, the trail follows a route that brushes past Brahmaputra River. Further ahead, a river valley sprawls over and then traditional picturesque villages come into picture and Namring being one of the biggest. This scenically rewarding ride provides plenty of opportunities for photography. On this long day’s ride over the sandy and rocky landscape of Tibet, the views of the lakes, nomads chasing hundreds of yaks and sheep, keep you busy.

Upon arrival at Lhatse, a very big bustling town, continue further 26 km to Shakya.

Upon arrival at Shakya check in to the Hotel.

Overnight at the Hotel

Day 09: Ride Shakya to Gyantse (3950m/250kms/6hrs)

After breakfast visit Sakya Monastery, the centre of the Sakya order of Tibetan Buddhism, was founded in 1073 by Konchok Gyalpo and during the rule of Sakyapas, the priest patron relationship between Tibet and China was established. Sakyapa rulers reigned over Tibet for nearly a hundred years from 13-14th century. Many of its priceless images, fresco statues, Holy Scriptures remaining today date back to the time of its founding.

Later ride 26 kilometers to meet up with the main friendship highway, turn right and continue for another 126 kilometers on a flat stretch to Shigatse.

The route today is scenic with only a small pass of 4300 m. Upon arrival on the outskirts of the Shigatse City, we stop for lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, continue on to Gyantse. The 90 kilometer journey seems like hours because of the 40 kmph speed limit imposed by the traffic police. There are regular check posts as well as Patrol cars to strictly implement the rule.

Gyantse is a pastoral town and still retains the charm of a traditional Tibetan town untouched by modern expansion. It made world headlines in 1904 when Colonel Young husband, who led British Expedition to Tibet, defeated the Tibetan army there. As a crossroad on the principle trade route to India, it used to be renowned for the excellence of its carpets. The compound, encircled by an impressive wall, once contained 19 monasteries, presided over by the still intact fortress perched atop a nearby mountain.

Upon arrival, check into the hotel.

Late PM: Sightseeing tour of Gyantse Kumbum, one of the most unique and magnificent buildings in Tibet consisting of 6 storeys complete with a Buddhists Hall and a prayer hall. It has 112 chapels and its walls are adorned with religious paintings. Built in the 15th century, it has withstood all battles and revolutions since. We also visit the Pelkhor Chode Monastery located near the Khumbum, it was founded in the 15th century. It has been remarkably well preserved and many of the statues and paintings inside it date back to the time of its founding.

Overnight at the Gyantse Hotel

Day 10: Ride Gyantse to Lhasa via Lake Yamdrok (3656m/287kms/7hrs)

Set out of Gyantse for Nagartse (100 kms) near Lake Yamdrok passing the Simi La (4200 m) and driving on a trail with fantastic views of the turquoise blue waters of the man made lake caused by the dam for the hydro project. Later we also cross the Karo La (5010 m) and the ride to Nagartse, a small village near the Yamdrok lake and an ideal place for a lunch stop.

Then ride along the picturesque trail of the colorful Lake Yamdrok, the Tibetan lifeline of the river Brahma Putra (Yarlung Tsangpo). Yamdrok Tso or Turquoise Lake is a lake of a glaring blue that radiates a near mystical charm. It is about 240 kms in circumference and is more like an Island sea. There are Yak herders around and the lake itself supports a population of scale less fish in its non-saline waters. It is about 124 km from Lhasa.

Later we ascend to Kamba La (4,794m) and have an opportunity to meet the Yak Herders with their finely decorated Yaks and Tibetan Mastiffs. A great photo opportunity and one can take pictures on a Yak or with a bunch of decorated Tibetan Mastiffs for a fee.

From here we descend to the main road head before embarking on the grand finale entrance to the Lhasa City.

Lhasa - capital of Tibet at an altitude of 3650m is situated on the north bank of the Kyichu River in the province of U (central Tibet). Two high craggy hills stand up in isolation from the valley floor. One, Red Hill, is topped by the Potala Palace and the other, Chockpori or Iron Hill, is crowned by a tall antenna. Lhasa in Tibetan means "Place of the Gods" and Potala Palace " the residence of the Dalai Lama (the god king), is the earthly representation of the celestial Palace of Avaloketswora, the Buddha of infinite compassion whose incarnation in the human form is believed to be the Dalai Lama. As Tibet’s political, religious and cultural centre it is a city truly blessed by the gods, where life is unhurried, is people jovial and yet remaining staunchly independent.

Lhasa consists of two district parts consisting of different architecture, population and lifestyle. Old Lhasa, the Tibetan section, centers around the Jokhang Temple. Its streets are narrow, between white washed stone houses whose walls slope inward as they rise. Windows are framed in black trapezoids, with protruding fan shaped eaves above. Many houses have brightly painted woodwork. The Chinese section, was built in the last 30 years around the base of the Potala. It is characterized by straight, broad streets and utilitarian buildings that house Chinese style department stores and all kinds of government houses.

In spite of its forced pace of modernization, Lhasa has not lost its soul. It is a friendly city where a Tibetan will always return a smile.

Overnight at the Hotel

Day 11: Sightseeing Tour of Lhasa

AM: Visit Potala Palace - this architectural wonder - a spectacular edifice whose gold roofs soar high above the town and rise more than 300 meters above the valley floor and can be seen from all directions for miles around. The Potala Palace was built mainly during the Fifth Dalai Lama's reign in 1645-1693 and remained the centre of political and religious power for the Dalai Lamas until the 14th.

With over 1000 rooms, it contains the living quarters of the Dalai Lamas and their magnificent golden tombs after their death. Regents, tutors and other high lamas had apartments in the palace too. The Potala held the offices of government, a huge printing house and a seminary run by the elite order of monks who surrounded the God-King to train government officials. Hundreds of elaborately decorated chapels and shrines, halls and corridors contain thousands of gilded statues - Tibet's pantheon of Buddhas, Boddisattvas, saints and demons.

Today the Potala is a statue museum with 35 caretaker monks, but to thousands of Tibetan pilgrims, it remains a beloved shrine.

PM: Visit the Jokhang Temple : Situated in the heart of old Lhasa, it houses Tibet’s most precious religious relic, a golden Shakyamuni Buddha which was brought as a gift by the Chinese Princess Wen Cheng on the occasion of her wedding to the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gompo.

JOKHANG dates back from the 7th century A.D. Legend says that Songtsen Gampo, who built the temple, threw his ring into the air, promising to build a temple where it landed. The ring fell into a lake and struck a rock where a white stupa miraculously appeared - an auspicious sign. Surrounding the Jokhang Temple is the bustling Barkhor market place which is the religious and social focus of Lhasa. This, the spiritual centre of Tibet, is also the heart of Lhasa.

After the sightseeing tour, return to the hotel.

PM: Met by the Road captain and Mechanic and bikes are introduced. Proceed for a short ride around Lhasa City to familiarize yourself with your bike and make necessary adjustments if required.

Overnight at the Hotel

Day 12: Ride to Ganden & Sera Monastery (70kms/2hrs)

After breakfast met by the riding crew and ride towards Ganden Monastery - Located 45 km east of Lhasa along the road that follows the south bank of the Kyi Chu River, Ganden Monastery denotes the Paradise of Tushita and the abode of Jampa, The Future Buddha. Ganden is the foremost Monastery of the Gelugpa Sect. It is also the most devasted. Of all the Great Six Monasteries (Ganden, Sera, Drepung, Tashilumpo, Labrang and Kumbum) of the Yellow Hat sect, none suffered as disastrously as Ganden. Before the holocaust, over 2000 monks lived here. Now there are 300.

The monastery, one of Gelugpa’s Great six was is built on a ridge called Gokpo Ri, the site where Tsong Khapa first meditated inorder to choose a place for the main monastery of the sect. Ganden’s foundation was laid in 1409. Later return to the hotel in Lhasa.

PM: Visit Sera Monastery:

5 kms (3 miles) north of Lhasa. Sera’s setting is one of Lhasa’s prettiest. Once a community of more than 5,000 monks, it is virtually extinguished by the Chinese. Now the restored monastery sits below the brow of a hill on which Tsongkhapa built a hermitage and spent several years meditating. One of the monk’s disciples began building Sera in 1419, completing it a few years later.

After the sightseeing tour return to the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel

Day 13: Ride Lhasa to Shigatse (3950m/280kms/7hrs)

After breakfast set out for Shigatse via the northern route. The route today is relatively straight forward but scenic at times when we ride along the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra River).

Upon arrival at Shigatse check in to the guest house.

Overnight at the Hotel

Day 14: Ride Shigatse to Shegar (4300m/245kms/6hrs)

AM: : After breakfast, proceed for the sightseeing tour of the Panchen Lama’s Tashilhumpo Monastery founded in 1447 AD by Gendun Drup, the first Dalai Lama. It is the seat of the Panchen Lama who is second to the Dalai Lama in Tibetan Buddhist Hierarchy. The 5th Dalai Lama in declared that his teacher, then the Abbot of Tashilhunpo, who a manifestation of the Buddha Amitabha and the Panchen Rinpochhe. Tashilhumpo has one of the world’s largest statues - a 9 storeyed gilded bronze statue of Maitriya, the future Buddha. Also visit the Flea Market of Shigatse and browse around this ancient market looking for souveniers.

After the sightseeing tour, set out for the ride to Shegar (269 kms). Leave Shigatse and continue on the Friendship Highway to arrive at Lhatse in 3½ hours (156 kms).Then ascend to highest Gyatso La pass at 5228 m which is marked by an array of prayer flags and a gate. This is the highest point on this stretch of the ride. Descend a little and weather permitting; one can get a glimpse of Mt. Everest. Continue to descend and arrive at New Tingri/Shegar, a big bustling town in about 2 hours (113 kms).

Shegar is surrounded by mountains and is another town that lies in the shadow of a great fortress. Even in ruins it is majestic. Seeming to grow out of the craggy brown rock, its sinuous wall bristles with watchtowers like stegosaurus spines. Isolated in 1855 by marauding Nepalese in search of booty, the Gurkhas cut off the dzong’s water supply and settled in for a long siege. Shegar proper has little to recommend except the highest post office in China.

Overnight at the Hotel

Day 15: Ride Shegar to Rongbuk and EBC excursion (5100m/112Kms/4hrs)

From Shegar, set out for Rongbuk and arrive at the army check post where passports and permits are checked. After the completion of the formalities, ride for another 4 kilometers to arrive at a marker showing the diversion to the Everest Base Camp.

Enter 2 kms into the newly constructed gateway to arrive at another check post which is operated by the Quomolomgma National Park and is the gateway into the Quolomongma (Everest National Park). Here it is mandatory to present all the National Park entry permits for clients as well as the vehicles.

After receiving clearance, ascend on a zig zag trail to Gyawla Pass at (5200 m) which is strewed with prayer flags. A few entrepreneurs set up shop selling souvenirs, prayer flags and tea / cold drinks / can juice. Pilgrims purchase these prayer flags and after writing the names of the family members stretch them along the hillsides. It is believed that as the wind flutters the flags, their prayers reach heaven.

After a stop to view the Himalayas, descend once again zig zagging our way on 100 switchbacks all the way to the settlement of Tashi Dzom. After a turn, we suddenly arrive at Rongbuk and the Lodges. In the distance, towering above everything else is the magnificent and awe inspiring view of Mt. Everest – Mother of the Earth at 8848 m. Upon arrival, take a break for lunch at the Rongbuk Guest House.

As lunch is being prepared, a visit to the Rongbuk Monastery is quite an interesting and enjoyable one.

After lunch follow the dirt road south and the Dzakar Chu (river), now much reduced in volume, is on your right. Soon the valley broadens and the road leaves the river to continue its ascent on the other side, swerving to avoid a rockslide. At the base of the slide is chorten; at its top are the ruins of the Samdrupo Nunnery (a small chapel has been rebuilt). Here is now situated the tented settlement of Dza Rongphu and beyond it is a stone marker “Quomolongma Base Camp - 5200 m.”

To go further from here requires an additional permit to either Advance Base Camp or a climbing permit for Mt. Everest.

After a photo stop, spend some time at the tented city for a cup of tea/ noodle soup or shop for souvenirs or even send a post card from the mobile post office which is considered to be the highest post office in the world at 5200m.

Later get geared up and then set off for Rongbuk and check into the Rongbuk Monastery Guest House.

Overnight at the Rongbuk Monastery Guest House

Day 16: Ride Rongbuk to Tingri (4348m/78kms/3hrs)

After breakfast, set out for Tingri by retracing the route from Everest Base camp till the 26 kilometer marker. Leave the main road and take the small dirt track on the left leading to the river. Cross the bridge and head off with a steady climb through scattered Tibetan settlements. The road passes directly through the village and then descends steeply. On the other side of the ridge, we then start the climb through valleys with scenic views of the Tibetan landscape and fast flowing river to the highest plateau of the world. This area is still dry and dusty and has not been paved yet and allows for some entertaining off road riding.

Dusty and weary we arrive at the high Tibetan plateau with good views of Cho Oyu (8201 m) and enter the settlement of Tingri in about 3 hours by covering a distance of 70 kilometers. Tingri used to be an important trading post where Sherpas from Nepal

exchanged rice, grain and iron for Tibetan wool, livestock and salt. It gives its name to the broad upland basin more than 4,500 meters high that is known as the Tingri plain. Shallow, fast-flowing rivers of melted snow water make its grassy meadowland ideal for grazing by livestock.

Upon arrival check in to the guest house and rest of the day is free to explore around the town or just relax amidst views of Mt. Everest (8848 m) and Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m).

Overnight at the Hotel / Lodge

Day 17: Ride Tingri to Kyirong via Paikut Tso (2700m/286kms/7hrs)

From Tingri we ride on the highest plateau of the world with typical view of the Tibetan landscape offering sheer feeling of standing on the roof of the world. Cross the Lalung La (5,200m) and Thong La (5050 m) from where, weather permitting, here is a breathtaking panorama of beautiful Himalayan ranges including Mt. Everest (8,848m) but is dwarfed by the vastness of the Tibetan plateau.

The road passes through the desolate plain of Digur Tang with its enormous sand dunes and the snowcapped peaks of Shishapangma (8012m.) and Langtang (7232m.) in close proximity to the south. Leaving the Bum- Chu basin we descend towards Pelkhu Tso (4600m.) a stunningly beautiful lake into which the glacial streams of Da-Chu and Lha-Chu drain.

After spending some time at lake continue ride to Gyirong Dzongka and then another 70 kilometers brings us to Kyirong Town.

Upon arrival check in to the Hotel.

Rest of the day is free to relax or explore around the town. (Note : The afternoon is spent

processing our exit permits for Motorcycles at the Customs office).

Overnight at the Hotel

Day 18: Ride Kyirong Town to Nuwakot (1000m/80kms/4hrs)

After breakfast, ride down 27 kms to Raswagadi, the border of Nepal and Tibet. Here the porters will transfer the luggage to the Nepal side across the bridge. Bid farewell to our Guide and driver from Tibet, complete Chinese Immigration and then cross the small makeshift bridge and enter Rasuwa gadhi, Nepal.

Met by representatives from Nepal to assist and complete Nepal Customs and Immigration.

Rasuwa is rich in natural resources. Langtang mountain range stands to the north of Rasuwa. The northern parts of the area largely fall within the boundaries of Langtang National Park. Gosainkunda Lake, Ganja La Pass, and Tamang village in Bridim are the major highlights of Rasuwa for tourism. The Goshainkunda Lake, also known as "Frozen Lake", one of the most beautiful mountain lakes lies in the Langtang region. There are about 108 kundas (lakes) in this area. Saraswati Kund, Bhairab Kund, Surya Kund and Gosaikund are most important ones. Langtang valley is another attraction in Rasuwa which is aptly called the valley of glaciers; mountains rise soaring toward the sky. The valley offers pine forest, swift mountain streams, rugged rock and snow-capped peaks, grassy down and meadows strewn with daisies and wild animals.

The ride from here is along the Pasang Lhamu highway with switch backs and dirt sections. This section of the highway is vulnerable to landslides and regular blockades during the monsoons. As we descend along the winding road, we will ride along the edge of the Langtang national park which will fall on your left. Most of the ride today will be slow and steady as this section is the major entry for goods to Kathmandu from China. We will come across big trucks and the road is just big enough for it. So giving way and waiting turns at corners and narrow stretches is time consuming.

80kms ride from the border brings us to a small town of Bidur. From the traffic junction we take a left and climb 9kms to The Famoud Farm Resort.

Upon arrival, check into the hotel.

Rest of the day is free to relax and explore the ancient Nuwakot Palace close by.

Day 19: Ride Nuwakot to Kathmandu (1370m/72kms/3hrs)

AM: sightseeing tour of Nuwakot Durbar (Palance) and surrounding.

Well talking about Nuwakot Durbar (Palae). The palace is at the top of a hill, 7 kilometers away from the headquater of Nuwakot district. The hills are full of huge jungle. Nuwakot Durbar is also known as “Saat Talle Durbar” means seven storied palace. Nuwakot Durbar is one of the historic with ancient wood carving and sculptures that aged back to seventeenth century were fabulous piece of artifact. Beside Nuwakot durbarthere was Rani Mahal where dancers used to dance for the kings.

As the palace has been converted to museum, it is open for all to see that past life of the royals. Each floor of the palace has got its own distinctive character. Nuwakot district itself has got very qnique and rare structure. This district is moon shaped in the map of Nepal. The Trishuli River will make you feel calm and relaxed with its fresh air and melodious flow. The river also hides the most valuable metallic mineral, the river roars at night which can be heard from the very distance. It gives such a heavenly pleasure that anyone can have sound sleep and lost in the dreams of mysterious Nuwakot District.

After a quick breakfast, we head out towards Kathmandu. The route from here is on a dirt track. The red clay makes a sharp contrast with the blue of the Trishuli River. The road, at places, is full of pot holes caused by the big trucks and busses that ply this route and so riding is a bit difficult. A dust mask is essential by the constant traffic. There is an increase in traffic of motorcycle riders during holidays as many revelers are seen picnicking along the river banks.

The beauty of the area is not easily forgotten. The rolling hills, the Trishuli River, ethnic villages, suspension bridges all make it a very interesting ride. A little after Bahun Besi, the small village of Kosh kade is located on the other side of the suspension bridge which is the venue for annual Bullfighting festival that takes place during Maghe Sakranti festival in January.

After about 1 ½ hours of dirt track, the end of this stretch of road is a steep, uneven descent till the suspension bridge. Enter a busy and populated settlement of Devi Ghat and then set out for another kilometer to meet up with the main road from Trishuli Bazaar. From here, the road is black topped and riding along a path lined with pine trees for another 10 kilometers brings us to the famous Trishuli Bazaar and a great place for a much deserved lunch break.

After lunch, the 72 kilometer ride to Kathmandu is an interesting one. Firstly, we retrace our ride for about 10 minutes through the hustle and bustle of the Trishuli Bazaar and then take the road to Kakani. Firstly, it is a steep winding descent but the scenery is fantastic. Deep forested areas, with clear flowing streams and waterfalls provide visitors of what Nepal is all about. The Langtang himal from “TADI” in the far distance is a beauty to behold. The riders wind their way up the narrow forested mountain road enjoying the view of the mountains, the colourful landscape and the small roadside settlements where time seems to stand still.

As one comes to the top of the ridge at Rani Pauwa, there are signs that points to the trout farms which have been a blessing in disguise for the economy of the region. The cool mountain air, the cold waters of fast flowing mountain streams has been ideal for trout farming and people all the way from Kathmandu come here on weekends to enjoy this delicacy. The farms here supply much of the requirements of the restaurants and hotels of the Kathmandu City.

Deep friend trout with “Piro Golbheda ko Achar” (hot and spicy tomato pickle) is just what the doctor recommends and is accompanied by a salad of fresh radish and carrots, another favorite from this region.

The route from Rani Pauwa slowly descends via Kakani to Balaju and the sunset over Mt.Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Dorji Lakpa etc. from Kakani is magnificent. Enroute, there are steep bends and descents and so the riders need to be extra careful with the oncoming traffic from Kathmandu. The army check post below Nagarjung checks everyone for any illegal plants or animals. As one descends into the Kathmandu valley, the view of the Kathmandu City, a cluster of dense concrete jungle greets us and we mill into the traffic at Gongabu to slowly negotiate our way towards out hotel.

EVE: farewell dinner

Overnight at Kathmandu

Day 20: Final departure

After breakfast, met by representative and transferred to the airport for the onward flight home. (Reporting time is at least 3hrs before flight time)

Dates & Services

  

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The Service Includes:

  • Royal Enfield 500cc (UCE)  with fuel
  • Team leader/Road Captain.
  • Backup vehicle to carry luggage, spare parts and mechanic’s for the entire trip as per the itinerary. Mechanical Team with spare parts & tool kit.
  • Accommodation twin sharing.
  • All meals (in buffet)
  • Mineral Water & Juice
  • Medical kit(inc .oxygen cylinder )
  • Map
  • Your club/Company t-shirt
  • Stickers  of your club/Company on motor bikes
  • Photos & video
  • Pick and dropping at bus stand/kullu airport  
  • Farewell party
  • Cultural program
  • Inner line permits & monuments entry


The Service Excludes:

  • International /Domestic flights
  • Visa
  • Motorbike damage will be covered from your Refundable security amount
  • Medical insurance/Travel insurance coverage
  • Trip extension in case of road blockage /Natural crisis.
  • Riding Gears.
  • Personal insurance and evacuation charges
  • All expenses of personal nature such as Alcohol, laundry etc.
  • Insurance against or for accidents / loss of life, loss of goods etc.
  • Third party insurance.
  • Tips to guides, drivers etc.
  • Any item not included in the above "cost Includes".

Terms and conditions

 

1. Online Booking
A deposit of 30% of the total estimated bill is requiredto hold the booking on a confirm basis at least 90 days before the tour starts.

2. Security deposit
Required deposit: Rs. 10000/- per bike & one original ID proof. Refundable if there is no damage on the bike.

3. Cancellation and refunds
40% of the total estimated bill is refundable until 30 days before the tour starts. Above the stipulated time, 20% will be reimbursed.

4. Responsibility of the applicant
-The company is not responsible in case of physical or fatal injuries.

-The company is not responsible for the bikes damages. If the body, clutch plates or riding gears are damaged because of rough riding the applicant will be charged.

5. Trip extension
If unforeseen circumstances necessitate a trip extension or if the participants decide to extend the motorbike tour, additional costs will be charged to them.

6. Unexpected disruptions
Hardev Motors organizes guided motorcycle tours in some of the wildest areas on earth, accordingly the weather and environment can be unstable especially in the Himalayas.
Company is not responsible for changes in the itinerary or program  that are a result of roadblocks, landslides, monsoon, heavy rain or snow fall and any natural crisis.

7. Rights
HM Holds the rights to refuse/ remove you while on a tour In case of   not follow the rules of ride /command of team leader/Unacceptable behavior with other group members etc. No amount is refundable in that situation.

8. Conditions to participate in our rides
To participate as a rider an individual has to be equal or above the age of 18 years at the time of the tour and be in possession of a valid motorcycle driving license and international driving license (for foreigners), be in good health condition and have at least 2 or 3 years experience in riding a motorcycle.

As a pillion, an individual has to be equal or above the age of 12 years at the time of the tour, in good health condition and with at least some motorcycle co-riding experience.

9.Number of participants
A minimum of 6 riders is required to start a tour.

 

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