A 12-day trip in the mysterious Buddhist kingdom of Tibet which for centuries has fascinated travelers of all times with its pilgrims murmuring mantras, the fabulous monasteries, the splendid views of the highest mountains in the world. The itinerary offers a 360-degree visit of Lhasa and its surroundings, up to go to Gyantse and Shigatse in the province of Tsang. The Tibetan upland, closed to the south by the Himalaya chain, ranges between 3500 m and 5000 meters. The best time for a visit is from late April to early November,whereas July and August can be rainy and winters can be cold. A trip to Tibet requires an excellent spirit of adaptation for the inconviniences related to high altitudes, for long rides on roads that are not always in good condition, for modest accommodations outside Lhasa, for poor cuisine. Local guides speak English.
MINIMUM 8 PARTICIPANTS
Departure from Italy to Chengdu with scheduled flight operated by Thay Airways or other IATA carrier in economy class. Meals and overnight stay in flight.
Arrival in Chengdu in the early afternoon. Meeting with the local assistant and transfer to the hotel. Collection of the permit to enter Tibet. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Lhasa. Arrival in Lhasa in the afternoon. Transfer to the hotel with local assistant. Time available to acclimatise. Overnight stay.
Breakfast at the hotel. Day dedicated to the visit of Lhasa, the heart and soul of Tibet, residence for centuries of the Dalai Lama and destination of pilgrimages, is still a city of great charm. In the 7th century AD it became an important center of administrative power and the Yarlung kings ruled it for about 250 years. Since 1642 it has been the capital of Tibet and most of the historical sites are dated back to this era. The Potala, with its white and ocher nuances. dominates the panorama of the city; although its symbolic meaning is strong, the spiritual center is Jokhang, the most sacred and popular temple in Tibet. The Barkhor surrounds it with the kora, the animated pilgrimage circuit of devotees walking clockwise, the street musicians and the stalls selling sacred objects. Overnight stay.
Breakfast at the hotel. Day dedicated to the completion of customs formalities and collection of the Chinese license to start your motorcycle tour in the Land of the Dalai Lama. Overnight stay.
Breakfast. In the morning and departure for Gyantse, located 280 km south-west of Lhasa at an altitude of 3950 m. Along the way you will be able to admire the shining Yamdrok lake (4488 m above sea level) which with the clear sky takes on a wonderful intense turquoise shade. It is a winding lake, several hundred meters deep, and it is one of the four sacred lakes in the country. Arrival in Gyantse, famous for its kumbum, which literally means "100,000 images" and contains splendid Tibetan paintings and sculptures. The kumbum is a chorten (or Tibetan stupa) which is used as a reliquary. It was commissioned in 1427 by one of the first princes of Gyantse. The chorten is 35 meters high and is surmounted by a golden dome, the climb reaches ever higher levels of the tantric path. You will proceed along the river YarlungTsangpo, situated in the middle of the Tibetan upland, and go with the Yak to the grazing lang, up until Shigatse, an important commercial and administrative centre. Overnight stay in Shigatse.
Breakfast at the hotel. Before getting back on the road, you will visit the Monastery of Tashilhunpo, founded in 1447,and official residence of the Panchen Lama, who, by tradition, lives there. The title Panchen stands for "Great Scholar" and it was traditionally given to the abbots of Tashilhunpo. You will proceed across Thong La Pass (5.050 m above sea level) from where, if you're lucky, you can admire the breathtaking view of Mount Everest!! and then to the highest point, Lalung La Pass (5.200 m above sea level) until Tingri for the overnight stay.
Breakfast at the hotel. It will take only few kilometres to arrive to the heart of your journey. After passing Gyawu La Pass (5.198 m above the sea), the road passes across some appealing views, up until Rongphu... The road, characterised by a sequence of bends and Himalayan passes, will leave you breathless once you reach Rongphu, when the highest Mountain in the world, Mount Everest, will be so close and so majestic in front of your eyes!! You will have all the time in the world to enjoy its gigantic beauty before going back to Tingri.
Overnight stay in Tingri.
Breakfast in the monastery. You'll start your tour back to Lhasa by traversing again the Tibetan upland up until Shigatse. Overnight stay.
Breakfast at the hotel. The road will take you up north of Lhasa, where you will ride through the most remote and least known part of Tibet, until the small village of Damxung. Overnight stay in Guesthouse.
Breakfast at the hotel. The colors of the Tibetan prayers will match the deep blue Namtso Lake, the last sight before going back to Lhasa across the 5.200 mt of Nagen La Pass. Arrival at Lhasa in the afternoon and release of the rented motorbikes. Accomodation in the hotel. Overnight stay
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for the flight back to Italy from Beijing, Chengdu or Kathmandu.
Tariff per person, starting from:
|From 15 May 2020 to 30 May 2020||€ 5,940|
(B / L / D): B = breakfast; L = lunch; D = Dinner
ROUTE ROAD WITH EASY ROAD TRAILS
The itinerary could be modified according to the operations of internal flights.
Depending on the travel time and the conditions of the roads, the order in which the visits are made may be subject to change.
To participate in this trip you need a Chinese visa, a passport which must be valid for 6 months and have 1 free page, and 1 passport photo to be sent to Go Biker no later than 30 days before departure.
Lhasa : Four Point Sheraton (4 *)
Gyantse : Hotel Gyantse (2*/3 *)
Shigatse : Shigatse Hotel (2*/3 *)
Rongbuk : Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse
Damxung: Guesthouse 2/3*
OPERATIVE FLIGHTS INDICATIVE
TG 941 15MAY MXP / BKK 1405/0555 + 1
TG 618 16MAY BKK / CTU 1050/1500
MU5825 17MAY CTU / LXA 0930/1145
TG 320 29MAY KTM / BKK 1330/1815
TG 940 30MAY BKK / MXP 0040/0735
Individual participation fees, starting from:
|Price per person, based on 8 participants||In double room|
|Motorcycle rider participation fee – BMW GS 800||€ 5,940.00|
|Airport taxes subject to change||€ 205.00|
|Individual Chinese visa||€ 110.00|
|Entry fee||€ 65.00|
The tariff includes
The tariff does not include
Exchange rate : 1 Euro = 1.14 USD
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