12 Days Cultural and Natural Tibetan Treasures Discovery Tour

LhasaBasomtso LakeLulang Forest SeaSamye MonasteryYamdrok LakeShigatseTashilhunpo Monastery

Tibet is acknowledged one of the most mysterious and beautiful places in the world. Our exclusive motorcycle tour offers you the opportunity to ride through stunning Tibetan landscapes while enjoying views of iconic landmarks such as Lakes Yamdrok and Namtso as well as Mr. Everest. This journey is further enhanced by visits to some of Tibet's most revered Buddhist locations including Jokhang Temple and Sera Monastery in Lhasa. Your Tibetan adventure is sure to be a remarkable experience that will stay with you for years to come.

Classic Cultural & Natural Tibetan Treasures Discovery Tour

  • Difficulty
  • Riding Time/Day
  • Sightseeing

12 days vacation, 8 riding days

  1. Arrival in Lhasa
  2. Application for a local motorcycle driver's license
  3. Potala PalaceJokhang TempleBarkhor StreetSera Monastery
  4. LhasaBasomtso Lake365 KM
  5. Basomtso LakeBayi TownSerchen La passLulangForest SeaBomi360 KM
  6. BomiMitu GlacierBomi240 KM
  7. BomiBayi Town235 KM
  8. Bayi TownGyatsa309 KM
  9. GyacaSamye MonasteryTsetang150 KM
  10. TsetangYamdrok LakeGyantse320 KM
  11. GyantseShigatseLhasa370 KM
  12. Departure from Lhasa
Nearest Airport
Gongkar Airport
Duration
12 days vacation, 8 riding days
Route Total Riding Distance
1460 miles / 2349 KM
Accommodations
Comfortable middle-class hotels and hostel
Destionation
LhasaBasomtso LakeLulang Forest SeaSamye MonasteryYamdrok LakeShigatseTashilhunpo Monastery
  1. Lhasa

    Lhasa 3,650m

    Welcome to Tibet, the Roof of the World! Your journey begins at Lhasa where you will be picked up by your tour guide at the airport and escorted to the hotel. You will have the rest of the day to explore the city on your own and acclimatize to the high altitude. Overnight hotel accommodations in Lhasa.

    Tips of the day:

    As part of the acclimatization, we recommend that you avoid strenuous exercise and even bathing. You would better to take some rest and drink plenty of water.

  2. Lhasa

    Lhasa 3,650m

    On this day, your guide will assist with the paperwork to obtain your local motorcycle driver's license. The rest of the day can be spend on adapting to the high altitude and exploring the city on your own. Overnight hotel accommodations in Lhasa.

  3. Potala PalaceJokhang TempleBarkhor StreetSera Monastery

    Lhasa 3,650m

    We start today’s Lhasa exploration with an exciting visit to iconic Potala Palace, regarded as one of the most beautiful buildings in the world.In addition,you will also visit Jokhang Temple which is considered the spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism.Our trip would not be complete without walking Barkhor Street, the ancient route to circumambulate Jokhang Temple.The last site of the day will be the famous Sear Monastery,where you will have the opportunity to observe monks debating in a courtyard as they have done for hundreds of years. Overnight hotel accommodations in Lhasa.

    Tips of the day:

    • 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, plase bring some water, a hat, sun screen and sun glasses.
  4. LhasaBasomtso Lake365 KM

    Basomtso Lake 3,490m

    A thrilling motorcycle ride is about to begin today!
    We will leave the hotel after breakfast to follow the Lhasa River with its blue-green waters and panoramic mountain backdrops. Our journey continues on the Nyingte - Lhasa highway, considered the most scenic highways in China. Breathtaking views continue as we arrive at Basomtso Lake that located at an altitude of 3538 m. This majestic lake is surrounded by glaciers, mountains, and forests all of which are beautifully reflected in the mirror-like waters of Basomtso. Nicknamed "Little Switzerland" for its spectacular charm, Lake Basomtso is sure to be one of the highlights of the day. Overnight hotel accommodations in Basomtso Lake.

  5. Basomtso LakeBayi TownSerchen La passLulang Forest SeaBomi360 KM

    Bomi 2,750m

    As we leave Basomtso Lake toward Bayi town we will cross the Serchen La pass (4,720m) from where, weather permitting, we will be rewarded with views of the Himalaya giant Namcha Barwa (7,782m). We stop for a leisurely hike to reach Lulang Forest, a glacier and mountain meadow known as a fairyland due to its year round breathtaking scenery. Here, we will appreciate authentic Tibetan rural lifestyles before departing to Bomi. Overnight hotel accommodations in Bomi.

  6. BomiMitu GlacierBomi240 KM

    Bomi 2,750m

    Have your camera ready as today we set out to Mitu Glacier, one of the most beautiful glaciers in all of China. We will enjoy this stunning natural treasure before returning to Bomi. Overnight hotel accommodations in Bomi.

  7. BomiBayi Town230 KM

    Bayi Town 2,900m

    After breakfast we set out from Bomi along the scenic road, and back to Bayi Town enjoying views of Mt. Namjagbarwa. Overnight hotel accommodations in Bayi Town.

  8. Bayi TownGyatsa310 KM

    Gyatsa 3,260m

    Our morning ride starts by following the Yartung Zangbo River as we head to Gyatsa. Dazzling mountain panoramas will accompany us on our journey. Overnight hotel accommodations in Gyatsa.

  9. GyatsaChosumTsetang190 KM

    Tsetang 3,560m

    Today we leave Gyatsa and pass through Chosum and Tsetang to arrive later at Danang where we will have the opportunity to visit Samye Monastery. This site is of particular historical and spiritual importance as it was the first official monastery built in Tibet. The three jewels of Buddhism (Buddha, Dharma and Sangha) are present within the mandala design of this monastery.Overnight hotel accommodations in Tsetang.

  10. TsetangYamdrok LakeNagartseGyantse320 KM

    Gyantse 4,040m

    Heading away from Tsetang, we will once more follow the tranquil waters of Yarlung Zangbo River on our way to sacred Yamdrok Lake located at an altitude of 4,400m. Yamdrok is the largest freshwater lake on the northern Himalayan Range and is surrounded by fantastic mountain views such as that of Nejin Kangtsang rising at 7191 m. above sea level. Our day continues riding through Nagartse to arrive at Gyantse for our overnight hotel accommodations.

  11. GyantseShigatseLhasa300 KM

    Our day begins with a visit to the official seat of the Panchen Lama: Tashilhunpo Monastery, is the largest and most influential Gelug monastery in the Shigatse Prefecture. We will have the opportunity to walk the cobblestone alleys and visit halls and chapels in this culturally important site. Later in on the day, our ride through the Tibetan Plateau takes us back to Lhasa for returning our motorcycle. Overnight hotel accommodations in Lhasa.

  12. Lhasa

    Lhasa 3,650m

    This morning we will say farewell to Tibet, our guides and driver as this amazing journey comes to the end. We will arrange the transfer to Lhasa airport for your flight.

Tour cost includes

  1. Accommodations as indicated in the itinerary with double standard (11 nights).
  2. Daily breakfast.
  3. All monastery and scenic entrance fees as per itinerary.
  4. Motorcycle (depends on which type you choose).
  5. All necessary permits.
  6. One bilingual local guide and travel agency service charge.
  7. Travel accident insurance (coverage is only in effect for the duration of the tour, including arrival and return dates).
    Motor vehicle insurance (coverage is only the time of riding, including the lift and return of the motorcycle).
  8. One tourist van with driver for luggage and maintenance tools.

Tour cost excludes

  1. Meals other than breakfast.
  2. Flights to and from Tibet.
  3. Gratuities (tips) for guides and drivers.
  4. Personal expenses such as snacks, beverages,laundry, telephone calls, etc.
  5. Any expenses other than mentioned under tour cost includes heading.
  6. Additional activities or services or any other expenses not listed as "included."

Required information

  1. Scanned copy of the current and valid motorcycle license from your country.
  2. Scanned copy of your passport and tourist visa (If you work in China, you need to provide work visa and on-the-job certification).

Important Notes

  1. Participants must be over 18 years of age, in good health and must bear a Tibet Entry Permit.
    A motorcycle license from the People's Republic of China is required to rent and ride motorcycles in Tibet.
  2. Please wear a helmet conforming to DOT international standards, riding clothes, riding pants, riding gloves, riding boots, etc (Note: We have a small quantity of men's pull-on suit for rent (excluding helmets, gloves, riding boots).
  3. Passengers on a motorcycle are strictly prohibited. Only one person is permitted on a motorcycle at all times.
  4. Please contact our customer service staff immediately if you are in an accident during your ride.

About the tour

  1. Environment: Tibet is culturally and spiritually rich and it possesses unparalleled natural beauty. Its ancient cultures can still be felt and seen throughout the plateau given that many regions within Tibet remain undeveloped. As such, hotels accommodations are moderate, water can be scarce at times and electricity is not always reliable and/or available in all areas. This tour has been designed to offer a variety of natural and cultural highlights that provide an amazing travel experience. The demanding itinerary calls for long distances on challenging road conditions. Thus, participants must possess an intermediate to advance skill level.
  2. Health concerns: Due to Tibet's high altitude, participants are encouraged to obtain a comprehensive physical examination as well as get plenty of rest and sleep prior to traveling to Tibet. Abstaining from tobacco and alcohol use is also recommended before the commencement of trip in order to prevent upper respiratory infections.
  3. Items of daily use: Personal First Aid items are recommended such as sun screen, lip sun screen, lip balm, antiseptic cream, anti-diarrhea medicine and broad spectrum antibiotics (participants must contact their doctor). Given that temperatures can range greatly from morning to evening, long-sleeve clothes, a wool sweater, and a jacket are recommended in addition to sunglasses and a sun hat.
  4. Road conditions: Landslides as well as rock and mud slides occur from time to time during Tibet's rainy season. A full or partial refund will not be issued should the itinerary be interrupted by weather conditions or natural disasters.
  5. Culture: Participants are expected to be mindful and respectful of the local culture and traditions. Participants must walk clockwise when visiting temples, chapels, pagodas and similar structures. When in doubt, please consult your guide prior to engaging in a culturally or spiritually sensitive activity.
  6. Safety issues: Tibet is considered a safe place with friendly inhabitants; however, it is recommended that participants are aware of their surroundings and guard their valuables. Exploring areas in pairs or as a group is advisable to avoid unforeseen dangers.

Important health considerations

    Participants with any of the following conditions, you 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.
  5. 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.