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Roof of the World Adventure

Roof 1Our 'Roof of the World' motorcycle adventure, from Kathmandu to Lhasa and back, is a true adventure into Tibet, forbidden to Westerners for so many years. If you thirst after firsts, here's just the ride!. And we include a visit to Everest Base Camp. Our Tibet accommodation is in hotels and guesthouses (some basic, but NO camping!), and all meals and snacks are included.


  • Mount Everest
  • Potala Palace
  • Kathmandu streetlife
  • Yamdrok Tso lake
  • Village marketsTib-KatMap


DAY 1 ARRIVE KATHMANDU. We will greet you personally upon your arrival in Kathmandu and transfer you to our hotel, where you can unwind after the long flight and enjoy some R&R by the pool. If there’s time you can go out and explore this great city. This evening we have an introductory meeting to get to know each other. Yak & Yeti Hotel.

DAY 2 KATHMANDU (50 km). Today we’ll take you on a sightseeing tour of the city to give you a chance to recover from your flight, and prepare for the high altitude riding to come. We’ll take in sights such as the Syambanath (monkey temple), ancient Hindu and Buddhist temple complexes, Bodnath stupa (one of the holiest Buddhist sites), Pashupatinath (an ancient Hindu temple complex), and burning ghats on the Bagamati River. After lunch we’ll pick up the bikes and head off for an afternoon ride into the countryside. And then there are the markets, and the nightlife to enjoy. Yak & Yeti Hotel.

TIB-Kat9to10DAY 3 KATHMANDU – KYIRONG (100 km).    Our first day’s ride takes us out of Kathmandu and up toward the Nepal/Tibet border and the newly established crossing at Kyirong. The ride might be short, but it will be busy. With the closing of the Kodari/Zangmu border due to the 2015 earthquake, the majority of the goods traffic between Nepal and Tibet takes place over this road.  It is a shorter ride than to Kodari, but equally beautiful, winding up along the Trishuli river and along and through Nepal’s Langtang National Park. We’ll climb from Kathmandu’s 1,400 meters to Gerung/Kyirong’s 4100 m in just under 100 km and as we do we’ll pass from rich and dense jungle up, up, up and into Tibet’s High desert mountains.  We’ll plan to arrive by early afternoon to take care of border formalities and sleep on the Tibet side of the border.

DAY 4 KYIRONG-OLD TINGRE (280 km). Today’s ride takes us north and east along an as yet relatively undiscovered by tourists stretch of road before meeting up with the main pilgrimage route to Kailash. Instead of turning west toward that holiest of mountain, we’ll go east toward Lhasa. The verdant greens of Nepal's lowlands will long have given way to the mesmerizing beauty of light acrossTibet’s mineral rich peaks and plains.  Our night’s destination is Old Tingre and along the way, if the weather is kind to us as we near, we’ll have glimpses of Everest looming majestically toward the south.  There are hot springs just outside of Old Tingre and if we’re lucky with timing we’ll get a soak with the locals.

DAY 5 OLD TINGE-LHATSE (165 km). Still acclimatizing from our gain in altitude over the last couple of days, we’ll breakfast leisurely and head out toward our evening’s destination.  Though Everest is near and calling, we’ll save our highest night’s elevation for the return home and ride instead past both the old and new Base Camp access roads.  On up the sweeping and increasingly stark valley we’ll crest Lhapa La (5200m), The road is gentle, wide and easy with sweeping views of Tibet’s grandeur. An easy descent brings us to Lhatse, set at the juncture of Tibet’s main west-bound trading roads.  We’ll likely arrive early enough to explore this cowboy-style town, or just rest in the hotel

DAY 6 LHATSE - GYANGTSE (240 km). This morning’s ride is a long and fast (-ish, this is Tibet, and we are on Enfields!) ride through iron rich hills and bizarre groves of saplings stretching as far as the eye can see. Shigatse is by far the largest town on the ride so far, and we’ll lunch at one of its many good food-stops before heading on. The ride to Gyangtse is relatively short, but picturesque - lined with increasingly lush farm plots and villages. Be sure to watch for the occasional fibreglass police statues - some holding radar guns, some waving, and some bedecked by locals wearing silks scarves and prayer beads. In Gyangtse we’ll visit the famous Buddhist Monastery complexes housing some of the rarest Tibetan Buddhist art in the world. Gyangtse Hotel.

DAY 7 GYANGTSE – LHASA (260 km). Heading north-east, today is a day of good roads and exceptional scenery as we pass Yamdrok Tso lake on the scenic back roads to Lhasa. We ride over two more 5000 m passes, Karo-La and Kamba-La before arriving at the Forbidden City, Lhasa, and our central hotel. Luck permitting we’ll arrive with enough time to wander the markets before evening. Kangyen (Gangjiang) Hotel

DAY 8 LHASA (80 km). There’s a lot worth seeing in Lhasa, so we’ll rise early to tour both the Potala Palace, the icon of Tibet and home to 14 Dalai Lamas, and the Jokhan Monastery, often called the Heart of Lhasa. We should finish in time for ample exploration of Bharkor  the pilgrimage circuit and multitude of shops and stalls surrounding the monastery. Kangyen (Gangjiang) Hotel.

DAY 9 LHASA - SHIGATSE (265 km). Today we’ll bid Lhasa farewell and begin the journey back toward Nepal. The day’s route bypasses Gyangtse and takes us along the main route from Lhasa to Shigatse via the Yarlung Zangbo river. We’ll leave early both to avoid heavy traffic out of Lhasa and to arrive in Shigatse with time to explore and hit the town for a good meal. Manosorava Hotel.

TIB-Kat8to9DAY 10 SHIGATSE - XEGAR (NEW TINGRE) (235 km). We’ve ridden this stretch of road already, but you’ll be surprised how different it looks going in the other direction and what you’ve missed along the way. Prepare for a gentle gain in altitude as we reach our lunch destination at Lhatse, and then an abrupt rise and slow, stark descent down into Xegar. We’ll retire somewhat early tonight in preparation for tomorrow’s Everest approach. Xegar Hotel.

DAY 11 XEGAR - RONGBUK EBC (110 km). This is it! Our aim today is to ride to Everest Base Camp, probably one of the most famous sites in Tibet outside Lhasa. The approach road is wide and well maintained, but dirt - often with hefty corrugations and occasional deep patches of dust and gravel. Attention is paramount, especially as the steady rise in altitude begins to take its toll. We’ll scale a hefty 5200 m pass by means of countless switchbacks before descending slightly to our lunch stop in the idyllic village of Pesong. The afternoon brings us up a wide, dry valley to the Rongbuk Monastery and we should arrive in time for visit to Base Camp  - 9 km south of Rongbuk Monastery, at just under 6,000 m (18,200 ft). The highest mountain on Earth looms majestically just over our shoulders. Rongbuk Monastery Hotel.

DAY 12 RONGBUK - KYIRONG (270 km). Weather and inclination permitting, we’ll rise early and ride up to Base Camp again for a final view of the mountain before taking a less-used track that meets the Friendship highway at Old Tingre. Moisture can make this route untenable, so we’ll have to play it by ear. We’ll lunch in Old Tingre before striking out again for the border crossing at Kyirong.

DAY 13 KYIRONG- KATHMANDU (100 km). Today we’ll say goodbye to Tibet and hello once again to the warmth and hospitality of Nepal. An early border crossing will give us ample time for the ride into Kathmandu and an early afternoon arrival. The afternoon is yours explore the city by mountain bike or rickshaw, do a little shopping or simply relax by the pool.  In the evening we have our farewell dinner party. Yak & Yeti Hotel.

DAY 14 DEPART KATHMANDU. We will take you to the airport for your international flight home. Or you can extend your stay in Nepal and take advantage of the trekking and rafting available.

Total distance c. 1965 km

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Tibet Roof of the World Adventure




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02 Sep - 15 Sep 2018




01 Sep - 14 Sep 2019





Price includes: 11 days Royal Enfield 500 Bullet hire, including motorcycle insurance; jeep support vehicle, trailer and spares; tour leader with medical kit/training; Enfield mechanic and local guides; tours/guides listed; local airport transfers; border procedures; entrance fees to monuments / parks / reserves; 13 nights twinshare hotel accommodation; all meals; soft drinks/bottled mineral water on tour; road maps/information packets

Price excludes: US$500 refundable security/damage deposit  to pay locally in cash; visas (Nepal to pay locally c. US$50, Tibet/China to be advised); alcoholic beverages; laundry service; tips/gratuities; return flights from the UK and travel insurance, both available from H-C Travel.

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