Travel to Tibet with Everest Base Camp – Friendship Highway2024-01-06T11:09:38+01:00

Travel to Tibet with Everest Base Camp –
Friendship Highway

This trip is ideal for the entire family and gives us the chance to explore the vastness of the landscape and culture of Tibet, taking us to heights exceeding 5,000 meters through ice-packed glaciers and seemingly bottomless valleys containing turquoise lakes. A trip to Lhasa is in store, where a multitude of pilgrims can be met on their journey to Jokang Temple – the holiest Tibetan temple. We also visit the oldest Tibetan Monastery and the Potala Palace (the former residence of the Dalai Lama) during our travel. Amazing panoramic views can be taken in of the vast Himalayas, the base camp of Mount Everest, and the Friendship Highway, which is the main road connecting Nepal and Tibet.

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Travel to Tibet with Everest Base Camp – Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa

The flight will land in Lhasa. Airport transfer to the hotel near the center of Lhasa will be done. A traditional Tibetan dinner with the guide will be arranged to allow both to become familiar with one other.

Day 2: Lhasa visiting day

Post eating breakfast, we will stroll through the old section of Lhasa. We will accompany Tibetan pilgrims to the holy Tibetan temple called the Jokang temple, after which we will visit the Barkhor market located near the world renowned Potala Palace (where the Dalai Lama previously lived). In the afternoon, we’ll make a trip to the Sera Monastery, located approximately 6 km outside of Lhasa. If Day 2 happens to be a Sunday, we can additionally avail of the opportunity to observe monks of this ancient monastery engage in philosophical discussions in the gardens.

Day 3: Lhasa – Tsetang

Tsetang and its adjacent localities are thought to be the crux of Tibetan civilization. The first Tibetan temple was built here and the first king descended here. Tsetang is situated on the banks of the enthralling Yarlung Tsangpo River. There remains sufficient time to explore the Royal Palace and the Yumbulagang Changzhug temple as well.

Day 4: Tsetang and Samye visiting day

The morning begins with a trip by car to Samye monastery town, which contains one of the biggest monasteries in Tibet. Tibetan religion is on full display as you observe a large number of Tibetan monks praying or carrying out their monastic duties. There is plenty of time to check out the variety of temples and witness the lives of these monks firsthand.

A visit to Samye can take you on a journey centuries back in time as you try to replay how some of the most influential Buddhist scholars conducted their lives in this monastery and its surrounding meditation caves. Afterwards, a relaxing stroll is taken in the adjacent hills, where awe-inspiring scenery and refreshingly pure air can be absorbed through one’s senses.

Day 5: Tsetang – Yamdrok Lake – Gyangze

As we leave Tsetang, we follow the Yarlung Tsangpo River to its source, the voluminous Yarlung Tsangpo lake, where a majestic view awaits us. A pass near the glacier Harola is crossed and we head 5,100 meters above sea level to visit the glacier. Progressing further in the journey, we arrive in Gyangze and are afforded the opportunity to marvel at the largest stupa in Tibet.

Day 6: Gyangze – Xigaze

Once breakfast is over, Xigaze is reached by car. In Xigaze, we are given enough time to unwind and saunter around near the Tashilhunpo Monastery in the old quarter. Visiting this monastery is very much advised, as it was previously well known for selling locally made traditional Tibetan medicines.

Day 7: Xigaze – Sakya – Tingri

As morning ensues, a drive to Sakya – a monastery town situated in the center of sloping hills and seemingly endless grassland – is undertaken. At one time, Sakya was the capital city of Tibet and wielded much influence over the country as a whole. Following winding trails via spectacular landscapes and flowing hills, we reach Tingri, a tiny town on route to Everest Base Camp, where we spend the night. Mountain climbers put up in this city frequently as they prepare their belongings for climbing Everest or Cho Oyu. This city previously played the important role of being a commercial center due to its proximity to the Nepal border, which is a mere 50 km away. Due to being at a height of about 4,300 meters above sea level, a very clear and magnificent view of four of the highest mountains in the world can simultaneously be seen from this spot.

Day 8: Tingri – Rongbu Monastery – Mt. Everest Base Camp – Rongbu Monastery

It’s not much of a distance from Tingri to Mt Everest Base Camp traveling via the Rongbu monastery. However, the road is not properly paved, so the last few miles are off limits for private vehicles. Options exist either to hike to base camp (a journey of about 1.5 hours) or take a public bus. On the way, ample opportunities pop up to take beautiful photos and enjoy the view. An overnight stay is arranged in a guesthouse of the Rongbu monastery.

Day 9: Rongbu Monastery – Tingri – Xigaze

We take off from Rongbu and reach Xigaze via the Friendship Highway. The initial part of this ride first takes us over the 4.794 m Khampa La pass, from where a splendid glimpse of the turquoise Yamdrok lake can be had. Here we will pause briefly to click photos. Cruising further, the road continues to proceed the length of the lake to the 5,030 meters high Kharu La Pass, which is surrounded by ice-packed glaciers. Nyang Chu, the green valley, is passed as we finally reach Xigaze.

Day 10: Xigaze – Lhasa Airport

The last day of the journey includes a drive from Xigaze to Lhasa, our final destination.

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Included Services

  • All Tibet permits
  • Overnight stays in mid range hotels
  • Tibetmoto guide
  • Vehicle with driver
  • Meals
  • Help to apply a Chinese visa
  • Flight booking service

Questions & Answers

Will every tour take place exactly as described in the tour itinerary?2021-01-08T23:13:47+01:00

All our itineraries give you a good overview what you will experience and discover when booking with tibetmoto. The itineraries are nevertheless best understood if they are seen as a suggestion rather than as a 100% planned and a thousand times done way of traveling. We like to keep every tour, every adventure, every trip unique and special. We are proud to say that we have never done a trip two times exactly the same way. Our team does not like to offer mainstream tourism tours, and we believe that people enjoy their time best when they have freedom and possibilities to choose from. Freedom and flexibility are very good ingredients to cook an exceptional discovery or adventure, to meet unusual people and visit off-the-beaten-track places.

How does camp life look like on expeditions?2020-11-12T18:02:03+01:00

After arriving at the camp ground we pitch up the tents, our team will set up the mobile kitchen, the electricity generator is being started and we can think of having a cold beer. All supplies and the luggage is carried by our supply truck. We do not have always pre-chosen camp grounds which are always frequented by us, since every expedition is different. Depending on the time in the afternoon we start looking for “the perfect spot”. Perfect spots have a water source such as a river or a lake and a flat piece of land for the tents. Some spots we use more frequently since they are so perfect that the location is hard to beat. Camping together with nomads offers an opportunity to experience their way of live, culture and habits. Sitting in the evening together in a nomad tent somewhere on the Tibetan grassland and listening to Tibetan nomads` songs is a truly genuine experience.

Dinner is being served in a large dining tent where we have tables and chairs to comfortably sit together, eat and drink. The separate, smaller, sleeping tents are designed to accommodate each two people, but if you choose the “single room” option (you will find that option below each expedition itinerary) you will have your own tent. Our tents are army tents where you can almost stand upright. The sleeping “hard wear” is a foldable army field bed, which puts your body about knee height away from the ground. We provide you with the entire hard wear, plus blankets and insulation mats. The only item you should bring along is your personal sleeping bag. If you don´t want to bring your sleeping bag all the way to China we can provide you with a new sleeping bag for a reasonable price.

How is the climate in Tibet?2020-11-11T22:27:20+01:00

The temperature differences between day and night are around 10 degrees or more. Especially in the Himalayan areas it can often get very cool, especially when the sun is not shining. During the travel times of the Tibet motorcycle tour, rain can only occur in exceptional cases. However, you should be prepared for everything and have warm and water-repellent clothing in your luggage.

How are the hotel in Tibet?2020-11-11T22:25:06+01:00

The hotels in which you stay have a decent, but typical three to four star standard. All rooms have a private bathroom, with the exception of the Rongbuk Monastery.

Do I need vaccinations?2020-11-11T22:24:05+01:00

Vaccinations are not required for the Tibet Motorcycle Tour.

Altitude Sickness and Oxygen Supply2020-11-11T22:22:16+01:00

from Lhasa we will provide medical oxygen. This can support a person with oxygen for up to 24 hours. Before starting the Tibet Motorcycle Tour, you should also contact a doctor who will prescribe a Diamox. Diamox is a drug that can be taken prophylactically against altitude problems. As a result, groups that take Diamox hardly or not at all experience altitude-related symptoms. For a smooth running of the Tibet Motorcycle Tour, the personal health and well-being of each participant is important. We therefore strongly recommend that you consider taking Diamox.

Which documents do I need?2020-11-11T22:35:03+01:00

You will need your passport, a pass picture, national driving license, international driving license and flight ticket. Please be sure to make photocopies of all of your important travel documents and carry them separately. They can be invaluable in an emergency.

We also need a scan of the Chinese visa six weeks before the tour starts.

All scanned documents should be sent to us on an A4 sheet of original size

What can I expect from an overnight stay with a tibetan host family?2020-11-12T18:01:15+01:00

A home stay is an opportunity to get access into another culture by joining the host family for dinner and breakfast and sleep under their roof, as their guest. Most families live together in a several generation house, from children to old grandparents. A lot of home stays are semi-farms with at least a few cattle such as chicken and cows around the house. Often are fields attached where family member go to work after breakfast. Here, local family and work life can be experienced as it is instead of “only” observing it from the outside.
We believe that joining a home stay is on of the best ways to get in touch which what surrounds you in a foreign country.

How well do I have to be able to ride a motorcycle?2020-11-11T21:59:51+01:00

You should be able to ride a motorcycle safely, especially on winding mountain roads. An uncertainty is common, but you quickly get used to the local traffic. Our tour guide will give the group useful and good tips on riding in China. Before the start of the Tibet and China Motorcycle Tour, there will be an introduction to road traffic behavior.

Do I need a driving license?2020-11-11T21:57:31+01:00

For the Tibet and China motorcycle tour you need a valid national and international driver’s license.

What is the currency in China?2020-11-11T21:56:01+01:00

In China, the currency is the CNY (Chinese Renminbi). The exchange rate is around 1€ to 7.56 CNY (as of 05/2020). The CNY is not a freely convertible currency, so you cannot get it at every bank in Europe. The exchange rate, which is determined by the Bank of China, can be observed under the following link:

However, we recommend withdrawing a larger amount of CNY from an ATM with all major credit cards or debit cards after arriving in China. Our on-site tour guide is happy to help. Due to the often very poor exchange rate for the CNY in Europe, it is not worthwhile to exchange significant amounts of CNY in Europe. There are also many ATMs in Lhasa where you can withdraw money. Our experience shows that the majority of our participants spend around 20€ a day.

What about my luggage? Where can I transport it?2020-11-11T21:51:45+01:00

The luggage will be transported in the support vehicle. Don’t forget that on domestic flights, the pastries usually cannot exceed 20 kg!

What clothes should I pack?2020-11-11T22:26:29+01:00

For a motorcycle tour you should bring motorcycle clothing including a helmet. Of course you also should pack warm clothing (as layers or as undersuit). It can get cold! You should also bring gloves and a rain suit.

How is the Road Condition?2020-11-11T21:45:13+01:00

The roads on the motorcycle tour are mostly paved (with a few exceptions). Due to the new asphalting of road sections, it can temporarily lead to a poor condition of the road. The paved roads are mostly in good condition. However, there may be isolated potholes or gravel lying on the ground. The route on the motorcycle tour also includes sections with new asphalt, on which you can enjoy European standards or even better. These routes are wonderful to ride! Due to moisture and the difficult to see oil or diesel traces, however, extreme caution is always required!

What is the deposit for renting a motorcycle?2020-11-11T21:42:45+01:00

Deposit for a rental motorcycle (partial cover):

The following cash deposits are required:

Shineray X5 400: EUR 500
BMW G 310 GS: EUR 1,000
BMW F 800 GS: EUR 1,500

If the participant/motorcyclist causes damage during the Tibet motorcycle tour, the deposit is the maximum amount.

Do I need a chinese visa?2020-11-11T21:39:18+01:00


All participants in the Tibet and China motorcycle tours require a visa to enter China. The passport must be valid for another six months. You have to apply for the visa yourself at a service center, the Chinese embassy or on behalf of an agency. Due to frequent changes in the application procedure, we recommend that you use an agency. This is slightly more expensive than filing your own application, but it saves you a lot of work and time.

We will apply for all of the necessary Tibet permits for the motorcycle tour.

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