Tibet Motorcycle Tours2021-01-18T11:46:28+01:00

TibetThe name alone evokes associations of world-enraptured Himalayan landscapes, nomads with their shaggy yaks, azure mountain lakes, mystical Buddhist temples, prayer wheel turning Tibetans and Mt. Everest, with 8,848 meters the highest mountain in the world. Tibet has always been a place of longing for adventurers, explorers and -of course- motorcyclists. After all, who doesn’t want to ride to world famous Everest Base Camp on the most winding mountain pass roads above 5,000 meters altitude to experience a magical sunrise? But a motorcycle tour in Tibet has much more to offer. A unique culture and folklore, friendly people, half-forgotten fortresses, sacred snow capped mountains and monasteries and a mystical religion in which everyone can achieve enlightenment in this life – or at least bliss. And all with blue skies and endless riding fun on the roof of the world, so close to the clouds!

Trans Tibet – Everest Base Camp

TIBET

16.09. – 27.09.2020 // 04.09. – 15.09.2021

Discover the highlights of the Roof of the World, Tibet’s ancient culture and mystical religion on this spectacular experience in the saddle! Our Tibet motorcycle tour will take you along bendy mountain roads to the vast open spaces of the Tibetan Plateau, icy Himalayan peaks, the steppes of the Tibetan nomads, the sacred azure-blue Namtso and Yamdrok salt lakes, and to hermitages, meditation caves and other spiritual sites deep in the Himalayas. On this Tibet bike tour, we tackle dizzying 5,000-meter passes, visit the most important of all Tibetan monasteries and monuments, and explore remote, half-forgotten places. The veritable king of mountains – 8,848-meter Everest – and spending the night at Rongbuk Monastery are highlights of a bucket-list adventure you’ll never forget.

Tour Overview

1 Tour in 2020
1 Tour in 2021
12 Days

Go East Young Man

TIBET

10.04. – 25.04.2022

Until recently, the roads descending from the Tibetan plateau to the province of Yunnan via the eastern Himalayas were off limits to foreigners. On our new Tibet Motorcycle Tour, you can look forward to the finest views of the world’s highest mountain, the cultural highlights of Tibet, remote mountain roads, undiscovered wilderness on the banks of the Mekong, snow-covered Himalayan peaks, deep evergreen forests, and of course endless winding roads and beautiful mountain passes. Be one of the first!

Tour Overview

1 Tour in 2022
16 Days

Kailash Motorcycle Tour

TIBET

Explore the breathtaking landscape and culture of Tibet on this unforgetable West Tibet Motorbike Tour to the mount Kailash and Everest Basecamp. This West Tibet Motorbike Tour leads you through the sparsely populated highlands of Tibet – the world of the nomads. Gain insight into the fascinating life of the tibetan and it’s culture. Your Westtibet motorbike tour starts in the colourful capital city Lhasa with it’s fascinating temples and markets. It brings you moreover to the wild landcape, icecold and clear lakes, past the snowcapped mountains, through green grasslands and deep gorges. Tibet knows about his land impressions and it’s role of natural light plays. Lonely wide streets in the midst of fantastic nature. On this West Tibet Tour you explore the untouched valleys and mountain lakes like the Manasarovar or Serling lake.

Tour Overview

On Request
14 Days

Guided Motorcycle Tours through Tibet

The Tibet Autonomous Region offers unforgettable and unique adventures that a motorcyclist should not miss! The roof of the world offers a breathtaking variety: whether high snow-capped mountains or green fields, traveling rivers and friendly inhabitants – it will be like coming home! Our tours offer unique insights into the mysterious area and life of the Tibetans. Convince yourself and travel with us to the highest mountain on earth, Mount Everest, or stay with a real Tibetan family!

Ride through old cities, small villages and visit magnificent tibetan temples! Our tours lead you to over 4,000 meter high peaks and through endless high plateaus with wide and very well developed roads. You’ll travel through rocky and sandy deserts, grasslands inhabited by nomads and their yaks, tackle the highest Himalayan passes at altitudes of up to 5,220 meters, and cruise along the longest rivers in Asia – the Yangtze, the Yellow River with its sandstone landscapes, and of course the Mekong in eastern Tibet.

What are you waiting for? Let’s experience an incredible adventure together!

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w0zza10
2018-10-08
Everest trip The trip was very well organized from the hotels to restaurant's,the staff were only to happy to help with any issues,each day was an adventure that got better every day THANKS to the crew.I will be doing another tour with this company.
mpolini
mpolini
2018-10-07
Motorbike trip through Tibet The most epic and enjoyable holidays ever experienced Everest was awesome,The whole crew was more than helpful very well planned and executed tour.Very highly recommend.
Jeff G
Jeff G
2018-10-06
Everest or bust 2018 We just completed a tour to Everest base camp from Lhasa with Hendrik and his crew. From start to finish was a trip of a lifetime. Everything was organised extremely well from the different types of foods to the monastery tours and of course the riding through breathtaking scenery and long winding roads each day. The backup crew and mechanics were brilliant and a special shout out to Jimmy the tour guide who’s knowledge of everything and helpfulness made the trip. “JIMMY, we love you man”😂😂We also met so lovely people touring with us that will be friends for life.
jolleyhich
jolleyhich
2018-10-06
Excellent guides and knowledge This tour was excellent right from the word go. The knowledge the guides had on all the areas we visited was very well informed and they didn’t hesitate to stop and explain any part if you had a question. The sights are incredible and I have already recommended the Lhasa to base camp tour to people. Thanks Hendrik, tashi, jimmy and all the rest of the crew that made this awesome time possible.
iXas
iXas
2018-09-28
Tibet Tour - Lhasa - Mount Everest - Lake Nam Tso - Lhasa amazing motorcycle tour for any skill level. all important sights were visited, amazing mountain passes, views, great food and cultural experience. With Tibetmoto everything is perfectly organised, all bikes are daily serviced, their is a mechanic and a jeep with the luggage following, so you do not need to worry about a heavy load on your motorcycle. the detailed information prior and during the trip are excellent and allow you to prepare your trip and gear correctly. Tibet and the tibetan culture is a most see on your "bucket list". riding on a motorcycle and experiencing Tibet so close up and real is "the icing". book early as there are limited motorcycles. Best riding time late spring or early autumn go for a life time ride with Tibetmoto
baromona
baromona
2018-09-28
2100 km durch Tibet Trans Tibet Motorrad Reise von Lhasa zum Everest Base Camp. Alles hat hervorragend geklappt und war gut organisiert. Das Wetter hat auch gepaßt, wir waren eine super Truppe. Die Tour führte uns durch wunderschöne Landschaften mit verdammt hohen Pässen, Hochebenen, verschneiten Gipfeln, türkisblauen Seen, Yak-Herden, Tempeln....und, und, und. Niemand hatte Probleme mit der Höhe, die 3 geplanten Akklimatisierungstage in Lhasa waren wichtig und ausreichend. Eine unvergessliche Reise! Danke Hendrik...:-)
Antoine B
Antoine B
2018-09-27
Superbes vues et un tour Visite typique de xizhou, magnifiques vues sur la montagne. Conduite agréable, la moto est de bonne qualité et bien entretenue, et le guide était super sympa et ses explications géniales. Le temps était le seul point négatif, mais n'a pas gêné tant que ça. Très bon rapport qualité
Gehrden
Gehrden
2018-09-24
Trans Tibet Motorbike Tour - Tibet with Everest Base Camp - Perfect Way to experience Tibet! I have had the pleasure to ride with the Tibetmoto team in Sep 2018 during their Trans Tibet Tour and I would recommend fully hearted to join any of their upcoming trips. A choice of Bikes in very good condition, beautiful roads, impressive landscapes, a knowledgable and helpful local guide, authentic accomodations and lunch/dining options and a very likeable, skillfull and supportive Tibetmoto Team (Hendrik, Tashi and the support crew). I trusted them right from the start and they accomodated any questions, concerns or proposals. If you look for a reliable tour operator with relevant local knowledge and the understanding for international guests - don’t look any further. I’ll definitely book another tour with them - just this says everything.
Manon C
Manon C
2018-09-23
Merveilleux moment à la découverte da Dali et du lac Nous avons eu la chance de découvrir Erhai a moto. notre guide à été adorable, il nous a conseillé et donné de bons conseils. Les paysages sont magnifiques et nous y avons bien mangé. Je recommande vivement!
Ard V
Ard V
2018-02-02
Torugart pass to Shanghai On a bright Sunday morning in April 2017, my 1983 Land Rover “Edna” and I started on a trip that would take us from the Netherlands to China, crossing over 5,300 meters high mountain passes. End July 2017 we arrived at the Torugart pass, the border between Kyrgyzstan and China. From here we drove over 9000 Km to Shanghai, thereby travelling through XinJiang province and along the Himalayas through Tibet. The China part of the ‘expedition’ was arranged with strong support from Tibetmoto, which is run by Hendrik Heyne and his team. In short, thanks to Tibetmoto, particularly when it came to handling red-tape in China, this trip has become an unforgettable lifetime experience. Travel through China using your own vehicle without a guide is not possible. (Apparently being accompanied by a guide was already compulsory during the time of the old Silk routes!) This holds particularly true for the more ‘sensitive provinces’. Having said that, the guides that we were provided with (Thubten and Tashe) are probably the best one can get for such a journey: Very knowledgeable, supportive and in plain English just great fun to have on board. On a trip such as this, things are bound to not always go exactly as planned (…). However, also when it came to difficult questions e.g. with regard to the arrangement of visa’s and permits, Tibetmoto proved to be an indispensable partner. I would highly recommend their organization to anyone planning an overland trip to China. Ard Van Gerdijk

Why book a Tibet motorcycle tour with Tibetmoto Tours?

Tibetmoto Tours is the right contact for your next Tibet motorcycle tour. We specialize in exclusive and unique Tibet motorcycle tours, where you can get to know the country, its people and of course the most fascinating roads and routes that the Himalayas have to offer. Our team knows Tibet from countless own travel experiences from the last 10 years, many team members come from the roof of the world. We know every mountain pass, every valley, every sight.

Based on this experience and our enthusiasm for Tibet, we put together our unique routes and select the best hotels, restaurants, excursions, sights not to be missed and of course many winding roads. Only then a tour becomes a distinctive Tibetmoto tour.

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The autonomous region of Tibet, today part of China and roughly the size of all of Western Europe combined, is characterized both by its unique 2,000-year-old culture with the mystical Tibetan Buddhism and by breathtaking and unique landscapes. We offer the whole spectrum of Tibet on our various Tibet motorcycle tours. The region is as rich in contrast and diverse as an entire continent; We experience nomadic grasslands, ride through stone and sand deserts, we cross the highest Himalayan passes (over 5,200 meters high) and bike along the longest rivers in Asia, the Yangtze with its deep gorges, the Mekong and the Yellow River with bizarre sandstone landscapes. Tibet is characterized by grazing yak herds, small towns and remote villages, plateau landscapes and of course infinitely long, seemingly endless winding mountain roads. Our Tibet motorcycle tours take you to absolute highlights such as the colorful capital Lhasa with its many small markets – we roam wild landscapes to clear, ice-cold lakes such as the Namsto, Manasarovar, Serling and Yamdrok lakes, discover sparsely populated steppes and green Grasslands. A ride to the highest passes of the roof of the world will bring you all the way to the famous Mount Everest Base Camp. Our Tibet motorcycle tours and especially the ride to Everest Base Camp are among the highest tours in the world.

But not only that. We also explore spiritual areas such as the Potala Palace in Lhasa, former seat of the Dalai Lama, or the holiest of all Tibetan temples, the Jokhang. Holy Mount Kailash and ancient Guge Kingdom are top highlights in the west of Tibet should also not be missed.

Our Tibet motorcycle tours take you to breathtaking places that few people have ever experienced up close. And the colors, smells and impressions that you will experience are guaranteed to be unforgettable! Your Tibet motorcycle tour includes many fascinating stops, where you have enough time to not only ride through breathtaking landscapes, but also to explore them in a relaxed way and to get to know the local culture. Meet the incredibly friendly Tibetan nomads, who greet every guest with hospitality and a warm butter tea, ride on winding roads across impressive mountain passes and climb the roof of the world on a ride to the Base Camp of Mount Everest. Your Tibet motorcycle tour is waiting!

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

Oxygen:
Starting
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: http://www.boc.cn/sourcedb/whpj/enindex.html

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

Entry/Visa:

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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