Tibet Motorcycle Tours2021-09-14T17:14:44+02:00

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 experience a motorcycle 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

04.09. – 15.09.2021 // 18.09. – 29.09.2022

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 2021
1 Tour in 2022

12 Days

Highlights of Tibet

TIBET

11.10 – 19.10.2021

Discover the highlights of the Roof of the World, Tibet’s ancient culture and mystical religion on this spectacular experience in the saddle! Our Everest base camp 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 motorbike 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 Tours in 2021
9 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!

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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