Go East Young Man
From the land “south of the clouds” to Tibet: The world’s highest mountains and the Himalayas of Eastern Tibet
Until recently, the way up from Shangri-la in the province of Yunnan to the Tibetan plateau via the eastern Himalayas was off-limits to foreigners. On our new Tibet Motorcycle Tour, you can look forward to the finest views of Everest, 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.
Our Tibet Motorcycle Tour kicks off in Chengdu, where we’ll board a flight into the Himalayas to Shangri-La, the northernmost tip of Yunnan province, a place inhabited by Tibetans. The colorful old town of Shangri-La is the perfect introduction to our Tibet Motorcycle Tour. In eastern Tibet, you can look forward to remote mountain roads through primeval forests, the “Switzerland of the Orient” in Lulang, and grasslands with grazing yaks. We’ll ride along the majestic Mekong, Salween and Yangtze – the longest river in Asia – and enjoy the rugged sandstone landscapes and deep gorges.
Having arrived on the Tibetan plateau, we’ll start our ride to Everest Base Camp, crossing the Roof of the World, following the banks of the sacred, azure-blue Yamdrok salt lake, and visiting the region’s most important monasteries and fortresses. The highest mountain in the world awaits us with spectacular views at sunset. We’ll spend the night at Rongbuk Monastery with a view of Everest. The journey ends in Lhasa, where we’ll explore the new section of the mountain metropolis, as well as its many-faceted traditional quarter with highlights such as the world-renowned Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Market. From Lhasa, we’ll return to Chengdu. This tour combines the cultural and scenic highlights of Tibet and the pure riding pleasure of the region’s most beautiful country roads.