Go East Young Man – East Tibet Motorcycle Tour
From Yunnan to Tibet: An adventure through the eastern Himalayas to the world’s highest peaks, the Everest Base Camp & Lhasa
Until not too long ago, foreigners were barred from traveling the roads from Shangri-La in Yunnan province to the Tibetan plateau along the eastern Himalayas. With our new Tibet Motorcycle Tour, we’ve unlocked this route. On this journey, you’ll be treated to spectacular vistas of the world’s highest summits, including the awe-inspiring Mount Everest. But it’s not just about the heights; you’ll also discover Tibet’s rich cultural heritage, remote mountain passes, pristine nature along the Mekong, the snow-clad peaks of the vast Himalayas, dense pine forests, and, of course, countless thrilling bends and breathtaking passes.
Our adventure begins in Chengdu, from where we ascend into the Himalayas and explore the picturesque Tibetan old town of Shangri-La, located in the northernmost part of Yunnan province. Encircled by towering peaks and resting on the edge of the Tibetan expanse, Shangri-La is a true gem. Its vibrant and colorful old town sets the perfect stage for the start of our motorcycle journey. On our first day, the landscapes of the Himalayas envelop us. We’ll rest for the night in a Tibetan homestay at the foot of the majestic Kawa Karpo, which, at 6,770 meters, stands as the highest peak in the eastern Himalayas. Here we gain a genuine insight into the daily life and traditions of the Tibetan people.
Our route weaves its way through the East Himalayas, tracing the majestic courses of the Yangtze, Mekong, and Salween rivers, within the UNESCO-protected “Three Parallel Rivers” region. As we ride, untouched forests and areas often dubbed the “Switzerland of the East” unfold before us, offering magnificent panoramas of sandstone landscapes and deep canyons. We eventually reach Ranwu Lake, its beauty accentuated by snow-covered summits.
Upon reaching the Tibetan plateau we continue riding to Everest Base Camp where we witness the majestic mountain from up close and spend the night near Rongbuk Monastery. Throughout our route, numerous vantage points on winding roads reveal breathtaking views of the world’s highest mountains: Makalu, Shisha Pangma, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and, unmistakably, Mount Everest. As we approach Lhasa, we’ll experience the mesmerizing blue Yamdrok Lake, ride across the icy Karo La Glacier Pass, and explore some of Tibet’s most significant monasteries and fortresses. The tour’s crowning moment is exploring the mystic city of Lhasa, letting the famous Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and bustling Barkhor Market captivate our senses.
This tour is organized in conjunction with our partner, Tibetmoto Tours. As experts and direct providers of Tibet motorcycle tours, boasting their own motorcycle fleet, a base in Shangri-La, and a dedicated Tibetan team, they ensure you experience Tibet, its culture, and its people up close and personal.