Mt. Kailash West Tibet Motorcycle Tour2024-01-06T10:41:43+01:00

Kailash Tour!

Tibet has an insane mountain range, with a lot of sights, breathtaking views and great road sections! It was a lot of fun with the motorcycle.

Bernd H.

Kailash Motorrad Tour

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. You observe the sunrise and sunset at the mount everest and visit the legendary mount Kailash. Motorbike Tours like the West Tibet Motorbike Tour is the most impressiv way to explore all the magnificent of west Tibet. Your West Tibet Motorbike Tour includes lots of fascinating stops where you will have enough time to dicover everything and not only to past by. Meet the friendly tibetan nomads who welcoming every guest with warming buttertea. Drive on winding roads, over amazing mountain passes to finally reach the roof of the world!

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The tour starts in Lhasa and brings us to the Namtso lake towards north untill we cross the derserted tibetan plateau from east to west. After we visit the far western city of Tibet, we visit one of the tour highlights: The snow-covered holy mountain Kailash which lays 6.638 metre above the sealevel and is still undiscovered. The tibetan people believe in the absolution after clockwise walk around the Kailash -it means good Karma. Aswell as the Mount Everest Base Camp which is the Start and Endpoint for the Climbers and Hikers of the Mount Everest can not be missed on the West Tibet Motorbike Tour.

The West Tibet Motorbike Tour leads you to breathtaking areas, which only few people experienced in life. You will never forget the colours, the good smell and experiences you will make on this tour -its guaranteed unforgettable!


Lhasa is a very beautiful Tibetan city. I didn’t think that I would be so excited about it. And that wasn’t the only thing on the tour. Miles of straight roads, beautiful curves and snow-capped mountains, what more could you want?

Janis W.

Incredible views

The two lakes, Manasarovar and Serling Lake, were among my favorites on the tour. But nothing can beat Mt. Everest and the beautiful winding roads in Tibet!

Sven J.

Mt. Kailash…

… is a sacred tibetan mountain and worth a look! The sunrises and sunsets on Mt. Everest are very beautiful and the ride there counts numerous curves. The tour was a unique experience that I will never forget.

Hannes T.

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Tibet motorbike tour with overnight stays in hotels and guest houses

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Nice Tour!

A very nice tour to Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world. The roads are easy to ride and experiencing such an adventure in a group is incredible.

Denis H.

Great Tour

Awesome. 5 stars

Mikel T.

Definitely again!

A motorcycle tour through Tibet is really something extraordinary and a lot of fun. There are so many new impressions that you can only get in Tibet. Thank you Tibetmoto Tours for this experience and the good organization!

Anton B.

Kailash Motorcycle Tour – Itinerary

Day 1: First meeting in Lhasa

Airport pick-up and first meeting with the Tibetmoto Team and Tibet guide. Transfer to the hotel in Lhasa. Free time and acclimatization on 3,600m. Tibetan welcome dinner in the evening.

Day 2: Lhasa

After your application of the temporary Chinese driver´s license (with accompanying help), you have the opportunity to explore the attractions of Lhasa. Visit the most important temples like “Jokhang” or the “Potala Palace”.  Take your time to explore the colourful barkhor market where you can buy traditional tibetan souvenirs before the motorbike tour starts.

Duration: approx. 120 km

Day 3: Lhasa – Namtso Lake

Before the West Tibet Motorbike Tour starts you pick up your temporary driver’s license. Your today’s destination is the Natso Lake above 4.718 Metres of sealevel – the biggest saltwater lake Tibets. Before you arrive at the lake shore, you will cross the famous Laken Pass (5.186 Metern).

Duration: approx. 200 km

Day 4: Namtso Lake – Serling Lake

Today  will brings you picturesque landscpapes. You will drive on small roads along the eastern shore of the Namtso- and Baingoin lake to finally reach the Serling lake on 4,530 metre, Tibet´s second largest lake. You spend your night at the lake.

Duration: ca. 300 km

Day 5: Serling Lake – Nyima

The road to Nyima is extraordinary; in the morning often wild animals such as wild Tibetan horses can be spottet. Enjoy the pure nature and wildlife through the unique beauty of Tibet.

Duration: approx. 230 km

Day 6: Nyima – Gertse

Today on your West Tibet Motorbike Tour you will capture the tibetan plateau on your way to Gertse. Thereby the route will leads you along the shores of the dong lake (4.500 meters). Get ready for a breathtaking panorama view and save unforgetable pictures of the beautiful scenery.

Duration: approx. 350 km

Day 7: Gertse – Ali

On this day of your West Tibet Motorbike Tour you will drive to the most western city – Ali. The sunniest sight of Tibet which will take you to desert similar landscapes.

Duration: approx. 480 km

Day 8: Ali – Zanda

You leave the most western point behind you and move further east. Soon the mainroad will ends and you drive through rugged sandstone landscape (ála  Arizona) to Zanda. The region around Tholing and Zaparang provides the most beautiful Himalaya scenery on the tour. Point of departure is the abandonee kingdom of Guge which was built in the 10th century.

Duration: approx. 200 km

Day 9: Zanda – Mountain Kailash

You start early in order to arrive the Mount Kailash for activities. Tarchen (4,600m) is the starting point of the Kailash circumbulation. Upon arrival there are several opportunities. Hike to Tarpoche, a pagoda with mani prayer stones on the circumbulation trail or keep on going with the bikes and ride off-road to Tarpoche.

Duration: approx. 240 km

Day 10: Mountain Kailash – Saga

Incredibly beautiful is the exit of the mount Kailash with the motorbike. First we drive along the Manasarovar shore on a sealevel of 4,590 metre. You will see the holy glacier of the tibetan culture aswell as the impressive plateaus, deep gorges and valleys.

Duration: approx. 500 km

Day 11: Saga – Everest Base Camp

From Saga you leave the south and pass by lake Paiku. Shortly you reach the Friendship Highway and across the Lamna pass (5,130m) to  the Robgbuk monastery near the Everest Base Camp. The monastery is located on 4,980 meters. You spend the night there. You have the opportunity to walk to the Everest Base Camp (8km) to see the sunset. Alternatively, the sunrise can be seen next morning.

Duration: approx. 300 km

Day 12: Everest Base Camp – Xigaze

After the incredible experience at the everest base camp, the West Tibet Tour brings you back to the Lamna Pass and Frienship Highway. You arrive Xigaze, an important tradecentre of the autonomous southwestern area of Tibet.

Duration: approx. 360 km

Day 13: Xigaze – Lhasa

From Xigaze you leave the main road and head south to Gyangze and along the shores of Yamdrok lake to Lhasa. Yamdrok lake will be the last grand lake on this Tibet tour. Before reaching Lhasa we cross the Yarlung Tsangpo, the life giving water source of Tibet.

Duration: approx. 310 km

Day 14: The tour ends in Lhasa

The time flies fast on the adventure of the Western Tibet Motorbike Tour. After one last traditional meal together, you will pick up on time at your accommodation to get your flight back home.

Included Services

  • Shineray X5 400/BMW F 800 GS
  • Dinner, Mineral water
  • 13 overnight stays in hotels and inns
  • German tour guide (English speaking) on own motorcycle
  • Native tour guide (English speaking)
  • Escort vehicle with driver for passengers and baggage
  • Assistance with organising the trip to/from China
  • Assistance with applying for visa to China
  • Spare parts, engine oil
  • Temporary Chinese driving license, all Tibet permits

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.

Included Services2020-11-04T20:12:01+01:00

Included services:

  • Shineray X5 400/BMW F 800 GS
  • Dinner, Mineral water
  • 13 overnight stays in hotels and inns
  • German tour guide (English speaking) on own motorcycle
  • Native tour guide (English speaking)
  • Escort vehicle with driver for passengers and baggage
  • Assistance with organising the trip to/from China
  • Assistance with applying for visa to China
  • Spare parts, engine oil
  • Temporary Chinese driving license, all Tibet permits

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