Welcome to Navigate Outdoor ultimate mountain biking expedition across the roof of the world!
4 days off-road mountain biking in the Rongbuk valley traveling to the North face of Chomolungma (Tibetan name for Mt. Everest).
Lhasa – Kathmandu biking adventure holidays are combined from flight to Lhasa, 4 days tour around Lhasa including Potala Palace and other Monastery, acclimatization in the Tibetan capital and have plenty of time to explore around.
You begin biking in Lhasa, heading southeast and ascending to the highest pass named Thang La 5200m. At the pass you will start the ‘worlds longest descent’, dropping 4600m into the valleys of Nepal.
- Trip Grade:Hard
- Max Elevation:5400 m
- Total Duration: 24 days
Day 1– Arrival in Kathmandu.
Day 2 - while we are finishing last minutes official documents you will be checking out beautiful Kathmandu and its history
Day 3 - Flight Kathmandu to Lhasa
Day 4- Bike Lhasa to Tsurpu monastery-64km (Ride bike 7hrs to Tsurpu and drive back to Lasha)
Day 5 - Bike Lhasa to Chusul-89.72km camping (7hrs)
Day 6 - Bike Chusul to Nakartse-73km via lake Yamdrok) camping
Day 7 - Bike Nakartse-Langmar La 71.45 km camping
Day 8 - Bike Lungmar La-Gayantse-37km-Hotel
Day 9 - Bike Gayantse-shigatse 94 km and reach out to hotel Layover day visit Tasilungpo hotel
Day 10 - Bike Shigatse-Tsola Fedi-108km camping 7hrs
Day 11 - Bike Tsola-sakya Monastery-50km same day back to 40 km more hot spring which makes total =90km and camping
Day 12 - Bike Maphula pass+18km far and total=62.20km and camping
Day 13 – Bike Shekar (new Tingri)=35 km and Hotel
Day 14 - Bike Tashizong village 64.36km at adinari camping or stay in a guesthouse.
Day 15 - Bike Rongbu 108km E.B.C. and back 8km Rongphu then again 52 km from EBC Rongbu and camping place.
Day 16 - Bike old Tingri-47.86km Hotel
Day 17 - Bike After Memphu village camping 65.42km
Day 18 - Bike Nyalam-91.45km and camping or stay in a guesthouse
Day 19 – Bike Khasa Zangbu -35km hotel stay in a Sherpa Hotel
Day 20 - Bike cross into Nepal and stay in the last Resort-25km
Day 21 – Optional Ride to Dhulikhel 72.68km
Day 22- Optional Ride to Bhaktapur and Kathmandu stay in Hotel.
Day 23 - Shopping free day in Kathmandu and post meal with your guides.
Day 24- Transfer to airport (departure)
- 23 nights accommodation, including 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu, 2 nights in Lhasa, 16 nights supported camping.
- Vehicle support all the time in case of injured or get tired during the trip.
- All meals on an expedition (18 breakfasts, 18 lunches, 19 dinners)
- Airport picks up and drops.
- Experienced English-speaking guide both Nepali biking leader and Tibetan.
- Comprehensive group medical kit.
- All essential camping equipment, including sleeping bag and sleeping mat.
- Visa fee + all government fees + permit fee From Kathmandu to Lhasa airfare and Visa for Tibet trip.
- Guides equipment and Guide's insurance.
- Water treatment solution for drinking water.
- Lunch and dinners in Kathmandu
- Bottled water, soft drinks, and alcohol
- Guide and driver tips.
- Lunch and dinner while you are in Lhasa Tibet and Kathmandu.
- International, (Your country to Nepal) and airport taxes
- Visas (while you enter Nepal from your country)
- Travel insurance
- Personal items such as laundry, phone calls, toiletries etc.
What you need to bring
- Personal belongings (i.e. camera, water bottle, valuables, sunscreen, Sunglasses, Sunhat)
- Biking shorts/ T-shirt, Biking shoe, and sports shoe for camp.
- Extra warm layers, towel.
- Extra Contact lances, Watch, extra money for personal expenses.
Note: We customize your trip according to your interest, duration, and budget. This is brief itinerary gives you some idea and broader pictures of the trip while you are thinking to do so. Please do not hesitate to contact us for details and additional information of the area.
We will provide comprehensive gear list on booking, and most of these items you can buy or rent in Kathmandu.
Karnali River Experience.
They say that the journey is better than the destination. That all the experiences along the way are like an accumulation of rocks along a riverbed. This story is another stone in a river.
I have known Mani Aryal for several years, meeting him in the United States, in the state of Utah. Mani and I were both on a work contract to take a group of students down Desolation & Grey Canyon on the Green River. After spending three weeks with Mani I knew that I made a paddling adventure buddy and that he would be a person that I actively stay in contact with. The years have a way of floating by with adventure and intentions. Every time I spoke to Mani he persistently invited me to Kathmandu to see his home and to float the rivers. Three years after saying “no”, I finally could say “maybe”.
Kathmandu is large in legend and small in structure. The shuttle ride from the airport is an example of whitewater: dodging potholes, must-make moves, and pure adrenaline. It’s best not to watch.
There are two options to get to the river when signing up for a Karnali River Expedition trip: 1) take the plane or 2) ride with the guides and gear on public transport. I was on a tight budget, so option #2 was the only way to go. Putting together a multiday river trip is always difficult, especially when you start combining buses, shuttles, and rendezvous. The first leg of the journey was via public transportation to Koholpur. The guides and I, hanging out at the main bus depot, loading all of the gear we would need for the next 12 days was a new experience indeed.
You see a lot of different people and livestock on the long distance buses. Chickens and goats are not uncommon. If a woman is standing with a baby, it’s a norm to hand a baby to you, a seated passenger, to hold the child in order to give her a break.
The second half of the shuttle was a private bus to the put-in, the small village of Dungeshor that is located straight down a canyon. The route our bus driver picked was shorter to save fuel but longer because of road conditions. Our bus rocked, creaked and moaned down the road for 8 hours only to cover 85km. “Singletrack” may be a better description than “road” as there were only inches to spare between rock walls and open air.
Sideswiping other buses, scouting rock gardens and pushing our transport were common occurrences that quickly become norms. We reached Dungeshor after 10 pm to hastily inhale some food and beer from a generous restaurant owner who opened his doors after hours. Afterward, we set up our tents on the riverbank to welcome a solid, unwavering piece of ground to usher in some sleep.
The next morning, the guides were in their prime, having already started getting breakfast ready for everyone. Mani was no exception, greeting me with a great, white smile and a coffee to help orient my mind back to my body. The biggest surprise was all of the children hanging about camp. We were all warned not to leave our gear unattended. Later that day, I realized a carabineer walked off to hang out with the children. The guides seemed to include me that much more by laughing and sharing stories of gear gone lost.
Throughout the six days, Mani and his guides were exceptional hosts. It seemed as if they never stopped moving. Always quick to put a coffee in your hand, help you set up your campsite or to offer a meal. Every morning they would barter with local fisherman to add extra flair to the menu. On the water, I felt safe and involved in the risk management. All ideas were heard until a plan formed to be implemented with everyone on board. The standard followed by Mani was professional.
Six months after this trip, the strongest memories I have are of traveling to and from the river. Once I had oars in my hand and a blue sky above me I knew who I was and how I got there.
The total trip duration from Kathmandu to Kathmandu was 10 days included bus journey.
Thank you, Mani. I look forward to our next adventure.