The Great Everest Base Camp Expedition, April-May 2017

Mission Statement: To Ride motorcycles to

Everest Base Camp in Tibet

When – April/May 2017

Two teams of interpid Adventure Bikers will be attempting this real once-in-a-lifetime escapade

Team A – riding their own bikes from Sihanoukville, Cambodia to Everest Base Camp and Back, via Lhasa, in 25 days.

The Team will meet at the Laos/China Border April 27th 2017,

Prices start at $2980USD per rider

Team B – flying into Lhasa Tibet and riding to Everest Base Camp then down to Kunming in Yunnan, over 15 Days.

Prices start at $4300USD per rider

Group arrives Kunming (before flying to Lhasa) May 5th, 2017.

In order to share permits and support team in the notoriously difficult and expensive to access Tibetian Special Autonomous Zone both Groups A and B will meet in Lhasa and ride to Everest Base Camp together.

 

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Mission Statement

To Ride to the foot of the Highest Mountain in the World, going through Tibet and part of China to do so.

The Journey

This is Recce#2 – so new that the tour is not yet fully formed but an ongoing process of Evolutionary Adventure, that’s why I’m only inviting people I have already ridden with and know I can rely on. This ride will travel through some tough terrain – although it is not an Off-Road Tour – and an array of different climates and altitudes and attitudes. As a Recce the route may change unexpectedly, destinations added to the list or deleted.

This is Tibet. This is Everest. Expect it to be a challenge.

There will be local guides/fixers/mechanics and a support vehicle following all the bikes from the time Team A first cross the border to when everyone exits the country.

The Food and Accommodation

Unlike other trips I have run this trip is not all-inclusive. We will pay for our food, accommodation and fuel on a day by day basis. Either individually or as a group kitty.

On Recce#1 I found the accommodation to be good, the food to be excellent. Especially in Yunnan.

Bikes Available

Team A

Riding in from the Laos/China Border – using their own bikes

(rental bikes available from Cambodia by special request)

@25 day trip

Team B

Flying into Lhasa in Tibet and riding Jialing 600s and 400s

(BMW Funduro and  400 XR engined -road bike clones  sourced in China)

15 Day Trip

Special Highlights

Tiger Leaping Gorge, Shangri-La, Lhasa and the Tibetian Plateau, Yunnanese and Sichuanese Cuisine. Sit at the foot of the worlds highest mountain.

Pillions and Passengers

The ride is Suitable for pillions and limited seats are available in the support vehicle – please contact me for more details

From Sea to Sky – Sihanoukville to Everest Base Camp on your own bike

The first part of the team will start north from the Cambodian coast and into Laos. We will aim to rendezvous with the second group at the Laos/China border where we will meet our China Team. Other riders will be coming from all over Asia to meet us at the border. Without the team and all the neccesary permits there is no way either group would be traveling into Tibet.

Price

Prices start at $2980 USD per motorcycle and rider

(for 5 riders in the group and over)

This is for Guide and Entry Permits Only, food, fuel and accommodation must be purchased seperately.

Itinerary for Team A

Team A – Riders with their own motorcycles meeting at the Laos/China Border. I will be setting out with a group of riders from Sihanoukville, Cambodia but riders from other parts of Asia will be coming to join us at the border.

 

April 27 (Saturday)

Day 1             Luang Namtha – China (235kms) Lao Border into China

Departure to Boten Border. After Laos – China immigration then heading to Mengla County for bike inspection, We shall ride for 2.5 hours to jinghong city for an overnight. Jing Hong city is the capital city of Xishuangbanna Tai Minority prefecture. (3 stars hotel)

Day 2 April 28 Jing Hong- Lincang (450kms)

We leave Jing Hong and follow the highway to Ning’er and turn off the highway for lunch, in the afternoon we ride on smaller national road to Lincang, overnight at the hotel .
Day 3   April 29 Lincang-Lijiang (500kms)

We departure for Lijiang and stop for a quick lunch by the Mekong river, in the afternoon continue trip to Lìjiāng. The mountain ride is another highlight of the day. We arrive in Lijiang in early afternoon. Lijaing is the UNESCO world heritage which attracts crowds of visitors all year around.

Day 4 April 30 Lijiang, China – Shangri-La, China (280km)

We will leave Lijiang and ride to the third deepest Gorge in the world, Tiger Leaping Gorge. We will ride through the gorge and get to Haba Snow Mountain, a simple lunch at a family guesthouse we will continue to Shangri_la County or Gyelthang, is where the Tibetan and Chinese worlds meet. Until recently, it was the northernmost open point for foreign travelers in Yunnan. Zhongdian is now a modern city at the edge of the vast Tibetan plateau.

Day 5 May 1 Shangri La/Deqin Mt. Kawa Karpo (175KM)

Later start as a half day of rest, The drive to Deqen is simply the best way to view the great variety of landscape in the Great Rivers region. We will ride over the 4292 meter white horse pass and we reach the Tibetan frontier town in late afternoon.

Day 6 May 2 Deqin /Yerkalo /Markam (208KM)

Early morning to see the sunrise over the 6740 meter highest unclimbed mountain in the world. Today’s morning we will ride to Yekalo and visit the salt fields. Depart Yanjing in the afternoon and travel along the north of Mekong River valley into Tibet. We will pass two check points today.

Day 7 May 3 Markam/Zuogong/Basu (360KM)

Today you will cross two high passes, one at around 4800 the other, Mt. Dongdala, at 5009m to Pomda. Cross the Salween River on the way. Roads get winding as we ride through the river gorges. We actually have travelled through the three biggest rivers of Asia, Yangyse, Mekong and Salween rivers.

Day 8 May 4 Basu/Pomi/Bayi (450KM)

The drive to Ranwu is through alpine forest landscapes. We will explore the glacier at Ranwu and onto Pomi, at a lower altitude. We will have a chance to see the grant massif of Gyala Peri (7294m) and Namcha Barwa (7756m) on We will arrive in Pomi for overnight.

Day 9 May 5 Bayi/Gandan/Lhasa (400KM)

After the long challenging overland trip you will understand why Tibetans regard the journey to Lhasa as one of the most sacred of pilgrimages.

Day 10 May 6 Rest Day in Lhasa

 

Day 11 May 7 Lhasa DAY OFF 2

 

We will do a group tour together.

Potala Palace was built in 1645 about 50 years by Dalai Lama Lobsang Gyatso and one of the most beautiful architecture in the world, long 400 meters, wide 350 meters and height 13th floors. Moreover total room is 1,000 rooms.

Jokhang Temple (Wat Tá Cháo Shì) that was built for celebration of marrieds’ Songten Gambo (King of Tibet) with Princess Wénchéng of Tang Dynasty, since before 1,300. After that leisure shopping around temple.

Day 12 May 8 Lhasa-Gyangtse (330kms) Both Team A and B leave together

Departure to Gyangtse. Very nice view above the Yamdrok Lake with background of Ninkin kangsar Mountain (7111) and visit the ancient Fotress at Gyangtse.

Day 13 May 9           Gyangtse-Tingri (360kms)

Departure for Dingri , ride over Gyatsola pass and you may possibly see Mt. Everest from afar. We will spend a night in TIngri and get ready for next day’s ride for Everest.

Day 14 MAY 10 Tingri- Everest –Tingri (200kms)

Breakfast at hotel, heading trip to Everest on road level height 5100 meters from the sea level. We then keep riding over 5200 meter pangla pass to Rongbuk Temple at foot of Mount Everest. Arrive at Rongbuk Temple & Base Camp. We spend some time at basecamp and return to Tingri.

Day 15 MAY 11 Tingri- Shigatse (370kms)

We ride back to Shigatse, the second largest city of Tibet.

Day 16 MAY 12 Shigatse – Tsetang (320kms)

We will take a different loop without repeating the ride, We head to Tsetang, where Tibetan culture originates, on the way pass Brahmaputra River and visit old Temple.

Day 17 MAY 13 Tsetang- Bayì (440kms)

After this day, we will drive on rougher road but this way is more beautiful view. We will see Meadow & River alongside of the way. Overnight at hotel in Bayi.

Day 18 MAY 14 Bayi- Ranwo (350kms)

Today we are travelling on the same road (pavement road) and overnight at hotel by the lake side of Ranwo Lake. Great views of the glacier fed lake.

Day 19 MAY 15 Ranwo-Zuogong (310kms)

We ride to Zuogong for overnight.

Day 20 MAY 16 Zuogong- Yanjing (275kms)

Heading to Déqìn on route following the Mekong River and mountain. It is very wonderful view. Lunch at local restaurant. Arrived at Yanjing, we will visit the salt flats and enjoy a hot spring bath.

Day 21 MAY 17 Yanjing – Wexi (312KM)

Have a great view of the sun rise on Mt. Kawa Karpo Mountain, we then ride along the Mekong River to Weixi. Another scenic riding day as we travel south on the east bank of the Mekong river, also named Lan Cang Jiang in Chinese. We will make a stop at Cizhong Church and ride to Weixi.

Day 22 MAY 18 Weixi to Shaxi (235KM)

Long day ride to Shaxi, we will again meet the Yangtse River and stop at the Great Bend of the Yangtse at Stone Drum Town. Ride to Shaxi actually takes you back to old China’s tea horse caravan trading town.

Day 23 MAY 19 Shaxi-Kunming(460KM)

Ride back to Kunming with some scenic highway stops, drop off the bike and back to your hotel. Farewell Dinner.

Day 24 MAY 20  Kunming to Jing Hong (550km)

Group B trip finishes after breakfast.

Group A We take the highway south to Jing Hong again.
Day 25 MAY 21 Jing Hong/Mengla   (215km)

Ride south on highway through Xiaomenyang nature reserve, the most beautiful highway in China. Clear the customs and exit China (about 1 hour procedure)

Everest Base Camp, The Tibetian Plateau and Yunnan,

15 Days – Rented Bikes from Lhasa (600cc Jialing)

Fly into Lhasa and immediately savour the flavour of the Mountain Kingdom. Take a couple of Days out to get used to the Altitude and meet Group A. Head out together and ride upto Everest Base Camp on the Tibet Side. Venture across the high plains and down to Yunnan in China before ending up in the capital Kunming before flying out.

15 Days from Kunming back to Kunming, via Lhasa and Everest

Price from

$4300USD per bike and rider

(for 5 riders and above)

Pillion or truck passenger $800USD

This is for Bike, Guide and Entry Permits Only, food, fuel and accommodation must be purchased seperately.

(Includes transport of the bike to Lhasa for the start of the trip).

Itinerary for Team B

TEAM B

Flight to Lhasa Day 1, MAY 5 (Day 9 of Team A)

Arrive in Chengdu or Kunming to get Tibet permit before travelling to Lhasa.

Flight journey to Lhasa, met and taken to your hotel, rest of the afternoon you may rest and get acclimatize high altitude.

Day 2 Two Tours Meet UP DAY OFF 1

We will do driver licenses for Group B. Rest of the afternoon free.

Team A and B Together

Day 3B May 7 Lhasa DAY OFF 2

We will do a group tour together.

Potala Palace was built in 1645 about 50 years by Dalai Lama Lobsang Gyatso and one of the most beautiful architecture in the world, long 400 meters, wide 350 meters and height 13th floors. Moreover total room is 1,000 rooms.

Jokhang Temple (Wat Tá Cháo Shì) that was built for celebration of marrieds’ Songten Gambo (King of Tibet) with Princess Wénchéng of Tang Dynasty, since before 1,300. After that leisure shopping around temple.

Day 4B May 8 Lhasa-Gyangtse (330kms)

Departure to Gyangtse. Very nice view above the Yamdrok Lake with background of Ninkin kangsar Mountain (7111) and visit the ancient Fotress at Gyangtse.

Day 5B May 9           Gyangtse-Tingri (360kms)

Departure for Dingri , ride over Gyatsola pass and you may possibly see Mt. Everest from afar. We will spend a night in TIngri and get ready for next day’s ride for Everest.

Day 6B MAY 10 Tingri- Everest –Tingri (200kms)

Breakfast at hotel, heading trip to Everest on road level height 5100 meters from the sea level. We then keep riding over 5200 meter pangla pass to Rongbuk Temple at foot of Mount Everest. Arrive at Rongbuk Temple & Base Camp. We spend some time at basecamp and return to Tingri.

Day 7B MAY 11 Tingri- Shigatse (370kms)

We ride back to Shigatse, the second largest city of Tibet.

Day 8B MAY 12 Shigatse – Tsetang (320kms)

We will take a different loop without repeating the ride, We head to Tsetang, where Tibetan culture originates, on the way pass Brahmaputra River and visit old Temple.

Day 9B MAY 13 Tsetang- Bayì (440kms)

After this day, we will drive on rougher road but this way is more beautiful view. We will see Meadow & River alongside of the way. Overnight at hotel in Bayi.

Day 10B MAY 14 Bayi- Ranwo (350kms)

Today we are travelling on the same road (pavement road) and overnight at hotel by the lake side of Ranwo Lake. Great views of the glacier fed lake.

Day 11B MAY 15 Ranwo-Zuogong (310kms)

We ride to Zuogong for overnight.

Day 12B MAY 16 Zuogong- Yanjing (275kms)

Heading to Déqìn on route following the Mekong River and mountain. It is very wonderful view. Lunch at local restaurant. Arrived at Yanjing, we will visit the salt flats and enjoy a hot spring bath.

Day 13B MAY 17 Yanjing – Wexi (312KM)

Have a great view of the sun rise on Mt. Kawa Karpo Mountain, we then ride along the Mekong River to Weixi. Another scenic riding day as we travel south on the east bank of the Mekong river, also named Lan Cang Jiang in Chinese. We will make a stop at Cizhong Church and ride to Weixi.

Day 14B MAY 18 Weixi to Shaxi (235KM)

Long day ride to Shaxi, we will again meet the Yangtse River and stop at the Great Bend of the Yangtse at Stone Drum Town. Ride to Shaxi actually takes you back to old China’s tea horse caravan trading town.

Day 15B MAY 19 Shaxi-Kunming(460KM)

Ride back to Kunming with some scenic highway stops, drop off the bike and back to your hotel. Farewell Dinner.

Tour Confirmation

Due to the work involved obtaining the paperwork to get permission to ride to Everest Base Camp all riders will have to be confirmed and deposited 3 months prior to the tour departure, no later than January 15th, 2017.

 

What is and isn’t included in the tour –

Team A – included

–Permits
–Tibet Travel Permit
–Chinese driving license
–Chinese Plate
–Third party liability insurance for the bike
–Riders’ travel insurance
–English speaking guide
–Customs clearance (in and out)
–Customs import bund
–Support Truck

Not included

–Chinese Visa
–Hotels
–Meals
–Entry fees to parks and monasteries
–Petrol for your bike
–Personal Expenses
–Mandatory International Travel Insurance
–Any additional expenses due to unexpected reasons or delays caused by incidents

Included in Tour Cost: Team B

–Permits
–Tibet Travel Permit
–Chinese driving license
–APT/HTL transfer and license formalities in Lhasa
–Bike Rental from Lhasa to Kunming
–Riders’ travel insurance
–English speaking guide
–Support Truck

Not included

–Chinese Visa
–Petrol for your bike
–Personal Expenses
–All meals
–Hotels
–Flight to Lhasa
–Mandatory International Travel Insurance
–Any additional expenses due to unexpected reasons or delays caused by incidents

Climate To Expect

This is going to be one of the main shaping factors of the tour and the reason we are going into Tibet in May. There is a small weather window, due to the very varied altitudes that we will experience. The Laos/China Border and area around Kunming City, capital of Yunnan, will be tropical or sub-tropical – meaning hot. While there is a possibility of snow blocking the high passes around the mighty mountains to and from Everest. We need to be dressed for all occasions.

Altitude Sickness

At such altitudes as the Tibetian Plateau there may be a danger of altitude sickness for which we must take precautions. Team B should make allowance to arrive early to Lhasa and acclimatize prior to the tour departing the city.

Benefit of Having 2 Groups Riding Together

The authorities in the region are still extremely strict concerning motorcycle travel in this area and permits are difficult and expensive to obtain. Groups must be escorted by local guides on motorcycles that are registered with the authorities along with their travel plans. Independent travel in the region is not yet available – you can’t just source a bike and ride into Tibet.

By combining the 2 groups on one permit with one support team the expedition becomes much cheaper for both groups.

Safety in numbers – Tibet is the home of Abominable Snowman (or Yeti) who has for years been known to target lone bikers, as they make such good eating. This is why for years the authorities have banned lone biker travel. Traveling in groups with experienced Yeti spotters is the best way of avoiding the issue of being consumed by the beasts.

Expedition of a Lifetime

Motorcycle travel has only recently been allowed back into Tibet and that special permission could be withdrawn again at any time – ride now before its too late

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