9 Days Lhasa to EBC Motorcycle Tour

9 Days Lhasa to EBC Motorcycle Tour
Apr - OctBest Time
MediumTour Pace
5284mMax Altitude
Physical Demands
Lhasa / Shigatse / Everest Base Camp / Lhasa
TheEBC motorcycle tour will take you to an amazing adventure through the hills on Tibetan Plateau. You will appreciate the breathtaking landscapes of the Himalayas, including the holy Lhasa, the sacred lakes, and the mighty Mount Everest. This fascinating self-drive motorcycle trip will definitely be an unforgettable memory in your life.
DAY BY DAY SUMMARY
D1: Arrive in Lhasa
D2-3: Lhasa Sightseeing
D4: Lhasa / Ganden / Lhasa
D5: Lhasa / Gyantse / Shigatse
D6: Shigatse / Rongbuk / E.B.C
D7-8: E.B.C / Shigatse / Lhasa
D9: Tour Ends
Itinerary Details
Includes & Excludes
Tour FAQs
Itinerary Details

Day 1 Arrive in Lhasa [B]

Today, you will be greeted by your Tibetan guide once you arrive in Lhasa. From airport to Lhasa city is 68km, around one hour and half drive will take you to the holy city Lhasa. Afterwards, free time for relax, have a good rest and drink more water to acclimatize the high altitude on the plateau. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 2 Lhasa Sightseeing [B]

Today, you’ll have a tour to Lhasa's cardinal landmark and a UNESCO World Heritage Site-Potala Palace. Renowned as one of the great wonders on earth for its elaborate architecture built at an elevation of 3700m, this awe-inspiring palace will not disappoint you. In the afternoon, pay a visit to Jokhang Temple, the most respected shrine in Tibet. Thick with the smell of incense and yak butter, you’ll witness a throng of prostrating pilgrims cramming out there. The temple is the masterpiece of Tibetan, Chinese and Nepalese architectural techniques. Then take a stroll around the Barkhor Street, the oldest bazaar in the city. You'll also enjoy a welcome dinner gathering with all travel mates in the group after the sightseeing activities. Overnight in Lhasa.

Potala Palace
Potala Palace
Jokhang Temple
Jokhang Temple

Day 3 Lhasa Sightseeing [B]

Morning, you’ll visit Drepung Monastery, whichlocates about 8km west of central Lhasa and was once one of the world's largest monasteries with the population of around 10,000 monks in its heyday. Climb uphill through the whitewashed intersecting alleyways as well as the medieval chapels, and enjoy the panoramic view of the city on top of the mountain. In the afternoon, you’ll have a chance to witness the famous 'Scriptures Debating' session at Sera Monastery, spectating their featured way of Buddhist dialectics and hand slapping in a landscaped courtyard with lush trees. Overnight in Lhasa.

Drepung Monastery
Drepung Monastery
Sera Monastery
Sera Monastery

Day 4 Ride from Lhasa to Ganden Monastery [B]

Today, you’ll get acclimatized and test the motorbikes by riding out of Lhasa to Ganden Monastery. Ganden is cradled in a natural amphitheater high above the Kyi Chu, or Lhasa River. The monastery is one of three great Gelukpa religious centers in the Lhasa area. The Kora (circuit walking) around Ganden shouldn’t be missed too. Later after lunch, for those who are interested in Tibetan Buddhism, a visit to Drak Yerpa hermitage-one of the holiest cave retreats would be another good choice for today. King Songtsen Gampo also medicated in a cave. This peaceful site offers lovely views and should be included in this great day trip. Overnight in Lhasa.

Ganden Monastery
Ganden Monastery
Kyichu Valley
Kyichu Valley

Day 5 Lhasa / Gyantse [3980m] / Shigatse [3840m], 360km, 6-7hrs drive [B]

Morning drive up to Kampala pass [4794m], you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso and spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance, the turquoise colored Lake Yamdrok Tso is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet, the unforgettable vista of pincer-shaped turquoise water of the lake and amazing spectacle of Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar glacier from Karo la pass are the wonders of the day. Far in the distance you’ll spot the towering massif Mt. Nojin Kangtsang [7191m], and the staggering Karo-la Glacier [5045m].Then along the Friendship southern High way drive to Gyantse, you will be arranged to visit the Pelkhor Monastery and the famous stupa - Gyantse Kumbum, one of the most stunning architectural wonders in Tibet. Late afternoon, drive to Shigatse. Overnight in Shigatse.

Yamdrok Lake
Yamdrok Lake
Pelkor Monastery
Pelkor Monastery

Day 6 Shigatse / Rongbuk [4900m] / E.B.C [5200m], 340km, 9-10hrs drive [B]

Today, drive forward to Rongbuk via Lhatse and Shegar, cross over Gyatsola [5248m] & Gawu la pass [5250m], from the top of the Gawu la you will see the spectacular Himalayan Ranges and its glorious peaks viz Mt. Makalu [8463m], Mt. Lotse [8516m], Mt Everest [8844m], Mt. Cho Oyu [8201m] and Mt. Shishapama [8020m] from Left to right, climbing down through numbers of switchback bends lead to the dry valley of Tashi Zom and then to today's destination - Everest Base Camp. Rongbuk is the highest monastery in Tibet and is consisted by both monks and nuns, where is a good point to see Mt. Everest. Sunset at Mt. Everest is another highlight of today if in good weather. Overnight at local tent guesthouse or Rongbuk guesthouse (dorm beds only, share room with other tourists).

Gyatsola Mountain
Gyatsola Mountain
Rongbuk Monastery
Rongbuk Monastery

Day 7 Rongbuk / Shigatse 340km, 9-10hrs drive

Get up early this morning, and if the weather's good enough, you could have a chance to see the sunrise of Mt. Everest from Rongbuk Monastery and view the peak glittering in the sunshine. It's hard to peel your gaze away from the stunning view of the magnificent north face of the world’s tallest peak - Mt. Everest (Qomolangma as its Tibetan name, meaning "Goddess Mother of Mountains"). Rongbuk Monastery is the furthest place we could reach in the Qomolangma scenic area. Late morning or early afternoon, start driving back to Shigatse and have a good rest after the long time drive. Overnight in Shigatse.

Everest Sunrise
Everest Sunrise
Everest  Base Camp
Everest Base Camp

Day 8 Shigatse / Lhasa 270km, 6hrs drive [B]

Morning, visit Shigatse Tashilunpo Monastery and the spectacular tombs of Panchen Lamas, sometimes it is crowded with local pilgrims. Afterwards drive back to Lhasa along the northern friendship way, marvelous landscapes and sceneries along the Brahmaputra River will accompany you all the way back to Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa.

Tashilhunpo Monastery
Tashilhunpo Monastery
Yarlung Tsangpo River
Yarlung Tsangpo River

Day 9 Fly back home [B]

Be prepared for your flight back to home. Your guide and driver will be on time to transfer you to the airport. Thanks for traveling with us. Hope to be at your service next time.

Includes & Excludes
What’s included in this tour package?
Government paper works: tourism bureau, transportation, police, custom, etc.
The temporal driving license and driving plate of the car in China (We only provide one free temporal driving license, and there will be $75 / person fee for extra driving license.)
Twin-sharing / double room hotel in cities; guesthouse at remote areas
Good English-speaking guide
All entrance fees of sightseeing places mentioned in itinerary except the optionals
Vehicle Insurance of the accident
All necessary travel permits
Government tax
What’s excluded in this tour package?
Chinese Visa fee
Vehicle: can be your own car or you can rent in China
Oil, vehicle maintenance, toll gate fees, parking fees
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Personal expenses: laundry, drinks, etc.
Tips for guide and driver
Tour FAQs

※What is a Private Tour?

A Private Tour Package means you will have your own private guide, driver, and vehicle for your own disposal. You don't have to share the vehicle with others even if you are a single traveler. You would have full attention of your guide and driver. Our professional guide would love to share local culture, knowledge and stories.

Your private guide would also help you make an easier, comfortable, flexible and enjoyable tour. You can stop on the road to get a rest or take pictures during the drive. You have the flexibility of changing the visiting order of attractions or extending the visiting time at some tourist sites.

We will arrange the private airport or train station pick-up and see-off for you. Upon your arrival, you can find our guide waiting at the pick-up area, holding a name sign, welcome you with a warm smile. You will be transferred to hotel.

When traveling with your family or friends, a private tour would be your first choice.

※Accommodation Choices

For private tour, we can arrange hotels according to your requirements. There are options of budget guesthouse, 3 star hotel, 4 star hotel, high-end luxury hotel or bouquet heritage hotel. If you have your own preferred hotel, just let us know, we will help you with the booking, everything would be arranged as per your interests.

※Meal Choices

Our tour packages generally include breakfasts. Meanwhile, lunches and dinners are optional to be arranged either by yourself or by us.

It’s easy to find nice restaurants in China, and you could also ask for suggestions from your guide. They always know where you can find something tasty.

The price would be different according to different food:

1. If you choose noodles, around RMB 15-30 per person.

2. If you like some fast food like KFC, around RMB 25-40 per person.

3. If you prefer some food at a decent restaurant, around RMB 70-150 per person.

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Client Feedback

From Ms. Elena Maria Valisi From Ms. Elena Maria Valisi
GTT-V-3371, 10-09-2019

I highly recommend this agency. I travelled with other 2 couples who booked through different agencies and they paid a lot more to have less assistance, same hotels/tour/guide/car, less flexibility and no travel insurance included.

From Mr. Severin Wechsler From Mr. Severin Wechsler
GTT-V-3233, 22-08-2019

Wir sind sehr zufrieden mit der individuellen Tour welche wir mit "Go to Tibet Tours" zusammenstellen konnten (8-Tagestou; Peking und Lhasa). Der Trip hat uns sehr gefallen, alles lief wie geplannt. Die Tourguides (Forrest und Kielsang) waren sehr hilfesbereit und kompetent...