7 Days Lhasa to Yamdrok Lake Bike Tour

7 Days Lhasa to Yamdrok Lake Bike Tour
Apr - OctBest Time
MediumTour Pace
4441mMax Altitude
Physical Demands
Lhasa-Kangba La Pass-Yamdrok Lake-Lhasa
The Lhasa to Yamdrok Lake bike tour is an exhilarating adventure that takes you from the bustling city of Lhasa to the stunning natural beauty of Yamdrok Lake. As you cycle along the winding roads, you'll pass through picturesque villages and witness traditional Tibetan culture. The highlight of the trip is undoubtedly the breathtaking views of Yamdrok Lake, with its crystal-clear waters and towering mountains in the background. This challenging yet rewarding journey is perfect for those looking for an immersive experience of Tibet's natural and cultural wonders.
D1: Arrive in Lhasa
D2: Lhasa Sightseeing
D3: Lhasa Sightseeing
D4: Lhasa / Kangba La Pass
D5: Kangba La Pass / Yamdrok
D6: Yamdrok / Lhasa
D7: Tour Ends
Itinerary Details
Includes & Excludes
Tour FAQs
Itinerary Details

Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa [3650m]

Upon your arrival in Lhasa, our guide and driver will be waiting to welcome you at either Lhasa Airport or Railway Station. The airport is located about 1.5 hours away from the city center, while the railway station is only 20 minutes away. Our staff will transfer you to your hotel. Have good rest today, and get ready to begin your adventure the following day. Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 2 Lhasa Sightseeing

Today, we'll begin at the Potala Palace, an enormous structure that dominates the skyline of Lhasa. As you approach the palace, you'll be struck by its sheer size and grandeur. Inside, you'll spend 1-2 hours exploring its rooms, halls, and chapels. Then we'll visit the Jokhang Temple, which is considered the spiritual heart of Tibet. This is where pilgrims from all over Tibet come to pay their respects and offer prayers. The temple is a fascinating blend of Han, Tibetan, and Nepalese architecture, and is a testament to the rich cultural heritage of the region. Finally, we'll take a stroll through Barkhor, the oldest street in Lhasa and a hub of traditional Tibetan life. You'll have the chance to soak up the unique atmosphere of this incredible city. Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 3 Lhasa Sightseeing

Today, we'll explore two of the most exquisite and significant monasteries in Lhasa, starting with Drepung Monastery. The name Drepung is derived from the Tibetan language and means "piles of rice", which is a symbol of good fortune and prosperity. Drepung Monastery once housed over 10,000 monks, making it the world's largest monastery. After lunch, we’ll pay a visit to Sera Monastery. Sera is renowned for its stunning architecture and breathtaking views. One of the most fascinating activities to experience at Sera Monastery is the Buddhist scriptures debating session that takes place in the afternoon from 3 to 5 PM. Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 4 Cycle from Lhasa to Kangba La Pass (85 km)

On the fourth day, we embark on our cycling journey towards west. The road will be flanked by breathtaking vistas on either side, providing us with stunning views of the rural landscapes of Tibet. As we approach the Kangba La Pass, which stands at an altitude of 4,990 meters, we will witness the majestic Yarlung Tsangpo River winding its way along the foot of the mountain pass. As we reach the foot of the Kang La Pass, we will set up camp for the night.

Day 5 Cycle to Yamdrok Tso via the Kangba La Pass (55 km)

Today’s route starts with a challenging climb up the Kangba La Pass, the main mountain pass, which involves navigating steep uphill slopes on a winding tar road with numerous hairpin bends. Reaching the summit of this pass is akin to overcoming a significant obstacle, and the reward is a breathtaking panoramic view of the Yamdrok Valley that will leave you in awe. As you descend from the summit, you'll arrive at the shore of the Yamdrok Tso Lake - one of the three sacred lakes in Tibet. The beauty of the lake is awe-inspiring, and it's the perfect spot for a peaceful overnight camping experience.

Day 6 Car Ride back to Lhasa from Yamdrok Tso 

Today, start your morning with the breathtaking sight of the sunrise over the Yamdrok Lake and take a leisurely stroll by the lakeside. Later, head southwest to visit Samding Monastery, a historic Gelug Sect monastery established in the early 15th century. Samding Monastery is notable for being the seat of Dorje Pakmo, the sole female incarnation in Tibet. After exploring the monastery, travel back to Lhasa in the comfort of a car.

Day 7 Lhasa airport or train station dropping off 

Today, you will be dropped off at the Lhasa airport or train station. This is where you'll say your farewells to your guide and driver. Service ends.

Includes & Excludes
What’s included in this tour package?
Transport: Private minivan or minibus with driver
Free Lhasa airport / train pick-up and drop-off
Twin-sharing / double room accommodation in Tibet
Local English-speaking Tibetan guide
All entrance fees of sightseeing places mentioned in itinerary
All necessary Tibet permits
Government tax
What’s excluded in this tour package?
Chinese Visa fee
Bikes or bike rental cost
Tips for the guide and driver
Flight or train tickets into and out of Lhasa
Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, etc
Tour FAQs

Q: Is it a difficult bike tour?
A: The bike tour in Tibet is considered challenging due to the high altitude and steep terrain. It is recommended that participants have a good level of fitness and prior experience with high-altitude cycling.

Q: What is the best time of year to do the Lhasa to Yamdrok Lake bike tour?
A: The best time to do the tour is between April and October when the weather is warmer and drier. However, it is important to check weather conditions before embarking on the tour as it can be unpredictable at high altitude.

Q: Do I need a permit to cycle in Tibet?
A: Yes, a Tibet Travel Permit is required to enter and travel in Tibet. This permit can be obtained through a registered travel agency.

Q: What is the cost of the Lhasa to Yamdrok Lake bike tour?
A: The cost of the tour varies depending on the travel agency and the services provided. On average, it can cost around $1000 to $1350 per person.

Q: What is the distance of the bike tour from Lhasa to Yamdrok Lake?
A: The distance of the bike tour from Lhasa to Yamdrok Lake is approximately 260 kilometers, depending on the specific route taken.

Q: What is the terrain like on the bike tour from Lhasa to Yamdrok Lake?
A: The terrain on the bike tour from Lhasa to Yamdrok Lake is mostly hilly and mountainous, with some sections of flat terrain. The roads are generally well-maintained and paved, although there may be some sections of gravel or dirt roads.

Q: What is the best time of year to do the bike tour from Lhasa to Yamdrok Lake?
A: The best time of year to do the bike tour from Lhasa to Yamdrok Lake is from May to October, when the weather is generally mild and dry.

Q: What is the altitude on the bike tour from Lhasa to Yamdrok Lake?
A: The altitude on the bike tour from Lhasa to Yamdrok Lake ranges from approximately 3,600 meters in Lhasa to 4,441 meters at the highest point near Karola Pass.

Q: Is it safe to do the bike tour from Lhasa to Yamdrok Lake?
A: The bike tour from Lhasa to Yamdrok Lake can be challenging due to the altitude and terrain, but it is generally safe as long as cyclists take appropriate precautions and are adequately prepared for the conditions.

Q: What should I bring on the bike tour from Lhasa to Yamdrok Lake?
A: Cyclists should bring appropriate clothing for the weather conditions, as well as any necessary cycling gear and equipment. It is also important to bring sunscreen, a first-aid kit, and plenty of water and snacks.
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Client Feedback

From Mr. Gerard Adrien From Mr. Gerard Adrien
GTT-D-2660, 29-07-2023

Hi Daniel. We are already on our way back to Shanghai. We would like to thank you for the great trip we had. Our guide Jampa and our driver did an excellent job. They are both very recommendable! We enjoyed the trip despite the altitude discomfort we experienced during the first 3 days. Thank you!

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.