Once we leave Lhasa, the real adventure begins. There are six major passes to be negotiated on the main Lhasa to Kathmandu route as it runs westward (parallel to the impressive Himalayan chain which forms the border with Bhutan, Sikkim and Nepal to the south). Throughout our adventure, the road traverses a high and dry plateau dotted by the unforgettable monastery towns of Gyantse, Xigatse, Xegar and many others. Life hasn't changed here for hundreds of years: nomadic yak herders can still be seen moving their yaks to and from summer pastures.
Since one of our objectives is to visit the Tibetan side Everest Base Camp, our group will leave the main route behind and use the dirt jeep tracked road leading to the Rongbuk Monastery. Mallory and Irvine visited this same monastery on their way to challenge Everest, possibly given blessings and prayers by a Lama living in the monastery at that time. We will spend a couple of days exploring the base camp, before retracing our steps back to the main route to Kathmandu.
Back on the main Kathmandu route, we'll reach the edge of the Tibetan Plateau as we cross Shung La at 5400m, and begin a freewheeling scenic descent of four thousand meters, entering Nepal via the border town of Zhangmu.Our final day of cycling plus a bus ride will bring us back to the culinary treats and relative comforts of civilization in Kathmandu.
Day 1: Meet at airport.
Day 2: Arrive Kathmandu.
Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa.
Days 4-5: In and around Lhasa.
Days 6-9: Cycle Lhasa to Gyantse.
Day 10: Cycle Lhasa to Gyantse Total 250 km.
Day 11: Cycle Gyantse to Shigatse.
Day 12: Cycle Gyantse to Shigatse 90 km.
Day 13-15: Cycle to Shigar.
Day 16: Cycle to Shigar 250 km.
Days 17-18: Cycle to Rombuk/Everest North face.
Day 19: Cycle to Rombuk/Everest North face 160 km.
Day 20: Cycle to Tingri 60 km.
Day 21: Cycle Tingri to Zhangmu downhill 200km.
Day 22: Zhangmu to Nepal Border.
Day 23: Cycle onto Kathmandu 130 km.
Day 24: Kathmandu rest day.
Day 25: Depart Kathmandu.
Day 26: Arrive back in Australia.
Note: The trip is a fundraiser for the Oncology Children's Foundation.
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