We begin our biking in the lowland rice fields and farmlands of Sichuan Basin and gently climb toward Tibetan Plateau. The mountainous area is lined with snow covered peaks, stunning river valleys and later widens out into the open Tibetan grasslands. We visit a panda breeding sanctuary and Buddhist monasteries, meet with Tibetan nomadic yak herders, explore small Tibetan towns and ancient Chinese villages, dine in local restaurants and take the challenge of biking in an area seldom visited by western travelers. We bike on mostly paved roads where at times bikes and small tractors out-number cars and climb over four high mountain passes with the highest being 4298 meters.
Stunning scenery, colorful culture, world re-known cuisine and history all combine to create one of the most diverse, interesting and memorable biking destinations on the planet. 14 days biking - 80% is on paved roads and 20% on unpaved and dirt roads. While all of the riding on this trip is non-technical some off road biking experience will help. This trip is suited to bikers with a good level of fitness. The distance is from 10 km to 120 km per day. Total distance up to 700 km. Maximum altitude 4298 meters above sea-level.
We travel in a loop through Sichuan Province and Tibetan Plateau – Chengdu to Chengdu. 100% vehicle supported. Our trusty support vehicle carries all your luggage, helps you up those hills (if you like) and always has lunch, snacks and water at hand. Accommodation is twin share in local hotels and guesthouses. (Single supplement is also available). Food includes 3 meals per day from dinner on Day-1 to breakfast Day-16. This excludes 2 lunches and 2 evening meals which are at your own expense to give you more opportunity to explore and experience local cuisine. Escape Adventures trip leader and a local bilingual guide/interpreter.
Day 1: Arrive in Chengdu
Day 2: Chengdu City ride and Panda Breeding centre. 40 km
Day 3: Bike through rice fields and farmland to Pingle. 53 km
Day 4: Bike through bamboo forest and farmland to Baoxing. 75 km
Day 5: Enter Tibetan area. 17 km
Day 6: Climb over 4200 meters pass to Rilongguan. 70 km
Day 7: Follow river valley to Danba. 120 km
Day 8: Danba free day, then to Jaiju Tibetan village.
Day 9: Bike up remote river valley to Donggu. 50 km
Day 10: Climb over 3900m pass onto Tibetan Plateau. 55km
Day 11: Bike across Tibetan Plateau to Tagong. 30km
Day 12: Bike past Nomads and Yaks and over 4300 meters pass to Kangding. 112km
Day 13: Bike to Shangli Ancient town. 52km
Day 14: Bike back down towards Chengdu. 45km
Day 15: Fly out.
Please remember that this is a guide only and due to unforeseen circumstances it may be necessary to make changes to the itinerary. This tour does not enter Tibet (Xizang) as currently defined by Beijing. However the tour is primarily in the area occupied by Tibetans and who themselves consider it Tibet.
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