the Sichuan Province. We cover roughly 700km through stunning Chinese and Tibetan
scenery, culture and fantastic biking. Starting in the hustle of Chengdu City, we make our way
north west into the agricultural and rice growing regions and then climb slowly through river
valleys lined with snow covered peaks to the wide open spaces of the Tibetan Plateau. There
are a couple of known touristy towns (known at least to Chinese people) early on in the trip,
but from then on the towns are local, rural and in some places very remote.
We visit a panda breeding sanctuary and Buddhist monasteries, meet with Tibetan nomadic
yak herders, and take the challenge of crossing three high mountain passes. Stunning scenery,
colourful culture, intriguing history and delicious food combine to create one of the most
diverse, interesting and memorable biking destinations on the planet.
What is the cycling like?
We ride between 20-120km per day; a total distance of 700km spread over 12 days of biking.
We bike on mostly paved roads where at times bikes and small tractors out-number cars. The
terrain varies from gentle meandering river valleys to long sustained climbs and lovely long
descents. We climb over four high mountain passes, three of which are over 4000m however
in all cases the gradient is fairly gentle. Suitable for bikers with a good level of fitness and
perfect for a hybrid or touring style bike.
We start and finish in Chengdu City and loop through Sichuan Province and the Tibetan
Plateau. Your group will be made up of 6-12 bikers from around the world, plus Escape
remarkable places, unforgettable journeys
leaders, local guide/interpreter and local crew. Our trusty support vehicle carries all your
luggage, can help you up the hills (if you like) and always has lunch, snacks and water at
hand. Accommodation is twin-share in local hotels and guesthouses most of which have ensuites
however it is occasionally necessary to share bathroom facilities. Meals and snacks are
all provided mostly taking advantage of the delicious fare in local restaurants. This excludes
two lunches and two evening meals which are at your own expense to give you more
opportunity to explore and experience local cuisine.
Chengdu to Chengdu
(B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=evening meal)
Day 1 – Arrive in Chengdu, free day. Airport pick ups will be provided. Alternatively taxis are
available outside the airport, approx $USD10 to the Hotel. We will meet in the hotel reception
for a pre departure meeting at 5pm | D | Accommodation: Chengdu Hotel. NOTE- please
change money, use the ATM in Chengdu City to get enough local currency for the duration of
Day 2 - Chengdu – Get into the vibe of China with a city tour of Chengdu by bike including a
visit to a Giant Panda Breeding Research Centre and some other local surprises. | Cycling:
40kms | BD, lunch at own cost | Accommodation: Chengdu Hotel.
Day 3 - We begin with a vehicle transfer out of the city and ride through a grain growing area
and paddy fields to Pingle. | Cycling: 63kms | BLD | Accommodaion: Pingle Guesthouse.
Day 4 – We bike on through farmland and steamy bamboo forest and over our first pass at
1250m to Lushan. | Cycling: 75kms | BLD | Accommodation: Baoxing Hotel.
Day 5 – We gain some altitude in the morning with a transfer up to a lake created by a new
dam project. Biking around the lake we enter the Tibetan area and on to Yaoji Forest Reserve.
| Cycling: 20kms | BLD | Accommodation: Forest Cabins.
Day 6 – Our first major pass as we climb over Jiajinshan pass at 4200m. With views of the
Himalayan foothills and yaks for company it’s an awesome achievement and rewarded with a
36km sweeping downhill. | Cycling: 70kms | BLD | Accommodation: Rilongguan Hotel.
Day 7 – A long and flowing day as we follow a river valley downstream through farmland and
orchards to Danba. | Cycling: 120kms | BLD | Accommation: Danba Hotel.
Day 8 – A day off the bikes. Spend the morning walking through small hillside villages to
explore some ancient defensive towers and then head into Danba town to check out the
sights in the afternoon. In the late afternoon we take a short drive up to Jaiju Tibetan village
and spend the night in a Tibetan stone house. | BD, lunch at own cost | Accommodation:
Day 9 – We head back down to the river valley and follow the river as it gently climbs through
a quiet valley to Donggu. |Cycling: 49kms | BLD |Accommodation: Local Guesthouse.
Day 10 – Biking on up the river valley we cross over a 3900m pass and drop down into the wide
open Tibetan Grasslands. In the afternoon take a break from the saddle to visit an historically
important Buddhist Monastery and temple. | Cycling: 55kms | BLD | Accommodation: Bamei
Day 11 – We bike across the rolling grasslands of the Tibetan Plateau to Tagong. In the
afternoon explore the town, local shops and nearby temples. | Cycling: 30kms | BLD |
Accommodation: Tagong Guesthouse.
Day 12 – The most challenging day of the trip (remember the support vehicle is there) through
the rolling grasslands dotted with Nomad tents and grazing yaks. In the afternoon our last and
highest pass at 4298m, and end the day with a 37km downhill run to Kangding. | Cycling:
110kms | BLD | Accommodation: Kangding Hotel.
Day 13 – Leaving the Tibetan area, a morning transfer takes us back down one of the river
valleys that feed the Yangtze River. In the afternoon a steep climb followed by a gentle ride
past rice paddies and farmland to the ancient village of Shangli. | Cycling: 25kms | BLD |
Accommodation: Shangli Guesthouse.
Day 14 – Our last ride of the trip brings us back down to the rolling farmland of the Sichuan
Basin. Afternoon transfer to Chengdu. |Cycling: 45kms | BL, dinner out at own cost |
Accommodation: Chengdu Hotel.
Day 15 – Fly out. Airport transfers can be arranged.
Please remember that this is a guide only and due to unforeseen circumstances it may be necessary to make
changes to the itinerary.
Note: This tour does not enter Tibet (Xizang) as currently defined by Beijing. However the tour is primarily in the area
occupied by people who are culturally tibetan and who themselves consider it Tibet.
Also see tour packages in:
Asia China Tibet Outdoor: Land Rambler Bicycle Touring Cultural Journey
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