The Himalayas

Roof of the World - Tibet Motorcycle Adventure

Our ‘Roof of the World’ adventure, explores from Kathmandu to Lhasa and back, It is a truly exciting motorcycle adventure given that Tibet was forbidden to westerners for so many years. We include a visit to Everest Base Camp so if you thirst after firsts, here’s just the ride! Our Tibet accommodation is in hotels and guesthouses (some basic, but NO camping!), and all meals and snacks are included.


— Marvel at the mighty Mount Everest
— Stroll around fascinating Kathmandu
— Visit the Potala Palace, an UNESCO World Heritage Site
— View the mystic Yamdrok Tso lake

  • Day 1


    On arrival in Kathmandu you will be transferred to your hotel. Relax and unwind before this evenings welcome dinner.

    Day 2

    Kathmandu (50 km)

    Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city to give you a chance to prepare for the high-altitude riding to come. Take in sights such as the Syambanath (monkey temple), ancient Hindu and Buddhist temple complexes, Bodnath stupa, and Pashupatinath (an ancient Hindu temple complex). This afternoon pick up your bike and head off for a ride into the countryside.

    Day 3

    Kathmandu – Kyirong (100 km)

    Head towards the Tibet border and the crossing at Kyirong. The ride might be short, but it will be busy and beautiful, winding up along the Trishuli river and through Nepal’s Langtang National Park. Climb from Kathmandu’s 1,400 meters to Gerung/Kyirong’s 4100m in just under 100km and pass from rich and dense jungle up, up, up and into Tibet’s high desert mountains.

    Day 4

    Kyirong – Old Tingre (280 km)

    Today’s ride takes you along a the main pilgrimage route to Kailash. Instead of turning toward that holiest of mountain, head for Lhasa. Nepal’s lowlands are long gone leaving the beauty of Tibet’s peaks and plains. Tonight’s destination is Old Tingre and along the way, if the weather is kind, enjoy glimpses of Everest looming majestically toward the south.

    Day 5

    Old Tinge – Lhatse (165 km)

    Still acclimatizing from your gain in altitude, head out toward Lhatse. Though Everest is near, save your highest night’s elevation for the return home and riding past both the old and new Base Camp access roads. On up the sweeping and increasingly stark valley you’ll crest Lhapa La (5200m), The road is gentle, wide and easy with sweeping views of Tibet’s grandeur.

    Day 6

    Lhatse – Gyangtse (240 km)

    This morning’s ride is a long ride through iron rich hills and bizarre groves of saplings. Stop in Shigatse for lunch before continuing to Gyangtse is relatively short, but picturesque ride – lined with increasingly lush farm plots and villages. In Gyangtse you’ll visit the famous Buddhist monastery complexes housing some of the rarest Tibetan Buddhist art in the world.

    Day 7

    Gyangtse – Lhasa (260 km)

    Heading north-east, today is a day of good roads and exceptional scenery as you pass Yamdrok Tso lake on the scenic back roads to Lhasa. Ride over two more 5000m passes, Karo-La and Kamba-La before arriving at the Forbidden City, Lhasa. Luck permitting arrive with enough time to wander the markets before evening.

    Day 8

    Lhasa (80 km)

    There’s a lot worth seeing in Lhasa, so rise early to tour both the Potala Palace (an UNESCO World Heritage Site), the icon of Tibet and home to 14 Dalai Lamas, and the Jokhan Monastery, often called the Heart of Lhasa. Finish in time for ample exploration of Bharkor the pilgrimage circuit and multitude of shops and stalls surrounding the monastery.

    Day 9

    Lhasa – Shigatse (265 km)

    Today bid Lhasa farewell and begin the journey back towards Nepal. The day’s route bypasses Gyangtse and takes you along the main route from Lhasa to Shigatse via the Yarlung Zangbo river. Leave early both to avoid heavy traffic out of Lhasa and to arrive in Shigatse with time to explore and hit the town for a good meal.

    Day 10

    Shigatse – Xegar (New Tingre) (235 km)

    You’ll have ridden this stretch of road already, but you’ll be surprised how different it looks going in the other direction and what you’ve missed along the way. Prepare for a gentle gain in altitude as you reach Lhatse, and then an abrupt rise and slow, stark descent down into Xegar. Retire somewhat early tonight in preparation for tomorrow’s Everest approach.

    Day 11

    Xegar – Rongbuk/Everest Base Camp (110 km)

    This is it! Ride to Everest Base Camp! The approach road is well maintained, but dirt – often with hefty corrugations and occasional deep patches of dust and gravel. Journey along countless switchbacks before continuing up a dry valley to the Rongbuk Monastery, and a visit to Base Camp. Mount Everest looms majestically just over your shoulders.

    Day 12

    Rongbuk – Kyirong (270 km)

    Weather and inclination permitting, rise early and ride up to Base Camp again for a final view of the mountain before taking a less-used track that meets the Friendship highway at Old Tingre. Moisture can make this route untenable, so you’ll have to play it by ear. Enjoy lunch in Old Tingre before striking out again for the border crossing at Kyirong.

    Day 13

    Kyirong – Kathmandu (100 km)

    Today say goodbye to Tibet and hello once again to the warmth and hospitality of Nepal. An early border crossing will give ample time for the ride into Kathmandu and an early afternoon arrival. The afternoon is yours explore the city by mountain bike or rickshaw, do a little shopping or simply relax by the pool. This evening, enjoy your farewell dinner

    Day 14


    After breakfast this morning your Roof of the World adventure tour ends, transfer to airport for your onward travel arrangements. We are sure you will have many exciting memories of this Himalayan ride to take home with you.

    Total Distance c. 1965 km

  • Tibet Roof of the World Adventure
    Dates Rider Passenger Single room supplement
    31 Aug - 13 Sep 2020 £4,845 £4,195 £725
    05 - 18 Sep 2021 £4,845 £4,195 £725
  • What's Included & What's Not
    Price Includes Price Excludes
    13 nights bed & breakfast accommodation
    11 days motorcycle hire, Royal Enfield 500 Bullet
    All meals
    Soft/drinks and bottled water on tour
    Entrance fees
    Airport and local transfers
    4WD support vehicle
    English speaking tour guide and local support team
    US$500 refundable security/damage deposit to pay locally in cash
    Visa, NepalUS$50 payable locally, Tibet/China to be advised
    Personal items and expenses
    Additional activities
    Riding gear
    Flights, stopovers and additional accommodation which can be arranged through H-C Travel
  • Eric Moffat has been travelling by motorcycle throughout Asia since his father, Patrick Moffat, first introduced him to that fine art in the early 1990s. After Patrick’s untimely passing in late 2010, Eric has continued his father’s work coordinating and leading Asian motorcycle adventures.
    Patrick was the true pioneer of motorcycle touring in Asia, running the first ever tours to Mongolia, Tibet and Bhutan and developing the routes to the highest pass in the World, Khardung-La, and across Rajasthan. Eric has inherited not just that spirit but also Patrick’s empathy with the Himalayan region and he and our dedicated local crew will really bring out the best in Tibet—and the best in you.

    Tour Guide AlemAlam Hussein was brought into our team as a mechanic by Patrick Moffat at the age of 16, way back in 1996. Then he was the tour mechanic, and he led his first tour in 2005. He is now our main guide, and has participated in over 100 tours as rider, mechanic or guide. Alam is no mean rider either. He participated in the Himalayan Raid Rally in 2004, 2005 and 2006, and came second in his class in 2005. And when not working to make your tour the best possible experience, Alam is married and runs a motorcycle repair business and custom bike building shop in Dehradun, famous throughout India.

    Yugyal and Babu are our right-hand men in Nepal and Tibet. It’s their job to make sure everything happens on the ground and happens smoothly. They are both very important to us so please be nice to them!

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