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Tibet: Bikes on the Roof of the World

National Geographic Adventure picks the 25 best new outfitted trips.
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Japan  |  Myanmar  |  Tajikistan and Afghanistan  |  Thailand  |  Tibet

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It's the cycling trip of a lifetime: Lhasa to Kathmandu on two wheels. On the 22-day trip with GAP Adventures, our top-rated do-it-all outfitter, long climbs up Himalaya mountain passes and high-adrenaline descents are mixed with easier rides past glacial streams and tiny mountain villages. Lest you feel intimidated by the idea of a bike tour through the world's highest mountain range, there's ample opportunity to navigate sections by jeep or foot, all rides are supported, and cycling days are interspersed with rest stops and cultural excursions. In Shigatse, Tibet's second largest city, join hundreds of devotees on a visit to the Tashilhunpo monastery, the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama (spiritual adviser to the Dalai Lama), where pilgrims feed lamps with yak butter and pay respects to the gold-plated statue of the future Buddha. From there it's a few days' ride along Friendship Highway through Qomolangma Nature Preserve to Everest Base Camp—a Himalayan crossing that GAP Adventures' Kira Zack calls a cyclist's ultimate ticket to bragging rights.


Outfitter: GAP Adventures (

Price: $2,695 (bikes not included)

Length: 22 days

Departs: May, June, July

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