Motor Biking over the Roof of the World - Tibet

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Published on February 17, 2014

Author: Getupandgo



After doing a bit of research earlier on, last year in April I thought I had found my perfect holiday.

Motor Biking over the Roof of the World - Tibet Rory Murphy After doing a bit of research earlier on, last year in April I thought I had found my perfect holiday. It ticked all the boxes for me , it was a two week long motorcycle holiday from Kathmandu the capital of Nepal to Lhasa the capital of Tibet - a 1500 mile journey over the roof of the world via Everest Base Camp. Another of my “Bucket List” things to do before I die! Motorcycles, Mountains, Two countries, Everest, Yaks and Yetis, temples and tigers, lakes and lamas, JUST PERFECT! The adventure trip was run by a premier motor biking company, who hadn't ran a trip like this for five years due to logistical problems with borders and visas and all that goes with that, so they collaborated for all the logistics assistance with "Getupandgo" an

Indian Adventure Travel Company, ran by two people who were on the trip - Neha and Arjan who took care of everything every step of the way. The Holiday started in Kathmandu where I, an Irishman, joined 10 others a Scot, a Jamaican, 2 new Zealanders and 6 Australians. The first 2 days we went on trial runs to get used to the bikes. They were Royal Enfield Desert Storm 500 CC motorcycles which are an old English bike still made in India today. Mine had only 55km on the clock virtually brand new  The driving around Kathmandu was “pretty hairy “ to say the least with traffic everywhere, but on day 3 we headed to the border between Nepal and Tibet and the roads calmed down as we headed to the mountains with our first night on the road in a tented campsite near the border. We were thrown in at the deep end when we spotted a snake in the canteen area and one guy had to remove a leech from his foot, not to worry we were told after tomorrow only the altitude will be affecting us! We were given a crash course in passing through the border (first of all you can’t mention Tibet ,it is China Tibet, second of all you can’t mention the Dali Lama, and most important you can’t bring maps or guide books with you) the border took ages with visas etc. and the Chinese soldiers pouring our petrol into the river another of the things you cannot bring with you. But finally we entered Tibet. The next few days we drove through Tibet and gradually gained height we were on “The Friendship Highway” a fine road that crosses Tibet and would be our route to Lhasa. It is the most breathtaking spectacular ride over the high passes and constantly surrounded by the majestic mountains and high altitude plateau. We stopped in small Tibetan towns and

villages along the way eating the local Yak meat and sampling a few local beers (a bit risky above 3600m). The most dramatic day was day 06 of the trip. On this day we turned off the lovely smooth highway and headed the approximate 80 kms ish on dirt/mud pot holed, dust road to Rongbuk monastery and Everest Base Camp. This was off roading at its best! That afternoon, we had the opportunity to explore the Everest Base Camp [5200m]. The base camp itself is dry and barren, but the views of Everest more than compensate for this. It is a truly awe-inspiring place with the sheer north face of the highest mountain in the world towering above us. That night we stayed in the monastery at 5200m it is hard to get a good night’s sleep so we were up early to take a different but equally dusty road back to the friendship highway and on to LHASA VIA NEW TINGRI Xegar, Shigatse, and Gyantse. When we finally reached Lhasa with no accidents or injuries, thank god we got to stay in a five star hotel in what we called Lhasa Vegas - it was Heaven . The next day we visited the famous Potala Palace the original home of the Dalai Lama, Jokhang temple and roamed around the old streets of Barkor. We then flew back to

Kathmandu, the flight only took an hour and a half and if you were on the right side of the plane you got a bird’s eye view of Everest on the way back. I would like to thank Neha and Arjan for a wonderful safe trip with great personal involvement. Next year i'm getting them to run a hiking trip to MT KAILESH in Tibet !

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