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Sherpa Ascent
Mountain biking from Lhasa to Kathmandu

This is an ultimate biking expedition across the roof of the world traversing the road between Lhasa and Kathmandu. This is For bikers with an adventurous spirit who appreciate spending a little more
time experiencing this vast landscape at a closer and more personnal level.

Mountain Bike Trip

This expedition visits all the monasteries and places of interest in the cities and towns but gives you the chance to ride the best, most scenic sections of the Friendship Highway. Flying to Lhasa, we allow 2 days for essential acclimatization in the mystical Tibetan capital time which we spend exploring the numerous attractions, including the fabulous Potala Palace.

Our overland route back to Kathmandu crosses major passes and visits the spectacular monastery towns. Reaching the edge of the Tibetan Plateau at the Thang La (5200m.), we begin the longest descent in the world, 4600 meters to the valley of the Sun Kosi River in Nepal. Two days of biking in the valley brings us to Kathmandu.


Day 1: Depart for Kathmandu

Day 2: En route to Kathmandu

Day 3: Arrive in Kathmandu. We will be met at the airport by Pemba Sherpa's Kathmandu staff who will escort us to our hotel. The group is then free to explore Kathmandu or relax from the long trip.

Day 4: Kathmandu sightseeing. We have arranged for a private sightseeing tour of the mystical city of Kathmandu that includes Buddhist shrines of Swayambunath ( the famed Monkey Temple), and Bodhnath, as well as the Hindu funeral pyres of Pashupatinath. The evening is free to finish final packing arrangements.

DAY 5: Fly KTM to Lhasa. Drive to hotel and build up bikes.

DAY 6: Easy ride around Lhasa, to visit: - Norbulinka, Jokhang and Sera Monasteries.

DAY 7: Visit Drepung monastery and Potala Palace. Rest of day free to explore Lhasa.

DAY 8: Ride to the Chusul, 100% paved road. We follow the Lhasa River all the way down.

Day 9: Drive to top of Khamba La, cycle down to and around Yamdruk Lake to Nagatse.

DAY 10: Cycle or drive up Karo La and ride down to Gyantse.

DAY 11: Cycle down to Shigatse and visit Tashilhunpo Monastery.

DAY 12: Drive and cycle up to Lhatse.

Day 13: Cross the highest pass Gyatso La 5220m, today. Ride or drive as much as you want to Xegar.

DAY 14: Climb Pang la for panoramic views of Everest, Cho Yu, and the expanse of Tibet. We camp at Rongbuk.

DAY 15: Rest day in Rongbuk.

DAY 16: Visit base camp today and return to the base of Pang La or visit the hot springs nearTingri.

DAY 17: Cycle over Pang La and along the valley to Tingri. or Gusto further down the road.

DAY 18: Start descending the biggest down hill in the world from the Tibetan Plateau down to Nyalam. .

DAY 19: Keep descending downhill into Nepal today. See trees appearing and rivers grow. We cycle up to Dolalghat and then drive to a Hotel in Dhulikhel.

DAY 20: Ride the last section from valley rim into Kathmandu via Nala and Bhaktapur. Transfer to hotel and farewell dinner.

Day 21: Kathmandu.

Day 22-23: Kathmandu to USA.

Cycling Profile:
13 full days, 2 half days cycling rough, dirt and pot holed roads. Non-technical mountain biking, averaging 45 to 65 Kms a day, mostly flat, undulating or downhill! Clothing and Equipmen

In additional to personal gear, you should bring a sleeping bag (0 rated bag), day pack and a large duffle bag with double zipper that locks for all personal gear. You will be provided with a two-person tent, full length foam sleeping pad, all commissary gear and eating/drinking utensils. All personal gear, camp stools, folding tables and dining tent are carried by bus or jeep. Bikers carry only a day pack with water bottles, camera, extra jacket and items you may need during the course of the day. A full equipment list is available after signing up.Health Immunizations will be necessary before leaving the USA. You and
your doctor are responsible for determining what is necessary for you. All costs for evacuation, hospitalization and other medical expenses are the responsibility of the individual involved.

Leadership
Pemba Tsering Sherpa will organize and lead this trip. He grew up in the Khumbu and herded yaks in these Himalayan mountains as a child. He has been a siddhar and guide throughout Nepal since 1986. He has led this bike trip, and has led over 20 trips to Nepal for the Colorado Mountain Club and the HEC , including Island Peak, Lobuche Peak, Chulu East, and Ama Dablam. He has lived in the Denver, Colorado since 1991, but spends three to four months a year guiding trips in Nepal.

Qualifications
Participants should be strong, experienced biker in good physical condition. You must have a willingness to undergo the hardships of outdoor living and long days of biking, often at high altitude.

Cost for Bikers: $3500.00

Cost Includes
* Land cost of 16-day biking.
* Flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa.
* Service of biking crew throughout your bike.
* Biking guide.
* Local jeep or bus to carry all the stuff.
* Cook and staff.
* Tent and foam pad.
* Four nights' lodging (double occupancy) in Kathmandu.
* Four days' meals in Kathmandu.
* One day sightseeing in Kathmandu.
* Airport transfer in Kathmandu.
Cost Does Not Include * International airfare.
* Bangkok lodging and Bangkok airport tax.
* Lodging in Kathmandu beyond four days.
* Airport tax in Kathmandu.
* Nepali visa- allow 1-2 months to process.
* If trip is delayed due to bad weather, can celled or delayed flights, or delays on other transportation, sickness or other situations that we cannot make provisions for, the cost of the delay is not included.
* Tips for porters, guide and others.
* Medical check-up and inoculations.

Payment Terms

Initial deposit due $900
Second deposit $1000
Final payment $1000