Explore Tibet introduces a 20-day cycling and camping tour across the most scenic landscape

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Explore Tibet, a sustainable Tibetan-run travel company based in Lhasa, introduces a 20-day cycling and camping tour across the most scenic landscape in the world: “This trip combines an extreme mountain biking adventure with the special culture of Tibet,” the agency announced. “Cyclists will journey across the Tibetan plateau, over Himalayan mountain passes, visit traditional villages and remote monasteries, and experience first-hand the breathtaking beauty of the Tibetan landscape.”

Explore Tibet, a sustainable Tibetan-run travel company based in Lhasa, introduces a 20-day cycling and Everest base camp tour across the most scenic landscape in the world: “This Tibet trip combines an extreme mountain biking adventure with the special culture of Tibet,” the agency announced. “Cyclists will journey across the Tibetan plateau, over Himalayan mountain passes, visit traditional villages and remote monasteries, and experience first-hand the breathtaking beauty of the Tibetan landscape.”

Beginning in Lhasa and ending just over the border in Nepal, this 1110 kilometer (690 mile) journey begins along the Yarlung Tsangpo River, also known as the Brahmaputra. The road soon winds up along switchbacks, summiting at the first of the trip’s half-dozen mountain passes higher than 4,000 meters. Nights spent on the road will alternate between wilderness camping and local village accommodations.

In addition to several historic monasteries, cyclists will also stop in Shigatse, famous for its locally-brewed barley beer. From Shigatse the trail follows the Tibet-Nepal friendship highway, passing through pastureland and farmland where local Tibetans lead a traditional way of life. Over the Tso la pass is the town of Lhatse, famous for folk guitar music and dancing competitions.

For most travelers the highlight of any Tibet trip is a journey to Mt. Everest base camp, and this tour is no exception, offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to cycle down a curvy road into the Rongbuk valley with a view of Everest tour and 5 Himalayan peaks more than 8,000 meters high, then up to Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monastery in the world. That night cyclists will set up camp with a view to the north face of Mt. Everest, where the golden sunset evokes the peak’s Tibetan name Chomolungma, or “Holy Mother.”

According to Explore Tibet “The physical demands of this Tibet tour make this a modern pilgrimage. The challenges and rewards of a cycling tour across the roof of the world and up to the foot of the highest peak on earth are an experience that will be treasured for a lifetime.”

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