A Slice of Eastern Tibet
August 12-23, 2016
From Hong Kong to Hong Kong USD3,700
From Chengdu to Chengdu USD3,150
*Prices based on twin shared rooms. For a Single supplement add USD700
Discounts! Book on our tour page and pay by Apr 15th and take US100 off the price!
Two of you book and pay together by April 15thand take US150 EACH off the price!
Rocky Mountain Instinct 950 available for rent if you don’t want to supply your own bike. USD600 for the tour.
In a Nutshell:
For each inspiring and rewarding day in the saddle, your only responsibilities are to find your rhythm and keep breathing. This is the perfect adventure for the cyclist who is prepared to tackle any terrain that lies in front of them (accompanied by a cushioned support vehicle and a knowledgeable guide to ensure a safe diet and a good sleep on the journey!).
We believe that on every tour, and especially on a physically demanding cycle tour, our clients deserve service beyond the expected. For a taste of what we provide along the way…
We thoroughly consult with you beforehand to ensure your utmost comfort and satisfaction along the way. Additionally, upon arrival you will receive your own personal mobile phone and a local number that will put you in contact with us anytime of day or night, should the unforeseen arise. We pride ourselves in going the second mile.
Our extensive experience in this region, friendships formed, and knowledge of local languages and culture will take you beneath the surface of this rich culture. And our itineraries include off-the-beaten-track tourism gems that are absent in much of Tibet’s mass tourism aimed at travellers willing to endure the crowds.
We believe an immensely satisfying tour depends on extraordinary local guides. Our guides are personally chosen and trained by us and are as dedicated to your tour experience as we are. Their friendliness and attention to detail are guaranteed to be a highlight to your trip and a good reason for you to return!
We also believe in majoring on certain indulgences. Breakfast, for example. We know an unfamiliar fuel first thing in the morning is like putting diesel in a gasoline engine. Even when in a more remote area we ensure you have a choice: omelette? pancakes? muesli? something local? Your choice (along with coffee or tea). Evenings are important too: a glass of imported wine?
Riding 500 Km over 9 days with three 4000m+ passes. Exhileration!
DAY 1. Flight from Hong Kong to Chengdu or we are meeting you there. The heart of Western China welcomes you as your driver navigates the throngs of cyclists which mix with the rhythm of a modern city. After a rest at your hotel,bike setups and fittings, you're off to dinner and a visit at China's historical Three Kingdoms era Zhuge Liang Memorial Temple and Jinli Ancient Street. Your hotel tonight for the first of two nights will be Fraser Suites Chengdu 5*
DAY 2. Your private guide will escort you to the Giant Panda Research and Breeding Center for close up viewing of these curious creatures who are more native to Sichuan than the people themselves. In the afternoon you will stretch your legs with a leisurely ride to Luodai Historic Town followed by an evening's entertainment at the Sichuan Opera. Cycling: 10km. Overnight Fraser Suites Chengdu 5*
DAY 3. The true adventure begins! After a morning shuttle out of Chengdu to the Sichuan countryside you will enjoy an afternoon ride through some rural farmland to Baoxing (1100m), the staging town for your journey North the following day toward the Tibetan frontier. Today is your first full day in the saddle and a feast for your senses. You will cycle a moderate ascent toward higher elevations as the environment changes from bamboo forested lowlands to evergreen covered highlands. Tonight's accommodation will be in the Tibetan village of Qiaoqi (2500m). Cycling: 55km. Overnight Qiaoqi Guesthouse 3*
DAY 4. With your support vehicle along for assistance if needed, today's ride includes an intimate introduction to Jiajin Mountain. After reaching the top of your first 4000m pass there's little to compare with the exhilaration of cruising over 30km of rewarding downhill on the other side to a secluded hotel outside of Dawei (2700m). Cycling: 85km. Overnight Dawei Guesthouse 3*
DAY 5. After yesterday's hard work you are rewarded with a shorter ride along a river valley to the town of Xiaojin (2300m), the heartland of a Tibetan related people group called the Qiang. The visual confluence of customs and dress makes an already exotic journey even more surreal. This afternoon involves a relatively flat and winding route following the scenic Xiaojin River along its determined route to Danba (1800m). Your quaint accommodation for the next two nights is an historic Tibetan village high on the mountain above town. Cycling: 90km. Overnight Jiarong Hostel 3*
DAY 6. A day off the bikes (if you prefer). Camera in hand, today's exploration is by foot through quaint villages and visits to the ancient handmade watchtowers unique to this historic region of Tibet. In the afternoon you'll have some personal space to wander the narrow streets of the tight-knit mountain town of Danba. Overnight Jiarong Hostel 3*
DAY 7. Eager to get back in the saddle, today you descend back down to the river as you follow a moderate climb through a quiet valley, known as "Yak Valley", to the village of Dong-gu (2400m). The scenery changes again as you leave the lower valleys and move towards the pasturelands at higher elevations. Continuing on you are truly pedalling on the roof of the world as you pass Yala Mountain (peak: 5820m) and nomad encampments with their roaming animals. In case you were wondering just how unique and epic your Tibetan cycle adventure would be, today all such speculation will give way to incredulity as you cross your second 4000m pass and roll into Bamei (3500m). Cycling: 85km. Overnight Bamei Guesthouse 3*
DAY 8. After yesterday's hard work you are thrilled to earn a leisurely morning ride across high elevation grasslands, passing more nomads and yaks, to the authentic nomad trading town of Tagong (3000m). An afternoon's exploration of this unique town and it's historic temple will prepare you for some western food at the Khamba Cafe. Cycling: 35km. Overnight Tagong Guesthouse 3*
DAY 9. Fuelled up on coffee (along with some eggs and toast) in the morning, you are ready to assail the highest mountain pass of your trip. On your way to the scenic heights of Zheduo pass (4200m) you'll bid your last farewells to the highlands as you anticipate the rewarding 35km descent to the bustling Chinese and Tibetan trading town of Kangding (2400m). Cycling: 110km. Overnight Zhilam Hostel 3* first of two nights.
DAY 10. Back in civilization and well rested after a comfortable sleep at a lower elevation than you've been at in days, you'll have a fascinating tour of the Tibetan Museum of Cultural History, a scenic walk up to the look-out on Paoma Mountain, followed by an evening community dance in the town square (feel free to join in!). Overnight Zhilam Hostel 3*
DAY 11. With a full sense of accomplishment, today you relax on your scenic transport back to Chengdu for a final night at the Fraser Suites 5* and a farewell banquet. Shuttle: 6 hrs, 330km.
DAY 12. Depart for Hong Kong or Onward destination