Cycling on the Tibetan Plateau is not only a memorable journey but also a lifetime dream for most cyclists. Because of the deep valleys and high mountains, the road from Lhasa to Kathmandu is regarded as the most difficult one. Many ordinary people are afraid of cycling on this route, except those who have a high spirit of adventure.
For every cyclist who is planning a Tibet Nepal tour, you must book a Tibet travel agency. With the help of the local travel operator, you can start your breathtaking journey on the roof the world. A professional tour agency will help you apply for the Permits, arrange the food, accommodation, and tour guide well, even give you some useful suggestions. Your tour guides will stay with you during the Tibet cycle tour. They will give some pieces of advice on the itineraries, bicycles, motorcycles, Tibetan scenic spots, and local customs.
You don’t have to worry about other things except for your bike or motorbike. There are two ways for travelers to have bikes. The one is to bring your bike to Tibet by transference, and the other is to buy a new bike in your departure place. When you finish the whole cycling trip, you can sell your bike out or take it home. The Thamel district of Kathmandu is a place for the second-hand equipment.
Cyclists are not allowed to enter Tibet or visit the surroundings if you don’t have the permits and visas. The application of the Tibet Travel Permit can be dealt by your tour agency, while the permits in Nepal can be applied by yourself or your travel operator.
The primary permit which cyclists should have is the Tibet Travel Permit. With this permit, you can have a Tibet cycle. Your tour agency will help you apply for the Tibet Travel Permit as soon as you hand your passport copy in them. And your tour operator will send the permit to your hotel. Sometimes, the staff will send it to you at the airport or train station. With this permit, you can check in hotels, board on airplanes and trains.
Alien’s Travel Permit is also needed when you want to visit some “closed ” areas for foreigners in Tibet. These places including Shigatse, Sakya, Mt. Everest, and Rongbuk Monastery. After entering Tibet, your tour agency can apply this permit for you. And your original permit is necessary for the application.
If you want to visit some military places like Ngari region, Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar, Tsaparang, and Ali Prefecture, you should apply another permit called Military Permit.
Issued by the Tibet Armed Police Border Corps in Lhasa, the Tibet Border Pass (also called the Frontier Pass) is an obligatory document for cyclists who want to visit some places nearby Nepal border.
Nepal Entry Visa
If you cycle to Nepal from Tibet, you can only apply for the Nepal Entry Visa. The process of the application for this visa is easy and fast. You can apply it when you arrive at any Nepal borders or the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. By giving the staff your passport, two passport-sized photos, and US$ 30, you will get this visa.