May 26-June 19, Tibet & Silk Road

Laos-Kirgizstan on your own bikes

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    Travel from tropical southeast Asia to subtropical Southern China to the ancient cities of Dali and Lijiang, following the path of this incredible route of the caravan trades of tea to Shangri_la, the gateway to Tibet and Kham ibetan region. The ride through the third deepest Gorge, Tiger Leaping Gorge is one of the best rides in the world. We travel north into the heartland of Kham Tibetan region, encounter Tibetan nomads and Buddhist temples on our journey through eastern Tibet. After a good rest day in the beautiful valley of Labrang, we then venture on the ancient Silk Road to world famous Mogao Grottoes at Dunhuang and the oasis of Turpan on the silk road. Witness the legends of the Silk Road come to life on this memorable tour. The arts and crafts of the region are still thriving since the Silk Road era dated back to thousands of years. We will be riding cross the second largest shifting desert in the world, the Taklimakan Desert from north to the south. Our last days in China will spend in the exotic Kashgar before we head to Torugart pass or Irkestam border.

    Compatible

    Day to Day Itinerary
    All members are required to arrive to Luang Namtha, Laos on May 25, 2017 


    Day 1 Boten/Mengla/Jing Hong 220km 4hr May 26

    Ride from Luang Namtha to Boten, exit Laos and ride to Chinese border. Your guide will clear the customs and do the paper works for you. Afterwards you ride to Mengla getting plates and licenses. Your adventure in China starts now! Push to Jing Hong, the capital city of Xishuangbanna


    Day 2 Jing Hong/Shuangjiang 325km 6hr May 27
    Out of the city, ride to Menghai, tea plantations and continue to Shuangjiang Lahu Minority town.


    Day 3 Shuangjiang/Dali 400km 6hr May 28
    Ride to Weishan, stop for half an hour to visit Weishan old town. Last 60KM to Dali old city.


    Day 4 Dali/Lijiang 170km 4hr May 29 
    Ride along the lake, visit Xizhou Village for traditional Bai Houses. Afternoon arrive in Lijiang. We have the whole afternoon in this charming world heritage town.


    Day 5 Lijiang/Tiger Gorge/Shangri_la 275km 6hr May 30
    Leave for Tiger Leaping Gorge, the highlight of motorcycle riding. Lunch in the gorge and ride to Shangri_la


    Day 6 Shangri_la/Xiangcheng 220km 4hr May 31
    Ride to Derong, entering Sichua Province, eastern Tibet, Kham region. Follow Dinchu river to Xiangcheng.


    Day 7 Xiangcheng/Yajing 350km 8hr June 01
    Today we climb Haizi Mounatin to Litang, hightestt town of China. We then ride to Yajing town.


    Day 8 Yajing/Danba 288km 6hr June 02
    Travel through the Yalong river and to Danba County. The heart of Kham region, we spend a night in a Tibetan homestay.


    Day 9 Danba/Hongyuan 310km 6hr June 03
    Enroute visit the Danba towers, Ride to Hongyuan, Tibet plateau and grassland


    Day 10 Hongyuan/Labrang 370km 8 hr June 04
    Passing nomads and cattles on grassland, we will stop at Langmusi and visit this beautiful monastery and Ride to Labrang Monastery, and visit the fourth largest Tibetan Buddhism School.


    Day 11 Labrang Rest Day June 05
    Labrang Monasteryis the largest monastery in the traditional Tibetan region of Amdo. Established in 1709, Labrang housed over 4000 monks at its peak, but now only has around 1500 monks with another couple of hundred lay students. Located in the Gansu Part of Amdo, Labrang is considered the cultural heart of Amdo Tibetan culture along with nearby town of Rebkong. We will spend a day to explore this fascinating place


    Day 12 Labrang to Xining 233km 6hr  June 06
    We ride to Xining, the gateway to northwest China. Starts to enter Muslim region. Xining is the home to Taersi monastery, an important Tibetan School, also named Kumbum.


    Day 13 Xining to Zhangye 338km 5hr  June 07
    Ride over the Qilian Mountain, alpine sceneries along the way. Arrive Zhangye and visit the Big Buddha Temple.


    Day 14 Zhangye to Jiayuguan 262km 4hr  June 08
    We will ride out of Zhangye, visit a Karst Danxia Landform park, arrive in Jiayuguan, the most westbound section of the great wall.


    Day 15 Jiayuguan to Dunhuang 380km 6hr June 09
    Ride the gobi desert to Dunhuang, the world famous grottoes dated back to 6th century.


    Day  16 Dunhuang rest day  June 10
    Visit Mogao grottoes, The caves contain some of the finest examples of Buddhist art spanning a period of 1,000 years. The Mogao Caves are the best known of the Chinese Buddhist grottoes and is one of the three famous ancient Buddhist sculptural sites of China. We will also visit the Crescent sand dunes and spring oasis.


    Day 17 Dunhuang to Hami 414KM 6 Hr June 11
    We continue our adventure on the silk road to Hami city, It is well known as the home of sweet Hami melons. Hami is the first city to be reached for travellers exiting Gansu province.


    Day 18 Hami to Turpan 400km 6 Hr June 12
    We will ride to the most flourishing oasis in the desert, Turpan has long been the centre of a fertile oasis (with water provided by the karez canal system) and an important trade centre. It was historically located along the Silk Road, at which time it was adjacent to the kingdoms of Kroran and Yanqi. The name Turfan itself however was not used until the end of the Middle Ages.


    Day 19 Turpan rest day June 13
    We shall visit Sugong ta pagoda, Beziklic...the flaming mountain, Karez wells, and the city ruins of the ancient times. etc.


    Day 20 Turpan/Korla 400KM 6 Hr June 14
    We ride on the northern edge of the Taklimakan Desert to Korla.


    Day 21 Korla to Alaer 595KM 8 Hr June 15
    We ride to Kuche for lunch and trun south to Alaer city on the northern edge of the Taklimakan Desert.


    Day 22 Alaer to Khotan 450KM 6 Hr June 16
    We will ride cross world's second largest shifting sand desert with about 85% made up of shifting sand dunes, ranking 16th in size in a ranking of the world's largest deserts. The Taklamakan Desert has very little water therefore it is hazardous to cross in the old tiimes, Merchant caravans on the Silk Road would stop for relief at the thriving oasis towns on both sides of the desert. Today thie desert highway is built for the oil town in the middle of the desert.


    Day 23  Khotan to Kashgar 500KM 7 Hr June 17
    Continue our journey on the silk road to Kashgar, one of the most exotic cities of Asia.


    Day 24 Kashgar rest day Sunday Bazzar June 18
    We will be strolling around the Sunday Market, and visit mosque and Abohojia tomb


    Day 25  Kashgar/Torugart Pass June 19
    We ride to Torugart Pass, clear the customs and exit China to Kirghizstan. You are two days away from Bishkek, you may spend a night at Naryn.

    TRIP PRICE: 

    2 riders: 7000USD/person/bike

    3 riders: 5500USD/person/bike

    4 riders: 4000USD/person/bike

    5-6 riders: 3500USD/person/bike


     

    INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE:


    --Permits

    --Chinese driving licenses and temp plates

    --Customs clearances

    --Custom Bund

    --Third party liability insurance for your motorcycles

    --Road book of the tour and destination information

    --Tour guide on his own motorcycle or drive an escort car

    --Tour guide's own food and lodges

    -- Assists on bike maintenance

    -- Assists on bike spare parts sourcing

     

    SERVICES NOT INCLUDED:

     

    --Meals
    --All entry fees to parks and monasteries, etc...

    --Fuel and oil for your motorcycles

    --All overnights in hotels, guesthouses and tent

    --All services not mentioned and all items of a personal nature

    --Tipping or gratuities to guides and drivers

    --Mandatory international travel insurance

    --Extra cost if  tour is delayed or changed due to reasons beyond control

    Hello Jia, We've arrived safely to Bangkok, then returned to Moscow by air and shipped the motorcycles by sea. Say hello to Mr. Wong and his family and once again thank you for the best motorcycle trip in our life!

    Regards,
    Alexey

GROUP SIZE

Minimum 2 participants

START/FINISH

Laos/Kashgar Torugart or Irkestam

DURATION

26 day, 21 riding days, 5 rest days

TRIP GRADE

Intermediate  

ROUTE

Total distance 6562 km, daily rides 250-400 km. Mostly on asphalt roads with some gravels.

ACCOMMODATION

Hotels and Guesthouses

HIGHLIGHTS

Tropical forest, Dali, Lijiang and Shangri_la, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Kham Tibetan Region, Yangtse and Yellow River.Chinese Architecture and gardens, Rarely visited mountain tribes

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