Start of the bike trip

Saturday morning at 8:30 AM we will start our biking expedition. The plan is to leave from the square in front of the Potala Palace, taking some pictures and then starting the first stage of the tour. Tomorrow will be a 85 km ride, with only one mountain pass to climb (at 3950 meters). We will camp 10 kilometers past the summit, to get used to the higher altitude. The second day looks to be much tougher, when we will go over a 4700 meter mountain pass and later over one of 4400 meters, but the distance will be much shorter. We wil camp at Yamdroktso lake at night, which is supposed to be beautiful. Hopefully there will not be too much snow there. On Monday we will really go into high altitude, when we go among others over a 5500 meter high mountain pass. Luckily we have a descent to 4200 meters right after that, so we should be not too tired when arriving at our next camp location. I am ready to go. Sitting around in Lhasa to do preparations and to get acclimatized is nice, but we are here to bike so that’s what I want to do now. I look forward to the challenge!

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  1. We will follow you closely (relatively) from Holland.

    Good luck and have fun,

    Sylvia & Almar

  2. Hi Marc,

    Good luck and enjoy!

    Enthusiastic regards,

    Maurice Nooteboom

  3. Dear Marc and dear Qi,

    I am following you on the blog.
    Take good care and stay warm!

    Big hug from Beijing