An earlybird discount of US$555 is available on two motorcycle expeditions across Tibet and to the northern base of Mt Everest in September, 2016, with one of the world’s leading motorbike expedition companies, Extreme Bike Tours, also offering 10 per cent of every booking to the Red Cross to aid the earthquake recovery appeal in Nepal.
The offer is valid for bookings made on one of the two, high-altitude Tibet tours, before June 30, 2015.
The 14-day expeditions depart Kathmandu on September 5 and 19, 2016, with the route taking riders – and also non-experienced pillion passengers – across the Nepalese border onto the remote and treeless expanse of the 4500m-high Tibetan plateau – billed as the roof of the world.
The itinerary includes a visit to the fabled, 4980m-high Rongbuk Buddhist Monastery – the highest monastery in the world – and on to the 5150m-high North Base Camp where two-wheeled adventure seekers can access the foot of towering Mt Everest on the northern, Tibetan side.
The tour ends in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa with a visit to the iconic, World Heritage-listed Potala Palace, the spectacular, former home of the Dalai Lama.
Guests will ride legendary Royal Enfield 500cc motorbikes, which were once manufactured in the UK but are now made in India and tailored to handle the rough and winding roads of the Himalayas.
If booked before June 30, 2015, each of the two-week expeditions is available from US$4995 for licensed riders and US$4275 for pillion passengers riding behind friends or crew or in support vehicles. This is a 10 per cent saving on normal prices (US$5550 for riders and US$4750 for passengers). Fares include accommodation in hotels and guesthouses along the route as well as all meals, fuel and the care of a support crew during the trip.
And for all bookings made by June 30, 2015, Extreme Bike Tours will donate 10 per cent of the booking to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to help Nepal’s recovery in the wake of April’s earthquake.
Flights from Australia to Nepal and return from Lhasa are extra.