At a Glance

Tour Dates

29 Sep 2024 19 Oct 2024

28 Sep 2025 18 Oct 2025


21 Days

Tour Starts in

Chiang Kong, TH

Tour Leaders

Where We Ride

Travel Distance

Approx 2991 miles



Tarmac, with broken roads and gravel

Hire Bikes


Price From

9395 £

Tour Overview

If you are seeking a truly unique adventure, where few have ridden before you, why not join us on our Ride to the Roof of The World: Mount Everest and Beyond tour.  Our adventure begins on the banks of the Mekong river, northern Thailand.  We’ll traverse Laos, before crossing into China’s Yunnan Province and onward to Tibet and its incredible mountain ranges. Destination Mount Everest Base Camp!

On our ride north we’ll experience rain forests and high mountain passes as we head to the shores of Erhai Lake where the walled old city dates to the Ming dynasty. Step back in time and stroll along 800-year-old bridges and waterways of the Old Town in the gaze of Yulong Snow Mountain.

The famous Tiger Leaping Gorge is just one of the highlights en route to the land of “sacredness and peace’; Shangri La. Named after the fictional place of eternal peace and tranquillity. described in the novel “Lost Horizon” by British author James Hilton.

The Yila Grasslands of Napa Lake will pass by as we climb higher toward the Meili Snow Mountains and the air becomes thinner. Tibet is next on our agenda as we head west toward the Tibetan Alps and Rawok Lake, surrounded by magnificent snow-capped mountains and forests.  The eastern Himalayans are in our sights, ancient temples, palaces and spectacular natural landscapes are ahead of us.

At almost 5000 metres above sea level the Rongbuk Monastery will take your breath away in the shadow of Mount Everest! We’ll be staying in Base Camp, where you watch the sun set and rise over the awesome spectacle that is Chomolungma ‘Mother godess of the World”. A truly unique experience.   The adventure is far from over with a visit to the Namtso Lake. At over 4700 metres above sea level, this stunning sacred lake is surrounded by snow-capped mountains. As well as the locals in their colourful traditional dress, keep an eye out for wild yak roaming nearby.

Our destination is Lhasa, ‘Place of the Gods’.  Centre of the Tibetan Buddhist world for over a millennium, your first view of the red-and-white Potala Palace soaring above the Holy City will amaze you. We will have two full days to rest and to explore this magnificent city and the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. Finally it’s time to return home with your cameras and soul full of memories of your Himalayan adventure.

Great tour, one of our favourites glad we did it. Got a good experience of Thailand the country, people, cuisine. Pierre, Prasit and Deng were a great team supporting us.

Motorrad Tours welcome all makes and models of bike on tour. We also have a range of BMW bikes that you can hire. All our hire bikes for Classic and European Explorer Tours are current model BMW’s complete with ABS, Heated Grips, Panniers, Top Box, Tank Bag, Inner bags for all boxes and a pre programmed BMW Navigator GPS included.

Price option Solo Shared Single Room Solo Single Room *Rider and passenger
Including an F800GS Hire Bike 9395 10395 13395
Including an R1250GS Hire Bike 10995 11995 13995

Motorcycles for this tour are supplied by our local BMW Travel Partner. They are BMW's equipped with ABS, heated grips and panniers. You are welcome to take your own GPS unit or you can rent one. We will provide complete GPS routes and GPS maps for the tour. For further details of hire bikes and terms and conditions please see the Hire Bikes page. Third party motorcycle insurance is included. 

PLEASE NOTE: The option for a BMW F800GS for this tour will be a low chassis model. This is the standard build for Thailand.

* Rider and Passenger price is for both people, not per person.

HIRE BIKES:  If you are booking with a hire bike we will hand your bike over on the afternoon prior to the first tour day.  This will give you a chance to get familiar with the bike, make any adjustments, arrange your packing and not waste any time on the first day riding.

Day 1 Fly in to Bangkok and you will be met and transferred to Chiang Rai and onto Chiang Kong to meet the bikes, prepare for our pre tour briefing and welcome dinner

Day 2 An early start today crossing the Mekong River and our first border into Laos, we'll need to be patient. Once through the formalities we'll ride past rice fields toward the border with China. Later today riders will complete entry formalities, licensing and vehicle inspections. Tonight we'll be staying in Mengla. Welcome to China!

Day 3 Some incredibly twisty roads as we climb through the rain forest. Tonight we are resting on the banks of the Lancang river in the at the foot of this glorious mountainous region

Day 4 Climbing into the mountains, the views are awesome and there's some fun swooping bends ahead of us as we ride into Lincang, the hometown of Dianhong Black Tea

Day 5 The twisties continue as we head further north to the shores of Erhai Lake where the walled old city, from the Ming dynasty, contains traditional homes and towers from the Bai ethnic minority.

Day 6 A shorter day today to give time to explore the famous Three Pagodas on leaving Dali. Thereafter its a real glimpse of rural China as we ride to Lijiang, the beautifully preserved Chinese old town overlooked by the Yulong Snow Mountain.

Day 7 A day off the bikes to relax and soak up the UNESCO World Heritage site. Step back in time and stroll along 800-year-old bridges and waterways of the Old Town

  • Explore the ancient Chinese town of Lijiang a Unesco World Heritage Site
  • Yulong Snow Mountain
  • Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • Shangri La
  • Ride the Yila Grasslands of Napa Lake
  • Visit ancient temples
  • Ride the Tibetan Alps
  • Rawok Lake, surrounded by magnificent snow-capped mountains
  • Visit the Rongbuk Monastery in the shadow of Mount Everest
  • Mount Everest Base Camp
  • Lhasa and the wonderful red and white Potala Palace

Absolutely fantastic organisation from start to finish I delayed booking on the trip for two years because I was not sure if it was for me - Best thing I have done on a motorbike, don’t delay book it now. . . . The team are excellent brand ambassadors for BMW.

What's Included

  • Pre tour pack including tour information, maps, route notes and GPS routes in Garmin/BMW format
  • Electronic copy of the World of BMW Touring Essentials Book
  • All accommodation as listed primarily in 4 star hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Lunches when on the road
  • Due the remote nature of many locations dinner is included on many tour nights (excludes beverages)
  • Entrance to all parks and attractions listed in the highlights
  • Motorrad Tours Tour Leader throughout the Tour
  • Local guide throughout the Tour
  • Motorcycle rental for the duration of the trip
  • Third Party Insurance 
  • Support vehicle and driver throughout the tour
  • Carriage of one 60L soft bag per customer luggage in the support vehicle
  • Airport transfers from Bangkok Airport to Chiang Khong and from Lhasa to Lhasa Airport 
  • Commemorative Polo Shirt for all riders and passengers
  • Expert advice and support throughout
  • The protection of booking with a fully bonded tour operator

Not Included

  • Fuel
  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Anything not listed as included
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