You would want to take a trip with your family, friends or fellow backpackers, but do not know where to start or looking for a new way of travelling, simpler, and environmentally conscious one. Have you always wondered how it would go around the world on foot or by boat? Have you heard of couch surfing and woofing and would like to know more? You do not know how to make carpooling or hitch a ride?
The road that we plan to cover is called "Friendship Highway” and is the only one that connects Nepal with Tibet. The Himalayan chain between these two lands preserves the cultures and landscapes very different from each other.
Nepal, being considerably hot, where it is predominantly green coloured, where the water flows among rice paddies and waterfalls that lead people outside the home and in the temples filled with garlands of flowers.
Tibet, where the predominant colour is that of the earth and rock with snow fields, the crisp air and turquoise lakes, where people live their religion so collected in the monasteries lit by candles of butter.
Everest will be a special time of the trip, and it would be an undeniable excitement if we can come anywhere near as much with our cycle. A journey that will be lived and cycled slowly to acclimatize and make the most of landscapes, meetings and all the unique situations that we will live that can make an unforgettable achievement!
The "Friendship Highway" with its landscapes is equally beautiful and challenging of course with the curves of the road definitely risky. We plan to start the trip in fascinating Kathmandu and after a visit to the most interesting places of the city we would forward into the green valleys and gorges to begin our ascent towards the border with Tibet.
Several steps, including the step higher up in the Thang La (5050m), the Lalung (5000m) the Lhakpa La (5220m) into Tingri, with the major crossroads that will take us to Rongbuk (4920 m) from where we can access the Everest Base Camp.
Gyantse, Shigatse and many other small mountain villages will show us much more of the ancient Tibetan traditions and spirituality of its people. The lake Yamdrok (4600m) would be exciting with an immense expanse of turquoise water with the curious shape of a scorpion.
We would sum up our trip with the arrival in Lhasa, a place that can still be considered the cradle of Tibetan culture. Pilgrims who come here have made very long and arduous paths to reduce the cycle of reincarnation, but also to join the others and show the strength of their faith. Perhaps even us after our journey we will feel particularly close to them.
With some extreme difficult stretches but with daily careful planning we would endeavour to achieve a gradual acclimatization and then perhaps enjoy the sights and contacts with people. The elevation gain of the whole trip would be 12,800 mt with the most challenging slopes to give company. There would be stretches of dirt road, where the slope would be extreme and we plan to cycle about 6 hours per day with the average km per day planned to be 73 km with an average altitude of 850 mt.
It would always be a great satisfaction to savour slowly and reach the pinnacle and live to tell the alive is awesome experience someday.
Prepare a backpack that makes sense, whose weight does not exceed 10 per cent of your body weight.
For fellows married to tech gizmos, take only a camera phone and it’s built its loader. Use sparingly, in the way as it is nice to enjoy the silence of your own thoughts, pure tranquil nature and unexpected encounters. But it is also right, from time to time, give news to the folks back home.