Ride Russia, China, Tibet, Everest and beyond in 2018

The 2017 is now underway.  I am considering another trip in 2018 so if you want a general idea then please read on.

In the mean time, please follow us on Instagram and see if we make it to Everest in 2017


Ride with me from the UK, across Europe, Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to China.  Ride into Tibet, through the Himalayas to Everest base camp, then on to Lhasa and along the glorious G318.  One of the best roads on the planet.  Then continue on to Laos and Thailand down to Bangkok. 67 days. 12000 miles. An accompanied ride in 3 sections. Departs Aug 2018

To get a good idea of this trip – please read my blog of the 2016 ride.

This trip spends a considerable time at very high altitude. For a more comprehensive overview of this trip, please read the riders notes

Stage 1: London to China.  28 days. Flat daily rate of £TBD based on 2 sharing (£TBD pillion) includes Bed and Breakfast (where available) with the option to join enroute and complete the stage.

We will leave the UK and head east across Europe.  Through Holland, Germany, and Poland then into Lithuania and Latvia.  We will cross into Russia and ride up to St Petersburg  then down to Moscow, taking a couple of days at each to soak in the sights. From Moscow we will head south through Tambov to Saratov on the vast Volga river before crossing into Kazakhstan. Across the vast flat plains out into the wilderness we will stop in Aralsk, the town that used to be on the sea but is now in a desert.  We then continue south, past the soviet cosmodrome at Baikonur,  then down towards the cool mountains of Kyrgyzstan and respite from the heat.  Approximate route:


The mountains suddenly raise up out of the plains an we enter beautiful Kyrgyzstan.  Such a beautiful country and so friendly.  A real delight to ride in too.  Lovely mountain roads, cool air and incredible lakes.  We will track south following the path of the old silk road up to Tash Rabat where an ancient road house still sits amongst the mountains. From there, up to the Tourgart pass and to the China border.


Stage 2: 27 days China to Laos via Tibet and (hopefully!) Everest base camp,  then Lhasa and east along the G318.  This route is subject to the permission of the Chinese government and mother nature cannot be guaranteed. All we can do is apply and keep our fingers crossed.

Bed and Breakfast accommodation, guides, insurance, temporary Chinese driving licence and all documentation and permits to ride your bike through mainland China.  £TBD.  Approximate route:


Stage 3: Laos and Thailand to Bangkok. 10 Days.  Approximate route:

 Cost summary:

Stage Rider Pillion Notes
London->China £ £
China,the Great Wall and Tibet £ £ China is trying to discourage older riders and drivers.  There is an additional$250 charge in order to obtain a Chinese driving licence for over 60s
Laos->Thailand £ £ Additional $200 Laos Permit & Insurance plus 6000 Baht Thai permit & Insurance
Optional Freight to UK £900¹


All other expenses at riders own cost.  These include visas (China≅ £260, Russia ≅ £100), ferry, travel insurance, road insurance (where available, e.g. Kazakhstan), Flight to UK ≅ £450. Non UK residents may need an additional visa for Kazakhstan.

Laos and Thailand now require riders to be issued permits and to travel with guides.  Only a very few companies have been granted permission to issue permits and organise travel for foreign vehicles.  All these companies reside in Thailand and Laos.  Nobody in the UK  can officially offer any guided service through these countries.  I will coordinate our travel through these areas with the relevant permit agents and guides.

If you are interested and would like to find out more, then please contact me and I will be happy to tell you more about these fabulous areas of the world.

¹The bike would be imported into Southampton docks. Importing back into the UK unfortunately incurs custom and freight handling charges.  These can be significant but if we get enough bikes to fill a container these charges drop considerably and may even be subsumed within the £900 quoted above.

4 thoughts on “Ride Russia, China, Tibet, Everest and beyond in 2018”

  1. Interested in your trip, having done a similar one in 2014, when I promised myself that I would ” be back!”

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