Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Regional Forums > Southern Asia

Southern Asia Topics specific to Southern Asia, from Iran and Armenia east through Pakistan and India to China / Vietnam / Indonesia.
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

Motorcycle travel in Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, India...

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 13 Sep 2007
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Wasatch Mnts, UT, USA
Posts: 244
Greetings from Ali Tibet

Hello Hubbers,

I have just arrived in Ali Tibet via China Highway 219 (the XinJiag- Tibet Highway)!!!! I am taveling on my (used to be) shiney, new Hotian 150 cc that I bought in Kashgar. I have secured my tibet permit from the PSB in Ali and am preparing for the rest of my journey to Guge, Khailas, Everest and possibly Lhasa.

I will provide a detailed trip report later, but for now seek help with a few questions. Can I bring a Chinese licensed motorbike over the frienship highway into Nepal? If so, can I sell it there w/o customs hassles? To a local or only to a foriegner keen on heading to China? Or will I have to find a buyer in Tibet? If so, do you think Latse or Tingri are big enough to find a buyer?

Thanks for any info you can provide.

Cheers,
Glasswave
__________________
India Himal, 3mo,2x; Kazak/Krygyz/Tajik, 3 mo; Kashi-Lhasa, China 219! 6 wk; Nepal, 4 days/trekked 55; Santiago-Ushuia-Cusco, 7 mo; Peru, 3 mo; Chile-Medellin 3 mo; Medillin-Arica, 3 mo
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 13 Sep 2007
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: London
Posts: 239
Its a difficult question to anwser, because from the past experiences of many people even doing what you're doing now is in theory illegal/'impossible'/etc.

So the only thing to do is try, as your luck seems to be in. Never say never in China, the land with so many rules that they all contradict each other.
__________________
Thanks
Joe
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 15 Sep 2007
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Wasatch Mnts, UT, USA
Posts: 244
Thanks Joe,

I know that traveling this route is technically illegal, as is a foriegner buying a motorbike in China, as is riding one w/o a Chinese license and Chinese insuranse, but what the hey! Someone has to try it!

I have been fined in Ali 300Y + charged 50Y more for the TAR permit. I told them I arrived "by bike" because I knew many cyclists have made it through. I plan to cruise outta here early today, evading the watchful eye of the PSB. I do not now how I will fare on the motorbike at the many other check points in Tibet, but in Xinjiang and Asaki Chin, I was not hassled due to the
motorbike.

Wish me Luck!
__________________
India Himal, 3mo,2x; Kazak/Krygyz/Tajik, 3 mo; Kashi-Lhasa, China 219! 6 wk; Nepal, 4 days/trekked 55; Santiago-Ushuia-Cusco, 7 mo; Peru, 3 mo; Chile-Medellin 3 mo; Medillin-Arica, 3 mo
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 15 Sep 2007
beddhist's Avatar
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Whangarei, NZ
Posts: 2,225
Normally, you need a carnet to enter Nepal and you can't easily sell a vehicle there. Don't know whether this applies to Chinese reg'd bikes.
__________________
Cheers,
Peter.

Europe to NZ 2006-10
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 18 Sep 2007
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Togliatti, Russia
Posts: 246
selling a bike

hi , Tingri and Latse are small towns. The most ways towards Everest BC or to western Tibet pass there. The Everest expeditioons spend the night in Latse before going to BC. Tingri is a vilage with a few houses and with hotel. You can try to sell the bike to foriegner tourist like you. The locals are too shy and timid (see a pic)
Attached Images
   
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 28 Sep 2007
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 1
Not sure i'd agree with the timid bit
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 1 Oct 2007
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Wasatch Mnts, UT, USA
Posts: 244
I am now in Lhasa after visiting Guge kingdom, trekking Kailas Kora and side trips tp Shisha Pangma and Everest.

My biker is for sale in Lhasa, check this thread:

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...an-50-cc-29300
__________________
India Himal, 3mo,2x; Kazak/Krygyz/Tajik, 3 mo; Kashi-Lhasa, China 219! 6 wk; Nepal, 4 days/trekked 55; Santiago-Ushuia-Cusco, 7 mo; Peru, 3 mo; Chile-Medellin 3 mo; Medillin-Arica, 3 mo
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 16 Oct 2007
Contributing Member
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Chengdu, Sichuan, China
Posts: 86
G-Wave,

You made it! That's great! I thought it was previously impossible. I have a few questions I'd like to ask you off-line if you don't mind.

Also, did you take any pictures?

CC
__________________
---------------------------------------------------
Buy "The Return - Riding Western China" DVD - Now on Holiday sale!!!
http://www.motocyclops.com/buydvd/

The world's newest, most super-awesome Chinese Motorcycle and Travel Community!
http://www.mychinamoto.com/

Personal China travel info, photo and video site:
http://www.carlparker.com

Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 17 Oct 2007
parkie's Avatar
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 199
Thumbs up Very jealous...

Top effort!
Always fancied that route.
How did you get on for fuel, accomodation, food, etc?
Did you have to carry spare gas & were you camping & cooking or did you find food & accopmodation along the way?
__________________
Rich
www.horizonsunlimited.com/tstories/richardandlisa
www.youtube.com/richparkie

280,000 kms on a TDM850 - ridden 2 up UK-NZ. Now abusing a Cagiva Elefant
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 12 Nov 2007
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Wasatch Mnts, UT, USA
Posts: 244
Namaste from Kathmandu,

I just got back from 26 days trekking in the Everest region, leaving for anapurna in the morning. I will try to providea detailed trip report when I return to the stses in Dec.

Yes, I took lot's of photo's. Carl, you have my eMail in your box or just in case try me at:
glasswave followed by the atsign then yahoo and finally com
written as a proper eMail address.
__________________
India Himal, 3mo,2x; Kazak/Krygyz/Tajik, 3 mo; Kashi-Lhasa, China 219! 6 wk; Nepal, 4 days/trekked 55; Santiago-Ushuia-Cusco, 7 mo; Peru, 3 mo; Chile-Medellin 3 mo; Medillin-Arica, 3 mo
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 13 Nov 2007
Contributing Member
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Chengdu, Sichuan, China
Posts: 86
glass,

That's great! I look forward to hearing about and seeing your experiences. Sounds amazing.

Safe travels,
cc
__________________
---------------------------------------------------
Buy "The Return - Riding Western China" DVD - Now on Holiday sale!!!
http://www.motocyclops.com/buydvd/

The world's newest, most super-awesome Chinese Motorcycle and Travel Community!
http://www.mychinamoto.com/

Personal China travel info, photo and video site:
http://www.carlparker.com

Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tibet travel waterloo Northern Asia 0 10 Sep 2007 16:55
Nepal into Tibet ilesmark Southern Asia 2 22 Aug 2007 18:18
tibet to Mongolia kinley Route Planning 9 26 Jan 2006 12:57
Everest Base Camp Ride: Nepal & Tibet hanif23 Southern Asia 0 9 May 2002 19:05
From Nepal into Tibet, China Urs and Miggi Southern Asia 2 8 May 2002 19:57

 
 


HU DVD Summer Special!

Now that summer is here, get On the Road! Take 30% off the Achievable Dream - On the Road! 2-DVD set until August 31 only. Get On the Road! Learn the tips to staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure!

Our veteran travellers share their tips (and great stories) for staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure.

"A fantastic, informative and inspirational DVD."

"It's brilliant - thank you very much!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'ONTHEROAD' on your order when you checkout.


Renedian Adventures


Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!


What turns you on to motorcycle travel?


Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!


New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.


Books & DVDs

amazon

All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.


Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!




All times are GMT +1. The time now is 15:41.