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travel in tibet  
 
 
what to bring:
Clothing
Cycling shorts
Lightweight trekking pant
Long sleeve jersey
Fleece jacket
Long underwear top
Long underwear bottom
Wool sweater
Gortex rain jacket and pants
3 pair light cycling socks
2 wool socks
3 quick drying underwear
Wool hat
Cycling gloves
Windstopper gloves
Waterproof mitten shells
Cycling shoes
Trekking shoes
Helmet with visor
Mesh head cover for bugs
Personal Gear
LED headlamp
SPF 50 Sunscreen
Toothbrush, toothpaste
Sunglasses
Small light towel
Soap
Swiss army knife
Playing cards
Book
Walkman
Batteries, Film
Nikon SLR
Complete First Aid Kit
China map, road notes
Watch
 
Camp Gear
Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight tent
Down sleeping bag (10 – 20F)
Thermarest and chair kit
MSR Wisperlight International Stove
Stove rebuild kit
1 liter fuel bottle
350 ml backup fuel bottle
Tent patches
Thermarest repair kit
Katadyn ceramic water filter
MSR Dromedary Waterbag 6 ltr
2 500ml bike water bottles
MSR Stainless steel pot
Coffee cup
Plastic fork
Pot scrubber
 
Bike Gear
Spare tubes 3
Tube patch kit
2 Spare tires Continental Goliath
Multi-tool
Chain tool
Tire levers
Hypercraker cassette tool
Adjustable wrench (all purpose)
Zip ties, duct tape, electrical tape
Pipe clamps
Extra rack bolts, misc extra bolts
Extra spokes (Front, Rear)
Extra Cables
Wire
Grease
Wet lube
Anti seize
 
Bike
Schwinn Moab 2
Rigid Fork
2.2 heavy MTB tires recommended
Jandd expedition rack
Lowrider front rack (bad idea)
Jandd Mountain Panniers
Lowe Alpine Attack backpack
Extra stuff sack for gas and stove
Cateye computer
Handlebar bag
Cable lock
Time ATAC pedals
 
Food
(Varied)
Rice
Dried milk
Instant coffee
Sugar
Cabbage
Onions
Garlic
Biscuits
“761” military rations
Ramen
Noodles
Eggs
Misc Chinese snack food
Chocolate
 
what to bring     daily cycling distances      weather      altitude
daily cycling distances:
                                                                                            go to week 1
 

Lhasa (11,900 ft)
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Avg. Temperature
31
36
42
48
55
61
60
56
49
39
32
59
Avg. Max Temp (C)
46
48
54
60
64
73
72
68
63
55
48
70
Avg. Min Temperature
17
23
29
35
41
49
50
46
37
26
19
49
Avg. Rain Days
0
0
0
3
6
11
12
10
3
0
0
14
Avg. Snow Days
0
1
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
weather:
Following are temperatures for Lhasa, they give a general range for days in Tibet.  The Kailash area will be cooler due to its altitude, nights will be much cooler than what is listed here.  The Kailash area will also experience more rain, particularly in the summer months as storms blow up from Nepal.  If cycling, it’s a good idea to be equipped for any sort of weather; rain, snow, hail, winds, etc.
 
Sun is another issue.  Even if the temperature is cool, the sun can be very intense.  Clothing to keep the sun off or provide shade is essential.
altitude:
High resolution (2.2MB) altitude map of Highway 219 and Western Tibet (including Kailash) download
Distance details in Excel: download
Gear list: download