Lhasa to Katmandu Ride

We are booked for the Lhasa to Katmandu Cycle trip in mid August.  Can anyone tell us what the low rating on our sleeping bags should be?  We've heard both 3 and 4 season suggestions.  Since we'll be in guesthouses and hotels, hopefully heated at high altitudes what is the best guess for average highs and lows this time of year.

 Many thanks


In August, a 4 season sleeping bag is not necessary . A 3 season bag should be sufficient . However the tea houses and lodges do provide extra blankets should you require them.


Thank you.  We opted for down sleeping bags rated to +15.  Down is less bulky and lighter.  With a 20 lb weight allowance (not including bikes) it makes one really consider maximum bene for each item.

Do you have any suggestions regarding shoes?  I'm currently thinking our Shimano M076 cycling shoes and my Keen closed toe/heel sandels whick I can cycle in if my feet need some breathing room. 



Thanks for your detailed information.  I'll check into the Merrels. 

Regarding weight limit, as I understand it the 44 lbs includes our bikes which are estimated to weigh about 1/2 of our allowance.....is this true.

Thanks again,



Olly Townsend

Hi Renee',

Your luggage weight allowance on the Kathmandu-Lhasa flight is 20kg (44lbs) in total, so this limit includes your hire bike (which will be somewhere around 13-14kgs when boxed).  Excess baggage is charged at approximately US$13 per kg. You will get a hand baggage allowance on top of this (normally around 5 - 8kgs/11-18lbs) so hopefully this will be enough to carry everything you need!

Best wishes




Thanks Olly....we were thinking 5 lb personal carry on....5kg helps. 

 Is it worth taking a DSLR?  with telephoto lenses?

 Glad you are joining us on our trip. 

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