Tibet Overland: A Route and Planning Guide Paperback – 15 May 2002
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"This book prepared particularly with mountain bikers in mind contains a wealth of advice for coping with the many difficulties an overlander in Tibet might face." --HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA
From the Back Cover
Tibet is a mountain-biker's paradise. Where else in the world can you cycle alongside 8000cm peaks and cross 5000m passes, almost daily! The Lhasa-Kathmandu route includes the world's longest downhill run: a drop of 4200m in just over 160km of heart-stopping descent. Tibet is still one of the most remote regions in the world and any visit will be an adventure, however you travel.
There is detailed information on over 9000kms of overland routes with a km-by-km breakdown of the classic journeys.
Inside you will find full-color maps, information on planning and preparation, background information, women travelers in Tibet, health and safety, plus mountain biking in Nepal.
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In some areas it is less accurate than in others, but nevertheless, it will give you all the information you need for crossing some of the most demading terrain on earth. I am not a serious cyclist, but with this book and its advice and suggestions on what to pack and what to expect, i successfully rode across Tibet from just south of Mongolia down to Lhasa, across the Himalayas and down into the Sub-Continent to Kathmandu. It's thanks to THIS book i made it.
You are looking at an area of expertise where there is no better book for the job...
However, the book is extremely thin on everything but the Lhasa -> Kathmandu route, which somewhat defeats the object; this route is both well known and covered by commercial expeditions, with few Alien Travel Permit issues. The other routes (Sichuan -> Tibet, Xinjiang -> Tibet and Quighai -> Tibet) are mostly covered via hearsay from other bikers; not really research as I would understand it. Furthermore, mapping for these routes is also abysmal.
There have been issues with the Xinjiang route since Oct 2001 wrt Afghanistan which might have prevented the author from doing much, but that's no excuse for the other routes. In short, if cycling in Tibet you want to know about, don't bother buying this book, but it's worth a read if you can borrow a copy.