Kham Cycling Adventure

Sichuan

West China

Serk Cycling Beijing

The Kham region spans the Tibetan Autonomous Region and Sichuan Province and is one of China’s less explored gems. The roads are flowing, the variety of scenery from start to finish is diverse and views and vistas are jaw dropping. Add in experiencing local Tibetan Culture and hospitality and you have 8 days of cycling heaven.

The route is designed as a point to point route so you’ll ride Hotel to Hotel. Its a challenging course with climbs up to 4000m and plenty of distance to ensure you receive some altitude training benefit!

This trip is optimised for a range of riders from intermediate to advanced. We have full support so if you'd like to reduce the distance / intensity you can get in and out of the vehicle.

8 days

6 riding days
September 30th - October 7th

distance

up to 422km

climbing

up to 5000m

location

Kham Region
Sichuan China

Day 1.

Beijing - Chengdu

Late flight from Beijing (or anywhere else) to Chengdu. You’ll stay close to the airport in a 5 star Hotel as its an early start tomorrow for the flight to Kanding.

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Day 2.

Chengdu - Xindu Qiao

Up early for a short flight from Chengdu to Kanding. The airport is at 4280m and is the third highest airport in the World! From here we'll take a short bus ride to Xindu Qiao at the more manageable altitude of 3300m. We stay the night here and start riding tomorrow.

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New roads, snowy peaks and not much traffic. Cycling heaven!

Day 3.

Xindu Qiao - Bamei

Our first day of riding so we'll take it nice and easy to help you adjust to the altitude. We leave Xindu Qiao (famous in autumn as a location for snapping autumn leaves) and start heading along the picturesque road to Tagong. Here we'll stop for lunch at the Khampa Cafe run by a cool Czech guy called Max. We've heard their micro brewery will be up and running by October so expect to be sipping a cold beer on the terrace as you overlook the temple in Tagong's main square. After lunch we tackle our first climb of the trip and then cruise into Bamei.

63km

511m

Day 4.

Bamei - Danba

A longer day today of 109km. We guarantee this will be on the best days you will ever have on a bike. We start nice and early in the crisp morning leaving the picturesque town of Bamei and the grasslands behind. A few warm up climbs to get the blood flowing before the descent of a lifetime. 67km of descending all the way to Danba. Amazing switchbacks, rapid water flow, lush landscapes, rock formations and snow capped mountains in the background. This is cycling heaven.

Our destination is Danba – known as ‘the land of a thousand watchtowers’ as villages around the area are dotted with unique 500 year old watch towers up to 60m in height. Thanks to the good looks of the local women the area also has the reputation as “valley of beauties”.  For the girls you’ll have a chance to meet the Khampa men –  supposedly the strongest and best looking Tibetans !

87km

600m

 

67km of pure descending bliss.

Day 5.

Danba - Jinchuan

After all that downhill its inevitable that you’ll need to go back up. Today is the day and its up all day. If you’d like an extra challenge you can start off with a big climb out of Danba and visit a traditional village – voted one of the most picturesque folk villages in China. We will follow along the river the rest of the day with special views to the steep mountains on either side of the valley. If its warm enough you can stop along the way and dip your feet into the cooling waters.

100km

1293m

 

Kham is the eastern part of the old tibetan region

Day 6.

Jinchuan - Maerkang

We leave the hustle and bustle of Jinchuan behind and rol alongside the river again toward Maerkang. Maerkang is the capital city of Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture. It's a quaint town with Jiarong Tibetans and many traditional dwellings outside of the modern city centre. We stay in the heart of the city in a 4 star hotel tonight.

94km

929m

Day 7.

Maerkang - Meng Bi SHAN

The last and one of the best days of riding. It's time for the iconic Meng Bi Shan Mountain. 30km @ 5% and peaks at 4034m - a gorgeous and gut busting climb. At this time of the year the autumn colors are in full force so the bring your camera. An unforgettable day of cycling. Tonight we celebrate with a delicious local Sichuan meal.

78km

1440m

 

Meng Bi Shan in all its autumn glory.

Day 8.

Maerkang - Chengdu

After a late breakfast we drive back to Chengdu along the freeway arriving late afternoon. Get straight on a flight to return home or spend an extra day or two exploring Chengdu - lots of excellent food and experiences worth checking out.

110km

1500m

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