Annika Fendler

Joined September 2018Living in: Berlin, Germany
  • Day30

    No light, no water and a hole

    October 14, 2018 in China ⋅ ☀️ -2 °C

    We were prepared for simple accommodations in Tibet, but our favorite was definitely in Menbu. Our guide described it to be the best hotel in town. Which was probably true...
    Unfortunately there was no electricity in the town and no canalization. So we used candles. And bought some water in the store to wash. And while the locals just peed in the yard, we were able to use a hole-in-the-floor toilet.
    We also had a candlelight breakfast because the tour on the next day was 140 km and included two passes, so we had to get started early😜
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  • Day30

    The friendship highway is paved

    October 14, 2018 in China ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    That is what the tour description says: The friendship highway is completely paved so it is possible to ride longer tours in a day. Problem is just: The friendship highway ends at the Chinese border. And then you have to go on a super bad dirt road. It's also the road all the trucks going over the border have to use. The trucks are impressively off-road capable!

    So we had two tours: One with very good roads where you can drive a short 70km stage within a few hours. And then three days of technical mountain bike training where you need a whole day for the same distance.

    But at least we finally looked like we have been riding a lot.
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  • Day20

    Staying in a tibetian village

    October 4, 2018 in China ⋅ ☀️ 0 °C

    Coming back from the mountain we had accommodation in a small village. We stayed with a tibetian family in a traditional house. On the ground floor a living room, the only room in the house with heating: A yak poo fireplace. Upstairs the guest rooms and a hole-in-the-ground toilet.

    You can see the Everest from the village and also from our room!

    Standing on the house's roof we watched the villagers bringing in the cattle while waiting for the sun to go down. No wonder people think the Everest is holy when all the other mountains are already dark and the peak of the Everest is the only thing still lit.
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  • Day19

    Going to mount Everest base camp

    October 3, 2018 in China ⋅ ☀️ 3 °C

    Today we don't cycle but go to the mount Everest base camp by bus. It would be possible to cycle, but it already takes 4 hours by car. All in all it would probably take 3 days to go up, see the mountain and go down again.

    You need a special permit to be allowed to go to the base camp. And it was already checked twice now. And there is at least one more checkpoint. They check the permit, the passport and your visa...

    The Chinese are taking loads of pictures in front of the main gate, standing on their land cruisers.

    And then the road begins winding upwards, 54 turns to the top. At about 5200 m a last turn and then you have an amazing view!
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  • Day18

    A challenging but rewarding day

    October 2, 2018 in China ⋅ 🌙 2 °C

    Today was our hardest trip so far.
    First a long uphill ride to 5200 m.
    And then a downhill ride that felt like going uphill again because of the really strong headwind.


    We saw the Mount Everest for the first time today. And it was as amazing as expected (and cellphone pictures don‘t do it justice)Read more

  • Day16

    Meet the team

    September 30, 2018 in China ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

    You might have guessed so: We are not alone on the road. It's actually quite a big team. Four people doing the tour, our German guide, a tibetian guide and two drivers. A van and a truck.

    That may sound a bit too much logistics for four people, but: You are not allowed in Tibet without a local guide. The car is not only a safety feature (imagine someone having problems with the height so he has to go down quickly...) but also needed because there are some parts of the route we cannot cycle. The truck is needed to carry bikes in case of an emergency and also because the bikes cannot go from Tibet to Nepal but have to go back to China. We will get other bikes in Nepal. And the German guide knows the route.

    Though our guide speaks Chinese it is actually quite important to have a local guide who can speak tibetian. The more you get to the countryside the less people are speaking Chinese. And it's not always clear where to spend the night. We had one planned hotel that was being renovated, another one was just demolished (sic!). And tonight we went one village further because the guides said the accomodation is better (though it is lacking a toilet..)
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  • Day16

    Staying on the tibetan countryside

    September 30, 2018 in China ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    We found a hotel for the night. It‘s clean and it has Wifi. And it has an outstanding interior. And a donkey!
    Only drawback: It doesn‘t have a toilet😯. But on this trip we anyway have to get used to very „basic“ facilities.

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