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Bhutan is an amazing country and there may be no better way to experience it than by cycling. Cyclists of all levels will enjoy the majestic scenery and the unique culture of Bhutan.
This tour is designed for on-road cycling, so it is not too difficult, but you should have cycling experience and be moderately physically fit. You will have the opportunity to ride over mountain passes and take leisurely rides through lush valleys. Our travel specialists can work with you to determine your experience level to develop the perfect tour that blends cycling with touring ancient, cultural sights.
This tour focuses on a west to east route and gives you the opportunity to connect with local people, monks, and school children. This tour is not a race and we will ensure that the cycling pace is neither too hard nor too easy. We will provide a support vehicle, a licensed and experienced guide/mechanic throughout the tour. This tour is perfect for small groups or a family looking for an unforgettable holiday.
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Arrival-ParoYour tour guide and driver will be waiting for you when you arrive in Paro and will transport you to your hotel in Paro. Time permitting, we will tour several sights in the afternoon, possibly the National Museum and Paro Rimpung Dzong. Overnight in Paro
Paro-Cycling and Touring (36km)We begin the day with a practice ride in the Paro valley. We will also be testing your bike and equipment prior to the adventure in the coming days. Today we will visit the ruins of Drugyal Dzong, Kichu Temple, and Dungtse Lhakhang. Overnight in Paro
Hike to Takstang & Drive Thimphu (55km)We will start today with a hike to Taktshang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest. This hike is one of the highlights of any trips to Bhutan. This breathtaking monastery is perched tentatively on the cliffs overlooking Paro valley. The site gets its name "Tiger's Nest" as legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) flew to this location from Tibet on the back of a tigress. It is approximately a 2 to 2.5-hour hike (one way), but so worth the journey. If you do not feel you can make the whole walk, we can arrange a horse ride for you to the cafeteria (about ½ way up). In the afternoon we will depart for Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. The 55km drive traverses through rice fields, pine forests and wayside mountain villages. We will be making stops at regular intervals for rest and to simply to enjoy the pristine mountain scenery. Overnight in Thimphu
Thimphu (25-30 Km)Today we will be cycling around Thimphu and touring many of the sights including the Changangkha Temple, the Takin Sanctuary, Zilukha Nunnery, the Giant Buddha statue, and the weekend market. Overnight in Thimphu
To Punakha & Wangdue Phodrang (71km)Today will be our first conquest of the true Bhutanese mountains. We will cycle a scenic 22 km ascent to the Dochula Pass (3050m). This pass offers a panoramic view of the eastern Himalayan ranges on the clear days and we will stop to enjoy the view and a cup of tea. Once we leave the pass, we enjoy a 41 Km spiraling descent into the Punakha Valley, which is located at an elevation of 1350m. We will also take several stops along the way to enjoy the scenery. Before we reach Punakha, we will have the opportunity to cycle through a village to the Chimmi Lhakang, a temple dedicated to the divine madam who is revered as the saint of fertility and Punakha Dzong. Everyone visiting Punakha should visit this temple and the associated village. Overnight in Punakha/Wangdi
Punakha (30 Km)The Punakha valley is about 1200 m above sea level (more than 1000m lower than Thimphu or Paro), and, therefore, has semi-tropical climate. Today, after breakfast, we will hike about 45 minutes to Khamsum Chorten, located on a ridge-top with great view of the valley. We will spend the rest of the morning biking to the villages located along the Pho Chu River. In the afternoon, we will drive to the village of Limukha and, after our visit, you have the opportunity to cycle downhill on the road back towards town. Overnight in Punakha
Punakha-Gangtey (87 Km)Today we will do a combination of driving and cycling. In the morning we will drive up the black mountains (JSW National Park), and cross the Labanla Pass to arrive in the Gangtey Phobjikha Valley. Once we reach the pass, we will cycle the rest of the way downhill. We will tour the ancient Gangtey Gompa monastery and bike downhill to see the black-necked cranes that make this valley their winter home. These endangered birds are special to Bhutanese and Himalayan Buddhist culture and migrate from the Tibetan plateau. We will spend the rest of the day biking around the valley and observing these special birds everywhere. Overnight in hotel in Gangtey
Gangtey-Trongsa-Bumthang (148 KM)Today will be a long day cycling. We start the day with an 80km ride to Trongsa. The ride will begin with a climb to the Pele-la Pass (3300m) in the Black Mountain ranges. This pass is the traditional boundary between eastern and western Bhutan. Once we reach the pass, it is all downhill from there to Trongsa town. In the afternoon, you have the option to tour the Trongsa Dzong and Taa Dzong. We may also drive to Yotongla and bicycle down to Chumey – on the way we can visit the Yathra weaving center. Overnight in Jakar
Jakar (45 KM)After breakfast, bicycle entire Bumthang valley on bike and visit the Jakar Dzong (The castle of white bird) built in 1667 and is the seat of district administration and regional monastic body of Bumthang. We will also visit the Jambay Temple, founded in 7th century by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo and it is one of the oldest monasteries in the country. The Kurje Temple, where the patron saint of Buddhism in Bhutan subdued a local demon and left his body imprint. The Tamshing monastery founded in 1501 by Terton (Treasure Revealer) Pema Lingpa, the incarnation of Guru Rinpoche. The monastery has some of the oldest wall murals in the country. In the afternoon you can leisurely explore the Chamkhar market, the main trading post of Bumthang. We will have dinner in a local farm house. Overnight in Jakar
JakarToday will conclude our cycling adventure in Bhutan. What better way to end a tour, than cycling to the hidden valley of Tang. We will stop briefly at the Membar Tso (the burning lake) where the saint Pemalingpa retrieved sacred treasures from its murky depths. We will also be visiting the ancient Tak Rimochen temple (Tiger stripe temple) located below a cliff bearing the distinctive tiger stripes. In the afternoon we will embark on a short hike to the Ugyencholling manor museum which offers fascinating insights on the traditional aristocratic families of medieval Bhutan. This museum has one of the finest displays of articles, textiles, and items of daily use. Overnight in Jakar
Bumthang to Paro by airThis morning you will board a quick domestic flight from Bumthang to Paro. This short flight offers spectacular views of the Bhutan Himalayas. You will have the afternoon to explore Paro town at your leisure and have our celebratory dinner in the evening.
Paro to onward destinationThis morning we will transport you to the airport and say our goodbyes. We will help you get checked in for your return journey
- Accommodations in 3 star category
- All meals, evening tea/coffee with snacks
- All land transfers and transportation
- English speaking Bhutanese Tour Guide/Leader
- Daily Tourist Fees & Taxes
- Mountain biking Charges
- Domestic Airfare Bumthang to Paro
- Bhutan Visa and all applicable permits
- Sightseeing with entrance fees to all monuments
- Bottled water in the vehicle
- Flights into and out of Bhutan (Can be arrange by us)
- Optional Travel/Medical
- Insurance Personal expenses such as bars, beverages in the hotel, telephone, laundry, trips, and others
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