Bhutan Cycling Expedition -

7 days, 6 nights

Visit :Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Haa Valley
Mountain Biking in Bhutan is filled with magical experiences, and cycling enthusiasts are in for a treat during this tour that takes you through the country's valleys and gorgeous countryside. With a lush mountainous terrain, which is ...
Mountain Biking in Bhutan is filled with magical experiences, and cycling enthusiasts are in for a treat during this tour that takes you through the country's valleys and gorgeous countryside. With a lush mountainous terrain, which is the perfect backdrop for any outdoor adventure, this Bhutan Cycling trip will be one experience with exhilarating climbs and smooth downhill rides. This cycling tour will take you through winding paths and lovely meadows, dense forests, and rolling valleys. You will also encounter paths dotted by rustic villages and towns that are picturesquely placed amongst the vast scenery of this country. Explore the culturally rich history of Bhutan on a cycle!

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IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?

  • This trip consists of a couple of long riding days, which requires endurance. The route has a few rough patches, but not enough to deter the enthusiastic cyclist. You should be confident of your physical condition and bike handling skills. In some cases, the distances may be shorter; however, certain section may be a challenging owing to climbs and unpredictable weather conditions. An experienced cyclist with endurance rides under her belt will find this expedition to be a fun challenge.
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Price
  • Dates
  • Accommodation
  • Things to Carry
  • Travel Tips
  • Terms & Conditions

Highlights

  • See the spectacular vistas of the mountainsides while cycling
  • Find your zen at the various monasteries of this region, while you learn a little about Buddhism
  • Experience the cultural history of Bhutan with visits to various museums at Thimphu
  • Participate in a hot stone bath, which is native to the region
  • Enjoy exhilarating downhill rides through lush green forests
  • Cycling Days
    • 05 days
  • Rest Days
    • 02 days
Start of Tour

Paro

Total Cycling Distance 396 KM.
End of Tour

Paro

  • Day 1Paro
    • Flying into Bhutan is an unmatched experience that gives you fantastic views from the plane. You will see the majestic sights of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Bhutan's sacred Mount Jomolhari, and Jichu Drake.

      On arrival at the Paro International airport, which is considered to be one of the world's most challenging airports due to the high altitude, you will be escorted by a Trip360 representative to your hotel.

      After lunch, we will go on an acclimatisation ride to see the Drugyal Dzong, which was built to celebrate the victory over a Tibetan invasion.

    • Meals - Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 2Paro
    • Today is an exciting day as we will head to one of the most popular tourist destinations, the Tiger's Nest Monastery! The monastery sits perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 3,000 feet. It is said that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padmasambhava alighted here upon the back of a flying tigress. We will have a picnic lunch at the Taktsang cafeteria, and then hike back to Paro. The round trip takes about 3 hours.

      We return to Paro and enjoy one of Bhutan's most unique ancestral inventions, the hot stone bath. We will participate in building the fire that heats the rocks to the point where they are glowing red. The stones are then placed in a wood-lined tub that sits in a rocky stream bed. Don't forget your bathing suit for this Himalayan spa experience that you will only find in the pages of a luxe magazine!

    • Riding distance : 8.4 km
    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 3Paro - Haa Valley
    • From Paro, you will start cycling uphill to the Chele La pass, which is the highest point on the Dantak highway. After crossing Chele La Pass, you will head to Haa Valley, which borders Tibet and was closed to tourists until recently. The route passes lush dense forests, which will leave you speechless! If your tour has an April departure, you'll get to see incredibly beautiful rhododendron forests in bloom, while during the October departure you'll see the gorgeous autumn colours of the Himalayas. The climb up to Chele La Pass is tough, as it will have an elevation gain of around 2,200 metres over a distance of 36 kilometres. From the pass, you will glide down all the way to the Haa Valley, where we will load up all the bikes in the support jeep and drive to our resort.

    • Riding distance : 72 km
    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 4Haa Valley - Thimphu
    • Don't be intimidated by the number of kilometres you will be covering during our ride today. While it may seem like an extremely tough ride with massive elevation gains, the ride begins by going downhill. You will start this gorgeous ride at the hotel and go down to Haa town, after which the route goes up and down all the way to the confluence. The final 12 kilometres to the confluence is a downhill path and after the confluence, the ride to Thimphu is a mild uphill. We will complete the ride at the 100 kilometre mark and then drive to our resort in Thimphu. The more adventurous riders can complete the ride all the way to the resort - however, do be aware that the final ascent to the resort might be steep.

      This ride is arguably the most beautiful ride of the expedition, as it runs along the Haa River and through a lush green forest area. Quaint villages, monasteries, spectacular vistas, and wonderful people greet you along this ride.

    • Riding distance : 100 km
    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 5Thimphu - Punakha
    • Our ride for today starts with a long downhill cruise of around 12 kilometres from the hotel to Semtokha. From Semtokha, the steady climb to Dochu La Pass starts. The climb is beautiful, as we will be crossing dense Himalayan forests. The road to Dochu La is currently under construction and there will be some rough patches on the route, although it isn't that difficult. At the pass, you'll get splendid views of the Himalayan ranges and there will be plenty of photography opportunities here. After this, the route is a long downhill all the way to Punakha Valley with some short climbing right at the end of our journey for the day.

    • Riding distance : 70 km
    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 6Punakha - Paro
    • It's our last day of cycling together. You'll start the day with a drive to the Dochu La Pass and from the pass, cycle to Paro. The ride from Dochu La Pass to the outskirts of Thimphu is all downhill, and from there until the confluence of Paro River and Thimphu River is also predominantly downhill. From the confluence, it is a gorgeous up and down ride to the town of Paro. At Paro, you will check in to the resort, where you will bask in the glory of completing a spectacular mountain biking expedition.

    • Riding distance : 70 km
    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 7Depart Paro
    • Say goodbye to the lovely country of Bhutan and all the wonderful friends you made here. After checking out from your resort, you'll be dropped to the Paro airport for your flight home.

    • Meals - Breakfast
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Inclusions

  • 06 nights' accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Transfers as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Support vehicle as per group size.
  • Services of expert guide and mechanic for cycle repair.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Cycle Hire

Exclusions

  • Any transport to / from hotel in Paro. Your tour price starts Ex Paro.
  • Optional activities.
  • Personal expenses, tips, laundry, telephone calls, personal medicines, alcoholic beverages
  • Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
  • Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Evacuation charges, damage of any nature, entrance fees at monasteries.
  • Any items / services not specifically mentioned under inclusions.
  • Goods and Services Tax of 5%.

Price - Valid till 31 Dec 2020

Hub Twin Sharing Accommodation
Ex Paro 56,550*
* These prices are applicable for 8-10 adventurers. But if you’re looking to venture off the beaten path with your own gang, we’ll be happy to craft an exclusive adventure for you!

Dates

  • Ex Paro

Accommodation

Accommodation is based on twin sharing basis with standard hotel facilities.

Things to Carry

  • Good walking shoes.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sunscreen (highest possible).
  • Headgear for sunny days.
  • Cotton clothing for summer days, light woollen clothes for evenings. Heavy woollens for winter.
  • Shorts for hiking and walking around town are fine. Out of respect, please don't wear shorts in public buildings or monasteries. Have a pair of long pants or longer skirt for these locations.
  • 2 pairs cycling shorts.
  • 2 cycling tops. 
  • 2 pairs cycling socks.
  • 1 pair cycling shoes.
  • Rear panniers, with extra pockets.
  • Front panniers.
  • Saddle bag.
  • Cycling gloves.
  • Bike Buddy' bottle cage / Water bladder.
  • Knee pads and elbow pads.

Travel Tips

  • Clothes to Carry

    • Good walking shoes.
    • Sunglasses.
    • Sunscreen (highest possible).
    • Headgear for sunny days.
    • Cotton clothing for summer days, light woollen clothes for evenings. Heavy woollens for winter.
    • Shorts for hiking and walking around town are fine. Out of respect, please don't wear shorts in public buildings or monasteries. Have a pair of long pants or longer skirt for these locations.

  • Equipment Checklist

    • 2 pairs cycling shorts.
    • 2 cycling tops. 
    • 2 pairs cycling socks.
    • 1 pair cycling shoes.
    • Rear panniers, with extra pockets.
    • Front panniers.
    • Saddle bag.
    • Cycling gloves.
    • Bike Buddy' bottle cage / Water bladder.
    • Knee pads and elbow pads.

  • Our Crew

    You will be led by a local English-speaking tour leader. All our guides are well informed in the history, culture and religions of the area where you are biking and are skilled at passing that knowledge on to you. Your guide is also medically trained and an experienced cyclist, able to handle most minor repairs en route. (Ugyen Yoesar, Rinzin Norbu, Tshering Wangdi, Sangay Dorji (technician) , Phurba Dorji (technician).

  • Flight Information

    Bhutan Airlines being the country's first private airline. It has always strived to provide excellent services to the people with the lowest fares possible.
    Ever since Bhutan airlines began operating, it has proven its reliability, flexibility and good customer services with our daily flights to Bangkok and Kolkata. We now ask you, the public to keep showering us with your unconditional support and FLY WITH US TO THE LAND OF HAPPINESS!

  • Medical facilities Available

    There are medical facilities available but we suggest carry your own first aid kit including common medical necessities like bandages, paracetamol, bite cream, painkiller tablet or spray, antiseptic ointment or liquid or wipes, surgical tapes, band-aids/plasters, small scissors as well. Also consult with the family doctor before coming on our tour.

  • Altitude considerations

    Even though the altitude in Bhutan is higher than most people are used to, altitude sickness is rare in Bhutan as most valleys are under 2,500 metres, and mountain passes are generally only just over 3000 metres. Our cultural tours do not reach altitudes higher than 3,500 metres (except the 'Journey Across Bhutan').

    If you have concerns about experiencing altitude sickness during your visit to Bhutan, we suggest that you carry Diamox, which can be taken in advance as a precaution.

  • Books to Read

    The History of Bhutan by Karma Phuntsho - If you want to know more about this slice of heaven on earth, we'd suggest you thumb through 'A History of Bhutan' before you embark on this journey. The only comprehensive and detailed account of the country's history in English, the book discusses everything from culture to geography and prehistory. If you think we're being too kind, the book was the 2015 Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Title Award Winner!

    Beyond the Sky and Earth: A Journey into Bhutan by Jamie Zeppa - This memoir tells us about Jamie, and her time as a lecturer at the Sherubtse College near Trashigang. While the book started off as fiction based on Jamie's personal experiences, the finishes product carefully chronicles her time in gorgeous country. If you'd like a quick peek into what like it actually like in Bhutan, you can immerse yourself in Jamie's world, and live a little through her experiences, before cycling down the country she once called home.

  • Typical Day on the Trip

    We start riding post breakfast and we ride around 50 kms per day in around minimum 4 to 5 hours.

  • Approximate Group Size

    Minimum 10 Guest.

  • Money to carry

    INR 6000 minimum

  • Tipping

    All tipping is optional and by no means mandatory. However if you feel that your staff and drivers have performed at a good or excellent level, it is a great way to let them know you appreciate their efforts.

  • Places to eat

    • Edelweiss Restaurant, Thimphu
    • Druk Wangyal Cafeteria, Thimphu
    • Mesina Restaurant, Punakha
    • Phuenzhi Diner, Punakha
    • Sonam Trophel Hotel, Paro
    • Taktsang Cafeteria, Paro