Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Start/End: Paro / Paro
Activities: Cultural visits, mountain biking, sightseeing
Who is it for?
Riders with a moderate level of fitness and stamina, experienced enough in the art of mountain biking.
What is it?
This 8-day cycling adventure will take you through the arresting mountain ranges, river valleys, unspoiled landscapes, and wilderness enhanced with forays into Bhutanese living culture and traditions. Designed to challenge and enthrall, the Bhutan Mountain Biking itinerary includes hikes to Chimi Lhakhang (temple of fertility), rides through the legendary Dochula Pass in the snow-covered Himalayas, and cultural exchanges at a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse.
Highlights: Views of the Himalayan Mountains, Hike to Tiger’s Nest in Paro and other day hikes, visit a local Farmhouse, visit monastery and some museums, shopping, cultural show, local market
Season: All year, best time is from March to June / mid September to November
Included: Accommodation all meals mentioned in itinerary, local bilingual guide, all transfers and transport as detailed on itinerary, entry fees
Not Included: Tips, domestic and international flights, meals not mentioned in itinerary
Prices: Please contact us for pricing
Bhutan’s mountainous terrain and topography offers a fascinating adventure for mountain biking enthusiasts. The western, central and eastern regions are ideal for biking and offer challenging but scenic routes. While on this Bhutan adventure tour you’ll meander through impressive mountain ranges, river valleys, unspoiled landscape, intact nature, while enjoying glimpses of Bhutanese living culture and traditions. This intimate mode of transport allows you to explore off the beaten track while enjoying some adventurous riding. There are also numerous opportunities for optional hikes with a bit of climbing thrown in.
Riders should have an adequate level of fitness and stamina and be experienced enough in the art of mountain biking. These mountain biking in Bhutan tours are fully supported by a van following riders. The van allows riders the option to sit in and take a break.
Today you will cycle for about 2.5 hours (32 km total) and on the to Thimpu.
On the way to Thimpu visit the Tachhog Lhakhang temple. Later visit visit the textile museum, the Memorial Chorten, and the Tashichho Dzong. The Bhutanese Dzongs are huge architectural structures constructed for a variety of functions throughout the country, from administrative buildings to monasteries and temples, yet they are carefully and thoughtfully designed and are strikingly beautiful. Then we will stop at the Sangaygang viewpoint for some breathtaking views.
Overnight in Thimphu. (D)
From Pangrizampa the biking ascends along the logging road until Taba Top. The logging road ends here. We continue biking until we reach Thimphu City, making a loop.
The trail is at an altitude between 2,300 and 3,700m above sea level. The total length of trail loop is 46 km.
After the ride visit the Simtokha Dzong, the Zorig Chusum Institute (the 13 Arts and Crafts Institute) and in the evening attend a Bhutanese cultural show. After the show we will take you to a Bhutanese restaurant to eat the Bhutanese food and later to a nice cozy pub for a drink so that you can mingle with the local Bhutanese people.
Overnight in Thimphu (B/L/D)
Later ride towards Punakha/Wangdue. Cross the Dochula pass (3140m, 10362ft) from where a beautiful panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range can be seen, especially on clear winter days. The beauty of this place is further enhanced by the Druk Wangyal Chortens- 108 stupas built by the eldest Queen, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck.
Todays biking distance is 89 km, about 6 hours of riding.
Overnight in Punakha/Wangdue. (B/L/D)
Finally, hike to Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of fertility), which was built in 1499. Wooden phalluses are often found hanging in the four corners of the houses and painted on the walls of houses. It is the common belief that this helps in driving away evil spirits.
Overnight in Punakha/Wangdue. (B/L/D)
Overnight in Thimphu. (B/L/D)
Overnight in Paro. (B/L/D)
Then visit a local Farmhouse. Picturesque farmhouses dot the valley amongst fields and hillsides. We welcome you to enjoy the hospitality of the Paro farmers. The two to three-storied Bhutanese farmhouses are handsome in appearance, with colorfully decorated outer walls and lintels, and are traditionally built. A visit to a farmhouse gives an interesting glimpse into the lifestyle of a farming family. (If you take a hot stone bath in the farmhouse it will cost extra US$25 per person.)
Later stroll around the town and see how locals live. Overnight in Paro. (B/L/D)