Bhutan Mountain Bike Tour

  • Bhutan Mountain Bike Tour
  • Bhutan Mountain Bike Tour
  • Bhutan Mountain Bike Tour
  • Bhutan Mountain Bike Tour
  • Bhutan Mountain Bike Tour

Code TH-BT-082 •   12 Days •  

  • Trip Duration: 11 Nights / 12 Days
  • Group size: 1-20 Pax. Max.
  • Ends in: Paro
  • Departure City: Paro
  • Max Altitude: 3500m
  • Activities: Mountain Biking / Sightseeing

Overview

Trip Information

Bhutan Mountain Bike Tour is designed to give you an unforgettable insight into culture, nature, arts and the way of living life of Bhutanese people. This thrilling adventure provides a scenic ride along the hilly region of the country too. On this adventure tour we invite you join on a road of self-discovery as you pedal across Bhutan, just a brief information we are one of the specialized mountain bike riding company since 2003. The trip starts with an easy acclimatizing ride in Paro valley, and then too the capital city and while visiting the must-sees, time is also given to exploring popular MTB trails around Thimphu valley. Continue to Punakha for some of the best singletracks in the country and then to the idyllic Phobjikha valley to witness the annual Black-necked crane festival before returning to Paro to visit Bhutan’s ultimate highlight – a visit to the famous Tiger’s Nest monastery. Every stop is laden with attractions that will enliven you senses and will leave you with an indelible feeling of having ridden through the soul of Bhutan. The tour is designed to cater to any amateur rider with a descent level of fitness. Our most valuable asset is our tour guides and our biking tour leader is one of the most experienced riders in Bhutan. The group will also be accompanied by a bike mechanic and a support vehicle.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Paro

Arrive Paro by Druk Air, the only national carrier. The flight offers you beautiful view of mountains and landscape. Upon arriving the Paro Valley and after completing visa formalities, you will be met by Tibet Holidays representative at the airport.

Accommodation: 3 star hotel

Meal: Lunch + Dinner

Day 2: Paro to Thimphu

Morning, we will visit Ta Dzong (watch tower) which houses the National Museum. The museum has an interesting collections of different costumes and thangkas from various parts of Bhutan. After Museum visit, we drive towards the north to see the Drukgyel Dzong, in ruins. It was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1649 to commemorate a victory over the Tibetan forces. Unfortunately the fortress was destroyed by fire and was never rebuilt. On clear weather, we will be able to see Mt. Chomolhari from the Drukgyal Dzong and the Tiger’s Nest on our way back to Paro. En-route, visit Kichu Lhakhang, one of the two oldest monasteries built in Bhutan by the King of Tibet, Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century.

Accommodation: 3 star hotel

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3: Thimphu to Punakha

Morning visit the National Painting school to see the young men and women at work in the production of handicraft items. Some specialize in mask making, some in wood curving, some in slate curving, and others in embroidery & scroll painting. And also visit traditional handmade Paper factory, Government Handicraft emporium and memorial chorten. After early lunch bike to Punakha (82 km, approx. 41/2 hours) ascending Docuhla pass and later descend to Punakha.

Accommodation: 3 star hotel

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4: Punakha to Wangdiphodrang

We begin our explorations of Punakha valley with a visit to Punakha Dzong, located between two rivers. It serves as the winter residence for the central monastic body of Thimphu, as the area provides with more comfortable temperatures. The Punakha Dzong contains the body remains of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is considered as one of the holiest of the dzongs in the country. Next, hike to Chhimi Lhakhang, the monastery dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kunley “the Divine Madman” who was known for his eccentric behavior. The monastery is known for its power of fertility, thus is a site of pilgrimage for both Bhutanese and westerners. Evening visit to Wangdiphodrang Dzong and interesting local market.

Accommodation: 3 star hotel

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Wangdiphodrang to Gangtey

In the Morning start biking to Gangtey (68 km, approx. 41/2 hours). Gangtey is a seat of the Ngyingmapa Buddhism, a religious sect in Bhutan. The present chief abbot of the monastery is the 9th reincarnate of the descendant of Terton Pemalingpa. Upon arriving Gangtey, visit Gangtey Monastery, and walk around the place. This area serves as the wintering place for endangered black-necked cranes migrating from Tibet and Lhadak. The cranes stay here from November till April.

Accommodation: 3 star hotel

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6: Gangtey to Trongsa

In the morning proceed to central Bhutanese town of Trongsa (125 km, approx. 6 hours) crossing 3300m high Pele-la pass From Pele-la pass proceed to chendbji chorten (27 km, approx. 1 ½ hours),the stupa patterned on Swayambhunath in Kathmandu. Chemdbji to Trongsa is about 41 km, approx. 2 hours of biking on almost flat land.

Accommodation: 3 star hotel

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7: Trongsa to Bumthang

We cross over the Yotongla Pass(3400m) and then descend to Chumi Valley and pass by a weaving center- where professional weavers weave well-patterned fabrics out of wool and yak hair known as “yathra”. Bumthang is known for its four spectacular valleys and was the seat of the government until the reign of second king. The district is famous for its historical sites. After lunch, visit Jambay lhakhang- one of the two oldest monasteries built in Bhutan in the 7th century. Next, visit Kurji Lhakhang, Tamshing Lhakhang, Kenchosum Lhakhang, and Swiss Farm, where people make Bhutanese assorted wines and beer.

Accommodation: 3 star hotel

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8: Bumthang

Morning, bike to Mebartso “Burning Lake” where the Terton Pemalinga, the Bhutanese famous “treasure revealer” is believed to have taken out a hidden treasure. Late afternoon, visit the Jakar Dzong, the seat of the district administration and the district monk body.

Accommodation: 3 star hotel

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9: Bumthang to Punakha

We drive early morning and drive to Punakha . Lunch would be served en-route at one of the hotels in Trongsa. En-route at Wangdiphodrang take a short break for tea or coffee and then proceed to Punakha.

Accommodation: 3 star hotel

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10: Punakha to Paro

We will have early breakfast and drive to Paro. Stop for lunch at Thimphu and continue our journey to Paro. Upon arriving Paro, we will start exploring the Paro valley by vehicle and on foot.

Accommodation: 3 star hotel

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11: Hike to Tiger’s Nest

Paro is a valley of religion and myth. The most famous landmark, the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), stands on a granite cliff about 800m above the valley. Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche, a famous Buddhist saint, flew to Paro on a tigress and meditated at Taktsang. The monastery is considered as a national treasure of Bhutan.

The hike to Taktsang would take us around two and half hours. To reach a cafeteria, a point from where one can enjoy a great view of the monastery is more than an hour walk from the road-head uphill. Those interested can walk further 45 minutes uphill to get a closer view of the monastery and return to the cafeteria for lunch. The journey downward to the road-head would take us less than one and half hours.

Accommodation: 3 star hotel

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12: Departure

After breakfast drive to the airport for departure.

Accommodation: N/A

Meal: Breakfast

Trip Map

Trip Inclusion

What is included?

  • Arrival / Departure airport transfer
  • Bhutan Visa & Necessary Permit
  • Twin Sharing Accomodation at 3* Hotel
  • Full board food (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  • Transportation by Luxury Jeep / Van
  • All monastery & monument entrance fees
  • English speaking Local Bhutanese guide
  • Mountain bike hiring cost
  • Mechanic & support vehicle
  • Royalty & Taxes
  • Agency Service Charge

What is not included?

  • Any flight fare
  • Personal Expenses (Loundy, Telephone etc)
  • Bar bill
  • Insurance & Personal Expenses
  • Tipping & Donation
  • Others which is not mentioned on the above included items
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USD 2,510

USD 2,690 7% OFF

12 days

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