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Name of Trip :

Bhutan Mountain Biking Tour

Trip Length :
Destination(s) : Bhutan
Group Size : 4-10 Person
Best Season : April to June & Mid September to Mid Nov
Trip Start From : Paro, Bhutan
Trip Ends : Paro, Bhutan
Accommodation : Hotels and Resorts
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Bhutan Mountain Biking Tour


Mountain biking in Bhutan is a whole new sport that is steadily gaining popularity amongst the Bhutanese and visitors alike. The country’s topography, especially in the western, central and eastern regions, are not the most cycle-friendly but that is precisely why mountain biking is gaining momentum amongst more and more visitors. The mode of transport itself calls for a certain intimacy seldom experienced in vehicles. With better roads replacing the old and the increasing number of off-road roads, biking is now becoming a very unique and original way of seeing and interacting with the country, people and the Bhutanese environment. Most biking trips go through well paved roads while others trail on to dirt roads and trails. The traffic is still relatively very light and the experience very intimate. This is the “Road Less Travelled.” The more adventurous have the option of making side excursions for more “off-the-road” ventures if preferred. The surface accommodates most types of frame styles: from MTB, Hybrid, and Road, depending on your cycling style and experience. Biking trails mostly meander through small towns and villages and rural areas; it’s just you, your bike, the tour group and the agrarian and natural scenery. Biking in Bhutan allows you many opportunities for self reflection along with the absorbing, rich environment. There are also numerous opportunities for optional hikes with a bit of climbing thrown in. There are some challenging climbs with one in particular that is more than seven hours. You peddle the pads over two miles (3,400 meters) above sea level. The effort made is equally rewarded with a view and an experience that is as rare as anything in this increasingly globalizing and monotonous world. Riders should have an adequate level of fitness and stamina and be experienced enough in the art of mountain biking. Tours are fully supported by a van following riders. The van allows riders the option to sit in and take a break.
  • Day 01: Paro to Thimphu (55km, 3 hours max)
  • Day 02: Easy biking around Thimphu
  • Day 03: Proceed to Wangdue
  • Day 04: Continue biking to Phobjikha
  • Day 05: Rest day in Phobjikha
  • Day 06: Rewind your trip to Paro
  • Day 07: Hike up to Tiger’s Nest
  • Day 08: Depart from Paro

Destinations :

Paro, Thimphu, Punakha and Phobjikha

Activities :

Hiking, Visit Farm House , Monastery, Museums, Weekend market (Friday, Saturday and Sunday only) Stroll around the City etc.

Tour Highlights :

  • Visit the impressive Dzong (fortresses), former palaces and Buddhist monasteries!
  • Hike through the ridge top Goembas (monasteries) and meet the monks.
  • Hike through the terraced farmlands and villages, visit the farmhouses and meet the villagers.
  • Attend the local festivals and events.
  • Visit the vibrant markets and towns.
  • Visit the traditional arts and crafts workshops, meet the artisans, weavers and painters!
  • And much more...

Bhutan Mountain Biking Tour


Day 01

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Paro to Thimphu (55km, 3 hours max)

Upon arrival you’ll be received by our professional biking guides and your support car driver who will help you pack up your suitcases into the car and present you the mountain bikes with the required gear. You could change at the airport and hit the road towards Thimphu. It is a comfortable stretch to get you in motion and visit the Memorial Chorten. Explore the town in the evening.

Day 02

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Easy biking around Thimphu

Bike up to the Buddha-point to see the largest statue of Buddha Doderma and continue biking to Tango and Cheri in northern Thimphu. A short hike to visit Tango monastery and drive back to Thimphu to visit the Folk Heritage Museum, the Zorig-Chusum Institute and the textile museum. Stroll around town in the evening.

Day 03

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Proceed to Wangdu

Proceed to Wangdue on the lateral highway. Ascend for 16 km to Dochula pass (3050m) and enjoy the panoramic views over the Himalayas. Descend all the way to Lobesa and bike through the village and paddy fields to visit ChhimiLhakhang. After lunch continue biking to Chuzomsa in Wangdue for 20km to reach your hotel.

Day 04

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Continue biking to Phobjikha

This is the first big climb of the trip.50 km of gradual uphill biking with 1500 metres of height gain brings you to the beautiful Phobjikha valley, which is host to the migrating black-necked cranes who come from the Tibetan Plateau.Option of camping next to the river with bonfire.

Day 05

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Rest day in Phobjikha

If you are in the winter, you can observe the endangered black-necked cranes from the observatory aided by a telescope and take a nature hike around this beautiful valley and visit the Ganteygompa temple. After lunch drive back to Punakha. Option of camping next to the river with bonfire.

Day 06

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Rewind your trip to Paro

After visiting the most beautiful fortress the PunakhaDzong, you’ll have to put your best performance for the ‘Last Fight’ as our guests have called it.  Upscale the Dochulapass(3050m) with 45 km of gradual uphill biking followed by 15 km downhill to Semtokha and another 50 km of easy levelled road to Paro. Enjoy a celebratory toast and our value-added hot-stone bath (inclusive) in the evening as we understand you will be exhausted from the long ride.

Day 07

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Hike up to Tiger’s Nest

Hike up to Tiger’s Nest and visit the National Museum in the afternoon.

Day 08

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Depart from Paro

Bhutan Mountain Biking Tour


Cost Includes:

  • Receive and Transfer to Airport
  • Double/Twin in 3 Star Hotel
  • 3 Meals every day with Evening Tea
  • Toyota SUV for FIT & Toyota Bus for Group with Driver
  • English Speaking Guide
  • All Sightseeing
  • Museum Fees
  • Bhutan Visa
  • All Permits
  • Bottled Mineral Water
  • Walks and Hikes

Cost Does Not Include:

  • Donations to Monasteries
  • Insurance
  • Alcohol & Beverages
  • Tips for Guide, Driver & Hotel Staff
  • Gifts & Souvenirs
  • International Telephone Calls
  • Round Trip Air fare
  • Inbound Airfare

Accommodations and facilities:

There are limited choices of accommodations in Bhutan. With a few exceptions of highly over priced international chain properties, hotels in Bhutan are small with 15 to 20 rooms. The hotels have been categorized by local authorities as Star 1, 2 and 3, with 3 Star being on the top level 1Star at the bottom and naturally we have pick the 3 Star category hotels and resorts which are local architecture with Bhutanese décor, well maintained and staffed with the friendly locals. There is disparity in the rooms in most of the hotels and travelers of the same group may end up in two different types of rooms although you have paid the same amount. You will have private bathroom with 24 hour running cold and hot water. They provide some fundamental toiletry supplies but hair dryers, iron and ironing board etc may not be available. Hotels in Paro and Thimphu do have internet access in office or reception areas. There are some new deluxe properties and international chain resorts which are above the traditional classification criteria and in the higher side in terms of price and can be booked with supplemental cost. Hotel listed on the itinerary are suggestions only and during peak season and tours timed with festival, we may not get the same hotels and in that case, we will book you in the similar property or upgrade you to the higher level.

Guide and Escorts

Our Tour Guides are local individuals with college degree, government certification, experienced and with knowledge on the destination, history, culture and religion and most importantly they are easy going, detailed oriented, patient and high level of customer service skills. They will uncover the wonders of the destinations for you which you would never find on your own. They ensure that everything goes well with your tour without a hitch.

Vehicle:

We use good condition Toyota SUV and Toyota Coaches for all transfers and tours. Driver and guide is not the same person. Driver may speak little or no English but they know the road and are skillful to fix the problem in case of mechanical breakdowns. Depending on group size, we will use Japanese made Sedan cars, SUVs or minivan for entire transfers and tours.

International and Internal Flights:

All internal flights are part of travel plan and are locally booked by us. You will be emailed e-ticket receipts once the reservation is booked and tickets issued. But you have liberty to book your international airfare on your own. We can certainly help you book international flight if that originates from the city that you live in. Once you receive itinerary, it's your responsibility to verify the itinerary and reconfirm the schedules.

Visa and Permits:

Passport should be valid for 6 months or more at the time of travel. We will take care of Bhutan Visa and permits. Bhutan Visa Fees of USD 20 which will be collected with the Tour Payment in advance. You will need to provide a copy of your passport which should be sent to us by email for Bhutan Visa Processing. Bhutan visa is preprocessed by us and we will provide you a copy the Visa Approval Letter before your trip which you will need to present at Druk Air counter at the time you check in for flight to Bhutan. You will get actual visa seal on your passport upon arrival at Paro airport.

Trip Activity Level:

This trip is basically motor vehicle based sightseeing with some short hikes and village visits and suitable for all travelers with regular health conditions. When we are driving from one city to another, we will be driving from 3-6 hours with occasional stops for photography and for refreshments. Roads are narrow and some portions may be rough and damaged. The itinerary allows enough acclimatization for you and it's advisable that you should keep physically fit and start mild exercises like jogging, swimming, cycling or practice some aerobics about 2-3 months ahead of the trip. It's your responsibility to determine that you are fit for this trip and if you have any health conditions, please consult with your physician before you sign up for this trip.

Note on Itinerary:

We do our best to adhere to the itinerary but it should be taken as a generic guideline in terms of what you expect to do or see during the tour and may differ in the practical ground from exact sequence or order of the sights to the overnight places depending on the local conditions.

Booking:

When you are sure you are traveling, please don't delay in booking so that we can confirm you in preferred hotels and flights. A 100% of both the Tour and Airfare is requested along with a completed trip application form plus copy of the photo page of your passport.

Cancellation:

  • 100% Refund if tour canceled within 60 Days from the start of the tour.
  • 50% Refund if tour canceled within 45 Days from the start of the tour.
  • 25% Refund if tour canceled within 30 Days from the start of the tour.
  • No Refund if tour canceled less than 30 Days from the start of the tour.

Final Trip Dossier:

A final trip dossier with local contacts, hotel lists, check lists, travel notes and relevant information will be sent about a month ahead of the trip.

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