Mountain Bicycle Trip


Day 1: Arrive Paro

Fly to Bhutan. On arrival at Paro airport, you will be met by our representative with traditional welcome and drive to the hotel. Evening presentation with slide show / video show and talk by an expert. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 2: Paro – Thimphu

This morning ride to Drukgyel Dzong. Visit the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, followed by visit to Ta Dzong (National Museum) and Rinpung Dzong.

After lunch, start biking to Thimphu. En-route visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom built in 1627, it now houses the school for Buddhist studies. Evening, visit Trashichhodzong. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 3: Thimphu – Punakha

Morning sightseeing in Thimphu includes visit to Memroial Chhorten and Government Handicraft Emporium.

Afternoon, biking to Punakha (70 km, approx. 4.1/2 hours). On the way, stop at Dochula Pass for a hot cup of tea/coffee and to enjoy the views of the eastern Himalyan range. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

Day 4: Punakha- Wangduephodrang

After breakfast, visit 17th century Punakha Dzong followed by visit to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chhorten. Then continue biking to Wangduephodrang (21 km, 1.1/2 hour).

In the evening, visit Wangduephodrang Dzong and interesting local market. Overnight at the hotel in Wangduephodrang.

Day 5: Wanguephodrang – Gangtey

After breakfast, commence biking to Gangtey (68 km, approx. 4.1/2 hours) gaining altitude of about 1,800 m. Afternoon excursion to Phobjikha valley which is a designated conservation area and famous for black-necked cranes.

Overnight tented accommodation.

Day 6: Gangtey – Trongsa

Morning proceed to central Bhutanese town of Trongsa (125 km, approx. 6 hours) crossing 3,300 m high Pelela pass en route. From Pele la pass proceed to Chendbji Chhorten at altitude of 2,400 m (27 km, 1.1/2 hour), the stupa patterned on Swayambhunath in Kathmandu. Chendbji to Trongsa is about 41 km, approximate two hours of biking on almost flat land.

Overnight at the lodge in Trongsa.

Day 7: Trongsa – Bumthang

After breakfast, visit Trongsa Dzong and Ta Dzong and then proceed to Bumthang (68 km, approx.4.1/2 hours) crossing Yotongla pass (3,400 m) and then descend to Gyetsa valley (2,700 m). Later cross 2,900 m Kiki la pass while reaching to Jakar.

Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

Day 8: Bumthang

Today’s full day is for relaxation and sightseeing in one of the most beautiful valleys and also the religious heartland of the nation, visiting Tamshing Lhakhang, Jakar Dzong, Kurjey and Jambay Lhakhang.

Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

Day 9: Bumthang – Ura

After breakfast bicycle to Ura valley (about 60 km and time taken is approximate 4 hours). Enroute cross 3,300 m high Shertang la pass and then descend to Ura village situated at the altitude of 3,000 m. Later explore village and Ura monastery.

Overnight tented accommodation.

Day 10: Ura – Limithang

Proceed to Limithang (80 km, approx. 6 hours). Today’s ride takes us through some splendid and varied terrain across Thrumshingla Pass (3750m). From Thrunshingla it is all the way downhill (about 700 m) descent till the camp at Limithang.

Overnight tented accommodation.

Day 11: Limithang – Mongar

It is one of the shortest trip on this itinerary (27 km, 1.1/2 hours) with a total descent of about 1,400 m. Evening visit to Mongar Dzong and local market.

Overnight at the lodge in Mongar.

Day 12: Mongar – Gom Kora

After breakfast, proceed to Gom Kora (80 km, approx. 5 hours) across Kori la pass at 2,450 m.

Overnight tented accommodation.

Day 13: Gom Kora – Trashi Yangtse

After breakfast, proceed to Trashi Yangtse (65 km, approx. 5.1/2 hours). 2 km ahead of Gom Kora, the road reaches to Doksum, a village where two valleys meet. This place is also known for its weaving. Later arrive at Trashi Yangtse Dzong, situated at altitude of 1,850 m. Heading further northwards in the gorge for about 4 km, the route leads to gigantic Chorten Kora, the stupa built in Nepalese style of architecture.

Overnight tented accommodation.

Day 14: Trashi Yangtse – Trashigang, 65 km, approx. 5 hours

The trail is gradual up and down till 55 km and later about 10 km upwards the Trashigang.

In the evening explore the town area, which is the biggest urban centre in Bhutan after Thimphu. Overnight at the lodge.

Day 15: Trashigang – Mongar, 91 km, 3 hours

After breakfast drive back to Mongar. Afternoon exploratory tour to Mongar town, local market. Overnight at the lodge.

Day 16: Mongar – Bumthang, 198 km, 7 hours

Morning drive to Bumthang arriving there by lunch time. After lunch, visit to Yatha weaving centre and local market. Overnight at the lodge.

Day 17: Bumthang – Thimphu, 268 km, 8 hours

After breakfast, drive to Thimphu enroute visiting village houses and mingling with local people. Lunch break at Wangduephodrang which is known for its majestic Dzong and its bamboo products, slate and stone carvings. After lunch, drive to Thimphu for overnight stay.

Day 18: Thimphu – Paro Airport, 55 km, 1.1/2 hours

After early breakfast, drive to Paro airport for flight to onward destination. Our representative will bid you farewell.

The rugged, mountainous landscape of Bhutan lends itself well to both on-road or off-road mountain biking and the sport is seeing increasing popularity among both visitors and Bhutanese alike. 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. Tours are fully supported by a van following riders. The van allows riders to rest should they require it.

Total cost includes:

  • Standard Hotel (3 star hotel) twin sharing accommodations
  • Full Board – All meals at local restaurants/ standard hotels – Buffet System
  • All internal Transport/ Transfers in luxury vehicle
  • Airport Transfers
  • Services of Licensed English Speaking Guide
  • Sightseeing
  • Entrances fees to museums, monuments and cultural sites
  • Evening tea/ coffee with snacks
  • Mineral water in car while traveling as complementary
  • All internal taxes and charges
  • Government royalty (US$65 per night per person)
  • FIT Surcharge of US$ 40 per night per person for single person and US$ 30 per night per person for 2 pax
  • Bhutan Visa fee: US$ 40 per person (one time only)
  • Tourism Development Fee: US$ 10 per person (one time only)
  • Bank Transfer Charge
  • Extra cost for Special Interest Tour (eg. Cost of Wedding, Rafting, Motorcycle, Bicycle charges, etc…)

 

But Total cost does not include:

  • Travel Insurance
  • Laundry bill, phone bill, bar bill and other bills of personal nature
  • Tipping
  • Air Fare for both Drukair/Bhutan Airline and International flight [Please note that the cost of any domestic airfare for the guide must be paid by the clients/agents]
  • Single room supplement (If number of pax in odd number): For, peak season = US$ 30/ per single room per night and for, other season = US$25/ per single room per night
  • Luxury star hotels and resorts available at an additional cost
  • Specialized guides (Foreign Language, Photography, Bird Watching, Buddhism, Flora and Fauna) available at an additional cost
  • Extra expenses due to the unavoidable circumstance beyond our control.

 

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