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Cycling Itinerary 8 Days

Trip Facts

Length : 8 Days 7 Nights
Start : Paro
Finish : Paro
Trip Style : Cycling Tour
Route : Paro > Thimphu > Punakha > Paro
Trip Rating by Popularity :
Physical Demand Rating :
Can be Customised? : Yes
Group Size : Maximum 12, Avg 5
Group Leader : Tour Leader certified by Tourism Council of Bhutan having an experience of minimum of 3 years
Transport : New Model Toyota Hiace /Coaster bus/Land Cruiser not more than 3 years old
Value Added Activity : Meditation ~ Fishing ~ Golf ~ Rock Climbing ~ Rafting ~ Kayaking ~ Farm house stay

Trip Overview

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.

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. There are a variety of biking routes available ranging from smooth journeys on paved roads to challenging off-road dirt trails that wind through rough terrain. The sport offers a certain intimacy with the environment that is 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. Traffic is still relatively very light and the experience very intimate. The more adventurous have the option of making side excursions for more “off-the-road” ventures if prefer. The trails accommodate most types of frames: including 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.

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. Your effort is rewarded with a breathtaking view and an unforgettable experience. 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 to rest should they require it. Many of the biking trails lead through small villages and temples which can provide interesting and informative diversions should you wish to take a break.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Paro Airport and then drive to Hotel.
  • Work on your Bikes and in afternoon take a short uphill ride to Paro National Museum. That will help you to acclimatize.
  • Overnight in Paro (2270m ASL).
  Day 02: Paro (Day hike to Tiger’s Nest)
  • Hike duration 5 to 6 hrs in total.
  • Sightseeing Tiger’s Nest (3000m ASL).
  • Overnight in Farm House with a hot stone bath.
  Day 03: Paro to Thimphu
  • Distance 65km. Approximately 4hrs.
  • Sightseeing Tamchhog Monastery (Build 15th century)
  • In evening stroll around the Thimphu city.
  • Overnight in Thimphu (2280m ASL).
  Day 04: Thimphu.
  • Morning bike towards north side of the city. Total Distance 30 km.
  • Sightseeing in afternoon by car or bike.
  • In evening experience the night life of Bhutanese.
  • Overnight in Thimphu.
  Day 05: Thimphu to Wangdi
  • Distance 70km. Approximate time 3hrs.
  • Sightseeing at Dochula Pass (3100m ASL).
  • Overnight in Wangdi (1200m ASL).
  Day 06: Wangdi to Lampelri Camp (2700m ASL).
  • Distance 72.5 km. Approximate Time 8hrs.
  • Sightseeing Punakha Dzong & Famous temple (Chimi Lhakhang).
  • Overnight in Tent.
  Day 07: Lampelri Camp to Paro via Thimphu City.
  • Distance 71km. Approximate Time 8hrs.
  • No Sightseeing. In evening stroll around the Paro town and shopping.
  • Overnight in Paro.
  Day 08: Fly back to home.  

Kit List

Safety and things you need to bring.
Your safety is of paramount importance to us. The road conditions and temperature changes between the Indian plains and the Hill Stations and the high altitude driving in the Himalayas can all lead to problems if ill equipped.

So we will make it easy as possible for you.

Our local team fits all our bikes with everything that you could possibly need for this adventure of a lifetime and are maintained to the highest standards.

We carry all the relevant spares and equipment that you will need in our support vehicles, and our camping setup is done to maximise your comfort and safety from the weather conditions.

What we supply as part of your package.

  • 500cc Royal Enfield
  • Spare parts for the bikes
  • Mechanic
  • Tour guide
  • Fuel
  • First Aid Equipment
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Drinking water
  • Oil
  • Hotels
  • Internal Flights

Bhutan Tours

  • Internal flights in India and Bhutan

In fact we only expect you to bring.

  • Good crash helmet
  • Goggles
  • Sunglasses
  • High Factor sun cream 30+ minimum
  • Lip balm
  • Waterproof bike boots shin and ankle protection
  • Protective trousers
  • Protective jackets
  • Protective gloves
  • Windproof and waterproof trousers and jacket
  • Scarf or bandana to keep dust out of you nose and mouth
  • Warm Fleece

Tour Cost

What's Included
  • Bhutan Royalty ($65 per person per day).
  • Visa Fees ($40 per person).
  • All necessary permit fees.
  • All transfers and sightseeing with entrance fees.
  • All meals including evening tea.
  • All accommodation in our partner hotels, which are some of the best in the country on twin sharing basis.
  • All trekking equipments and logistics including cooks, camp personnel, horsemen and ponies.
  • English-speaking tour leader, guide and driver.
  • Trekking Insurance (Our value-added service).
  • Cultural Performance (our value-added service).

What's Not Included
  • Airfare for flights into and out of Bhutan.
  • All personal expenses like laundry, telephone, tips, shopping expenses.
  • Meals and Beverages other than the ones mentioned above (see inclusions).
  • Spa Charges.
  • Travel and Medical insurance.

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