Bhutan Mountain Biking

The challenging 10 days Bhutan mountain biking tour is one of the most fascinating and combined on and off-road rides in the country and it is graded difficult and sometimes extremely difficult. The skilled and expert mountain bikers will not be disappointed by the rugged mountain terrain as you paddle over several high altitude mountain passes. This challenging tour takes you from west to central part of Bhutan offering several uphill and downhill rides allowing travelers to visit and catch glimpses of all the connecting towns and villages of Bhutan. More interestingly, the trail takes you through rich and isolated natural environment making it a veritable paradise for mountain biking enthusiast. Explore outlying villages, settlements and discover the innate beauty of Bhutan that nature provides.

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Day 01: Arrival Paro/ Thimphu

In-flight offers breathtaking scenery of Himalayan Mountain ranges including the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest and Kanchenjunga. On arrival at Paro International airport your local tour guide will give you a traditional reception. Following the pick up, you will gather below the main parking lot below the Paro Rinpung Dzong for further briefing and short introduction of your biking activity. After setting out your bike ready, you will then begin your ride to Thimphu 7700ft/2350m is only 55km long and is easily negotiable in 2-3 hr. There is no high climbing and the expressway between these two districts is one of the finest and well-maintained routes in Bhutan.

  Day 02: Thimphu/Thimphu

This affluent and vibrant province has been a home to the Royal families and government ministries for more than six decades. Thimphu, the city of happening also serves as the cultural hub for ten and thousands of foreigners and locals. Well preserved cultural heritages, serene environment and easy accessibility of modern amenities are peculiarities that sets Thimphu apart from rest of the provinces in Bhutan. Your day program in Thimphu begins with a morning ride for about 15km to Cheri Goemba. This beautifully located goemba was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1620 and is the place where he established the first body of monk. Returning back you will ride to visit Tango Goemba on the other side of the Cheri Goemba, the walking distance is quite same but you will have a profound view of the monastery as you walk up to the goemba. This goemba has its history dated back to 15th century and was renovated to today’s structure in 1688 by Desi Tenzing Rabgyel. After enjoying the monastery its now time you to return to Thimphu.

  Day 03: Thimphu/ Trongsa

Today your trip is combined with part of biking and part riding on a tour bus as we are heading to Trongsa. In the morning, we will be driving through interlocking valleys to Dochu La. The top is one of the best in the country and is unlike that of any other pass you will encounter in Bhutan. It is surrounded by 108 chortens and beside this magnificent chortens in its amazing setting you will be able to spot some of the great eastern Himalayan peaks. From the lofty spot, your ride takes you all the way, downhill until you finally reached Wangdue. From Wangdue, you will then ride your tour bus until you reach the lofty Pelela Pass (11070ft/3375m). Aside, scarcity of human settlement is a noticeable feature especially in the mountain passes between Wangdue and Trongsa where people still practice seasonal migration. From the pass you can chose to ride your bike as the route takes you with a short downhill ride and then through lovely plain under evergreen broad-leaved forest till you reach Trongsa.

  Day 04: Trongsa /Bumthang

Trongsa has been a significant seat of successive monarchs of Bhutan. The history unfolds the fact that Trongsa was a crucial place from where the unification of eastern region was brought to fruition. Today the prominent cultural icons of this place are Trongsa Dzong, watchtower (Ta-Dzong). At completion of your sightseeing in Trongsa we suggest you to take a ride on your tour bus until you reached Yotong La Pass (11000ft/3354m), the pass between Trongsa and Bumthang. From the pass, you can carry on with your bike. The route takes you through fir, rhododendron and then through pine forest. En-route stop at Yathra weaving centre in Chummey, just before Chhamkahar town, your final destination.  

Day 05: Bumthang Sightseeing

Today you will be offered with full day biking opportunity in Bumthang. The valley lies between 2600-4500m, Bumthang is a spiritual heartland of Bhutan and home to epic and legends. The prominent Jambay Lhakhang built in sixth century and Kurjay Lhakhang built in 19th century are permanent attractions to thousand of devotees from Bhutan and overseas. Besides, myriads of other Buddhist temples and monasteries, national parks, spiritual lakes and legendary valleys with wide open landscape makes Bumthang unique from rest of the destination in the country. You will have good time riding through the gentle slopping hillside. While you are in Bumthang, visit to all the cultural sites including Jakar Dzong, Jambay Lhakhang, and Kurjay Lhakhang, Tamshing monastery, Mebar Tsho (mythical burning lake) and honey production centre. After retiring from day’s program, experience the night scenes of Chamkhar town.  

Day 06: Bumthang/Punakha

Early hotel check out to catch up the bright day visit to Phobjikha, the winter home to black necked crane, the migratory bird from Tibet. With breakfast in Trongsa, three hours nonstop drive will reach you to Phobjikha for a short sightseeing. Having taken the sights of Phobjikha, drive up to Lawala pass and then catch the main route. From here, you are offered with downhill biking until you reach Wangdue. Check in to your hotel and rest day at leisure.

  Day 07: Punakha/ Thimphu

Today in the morning before you depart for Thimphu, you will bike through this fertile valley of Punakha. The remarkable Punakha was once the old capital of Bhutan where the historic events, coronation of the first king and the first national assembly session were accounted to have held here. Still today, the place is a winter resident of central monastic body and the chief Abbot. The glorious Punakha fort is built at the confluence of male and female rivers holding defensive significance of the past. The flamboyant architectural design of the giant fortress richly highlights the typical 13 traditional arts and architectures of Bhutan. As a day visitor, only the courtyard and the main shrine inside the fort are opened for visitation. After the dzong ride further north of Punakha and hike to Khamsum Yuelay Namgyal Chorten perched on the majestic blue pine hill of Sirigang. It is 1-hour leisurely hike up the gentle hills and enjoys the panoramic view of Kabesa valley from exterior top floor. Ride back to Khuruthang town for lunch and after lunch drive to Thimphu. It takes around 77km and negotiable within 3 hr.

  Day 08: Thimphu/Paro

Today in the morning hour, you can stop to visit some of the permanent historical and interesting sites in Thimphu including - Sangay Gang: Heading towards the telecom tower, which is at 8807ft/2685m and provides a vantage point for brilliant, clear views of the town and surrounding countryside. Mini-Zoo: Heading bac , stop a few minutes at the ‘mini-zoo’ which is now a large outdoor enclosure that holds one of the strangest looking creatures you are likely to see- the Takin. Drubthop Gompa: A small building surrounded by prayer flags that now house the Zilukha Nunnery. Dechen Phodrang: Descending further, you arrive at Dechen phodrang which was the original site of the dzong and is now occupied by the state monastic school. National Library: Your drive will now take you past the rolling greens of the golf course with the grand National Library coming up on the opposite side. This was open in 1967 to preserve the ancient Dzongkha texts and act as a repository for thousands of old religious books and manuscripts as well as the wooden blocks used for printing. National Institute of Zorig Chusum: Which offers a six-year course on Bhutan’s traditional crafts for those who are artistically inclined? “If you are in Thimphu over the weekend, try and visit the local open market with its vast array of fresh produce, handicrafts and other items”. In the evening, you will ride to Paro following the expressway.

  Day 09: Tiger Nest Hike

We suggest making an early start from your hotel. You can ride up to the parking lot below Taktsang Goemba. The highlight of this excursion will be graded as unforgettable memory as the incredible “Tiger Nest Hike” unveils the era of rescue by Guru from the darkness period. It literally means the Tigers Lair, is adventurously perched on the rocky cliff elevating 1000 meters from the basement. The history dates back to eight century when the Guru Rinpochhe flew on the back of tigress from Tibet en route Singye Dzong in the northeast Bhutan in the eighth century. The fascinating hike could vary in duration depending on the physique of an individual. However, on an average it is only three hours hike. Further, option lies at your decision, whether to make up until the nest or enjoy the breathtaking up view of the nest from the cafeteria viewpoint. After completion, walk down to the parking lot and ride back to your hotel, en-route stop for your last day shopping in Paro Town. Farewell dinner will be arranged tonight in the hotel.

  Day 10: Exit

After your morning breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward destination. Your tour guide and driver will see you off at the airport.

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Single Individual: USD 2,465/-
Group of 02 Members: USD 2,355/- per person
Group of 03 Members and Above: USD 2,075/- per person
Mountain Bike Hire Charge: USD 30 per day

Inclusive
• Rate inclusive of all three meals both local and continental healthy cuisine
• Rate inclusive of all accommodation [three star hotels with double/twin sharing basis]
• Rate inclusive of air-conditioned tourist standard transportation
• Rate inclusive of local tour English-speaking licensed guide on all your sightseeing tours
• Rate inclusive of extensive choices of flexible comprehensive tour itineraries
• Rate inclusive of Bhutan Government Royalty fees of $ 65 per person per nights
• Rate inclusive of all entry fees, museum fees and historical attraction fees
• Rate inclusive of all applicable taxes – BST 10%, Service Charge 10%
• Rate inclusive of one time visa fee of USD 40
• Rate inclusive of airport arrival and departure transfer in Bhutan
• Rate inclusive of support team
• Rate inclusive of basic First Aids Kit
• Rate inclusive of rental charges for back-up vehicle

Complementary Service
• Arrival Refreshment
• One bottle mineral water each a day
• A small farewell gifts on the day of departure
• One time cultural program for group exceeding above 7 members
• One time farewell dinner for group above 7 members at local farmhouse to give an insight into the traditional Bhutanese cuisine

Exclusive
• Rate does not include incoming & outgoing Bhutan airfares and airport taxes
• Rate does not include drinks and alcohols and non- alcoholic beverage
• Rate does not include guides speaking language other than English
• Rate does not include expenses of personal nature like tipping, laundry, potter, telephone/fax calls, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, any insurance etc
• Rate does not include extra expenses or loss due to nature and un-foreseen events beyond the control of our management
• Rate does not include any service outside Bhutan
• Rate does not include one time bank transfer charge of USD 45
• Rate does not include tipping to guide, driver etc.

Luxury Hotel & Resort Package
Escape to an oasis and savor a relaxing moments with choices of excellent luxurious accommodation and dining options and superb Bhutanese hospitality wherever you go. We have vast network of selected and preferred style of luxury hotels and resorts for the discerning travelers. Escape and enjoy special treatment the moment you walk through the door and enjoy that extra special touch.

  Eco Friendly Deluxe Camping
Experience and immerse yourself in the great outdoors by staying and spending one –two nights with deluxe camping trip soaking deep into the heart of the most breath taking natural scenery with the sights and sounds of nature. Having your own dome tent set-up and relaxing yourself away from the crowded city. With numerous hiking options and exploring village farms, there is simply too many ways you can come close with nature in Bhutan.

Yoga & Meditation
Bhutan in the Himalaya is one of the most remote and secluded kingdom. It offers an ideal environment to enjoy an intoxicating yoga, meditation and other practices for inner wellbeing. As Buddha explained, human problem and suffering arise from confusion and negative states of mind and that can be removed by our positive state of mind. Unwind a daily yoga and meditation retreat and enjoy your Bhutan holiday with maximum day opportunity in exploring the charm of Bhutan.

White River Rafting
The glacier fed fast flowing untamed rivers of Bhutan provides one of a kind of adventure experience for travelers seeking water sports in an unspoiled and unexplored environment. Whether you are looking for easy rafts or large and powerful heave curved-out narrow valley rafts, we can arrange a rafting & kayaking trip for you regardless of age and experiences. Our scenic white river rafting and kayaking water sport are perfect for anyone looking for an ideal challenge for their trip in the pristine natural setting.

Hot Spring Therapy
There are numerous hot spring found in Bhutan and has been used by the Bhutanese people for centuries with a belief that water has miraculous healing power and medicinal properties to cure certain diseases. We see less tourist giving values in discovering the naturally hot spring, though it is common among the local people. Come and admire the natural splendor, dip into the pristine natural hot springs and enjoy the great countryside with scenic and beautiful hiking trails through rich forest with sights and sounds of nature.

Hot Stone Bath and Home Stay Program
Unwind the traditional practice of hot stone bath therapy by spending a night in a typical Bhutanese farmland. It is a ritual in itself and is one of the favorite activities for the local Bhutanese people as a method to overcome various complications and illnesses. Along with hot stone bath an overnight experience of home stay offers an opportunity to experience the complete lifestyle, culture and day-to-day activities of the host family. Visitors will enjoy home-cooked meals and the unparalleled hospitality of a Bhutanese host.

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