10

6 days
350km

US$2950

Highlights

Cycle over four Himalayan Passes

Visit Punakha Dzong

Ride all the way from Paro to Bumthang with no transfers

Hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery


Itinerary

DAY 1 - ARRIVE PARO

After an exciting flight into Paro you'll be picked up at the airport and taken to your hotel.  After freshening up spend the after visiting some of the town's main attractions including the imposing Dzong and museum.

DAY 2 - CYCLE TO THIMPHU

After preparing the bikes set off on a 'Bhutanese flat' ride to the capital city. The tends downhill for the first half down the Paro Valley then turns uphill as you head up the Thimphu Valley. The dramatic mountains of Bhutan will be all around you as you pedal along Bhutan's best road. The last section takes you into the growing town of Thimphu. In the late afternoon visit Thimphu Dzong. 

DAY 3 - CYCLE TO PUNAKHA

The climb out of Thimphu is not steep but at 16km in length it does take some time to ride. Take your time and enjoy the ascent. Once at Dochula Pass you'll have ascended to over 3000m elevation. On a good day the views of the Himalayan Range are laid out in front of you. Take a little time at the Pass to visit the 108 chorten and maybe hang a prayer flag before an incredible 40km descent takes you all the way down to 1200m elevation. In the late afternoon visit Punakha Dzong, one of Bhutan's most impressive dzongs.

Day 4 - Cycle to Gantey

The ride to Gantey is made up of what will be for most people the longest uphill climb they will ever attempt. The total distance for the day is 70km with just over 50km of climbing all the way up from the Punakha Valley (1300m) to Lawa La Pass at 3300m. The ride is dramatic as you climb up in the Black Mountains. With an average of 4.5% it is not a steep climb so it's all about settling into a steady pace and enjoying the ride. With such a large change in altitude the scenery changes throughout the day and in clear weather finishes with views of snow capped peaks. Gantey is a remote farming valley without a central town and our cosy hotel complete with fireplaces in each room makes for a perfect place to enjoy the vistas.

Day 5 - CYCLE TO TRONGSA

Another dramatic day on the bike takes you 80km over two passes on a fun 27km descent through pine forests and villages, and then along a road which has been cut out of the steep mountain side. Trongsa is a classic Bhutanese town - more of a village but dominated by a huge historic dzong.

Day 6 - CYCLE TO BUMTHANG

The final ride of the trip takes you over Yutong La Pass, at 3400m the highest pass you with ride over. This 67km ride finishes in Bumthang Valley so it finishes with a great twisting descent through more beautiful forests.

Day 7 - Bumthang

After a long ride it's time to relax a little and enjoy a day to explore this beautiful valley, full of ancient temples, wonderful fresh food, a microbrewery, and perhaps a picnic and game of Bhutanese darts (very different from the western version). We would normally do this day on foot to walk from place to place but it would be possible to ride.

Day 8 - Fly to Paro

Take an early morning flight back to Paro - try looking out the window to look over the route you have just cycled. 

Day 9 - Paro

Off the bikes today trek to the Tiger's Nest Monastery, one of Bhutan's most iconic and impressive sights, and hike up to explore the monastery that hangs from the sheer cliff face. 

Day 10 - End of tour

The tour finishes with your transfer to the airport for your flight home. 


Inclusions

3 star hotels - upgrades are available in most towns.

All meals, entrance fees, transport and guiding.

Bike hire.


Modifications

This tour covers what you could do in two weeks but by taking out a couple of sightseeing and rest days as well as including the flight from Bumthang back to Paro it is possible to ride all the way across to Bumthang in a trip of just 10 days.

It would be possible to skip day 1 in Paro and transfer directly to Thimphu after flying in to Bhutan removing one day of cycling but adding a day to do something else or shortening the trip by a day.


Pricing

LOW SEASON

1 person: $3750
2 people: $3600
3-5 people: $3200
6-16 people: $2950

Dec-Feb & Jun-Aug

All prices are per person in US dollars

HIGH SEASON

1 person: $4100
2 people: $3950
3-5 people: $3550
6-16 people: $3200

Mar-May & Sep-Nov

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