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Explore Bhutan On Bike

15-Day Epic Cycling Expedition in Bhutan: Discover the Mystical Land of the Thunder Dragon

Embark on a remarkable 15-day cycling adventure through Bhutan, a hidden gem nestled in the Himalayas, known as the Land of the Thunder Dragon. This journey is an invitation to explore Bhutan’s captivating landscapes, rich Buddhist culture, and serene way of life, all from the unique vantage point of a bicycle.

Explore Bhutan On Bike Summary

  1. Immersive Bhutanese Experience: This cycling tour is designed for those eager to experience the real Bhutan. Starting from Paro International Airport, the journey takes you through the nation’s capital, Thimphu, and beyond, offering an authentic glimpse into the country’s soul.
  2. Scenic Routes and Diverse Landscapes: Cyclists will ride through evergreen prime forests, past majestic monasteries, and along beautiful landscapes. The tour covers varied terrains, from lush valleys to rugged mountain paths, showcasing Bhutan’s natural beauty.
  3. Cultural Insights and Historical Sites: The journey is peppered with visits to important cultural sites, including ancient Buddhist temples and dzongs. Cyclists will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in traditional Buddhist culture and interact with local communities.
  4. Exploring the Urban and Rural Facets: From the urban setting of Thimphu to the remote villages and untouched valleys like Tang Valley, the tour offers a balanced experience of both Bhutan’s modern and traditional aspects.
  5. Unique Bhutanese Experiences: Along the way, participants will get to sample local cuisine, witness traditional lifestyles, and understand the country’s commitment to preserving its unique heritage and environment.
  6. Adventure and Relaxation: This tour is not just about cycling; it’s about adventure and relaxation, offering days dedicated to exploring areas on bike and foot, and opportunities to unwind amidst serene natural surroundings.
  7. Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Travel: Aligning with Bhutan’s philosophy of sustainable development, the tour encourages eco-friendly travel practices, ensuring minimal impact on the environment and local communities.
  8. Conclusion and Departure: The journey concludes with a sense of fulfillment, having traversed one of the most secluded and culturally rich countries in the world. Participants will depart with lasting memories of Bhutan’s scenic beauty and cultural richness.

This 15-day cycling expedition is more than just a holiday; it’s an exploration into the heart of Bhutan, offering a comprehensive experience of this mystical land through the intimate and engaging perspective of a bike ride.

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Morning arrival to the Land of the Thunder Dragon and in the afternoon we’ll visit Paro Museum and one of the major Dzongs (fortress temples).

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Today we take time to explore Punakha visit Punakha Dzong, Chhimi Lhakhang, and later ride to Wangdue.

Cycle up to Yutong La pass before we head down to Zungney. Later we climb to Kiki La before descending to Jakar or Bumthang.

Today we backtrack to the main road to Shertang La at the top of the pass. We have an option to ride down a single track to Ura village or continue on the paved road.

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We make our way to Bhutan’s highest pass, Thrumshingla La at the summit of 3,798 m. Later we ride downhill to our campsite at Sengor.

Our downhill continues to Kuru Chu River from 3,051 m to 579 m before we climb back up to 1,590 m to Mongar.

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Another day of ups and downs as we climb to Kori La before we descend to Drangme Chu River a final climb up to Trashigang finishes off our roller-coaster day.

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Our final pass comes in at a mere 2,388 m before we descend a total of 3,080 m down to the border town of Samdrup Jongkhar.

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We cross the border into India and drive to Guwahati airport.

Frequently Asked Question

Every district in Bhutan has a general hospital, however, modern facilities and pharmacies may be found primarily in Thimphu. Bring any required medications, such as sleeping pills (high altitude can make sleeping difficult), anti-nausea pills, anti-diarrhea pills, water purification tablets (if walking), oral rehydration packets, eye drops, antibiotic ointment, and anti-histamine ointment. Every District has hospitals that are staffed by skilled doctors and provide basic services.

Bhutan’s official currency is the Ngultrum (Nu). 1 Nu = 100 Chetrum The current exchange rate is around $1US = 80 Nu (subject to change). You can see the current exchange rates here. Indian rupees are traded at par.

Most hotels, the currency exchange counter at Paro International Airport, and the Thimphu branch of the Bhutan National Bank accept US dollars as well as credit cards or cash traveler’s cheques if you plan to make a substantial purchase of things such as textiles or artwork.

Because your vacation to Bhutan is completely paid for, you shouldn’t need much money other than beverages, laundry, souvenirs, and gratuities.

If you want to make a substantial purchase of textiles or artwork, most establishments that sell these products accept both US cash and credit cards (other than limited Handicraft stores and large Thimphu hotels, credit card acceptance is very limited). VISA is the most generally recognized credit card.

You may snap photographs almost anywhere, and locals love to pose for them, but it is better to seek permission beforehand. Many individuals will offer you their address after you snap a photograph so that you may send them a copy of the photo.

To be safe, consult with our Host before snapping photographs in museums or public buildings. Some locations prohibit photography for religious and security concerns. It is suggested that you carry sufficient of film, memory cards, and batteries, as photo shops in Bhutan do not offer high-quality equipment or supplies.

When moving to higher heights, a shortage of oxygen causes acute mountain sickness. This is most common in those who have not had time to adapt to an altitude of more than 7,000 feet (2,100 m) before participating in strenuous activity. Individual tolerance varies, but symptoms normally manifest within a few hours, with individuals in the low physical condition being the most vulnerable.

Initial symptoms include headache, tiredness, shortness of breath, nausea, and loss of appetite. Sleep deprivation is another common complaint. Thinking and judgment may be compromised in more severe situations. High altitude pulmonary edema, caused by fluid build-up in the lungs, is a rare but potentially lethal condition.

  • Inclusion
  • Exclusion
  • Insurance
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
  • 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars may require an additional premium update).
  • Bhutan visa fee – including all necessary processing
  • Route Permit
  • Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan
  • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide
  • All land transportation by private vehicle
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Monuments entrance fees where applicable
  • Drinking water
  • All internal taxes and charges
  • A sustainable development fee of $200. (This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, and poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.)
  • Airfare & Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of personal nature, Tips to guides and drivers
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.

Package does not include insurance of any kinds, and that you are required to obtain separate coverage from your home country before your trip begins.

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