About The Listing
Type of Trip : Cycling
Level : Medium
Location : Bhutan
Duration : 9 Days 8 Nights
Trip Start : Paro
Trip End : Paro
Escape the monotonous life and take a holiday to Bhutan, a small country which will please you with its serenity and beauty. Enjoy picturesque rides as you hop from one beautiful town to the other. Stay in comfortable hotels and get to interact with the humble locals. On this cycling expedition you’ll witness the panoramic views of the Himalaya’s which are sensational, including Everest, but particularly exciting is the approach through the Bhutanese foothills.
- Tango Monastery
- Chimmi Lhakang
- Chimmi Lhakang
- Phobjikha valley
- Taktsang monastery
- Bhutan - Paro - Thimphu - Lobesa - Punakha - Gangtey - Taktsang - Chelela
Day 01: Arrival At Paro International Airport
Arrive at Paro International Airport. After all the immigration formalities are completed, you will be received by our guide outside the airport and will be driven straight to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan. Check in at the hotel and relax for a while, our representative will give you a brief overview of the tours and activities planned for the days ahead. We will then go for a short ride to get accustomed with the bike. Depending on the time availability we will go for stroll in Thimphu town. Night at a hotel in Thimphu.
Day 02: Thimphu Day Trip
Highlights: Tango Monastery
Destination: Thimphu (34 KM)
After early breakfast, we mount on our bikes and head towards Tango and Cheri located approximately 17 Kms from Thimphu. After reaching the base we will then hike towards Tango to visit the Monastery. Tango Monastery is built in the Dzong (fortress), and has a characteristic curved outside wall and prominent main tower with recesses. It covers the caves where originally meditation and miracles were performed by saints from the 12th century onwards. Behind the series of prayer wheels are engraved slates. Inside the courtyard is a gallery, illustrating leaders of the Drukpa Kagyupa lineage. After lunch at the base of the Monastery we return to Thimphu on our bikes and overnight in Thimphu at the same hotel. You will cover approximately 34 kms in today’s ride.
Day 03: Thimphu - Lobesa
Destination: Lobesa (63 KM)
After breakfast at 07:00 you will drive to your bicycle outlet and from there start biking towards Lobesa, Punakha. The distance to Lobesa is approximately 55 km from the bicycle outlet and the ride should take approximately 4?5 hours. This ride will commence with uphill climb through alpine valley for approximately 2?3 hours until you reach Dochula pass which stands at 3,050 meters. After a brief stop at Dochula pass and you will put on your wind breakers and start our downhill descend towards Lobesa. Punakha, the winter capital of Bhutan is approximately 14 km from you hotel in Lobesa. You will have dropped drastically to 1,250 meters from 3,050 meters Dochula pass. After lunch you will go visit Chimmi Lhakang known for blessing couple who are unable to conceive. The walk should take us through a small village and paddy fields. The night will be spent in a hotel in Lobesa. Today’s ride would have covered approximately 63 kms.
Day 04: Punakha Day Trip
Highlights: Punakha Dzong, Gasa, Iron Bridge
Destination: Punakha (35 KM)
After breakfast at 07:30, the day will start off with a visit to Punakha Dzong (fortress) on your bikes which is approximately 14 kms from the hotel. After visiting the Dzong, you will further ride towards the direction of Gasa. Gasa is located approximately 72 kms from the Dzong but we will only be riding up until a short suspension bridge which is approximately 10 kms away. We will return for lunch which will be done next to the river. After lunch you will ride and cross one of the longest existing suspension iron bridge. You will then continue our ride back to your hotel which should take us approximately 2?3 hours. Overnight will be at the same hotel in Lobesa. You would cover approximately 35 kms today.
Day 05: Punakha To Gangtey And Phobjikha
Destination: Gangtey (20 KM)
After breakfast at 07:00 you will drive towards Gangtey. The drive should take about 3 hours. Check in at the hotel there. Post lunch, you will head towards the land of black?necked cranes, Phobjikha valley on our bikes. It is believed that there are only around 5000?6000 of these birds left in the world and of which around 300 dwell in Phobjikha valley especially during winter seasons. These mystical birds are considered as heavenly in Buddhist context, especially their gesture of circling the village temple three times before landing in the marshy open space to feed is considered very holy. The birds start arriving in between mid? November and early December and remain until March through April. The ride should take us about 3?4 hours and cover a distance of approximately 20 kms. Overnight in a lodge in Gangtey.
Day 06: Gangtey - Paro
Destination: Paro (60 KM)
After an early breakfast at 06:00, you will drive straight to Thimphu covering approximately 180 kms. The drive should take you about 5?6 hours. Once in Thimphu, You will have our lunch and then mount on our bikes to ride towards Paro. The distance covered will be approximately 60 kms up until the hotel. Overnight at a hotel. If time permits you will go for an archery match.
Day 07: Taktsang Hike
The day will start off with an excursion to the Taktsang monastery, locally known as the Tiger’s nest. Taktsang is one of the most spectacular monasteries nestled on the rocky mountain and by for the most visited and photographed by the tourists. From the base you will start hiking towards the monastery which should last approximately between 1?2 hours one way. You will return to our hotel for lunch. After lunch, you will drive to Paro town for some souvenir shopping. In the evening you will have an hour of Bhutanese cultural program. Dinner and overnight at the same hotel.
Day 08: Chelela Ride
Highlights: Climb to Highest Motorable Chelala pass
Destination: Chelela (78 KM)
Today you will ride and climb the Chelala pass. Chelela pass is the highest motor?able pass in Bhutan at an elevation of 3988 meters above sea level. The ride will cover a distance of approximately 39 kms of almost 95% uphill. It should take you about 5 hours to summit. You will have your lunch at the top of Chelela pass. After that you will descend the climb you did and return to your hotel. You will have covered approximately 78 kms riding. After dinner, you will have a get together and retire to bed.
Day 09: We See You Off
After breakfast, we will drive you to the airport to see you off at the Paro International Airport for your onward flight.
- Accommodations at standard level (3 stars).
- All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and evening tea only).
- Water and snack on biking days only.
- Mountain bikes.The cost will not change even if the guest decides to bring his/her own
- A designated driver with support vehicle.
- A personal guide.
- A trained and certified bicycle mechanic.
- All internal taxes and charges.
- Beverages and other drinks including extra tea are at the guest’s own expense.
- The above mentioned costs DO NOT include the air tickets in and out of Bhutan.
- The air tickets can be arranged by us at additional costs and the rates will be subject to the rates at the time of travel.
Terms & Conditions
Minimum group size will be 8 people & single entry will not be entertain.
- 100% advance need to be paid for confirmation of registration.
- On cancellation fees will not be refunded.
- Tour once commenced will strictly go as per the itinerary finalized.
- In case of events and circumstances beyond our control, we reserve the right to change all or parts of the contents of the itinerary for safety and well being of the riders.
- All the arrangements for trekking as preplanned and prepaid. In case of not completion of the trek due to any reason whatsoever there will not be any refund for any utilized services. Any extra expense due to the same has to be paid extra.
Tips, Hints, Precautions
1. Is there medical back up on the tour?
Yes, the trip is accompanied by qualified paramedics and HAPS.
2. Are any spare cycles carried on the bus, incase of a major cycle breakdown?
Yes we do, though these are Firefox targets. We have a mechanic accompanying us who does carry some spares. We also recommend that you carry your own spares as well.
4. Is there any physical preparation/ diet, that needs to be done, to reduce the chances of altitude sickness?
The simplest things are the most difficult. On this expedition lets keeping it to the basics. No smoking, no drinking. If you do, then please reduce. Stick to your regular diet, increase carbs, greens. At least 5-8 ltrs of water everyday and other liquids (citrus). Mix your cycling with aerobics and swimming. As such there is no golden thumb rule to avoid High altitude sickness, the mantra is to go high on fluids. Lots of water helps. The ride is slow paced which aids in acclimatization.
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