Cycling in Bhutan

Tour Details


Tour Duration:
8 nights and 9 days


Guide:
Knowledgeable cycling guide with good command over English


Tour Highlights:
Cycling, hikes, interaction with locals, cultural sightseeing

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DAY 01: Arrive in Paro
Spectacular to Paro with the constantly changing panorama of some of the highest mountains on earth. Our representative will welcome you at the airport. After lunch get a glimpse of Paro valley with the visit to the National Museum. It houses many religious artifacts, works of art and handicrafts offering a great orientation into Bhutan’s historical, cultural, and religious past. And also visit Rimpong Dzong and hike down to the beautiful cantilever wooden bridge. In the evening stall around Paro town. Overnight hotel

 

DAY 02: Ride to Thimphu (Cycling)
After breakfast ride to Thimphu through the road that zig – zags following the river. The average gradient of the road is excellent for cycling, as there is few steep ascends or descents. The ride will take approximately 3hrs. You can make numerous stops on the way to enjoy the beautiful rice fields; forest and hills dotted with stupas and prayer flags. In the afternoon, visit Memorial chorten in the heart of the town, followed by the Buddha stupa overlooking the Thimphu valley, Changgangkha monastery, where the newborn children in Thimphu are named. Finally to the heart of the town to meet the locals. Overnight hotel

 

DAY 03: Cheri Meditation Centre (cycling)
After the breakfast ride towards Cheri Gompa. You will take approximately 2hrs to get at the base of the Gompa. The average gradient can steep at some point but you will be compensated with beautiful view of the valley and the forest.

From the base, it can be steep ride to Gompa through the small trail used by the locals. Cheri Gompa is the centre for the meditation used by the monks. You can meet with them discuss about the Buddhism and meditation. On the way back, ride on the other side of the river through the beautiful forest. Stall around the town in the evening. Overnight hotel

 

DAY 04: Over the beautiful Dochu la pass (Cycling)

Rid in the morning can be quit a challenge with the steep ascends to Dochu La Pass (3,100 meters). The hillsides are covered in a luxuriant temperate forest of abundant rhododendron and magnolia. Stop at the pass and enjoy the panorama of the eastern Himalayas. As you descend from the pass, you will see a drastic change in vegetation as you get to the tropical region.

Stop at Thinleygang village and ride down to the forest. En route, visit 15th Century Divine Madman temple and continue riding off the trail trough the beautiful forest.

Overnight hotel

 

DAY 05: Rice fields and temples

After breakfast ride towards Khuruthang town and cross the iron bridge. Follow other side of the river with the stunning view of the Punakha dzong. Ride over the longest suspension bridge crossing Pho Chhu River. Visit Punakha dzong, the winter residence of the chef abbot and 350 monks.

Continuing riding further up the valley through the rice fields and to the Khamsum Yuley temple. Overlooking the fertile valley of Punakha, the temple was built for current king. Drive to hotel in the evening for overnight. Overnight hotel

 

DAY 06: Hike to Lungchuzekha temple
We will be retracing journey back to Thimphu. Stop at Dochula pass and hike to Lungchuze temple. A beautiful hike in the forest dotted with prayer flags. During the clear weather, you will view all the snow-capped mountains in Bhutan.

Continue to Thimphu and overnight in hotel.

 

DAY 07: Ride in the wilderness

Wild ride through the remote villages, deep valleys and beautiful landscape. The average gradient is parfait for an enjoyable ride. Stop at Dobji dzong, previously used as prison and continue through the remote villages to Haa valley. Closed to the visitors till 2002, the lives of the people are still guided by the seasons and with main crops as potatoes. Stall around the town in the evening. Overnight hotel

 

DAY 08: Over the highest pass

Ride to Chele la pass 3988m, highest motorable road in Bhutan. You will have an amazing view over the snow-capped mountains in Bhutan. Ride from after the pass is quit beautiful in the beautiful forest. Stop on the way and take a short hike to Dzongdrakha village. The village clings on the cliff overlooking the rice fields of Paro. Overnight hotel

 

DAY 09: PARO – EXCURSION TO TIGER NEST

A visit to Bhutan is incomplete without going to Paro Taktshang (Tiger’s Lair), one of the most sanctified and sacred temples in Bhutan.

Our journey to the Lair will begin after half an hour drive to the base of the temple. It is a five hour round trip along an old trail, with prayer flags fluttering. Taktshang is not just a sacred place, but an architectural wonder. Perched some 1000 meters on a hill overlooking a valley, it is believed that the great Indian Saint and Budddhist Master, Guru Padma Sambhava flew on a tigress in a wrathful form to this place in 746 AD, to subdue evil forces who were obstructing the spread of Buddhism. The trek, which will take about five hours (up and down) is an unforgettable one and promises every visitor an enthralling experience. In the evening, visit a local farmhouse for dinner and a hot stone. It will relax your muscles after beautiful rid and hike. Overnight hotel

Tour Itinerary


DAY 01: Arrive in Paro
Spectacular to Paro with the constantly changing panorama of some of the highest mountains on earth. Our representative will welcome you at the airport. After lunch get a glimpse of Paro valley with the visit to the National Museum. It houses many religious artifacts, works of art and handicrafts offering a great orientation into Bhutan’s historical, cultural, and religious past. And also visit Rimpong Dzong and hike down to the beautiful cantilever wooden bridge. In the evening stall around Paro town. Overnight hotel

 

DAY 02: Ride to Thimphu (Cycling)
After breakfast ride to Thimphu through the road that zig – zags following the river. The average gradient of the road is excellent for cycling, as there is few steep ascends or descents. The ride will take approximately 3hrs. You can make numerous stops on the way to enjoy the beautiful rice fields; forest and hills dotted with stupas and prayer flags. In the afternoon, visit Memorial chorten in the heart of the town, followed by the Buddha stupa overlooking the Thimphu valley, Changgangkha monastery, where the newborn children in Thimphu are named. Finally to the heart of the town to meet the locals. Overnight hotel

 

DAY 03: Cheri Meditation Centre (cycling)
After the breakfast ride towards Cheri Gompa. You will take approximately 2hrs to get at the base of the Gompa. The average gradient can steep at some point but you will be compensated with beautiful view of the valley and the forest.

From the base, it can be steep ride to Gompa through the small trail used by the locals. Cheri Gompa is the centre for the meditation used by the monks. You can meet with them discuss about the Buddhism and meditation. On the way back, ride on the other side of the river through the beautiful forest. Stall around the town in the evening. Overnight hotel

 

DAY 04: Over the beautiful Dochu la pass (Cycling)

Rid in the morning can be quit a challenge with the steep ascends to Dochu La Pass (3,100 meters). The hillsides are covered in a luxuriant temperate forest of abundant rhododendron and magnolia. Stop at the pass and enjoy the panorama of the eastern Himalayas. As you descend from the pass, you will see a drastic change in vegetation as you get to the tropical region.

Stop at Thinleygang village and ride down to the forest. En route, visit 15th Century Divine Madman temple and continue riding off the trail trough the beautiful forest.

Overnight hotel

 

DAY 05: Rice fields and temples

After breakfast ride towards Khuruthang town and cross the iron bridge. Follow other side of the river with the stunning view of the Punakha dzong. Ride over the longest suspension bridge crossing Pho Chhu River. Visit Punakha dzong, the winter residence of the chef abbot and 350 monks.

Continuing riding further up the valley through the rice fields and to the Khamsum Yuley temple. Overlooking the fertile valley of Punakha, the temple was built for current king. Drive to hotel in the evening for overnight. Overnight hotel

 

DAY 06: Hike to Lungchuzekha temple
We will be retracing journey back to Thimphu. Stop at Dochula pass and hike to Lungchuze temple. A beautiful hike in the forest dotted with prayer flags. During the clear weather, you will view all the snow-capped mountains in Bhutan.

Continue to Thimphu and overnight in hotel.

 

DAY 07: Ride in the wilderness

Wild ride through the remote villages, deep valleys and beautiful landscape. The average gradient is parfait for an enjoyable ride. Stop at Dobji dzong, previously used as prison and continue through the remote villages to Haa valley. Closed to the visitors till 2002, the lives of the people are still guided by the seasons and with main crops as potatoes. Stall around the town in the evening. Overnight hotel

 

DAY 08: Over the highest pass

Ride to Chele la pass 3988m, highest motorable road in Bhutan. You will have an amazing view over the snow-capped mountains in Bhutan. Ride from after the pass is quit beautiful in the beautiful forest. Stop on the way and take a short hike to Dzongdrakha village. The village clings on the cliff overlooking the rice fields of Paro. Overnight hotel

 

DAY 09: PARO – EXCURSION TO TIGER NEST

A visit to Bhutan is incomplete without going to Paro Taktshang (Tiger’s Lair), one of the most sanctified and sacred temples in Bhutan.

Our journey to the Lair will begin after half an hour drive to the base of the temple. It is a five hour round trip along an old trail, with prayer flags fluttering. Taktshang is not just a sacred place, but an architectural wonder. Perched some 1000 meters on a hill overlooking a valley, it is believed that the great Indian Saint and Budddhist Master, Guru Padma Sambhava flew on a tigress in a wrathful form to this place in 746 AD, to subdue evil forces who were obstructing the spread of Buddhism. The trek, which will take about five hours (up and down) is an unforgettable one and promises every visitor an enthralling experience. In the evening, visit a local farmhouse for dinner and a hot stone. It will relax your muscles after beautiful rid and hike. Overnight hotel