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Biking in Bhutan

The rugged, mountainous landscape of Bhutan lends itself well to both on-road or off-road mountain biking and the sport is seeing increasing popularity among both visitors and Bhutanese alike.

The rugged, mountainous landscape of Bhutan lends itself well to both on-road or off-road mountain biking and the sport is seeing increasing popularity among both visitors and Bhutanese alike. There are a variety of biking routes available ranging from smooth journeys on paved roads to challenging off-road dirt trails that wind through rough terrain. The sport offers a certain intimacy with the environment that is seldom experienced in vehicles. With better roads replacing the old and the increasing number of off-road roads, biking is now becoming a very unique and original way of seeing and interacting with the country, people and the Bhutanese environment.

Most biking trips go through well paved roads while others trail on to dirt roads and trails. Traffic is still relatively very light and the experience very intimate. The more adventurous have the option of making side excursions for more “off-the-road” ventures if prefer. The trails accommodate most types of frames: including MTB, Hybrid, and Road, depending on your cycling style and experience. Biking trails mostly meander through small towns and villages and rural areas; it’s just you, your bike, the tour group and the agrarian and natural scenery.

There are also numerous opportunities for optional hikes with a bit of climbing thrown in. There are some challenging climbs with one in particular that is more than seven hours. You peddle the pads over two miles (3,400 meters) above sea level. Your effort is rewarded with a breathtaking view and an unforgettable experience. Riders should have an adequate level of fitness and stamina and be experienced enough in the art of mountain biking. Tours are fully supported by a van following riders. The van allows riders to rest should they require it. Many of the biking trails lead through small villages and temples which can provide interesting and informative diversions should you wish to take a break.

 

Tour of The Dragon

Bhutan’s mountainous terrain offers a fascinating adventure for bicycling enthusiasts. The roads wind up and down mountains with exhilarating drops of thousands of meters, and of course the challenge of surmounting equally high passes of over 3000 metres. Mixed forests accompany the route, pasturelands, rich meadows and valleys dotted with medieval villages and towns rich in culture. This tour allows time for visiting the highlights of Paro, Thimphu, Punakha. You can choose from easy to adventurous trails, and will be backed up by professional support staff at all times. We will co-ordinate your entire trip including arranging quality mountain bicycles for your riding pleasure unless you choose to bring your own bike.

ITINERARY OVERVIEW

  • Day 1: Arrive Paro (2250 M)
  • Day 2: Paro (2250 M) – Thimphu (2300 M) Approx 1hr Drive 65 Km
  • Day 3: Thimphu (2300 M)- Punakha (1310m) Approx 3hr Drive 65 Km
  • Day 4: Punakha (1310m) – Paro (2250 M) Approx 4hr Drive 142 Km
  • Day 5: Paro (2250 M)
  • Day 6: Depart Paro