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This is a very challenging Bhutan cycling holiday as you traverse Bhutan from West to East across several high mountain passes on the only road that crosses this small Himalayan country. But for those that love their cycling tough, this is a truly rewarding epic journey and needless to say a wonderful way of experiencing Bhutan. The “bare facts” of this trip speak for themselves and will either entice or have you running for cover. Over 7 days of cycling you’ll cover 620 km, involving grand totals of 11,600m of ascent, but a mouth-watering 12,500m of descent. It’s the equivalent of climbing Everest on a mountain bike and then some more….a fair bit more To add to the challenge at the altitudes this ride attains it can get very cold, particularly on the mountain passes. Cycling beyond Bumthang you enter a more remote, but beautiful part of Bhutan where very few tourists bother to venture, meaning that after a few nights in comfortable hotels, one night must be spent camping and two nights in basic lodges, “the best there is”. For those that dare there is quite possibly the best afternoon’s downhill road ride in the world to enjoy, 3200m….yes, that’s not a misprint….3200m of downhill cycling in one go. If you love cycling then this may be the best 5 hours you’ve ever had on a bike. Vehicle support is provided and there may be times when it will be necessary to utilise it on some of the longer cycling days if progress is slow, or if you’re just plain old pooped! For those that complete this Bhutan cycling holiday, you can be sure that you’ve just ridden one of the toughest weeks of cycling going. Of course you can’t come to Bhutan without doing the Tigers Nest hike, so that’s included too. Are you up for the Cycle Bhutan challenge?
Entry Level Front Suspension Mountain Bikes (and helmets) are provided. You are the engine!
Sleeping bags (4 season) will be required for night spent camping
13 Days - 7 Days Strenuous Cycling - Max altitude 3850m - 6nts Hotels - 2nts Basic Lodges - 1nts Camping
The price shown is for guideline purposes. The price is inclusive of all accommodation described in the detailed itinerary (twin share in hotels) - An English speaking Bhutanese Guide
All camping equipment (except sleeping bags) for the one night default camping night. Tents on twin share basis.
Private airport transfers
All road transport by private vehicles/vehicle support whilst cycling
Entry Level Front Suspension Mountain Bike and Helmet
Good standard hotel accommodation in main towns on twin share basis and two nights basic lodges on a “best available” basis where tourist hotels do not exist
All meals as indicated B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Bhutan Visa & Tourist Taxes
Bhutan airport tax
Sightseeing where specified
Day 1 - Arrive Paro. Transfer to Paro Hotel.
Day 2 -Taktsang Monastery Trek
Day 3- Paro to Punakha via the Dochu La
Day 4- The Black Mountains to Gangtey
Day 5- Over the Pele La to Trongsa
Day 6- Across the Yotung La to Bumthang
Day 7- The Ura La & Wangthang La
Day 8- The Thumsing La monster downhill
Day 9- The Kori La to Trashigang
Days 10/12 - Return overland to Paro
Day 13- Depart Paro
Don't forget, this trip can be customised
Bhutan is also renowned for its traditional, colourful festivals. If you’d like your trip to Bhutan to coincide with a Bhutan festival, and which ones you’d like to witness you can find out more on our Bhutan Festivals page. As all our holidays to Bhutan are exclusively private and tailor made, most of our itineraries can be designed & timed to incorporate your preferred festival choice.
See this example itinerary in detail here
Example Itinerary Overview