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The remote and little-visited Kingdom of Bhutan offers a unique destination for bicycle touring, with challenging rides, stunning nature, and a one-of-a-kind story. Bhutan has long restricted its number of visitors in order to preserve its culture, leaving much of the country a mystery to outsiders and making for exciting exploration. Join us for a Bhutan cycling tour to experience Gross National Happiness.
Cycle over the Dochula Pass and through the ecological hotspot of the Gangtey valley on challenging bike routes.
Trek through the Gangtey nature trail or hike up to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery.
Visit incredible Bhutanese fortresses called Dzong and plenty of other sacred Buddhist sites.
Enjoy quality accommodation, like an elegant palace hotel in Paro with a beautiful garden temple.
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Enjoy a week cycling and exploring the best of Bhutan's highlights.
7 days | 6 nights
| KM | 2300 USD
Cycle the Himalayas in this remote, little visited and mystical kingdom.
10 days | 9 nights
| KM | 3500 USD
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Due to its tourism restrictions, the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan has kept its culture intact and sheltered from foreigners. The country is known for its philosophy of Gross National Happiness, through which the government has created an index for measuring the happiness of its people. For this reason, the country boasts an extremely strong culture and is somewhat of an enigma to the outside world. Discover this for yourself on two wheels on your adventure in Bhutan.Find out more about traveling in Bhutan with our Bhutan Travel GuideBhutan Travel Guide
Situated on the Silk Road between Tibet and Southeast Asia, Bhutan boasts dramatic views of the East Himalaya as well as deep valleys and thick forests, and these varied landscapes and climates contribute to the country’s incredible biodiversity. As you cycle the Paro Valley, look up above your handlebars to see the surrounding green valley cut dramatically with the backdrop of towering mountains. Take in views of the Eastern Himalaya from the Dochula pass after a satisfying climb, then enjoy zooming into the Punakha Valley. Trek to the sacred cliffside Tiger’s Nest Monastery for a stunning panorama of the valley down below. Bhutan is a land of incredible natural beauty, which you will experience from the seat of your bike at the slow pace of cycling.
Although cycling in Bhutan means plenty of challenging climbs, thrilling downhill rides, and high altitude routes, the views and sense of accomplishment will be plentiful rewards for the outdoor enthusiast. Our itineraries in Bhutan are crafted to be achievable despite the undulating mountain roads, complete with challenges such as crossing an exhilarating suspension footbridge. Even so, the difficult routes are interspersed with plenty of relaxed valley rides and will add to the lasting memories of your cycling holiday in Bhutan.
Our local guides are knowledgeable and experienced in order to show you the best Bhutan has to offer. Rest assured knowing your guide is looking out for your safety and comfort at all times and will help facilitate connections with the locals in order to enhance your cultural immersion. These passionate leaders are often cited as being a highlight of the tour, and are well versed in the history, politics, customs and culture of each destination. There will also be a support vehicle on hand at all times if you feel you cannot complete the day’s ride.
You provided me with the journey of a lifetime, and the group provided for it to be a worthy challenge with people whose common denominator is first and foremost, to maintain and perpetuate this magical fragility! I can only speak on my behalf, but I do not think I fall on deaf ears with this expression of pleasure and happiness!
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Our small but committed team in Bhutan is lead by Tshering Dorji, who quit a high profile construction business 20 years ago to follow his dream of working in tourism. Very much a people person, Tshering is a meticulous organizer, but his talents don't end there; he is also a mountain biker, thrill seeker, mountain guide, keen photographer, aspiring writer, amateur league soccer player and repository of Bhutanese folklore, culture & history!
Tshering is accompanied by Tandin Dorji, who has been with Grasshopper from the start of our Bhutanese operations and did many of the original research trips to put together our tours. Tandin takes great pride in his work and his country, which shines through in everything he does. Very popular with our guests, Tandin is described by Tshering as "the lubricant of the well-oiled Grasshopper apparatus". A great credit to his country and a great asset for Grasshopper.
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