The ultimate Bhutan active adventure tour
Tour by bicycle and guided treks through the Kingdom of Bhutan, a remote, little-visited and mystical country perched on the southern Himalayas between Tibet and North India. This 10-day bike & hike tour showcases Bhutan's unique culture, history and natural beauty whilst offering some fun and rewarding challenges through a variety of activities along the journey.
This bike & Hike tour departs from Paro, Bhutan, and returns.
Low Season Discount: For the months of December, January, February and June, July, August we have a special low season discounted rate of $3050 per adult.
*Special: Bhutan - Australia Friendship, Government Travel Discount!
To celebrate 15 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries the government has greatly reduced mandatory travel charges for Australian visitors. For departures in June, July and August 2018 we are able to offer this trip for $2650 per adult - *Government discount only applies to Australian citizens
Besides the stunning natural scenery, the enduring image of Bhutan for most visitors is the strong sense of culture and tradition that binds the kingdom and clearly distinguishes it from its larger neighbours. Take a guided ride & trek through this mystical kingdom that exists almost as an enigma due to its policy of restricting visitor numbers and protecting its culture.
We won't lie, parts of the ride will be a challenging with mountain climbs and thrilling descents and you will be riding at altitude. But the effort is immensely rewarding with beautiful views and an adrenaline-fueled sense of personal achievement.
10 days duration
167 km distance
Difficulty: Somewhat challenging
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Quality, well maintained Trek 4300 Disc brake mountain bikes are provided on this tour. These dependable machines offer good flexibility for varied riding conditions, being light enough to tackle the climbs and fitted with powerful hydraulic disc brakes to smooth out the descents.
All hotel nights are in 3 star hotels and resorts.
An experienced English speaking, local leader will host you on this trip who is well spoken, very well informed, and charming. Our leaders are often cited as being the main highlight of the tour. We use local leaders who have a passion for their country and are always well informed on topics ranging from history, politics, cuisine and importantly local customs and cultures. Our leaders will take pride in introducing you to every aspect of their country and will help you to connect with the villagers you meet along the way.
An air conditioned backup support vehicle is always available in case you want a break from riding, and to carry your luggage.
All meals are included throughout the whole trip. All dietary requirements catered for.
A beautiful souvenir Grasshopper cycling jersey is yours to wear and take home.
2 to 14
This tour is guaranteed for a minimum of just 2 travellers. And we limit the group size to only 14 travellers so that you get all the attention you want in an intimate group.
There is no surcharge for single travellers - we will match you with another same sex single traveller. If you want a single room there is a an optional upgrade that you can book.
Many people think getting into Bhutan is hard - it's not! We will arrange your Bhutan visa for you.
Bhutan levies a compulsory government tourist tax on all foreign visitors which goes towards funding things like the free education and free healthcare programs for locals. You don't need to worry about this thought as the tour price already includes this tax!
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Arrival Day in Paro
On arrival in Paro you will be picked up from the airport and taken to our hotel. For those excited to hit the ground running (and not jet lagged) we take time in the afternoon to see some of the sights of Paro. You will get to visit your first dzong. These incredibly grand Bhutanese fortresses were constructed at strategic locations throughout the country, and we will encounter more of these photogeninc monoliths along the journey.
Day Ride in Paro
Paro sits at a height of 2200m so we take it easy today and do a short ride to get you used to the altitude, warm up the legs, acquaint ourselves with the bikes and see a little more of Paro Valley. We'll visit a ruined dzong and a farmer's house along the way and enjoy some time out in town to get a sense of the valley.
Cycle to Thimphu
It is time to leave Paro and begin the ride across Bhutan. This first point to point ride is the easiest on the tour. Our Bhutanese friends describe this day as 'flat' as you will only be riding between 2100m and 2350m throughout the journey, although the road does undulate and there are actually no flat roads at all! In the afternoon take a leisurely walk through the Thimphu Market area and explore the forbidding yet elegant dzong.
Cycle to Phunakha
The first pass of the trip, Dochu La, sits at 3050m and offers a panoramic view of the Eastern Himalaya on a clear day. After a long ride up to the pass a downhill is due which will take you 40km all the way down to the intriguing 'fertility temple'. The final section undulates along the valley to our overnight stop at Punakha which sits at a lowly altitude of 1350m.
Day Ride in Punakha
We take a day to explore the beautifully situated dzong at Punakha, once the summer capital. Riding a back road that is largely unsealed, we get great views of the river and Punakha Dzong. But before the dzong you must cross a terrifying or exhilarating suspension footbridge (the feeling depends on your perspective). This is the longest and highest suspension footbridge in the country stretching over 200m above the Pho River. After a picnic en route back to the hotel, the rest of the afternoon is free for some relaxation.
Drive to Gangtey
Today we travel to Gangtey, a valley that is famed for its conservation efforts. The drive from Punakha takes us to the Lawala Pass at 3300m after which we descend into the beautiful Phobjika Gangtey Valley. Gangtey is an ecological hotspot for Bhutan(3000m).
Exploration Day in Gangtey
For those with the energy there are a few activities available today, or optionally you may choose to take a bit of R&R instead. The Gantey has a lovely nature trail walk that takes around half a day and this can be combined with a picnic lunch and afternoon exploring the village. There are some lovely rustic farmhouses out here where you can enjoy traditional food and beverages as well as a good insight into the life and living in the countryside.
Those still craving some two-wheeled action may instead prefer to explore the valley and its countryside villages by bicycle. Gangtey is one name for the area of the Phobjika Valley, a glacial valley where the rare black-necked cranes from Tibet spend the winter. Dwarf bamboo, eaten by yaks, is the prominent vegetation here. Those craving a laid-back day can relax at the comfortable and quiet hotel.
Transfer to Paro, Hike and Craft Beer Tour
Soon after breakfast we retrace our route through the Dochula pass to the valley of Paro .
Along the way, there will also be the option to enjoy a hike to the lungchutse monastery which is perched high on the dochula mountains. The hike takes about three hours (return) at a leisurly pace and is worth the effort as you are rewarded with striking views out over the Himilayas which present a truly breathtaking vista on clear days. Bring the camera!
Later in the afternoon, we will also take a tour at a recently opened craft brewery, it is the first such establishment to open in Bhutan and is an incredible operation. The evening can be spent at leisure or you may choose to enjoy a walkabout in Paro Town.
Trek to Tiger's Nest Monastery
In the afternoon there is an option to trek up to one of Bhutan's most venerated places, the Tiger's Nest Monastery, which is precariously perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro Valley floor. This site has been recognised as one of the most spiritual sites in Bhutan and many eminent saints have meditated in this area.
Tour Concludes in Paro
The tour ends with breakfast and a transfer to the Paro Airport in time for your departing flight.
What's the Riding Like?
4 days riding
98% of the roads are sealed but all the riding takes place at altitudes from 1300m to 3400m - you need to be prepared for all uphill or downhill riding. Most of the ride is on well maintained sealed roads, and drivers are courteous and give space, but as always when cycling, keep your road awareness. Bhutan is a sparsely populated country so traffic is light and gets even lighter as we travel east. At all times there will be a support vehicle so even if the ride seems too hard for you, you can still join the tour and ride the sections you are comfortable with, whilst enjoying the beauty and peace of Bhutan.
What our guests tell us...
Just a selection of our great reviews!
Probably one of the best experiences I have had in Asia - from about 7-8 trips in the last 10 years.
This is a wonderful company!
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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