The ultimate Bhutan active-adventure tour
Tour the Kingdom of Bhutan by bicycle and by foot on guided treks. Bhutan is 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 while offering some fun and rewarding challenges through a variety of activities along the journey.
This bike & Hike tour departs from Paro, Bhutan, and returns there.
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.
Besides its 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, due to its policy of restricting visitor numbers to protect its culture, has long remained an enigma.
We won't lie, parts of the ride will be a challenge complete with mountain climbs and thrilling descents, and you will be riding at altitude. But the effort is doubly rewarded with beautiful views and an adrenaline-fueled sense of personal achievement. Immerse yourself in the magical culture of Bhutan on your active holiday.
Make it private: Bhutan trips can be run as private tours for two or more people at a 20% surcharge.
10 days duration
215 km distance
Difficulty: Somewhat challenging
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Quality, well-maintained Cannondale CX3 mountain bikes in a full range of sizes are included in your tour, fitted with full hydraulic brakes, hybrid tyres for touring. Removable handlebar bags for your personal possessions and comfortable saddles are also provided, with a women's specific version available.
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!
for Bhutan Bike & Hike Adventure tour
Welcome to Paro
Welcome to Paro, a sacred town in the Paro Valley of Bhutan. We will pick you up at the airport and transport you to our elegant Palace hotel that features an optimal view of lush paddy fields in the surrounding valley and the mountains that frame it.
You are welcomed into the castle that is our night’s accommodation by the sight of a garden temple dedicated to the Goddess of wealth: Tsheringma. This temple is taken care of by a village elder who will be excited to share the legends of the goddess with you. Inside the palace, there is a room dedicated to meditation complete with altar and traditional Bhutanese decorations. You may also wish to take advantage of the accommodation’s hot stone bath facility, sourced from a natural spring, with water that is said to have healing properties.
City Cycle in Paro
Paro sits at a height of 2200m, so we’ll take it easy today with a short ride to get used to the altitude, warm up the legs, acquaint ourselves with the bikes and see a little more of Paro Valley. The setting of our ride today provides spectacular views of the verdant valley and towering mountains, cut with rice paddies and thick forests that are mostly left untouched. We'll cycle to 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.
Ride to Thimphu
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 cycling from a 2100m high stretch of road to 2350m throughout the journey, although the road does undulate and there is no such thing as ‘flat’ roads here! In the afternoon take a leisurely walk through the Thimphu Market area and explore the foreboding yet elegant dzong.
Cycle Dochula Pass
The first pass of the trip, Dochula, sits at 3050m and offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the Eastern Himalaya on a clear day. After a long climb up to the pass, you'll love zooming along the downhill section that takes you 40km rolling all the way down until the junction towards the Punakha Valley. 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. While pedaling down a mostly unsealed back road, we get great views of the river and Punakha Dzong. Before the Dzong, however, you must cross a terrifying or exhilarating suspension footbridge (the feeling depends on your perspective). Either way, it will take your breath away!
This is the longest and highest suspension footbridge in the country stretching over 200m above the Pho River. After a picnic lunch, we ride back to the hotel and the rest of the afternoon is free for rest and relaxation off the bike or you may choose to wander around for a brisk walk in the valley or spend some time exploring town.
Drive into the Valley to Gangtey
Today we travel to Gangtey, a valley famed for its conservation efforts. Along the way, we'll walk to the famous fertility temple. The drive from Punakha takes us to the Lawala Pass at 3300m after which we descend into the beautiful Phobjika/Gangtey Valley where we visit the Gangtey Monastery and Crane information center. The Gangtey Monastery, established in the 16th century, is a significant center for the Nyingmapa school of Buddhism and will provide an interesting cultural stop on our journey. Gangtey Valley is an ecological hotspot for Bhutan, known to be the roosting site of the rare black-necked crane that is an extremely honored bird in Bhutan. We’ll make a visit to the Crane Information Centre for further exploration.
Cycle Gangtey & Traditional Archery
Today we cycle for half of the day in the beautiful valley of Gangtey / Phobjikha. The day is casual and can be custom tailored with recommendations from your guides. We can proudly claim that by this stage of the tour, after going through the challenges and rewards of the cycling journey together, your guides will feel like family. In the afternoon we have archery (Bhutan’s national sport) lessons for the group as a fun way to round out the day.
Hike, Transfer to Paro and Craft Beer Tour
Soon after breakfast, we’ll begin trekking on the popular Gangtey nature trail. The two-hour long hike takes us across the grounds of the black-necked cranes that roost here during the months of November until May each year and provides us with peaceful forest views. We then retrace our route through the Dochula pass to the breathtaking valley of Paro, where we’ll return to our palace accommodation.
While in Paro, we will also take a tour of the recently opened Namgay Artisanal Brewery craft brewery. This is the first such establishment to open in Bhutan and is an incredible operation. Spend the evening at leisure or you may choose to enjoy a walkabout in Paro Town.
Trek to Tiger's Nest Monastery
In the morning, we’ll trek up to one of Bhutan's most venerated sites: the Tiger's Nest Monastery. This stunning site is precariously perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro Valley floor. Tiger’s Nest has been recognised as one of the most spiritual sites in Bhutan and many eminent saints have meditated in this area. Reward your physical activity by soaking up the energy of this place!
You should now be quite familiar with the town of Paro and after dinner the final evening is yours to enjoy at your leisure, a return to the craft brewery for a few celebratory drinks may be in order!
Tour Concludes in Paro
Your tour ends today with breakfast and a transfer to the Paro Airport in time for your departing flight.
What's the Riding Like?
5 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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