The best of Bhutan in a week
Enjoy a memorable week exploring the highlights of Bhutan on a cycling tour. Set off on a bicycle adventure from the historic and sacred town of Paro through one of Asia’s most intriguing, isolated, and visually stunning destinations: The Kingdom of Bhutan.
This bike tour runs in a return loop from Paro, Bhutan.
Low Season Discount: For the months of December, January, February and June, July, August we have a special low season discounted rate of $2050 per adult.
*Special: 2-day Thimphu Festival Tour Extension for October 2019! See the extended itinerary for this once-a-year trip here.
Discover the mysterious and mystical country of Bhutan by bike and take away memories of your week-long holiday that will last a lifetime. Landlocked and until recently hidden from the world, Bhutan now welcomes visitors who want to enjoy spectacular Himalayan vistas, clear air and colourful Buddhist temples in the land that invented Gross National Happiness
This 7-day bike tour provides the easier and more manageable side of cycling in the Himalayas. There is one 16km pass to climb and one very long and thrilling descent to enjoy, as well as some flatter rides to even things out. As with every multi-day Grasshopper bike tour, our support vehicle is on hand at all times in case you need a lift uphill. Between rides we'll enjoy the sights, cuisine and cultural attractions this enchanting country has to offer.
If you are looking to combine this bike tour with a trek or other travel plans in Bhutan, let us know and we can help with onward arrangements and bookings.
Make it private: Bhutan trips can be run as private tours for two or more people at a 20% surcharge.
7 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.
On this tour we stay in 3-star hotels and resorts. After a hard day's riding you'll enjoy our choice of comfy beds.
An experienced English speaking, local leader will host you on this trip. Our charming guides are well informed and well spoken. 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 well versed 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 locals you may 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 single traveller of the same gender. If you want a single room there is 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 in Paro
On arrival at Paro airport you will be met and transferred to our hotel of choice. For those who have the energy and are not jet lagged we take a little time in the afternoon to see some of the sights of Paro. This includes a visit your first dzong: an incredibly grand Bhutanese fortress. These are situated at strategic locations throughout the country.
Explore Paro by Bike
Paro sits at a height of 2200m so we take it easy today with a short ride to adjust to the altitude, warm up the legs, get used to the bikes and see a little more of Paro Valley. Visit a ruined dzong, stop by a farmer's house and take a stroll in town on this relaxing day out.
Cycle to Thimphu
Today it's time to leave Paro and begin the ride across Bhutan. This first point to point journey is the easiest; our Bhutanese friends describe this day as 'flat' as you will only be riding between 2100m and 2350m throughout the ride, although the road does undulate. There is no such thing as ‘flat’ roads! In the afternoon take a leisurely walk through the Thimphu Market area and explore the forbidding yet elegant dzong.
Cycle to Punakha
The first pass of the trip, Dochu La, sits at 3050m and offers a breathtaking 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 winds along the valley to our overnight stop at Punakha which sits at a lowly altitude of 1350m.
Explore Punakha by Bike, Transfer to Paro
We take a day to explore the beautifully situated dzong at Punakha, once the summer capital of Bhutan, pedaling down a back road that is largely unsealed and offers great views of the river and dzong. Before reaching the dzong we cross an 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 by the tranquil riverside of Punakha, we drive the route back to Paro to recharge ahead of the hike to the Tiger’s Nest.
Trek to the Tiger's Nest Monastery
This morning we hike up to one of Bhutan's most venerated places: the Tiger's Nest Monastery. The monastery is precariously perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro Valley floor. This site has been recognized as one of the most spiritual sites in Bhutan and many eminent saints have meditated in this area. Soak up the energy of the place and amazing views as a reward for the trek up there.
Tour Concludes in Paro
The tour ends after breakfast and check-out with a transfer to Paro Airport in time for your departing flight.
What's the Riding Like?
Hilly terrain up to 3050m
4 days riding
90% of the roads are sealed (albeit with plenty of potholes!) but all the riding takes place at altitudes from 1300m to 3050m, so you will need to be prepared for all uphill or downhill riding. Bhutan is a sparsely populated country so traffic is light. At all times there will be a support vehicle so even if the ride seems too hard you can still join the tour and ride the sections you are comfortable with to enjoy the beauty and peace of Bhutan.
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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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