Enjoy a week cycling and exploring the best highlights of Bhutan. This trip runs Paro to Paro. 

Bhutan map

Take out a week and come explore by bike the mysterious and mystical country that is Bhutan. Land locked 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 of Gross National Happiness

This 7 day tour encompasses the easier end of cycling in the Himalayas. There is one 16km pass to cycle over and one huge descent to enjoy as well as some flatter rides.  Of course our support vehicle is on hand at all times in case you need a lift up a hill. 

If you are looking to combine this tour with a trek or other travels in Bhutan let us know and we can help with onward arrangements and bookings. 

Tour details

$2300 USD

7 days duration

167 km distance

Difficulty: Somewhat challenging

Deposit payment: $800 USD
Single room option: $200 USD
Tour code: GHBA12

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Great Bikes

Top quality Trek 4300 mountain bikes with handlebar bags are included in the price.

Comfy Beds

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.

Your Host

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.

Support Van

An air conditioned backup support vehicle is always available in case you want a break from riding, and to carry your luggage.

Great Eats

All meals are included throughout the whole trip. All dietary requirements catered for.

Take It Home

A beautiful souvenir Grasshopper cycling jersey is yours to wear and take home.

2 to 10

This tour is guaranteed for a minimum of just 2 travellers. And we limit the group size to only 10 travellers so that you get all the attention you want in an intimate group.

Singles

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.

Bhutan Visa

Many people think getting into Bhutan is hard - it's not! We will arrange your Bhutan visa for you.

Tourist Tax

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!


Tour Itinerary

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1

Arrival in Paro

On arrival at Paro airport you will be met and transferred to our hotel. 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 fortresses. These are situated at strategic locations throughout the country. Meals: D 

2

Explore Paro by Bike

34km cycling

Paro sits at a height of 2200m so we take it easy today and do a short ride to get used to the altitude, warm up the legs, get used to the bikes and see a little more of Paro Valley. Visit a ruined dzong, visit a farmer's house and enjoy a traditional Bhutanese dance on this relaxing day out. Meals: BLD

3

Cycle to Thimphu

55km cycling

Today it's time to leave Paro and begin the ride across Bhutan. This first point to point ride is the easiest; our Bhutanese friends describe this day as 'flat' as you will only be riding between 2100m and 2350m throughout, although the road does undulate and there are actually no flat roads! In the afternoon take a leisurely walk through the Thimphu Market area and explore the forbidding yet elegant dzong. Meals: BLD

4

Cycle to Phunakha

63km cycling

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 Phunakha which sits at a lowly altitude of 1350m. Meals: BLD

5

Explore Punakha by Bike 

15km cycling

We take a day to explore the beautifully situated dzong at Punakha, once the summer capital of Bhutan, riding a back road that is largely unsealed, offering great views of the river and dzong. Before reaching the dzong we cross a terrifying, or exhilarating, suspension foot bridge (the feeling depends on your perspective). This is the longest and highest suspension foot bridge 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. Meals: BLD

6

Drive to Paro, Trek to the Tiger's Nest Monastery

This morning we drive back to Paro via Dochula Pass. 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. Meals: BLD

7

Tour Concludes in Paro

The tour ends with your transfer to Paro Airport in time for your departing flight. Meals: B


What's the Riding Like?

Hilly terrain up to 3050m

4 days riding

167km distance

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 sparely populated country so traffic is light. At all times there will be a support vehicle so even if the ride seems to too hard for you you can still join the tour and ride the sections you are comfortable with and enjoy 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.

Ray May 2012

This is a wonderful company!

Colson July 2015

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!

Michael September 2011

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