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7 Days | 6 Nights
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Enjoy a memorable week exploring the highlights of a mystical and undiscovered mountain kingdom on this Bhutan 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.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.
Cannondale Quick 1 Disc
Friendly local leader
2 to 14
Discover the mysterious 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 colorful Buddhist temples in the land that invented Gross National Happiness. Bhutan limits its visitors in order to preserve its ancient culture, making it an authentic and ideal destination to explore!
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.
167 Km 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.
Explore the old town of Paro, known for its many sacred sites and idyllic surroundings.
Conquer the Dochula Pass by bike with stunning mountain views as your reward before you ride down to the ‘Fertility Temple’.
Cycle across a suspension footbridge above the Pho River before exploring ancient dzongs (fortresses).
Trek to the sacred Tiger’s Nest Monastery set on a cliff for views out to the mist-covered mountains and thick forests.
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 and are an imposing sight to behold.
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 the beautiful Paro Valley. Visit a ruined dzong, stop by a remote farmer's house and take a stroll in town on this relaxing day out.
Today it's time to leave Paro and begin the ride across Bhutan to its capital city, Thimphu. 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 colorful Thimphu Market area and explore the forbidding yet elegant dzong.
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' meant to bless struggling couples with fertility. The final section winds along the valley to our overnight stop at Punakha which sits at a lowly altitude of 1350m.
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 unpaved and offers great views of the river and dzong. Before reaching the fortress, 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 turquoise waters of 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.
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 places 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.
The tour ends after breakfast and check-out with a transfer to Paro Airport in time for your departing flight.
Quality, well maintained Cannondale Quick 1 Disc 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 extremely knowledgeable and well spoken. Our leaders are often cited as being the main highlight of the tour. We use local guides 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. They will also look out for your safety and comfort at all times.
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. Bhutanese meals typically consist of brown rice with a selection of vegetables, meat, and chilies.
A beautiful souvenir Grasshopper cycling jersey is yours to wear and take home, as well as a Grasshopper water bottle.
2 to 14
This tour is guaranteed for a minimum of just 2 travelers. And we limit the group size to only 14 travelers so that you get all the attention you want in an intimate group.
There is no surcharge for single travelers - we will match you with another single traveler of the same gender. If you want a single room there is an optional upgrade that you can book.
This charming 3-star hotel sits among the stunning panoramas of the Paro Valley. With comfortable rooms and classic, Bhutanese style, this hotel is a great welcome to the nation of Bhutan.
Situated in the Punakha Valley with a view of the Phunatshang River, this hotel allows you to enjoy true Bhutanese hospitality. The lobby is hand-painted by a local artist in traditional Bhutanese style, and deluxe rooms offer a beautiful view of the countryside below.
Welcome to this impressive heritage building in the heart of the nation’s capital: Thimpu. Here you will enjoy a luxury stay filled with friendly staff, touches of Bhutanese culture and style, with views on the charming city square. 90% of the construction materials and furniture has been made in Bhutan, and the building is extremely energy efficient.
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!
When you are covered in bruises from falling off your bike and you are still deliriously happy, you know it was a great tour.Tandin was extremely good at understanding and meeting our wishes. His alignment with our sense of humour and his ability to weave his love of country into his responses was endearing.
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Since Bhutan was closed to visitors for so long, and now limits tourism, it is an intriguing destination for a tour. We have used our knowledge and experience in order to show off the very best of this fascinating country to our guests as they cycle through spectacular scenery, visit dzongs and temples, and stay in comfortable accommodations. Bhutan is not a country you can easily visit on your own, so let us take care of the details and you enjoy the cycling exploration!
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