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Check out snow-capped mountains, push yourself to pedal up incredible passes, admire swooping valleys, absorb the mesmerising Buddhist culture, meet hospitable locals and marvel at their traditional clothes. If all of that doesn’t whet your appetite for a cycling adventure in the kingdom of Bhutan, then nothing will. This is a journey like no other, taken across challenging but oh so rewarding landscapes that will remain forever etched in your memory.
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration15 days
- Culture LevelAdventurous
- Skill Level4 - Advanced
- Activity Level3 - Active
- Elevation4 - Challenging
- Distance492.7 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance37.9 miles
How do I get a visa to Bhutan?
All nationalities require a passport for entry into Bhutan. Please ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from date of entry. Contrary to just about the entire rest of the world, Bhutan does not issue Visas before you arrive through their Embassies or Consulates. The only way to get a Visa is to get it on arrival to the country. However, you can’t simply show up at their doorstep and be allowed in. You must apply with a tour operator and submit an application form for approval BEFORE you arrive. The Tour Operator will submit your application for approval to the DOT, and their approval process takes a minimum of 1 week.
Do I need a visa to India?
Yes, an Indian visa is needed since you will be crossing the border for the transfer to Guwahati Airport.
All foreign nationals entering India are required to possess a valid international travel document in the form of a national passport with a valid Indian visa. An e-visa facility is available for nationals of most countries.
Passport should have at least six months validity from the date of arrival in India. The passport should have at least two blank pages for stamping by the Immigration Officer.
International Travellers should have a return ticket or onward journey ticket,with sufficient money to spend during his/her stay in India.
Additional information and e-visa application can be found on their official website, https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/index.html
How long is the tour? How many days of riding?
This tour is 15 days long, with 12 riding days.
How many riders will be in the group?
Groups can be from 1 to 16. For groups of 9 or more, a second guide joins the tour.
Is there a minimum age for this tour?
Yes, riders must be 18 years old by the time the tour starts.
Can I rent a bike for the tour?
Yes, quality mountain bikes can be hired for the duration of the tour. The bikes are well-known makes with lightweight alloy frames, 24 to 27 speed gears, v-brakes, have Shimano components and front suspension.
E-bikes are also available for hire which can help manage long distances and climbing terrain through the use of a pedal-activated electric motor.
What's the tour like?
This bike tour is a true classic with Himalayan mountain passes, sweeping descents, magnificent views, clean air, and abundant culture and history in one of the most secluded countries in the world. The total distance is around 789 km (490 mi) in eleven full and two half days of riding. The riding varies between some easier shorter days and some challenging days due to the altitude and gradients involved. Cycling at over 3,400 m (11,154 ft) above sea level takes a little bit of getting used to for most people, and we will need a few days to acclimatize. Participants should be in relatively good overall physical shape with at least a moderate degree of cycling experience. The accommodations are generally 3-star hotels with traditional amenities. The tour operator has attempted to keep the tour as authentic as possible and tried to use local small accommodation wherever possible. Regardless of the location, every day you can be assured to get a comfortable room and a good night's sleep. Outstanding scenery, abundant wildlife and flora, and a deeply religious and benevolent people makes for a truly wonderful bike trip that will live in your memory forever.
Suitability: You can expect some tough days in the saddle. We will also be cycling at altitudes between 2,000-3,000 m (6,561-9,842 ft), which also increases the difficulty. Being physically fit will of course be a huge asset, but, as the tour is fully supported, the van is always close at hand if needed.
Biking Conditions: This tour is primarily on paved roads with very little traffic. The road conditions will vary and some sections will be bumpy. The tour climbs up and over many mountainous passes and ends on the Assam plain. There are quite a few challenging climbs, some more than 20 km (12mi), as well as some fast, sweeping descents. Any portion can be skipped by utilising the support vehicle.
Am I safe?
The tour leader is trained in first aid and emergency rescue. But to a large degree, riders must be responsible for their own safety during the tour. It is therefore compulsory that you take out travel insurance that will cover you for a cycling tour.
Where does the tour start and finish?
The tour starts in Paro, Bhutan. It can be accessed via Paro International Airport (PBH).
The tour will finish in Guwahati, India with an airport transfer to Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport (GAU)
Do I have to pay if travelling alone?
You are not required to pay a surcharge for travelling alone. The tour operator will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveller of the same gender. If you cannot be matched, they will provide a single room at no extra charge. If you prefer not to share, a single supplement is payable to guarantee your own room.
Are helmets included when hiring a bike?
Yes, if you're hiring a bike from the operator, a complimentary helmet is provided, although you are welcome to bring your own if you wish.