Learn their unique moves and shimmies
Enjoy Bhutan's pristine environment
Learn a thing or two about happiness
Detoxify your lungs and inhale Bhutan's clean air
Marvel at structures built without any plans, nails or iron bars

Bhutan Heritage by Bicycle

Duration
7 days
Site savings
$79
From
$2,371 USD

Bicycling in Bhutan is rewarded with stunning views and pristine nature on good paved roads with little traffic. You'll start cycling from Thimpu after visiting Paro, and head east to Punakha, stopping to visit dzongs (fortresses), monasteries and temples and absorbing the Buddhist culture.

  • Category
    Cultural & Historical
  • Destination
    Bhutan
  • Duration
    7 days
  • Culture Level
    Out There
  • Skill Level
    3 - Intermediate
  • Activity Level
    3 - Active
  • Elevation
    3 - Intermediate
  • Terrain
    Mountainous
  • Distance
    118.1 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    29.8 miles
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Long isolated from the rest of world by the Himalayas, Bhutan has remained a land steeped in mystery. With traditions and values retained, Bhutan promises to entrance you with an unspoiled landscape and centuries of Buddhist tradition.

This landlocked kingdom is bounded by two of the world’s largest nations: China to the north and India to its western and southern borders. Bhutan’s topography and lush ecosystem is one of its greatest attractions. Home to a wide range of flora, including medicinal plants, orchids, rhododendrons, and the national flower, the blue poppy. Besides the rare flora, there is an abundance of birds to be seen all along the tour.

Traditional dzongs (fortress-like monasteries) dot the countryside, ranging from simple to elaborate structures. Close to any monastery or chorten, you’ll be sure to find “prayer flags” fluttering in the wind.

On this introduction tour to the Land of the Thunder Dragon you'll have your visit to a dzong in Paro before visiting the capital Thimpu. The ride continues with a challenging climb up to the top of Dochula Pass. The rest of the riding will be easy compared to this day! As you pedal part way across the country you'll be on the main road but there will be little traffic as you cycle from Thimphu to Punakha. Punakha's dzong is one of the most impressive in Bhutan and the group will also cycle deeper into the valley and visit a temple from 1499.

On the last day in Bhutan you will hike up to the fabled Tiger's Nest Monastery, with permits to visit the monastery itself rather than just going to a nearby overlook as many tours do.

Outstanding scenery, abundant wildlife and flora, a deeply religious and benevolent people make for a truly wonderful bike trip that will live in your memory forever.

Tour inclusions and exclusions at a glance:

What's included?
Items included in the cost of the tour

  • All meals included
  • Water, snacks and fresh fruit while cycling.
  • Local English speaking cycling leader/guide.
  • Vehicle support while cycling.
  • Cycling jersey and drink bottle
  • Permits for monastery visit
  • Basic bike repair and maintenance toolset available at all times
  • Visa fees
  • Clean and comfortable accommodations
  • Hybrid or Mountain bikes
  • Free bike rental is included in the price of this tour (upgrade options are available - please see below).
What's not included?
Items not included in the cost of the tour

  • Travel Insurance
  • International / Domestic flights

Tour options and upgrades:

3 equipment options available
1 tour add-on available