Soak into the stunning and dramatically diverse topography of Bhutan and regions around
Experience the indulgent warm hospitality of the ever-smiling Bhutanese
Let the reticent Buddhist culture showcase itself in soothing ambience of monasteries and simple homes
With an unmatchable ‘blueness’ in the sky and wonderfully unique vistas of lofty mountains, monasteries perched on hilltops and bright windows adorning white-washed ‘Dzong like’ houses, Bhutan is nothing short of a topographical wonder! Looking at the surreal landscape around you, you will certainly be gasping from something other than the altitude. Surrender to the warm hospitality and savour your surroundings.
14 days / 13 nights
Average Distance Cycled
50km or 30mi
Total Distance Cycled
~ 450km or 280mi
Min 2, Max 12
Day 1: Thimphu (~2,400m)
Enjoy a flight to Bhutan over a stack of snow-topped mountains for a large part of journey. Pray for a clear sunny day for a stunning view!
We meet at the Paro airport and drive to Thimphu and have a relaxing evening.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Day 2: Thimphu
We warm up with a short ride around Thimphu. Visit museums, textile weavers, post office, markets and watch archery at the stadium. After lunch, ride up north on tarmac roads passing through Thimphu’s various residential neighbourhoods and surrounding villages. On the way back, visit the Changangkha Lhakhang and Trashichhodzong Fortress, a fine example of Bhutan’s rich architecture that holds the office of His Majesty the King and the Prime Minister.
We take up with a bit longer ride to balmy Punakha over the mountains. The route takes us through apple orchards and pine forests and passes through Dochu La Pass (3,140m). The landscape changes dramatically from here to rhododendron forests and fir. We stop by for a lunch here and admire stunning views all around.
A long descend from here takes us to Punakha, a picturesque settlement where we can see small stands of apple orchards and locals busying themselves over farmlands.
Time to rest well and gear up for some serious cycling ahead!
The topography changes drastically from lush valley to wetlands over the Nobding valley. Along the way, cross Lha Wang La Pass for a glimpse of Phobjikha Valley. This area is known for black-necked cranes. Wild boars, sambars, Himalayan black bears, leopards and red foxes are also there in surrounding hills.
Undisputedly, this is the most spectacular valley during the ride.
Phobjikha valley is a paradise for bikers and today enjoy a ride on beautiful single-track trails that traverses through pine-forests festooned with prayer flags and overlooking the bowl-shaped marshland and meadows. Visit the famous Gangtey Gompa monastery and the Black-necked Crane Information Centre on the way.
Enjoy a gorgeous flight to Paro and later explore on foot and hike up to the Tiger’s Nest, which overlooks the town from its perch on a sheer hill. The 17th century monastery is a perfect place to get a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the region. Lovely Kyichu Lhakhang, is another monastery worthy of your time.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12: Haa Valley
Take the switchback road to get that blood pumping over the Cheli la Pass; that panoramic views from Haa will be highly rewarding.