Bhutanese Dragon Bike Tour

  • 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.

Quick Facts

  • Duration

    14 days / 13 nights

  • Start


  • Finish


  • Hotels

    Casual Inns

  • Riding Style

    Challenging Rider

  • Average Distance Cycled

    50km or 30mi

  • Total Distance Cycled

    ~ 450km or 280mi

  • Bicycle


  • Support Vehicle


  • Group Size

    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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 40km/24mi*

Day 3: Punakha (~1,300m)

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!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 65km/39mi
Elevation Gain: 940m

Day 4: Punakha

Today, enjoy a beautiful countryside ride visiting ancient fortresses, suspension bridges, paddy fields, temples and a school. Soak your feet in the glacial rivers over a picnic lunch.

Post-lunch visit Punakha Dzong. Sitting majestically at the confluence of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 30km/18mi

Day 5: Phobjikha Valley (~3,000m)

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 70km/42mi
Elevation Gain: 2,000m

Day 6: Phobjikha Valley

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 30km/18mi

Day 7: Trongsa (~2,200m)

Today we ride to Trongsa past gorges, meadows and through snow bound passes connecting east to west of Bhutan. The town is based on a steep ridge and commands spectacular views of the valleys.

Visit Trongsa Dzong, a spectacularly sited dzong, situated atop a steep ridge with a sheer drop into the clouds on its other side.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 50km/30mi

Day 8: Bumthang Valley (~2,800m)

Get ready for a tough yet rewarding day and ride to Bumthang valley comprising of Chokhor, Tang, Ura and Chhume valleys. It’s a long switchback route today with Yutung La Pass at 3,400m.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 50km/30mi
Elevation Gain: 800m

Day 9: Bumthang Valley

Today you can plan your own day. Spend day at leisure or take a stroll around the Valley. Visit Kurjey Lhakhang, Jakar Dzong and Tamshing Lhakhang.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Bumthang Valley

Ride to Ura Valley over the Shertang La Pass. Post-lunch, we drive back to Bumthang Valley.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 45km/27mi
Elevation Gain: 940m

Day 11: Paro (~2,200m)

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 50km/30mi
Elevation Gain: 1,500m

Day 13: Paro

Descend to the Paro and later visit Paro National Museum followed by Rinpung Dzong. Enjoy the evening shopping around for various handicrafts and artefact.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Departure

Travel further as per your onward travel plans.

Meals: Breakfast


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