Travel to Bhutan

Mountain Biking Tours(17 nights/18 days)

Day01: Arrive Paro (Altitude: 2280 m): Arrive Paro by Druk Air/ Bhutan Airlines flight provides fascinating view of eastern Himalayan peaks. You will be received by representative at Paro airport and drive to the hotel. Overnight at the Tashi Namgyal Resort or similar.www.tnr.bt

Day 02: Paro –Thimphu (2320m) (Distance: 54 km, 4 hrs)
Morning sightseeing in Paro visiting

  • Ruins of Drukgyel Dzong
  • Ta Dzong (National Museum)
  • Rinpung Dzong.

After lunch, start biking to Thimphu (54 km, approx. 4 hours) passing through the confluence of Paro and Thimphu rivers. The route follows the Valley of Thimphu River through an arid landscape.
Overnight at the hotel Mihmar or similar. www.hotelmigmar.com

Day 03: Thimphu – Punakha (1310 m) (76 km)
Morning sightseeing in Thimphu:

  • Memrial Chorten
  • Buddha Point
  • Changangkha Lhakhang
  • Takin Preserve Centre.

After early lunch biking to Punakha ascending enroute at Dochula pass (3150m) and later continue descent to Metshina. Punakha is about 14 km from this place so in about 3.1/2 hours biking the total descent from Dochula to Punakha is about 1,800 m. overnight at the hotel Meri Puensum or similar. www.meripuensum.bt
Optional activities you can choose:

  • Drive to Talo Goenpa
  • Khamsum Yulley Lhakhang
  • White water rafting in Mo Chhu/ Pho Chhu
  • Camping in Jomlingthang.

***NOTE: You also have an option for accommodation up gradation in Punakha.  Please contact us for the up gradation cost.

 

Day 04: Punakha – Wangduephodrang( 1310 m)(76 km)
After breakfast, visit:

  • Punakha Dzong
  • Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chhorten.
  • Continue biking to Wangduephodrang (21 km, 1.1/2 hour).

Evening visit to Wangduephodrang Dzong razed by fire in 2012 and under construction and interesting local market. Overnight at the Punatshangchhu Cottages or similar.  www.punatshabgchhucottages.bt

Optional activities you can choose:

  • White water rafting in Mo Chhu/ Pho Chhu

***NOTE: You also have an option for accommodation up gradation in Punakha.  Please contact us for the up gradation cost.

Punakha: 

 

Day 05: Wanguephodrang – Gangtey(Altitude 3120 m) (Distance: 67 km,  4 ½  hrs) :
Morning commence biking to Gangtey (68 km, approx.) gaining altitude of about 1,800 m.

Afternoon excursion to Phobjikha valley which is a designated conservation area and famous for black-necked cranes. O/N in Theckchen Phodrang Guest house or similar.

***NOTE: You also have an option for accommodation up gradation in Gangtey.  Please contact us for the up gradation cost.

Day 6: Gangtey –Trongsa (2300 m)
Morning proceed to central Bhutanese town of Trongsa (60 km, approx. 6 hours) crossing 3,300 m high Pelela pass en route. From Pele la pass proceed to Chendbji Chhorten at altitude of 2,300 m (27 km, 1.1/2 hour), the stupa patterned on Swayambhunath in Kathmandu. Chendbji to Trongsa is about 41 km, approximate two hours of biking on almost flat land. Overnight at Tashi Ninjay Resort or similar.

Day 07: Trongsa – Bumthang(Altitude 2800 m)(68 km)
Morning sightseeing with visit to Trongsa Dzong and Ta Dzong and then proceed to Bumthang (68 km, approx.4.1/2 hours) crossing Yotongla pass (3,400 m) and then descend to Gyetsa valley (2,700 m). Later cross 2,900 m Kiki la pass while reaching to Jakar. Overnight at Swiss Guest House or similar.www.swissguesthouse.bt

***NOTE: You also have an option for accommodation up gradation in Bumthang.  Please contact us for the up gradation cost.

Bumthang:

 

Day 08: Bumthang Sightseeing (Altitude 2800 m)
Day for relaxation and sightseeing in one of the most beautiful valleys and also the religious heartland of the nation, visit

  • Tamshing Lhakhang
  • Jakar Dzong
  • Kurjey and Jambay Lhakhang.

Dinner and O/N at Swiss Guest House or similar.

***NOTE: You also have an option for accommodation up gradation in Bumthang.  Please contact us for the up gradation cost.

Bumthang:

 

Day 09: Bumthang – Ura (Altitude 3100 m)
From Bumthang Ura camping site is about 60 km and time taken is approximate 4 hours. En route cross 3,300 m high Shertang la pass and then descends to Ura village situated at the altitude of 3,000 m. Later explore pleasant Ura village. Overnight tented accommodation.

Day 10: Ura –  Limithang (4160 m)
Proceed to Limithang (80 km, approx. 6 hours) crossing 3,750 m high Thrumshingla pass, the highest point during this trip. From Thrumshingla it is all the way downhill (about 700 m) descent till the camp at Limithang. Overnight tented accommodation.

Day 11: Limithang – Mongar (3500 m)
It is one of the shortest trips on this itinerary (27 km, 1.1/2 hours) with a total descent of about 1,400 m. Evening visit to Mongar Dzong and local market. Overnight at Druk Dzongkhar or similar.

Day 12: Mongar – Gom Kora (2280 m)
Morning proceed to Gom Kora (80 km, approx. 5 hours). The Kori la pass en route is at 2,450 m. The road later descends rapidly till Sheri Chhu river. Overnight tented accommodation.

Day 13: Gom Kora -Trashi Yangtse (1830 m)
Proceed to Trashi Yangtse (65 km, approx. 5.1/2 hours). 2 km ahead of Gom Kora, the road reaches to Doksum, a village where two valleys meet. This place is also known for its weaving. Later arrive at Trashi Yangtse Dzong, situated at altitude of 1,850 m.  Heading further northwards in the gorge for about 4 km, the route leads to gigantic Chorten Kora, the stupa built in Nepalese style of architecture. Overnight in Choki Farm House or similar.

Day 14: Trashi Yangtse – Trashigang (1150 m)
Morning biking to Trashigang (65 km, approx. 5 hours). The trail is gradual up and downs till 55 km and later about 10 km upwards the Trashigang. Evening explore the town area, which is the biggest urban centre in Bhutan after Thimphu. Overnight at Druk Deothjung Resort or similar. www.drukdeothjungresort.com

Day 15: Trashigang / Mongar (91 km, 3 hours):
After breakfast drive back to Mongar.

After lunch, explore Mongar town, local market. Overnight at Druk Dzongkhar or similar.

Day 16: Mongar / Bumthang (198 km, 7 hours) :
After breakfast, drive to Bumthang arriving there by lunch time.

After lunch, visit to Yatha weaving/ Beer /Swiss cheese factory centre and local market. Overnight at Swiss Guest House or similar.

***NOTE: You also have an option for accommodation up gradation in Bumthang.  Please contact us for the up gradation cost.

 

Day 17: Bumthang – Thimphu (2320 m)(268 km, 8 hours)
After breakfast, drive to Thimphu enroute visiting village houses and mingling with local people. Lunch break at Wangduephodrang, famous for its bamboo products, slate and stone carvings.

After lunch, drive to Thimphu. Free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography. Diner and overnight in Hotel Migmar or similar.

***NOTE: You also have an option for accommodation up gradation in Thimphu.  Please contact us for the up gradation cost.

 

Day 18: Thimphu – Paro Airport (54 km, 1 hour)
Early morning, drive to the airport and farewell.

The Tour Cost Includes:
a. All Meals
[Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner]
b. Accommodation [Twin Sharing] Single Room Supplement Extra US $: 40 per room per night.
c. All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
d. Royalty & Govt. Taxes.
e. Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments.
f. Visa Fee.
g. English speaking Local guide.
h. Sightseeing.
The Tour Cost Does Not Include:
* Druk Air fares.
* Insurance Premiums
* Payments for service provided on a personal basis
* Cost for any services not mentioned in the "Cost Include head"
* Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
* Personal expense in items such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, Bottle water
* Incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services