Amazing Dragon Mountain Biking Tour (7 Days 6 Nights)

About this Tour

Destination: Paro, Thimphu, Punakha
Mountain biking in Bhutan, whilst relatively new to the Kingdom, is steadily gaining popularity amongst both local Bhutanese and visitors alike. The country’s topography makes for steep hill climbs, high passes and lower valley riding that can be combined with rewarding cultural sightseeing. Mt.biking is therefore a very unique way of experiencing and interacting with the Kingdom, its people and its beautiful environment. Most biking trips will use a mix of well paved roads through to dirt farm access roads and occasional trails, while the more adventurous have the option of some challenging climbs with one in particular that is more than seven hours in which you peddle the pads over two miles (3,400 meters) above sea level. You are more than equally rewarded with an extraordinary view and a rare experience.
Bhutan’s roads & trails accommodate most types of frame styles: from MTB, Hybrid, and Road, depending on your cycling style and experience. The traffic is still relatively light and the experience very liberating and rewarding and also less traffic in the roads of Pristine Kingdom of Happiness. Bring your own bike or we will provide one for you.
NOTE: Opportunities for hikes and time to connect with locals are also included into our Mountain Biking Itineraries.

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVE PARO
The flight into Paro provides one of the most stunning views of the mighty Himalayas. As you descend into Paro valley, you will see the Paro Dzong (fortress) on the hillside overlooking the Paro Chu (river), with its watchtower, now the national museum, to its north. Representative from BHTC will be there to receive you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. In the afternoon, you will visit the auspicious Kyichu Lhakhang the 7th century monastery and one of Bhutan’s oldest and most beautiful temples. The temple was built in 659 by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet, to pin down the left foot of a giant ogress who was thwarting the spread of Buddhism. In the evening, explore the small town of Paro, which is filled with handicraft and souvenir shops. If you like, you could visit a farmhouse and try out a local meal and sip on Ara, a grain distilled alcoholic brew. Overnight stay in hotel, Paro.

DAY 2: BIKING TO THIMPHU
Today you bike to Thimphu on the highway. It is a 54 km ride with scenic views of the rugged landscape, paddy lands and farmhouses following the flow of the Paro and Thimphu rivers. Your first stop, 10 kms out of Paro, is to view the magnificent Tachocho Lhakhang, the hereditary place of worship for Bhutan’s Iron Bridge Builder. Ride further to reach Chuzom where the Paro Chu (river) meets the Wang Chu. From here you turn left to enter Thimphu valley riding up a gradient and then a climb and then a gentle descent. This pattern repeats all the way to the capital. You can stop along the way to sample fruits sold in the highway stalls. Your pedal tour in Thimphu will be combined with visits to the National Memorial Chorten, a stupa dedicated to world peace and prosperity, built in 1974 in memory of the Third King of Bhutan; the National Library; the National Institute of Zorig Chusum where students train in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts and Folk Heritage Museum which will provide insight into Bhutan’s rural past.

After lunch visits include Changangkha Lhakhang, a fortress like temple, which lies perched on a ridge above Thimphu; Takin Preserve; the 138.6-foot-high Sakyamuni Buddha statue on the southern end of the valley. Bike further towards Sangaygang and visit a nunnery temple. The last stop is Tashichho Dzong or “the fortress of the glorious religion”. We drive to this location. The 17th century fort houses the central administration offices and the throne room of His Majesty the King of Bhutan. Overnight stay in hotel, Thimphu.

DAY 3: BIKING FORM THIMPHU – PUNAKHA APPROX. 77KM/3HRS
Today you ride to the fertile valley of Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan going over the Dochu La pass (3050meters). The ride from Thimphu valley ascends up to Dochula Pass (19 kms) can take more than an hour. Rest at Dochula and take in the panoramic views of the eastern Himalayan ranges and the 108 stupas built by the eldest queen mother. From its winding trail downhill that passes through forests of oak, fir, spurs, and rhododendron. Stop at Sepsokha village and visit the temple of fertility “Chimi Lhakhang” which is located atop hill. Overnight stay in hotel, Punakha.

DAY 4: MOUNTAIN BIKING TOUR IN PUNKHA. Start biking to the majestic Punakha Dzong, which was built in 1637, and stands majestically at the junction of two rivers, Pho Chu and Mo Chu. It is the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan and the winter residence central monk body. Enjoy the afternoon biking off road for about 3 hours along the Pho Chu River. You can also visit farm houses and walk along rice fields. Overnight stay in hotel, Punakha.

DAY 5: PUNAKHA – PARO
Early morning drive back to Paro or ride the journey with a designated stop at Dochula pass to rest and stretch out. If you reach Paro early, you can visit the national museum housed in a 17th century watch tower and the Rinpung Dzong which serves as the district administrative centre. Overnight stay in hotel, Paro.

DAY 6: HIKE TO TIGER’S NEST
After breakfast bike 10kms north through the beautiful Paro Valley to the starting point of the hike to Taktsang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest The hike, which is all the way uphill, takes about 2 hours at moderate pass. It passes through pine forests laden with Spanish moss, an indication of the pure atmosphere of the area. The monastery clings to a huge granite cliff 900 meters above the valley floor. It is believed that the great saint, Padmasambhava, came here on a flying tigress and meditated in a cave in Taktshang in the eighth century. In the afternoon ride further north to Drukgyel Dzong, the fort that defended the Paro valley from the Tibetan invasions in the early 17th century. Then ride back to Paro town to visit the auspicious Kyichu Lhakhang the sacred monastery built in the 7th century. Later evening have leisure time in beautiful town of Paro for Bhutanese handy craft shopping and visit Traditional Farm House to experience Bhutanese Hospitality and enjoy Authentic Bhutanese cuisine with the family members. Overnight stay in hotel, Paro.

DAY 7: DEPARTURE after breakfast our Representative will drop you to the Paro International Airport for your onward journey.

All night stay at 3 star hotel
All transportation throughout the tour
All meals (B/L/D) throughout the tour
All entry fees to dzongs and museums
Complimentary mineral water bottle
Well experienced guide service
Airport pick & drop
Government royalty
Doctor consultancy only

Airfare cost
Upgrade to 4 & 5 star hotels
Upgrade to specific language guide
Personal purchases & expenses
Extra cost due to natural calamities
Extra cost due to delays
Travel insurance
Bellboy services