Cross Country Mountain Biking

Tour Summary

Cross Country Mountain Biking 20 days is truly an extraordinarily challenging as you bike from Western Bhutan to Far Eastern Bhutan. The itinerary depicts that you ride one way and drive back to Paro but you have the option to do all the way from Paro to Samdrup Jongkhar the far South-Eastern District and exit to India and fly out from Guwahati Airport, choice is yours to do either way.

It is a special biking trip mainly designed for Experienced Biking Enthusiast but can be arranged for First or Amateur rider as well and also we can either shorten the trip based on your holiday, just feel free to let us know. You can do half day biking and the rest in car, we are flexible. Cross Country Mountain Biking 20 Days received great feedback from our past and continuing guests who comes back to challenge time and again. We hope and look forward that you will be one of them!

In order for us to organize this trip we need more then 2 person in a group. You can catch Drukair, Royal Bhutan Airlines, National Flag Carrier flight from Bangkok, Kathmandu, New Delhi, Kolkata, Dhaka & Singapore.

 

Tour Facts

Duration: 19 Night 20 Days

Difficulty Level: Easy – Medium – Hard – Challenging – Toughest

Advice: One needs to be experienced on bikes and Mountains

Attractions:  Experiencing true nature, air, atmosphere, vegetation, flora and fauna and feels like Bhutanese at the end of Bhutan. Anticipate rough terrain, steep slopes, tongs of potholes etc. Its truly a real tour of Bhutan.

Season: Spring – Summer and Autumn.


OUTLINE ITINERARY

Day Day to Day Trip Schedule
Day 1 Arrive Paro Hotel
Day 2 Bike to Thimphu Hotel
Day 3 Thimphu Hotel
Day 4 Bike to Punakha Hotel
Day 5 Bike to Wangdue Hotel
Day 6 Bike to Gangtey / Phobjikha Valley Camp
Day 7 Bike to Trongsa Hotel
Day 8 Bike to Bumthang Hotel
Day 9 Bumthang Hotel
Day 10 Bike to Ura Hotel
Day 11 Bike to Limithang Hotel
Day 12 Bike to Mongar Hotel
Day 13 Bike to Gomkora Hotel
Day 14 Bike to Trashiyangtse Hotel
Day 15 Bike to Trashigang Hotel
Day 16 Drive to Mongar
Day 17 Drive to Bumthang Hotel
Day 18 Drive to Thimphu Hotel
Day 19 Drive to Paro Day Hike to Taktsang or Haa Valley Hotel
Day 20 Depart Bhutan

Travel during Off Season: Jun-Jul-Aug

Couple or Two Person Traveler – Free Independent Traveler (FIT) : US$ 4030 per person
Group of 3 & More : US$ 3460 per person

Travel during Peak Season: Mar-Apr-May-Sept-Oct-Nov

Couple or Two Person – Free Independent Traveler (FIT): US$ 4885 per person
Group of 3 or More: US$ 4315

The Above Price includes following services;

  • Bhutan Visa
  • All Permits – Museum Fees
  • Standard Room in 3 Star Hotels – Upgrade to 4 & 5 Star can be arranged on Additional Cost.
  • Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner with Evening Tea
  • Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) Licensed Professional Driver
  • SUV for FIT & Toyota Van from 3 – 8 Pax & Toyota Coaster Coach from 8 – 20 Pax
  • Decade old TCB Licensed Tour Guide
  • All Sightseeing with Walks and Hikes
  • Bottled Mineral Water

Not included:

  • Round Trip Air Tickets
  • International Travel Insurance
  • Alcohol & Beverages
  • Entertainment Cost – Pub & Nightclubs
  • Tips for Tour Guide, Driver and Hotel Staffs
  • Donations to Monasteries and Temples
  • Payment Wiring Fee of USD 50
  • Bike Rentals and Repairs

Day 1: Arrive Paro
The flight to Paro offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas. On the arrival at Paro International Airport, Collect your baggage and meet with your tour guide who will accompany you for the rest of your biking tour. The elevation of Paro is at 2250 Mts. and check in the hotel. In the evening, your guide will brief you about the weather, clothing and the route of Cross Country Mountain Biking 20 Days. In the evening meet for dinner.Overnight Hotel in Paro


Day 2: Paro — Thimphu (56 Kms: 4 Hrs)
After breakfast, handover all the baggage to the Tour guide and the drive. The van will drive slowly ahead of you till Paro town. The guide will instruct you the way to Drugyal Dzong, which is 16 Kms away and you can ride on your own. The van will follow you and on reaching Drugyal Dzong, visit the ruins of the fortress that played a very important role in defending the valley from Tibetan Invasion. The van will drive ahead of you and stop at Satsam Chorten to show you the view of the famous pilgrim spot Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) temple. Then the van will drive ahead of you and stop just before the town to divert the bikers to the National Museum. Visit the National Museum located on a promontory overlooking the valley. Visit the Paro Ringpung Dzong.

After Lunch, start your Cross Country Mountain Biking 20 Days to Thimphu “The Capital City of Bhutan”? passing through the confluence of Paro and Thimphu River. The road offers good view of many hamlets and terrace farming. The route follows the valley of Thimphu river through an arid landscape. The ride would take about three hours and on reaching Thimphu. Overnight hotel in Thimphu


Day 3: Thimphu — Thimphu
After breakfast, ride towards Tango and Cheri Monastery. Cross Country Mountain Biking 20 Days After Lunch, ride to Memorial Chorten built in Memory of the late king. Then ride up the valley to Taking Sactuary to see the Takin (national animal) and to the viewpoint of Thimphu to enjoy the view of Thimphu city. On the way, back to the town, visit the Zilukha Nunnery, Folk Heritage Museum and Textile museum. In the evening, explore the Thimphu city on your own. Overnight Hotel in Thimphu


Day 4: Thimphu — Punakha (77 Kms: 4.5 Hrs)
After breakfast, the van will ride ahead till Simtokha (8 Kms away) and divert all the bikers to Dochula pass at an altitude of 3,050 Mts. Since there is no diversion in the road the van will follow. Stop for a tea break at the Dochula pass from where you can see the whole range of eastern Himalayas if the sky is clear. Cross Country Mountain Biking 20 Days Then descend to Mitsena where the van will divert you to Punakha (1350 Mts.). Punakha is about 12 Kms from this place at the altitude of 1,250 Mts. so in about 3.1/2 hrs biking the total distance from Dochula to Punakha is about 1,800 Mts. In Punakha check in the hotel and if time permits, visit the newly established Khuruthang Town. Overnight Hotel in Punakha


Day 5: Punakha — Wangdue Phodrang (23 Kms: 1.5 hrs)
After breakfast ride to Punakha Dzong built in 17th Century and visit the Punakha Dzong. Ride further to Kabisa and get a view of the Khamsung Yuelley Namgyal Supta and ride back to Hotel for lunch. Cross Country Mountain Biking 20 Days After Lunch, ride to Wangdue and if you wish, hike to Chime Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to the famous divine madman. Visit Wangdue Phodrang Dzong. Overnight Hotel in Wangdue Phodrang


Day 6: Wangdue — Gangtey (63 Kms: 4.5 hrs)
After Breakfast, biking to Gangtey gaining altitude of about 1,800 Mts. afternoon excursion to Phobjikha valley which is a designated conservation area and famous for black-nacked cranes. Overnight Hotel in Gangtey


Day 7: Gangtey — Trongsa (61Kms: 6 hrs)
After Breakfast, proceed to Central Bhutanese town of Trongsa crossing Pelela pass (3300 Mts.) climb. The van will wait at Nobding and then follow the bikers in the descend till Chendebji 2,400 Mts. (27 Kms: 1.1/2 hrs). After a short rest at Chendebji, ride to Trongsa, 2200 Mts. (41 Kms: 2hrs). Overnight Hotel in Trongsa


Day 8: Tronga — Bumthang (68Kms: 4.5Hrs)
After breakfast, visit Trongsa Dzong and Ta Dzong. Ride to Bumthang which is 68 Kms away. The road ascends all the way up to the Yutongla pass (3400 Mts.) and then descends till Chume Valley at an altitude of 2600 Mts. Cross Country Mountain Biking 20 Days In Chumme, visit the Yatha weaving center and then the road again ascends to Kikila pass at an altitude of 2,740 Mts. Then the road descends till the Bumthang town. Overnight Hotel in Bumthang


Day 9: Bumthang Sightseeing and Ride
Today you can visit all the pilgrim places on bikes and have a leisurely biking in the beautiful valley of Bumthang valley. The van will drive ahead of all the bikers. Visit Tamshing Lhakhang, Jakar Dzong, Kurjey and Jambay Lhakhang. For those who wants to bike on their own, they are free to do so or rest in the hotel and explore the town. Overnight Hotel in Bumthang


Day 10: Bumthang — Ura (61Kms: 4Hrs)
After Breakfast, ride to Ura (Camping site is about 60 Kms) 4hrs. Enroute cross 3,300 Mts. High Shertangla pass and then decend to Ura village situated at the altitude of 3,000 Mts. Later explore pleasant Ura Village. Overnight in Ura.


Day 11: Ura — Limithang (81Km: 6hrs)
Proceed to Limithang crossing 3,750 Mts high Thrunshingla pass, the highest point during this trip. From Thrunshingla it is all the way downhill (About 700 Mts) decent till the camp at Limithang. Overnight camp in Limithang


Day 12: Limithang — Mongar (28Kms: 1.5Hrs)
It is one of the shortest trips. Ride about 1,400 Mts. Evening visit Mongar Dzong and local market. Overnight Hotel in Mongar


Day 13: Mongar — Gom Kora (81Kms: 5.5 hrs)
After breakfast, proceed to Gom Kora. The Kori la pass Enroute is at 2,450 Mts. The road later descends rapidly till Sheri Chuu. Overnight in Gom Kora.


Day 14: Gom Kora — Trashi Yangtse (64Kms — 5.5hrs)
After breakfast, ride to Trashi Yangtse. The road reaches to Doksum after 2 Kms from Gom Kora, a village where two valleys meet. Cross Country Mountain Biking 20 Days This place is also known for its weaving. Later arrive at Tashi Yangtse Dzong, situated at altitude of 1,850 Mts. Heading further northwards in the gorge for about 4 Kms, the rout leads to gigantic Chorten Kora, the stupa built in Nepalese style of architecture. Overnight in Tashi Yangtse


Day 15: Trashi Yangse — Trashigang (65Kms: 5 hrs)
After breakfast, biking to Trashigang. The trail is gradually up and down till 55Kms and later about 10kms upwards the Trashigang. Cross Country Mountain Biking 20 Days Evening explore the town area, which is the biggest urban centre in Bhutan after Thimphu. Overnight Hotel in Trashigang


Day 16: Trashigang — Mongar (90 Kms: 3Hrs by Car)
After breakfast drive back to Mongar. Afternoon Mongar town sightseeing
Overnight Hotel in Mongar


Day 17: Mongar — Bumthang (197Kms: 7 Hrs by Car)
After Breakfast, drive back to Bumthang. Evening visit Yatha weaving centre and local market. Overnight Hotel in Bumthang


Day 18: Bumthang — Thimphu (266 Kms: 8hrs by Car)
After breakfast, drive back to Thimphu Enroute visiting village house and mingling with local people. Lunch in Wnagdue Phodrang which is known for its Majestic Dzong and its bamboo products, slate and stone carving. After lunch continue drive back to Thimphu. Overnight Hotel in Thimphu


Day 19: Thimphu — Paro (56Kms: 2Hrs by Car)
After breakfast, drive back to Paro. Excursion to remote beautiful Haa Valley
Overnight Hotel in Paro.


Day 20: Drive to Airport and board flight fro departure.
Wishing you safe journey and Thank you for visiting Bhutan with us