Across Bhutan biking, 14 days

  • 600 km in most rugged terrain in earth
  • Beautiful and pristine landscape
  • Demanding ascends, long descends
  • Limited road traffic
  • Accompanying support vehicle
  • Accommodation in hotels on all places
  • Rafting on Po chhu river in Punakha
US$ 2390 / person ?
# Itinerary Program
1 Arrival to Paro Arrival and accommodation in the hotel. If time permits you can test a bike and make ride around the valley.
2 Paro Ride 30 km, ➚450 m, ➘400 m + 5 hours hike. Today we will ride to the castle ruins of Drukyel dzong. We will visit ancient Kyichu lhakhang temple on the way. After picnic lunch we will make a great hike to ubiquitous Tiger's Nest monastery overlooking the valley from hight cliff. Hike takes from 4 to 5 hours and it's one of the trip's highlights.
3 Paro - Thimphu Ride 75 km, ➚400 m, ➘250 m. Morning ride to Thimphu. See the ancient suspension bridge made of iron chains on the way. Afternoon sightseeing in the town and evening in leisure exploring the town's busy life.
4 Thimphu - Punakha Ride 70 km, ➚700 m, ➘1.800 m. After morning sightseeing we will start to Dochu-la pass (3.015 m). Great views of Himalayas in clear weather are stunning. Then we have a long descend to tropical Wangdue and Punakha valleys through mixed quickly changing forest. After reaching Lobesa (1.300 m) we will ride to Chimmi lhakhang, temple famously dedicated to saint who professed religion through drinking, singing and rampant sexual behaviour. Accommodation in hotel and rest.
5 Punakha - Wangdue Ride 45 km, ➚200 m, ➘200 m. At the morning we will ride along Punakha dzong below the Khamsum lhakhang. Here we will leave a bikes for while and we will hike up to this temple overlooking beautiful valley. After descend we will jump to raft for 1 hour cruise to Punakha dzong. From here, once again, we will again take the bikes, and after crossing the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan, we will soon reach Wangdue.
6 Wangdue - Phobjika Ride 70 km, ➚1.200 m, ➘400 m. Today we will get back to high altitude, to Phobjika valley in Black mountains. The road ascend gradually in many turns with beautiful views. Finally we will reach to the pass in 3.350 meters and will descend to pristine glacial valley. Evening visit to local farmhouse and option to try hot stone bath.
7 Phobjika - Trongsa Ride 80 km, ➚700 m, ➘1.500 m. From hotel we will ride through the beautiful valley, over the marshland and through the forest until we climb to Gangtey village dominated by beautiful monastery. From there we will continue back to the pass and down back to main highway. After short climb we will reach Pele-la pass (3.400 m). From here we will be mostly going down. We will make short stop to see Chendebji stupa and enjoy the viewpoint of monumental Trongsa dzong. Reaching Trongsa at the evening.
8 Trongsa - Jakar Ride 70 km, ➚1.450 m, ➘800 m. At the morning we will visit to monumental Trongsa dzong and optionally to interesting museum in watchtower. Then we have to climb twelve hundred meters up to Youtung-la pass (3.350 m). Then we will gradually descent to picturesque Chummey valley. Jakar town is just after crossing another pass (Kiki-la, 2.850 m).
9 Jakar Today we can take a rest from the bikes and see around the valley dubbed as "historical heart of Bhutan". We shall visit the castle, Jakar dzong, ancient Jambey lhakhang and beautiful temple complex of Kurjey. In  Tamshing lhakhang temple, we have opportunity to wash away all our sins... We will also visit Red Panda brewery to taste it's "weiss bier". If you want to do biking anyway, there are interesting options north to Jakar, to remote village of Thangbi (40 km round trip) or Dur (30 km round trip).
10 Jakar - Ura Ride 75 km, ➚1.400 m, ➘700 m. After one day rest it's time to continue eastwards to Ura village. We will make detour to Tang valley, where we can visit interesting Ugyen choling museum. Omitting this part will curtail the trip by about 30 km. After lunch we will continue up to the Shertung-la pass (3.590 m). Ascend is slow and scenic with great views of Black mountains to the west. In good weather you have a chance to see highest mountain of Bhutan, Gangkhar Puensum (7,570 m) on the nort. After reaching pass, you can either have long gradual and scenic ride to village on the paved road or try the narrow direct and steep shortcut, if you've guts for that. Today accommodation will be very simple as there are no 3* hotels in Ura.
11 Ura - Mongar Ride 110 km, ➚2.100 m, ➘3.600 m. This is most strenuous day with lot's of major up and downs but it's also one of the most beautiful rides you can experience with great views of landscape with castle ruins and waterfalls. Luckily, once you get too tired, you can resort to car. We will be crossing Thrumshing-la pass (3.750 m), the second highest motorable pass Bhutan. After another summit, we there will be very long descend to valley, just 600 m deep. Another steep climb will get us to Mongar, our today's destination.
12 Mongar - Trashigang Ride 75 km, ➚1.700 m, ➘1.600 m. Another day with extreme elevation gains and losses. After leaving Mongar, we will gradually ascend to Kori-la pass (2.400 m). The forest around is habitat of hornbills so watch carefully. After short descend and another brief hike, we will start gradual and long ascending to to Dangme chu valley (700 m). Now you will up and down through the valley after final climb to Trashigang (1.000 m).

Trashigang - Khaling - Samdrup Jongkhar

Ride 55 km, ➚1.400 m, ➘500 m. This is the last day of our stay in Bhutan and that would be rather easier one. We would start climbing to higher elevations again passing around Sherubtse university, the advanced education institution in Bhutan. From here we will descend to Khaling where we will have a lunch. We will also visit  National Handloom Development Project, which maintains rich tradition of local weaving. If you really like, it's still possible to continue cycling some more but mind that to our today's destination it's still another 125 km up and down, so better to go by car. On the way we will stop at Hindu shrine Krishnagiri where you can be blessed by Hindu holy man to get good luck on your onward journey. Reaching lowlands of Samdup Jongkhar in the evening.
14 Departure to Guwahati Crossing the border to India in the morning and onward drive to Assam's capital Guwahati.
Tour variants, extensions and combinations: 
  • Side trip tu Lhuentse (+1 day): While staying in Mongar, it makes good idea to make round trip to beautiful mountain valley of Lhuentse (one way 50 km, ➚1.200, ➘700 m). Back from Lhuentse to Mongar, you can take a car or other way around.
  • Side trip to Trashi Yangtse (+1 day): Trashi Yangtse district is famous for it's scenic castle and large Nepali styled stupa. It's just very nearby to border of Tibet. One way trip from Trashingang is 50 km, ➚1.300, ➘400 m. You can also take a car to there, and go back to Trashigang mostly downward.
  • Haa valley overnight (+1 day): Instead of going to Thimphu second day, you can make a diversion to Haa valley over the Chele-la pass (3.850 m), which is highest motorable pass in Bhutan. See day 3 and 4 in Western Bhutan Cycle Trip.
  • Gasa hotsprings (+1 day): Extending the trip by 1 day from Punakha is very nice experience. Newly build road leads to Gasa dzong, the mighty monastery fortress on the foothill of the mountains. The hot springs below are great place to hangout at the evening. See day 4 and 5 in Gasa-Gangtey Mountain Ride.