Before the early 1960s the only means of travel within Bhutan was on foot or horseback. Things have changed now and cycling is becoming more and more popular. Even the royal family are keen cyclists and it’s not unusual to find the fourth king riding his bike around the hills of Thimphu.
This is a relaxed pace cycling tour which has a back up vehicle on hand everyday, so you can enjoy the riding safe in the knowledge you can always get a lift if you fancy a rest. Our route takes us from Paro all the way across to the remote region of Bumthang.
On the way we will visit Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, Punkaha, Gangtey and Jakar. These towns and cities all have their own unique charm and warmth about them. This is a tremendously varied route on which we will see the high peaks of the eastern Himalaya, conquer a challenging pass, enjoy hours of freewheeling downhill, cycle over ancient bridges, through virgin forests and along ridges. You will visit remote valleys, villages, hill top Dzongs, and atmospheric Monasteries. This route combines excellent cycling with the culture, people and places of the ‘Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon’ with all the sights and sounds that travelling by bike allows.
Besides the stunning natural scenery, the enduring image of Bhutan for most visitors is the strong sense of culture and tradition that binds the kingdom and clearly distinguishes it from its larger neighbours. Take a ride in this mystical kingdom that exists almost as an enigma due to its policy of restricting visitor numbers and protecting its culture.
We won't lie, this will be a challenging ride with plenty of long mountain climbs and hairy descents and you'll be riding at altitude. But the rewards for this are beyond belief.