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Bhutan Ultimate Bike Adventure, 12 Days, MTB Bhutan

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What a perfect mountain biking adventure holiday, you get to ride incredible secret single trails with local mountain bike gurus while experiencing the natural and cultural beauty of Bhutan. Uncrowded, fantastic trails and amazing culture, there aren’t many destinations left where tourism hasn’t created over-crowding but Bhutan is one of them.

All about the Bhutan Ultimate Bike Adventure, 12 Days, MTB Bhutan.

Bhutan Ultimate Bike Adventure

 

Overview

    • 12 Days Days

    • Exclusive Adventure Holiday

    • Support Van, Mechanic and Equipment

    • English Speaking Guides

    • Professional Mountain Bike Guides

    • Culture, Nature and Single Trails

    • Ride to the famous Tiger’s Nest monastery

Watch This & You’ll Know Why We Love This Tour

 

Why Do We Recommend It?

A unique opportunity to ride single trails with local enthusiasts in an unspoiled setting.

An uncrowded and lesser-known destination.

Experienced and trusted local tour operator with a passion for mountain biking.

Be guided and informed by locals.

Is It Right for Me?

Of course, you should be relatively fit and experienced with mountain biking to get the most out of this tour. It’s fully supported, so you always have a mechanic and vehicle along in case needed.

If you like mountain biking and want to experience new and emerging destinations rather than popular established ones, then this is an amazing opportunity for you.

Great for all ages. Perfect for couples or small groups of friends.

What People Say About The Trip

Personally, my Bhutan trip is the best, remarkably unique and most fun. I was very much impressed and full of admiration and awe in everything I experienced, learned and saw…

Can I Go Anytime?

The tour can be customized to your needs and time frame. There is a small additional cost to make the tour private but this allows you total flexibility.

The best season is February through to June and Late September through to December.

Just get in touch with us and we’ll talk through any questions.

Itsy Bitsy Details

  • Where: Kingdon of Bhutan
  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Tour Starts: Paro, Bhutan
  • Tour Ends: Paro, Bhutan
  • Fly To: Paro International Airport, PBH
  • Fly From: Paro International Airport, PBH
  • Group Size: 1 to 12 people
  • Age: No Limit
  • Operated By: Bhutan Rides

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Bhutan Tourism Royalty/Levy ($65 per day per person)
  • Visa Fees ($40 per person)
  • All necessary permit fees
  • All transfers and sightseeing with entrance fees
  • All meals and evening tea
  • Drinking mineral water
  • All accommodations in 3 –star hotels
  • Specialized MTB guides and mechanic
  • 4 x 4 Pickup truck
  • Basic spares for bikes
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Airfares
  • Mountain bikes (to be rented separately)
  • All personal expenses like laundry, telephone, tips, shopping expenses
  • Spa Charges (except for the traditional hot-stone bath)
  • Travel and Medical insurance
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Bhutan - Arrival

    If you are arriving on a bright sunny day, your holiday begins with a panoramic view of the Himalayan range from your Drukair seat, where you’ll be greeted by Mt. Everest and Mt. Kanchenjunga, and our very own Mt. Jomolhari and Mt. Jichu Drakey. Make sure you are seated on the left side of the aisle for better views over the Himalayan ranges (ask the check-in counter).

    Upon arrival, you’ll be received by our friendly professional guide who will help you settle into your comfortable vehicle, and then proceed to the capital city Thimphu. Enroute stop to visit the Tamchog Lhakang to take a short break and marvel at Bhutan’s fresh air and rich nature. Walk over the ancient heritage iron bridge reconstructed using original chain link from the famous Tibetan bridge builder TangThong Gyalpo back in the 15th century.

    If time permits, we’ll go for a short ride on Thimphu’s favourite XC trail – the Wangditse loop.

    In the evening visit the Memorial Chorten Stupa which is a sacred shrine built in the memory of the third king of Bhutan. You will enjoy welcome dinner at the best restaurant where you can enjoy authentic Bhutanese cuisines. Tour briefing over dinner and overnight in the resort.

    Drive time 1 hour.

    Accommodation: 4-star Thimphu Tower Hotel

  2. Day 2 Best of Thimphu’s XC trails to get Acclimatized.

    Let’s prepare you for your ride in the coming days and start flexing your muscles and acclimatise to the altitude. Today we’ll explore what the capital city boasts as some of our best MTB trails in the country. Proceed to the Buddha point on a 4 km gentle climb, where the largest Buddha statue (169ft) sits overlooking the Thimphu city. Take a short diversion on an MTB trail to the viewpoint to ride in the capital’s favourite MTB trails called the KC Trail that extends for 6 km and exits in Motithang.

    After a picnic lunch, we’ll hit the hills up to the Takin Reserve centre to see the national animal first. Then continue to the Radio tower from where the Wangditse MTB single-track trail starts. The loop is about 6 km. Ascend to 300m into blue pine forests and then descend to Wangditse temple that is currently being renovated. Continue to ride down to Pamtsho village. The entire ride is on fantastic singletrack punctuated with great views over the capital city. You may also likely come across some of our local MTB riders on this popular trail.

    After evening tea, ride north to the valley to Kabisa village to ride on the cross-country trail till Begana village and return to Thimphu.

    Visit the Folk Heritage-a three stored, 19-century traditional Bhutanese farmhouse which provides a glimpse of Bhutanese lifestyle, and artefacts from the rural households. One can come across typical households objects, religious tools and equipment…

     

    Stroll around the city and enjoy a nice dinner at one of the best restaurants in the capital city. Your time in Bhutan is not just about riding, but also to enjoy some very good craft beers. We’ll go to one of our favourite bars called Mojo Park where young musicians will be belting out covers and originals. It would be interesting to see a bit of Bhutan’s urban culture! If anyone of you has a penchant for music, you might as well hit the stage too!

    Ride time 6-7 hours/ 40 km

    Accommodation: 4-star Thimphu Tower Hotel

  3. Day 3 The Famous Thadana loop in Thimphu.

    After breakfast, shuttle the bikes to Hongtsho village and start riding on a lumberjack’s jeep track for 8 km gentle climbing through beautiful forests. The pass on the top of Thadana trail is at 3900m. From here, enjoy a long descent of 12km to Kabisa village on some of the most flowy trails we know. This ride will take a good part of the day so we’ll have our crew have pack lunch with us on a back-up vehicle. If you were fast enough, we’ll ride to Begana on a cross-country sightseeing ride and then head back towards the city.

    In the afternoon, you can visit the Trashichhodzong Fortress, the office of His Majesty the King and the Prime Minister, followed by a visit to Changangkha temple.

    Enjoy a fabulous dinner at Thimphu’s most popular fusion restaurant that is famous for both motorcycle and mountain bike riders. Our good friend and owner of the restaurant is a very friendly person and will definitely add a personal touch to your meal.

    6-8 hours, 40 km ride.

    Accommodation: 4-star Thimphu Tower Hotel

  4. Day 4 Thimphu to Punakha.

    Ride to Chamgang valley for 12 km and once you reach the ridge, we’ll enjoy a wild and abandoned freeride track called the Madman trail. This trail descends from 3500m to 1200m all the way down to Wangdue valley for more than 25km, thus making it one of the longest freeride trails in the country.

     

    Once in Lobesa visit the popular temples of Bhutan to pay your respects to one of Bhutan’s most charming and eccentric historic figures nicknamed ‘The Divine Madman’ at the Chhimi Lhakhang – also called the fertility monastery – our guide will explain the entire story about it. Going to the temple involves a short nice ride through a beautiful village surrounded by paddy fields.

     

    Ride time 6-7 hours, 60 km ride

    Accommodation: Meriphuenshum Resort or Hotel Lobesa (3-star)

  5. Day 5 Punakha Sightseeing and Cross-country ride.

    In the morning, we’ll explore the town a bit and ride the Tshotsacha trail and the Punakha cross-country trail including the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan. Continue to ride to Punakha Dzong, a massive structure built at the junction of two rivers is considered as the most beautiful fortress in Bhutan. It was the capital of Bhutan until 1955 and still serves as the winter residence of the monk body. After visiting the fortress we’ll have a picnic lunch at Zomlingthang and then ride on our personal favourite – the Sewla trail which is just pure ecstasy.

     

    Ride time 6-7 hours, 50-60 km

    Accommodation: Meriphuenshum Resort, Hotel Lobesa (3-star)

  6. Day 6 Punakha to Phobjikha valley rides

    After breakfast, we’ll load the bikes on the pick-up truck and drive to Phobjikha valley. Once we reach the pass before entering Phobjikha valley, we’ll unmount the bikes and start riding down to the famous Gangtey Gonpa monastery. From here, we will continue riding on a beautiful stretch of trail in cross-country style. Riders will love it here as the ride takes us on the periphery of the bowl-shaped marshland and meadows, offering spectacular views. If you are here in last autumn, winter and early spring you will see the endangered Black-necked cranes in the valley as Phobjikha is their winter home. They fly back to the Tibetan plateau once the valley warms up.

    Enjoy a nice stay at the Dewachen resort.

    Accommodation: 3-star Dewachen Resort.

  7. Day 7 Gangtey Trail to Tiki Zampa.

    After breakfast, we’ll shuttle the bikes towards Gogona village on a 15 km drive on jeep tracks. Once we reach Hele la pass at 3450m, we’ll start riding the bikes on the beautiful meadows descending down to Gogona village at 3100m where we’ll have lunch. After lunch, the ride involves a short climb to reach the pass at 3410m and from here we’ll enjoy a proper downhill ride on awesome singletrack trails till we reach Chorten Karpo at 2720m. Continue descending down on a beautiful forest rich in birds and a rapidly changing vegetation to reach Tiki Zampa.

    Proceed to the nearby Kichu Resort for some beers and a relaxing evening by the river.

    Ride 50 km

    Accommodation: 3-star Kichu Resort

  8. Day 8 Wangdue to Tseluna and Paro through Jele Dzong

    We’ll start a bit early today and drive to Dochula pass. From here we continue towards Jemina valley and drive on a jeep track to reach the ridge of Tsecluna. From here we unload the bikes and ride down to Jele Dzong, intersecting with Bhutan popular trek called Drukpath trek. From here we continue plummeting down to Paro.

     

    In the evening around 4 pm, visit Kyichu Lhakhang – believed to be the oldest Buddhist temple in Bhutan built during the 08th century. Stroll around town to observe local lifestyles.

    Accommodation: 3-star Metta Resort

  9. Day 9 Scenic ride on Chelela and other singletrack trails in Paro.

    After breakfast, we’ll go for an easy ride. After a short climb towards Uma resort, we’ll enjoy delicious singletrack for 3 km through pine forests and exit near the airport. Go to town for lunch and shuttle the bikes to Kila Goenpa nunnery at 3800m. Since you will be shuttled and then ride mostly enduro style riding going downhill, we expect the altitude will not be a problem. You can choose to ride on jeep track for 3 km, and once we reach the temple, we’ll enjoy a long descent down to Paro valley for 15 km. This singletrack follows a loamy trail through rhododendron forests down to blue pine forests.

    After reaching the motorable road, return down towards town by crossing the suspension bridge at Lango village and ride on a farm road which passes through many small villages for an intriguing insight into rural Bhutanese life.

    Visit a farmhouse to experience life like a local. Take a herbal hot-stone bath which is known to be therapeutic and helps ailments related to joints and muscle aches, besides simply soothing your mind and body. Perfect to unwind and goes well with the Red Panda local beer. This is a complimentary value-added experience from Bhutan Travel Club without any hidden costs. Play some archery and darts and finally enjoy a nice dinner at the farmhouse.

     

    Ride time 6-7 hours, 40 km

    Accommodation: 3-star Metta Resort

  10. Day 10 Paro to Bumdra from Sangchhokhor village

    Today we’ll ride up to Bumdra campsite via Sangchhokhor Buddhist College at 2800m and then past the yak pasturelands to reach Bumdra Monastery (3,800 m). The initial one to two-hour ascent of a shady, forested ridge, brings us to a clearing with prayer flags and views of the underlying Paro valley. The trail poses a good challenge to test your climbing skills as some parts are quite steep. After a final 20-minute climb through ruins and fluttering prayer flags, we plunge back into ancient forest, and, after traversing for about 40 minutes, we come out onto a high wide meadow dotted with sacred chortens and prayer flags.

    Our home for the night is tucked away just under Bumdra Monastery (Cave of a Thousand Prayers) and offers unimpeded views of the Himalayan range. After lunch, we can visit the monastery and ride further up to the peak if you still have some gas. Return to camp and enjoy the nice camping facilities of this community-run campsite.

    Accommodation: Bumdra campsite

  11. Day 11 Bumdra to Tiger’s Nest ride – Utimate highlight

    We’ve saved the ultimate ride for the last day of your bike adventure in Bhutan. It’s a 2000 m descend on some spectacular trails. Switchbacks, off-camber, downhill, rock gardens, flowy trails, enduro style of riding – you name it and it’s all there. Moreover, the trails bring you to the famous Tiger’s Nest monastery – the ultimate highlight of Bhutan. After visiting this spectacular temple, we’ll enjoy some proper downhill type of riding to end a spectacular MTB adventure in Bhutan.

    Tonight it’s chill time with some beers and some good times together.

    Accommodation: 3-star Metta Resort

  12. Day 12 Farewell

    After breakfast at your hotel, your driver will take you to the airport. With a few thanksgivings, your guide will help you with the formalities and fare you well on your onward journey.

Tour Details

Trip Description

Bhutan’s Best Singletracks is our exclusive offering designed to give you an unparalleled all-mountain MTB adventure combined with culture, nature, its people and the Bhutanese way of life, all on the thrills of riding your mountain bike. On this tour, we invite you on a road of self-discovery as you pedal through the best-kept secret trails of Bhutan. The trip starts with an easy acclimatizing ride in the capital Thimphu valley along with some major cultural highlights. Continue to Punakha to ride the scenic valleys and proceed to Phobjikha valley to ride on some beautiful single-track. Finally, return to Paro via Jele Dzong fortress to witness Bhutan’s ultimate highlight – a ride to the famous Tiger’s Nest monastery. Every stop is laden with attractions that will enliven your senses and will leave you with an indelible feeling of having ridden through the soul of Bhutan. The tour is designed to cater to a rider with a decent level of endurance and skills, however, the trip can be customised as per the rider’s preferences. Our most valuable asset is our tour guides and our biking tour leader is one of the most experienced riders in Bhutan.

Pricing

Prices listed are for 3 or more riders based on twin sharing.

For a 2 rider small private group, a surcharge of USD 30 per day per person is applicable as per govt. visa regulations.

Additional Bike rental:

HardtailsUSD 30 per day

FullsuspensionUSD 45 per day

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll be happy to get the answers for you.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
  • Bhutan Tourism Royalty/Levy ($65 per day per person)
  • Visa Fees ($40 per person)
  • All necessary permit fees
  • All transfers and sightseeing with entrance fees
  • All meals and evening tea
  • Drinking mineral water
  • All accommodations in 3 –star hotels
  • Specialized MTB guides and mechanic
  • 4 x 4 Pickup truck
  • Basic spares for bikes
  • Airfares
  • Mountain bikes (to be rented separately)
  • All personal expenses like laundry, telephone, tips, shopping expenses
  • Spa Charges (except for the traditional hot-stone bath)
  • Travel and Medical insurance

Activity Level: Challenging Adventure Holiday

The tour is designed to cater to a rider with a decent level of endurance and skills, however, the trip can be customised as per the rider’s preferences. Our most valuable asset is our tour guides and our biking tour leader is one of the most experienced riders in Bhutan.

If you’re not sure, just contact us and we can talk it through with you.

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