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Bhutan Mountain Biking

Bhutan Mountain Biking

  • Tine Raeymaekers

    BELGIUM

    “Tsheten took us to charming places, telling about the country and its people, and wonderfully survived our never relenting stream of questions”

  • Dr. Michelle Foltz

    USA

    “Journey to Discover Bhutan, organizes specialist tours for studying Bhutan’s natural history; cultural endeavors, especially those centered on the exuberant Buddhist religious festivals”

  • Karl

    AUSTRALIA

    “Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

  • Karl

    AUSTRALIA

    “Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

  • Lukas

    “Tsheten took very good care of me and introduced me at easy pace to Bhutan culture, customs, history and people. “

OVERVIEW

Bhutan Mountain Biking

A captivating journey through the pristine landscapes of Bhutan with adventure tours that promise a unique and unforgettable experience for travelers. Nestled in the heart of the Himalayas, Bhutan offers a diverse array of adventure activities, from trekking along ancient trails with breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks to exploring dense forests teeming with wildlife.

Discover the rich cultural tapestry of this kingdom as you visit traditional monasteries, fortresses, and vibrant markets. Bhutan’s commitment to preserving its natural beauty and unique cultural heritage creates a distinctive setting for adventure seekers. Whether it’s the thrill of river rafting in the crystal-clear waters, cycling through scenic valleys, or summiting towering peaks, Bhutan invites travelers to explore its enchanting terrain with a perfect blend of adrenaline and tranquility. The warmth of the Bhutanese people and their commitment to Gross National Happiness ensure that every adventure tour in this kingdom is not just a physical journey but a soul-stirring exploration of nature, culture, and self.

07

DAYS

Get the adrenaline rush and experience the beauty of biking through a landscape where the air is naturally filtered and the highways mostly free from the mechanical inventions. Test your endurance as you pedal at a height of 3,100 meters. Ride along one of the world’s best landscapes.

WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE?

When to visit for Bhutan Luxury Tour

Bhutan experiences distinct seasons, with a monsoon season bringing heavy rainfall from June to September, nourishing the lush green landscapes. Winters, from November to February, bring cooler temperatures and occasional snowfall in higher elevations. Spring and autumn, from March to May and September to November respectively, offer pleasant weather with clear skies and blooming flora.


4-25
°C
20-50
MM
Spring
MAR – MAY
15-27
°C
90-120
MM
Monsoons
JUN – AUG
3-26
°C
0-70
MM
Autumn
SEPT – NOV
(-2)-17
°C
5-10
MM
Winter
DEC – FEB

Trip Highlights

  • Paro

    Zoom into a cluster of quaint farmhouses that embroiders the beauty of Paro Valley. Visit National Museum, 1400-year-old Kichu temple, Rinpung Fotress, The best in Paro is hike to Taktsang Monsatry, the most renowned Buddhist structure in the entire Himalaya, built on sheer cliff wall 900m above the valley. Only the sounds are murmurs of winds, waterfall, birds and the chanting of monks.
  • Thimphu

    Capture the unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient tradition in Thimphu. Visit academy of Art & Craft, World Biggest Buddha Statue, Takin Enclaves, Memorial Stupa, Textile Factory, Indigenous paper factory, Tashi Cho Dzong “ The Glorious Fort of Happiness” & weekend market to mix with locals and get a closer view of their traditions.
  • Bhutanese Culture

    Bhutanese culture, nestled in the Himalayas, welcomes travelers with a rich tapestry of tradition and spirituality. Festivals like Paro Tsechu showcase vibrant mask dances, offering insight into the country’s identity. Dzongs and traditional attire echo an ancient heritage, while warm hospitality invites cultural engagement. Bhutan’s culture, seamlessly blending with its stunning landscapes, turns every traveler’s experience into a profound journey of discovery.

Tour Includes

  • Accommodation: Luxury Hotels

  • Meal Plan: All the meals

  • Transport: Very Comfortable Transport (SUV/Mini Bus/Coaster Bus)

  • Guide: Professional English Speaking

  • Visa / Permits: Bhutan Visa & All Permits

  • Sightseeing: Extensive Sightseeing & Touring

  • Entrance fees: All Historic Monuments

  • Tax: Government Royalties And Taxes

Tour Excludes

  • Airfare

  • Laundry

  • Private Calls

  • Beverages or Drinks

  • Insurance for travel and other contingencies.

  • Bank Charges

Single room supplement charges of US $ 40 per night halt per person will apply for any single room requirement.

Download Festival Calendar

Itinerary

  • DAY 01: Arrival at Paro

    If flying in from Bangkok, one will experience breath taking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, and other Himalayan peaks including Bhutan’s sacred Mount Jumolhari and Jichu Drake.

    On arrival at the airport, representatives of Tour Company will receive and escort to Hotel. Lunch at local restaurant. Be at leisure to explore the small town of Paro, than visit the Dzong, the National museum,

    overnight at hotel.

  • DAY 02: Paro-Thimphu (65km.)

    Ride to Thimphu, this will take approximately 05 hrs depending on the level of professionalism and biking skills. The ride is all along the lined willow trees and the beautiful villages of Paro. All along you ride parallel to the river banks.

    On arrival at Thimphu you be at leisure or just explore the Thimphu city, the weekend market would be in progress where the residents of Thimphu do their weekly marketing and farmers and vendors all over the country visit this market to sell their handicrafts and farm produce.

  • DAY 03: Thimphu – Punakha (71km.)

    Do some quick sightseeing and places of interest before heading for the Dochula pass, this will take about 02-03hrs uphill, But once you reach the Pass at 3000m, views and hard work is rewarding with the Eastern Himalayan range weather permitting.

    After that it is all downhill till you reach the warm and lush valley of Punakha region. Can visit the Chimmi lhakhang/monastery of the divine mad man or the temple of fertility. Lunch at local restaurant.

    Explore the fertile and flat valley of Punakha, ride north towards the Crown Prince’s Monastery perched on a strategic location on a hill top overlooking the rich rice terraced fields. Visit the Punakha Dzong, which is located on the confluence of two rivers. This Dzong used to be the former capital of Bhutan and till date still used as the winter capital by the clergy.

  • DAY 04: Punakha – Gangtey (83km.)

    Ride to Phobjikha valley, the abode of the black necked cranes, enroute visit Wangdue Dzong, all along you ride and see the villages of Sha. The backup vehicle will always there following the cyclists and at any point of time riders get exhausted you can continue on the back up car.

  • DAY 05: Gaangtey – Paro (205km.)

    Visit the Gangtey monastery and biking toward Paro via Wangdue and Thimphu. You can bike certain stretch of the road and use the backup car to reach Paro. End of your biking tour farewell dinner. You can have a hot- stone bath at the end to relax your tired muscles!.

  • DAY 06: Paro – Taktsang monastery hike

    After breakfast drive half an hour and start hike. It takes about 5 hour round trip. Follow an ancient path marked by river powered prayer wheels to the site of the famous Tiger’s nest, the Taksang Monastery, tragically wrecked in a fire early in 1998, rebuilt, it is perched some 1000m/3,000ft up on a cliff overlooking the valley. It was said to be where the legendary Indian saint, Guru Padma Sambhava, flew from Tibet on the back of a tiger to defeat five demons, who were opposing the spread of Buddhism in Bhutan in 746 A.D.

    On the way visit the Drugyel Dzong, located 16 Km. away from the Paro town. Although in ruins, this Dzong is of great historical importance. It was here that the Bhutanese finally defeated the invading Tibetans and drove them back. From here, the peak of Chomolhari “Mountain of the Goddess” can be seen on a clear day (Alt. 7,329m/24,029ft.). Strolls through town and visit the Paro Rimpong Dzong, it was built in 1646, Kyichu Monastery the oldest in Paro valley, built in 659 A.D.

  • DAY 07: Departure

    After breakfast drive to Paro international Airport and fly out.

“The Last Shangri-la”.

DISCOVER BHUTAN

If you’re unsure or still deliberating where to travel in Bhutan, we’ll put you in touch with our Travel Specialists to offer you sound advice and an honest take on any places you might be considering for your trip.

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Through The Rivers

Through The Rivers

  • Tine Raeymaekers

    BELGIUM

    “Tsheten took us to charming places, telling about the country and its people, and wonderfully survived our never relenting stream of questions”

  • Dr. Michelle Foltz

    USA

    “Journey to Discover Bhutan, organizes specialist tours for studying Bhutan’s natural history; cultural endeavors, especially those centered on the exuberant Buddhist religious festivals”

  • Karl

    AUSTRALIA

    “Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

  • Karl

    AUSTRALIA

    “Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

  • Lukas

    “Tsheten took very good care of me and introduced me at easy pace to Bhutan culture, customs, history and people. “

OVERVIEW

Through The Rivers

A captivating journey through the pristine landscapes of Bhutan with adventure tours that promise a unique and unforgettable experience for travelers. Nestled in the heart of the Himalayas, Bhutan offers a diverse array of adventure activities, from trekking along ancient trails with breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks to exploring dense forests teeming with wildlife.

Discover the rich cultural tapestry of this kingdom as you visit traditional monasteries, fortresses, and vibrant markets. Bhutan’s commitment to preserving its natural beauty and unique cultural heritage creates a distinctive setting for adventure seekers. Whether it’s the thrill of river rafting in the crystal-clear waters, cycling through scenic valleys, or summiting towering peaks, Bhutan invites travelers to explore its enchanting terrain with a perfect blend of adrenaline and tranquility. The warmth of the Bhutanese people and their commitment to Gross National Happiness ensure that every adventure tour in this kingdom is not just a physical journey but a soul-stirring exploration of nature, culture, and self.

07

DAYS

Experience the fascination of getting into the Himalayan Kingdom’s clean and pristine rivers, which can sometimes be rough. Feel the energy of the glacial formed rivers as you raft and kayak along and against the currents of some of the world’s least explored rivers.

WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE?

When to visit for Bhutan Luxury Tour

Bhutan experiences distinct seasons, with a monsoon season bringing heavy rainfall from June to September, nourishing the lush green landscapes. Winters, from November to February, bring cooler temperatures and occasional snowfall in higher elevations. Spring and autumn, from March to May and September to November respectively, offer pleasant weather with clear skies and blooming flora.


4-25
°C
20-50
MM
Spring
MAR – MAY
15-27
°C
90-120
MM
Monsoons
JUN – AUG
3-26
°C
0-70
MM
Autumn
SEPT – NOV
(-2)-17
°C
5-10
MM
Winter
DEC – FEB

Trip Highlights

  • Paro Chu (River) Excursion

    Embark on an enchanting journey along Bhutan’s Paro Chu River for a captivating blend of adventure and cultural exploration. Meandering through the picturesque Paro Valley, this excursion offers panoramic views of lush landscapes, terraced fields, and ancient monasteries. The gentle rapids provide a thrilling experience, while encounters with locals add an authentic touch. Ideal for both thrill-seekers and nature enthusiasts, the Paro Chu River Excursion promises a harmonious fusion of adrenaline and cultural immersion in the heart of the Himalayas.
  • Paro

    Zoom into a cluster of quaint farmhouses that embroiders the beauty of Paro Valley. Visit National Museum, 1400-year-old Kichu temple, Rinpung Fotress, The best in Paro is hike to Taktsang Monsatry, the most renowned Buddhist structure in the entire Himalaya, built on sheer cliff wall 900m above the valley. Only the sounds are murmurs of winds, waterfall, birds and the chanting of monks.
  • Thimphu

    Capture the unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient tradition in Thimphu. Visit academy of Art & Craft, World Biggest Buddha Statue, Takin Enclaves, Memorial Stupa, Textile Factory, Indigenous paper factory, Tashi Cho Dzong “ The Glorious Fort of Happiness” & weekend market to mix with locals and get a closer view of their traditions.

Tour Includes

  • Accommodation: Luxury Hotels

  • Meal Plan: All the meals

  • Transport: Very Comfortable Transport (SUV/Mini Bus/Coaster Bus)

  • Guide: Professional English Speaking

  • Visa / Permits: Bhutan Visa & All Permits

  • Sightseeing: Extensive Sightseeing & Touring

  • Entrance fees: All Historic Monuments

  • Tax: Government Royalties And Taxes

Tour Excludes

  • Airfare

  • Laundry

  • Private Calls

  • Beverages or Drinks

  • Insurance for travel and other contingencies.

  • Bank Charges

Single room supplement charges of US $ 40 per night halt per person will apply for any single room requirement.

Download Festival Calendar

Itinerary

  • DAY 01: Arrival at Paro

    In one of the best flights you would have experienced, you will see the spectacular beauties of the Himalayan ranges such as, Mt Everest, Jomolhari, Jitchu Drake and others as you fly to Paro. The landing is a thrill. At the airport our representative will meet you and escort you to the hotel. After a brief rest, you will visit places of historic importance in Paro, such as the National Museum, Paro Rinpong Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang and the Drugyel Dzong (Castle of the Victorious Drukpa).

    There will be a picnic lunch and then we begin the expedition to one of Bhutan’s most revered places, Paro Taktshang (Tiger’s Lair), which is built on a hair raising ravine perched on a hill (1000m) overlooking the valley. It is said that the great Indian Saint of the 8th century, Guru Padma Sambhava came flying on a tigress to subdue evils who were obstructing the spread of Buddhism and in one of the caves within the temple accomplished the task. The trek is a five hour hike (round trip).

    Night halt in hotel at Paro.

  • DAY 02: Paro Chhu (River) Excursion

    • (Bondey-Isuna Bridge)
    • Location: Paro Valley, Western Bhutan
    • Length: Approximately 10 km (3 hours)
    • Difficulty: Class III-IV
    • Flow: About 500 cfs
    • Season: March – April
    • Craft: Kayaks recommended due to narrow and steep rapids

    After breakfast, we begin exploring the beauty and challenge of traversing through Bhutan’s sublime waters. We take a short drive to Bondey and start kayaking from there.

    It will be a beautiful experience negotiating along the Paro river till Isuna, a small settlement on the way to Thimphu. Taking about three hours, the flow is not very swift. We exit at Isuna, where we will have our lunch.

    Lower Paro Chhu (Isuna Bridge – Chhuzom)

    • Location: Paro Valley, Western Bhutan
    • Length: 7 km (1 hour)
    • Difficulty: Class II – III, with one V
    • Flow: Approximately 500 cfs
    • Season: March-April
    • Craft: Kayaks (too small for rafts)

    This is the second part of the Paro river excursion and is just an-hour adventure along a valley flanked by steep ridges on the one side and the Paro-Thimphu highway on the other.

    We stop at Chhunzom, the confluence of the Paro and Wangchu rivers.

    Wang Chhu – Upper Run (Chhuzom Confluence – Lower Tam Chhu, Dobji Dzong)

    • Location: Thimphu/Paro/Phuentsholing Highway, Western Bhutan
    • Length: Approximately 4 km (2 hours)
    • Difficulty: Class IV, one class V
    • Flow: 800 -1000 cfs
    • Season: March – April, November – December (Caution: a high water in this section is extremely dangerous. Not recommended for amateurs)
    • Craft: Only Kayak

    Wang Chhu – Lower Run (Tam Chhu – 4 km Downstream)

    • Location: Thimphu/Paro/Phuentsholing Highway, Western Bhutan
    • Length: 4 km (1 hour)
    • Difficulty: Class III
    • Flow: 800 -1000 cfs
    • Season: March – April, November – December (Tips: a high water run is possible with good scouting)
    • Craft: Kayaks, Rafts

    In what would be the third part of our first day kayaking, we continue downstream from Chhunzom till Tam Chhu. The water is swift here and the adventure is recommended only for experts. After approximately two hours we arrive at Tam Chhu and then begin the second part of the excursion downstream, which would take us an hour. We could try trout fishing here. We then move to Thimphu.

    Night halt at Thimphu.

  • DAY 03: Glimpse of Thimphu

    Bhutan’s capital and most modern city is home to some of the country’s most significant and historical icons. We begin the day by visiting the memorial chorten (stupa), one of Bhutan’s most beautiful stupas of the Nygmipa sect, built in memory of the Father of Modern Bhutan, Late Third King, Jigmi Dorji Wangchuck. From there we will drive to Buddha Point, where the world’s largest Buddha statue stands, overlooking Thimphu valley. The next destination will be the 12th century Changangkha Lhakhang (monastery) and then the Takin Zoo. We will also visit a nunnery, Sangaygang(which offers a panaromic view of Thimphu) and the Textile museum.

    After lunch at a hotel, we will visit the grand TashiChho Dzong (Fortress), which houses the King’s office, Throne Room and some ministries. It is also the summer residence of the Chief Abbot (Je Khenpo) and the central Monk body. We then proceed to visit the Parliament of Bhutan.

    Night halt in Thimphu.

  • DAY 04: Thimphu – Punakha / Wangduephodrang

    It is a three to four hour journey through beautiful landscape comprising of rhododendron bushes, meadows, water falls and changing vegetation.

    Forty five minutes from Thimphu, we arrive at Dochula pass (3100m), which offers the first glimpse of the eastern Himalayan Ranges, consisting of snow-capped peaks, with heights ranging from 6,000m-7,554m. Dochula is also a centre of diverse flora and fauna. Additionally, the 108 stupas, build around a mound makes the pass a beauty.

    From Dochula, the road descends all the way to Punakha valley. Before reaching Punakha, we will see the ruins of Wangduephodrang Dzong (Fortress), which was razed by a tragic fire in 2012.

    Next, we hike (1 hour round trip) to Chimi Lhakhang, a 15th century temple associated with Lam Drukpa Kuenley, the Divine Madmonk. A temple where the Phallus is worshipped, hundreds of barren women receive blessings from a phallus there.

    We will have lunch at the temple and then proceed to Punakha, where we visit the historic Punakha Dzong (Fortress), an architectural masterpiece, built at the confluence of two (Pho (male) and Mo(female) rivers.

    Night halt at hotel in Punakha.

  • DAY 05: Punakha Chhu (River) Excursion

    Upper Pho Chhu (Wangthangkha – Samdingkha)

    • Location: Punakha Valley, Western Bhutan
    • Length: 12 km, 5 -7 hours with scouting
    • Difficulty: Class V
    • Flow: 1000 cfs
    • Season: February/December. (Caution: higher than medium flows makes this run dangerous. High water runs not recommended for amateurs)
    • Craft: Kayaks only (too steep for rafts)

    This is perhaps one of the most exciting places to kayak, and also a dangerous one. We begin this expedition early morning, after which we stop for lunch, for the next part.

    Lower Mo Chhu (Khamsum Yuling Namgyal Chhorten – Below Punakha Dzong)

    • Location: Punakha Valley, Western/Central Bhutan
    • Length: 6 km (1 hour) (Note: In Spring, high winds and small currents makes this stretch longer and harder)
    • Difficulty: Class I – II
    • Flow:800 -1000 cfs
    • Season: March – April, November – December (Tips: with good scouting, runs at higher flows possible)
    • Craft: Kayaks and Rafts

    Before venturing on this route, we will visit the Khamsum Yuling Namgyal Chorten (stupa), one of Bhutan’s most exquisite chortens. We then kayak all the way down to Punakha Dzong. The river is filled with trouts.

    In the evening we move to Wangduephodrang and halt the night there.

  • DAY 06: The Wangduephodrang Expedition

    Upper Dang Chhu (Wangduephodrang Downstream – Kichu Resort)

    • Location: Wangduephodrang, Western/Central Bhutan
    • Length: Approximately 3 km (2 hours with scouting)
    • Difficulty: Class IV -V at medium flows, V -V at higher flows
    • Flow: 400-500 cfs
    • Season: March – April, October – November (Caution: high water makes this run dangerous. Not recommended for amateurs)
    • Craft: Kayaks only (too small and steep for rafts

    Middle Dang Chhu (Kichu Resort – Dang Chhu Down-stream)

    • Location: Wangduephodrang, Western/Central Bhutan
    • Length: 5 km (1.5 hours)
    • Difficulty: Class IV with three class V scouts
    • Flow: 400 – 500 cfs
    • Season: March – April, November – December
    • Craft: Kayaks. (Tips: rafts possible but only with crew and portages. It is time consuming but there are great runs at stretches)

    Lower Dang Chhu (Wangduephodrang Upstream – Puna Tsang Chhu Confluence)

    • Location: Wangduephodrang, Western/Central Bhutan
    • Length: Approximately 17 km (4 hours)
    • Difficulty: Class III-IV at most flows
    • Flows: 5000 – 7000 cfs
    • Season: March – April, November – December (Tips: high water makes this run more difficult but reasonable as well)
    • Craft: Kayaks and Rafts

    Starting early morning, this excursion is in the waters of Dang chhu (river) and involves extreme as well as easy kayaking. After more than half a day, we move to Thimphu for the night halt.

  • DAY 07: Thimphu-Paro

    Early morning, you will be driven to Paro airport for your next destination.

“The Last Shangri-la”.

DISCOVER BHUTAN

If you’re unsure or still deliberating where to travel in Bhutan, we’ll put you in touch with our Travel Specialists to offer you sound advice and an honest take on any places you might be considering for your trip.

+975 17110849

Your Travel Plans
Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.
Name

Featured Tours

Our itineraries are ready to go but you aren’t bound by it. We can customize it for you. Just remember. There’s no right time to travel’. The moment wanderlust bites, step out and hit the road
  • Colors of Bhutan

    5 Nights 6 Days

    Discover the Land that is synonymous with peace, tranquility and happiness.

    View Trip

  • Kingdom in Cloud

    8 Nights 9 Days

    Embark on a fascinating journey into Bhutan, the only country in the world that measures its well…

    View Trip

  • Bumdra Luxury Camp

    6 Nights 7 Days

    In this over night camping we will be blessed by visiting the two most revered…

    View Trip

  • Walking & Hiking

    7 Nights 8 Days

    Bhutan sits on the roof of the world, isolated as much by choice as by its own geography…

    View Trip

Continue reading