Cycling

If you want to fully engage with the Kingdom of Bhutan, its people, culture and landscapes, then there are few better ways than by bike. Our carefully researched 10 night Himalayan biking adventure comprises cultural road rides, remote off-road trails, huge descents and easy river valley circuits as well as some challenging single track as we explore across 5 distinctly different valleys . Using our support vehicles to get us up to each pass before enjoying countless delicious freewheels. Highlights include the first designated mountain biking trail in the Kingdom, a descent from the highest road pass in the country (Chele La 3810m), a roundtrip ride in the magical Phobjikha valley and cultural rides in the Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Trongsa and Bumthang valleys. There is also plenty of free time to relax, try the national sport of archery, visit local temples and monasteries or even continue exploring on foot or by bike.

While you don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to enjoy this adventure, it is designed for keen cyclists who ride regularly, having said this, on most days the support vehicle is on hand to carry you and your bike if you prefer to take it easy. In addition, two experienced Happiness journey Bhutan Tours & Treks guides will accompany the group, enabling us to cater for different levels of fitness and allowing you to cycle at your own pace.

Come and explore the land of the Thunder dragon with the freedom you only find on two wheels.

The rugged, mountainous landscape of Bhutan lends itself well to both on-road or off-road mountain biking and the sport is seeing increasing popularity among both visitors and Bhutanese alike.

The rugged, mountainous landscape of Bhutan lends itself well to both on-road or off-road mountain biking and the sport is seeing increasing popularity among both visitors and Bhutanese alike. There are a variety of biking routes available ranging from smooth journeys on paved roads to challenging off-road dirt trails that wind through rough terrain. The sport offers a certain intimacy with the environment that is seldom experienced in vehicles. With better roads replacing the old and the increasing number of off-road roads, biking is now becoming a very unique and original way of seeing and interacting with the country, people and the Bhutanese environment.

Most biking trips go through well paved roads while others trail on to dirt roads and trails. Traffic is still relatively very light and the experience very intimate. The more adventurous have the option of making side excursions for more “off-the-road” ventures if prefer. The trails accommodate most types of frames: including MTB, Hybrid, and Road, depending on your cycling style and experience. Biking trails mostly meander through small towns and villages and rural areas; it’s just you, your bike, the tour group and the agrarian and natural scenery.

There are also numerous opportunities for optional hikes with a bit of climbing thrown in. There are some challenging climbs with one in particular that is more than seven hours. You peddle the pads over two miles (3,400 meters) above sea level. Your effort is rewarded with a breathtaking view and an unforgettable experience. Riders should have an adequate level of fitness and stamina and be experienced enough in the art of mountain biking. Tours are fully supported by a van following riders. The van allows riders to rest should they require it. Many of the biking trails lead through small villages and temples which can provide interesting and informative diversions should you wish to take a break.