Bhutan Cycling Tour – The Best of Bhutan in a Week



Enjoy a memorable week exploring the highlights of a mystical and undiscovered mountain kingdom on this Bhutan cycling tour. Set off on a bicycle adventure from the historic and sacred town of Paro through one of Asia’s most intriguing, isolated, and visually stunning destinations: The Kingdom of Bhutan.

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  • Explore the old town of Paro, known for its many sacred sites and idyllic surroundings.

  • Conquer the Dochula Pass by bike with stunning mountain views as your reward before you ride down to the ‘Fertility Temple’.

  • Cycle across a suspension footbridge above the Pho River before exploring ancient dzongs (fortresses).

  • Trek to the sacred Tiger’s Nest Monastery set on a cliff for views out to the mist-covered mountains and thick forests.

Itinerary idea in detail

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

  • Day 1

    On arrival at Paro airport, you will be met and transferred to our hotel of choice. For those who have the energy and are not jet lagged we take a little time in the afternoon to see some of the sights of Paro. This includes a visit your first dzong: an incredibly grand Bhutanese fortress. These are situated at strategic locations throughout the country and are an imposing sight to behold.

  • Day 2

    Paro sits at a height of 2200m, so we take it easy today with a short ride to adjust to the altitude, warm up the legs, get used to the bikes and see a little more of the beautiful Paro Valley. Visit a ruined dzong, stop by a remote farmer’s house and take a stroll in town on this relaxing day out.

  • Day 3

    Today it’s time to leave Paro and begin the ride across Bhutan to its capital city, Thimphu. This first point to point journey is the easiest; our Bhutanese friends describe this day as ‘flat’ as you will only be riding between 2100m and 2350m throughout the ride, although the road does undulate. There is no such thing as ‘flat’ roads! In the afternoon take a leisurely walk through the colorful Thimphu Market area and explore the forbidding yet elegant dzong.

  • Day 4

    The first pass of the trip, Dochu La, sits at 3050m and offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the Eastern Himalaya on a clear day. After a long ride up to the pass, a downhill is due which will take you 40km all the way down to the intriguing ‘fertility temple’ meant to bless struggling couples with fertility. The final section winds along the valley to our overnight stop at Punakha which sits at a lowly altitude of 1350m.

  • Day 5

    We take a day to explore the beautifully situated dzong at Punakha, once the summer capital of Bhutan, pedaling down a back road that is largely unpaved and offers great views of the river and dzong. Before reaching the fortress, we cross an exhilarating suspension footbridge (the feeling depends on your perspective). This is the longest and highest suspension footbridge in the country, stretching over 200m above the turquoise waters of the Pho River. After a picnic by the tranquil riverside of Punakha, we drive the route back to Paro to recharge ahead of the hike to the Tiger’s Nest.

  • Day 6

    This morning we hike up to one of Bhutan’s most venerated places: the Tiger’s Nest Monastery. The monastery is precariously perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro Valley floor. This site has been recognized as one of the most spiritual places in Bhutan and many eminent saints have meditated in this area. Soak up the energy of the place and amazing views as a reward for the trek.

    Sáng nay chúng tôi đi bộ đến một trong những địa điểm được tôn kính nhất ở Bhutan: Tu viện Tiger’s Nest. Tu viện nằm bấp bênh bên sườn một vách đá cao 900m so với nền Thung lũng Paro. Địa điểm này đã được công nhận là một trong những địa điểm tâm linh nhất ở Bhutan và nhiều vị thánh lỗi lạc đã thiền định ở khu vực này. Tận hưởng năng lượng của nơi này và khung cảnh tuyệt vời như một phần thưởng cho chuyến đi.

  • Day 7

    The tour ends after breakfast and check-out with a transfer to Paro Airport in time for your departing flight.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

Booking Policy

  • Cost includes the government’s mandatory $600 Sustainable Development Fee
  • 6 nights in comfortable accommodation
  • 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • Healthy snacks, local treats, fruit, and water while riding
  • Expert English-speaking local guide
  • Quality well-maintained bike and helmet
  • Full vehicle support
  • Souvenir cycle jersey as a memento from the journey

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