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  • Trip introduction

    This 10 day cycling adventure in Bhutan lets you explore the mountains, architecture and history of one of the oldest civilizations in the world. This itinerary has been thoughtfully planned to show you the best of this magical land. You'll cycle to high mountain passes, trek to iconic landmarks like Tiger's Nest, and spend days out in the wild. You'll also get a chance to take archery lessons, watch local dance performances, stay at homestays with local families, shop in quirky marketplaces, and taste authentic Bhutanese cuisine.

    This expedition is accompanied by 1 Coaster bus that will carry riders, cycles, lunch packs and water, as well as one back-up cycle. If you want to rest or are unable to cycle that day, you can ride in the bus. There are rest stops every 25-30 minutes, and you'll be able to get a snack or drink, or access your luggage if you need to.

    IMPORTANT: This is a moderate cycling tour with 100% tarmac roads, but it is recommended that participants are seasoned cyclists with good levels of fitness.

    Destination

    Known as the land of the Thunder Dragon, Bhutan is one of few remaining countries that is still governed by a monarch. It is a small country, but it is packed with ancient culture and fascinating myths. Your expedition through the kingdom of Bhutan has been carefully planned to include just the right mix of physical adventure, local culture, and famous landmarks. You will visit Phodrang, the largest sitting Buddha statue in the world and Phobjikha, a giant bowl-shaped glacial valley in Bhutan. You will also visit Tiger's Nest (originally named Taktsang monastery, a sacred Buddhist house of worship) and Cheli La, the highest motorable pass in Bhutan.

    Destination highlights

    Cycle and trek for over 300 kms through the Kingdom of Bhutan. | Cycle over Dochu La Pass and Cheli La Pass, high mountainous areas at altitudes of 10,100 feet and 12,100 feet respectively. | Explore cultural attractions like Kuensel Phodrang, Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest) and many more. | Taste authentic Bhutanese cuisine and learn about the culture here through dance, sport, and interacting with locals. | Enjoy the comforts of a full staff and crew, with a support vehicle, plenty of

    Activity Details

    Road biking

    Yes

    No

    7600 ft

    12500 ft

    300 kms

    60 kms

    Yes

    Giant

    Mountain bike

    N/A

    Yes

    100 kgs

    Trip details
  • Day 1 of the Bhutan cycling trip: Bagdogra to Phuntsholing

    You will need to plan your travel to Bagdogra so that you are there before 15:00 hrs. You'll meet the operator and the rest of your team, and will board vehicles that drive you to Phuntsholing. It's a 4 hour journey, and you'll pass the Bhutan Gate, an intricately carved entryway marking the border of the country. After taking care of the paperwork, you will proceed to your hotel for dinner and an early night. Overnight at a hotel.

    Overnight at a hotel.

    You'll be picked up in Bagdogra at 15:00 hrs today with the rest of your team. From here you'll be driven to Phuntsholing, which will take about 4 hours. You'll check in to a hotel here, and will settle into twin-sharing rooms with attached washrooms. All hotels are 2/3 star hotels, so you'll have all the essential amenities. Dinner is included tonight.

    Day 1 Milestone

    Bagdogra

    Phuntsholing

    05:30 AM

    Food

    Dinner

    Veg|Jain
    Day 2 of the Bhutan cycling trip: Phuntsholing to Thimpu
    Day 3 of the Bhutan cycling trip: Thimpu to Punakha via Dochu La Pass
    Day 4 of the Bhutan cycling trip: Day at Punakha
    Day 5 of the Bhutan cycling trip: Punakha to Gangtey via Phobjikha Valley
    Day 6 of the Bhutan cycling trip: Gangtey to Thimphu
    Day 7 of the Bhutan cycling trip: Thimphu to Paro
    Day 8 of the Bhutan cycling trip: Day in Paro
    Day 9 of the Bhutan cycling trip: Paro to Phuntsholing
    Day 10 of the Bhutan cycling trip: Phuntsholing to Bagdogra
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  • Cancellation policy

    If you cancel more than 15 days before departure of the Bhutan cycling trip: 50% of the trip cost will be refunded.

    If you cancel on or less than 15 days before departure of the Bhutan cycling trip: No refund.

    No show: No refund

    All refunds will be processed after deducting any transaction charges.

    Rules on trip

    Cyclists are required to carry a valid passport.

    Cyclists will not be allowed to ride without a helmet.

    Please follow the instructions given in the daily safety meeting diligently. Cyclists are required to adhere to the instructions of the tour leader at all times.

    Consumption of alcohol and narcotics is strictly prohibited during cycling.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    Please carry your original Govt-issued photo ID throughout this Bhutan cycling trip.

    If the trip is cancelled due to situations beyond control of the operator, refunds will be calculated based on the proximity of the start date, and some deductions will have to be made. If cancellations are made by the operator due to not meeting required group size, the customers can choose to opt for a tour on another date, or take a full refund.

    Any additional costs due to weather/unforeseen situations will have to be borne by the cyclists.

    The operator is not liable for any loss or damage to property, personal injuries (or death), and any claim arising from participant's own actions during the Bhutan cycling trip.

    No refunds will be given for any unused inclusions.

    Jain food can be arranged, only if requested at the time of booking the trip.
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  • Includes / Excludes

    Includes

    • Accomodation in hotels/homestays for all nights

    • All meals starting from dinner on Day 1 to lunch on Day 10
    • One Coaster bus to transport cycles, lunch packets, drinking water
    • 1 private vehicle like Innova or similar to transport riders as per itinerary
    • 'Giant' brand cycle
    • Helmet
    • Snacks, juices, etc during rides
    • Filtered drinking water
    • 1 high quality sipper with inbuilt filter
    • A well-trained mechanic equipped with essential spares
    • Archery lesson in Bhutan
    • Cultural dance performance in Paro
    • Full-sized first aid kit
    • Trip leaders who are NOLS-certified in Wilderness First Aid
    • Experienced guide and trainer
    • Crew and support staff
    • All permits and entry fees
    • All applicable taxes

    Excludes

    • Liquor, snacks and aerated drinks

    • Any transport not mentioned in inclusions
    • Additional expenses
    • Camera and video permits at monuments or sightseeing locations
    • Personal expenses
    • Additional meals
    • Anything which is not mentioned in the inclusions

    What to Wear

    What to Wear

    • Good grip shoes for cycling
    • Slippers for after cycling
    • Thermal inner wear
    • 1 wind- and water-proof jacket
    • 1 warm fleece/woollen sweater
    • 5-6 track pants/ quick dry leggings
    • 8-10 shirts/t-shirts
    • Down jacket
    • Raincoat/poncho
    • 2 pairs of gloves
    • 4-5 pairs of socks
    • Balaclava
    • Woollen cap
    • Scarf/muffler
    • Not to wear - Expensive jewelry, watches or accessories
    • Expensive gadgets
    • Hard luggage
    • Restrictive clothing

    What not to Wear

    • Loose clothing that will tangle around you while swimming
    • Restrictive clothing
    • Flip-flops

    Equipment / Gear

    We Provide

    • All essential spares for repairs
    • A Coaster bus for towing or transport
    • A private vehicle like Innova or similar as per itinerary
    • 'Giant' brand cycles
    • Helmets
    • Filtered, safe drinking water
    • 1 high quality sipper with inbuilt filter for safe drinking water

    You need to get

    • Rucksack/backpack
    • Day pack for essentials
    • Torch
    • Dry snacks
    • Camera
    • Cold cream
    • Sunscreen
    • Toiletries
    • ID proof
    • Extra money
    • Sun cap/hat
    • UV protected sunglasses
    • Lip balm
    • Light-weight towel
    • Knee and elbow pads
    • Wet wipes
    • Thick socks
    • Thermals

    Medical Kit

    • Please carry specific or prescribed medication. Your personal kit should include general painkillers, anti-inflammatory pills, muscle pain spray, general antibiotics and any kind of bandages, plasters or medical tape.