Dragons, Dzongs, and the Himalayas
This tour through the otherworldly country of Bhutan offers adventurers the chance to experience a truly exotic culture in a spectacular natural environment. Visit medieval fortresses and monasteries, climb countless mountain passes, enjoy countless cruising descents, and camp in pristine nature. Uncover Bhutan's many surprises as you rise to the challenge of crossing this Himalayan country by bike.
- May 16 – 30 * Tour a go!
- September 5 – 19 * Tour a go!
- October 10 – 24 * Tour a go!
- Duration: 15-days
- Ride Type: Touring
- Difficulty: Extreme (Level 6 of 6)
- Average Daily Mileage: 40
- Price: $4,950
Beginning in Paro, acquaint yourself with the local history with tours of some of the country’s best museums and most well-preserved fortresses before heading out to see real Bhutanese life in a wild countryside.
Steady your legs and push further and into higher elevations as you weave east through the country, up and over its peaks. Witness the national pastimes of archery and dancing in the many monasteries, and experience the mysticism of a deeply spiritual people and their ancient Buddhist traditions.
For those who love to climb, this is a tour with no flat sections, only uphill and downhill. One of our most hard-earned rides (daily climbing averages over 1,646 m), your legs and lungs will surely be strengthened at journey’s end. But your heart will be warm and open from your encounters and experiences with the genuine and genuinely enlightened Bhutanese locals.
DAY 1 – Arrive in Paro
DAY 2 – Tiger’s Nest Monastery Hike
DAY 3 – Thimphu – Punakha
DAY 4 – Punakha – Wangdue
DAY 5 – Wangdue – Trongsa
DAY 6 – Trongsa – Jakar
DAY 7 – Jakar Loop
DAY 8 – Jakar – Tang Valley
DAY 9 – Tang Valley – Shirtung La – Ura
DAY 10 – Ura – Thrumshing La – Sengor Campsite
DAY 11 – Sengor – Mongar
DAY 12 – Mongar – Kori La – Trashigang
DAY 13 – Trashigang – Yongphu La – Wamrong Campsite
DAY 14 – Wamwrong – Samdrup Jongkhar
DAY 15 – Drive to Guwahati Airport
- Paro Museum
- Tiger’s Nest Monastery
- Local arts & traditions
- Dochula pass – known for its spiritual energy
- Punakha Dzong
- Chhimi Lhakhang, temple of the “Divine Madman”
- Explore Bumthang Valley’s trading hub
- Nunnery visit
- View of Gangkhar Puensum, the world’s highest unclimbed peak
- Thrumshing La pass
- Crossing Bhutan from west to east by bike
- SpiceRoads jersey
- Water bottle
- Visa fees
- Support vehicle
- Meals (as indicated)
- Airport pick up
- Airport drop off
- Snacks and drinks
Biking is the best way to see any country as it stimulates all of your senses like no other way of traveling. The contact with the people of the country visited is much easier. Love seeing how the people live, the kids going to school, what’s growing in their fields, etc and this is the best way to do it. Beautiful country, views, friendly staff, excellent service, care and food. Really a wonderful holiday and introduction to Bhutan.
– Jean Francois B