Bhutan cycling and biking holiday

“You’ll need to be an experienced cyclist to get the most out of this adventurous small group tour taking in the cultural and natural highlights of the majestic Buddhist country of Bhutan.”

Highlights

Kolkata | Bagdogra | Phuntsholing | Thimpu | Kuensel Phodrang | Dochu la Pass | Punakha | Gangtey | Paro | Cheli La pass | Taktshang Monastery

Description of Bhutan cycling and biking holiday

This Bhutan biking and cycling holiday takes you to a majestic Himalayan land steeped in myth and magic. Along with a small group of likeminded travellers, you’ll spend ten days exploring the country by bike, on foot and by 4WD in a sensitive way that allows a real insight into local life, food and traditions.

The trip balances cultural exploration with hiking and cycling and there’s time for relaxation, too. Cultural highlights include archery lessons and dance performances, and travelling by bike and on foot allows plenty of chances to interact with local people. The tour kicks off in Kolkata, India, but the cycling begins in Paro and makes its way through incredible mountain scenery, where snow-capped peaks rise above deep dark gorges, and majestic monasteries cling to sheer cliffs.

Who does the tour entail?

The tour is of moderate intensity and covers mountainous terrain with altitudes ranging between 1500m and 3810m. You’ll cycle between 40km and 80km a day, with a difficulty level ranging from easy to challenging, so it’s best for people who are experienced cyclists. You should be in relatively good physical shape although the tour is fully supported so there will always be a van close by if you need it. We will cycle through two high mountain passes above 3000m in altitude, though the ascents will be gradual.




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Environment

Bhutan is the first country in the world to go Carbon Negative. The country's mission is to put happiness before economic growth and set a world standard for environmental preservation. What more reason do you want to travel to Bhutan? And we travel through this land on on a bicycle; which means “Zero” carbon footprint, where you go, explore and come back without leaving a mark.

As part of the pre-tour information, we share a list of Do's and Dont's on the tour. Some of the pointers are:
- A strict NO to use of plastic bags. Alternately we recommend the use of cotton bags.
- NO to bottled water. At the beginning of the tour, we provide all our guests with filter water bottles which will be refilled by us with clean and hygienic RO purified drinking water.
- All trash generated by the guests will be disposed off responsibly by us at the end of each day.
- Only one support vehicle to reduce the carbon footprint. The tour is curated in a way that all guests will cycle from point A to point B and the support vehicle will have designated stop points to support the cyclists and load up if required.

Community

As part of this tour, we have added local experiences that will allow us to support the local community and empower them economically.

- Trying your hands at archery at a local archery school. The day we are in Paro, we will celebrate the local dance art performance called The cham dance with the mask dancers.

- We will be staying at local homestays / hotels through out the tour. We also hire a local guide who we have trained according to our company's policies and guidelines to co-lead the tour. He will share all the local knowledge and fill you in with stories of the region, people and their way of life.

- On a free day during the tour, we take a stroll through the local market attracting you to buy local handicraft items made by the local artisans.

- All the food stops are at the local eateries that not only supports the community, but also brings out the true flavours of the region. Bhutan is the world's first wholly organic country, hence all the vegetables and fruits consumed are local organically grown.

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