Bhutan cycling holiday
Description of Bhutan cycling holiday
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
Bhutan, our small nation, is an environmental superhero, absorbing more carbon than it emits, making it the first carbon-negative country. This sets an example to us Bhutanese people and the world too, for balancing economic growth with ecological responsibility.
As a local Bhutanese tour operator, we actively contribute to our country's Carbon Negative mission by promoting eco-friendly travel through cycling and hiking, choosing energy-efficient accommodations, and encouraging guests to be environmentally conscious. Our goal is to uphold Bhutan's commitment to sustainability and inspire others globally.
HUMAN POWERED TRANSPORT
Our Cycling and Hiking tour is meticulously crafted to minimize the reliance on long-distance vehicle travel. Instead, we prioritize the use of hiking, walking, trekking, and cycling as our primary modes of reaching local destinations, enabling our guests to intimately connect with the surroundings.
Upon arrival, our cycling and hiking enthusiasts seamlessly transition to two-wheeled cycling, symbolizing a shift towards eco-friendly exploration. To facilitate this journey, we employ specially designed passenger buses equipped with roof racks. These versatile vehicles serve a multitude of purposes, allowing them to transport not only our guests but also their bicycles, food, and water supplies, all in one go. This ingenious multi-purpose approach significantly reduces the environmental impact of our tours while promoting sustainable travel practices.
In a departure from the norm, we bypass domestic flights and opt for short, scenic bus rides to reach specific trail heads. As we get off from the buses, we involve ourselves in the world of walking, hiking, and cycling, that lead us through some of the most picturesque landscapes.
This approach not only guarantees a memorable and enjoyable experience but also aligns perfectly with our commitment to eco-conscious and responsible travel. It's a fun, sustainable, and highly rewarding way to explore Bhutan's beautiful landscapes and connect with its people while reducing our carbon footprint and nurturing a deeper connection with the environment.
Our cycling, hiking and home stay tours lead us to eco-conscious accommodations that transcend mere places to stay. They are the heart and soul of dedicated families, a sanctuary in the ever-shifting world of tourism. Each accommodation family's commitment runs deeper than profit; they are custodians of the very essence of their surroundings. As they provide for their families and uplift neighboring communities, they weave threads of sustainability and prosperity into the fabric of their sacred land.
We've deliberately chosen these small, local accommodations over large corporate entities. Just like us, a small family-run tour operator, we value quality over quantity.
Rema Resort, Paro: An inspiration of sustainability, Rema Resort includes rice fields, an organic apple orchard, green houses for their own herbs, and a flourishing kitchen garden right in the Centre of the hotel premises. They ingeniously transform kitchen waste into nutrient-rich manure, embracing circular and sustainable practices.
RKPO Green Resort, Punakha: This family-owned resort, nestled in a remote Punakha village, ingeniously tackles water scarcity by harvesting rainwater for its daily operations, demonstrating commendable resourcefulness.
Bhutan Suites, Thimphu: Hosting a fully vegetarian restaurant that sources local fruits and vegetables, the owners are renowned in Bhutan for their contributions to animal-saving projects in Bhutan, championing ethical dining.
In their pursuit of energy efficiency, these accommodations employ LED lighting and energy-saving appliances to minimize electricity consumption.
To combat the scourge of single-use plastics, they have transitioned to reusable bottles in dining areas and guest rooms.
Each room provides a Sustainable Stays guide, offering essential tips on conserving energy, reusing towels, and switching off lights and devices when not in use.
Ugen Chholing Heritage House, Bumthang: A charming heritage house run by its linage owners, serve drinking water in refilled bottles and antique holders, reducing the need for single-use plastic bottles and minimizing waste.
Wheat, barley, rice, and vegetables (dried as well as fresh) come directly from their own land, promoting self-sufficiency and reducing the carbon footprint associated with transportation.
Aum Tashi’s Farm home stay, Ura / Tshering Farm Home stay, Paro/ Aum Sonam’s Farm Home stay, Phobjikha/Dhumra Farm-Resort, Punakha – Our traditional farmhouses embrace simplicity and sustainability. They harness the power of solar energy for their operations, source farm-fresh produce, and access water from natural springs. Kitchen waste is thoughtfully converted into valuable manure, while an efficient solid waste disposal system (government project) is in place. Importantly, their minimal reliance on imported goods reduces solid waste and supports sustainability.
Furthermore, Bhutan's unique tourism seasonality, with chilly winters and wet summers resulting in fewer visitors, inadvertently promotes environmentally friendly practices. With reduced crowds, hotels require less heating, cooling, and lighting, leading to lower energy consumption. This plays a pivotal role in reducing carbon emissions and preserving valuable resources, in perfect harmony with Bhutan’s natural tourism rhythms.
People"The Power of Tourism: Empowering Communities "
Our essence lies in uplifting every community we touch. We're more than just travelers; we're stewards of positive change. Bhutan's careful reopening to tourism marks a turning point, and our tours stand at the forefront of channeling tourism's benefits directly into the hearts of these communities.
Our commitment is unwavering; we understand the invaluable impact of community support. We strive to give back through various avenues. Education is a powerful tool, and we fund educational initiatives, providing scholarships for higher education and empowering young girls, creating a ripple effect of progress.
Our support extends to the very heart of these communities—their temples. We contribute generously, not just in funds but also in essential supplies, nourishing the epicenters of their culture and beliefs. It's a holistic approach, recognizing the interconnectedness of the people, their culture, and their spiritual sanctuaries.
We invite you to be a part of this journey—a journey that's more than an adventure. It's a voyage of compassion and responsible travel. Every step we take serves a purpose, leaving an indelible mark of positivity.