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Off Road Mountain Biking

Itinerary

On your arrival at Paro International Airport, an English-speaking tour guide who will be your personal tour host and facilitator throughout your stay in the country will cordially receive you. Once you complete the customs and immigration procedures, you will be driven in a private car to the main parking lot below the Paro Dzong where you will assemble your bikes and short guidelines will be given for your code and conduct before you bike to the capital Thimphu. Your ride takes you following the Pa Chhu River with arid and has mainly scrub as vegetation. The countryside from Chhunzom to Thimphu is less forested and you may need a good pick up from some section where the valleys are narrow and widens into strained gentle slopes.

Today you will be using the vehicle for your full day sightseeing in Thimphu. In the morning hour drive south of Thimphu to visit Simtokha Dzong. This was the first of the many dzongs constructed by Zhabdrung in 1631. Heading back to the main town and visit the giant Buddha Statue overlooking the valley below. The spot offers a good view of the capital city. Following visit the National Memorial Chorten built in 1974. Changangkha Lhakhang will be your next stop and is one of the oldest temples in Thimphu, dating back to the fifteen century. Visit Drubthop Gompa that now houses the Zilukha Nunnery. National Institute of Zorig Chusum, which offers a six-year course on Bhutan’s traditional crafts for those who are artistically inclined. Your last stop for the day is Trashichhoe Dzong.

Today at your early hotel check out you will be offered full day biking until you reach the ancient capital Punakha. Punakha serves as the capital of Bhutan until 1955. It has a temperate climate and its rich fertile valley is fed by the two main rivers, Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu. Your morning ride is quite an uphill task until you reach the highest point at Dochu La Pass (10150ft/3100m. From this lofty pass it’s a downhill ride till you reach Punakha. When you are near Lobesa visit Chemi Lhakhang. This lhakhang dates back to 1499 and was built by Lama Drukpa Kinley. Bike up to Punakha Dzong straddles the confluence of two rivers. This extremely impressive fortress was built as far back as 1937 and was the seat of government till the end of the reign of the second king.

Today you will be given option for biking. In the morning hour you can chose to bike for an hour till you reached Teke Zampa. From here, the rout is quite an uphill climb for 48km till you reach Lawala Pass at an elevation 10800ft/3293m. Phobjikha is quite remote and glacier valley and is the winter home for the Black Necked Cranes, which migrates from the arid of Tibet in the north, to pass the winter months in a milder climate. Entering the valley you can visit the only goemba the Gangtay Goemba built in 17th century. Drive further through the valley to visit Black Necked Crane Centre, though you might not be on a Crane season, you will get a load of information about the crane, even a short 3-4 minute documentary will be available regarding the Black Necked Crane.

Today you are offered with many interesting hiking trails through Phobjikha Valley. Here are some optional hiking trails. SHASILA NATURE HIKE: This beautiful hike starts from Gangtay and continues through Tokha village and slowly up words through Rhododendron forest. LONGTEY HIKE (Lord of The Ring): If you are looking for a picturesque hike through some of the most beautiful part of Gangtay, this is the one. TONGPHUSHING TRAIL: This is a beautiful leisurely walk through the pine forest, farmland and the villages. The hike starts from Gangtay and continues through Tokha village all the way to the Phobjikha valley. The walk provides insight into village life, farming and also offers great view of the Phobjikha Valley.

You will have an early start for a full day biking to the ancestral home of the royal family, Trongsa. The total distance covers is around 92km. Trongsa lies at 6800ft/2073m and Trongsa forms the central hub of the kingdom and is historically the place from where attempts at unifying the country where launched. In the morning you will be having an uphill task until you reach Lawala Pass. From the pass, the biking tails provide an immense look into the landscape and you will pass through several alpine settlements of Rukubjee and Chendeb Jee. En-route stops at Chendebjee Chorten on the bank of Nikar Chhu River. Lama Shida of Tibet to suppress a demon that has been troubling the inhabitants of the valley built this large white Chorten in eighteen century.

Today before you depart to Bumthang make a short stop to visit Trongsa Dzong, built in 1648. It was the seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan. Both the first and the second Kings of Bhutan ruled the country from this ancient seat. Your next stop before leaving Bumthang is the Ta Dzong built by Chhoje Minjur Tempa, in 1652. It houses a shrine dedicated to the epic hero, King Gesar of Ling. A visit to this former watchtower provides visitors with an insight into the significant of Trongsa in Bhutan’s history. As of date, the Ta Dzong of Trongsa is the most fascinating museum of the country. After the dzong continue your drive to Bumthang en-route Yotong La Pass (11000ft/3354m). From the pass, you can choose to ride a bike till you reach Bumthang valley.

In the morning visit, Jakar Dzong overlooking the Chamkhar valley and was built in 1549 by Lama Nagi Wangchuk. Visit Kurje Lakhang located further along the valley. Kurje Lhakhang compresses three temples the one on the right was built in 1652 against the rock face, where Guru Rinpochhe meditated in the 8th century. The middle temple was built on the site of a cave containing with the rock imprint of Gurus body, and is therefore, considered to be the most holy. The temple on the left was built by the Queen Mother, Ashi Kesang Choden in 1990. These three temples are surrounded by 108 chorten walls. If time permits drive furthers east of Bumthang to visit the Membar Tsho ‘the burning lake’. In the evening stroll around Jakar town.

Today you will bike to the highest of the four valleys, which make up the Bumthang Valley. From Tang Valley, the road gradually climbs through the scenic countryside to Ura La (3,408m/11,180ft) which is marked by a chorten and mani wall. The village of Ura, unlike most Bhutanese villages, is made up of closely clustered houses centered around a new temple recently dedicated to Guru Rimpoche. From Ura we will bike on the recently constructed road leading up to the neighboring village of Shingkhar. This beautiful village is centered on an old temple and manor house that hosts the annual Shingkhar festival. After a packed lunch and biking through the village, you can visit the manor house to observe rural Bhutanese life.

Today before you depart to Punakha, make a short visit to the historical Jambay Lhakhang. The Tibetan King, Songtsen Gompo, built it in the 7th century. It is one of 108 monasteries which he built to subdue the giant ogress who tried to demolish Buddhism in Tibet. Its present architectural appearance dates from the early 20th century. After the temple drive straight to your onward destination Punakha. Lunch will be served en-route and in case, if you want to stop for photograph you can ask your guide. Reaching Punakha check in to the hotel.

In the morning hour your accompanied vehicle will transfer you to Dochu La Pass and from this lofty pass you will bike downhill till Thimphu. Stop of lunch in Thimphu and after lunch continue your ride to Paro. En-route stop to visit Tamchog Temple, It was built by Drubthob Thangtong Gyalpo” the Iron Bridge Builder” in the fourteenth century to protect the lower part of Paro valley after he had a vision of the Supreme Steed.  If you reach earlier in Paro visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong: It was built by the Zhabdrung in the year 1644 and established it as the administrative and monastic center of the western region. It is worth visiting.

We suggest you to make an early start since it is quite an uphill task and takes around 3-4 hours walk at an average speed. To reach to Taktsang Goemba you have to drive up to Satsam Chorten (10 km from Paro town) and from there walk up to Taktsang Monastery. The name Taktsang means “Tiger’s Nest “. The Monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff drop of nearly 4000 ft. and overlooks the Paro valley and the river. It is said that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padma Sambhava known as the second Buddha in Bhutan meditated on this spot where the Monastery is situated having alighted there on the back of a flying tigress. The round hike takes about 04-05 hr. In the evening stroll around the main town of Paro for your last day shopping and buying gifts for your family and friends back home.

After your leisurely breakfast in the hotel drive to Paro airport and depart to your onward destination. Here you bid adieu to your helpful Bhutanese tourist guide and driver and proceed to your onward destination.

The Above Price includes following services;

  • Bhutan Visa
  • All Permits – Museum Fees
  • Standard Room in 3 Star Hotels – Upgrade to 4 & 5 Star can be arranged on Additional Cost.
  • Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner with Evening Tea
  • Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) Licensed Professional Driver
  • SUV for FIT & Toyota Van from 3 – 8 Pax & Toyota Coaster Coach from 8 – 20 Pax
  • Decade old TCB Licensed Tour Guide
  • All Sightseeing with Walks and Hikes
  • Bottled Mineral Water

Bhutan Government uphold a strategy of “High Value-Low Impact” tourism policy, which serves as the purpose of creating an image of exclusive and high-yield destination among travelers.  Therefore, Baeyul Excursions has initiated its tourism policy – to maintain its environment, ecological friendly, preservation of social-cultural and economically viable, prevent from overrun mass tourism and while at the same time to ensure visitors get the most out of their trips. The minimum cost outlined by Baeyul Excursions offers the charm of the isolated Himalayan kingdom, which was founded on the principle of sustainability.

  • Single Individual: USD 3,220/-
  • Group of 02 Members: USD 3,100/-
  • Group of 03 Members and Above: USD 2,740/-
  • Bike Hire Charges: USD 35/- Per Day
  • One Time Bank Transfer Charges: USD 45/-

Not included:

  • Round Trip Air Tickets
  • International Travel Insurance
  • Alcohol & Beverages
  • Entertainment Cost – Pub & Nightclubs
  • Tips for Tour Guide, Driver and Hotel Staffs
  • Donations to Monasteries and Temples
  • Payment Wiring Fee of USD 50
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