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Ultimate Mountain Biking

Itinerary

Your flight to Bhutan is the most spectacular of all mountain flights. Whether you are flying from Singapore or any other connecting destination, each flight to Bhutan is a mesmerizing feat and offers exciting descent to the Kingdoms airport. On your arrival, the representative from Wild Mountain Adventure will welcome you with the traditional Bhutanese way. Your biking adventure begins after considering the important guidelines given by the local tour leader. After the discussion bike to Bhutan’s capital Thimphu. The countryside from Chunzom to Thimphu is less forested and the valley widen into gentle slopes, through terrace of rice fields and lovely stands of conifer forest. Arrival in Thimphu, check in to your hotel and rest day at leisure.

This morning ride up the Thimphu valley and hike through a forest to either picturesque Cheri or Tango Gompa. Your destination Chagri Monastery is a sacred place of Yeshe Gonpo, the great Protective Deity. It is like the life tree of Palden Drukpa which was visited by Ugyen Rinpoche, Phajo Drukgom Zhigpo in between and later by Zhabdrung Dudjom Rinpoche who established it as the first religious seat and lived there for a long time.  It is the major teaching centre of Vajrayana Buddhism. Alternative; hike to Tango Choying Dzong, the sacred place of the spontaneously-arisen Vira Hayagriva, it is also one of the supreme sacred place visited and blessed by Guru Padmasambhava. This sacred place was first identified by Phajo Drugom Zhigpo in the 13th century.

Today you will be transferred by road eastwards to the Phobjikha valley via the town of Wangdue. Continue ascending to Dochu-La Pass to view the 108 Stupas, which were commissioned by our former Queen as a memorial to those who lost their lives during the low intensity conflicts in late 2003 when Bhutan evicted Indian rebels camped in the jungle on the Bhutan-Indian border. On a clear day, you will witness a breathtaking view of the eastern Himalaya. Reaching Wangdue, you can have a view of the ruined Wangdue Phodrang Dzong (tragically burned down in June 12 2012). Choose to enjoy the down hill ride from Dochula pass with slight flat ride from Wangdue to Teke Zampa. From Teke Zampa the road is quite an uphill task till Lawala Pass; the gateway to Phobjikha valley.

Phobjikha valley has lot to offer both off-road and on-road trial. If you are looking for a picturesque off-road biking trail we suggest the short Tongphushing Trail which provides an insight into village life, farm and offers great views of the Phobjikha valley. If you are here during November to early March you will enjoy seeing the Cranes in the broad valley. Visit the Black-Necked Crane Information Centre, you will get loads of information about the crane, even a short 3-4 minute documentary will be available regarding the Black Necked Crane. If you are looking for extreme off-road trail go for Longtey Trail. The ride takes about 4-5 hours. You will feel like you are in the settings of Lord of the Rings surrounded by tall old trees which appears to be living creatures around you.

This morning depart Phobjikha to the central Bumthang region. Traverse the Pele-La Pass, which crosses through the Black Mountains National Park and divides western and central Bhutan. Stop for lunch in Trongsa where you will be spending more time on your return journey. Keep a watchful eye out for Rhesus Macaques (Brown Monkeys) on the side of the road. On arrival in the Bumthang region, notice the large fields of Buckwheat that cover the valleys…. Buckwheat noodles and pancakes are a Bumthang specialty.

Ride your bike and explore the heartland of Bumthang with a sightseeing including a visit to Tamshing Lakhang, Kurji Lhakhang, Kencho Sum Lhakhang and Jambay Lhakhang. After lunch ride further east of Chamkhar town to visit the Membar Tsho (the Burning Lake). You will ride mostly through flat road with less traffic. Returning from the lake makes a short visit to Jakar Dzong that dominates the Chamkhar valley. The dzong plays an important role as the fortress of defense of the completely eastern districts. The unique feature of the dzong is that of a sheltered passage, with two parallel walls, interconnected by fortified towers, which gave the population of the fortress access to water in the case of a siege.

Today you will ride to Trongsa via passing Chhume valley. From here you need to paddle a little harder because the road climbs a bit from the last village Gyetsa. The road passes through blue pine and then bamboo followed by fir forest till Yotong la. From the pass it’s 22km downhill rid till you reach Trongsa. Lunch in Trongsa and after lunch visits 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. All 5 Kings were invested as Trongsa Penlop prior to ascending the throne. The dzong is the massive structure with many levels, sloping down the contours of the ridge on which it is built. Climb up the path to visit Ta Dzong, which now houses a shrine dedicated to the epic hero King Gesar of Ling.

Depart early this morning to Punakha Valley, which holds the title as the winter capital of the Monastic Body because of its more temperature climate. On your arrival at Punakha valley hike to Chimi Lhakhang or you can also choose to ride up the temple through cultivated fields and up a gentle slope. This lhakhang dates back to 1499 and was built by Lama Drukpa Kinley, when he visited this valley. Lama Drukpa Kinley is believed to have subdued the demoness residing at Dochu La with his ‘magic thunderbolt of wisdom’ and a wooden effigy of this is preserved within. If time permits visit Punakha Dzong which was the power base for the old system of the reincarnate rulers. The remains of the original ruler of the country is kept in the small room in Mache Lhakhang.

Today you drive to Kabje Sirigang about 30 minutes and then hike about 2 hours to Chorten Ningpo Shedra. This is a beautiful walk, visiting a lovely village; there are orange groves and a temple which dates back to ‘The Devine Madman’ Drukpa Kuenley. The temple can be visited and it is now a winter residence of the incarnated Desi Tenzin Rabgay, which now had be restored. Way back take the trail of the Sinchula trek route for an hour until tongchena village. After lunch hike to Khamsum Yueli Namgyel Stupa it’s about 45 minutes hike and it was consecrated in December 1999 and contains sacred relics donated from Punakha. Leaving the exit path descending the hill you will be reaching another suspension bridge where you will be meeting you transport.

Today at your early breakfast, drive to Paro and hike to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Tigers Nest clings impossibly to a cliff of rock at 3000 ft above the valley floor and where Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of the pregnant tigress to subdue the local demons followed by 3-month meditation in a cave still visible in the monastery. In 1998, the monastery was seriously damaged by fire and has since been painstakingly reconstructed to its original condition and consecrated by the 4th King in 2005. After Tiger’s Nest follow the same trail back and drive to visit the Ruined Druk Gyel Dzong, this is the historical sight of the Fort of Drukpa Victory, from which the Bhutanese used to repel the Tibetan invaders repeatedly.

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

Tour Cost

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 2,730/-
  • Group of 02 Members: USD 2,630/-
  • Group of 03 Members and Above: USD 2,330/-
  • 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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