Fury Dragon Ride – the Bhutan Cycling Expedition

October 2016, April 2017, October 2017

At a glance

Duration: 9 nights/ 10 days

Tour: Bhutan (Paro, Thimpu, Punakha, Wangdue, Haa Valley)

Getting there: Flight to Paro and back

Difficulty levelModerate (good fitness required)

Be prepared for: Good climbs and exhilarating downhills – All Tarmac rides with some broken stretches

Bike suitabilityHybrid and MTBs. Bikes should have a front suspension fork rather than a fixed fork.

What is this all about?

Bhutan, the Land of Thunder Dragon is arguably India’s most beautiful neighbor.


The Himalayan kingdom has breathtaking landscapes with snow-capped peaks rising above deep gorges covered in velvety forests. The gorgeous country offers storybook landscapes with magical fortresses and monasteries rising majestically as if out of some fantasy movie. Adding to the charm of the place is the fascinating Buddhist culture with its myriad rituals and colorful Mask Dance Festivals. The mystical and magical nation is rich in textiles, handicrafts, and is known for archery competitions, high-altitude trekking, bicycling trails, and stunning flora & fauna.


Join GoMissing Mountain Biking tour across Bhutan that will show you rare glimpses of this fantastical land that no other tour can. This tour encompasses guided tours to historical and cultural landmarks, incomparable experience of warm and authentic Bhutanese hospitality and cuisine and of course, rejuvenating and exhilarating Mountain Biking experience.


Experience unforgettable mountain descents, endless untouched bike trails and epic views of this FANTASTICAL country.

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Trip itinerary

Arrive Paro International Airport-a high altitude airport at 7500 ft.
Flying to Bhutan is an unmatched experience. You see majestic sights of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan peaks including Bhutan’s sacred Mount Jomolhari and Jichu Drake.
From the airport, you are escorted by the GoMissing team to your Hotel. After lunch you will go on an acclimatization ride to see Ta Dzong, National Museum of Bhutan, located on a hill above the Paro Dzong, overlooking the Paro Valley. En route you will visit the Paro Rinchen Pong Dzong. This massive fortress is located in Paro Valley and is approached by a gently sloping flagstone road and a beautiful covered wooden bridge. The central tower (Utse) of the Dzong, with its superb woodwork, is one of the most beautiful in Bhutan. This Dzong was built in 1645 A.D.
Overnight at the Hotel.

On the second day, after a hearty breakfast, we ride to Thimphu, the capital city. The ride meanders along the Paro and Thimphu rivers and takes approximately 5 hours at an easy pace. The gradient of the road is excellent for cycling as there are no steep climbs or descents.
On reaching Thimpu, we check into our hotel. Post lunch we head out to explore Thimphu. Today we will visit the Memorial Chorten, (huge stupa) built in the memory of the third King of Bhutan, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who reigned from 1952 – 1972. We will also visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved.
Overnight at Hotel.

Today we will head to the Semtokha Dzong, the oldest Dzong in the country (built in 1629 A.D.) We will have the opportunity to see monastic life up close and in person. In the olden days, it was the tradition in families to offer their oldest son to a monastery where the child grew up as a monk. We will see monks of all ages at the monastery and see the tradition living even today.
We ride back to Thimphu and visit the Textile Museum, Folk Heritage Museum and Arts and Crafts School. In the evening you can bike around Thimphu town to shop and enjoy traditional /western dinner in town.
Overnight at Hotel.

An uphill adventure awaits today! After early breakfast we will set out for Punakha and Wangdue. It’s an uphill climb up to Dochula Pass at 10,500 ft. When we reach the pass, we will take a long well deserved rest and enjoy spectacular views of the Eastern Himalayan mountain range. After tea/coffee and snacks, we start for Dochula-an exhilarating downhill ride all the way down to Punakha and Wangdue.
We enjoy a pleasant and relaxing evening and dinner at our resort, alongside a pristine river with gorgeous views and wonderful food and ambiance.
Overnight at Hotel.

We head to Punakha Dzong early in the morning. This Dzong houses the district administration offices. It is also the winter residence of the State Monastic Body and its Chief Abbot, His Holiness the Je Khenpo. Punakha was the former capital of Bhutan. The Dzong lies between two rivers, the Pho Chhu (male) and the Mo Chhu (female). This Dzong was build in 1967. One the way back from Punakha, we will leave the cycles to take a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang-a fertility temple revered by believers from all over the country.
Overnight at Hotel.

Today we will spend exploring Wangdue and Upper Punakha Valley on your bike. In the evening we will visit a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse and soak in warm Bhutanese hospitality and sample authentic Bhutanese cuisine.
Overnight at Hotel.

We head back to Thimpu today. You can choose to ride your bike or take the van. The ride will take about 6 hours. We will take plenty of photo stops along the way. On reaching Thimpu, we can head out for shopping or relax and unwind in the hotel.
Overnight at Hotel.

Today is an exciting day as we will head to the most pictured Tiger’s Nest Monastery!
We depart Thimphu for a 2-hour drive to Paro where we check into the Hotel. Post lunch we cycle through beautiful ParoValley. We will leave our bikes with the support vehicle and hike to the famous Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang means Tiger).
The monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 3000ft. It is said that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padma Sambbaava alighted here upon the back of a tigress.
We will have a picnic lunch at Taktsang cafeteria. The round trip hike takes about 3 hours.
We return to Paro and enjoy one of Bhutan’s most unique ancestral inventions, the hot stone bath at a farmhouse – a pastoral property where you will participate in building the fire that heats the rocks to a glowing red lava-like temperature.
The stones are then placed in a wood lined tub dug into the rocky streambed. Don your bathing suit
for this Himalayan Jacuzzi-an experience you will only find in pages of a luxe magazine!

Today we cycle to Haa Valley crossing Chelela Pass. Haa Valley borders Tibet and was closed to tourists until recently. Enjoy picnic lunch on the way and in the evening drive back to Paro.
Enjoy farewell dinner with your group.
Overnight at Hotel.

After an early breakfast, you will be dropped to the airport for your flight back home.

Trip Price

INR 62,750/- per person (Service Tax of 4.5% applicable on trip price)

Price includes

  • Accommodation at a Standard Tourist Hotel on twin sharing basis -very neat and clean
  • Breakfast on all days
  • All road transfers during the trip
  • Mineral water on transfer
  • Cycle mechanic to accompany the group
  • Guide for the duration of the trip
  • Permits and paperwork wherever required
  • Backup & Support vehicle while cycling
  • GoMissing Chief Experience Officer to accompany the group – who is an expert cyclist

Price does not include

  • Air fare – the GoMissing team will help you organize this
  • Cycle hire – INR 2500/- per day. High end and well maintained Trek/ Giant/ Scott/ Merida bikes
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Costs of optional activities
  • Lunch, dinner, snacks and alcoholic beverages
  • Anything not mentioned in price includes

Trip Dates

Start Date
End Date
Duration
Status
 
30-Sep-2017
09-Oct-2017
10 days
Available
 
 

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