Bhutan on Wheels

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21 Days
Apr-May, Sep-Nov
Moderate
Overview

This biking tour is recommended for all months except July & August. The best months are April and early May when the rhododendrons are in full bloom. Bhutan is the last stronghold of Mahayana Buddhism, against the backdrop of majestic Himalayas; Buddhist Spirit permeates almost all aspects of Bhutanese culture. Prayer flags flutter on the hills, temples and Dzongs dot the landscape, and religious festivals are celebrated through out the year. Due to Bhutan’s staunch conservation policies, country’s forest and environment are in pristine condition. Bhutan is one of the Biodiversity Hotspots with greater that 200 mammals, 770 birds and more than 5400 plants. Visit Bhutan with HimEx our experience, extensive contacts within the country and our personalized services would make your visit to Bhutan truly enjoyable and memorable one. Our 16-17 days in Bhutan with mid hills mountain biking crossing Yotongla pass (3,400 m) and then descend to Gyetsa valley (2,700 m). Later cross 2,900 m Kiki la pass while reaching to Jakar this trip is offered in the clear weather seasons of spring and fall.

Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with half day tour.
Day 03: Fly to Paro-Bhutan drive to Thimphu.
Day 04: Bike to Punakha.
Day 05: Bike to Wangduephodrang
Day 06: Bike to Gangtey
Day 07: Bike to Trongsa
Day 08: Bike to Bumthang
Day 09: In Bumthang for local exploration.
Day 10: Bike to Ura
Day 11: Bike to Limithang
Day 12: Bike to Mongar
Day 13: Bike to Gom Kora
Day 14: Bike to Trashi Yangtse
Day 15: Bike to Trashigang
Day 16: Bike to Mongar (91 km, 3 hours)
Day 17: Bike and drive to Bumthang (198 km, 7 hours)
Day 18: Drive to Thimphu (268 km, 8 hours)
Day 19: Drive to Paro Airport (55 km, 1 ½ hours) & fly to Kathmandu
Day 20: In Kathmandu at leisure.
Day 21: International Departure.

Itinerary

Day 01: 

Arrive at Kathmandu.1, 300m via respective airlines. 

 

On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport you will be received by our staff and will escort you to the Hotel, where our staff will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking, do’s and don’t and other related information that you might require while in Bhutan and Nepal.

 

 

Day 02: 

A day in Kathmandu.

 

After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest.

 

 

Day 03:

Flight to Paro & transfer to Thimphu

 

In clear weather, Druk Air’s flight to Bhutan provides a wonderful view of Himalayan scenery. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu, it is a fascinating journey, culminating in an exciting descent past forested hills into the Kingdom. On arrival at Paro airport, you will be met by our representative and after a drive of one and a half hour duration, reach Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan. The seat of government, religion and commerce, Thimphu has been capital of Bhutan since 1955.

 

 

Day 04: 

Bike to Punakha

 

Morning sightseeing in Thimphu with visit to Memroial Chhorten, Trashichhodzong and Government Handicraft Emporium. After early lunch biking to Punakha (70 km, approx. 4.1/2 hours) ascending enroute at Dochula pass (3,050m) and later continue descent to Metshina. Punakha is about 12 km from this place at the altitude of 1,250 m so in about 3.1/2 hours biking the total descent from Dochula to Punakha is about 1,800 m. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

 

 

Day 05: 

Bike to Wangduephodrang

 

Morning visit to 17th century Punakha Dzong followed by visit to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chhorten. Then continue biking to Wangduephodrang (21 km, 1.1/2 hour) evening visit to Wangduephodrang Dzong and interesting local market, overnight at the hotel in Wangduephodrang.

 

 

Day 06:

Bike to Gangtey

 

Morning commence biking to Gangtey (68 km, approx. 4.1/2 hours) gaining altitude of about 1,800 m. Afternoon excursion to Phobjikha valley which is a designated conservation area and famous for black-necked cranes. Overnight tented accommodation.

 

 

Day 07: 

Bike to Trongsa

 

Morning proceed to central Bhutanese town of Trongsa (125 km, approx. 6 hours) crossing 3,300 m high Pelela pass en route. From Pele la pass proceed to Chendbji Chhorten at altitude of 2,400 m (27 km, 1.1/2 hour), the stupa patterned on Swayambhunath in Kathmandu. Chendbji to Trongsa is about 41 km, approximate two hours of biking on almost flat land. Overnight at the lodge in Trongsa.

 

 

Day 08:

Bike to Bumthang

 

Morning sightseeing with visit to Trongsa Dzong and Ta Dzong and then proceed to Bumthang (68 km, approx.4.1/2 hours) crossing Yotongla pass (3,400 m) and then descend to Gyetsa valley (2,700 m). Later cross 2,900 m Kiki la pass while reaching to Jakar. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

 

 

Day 09: 

Rest day at Bumthang for local exploration.

 

Day for relaxation and sightseeing in one of the most beautiful valleys and also the religious heartland of the nation, visiting Tamshing Lhakhang, Jakar Dzong, Kurjey and Jambay Lhakhang. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

 

 

Day 10:

From Bumthang bike to Ura

 

From Bumthang Ura camping site is about 60 km and time taken is approximate 4 hours. En route cross 3,300 m high Shertang la pass and then descend to Ura village situated at the altitude of 3,000 m. Later explore pleasant Ura village, overnight tented accommodation.

 

 

Day 11:

Bike to Limithang

 

Proceed to Limithang (80 km, approx. 6 hours) crossing 3,750 m high Thrumshingla pass, the highest point during this trip. From Thrunshingla it is all the way downhill (about 700 m) descent till the camp at Limithang. Overnight tented accommodation.

 

 

Day 12: 

Bike to Mongar

 

It is one of the shortest trip on this itinerary (27 km,  1.1/2 hours) with a total descent of about 1,400 m. Evening visit to Mongar Dzong and local market. Overnight at the lodge in Mongar.

 

 

Day 13:

Bike to Gom Kora

 

Morning proceeding to Gom Kora (80 km, approx. 5 hours). The Kori la pass en route is at 2,450 m. The road later descends rapidly till Sheri Chhu river, overnight tented accommodation.

 

 

Day 14: 

Bike to Trashi Yangtse

 

Proceed to Trashi Yangtse (65 km, approx. 5.1/2 hours). 2 km ahead of Gom Kora, the road reaches to Doksum, a village where two valleys meet. This place is also known for its weaving. Later arrive at Trashi Yangtse Dzong, situated at altitude of 1,850 m, then heading further northwards in the gorge for about 4 km, the route leads to gigantic Chorten Kora, the stupa built in Nepalese style of architecture, overnight tented accommodation.

 

 

Day 15: 

Bike to Trashigang

 

Morning biking to Trashigang (65 km, approx. 5 hours). The trail is gradual up and downs till 55 km and later about 10 km upwards the Trashigang. Evening explore the town area, which is the biggest urban centre in Bhutan after Thimphu, overnight at the lodge.

 

 

Day 16:

Bike to Mongar (91 km, 3 hours)

 

After breakfast bike back to Mongar. Afternoon exploratory tour to Mongar town, local market, overnight at the lodge.

 

 

Day 17: 

Drive to Bumthang (198 km, 7 hours)

 

Morning drive to Bumthang arriving there by lunch time. After lunch, visit to Yatha weaving centre and local market, overnight at the lodge.

 

 

Day 18: 

Drive to Thimphu (268 km, 8 hours)

 

After breakfast, drive to Thimphu on route visiting village houses and mingling with local people, lunch break at Wangduephodrang which is known for its majestic Dzong and its bamboo products, slate and stone carvings, after lunch, drive to Thimphu for overnight stay.

 

 

Day 19:

From Thimphu to Paro Airport (55 km, 1.1/2 hours)

 

Morning drive to Paro airport for flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival meet and transfer to Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

 

 

Day 20:

Free day at leisure in Kathmandu.

 

A free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley or for a scenic mountain flight.

 

 

Day 21:

Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

 

Today as per your international flight time, keep your air ticket and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.

 

Includes / Excludes

Price includes following services:
1. Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Kathmandu for 4 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis.
2. Accommodation sharing twin at Hotels & Lodges in Bhutan as per itinerary on full board basis.
3. Airport transfers in Kathmandu & Paro.
4. Guided sightseeing tours of Kathmandu with applicable entrance fees.
5. Guided sightseeing tour as per itinerary in Bhutan with accompanying Guide and applicable entrance fees.
6. Camping arrangement as per itinerary on full board basis.
7. Support vehicle where applicable.
8. Support of Local Guide assisting in Biking.
9. Flight Kathmandu / Paro / Kathmandu.
10. Bhutan Entry Visa fees.

Our price does not include followings:
1. International flights to / from Kathmandu.
2. Nepal entry visa fees.
3. Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu Hotel.
4. Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
5. Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
6. Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
7. Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.
8. Hiring charge of Mountain Bikes and spare tools.
9. Personal clothing and necessary Biking Gears

Extensions

If you are not tied up with time limitations, or have more time before or after your main trip with us, you can join / take following extension trips to make your holiday even interesting. According to extra time you have, you can choose a visit to National Parks for jungle safari viewing rare animals, migrant birds and exotic reptiles or enjoy the whitewater rafting or take a cultural tour of Kathmandu, Pokhara, Nagarkot or even make a quick visit to neighboring countries of Tibet – Roof of the world, India – The country of wonders, Bhutan – The Dragon Kingdom.

We can add these extensions before or after your holiday according to the flights that you have booked / can book. Beside these, if you even want just stay in Kathmandu for relax or any independent activities, we can book extra nights at the Hotel. You can book these extensions together with your main trip booking.

 

Chitwan National Park

It is one of the oldest and popular National Parks in Nepal recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Site. More than 500 Asian one-horned rhinoceros and some 100 nocturnal Royal Bengal Tigers have made their home in this dense forest. There are an estimated 50 species of mammals, over 526 species of birds, 49 amphibians and reptiles and 150 species of butterflies.

The park is spread over an area of 932 sq kms and located in the lowlands of Nepal. The forest cover is predominantly Sal, interspersed with tall grasslands, small hills, ox-bow lakes and flood plains.

Standard Packages are of 2 nights and 3 nights. Chitwan can be reached both by surface and air.

 

Bardia National Park

The park provides excellent habitat for endangered animals like the rhinoceros, wild elephant, tiger, fresh water Dolphin and many other species of mammals along with over 200 species of birds.

Standard Packages are of 2 nights and 3 nights. Bardia can be reached both by surface and air but since it will be too far to drive from Kathmandu, we offer the packages by air only.

 

Kathmandu

It is a treasure trove of ancient art and architecture that lie hidden in the labyrinth of manmade structures. The ancient pagoda temples and Buddhist stupas stand majestically above the rest of the landmarks. The Palace squares fascinate visitors with its exquisite woodwork and carving. You can extend your holiday from 1-3 days visiting these sites.

 

Pokhara

Pokhara is most popular tourist destination after Kathmandu, not because of its easy accessibility but because of its scenic beauty and proximity to many Himalayas. Rarely does a tourist miss a trip to this beautiful valley of lakes and mountain views. Ekai Kawaguchi who was the earliest visitor of this district, was awed by its beauty. The Annapurna range of the Himalayas dominates the landscape around Pokhara and many of treks and expeditions start from here. Around Pokhara one can go boating on lakes, bird watching, paragliding, fishing, ultralight flying or even pony trek besides regular treks. Pokhara can be reached by air as well as surface.

 

Nagarkot

Nagarkot is one of the most popular hill resorts on the fringe of the Kathmandu valley. With an elevation of 2,195m, is 32 kms away from Kathmandu offers a panoramic view of the valley and is described by the visitors as a place whose beauty endures year round. The extraordinary view of the Himalayan peaks from Dhaulagiri to Kanchenjunga is stupendous. Sunrise view from here is truly magnificent. An array of luxury resorts has made this place enjoyable for all kinds of tourists.

 

Tibet

Tour in Tibet offers a fabulous journey with awesome beautiful picturesque landscape and its colorful people and their culture, tranquil lakes, numerous high passes with stunning views of the mountains. Enriched by the ancient most lavishly decorated monasteries and temples with chanting saffron colored monks, ever smiling faces of people and their typical lifestyle all contributes to this trip a memory of your lifetime. A land so rich in culture, tradition and steeped in religion with its unique landscape, casts an enchanted spell that holds you in thrill and excitement. A journey of a life time, at the roof of the world with exciting adventure on route, and breathe-taking views of range of snow capped mountains. This is truly a stunning trip starting with a panoramic drive or flight over the gigantic Himalayas, a tour of great historical cities of Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse in the comfort of the spacious land cruiser and standard Hotels that Tibet has to offer.

 

India

The country of wonders, the lively bazaars, ornate architecture and the something puzzling customs of Indians make any visit a refreshing from the western life. Endowed with a backdrop of that can be anything from snow capped mountain to palm-lined beach, Indian rarely fails to delight adventurous travelers. India is considered to be the rich cultural melting pot with its colorful festivals of all the religion and people, blending well with magnificent landscape of historical cities, jungle, valleys, arid desert to high beautiful Himalayan peaks which makes it a traveler’s destination from sand, sea to snow.

 

Bhutan

The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, commonly known as ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ is regarded as the last paradise on earth is slowly emerging from centuries of self-imposed isolation. Closed for the outside world until early seventies, Bhutan has adopted the regulated tourism policy for its visitors in this tiny Himalayan Kingdom by allowing to enter limited numbers of tourists every year. Bhutan has retained its religious and cultural values despite of encroachment of modern civilization in the every nook and corner of the world. Unspoiled majestic virgin peaks, unique cultural heritage preserved for many centuries, an architectural style like no others, a land of full of warm hearted and friendly people have made Bhutan a truly unique destination. You will still find its past in present.

 

ACTIVITIES

River Rafting

Rafting is undoubtedly the best way to explore the Arcadian Nepal. It involves excitement, scenic views and challenge. Nepal has numerous fine rivers for rafting, kayaking or canoeing. The most prominent white water rafting regions are the eastern, the mid and the western rivers. Of all these regions, river Trisuli and the Bhotekoshi are the main popular rafting rivers for short trips. The rivers sometimes offer hair raising roller coaster rides. The float down stream is exhilarating and the scenery of the valley gorges between Himalaya and min Himalayan range is equally captivating. So whatever duration or level of excitement you need we have it.

 

Mount Everest Flight

Mountain flight is truly a memorable experience that one should not miss out in Nepal. If you feel you have not seen enough mountains, the mountain flight is the right choice to rejoice with spectacular panoramic mountains’ views. The bird’s eye view of the 6 mighty mountains above 8,000m out of the 14 from a close range is simply unbelievable. The one hour magic flight will make it possible for you to view uninterruptedly all the enchanting beauty of lofty and snowcapped mountains beyond your imagination. Above all is towering figure of Mount Everest amidst cluster of mountains spread all over Nepal and Tibet will mesmerize the onlookers with its astounding charm and grandeur. It is a great personal pride for you to hover above the clouds closer to the highest peak of the world-a-feat to be achieved only through mountain flight.

 

Bungy Jumping

Just imagination of jumping down from a bridge of 160m above a tropical gorge with the Bhote Koshi, one of the Nepal’s wildest rivers raging below is enough to make your heartbeat run faster. It is the thrill of Bungy jumping as it there is no fun for real adventure lover if challenge is not so hard and difficult. It is located within a reach of 4 hours outside Kathmandu and just 19 kms away from the Tibet Border.

The Bungy bridge happens to be the only privately owned bridge in Nepal. It has been specially designed for Bungy Jumping with a 4X safety factors and has a loading factor of 41,500kg or 4.5 tons according to Swiss measurement.

 

Paragliding

Paragliding is relatively new adventure sports in Nepal. Paragliding in this Himalayan country can be a truly wonderful and fulfilling experience for the adventure seekers. You can experience unparalleled scenic grandeur as you share airspace with Himalayan griffin vultures, eagles, kites while floating over the villages, monasteries, temples, lakes and the jungle with a fantastic view of the majestic Himalayas.

The main area for flying in Nepal is the Annapurna region, more specifically the Pokhara valley. This lakeside town is Nepal’s second city, nestled at the foot of the Annapurna Himal. The views commanded from here of 3 of the world’s 8000m peaks, are unsurpassed. At an altitude of 800m ASL the subtropical climate means that year round, it is short and T shirt weather. The micro climate of the valley makes it an ideal area for flying, with far more constant conditions.

 

Ultralight Flight

Ultralight aircraft is being operated from Pokhara. It has an unique blend of both mountain and plateau area. While flying over the Pokhara valley, you will not miss the scenic beauty of both the Himalayas and the most famous lake of Nepal, Phewa Tal. The flight will be a journey through nature. Don’t miss this truly unique experience.

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