Bhutan MTB Tours
 
MTB Adventure - 18 Days

Season: April to June and September to October
Number of Days: 18 Days
Grade: Strenuous

Day 1: Arrival at Paro International Airport:
Fly on Druk Air to Paro. Druk Air is a Bhutan national flag bearer, which has an exclusive right to fly to Bhutan from 6 other sectors. Limited flights allow only restricted number of flyers into this beautiful Himalayan Kingdom, thereby preserving and conserving valuable culture and environment that has remained intact for centuries. On clear days, during this flight, you will experience breathtaking views of the Himalayan Mountains including Mt. Everest, Jichu Drak and Jumolhari in Bhutan. You will land in the beautiful valley of Paro, located at an elevation of 7,400 ft. At Paro International Airport you will be received by representative of Druk Yul Expeditions. White Khaddar or scarf with Buddhist blessings will be presented to you to be carried along your journey. Take a short drive to your hotel and check-in for lunch. After lunch visit the National Museum (Ta-Dzong), earlier a watchtower for the Rinpung Paro Dzong. It was converted into the National Museum in 1968 and stands on a strategic site on the top of hill overlooking the Paro valley. On the way back visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong. A Dzong in Bhutan is a fortress. Today there are about 20 Dzongs around the country, most built during early part of 17th century. Dzongs are the seat of the district administration as well as the home for the monastic school. This huge fortresses are equally shared, keeping in tradition from past. It was from these fortresses that the Bhutanese repelled many Tibetan and Mongol invasions. Walk down further through walled flat stone pavements, and in about 10 minutes, you will pass through beautiful ancient wooden bridge with shingle roofing, with two guardhouses on each entrance. In the evening, we will walk through the small and picturesque Paro town. Enjoy evening meal at a cozy restaurant. Our representative will conduct detailed briefing about the upcoming tour program.

Day 2: Paro – Thimpu:
Morning, after breakfast, check out of hotel and depart for Thimpu, the Capital city of Bhutan. Drive is fascinating, and will give you firsthand experience of the Bhutanese countryside. Thimpu is a small city with about 90,000 inhabitants (but rural-urban migration has rapidly increased its size by about 7% in recent years). This city; rather a town is known for being only capital of country without modern traffic lights. On arrival at Thimpu, check in at the hotel. Visit a couple of sightseeing places; Chorten, Zangdopelri Monastery near weekend market. Watch an archery match if possible. Evening at leisure, and you can stroll around the town; again blended with unique Bhutanese and modern design and architecture. Your escort can accompany you while you walk around the city. Overnight at the hotel

Day 3: Thimpu – Punakha (Distance – 70 km):
Morning sightseeing in Thimpu: Trashicho Dzong and Government Handicraft Emporium. After early lunch, start biking to Punakha ascending enroute the Dochu La (3,050m) and later continue the descent to Metsina. Punakha is about 12 km from this place at an altitude of 1,250m. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Punakha – Wangduephodrang (Distance – 21 km):
In the morning, visit the 17th century Punakha Dzong followed by Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. Then continue biking to Wangduephodrang. Evening visit the Wangduephodrang Dzong and take a stroll around the town. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5: Wangduephodrang - Gangtey (Distance – 68 km):
In the morning, start biking to Gangtey gaining altitude of about 1,800 m. Make an afternoon excursion to Phubjikha valley which is a designated conservation area and famous for Black-Necked Cranes. Overnight at camp.

Day 6: Gangtey – Trongsa (Distance – 125 km):
Morning proceed to central Bhutanese town of Trongsa, crossing 3,300 m high Pele La pass en route. From Pele La proceed to Chendebji Chorten at altitude of 2,400 m, the stupa patterned on Swayambhunath in Kathmandu. Chendebji to Trongsa is about 41 km, approximate two hours of biking on almost flat land. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: Trongsa – Bumthang (Distance – 68 km):
Morning sightseeing with visit to Trongsa Dzong and Ta Dzong and then proceed to Bumthang, crossing Yotong La (3,400 m) and then descend to Gyetsa valley (2,700 m). Later cross 2,900 m high Kiki La while reaching to Jakar. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8: Bumthang:
Take a day for relaxation and sightseeing in one of the most beautiful valleys and also the religious heartland of the nation. Visit Tamshing Lhakhang, Jakar Dzong, Kurjey and Jambay Lhakhang. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 9: Bumthang – Ura (Distance – 60 km):
From Bumthang, Ura camping site is about 60 km and time taken is approximate 4 hours. Enroute cross 3,300 m high Shertang La and then descend to Ura village situated at the altitude of 3,000 m. Overnight at camp.

Day 10: Ura – Limithang (Distance – 80 km):
Proceed to Limithang, crossing 3,750 m high Thrumshing La, the highest point during this trip. From Thrumshing La it is all the way downhill (about 700 m) descent till the camp at Limithang. Overnight at camp.

Day 11: Limithang – Mongar (Distance – 27 km):
It is one of the shortest trips on this itinerary with a total descent of about 1,400 m. Evening, visit the Mongar Dzong and explore the town. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12: Mongar - Gom Kora (Distance – 80 km):
Morning proceed to Gom Kora, the Kori La pass en route is at 2,450 m. The road later descends rapidly till Sheri Chu River. Overnight at camp.

Day 13: Gom Kora - Trashi Yangtse (Distance – 65 km):
Proceed to Trashi Yangtse. 2 km ahead of Gom Kora, the road reaches Doksum, a village where two valleys meet. This place is also known for its weaving. Later arrive at Trashi Yangtse Dzong, situated at an altitude of 1,850 m. Heading further northwards in the gorge for about 4 km, the route leads to the gigantic Chorten Kora, the stupa built in Nepalese style of architecture. Overnight at camp.

Day 14: Trashi Yangtse – Trashigang (Distance – 65 km):
Start biking to Trashigang. The trail has gradual ups and downs till 55 km and later about 10 km upwards till Trashigang. Evening explore the town area, which is the biggest urban centre in Bhutan after Thimpu. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 15: Trashigang - Mongar (Distance - 91 km drive):
After breakfast drive back to Mongar. Afternoon exploratory stroll to Mongar town, local market; Overnight at the hotel.

Day 16: Mongar - Bumthang (Distance - 198 km):
After breakfast, start the drive to Bumthang. After lunch, visit the Yatha weaving centre and local market. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 17: Bumthang - Thimpu (Distance - 268 km):
After breakfast, start the drive to Thimpu enroute visiting village houses and mingling with local people. Take lunch break at Wangduephodrang which is known for its majestic Dzong and its bamboo products, slate and stone carvings. After lunch, drive to Thimpu for overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 18: Departure:
Our escort will complete the departure formalities well in advance, and if need be assist you with it. Drive down to airport and check in at least 2 hours prior to flight departure schedule.
Trip ends

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