18 Days Mountain Biking Tour in Bhutan

18 Days Mountain Biking Tour in Bhutan

Sketch Itinerary

The 18 Days Mountain Biking Tour in Bhutan is a relatively new phenomenon in Bhutan but it’s gaining momentum among locals as well as majority of visitors.

Latest “TREK & GIANT” make mountain bikes can be rented and hired for biking trips. Such expeditions require custom fitted 4WD pick-ups, to carry these bikes, along with associated gears and supplies and, as support vehicle for the mountain biking trips. We provide options to camp in deluxe tents in far flung places, carrying basic first-aid medical kits, food and fuel for riding along off-road location.

The biking trips in Bhutan tend to focus more on country roads, farm roads, the wide walking trails that leads through forests, farmland and quaint villages. In the event that you cannot ride any longer or face problems, you can just hop onto a support vehicle.

Bhutan is a natural Mountain Biking Country with its environment, landscape, villages, valleys, mountain passes and so on and so forth. Even when a road is not good for driving, the bikes still get going. It is great for bikes and the bikers with recent addition of many farm roads.

View Road travel map of 18 Days Mountain Biking Tour in Bhutan in Google Map.

Sketch Itinerary: 

Day 01. Arrive at Paro.

Day 02. Paro – Thimphu.

Day 03. Thimphu – Punakha.

Day 04. Punakha – Wangdue.

Day 05. Wangdue – Gangtey.

Day 06. Gangtey – Trongsa.

Day 07. Trongsa – Bumthang.

Day 08. Bumthang.

Day 09. Bumthang – Ura.

Day 10. Ura – Limithang.

Day 11. Limithang – Mongar.

Day 12. Mongar – Gom Kora.

Day 13. Gom Kora -Trashi Yangtse.

Day 14. Trashi Yangtse – Trashigang.

Day 15. Trashigang – Mongar.

Day 16. Mongar – Bumthang.

Day 17. Bumthang – Thimphu.

Day 18. Thimphu – Paro Airport.

Detail Itinerary

Detail Itinerary for 18 Days Mountain Biking Tour in Bhutan

Day01: Arrive Paro (Altitude: 2280 m): Arrive Paro by Druk Air/ Bhutan Airlines flight provides fascinating view of eastern Himalayan peaks. You will be received by representative of Yak Holidays International at Paro airport and drive to the hotel. Overnight at the Tashi Namgyal Resort or similar.

Day 02: Paro – Thimphu (2320m) (Distance: 54 km, 4 hrs)
Morning sightseeing in Paro visiting

  • Ruins of Drukgyel Dzong
  • Ta Dzong (National Museum)
  • Rinpung Dzong.

After lunch, start biking to Thimphu (54 km, approx. 4 hours) passing through the confluence of Paro and Thimphu rivers. The route follows the Valley of Thimphu River through an arid landscape.
Overnight at the hotel Mihmar or similar.  

Day 03: Thimphu – Punakha (1310 m) (76 km)
Morning sightseeing in Thimphu:

  • Memrial Chorten
  • Buddha Point
  • Changangkha Lhakhang
  • Takin Preserve Centre.

After early lunch biking to Punakha ascending enroute at Dochula pass (3150m) and later continue descent to Metshina. Punakha is about 14 km from this place so in about 3.1/2 hours biking the total descent from Dochula to Punakha is about 1,800 m. overnight at the hotel Meri Puensum  or similar.

Day 04: Punakha – Wangduephodrang( 1310 m)(76 km)
After breakfast, visit:

  • Punakha Dzong
  • Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chhorten.
  • Continue biking to Wangduephodrang (21 km, 1.1/2 hour).

Evening visit to Wangduephodrang Dzong razed by fire in 2012 and under construction and interesting local market. Overnight at the Punatshangchhu Cottages or similar.   

Day 05: Wanguephodrang – Gangtey(Altitude 3120 m) (Distance: 67 km,  4 ½  hrs) :
Morning commence biking to Gangtey (68 km, approx.) gaining altitude of about 1,800 m. Afternoon excursion to Phobjikha valley which is a designated conservation area and famous for black-necked cranes. Dinner and O/N in Theckchen Phodrang Guest house or similar.

Day 6: Gangtey –Trongsa (2300 m)
Morning proceed to central Bhutanese town of Trongsa (60 km, approx. 6 hours) crossing 3,300 m high Pelela pass en route. From Pele la pass proceed to Chendbji Chhorten at altitude of 2,300 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. Dinner and Overnight at Tashi Ninjay Resort or similar.

Day 07: Trongsa – Bumthang (Altitude 2800 m) (68 km)

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 Swiss Guest House or similar. 

Day 08: Bumthang Sightseeing (Altitude 2800 m)
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.

Dinner and O/N at Swiss Guest House or similar.

Day 09: Bumthang – Ura (Altitude 3100 m)
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 descends to Ura village situated at the altitude of 3,000 m. Later explore pleasant Ura village. Overnight tented accommodation.

Day 10:Ura – Limithang (4160 m)
Proceed to Limithang (80 km, approx. 6 hours) crossing 3,750 m high Thrumshingla pass, the highest point during this trip. From Thrumshingla it is all the way downhill (about 700 m) descent till the camp at Limithang. Overnight tented accommodation.

Day 11: Limithang – Mongar (3500 m) 
It is one of the shortest trips 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 Druk Dzongkhar or similar. 

Day 12: Mongar – Gom Kora (2280 m) 
Morning proceed 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 13: Gom Kora -Trashi Yangtse (1830 m) 
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.  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 in Choki Farm House or similar.

Day 14: Trashi Yangtse – Trashigang (1150 m)
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 Druk Deothjung Resort or similar.

Day 15: Trashigang – Mongar (91 km, 3 hours): 
After breakfast drive back to Mongar.

After lunch, explore Mongar town, local market. Overnight at Druk Dzongkhar or similar.

Day 16: Mongar – Bumthang (198 km, 7 hours) :
After breakfast, drive to Bumthang arriving there by lunch time.

After lunch, visit to Yatha weaving/ Beer /Swiss cheese factory centre and local market. Overnight at Swiss Guest House or similar.

Day 17: Bumthang – Thimphu (2320 m)(268 km, 8 hours)
After breakfast, drive to Thimphu enroute visiting village houses and mingling with local people. Lunch break at Wangduephodrang, famous for its bamboo products, slate and stone carvings.

After lunch, drive to Thimphu. Free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography. Diner and overnight in Hotel Migmar or similar.

Day 18: Thimphu – Paro Airport (54 km, 1 hour)
Early morning, drive to the airport and farewell.

Tour Photo Gallery
Rinpung Dzong @ Paro
Rinpung Dzong @ Paro
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Value Added Services
  • Hot stone bath.

    bhutanese archery

    Practicing Archery

  • Cycling around Paro valley.
  • Practice Archery.
  • Bhutanese cooking class.
  • Bhutanese cultural show featuring various mask dances and folk dances.
  • Talk on Gross National Happiness / Buddhism.
  • Consulting an Astrologer.
  • Practice Dart.
  • Performing religious ceremony.
  • Marriage ceremonies.
Cycling-around-Paro-valley
Cycling-around-Paro-valley
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Optional Activities
  • Village walk
  • Hike to Dzongdrakha Monastery.
  • Hike to Kila Gompa.
  • Excursion to Chelila Pass.