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Bhutan Multisport Tour


8 day Bhutan bike, hike & raft tour from $5400

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Discover the ancient kingdom of Bhutan by many modes. Mix a bit of scenic alpine cycling, a dash of cultural hiking, a splash of thrilling whitewater rafting and you have our Bhutan Multisport Adventure.

This unique country, thought to be the inspiration for Shangri-la, has managed to combine tourism with growth without sacrificing its soul. The ancient ways of life still prevail, men go to work dressed in traditional robes called gho and women in their wrap-around kiras. Ancient architectural styles have influenced newer hotels. And fresh mountain vegetables and chilies are combined with cheese for flavorful dishes that have been enjoyed through the centuries. Come explore the fabled Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan by bicycle, raft, and foot. Tour it's many wonders and discover its delightful culture and traditions.

Your journey begins with several days of bicycle touring, exploring the seldom visited valleys north of Bhutan's capital city of Thimphu. Visit the Gompas of Pangri, Tango and Cheri. Bike up and over (shuttle available too) Dochula Pass and down into the Punakha Valley. Explore the valley by bike, cycling to the spiritual capital at Punakha Dzong. Other than the optional climb, most of your bicycling is in valleys, with rolling hills and scenic landscapes.

Switching modes of travel, we enjoy a half-day of hiking in Punakha ascending to beautiful temples perched high above the valley floor. Cool off in the afternoon with some whitewater rafting on the Pho Chu River. Tackle class 2 and 3 rapids, big enough to be fun, small enough for all to enjoy. We finish our adventure back in Paro with a hike to fabled Taktshang Goemba. Better known to foreigners as Tigers Nest, a temple perched on a sheer cliff face, hundreds of feet above the valley floor. Unlike many other tours, we have special permits to hike to the actual monastery for a visit, not just view it from far away.

let the fun begin!
day:1
Arrive Paro, explore the National Museum, explore Thimphu.
Your multisport adventure through the fabled kingdom starts with one of the world's most scenic flights, coming into the Paro Valley. After stepping off the plane into the cool mountain air, we will enjoy lunch and then a short drive to Thimphu (60km/2 hours). Time permitting we will visit the National Museum of Bhutan. You will have time to admire the museum's collection of rare Bhutanese artifacts and art, traditional weaving and other eclectic pieces. This afternoon we will prepare the bikes and enjoy a brief sightseeing pedal around the city. Wind down your first day in Bhutan with our welcome dinner and orientation.
Cycling: 15 mi / 25 km, Terrain: flat, Meals: B L D
day:2
Bike north to visit Pangri, Tango and Cheri Gompas (fortified monasteries).
The cycling today heads through a region not often seen on other bike tours in Bhutan. You will be pedaling north to visit the Pangri, Tango and Cheri Gompas. These fortified monasteries have provided spiritual guidance to the residents for centuries. Now the Tango and Pangri Gompas are centers of higher learning, with Pangri teaching astronomy and Tango instructing monks in Buddhist Philosophy. Cheri monastery was built in 1620 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in memory of his father. Beautiful frescoes of saints, who have attained Buddhahood, adorn the monastery, including a very beautiful statue of 'Tara'. It is now a center of a three-year retreat for the monks.
Cycling: 36 mi / 58 km, Terrain: moderate hills, Meals: B L D
day:3
Shuttle to the 108 Chortens atop Dochula Pass, descend on bike to Punakha.
Mid-morning, we will shuttle to Dochula Pass (you have the option to cycle up). The views from the pass are magnificent, offering a panorama of the eastern Himalayas. Enjoy lunch at the pass. Enjoy the 26 mile descent to Punakha through the leafy temperate forests and semi-tropical zone with abundant orange trees, bananas, and bamboo.
Cycling: 31 mi / 50 km (43 mi / 69 km if you cycle up), Terrain: alpine descent, Pass: Docula (3100 m), Meals: B L D
day:4
Leisurely cycling to visit Punakha Dzong and rural Bhutan. Punakha served as Bhutan's capital until 1955.
Punakha served as Bhutan's capital until 1955. Today's relatively flat ride offers opportunities to visit some of the famed temples of the region and enjoy the quiet rural countryside. Today you will visit the Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, a Buddhist saint who unified Bhutan in the 17th century. The dzong is still the winter residence of the Je-Khenpo (Chief Abbot) and the central monk body. We will spend a second night in Punakha.
Cycling: 28 mi / 45 km, Terrain: small hills, Meals: B L D
day:5
Hike through the hills surrounding Punakha, then descend to riverside for rafting the Pho Chu River's class 2 & 3 rapids.
Switching modes of travel today, you will set out for a hike through the countryside. Visit several small villages before reaching a temple overlooking the valley. From this higher vantage point, you can enjoy great vistas of the area through which you rode yesterday and will raft later today. Descending to the valley floor, enjoy a great Bhutanese lunch before setting out to raft the Pho Chu River. This river throws some class 2 and 3 rapids at you to excite and refresh. A great way to round out our visit to the Punakha Valley.
Meals: B L D
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day:6
Shuttle to Paro, where we stay in the historic governor's mansion. Visit the family farm of your guide.
After breakfast, you will be shuttled to Paro, where we spend our last couple of nights. Our hotel is the former residence of the local governor. In the afternoon, you will visit a small village further up the valley, home to the family of our Bhutanese manager. An opportunity to experience the daily life, as we visit the family farm and explore the village.
Meals: B L D
day:7
Hike to Taktshang Goemba (Tigers Nest Monastery), return to Paro for a farewell dinner with dancing.
This morning we will enjoy a hike to visit the renowned Tigers Nest Monastery (Taktshang Goemba). We will have permits to visit the temple and will enjoy most of the day in the mountains, hiking, and sightseeing. The Taktshang Goemba is one of Bhutan's most spectacular monasteries, clinging to the cliff face, high above the surrounding valley floor. Upon our return to Paro, you will have a chance to finish your last-minute shopping needs. We'll gather for a final Bhutanese dinner, swapping tales of the ride and country.
Meals: B L D
day:8
Say farewell to Bhutan as you fly back to Bangkok. Legshembe joen
We will shuttle everyone back to the airport for your flight to Bangkok.
Meals: B
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8 days / 7 nights
Fun: Bicycling, Hiking & Rafting
Sleep: Première
Level: B

Small paved roads, very little traffic, moderate hiking, class 2 & 3 whitewater

Total: 110 mi / 177 km
Daily Avg: 27 mi / 44 km

Tour meets and ends in Paro, Bhutan (PBH)

Premiere level, boutique inns and resorts that reflect local character, culture and atmosphere. Hotel highlights below.

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What's Included:
  • Expert local bilingual guides
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, snacks*
  • Dinners featuring fine local cuisine*
  • Handpicked lodges, ensuite rooms, double occupancy
  • Support van with drinks, snacks and lifts
  • Free use of bicycles, rafting gear
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Bhutan visa and taxes
  • Entrance fees
*as noted in itinerary

What's Not:
  • Airfare to/from Bhutan
  • Gratuities for Guides and Crew
  • Travel Insurance
  • Internet, laundry, phone services
Make new friends join a scheduled group
$5400
  • Single room: $650
  • Bicycle rental: free
  • Airport pick up: free

Go When You Want

When To Go? Tour is available year round. November through February is winter with colder temperatures in the high passes and rafting may not be possible due to lower water levels.

Tour is available with Classic level accommodations starting from $3200.

Just the two of you private trip for two
$5850
  • Single room: $650
  • Bicycle rental: free
  • Airport pick up: free
Bring the family 3 to 5 persons
$5650
  • Single room: $650
  • Bicycle rental: free
  • Airport pick up: free
The gang's all here 6 or more persons
$5450
  • Single room: $650
  • Bicycle rental: free
  • Airport pick up: free
All costs are per person in US Dollars. Seasonal supplements may apply on private trips.

While the memories are still fresh in our minds, we wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our Bhutan tour. Sonam and Dorji were a top-notch team and did everything possible to make sure our trip was safe and enjoyable. We especially appreciated Sonam's willingness to adapt the itinerary to our interests and abilities, and we were impressed with the depth of his knowledge about Buddhism and the Bhutanese culture. The moment our energy level started to flag, Dorji and the support van always seemed to turn up with fresh water and healthy snacks.  

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