Bhutan Multisport:
Cycle, Hike, Raft

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Do you want to ?  ✦  Raft the class 3 rapids of Pho Chu  ✦  Hike to Tigers Nest monastery  ✦  Taste Bhutan's national dish, chilies & cheese  ✦  Relax in luxurious, Bhutanese style hotels  ✦  Meet the locals face to face while cycling rural roads

Explore the country that inspired the legends of Shangri-la by bike, hike, and whitewater raft. This 8-day multisport adventure is an intimate tour of one of the most spiritual and isolated regions in Asia. Surrounded by steep mountains dotted with centuries-old dzongs, we'll spend our days cycling up and over Dochula Pass, hiking to such fabled sites as Taktshang Goemba ( also known as the famous Tigers Nest ) and navigating the tumbling rapids of Pho Chu River.

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your daily adventures

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

Bike north to visit Pangri, Tango and Cheri Gompas ( fortified monasteries ).
The ride today heads through a region not often seen on other bike tours in Bhutan, pedaling north to visit the Pangri, Tango and Cheri Gompas. These fortified monasteries have provided spiritual guidance to the local 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 three year retreat for the monks.
Cycling: 36 mi / 58 km, Terrain: moderate hills, Meals: B L D

Shuttle to the 108 Chortens atop Dochula Pass, descend on bike to Punakha.
Mid morning we will shuttle to Dochula Pass ( you also 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 before starting the 26 mile descent from the pass to Punakha through the leafy temperate forests and semi-tropical zone with abundant orange trees, bananas and bamboos.
Cycling: 31 mi / 50 km ( 43 mi / 69 km if you cycle up ), Terrain: alpine descent, Pass: Docula ( 3100 m ), Meals: B L D

Leisurely cycling to visit Punakha Dzong and rural Bhutan. 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. Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955 and it still is the winter residence of the Je-Khenpo ( Chief Abbot ) and the central monk body. We will again spend the night in Punakha.
Cycling: 28 mi / 45 km, Terrain: small hills, Meals: B L D

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, visiting 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 back to the valley floor, enjoy a great Bhutanese lunch before setting out to raft the Pho Chu River. This scenic float 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

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 back to Paro, where we spend out last couple of nights. Our hotel here 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

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 actually visit the temple and will enjoy most of day here 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

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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details details

8 days / 7 nights
Fun: Bicycling, Hiking & Rafting
Sleep: Première
Level: Leisurely
Avg Rides: ∽27 mi / 44 km
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Tour meets in Paro, Bhutan ( PBH ), fly in before noon on Day 1.

Tour ends in Paro, Bhutan ( PBH ), fly out after 10 am on Day 8.

Bhutan Visa
Processing your Bhutan Visa is provided as part of the tour. But Pedalers does not provide visa services for other destinations on your itinerary.
You Will Get
  • Expert local bilingual guides
  • Handpicked lodges, ensuite rooms, double occupancy
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, snacks*
  • Dinners featuring fine local cuisine*
  • Unlimited drinking water**
  • Support van for baggage and lifts
  • Free use of bicycles
  • Bhutan visa processing
  • Airport pick up & drop off
  • Entrance fees
*as noted in itinerary
**during activity, hotel provides water for use in room at night

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datepricesgl supdeposit 
8 Jun 21$5450$1025$500BOOK
14 Sep 21$5450$1025$500BOOK
19 Oct 21$5450$1025$500BOOK
26 Apr 22$5450$1025$500BOOK
26 Jul 22$5450$1025$500BOOK
18 Oct 22$5450$1025$500BOOK

go with just your friends

Book a private departure for your family and friends. Travel sans souci.

Go Private for only $5450 per person for groups of four or more. Contact us for pricing on smaller parties. Book with confidence as dates can be changed if necessary without penalty or fees.

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. Also available with Classic level accommodations.

where you will sleep

Taj Tashi Hotel - ThimphuDhensa Boutique Resort - PunakhaZhiwaling Hertitage Hotel - Paro