5 Night 6 Day Biking tour itinerary
Day 1: Arrive Paro
Fly into Paro from by Drukair (Royal Bhutan Airlines) or by Bhutan Airlines ( Private Tashi Air). The great snow-capped peaks of the inner Himalayas rise up to the heavens can be seen during clear weather. As the plane approaches Bhutan, if you look down farmhouses as dots on the hillsides can be seen.
After immigration and customs formalities, you will be received by the representative of Access Bhutan Tours & Treks and driven to your hotel.
After checking into your hotel and refreshment /lunch visit the following:
Rinpung Dzong, built in 1645 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now being used as an administration center and school for monks.Then walk down to Rimpung Bridge (Traditonal Bridge), oldest bridge in Bhutan.
Kichu temple,one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo. The story goes that a giant demon lay across the whole area of Tibet and the Himalayas and was preventing the spread of Buddhism. To overcome her, King Songtsen Gampo decided to build 108 temples, which would be placed on all the points of her body. Of these 108 temples, 12 were built in accordance with precise plans. Thus, it happened that in about the year AD 638 the temple of Jokhang in Lhasa was built over the very heart of the demon.
Farm houses in Paro Valley and a visit to a farm house offers a good glimpse into the lifestyle of a farmer.
In the evening stroll around Paro town and you may visit local handicraft stores.
Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Paro.
Day 2: Biking to Haa Valley via Chelela Pass (65 km)
After breakfast, start your biking excursion to Chelela Pass (with packed picnic lunch) from Paro valley, passing through farmland and scattered hamlets and gradually climbing to the Chele La Pass and at some of the turns catch a glimpse of snowcapped Himalayan mountains peaks.Mt.Jhomolhari and Jichudrake are the biggest peaks at the western side of Bhutan. After approximately 36 kilometres, which may take as long as 5 hours, you will reach the prayer flagged summit of the Chelela Pass at the lofty altitude of 3822 metres. This is pretty high so early in the trip and anyone not feeling up to this challenge can opt to get a ride on the support vehicle that follows you at any time. At the Chelela Pass, we will have a picnic lunch and enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful scenery. After lunch and some rest embark on your downhill biking expedition to Haa Valley through series of hairpin turns. Thankfully, there is almost no traffic on this road.
On arrival at Haa Valley,check into your hotel and take a refreshments. In the evening explore Haa Valley visiting Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple) and Lhakhang Nagpo (Black Temple). Local legend has it that deity helped construct the temple thus giving the name to Haa, meaning ‘surprise’. Haa is overlooked by three mountains called ‘Rig Sum Gonpa’ which signify three Buddha deities; Jambayang, Chana Dorji and Chenrizig. Haa was not opened up to tourists until 2002 so remains relatively unspoilt by the 21st C.
Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Haa Valley.
Day 3: Bike from Haa Valley to Thimphu ( 110 km)
After breakfast bike to Thimphu, which is 110km from Haa valley, following the Haa river gently downhill passing through several villages such as Jabana, Susuna and Dogakha and forested areas. You will stop for picnic lunch at Dogakha village and after lunch continue your ride to Thimphu and finally arriving at the junction of Bhutan’s main east-west highway called Chuzom (confluence of Paro and Thimphu rivers). The ride is all on a good and fairly level road with a very little traffic.
From Chunzom, you will follow the Wang Chu ( Thimphu river) upstream upto Thimphu valley passing through a narrow gorge section and widening of the valley at Namseling village. Finally, the quaint suburbs of Thimphu begin to appear. Thimphu is the largest settlement in Bhutan and is spread out across a wide valley. Thimphu has a special charm and it is fascinating to sit and watch a gathering of local people in the town square, wearing their traditional dress and going about their business in a typically laidback Bhutanese way.
On arrival at Thimphu check into your hotel and relax after a long bike ride.
Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.
Day 4: Thimphu Sightseeing
After breakfast visit the following:
Centenary Farmers’ market (if tour coincides with Thu-Sun) where farmers would be selling their wide range of farm produces (vegetables from farms and wild ferns or bamboo shoots collected from forest, flour, rice, roasted rice, rice flakes, spices, yams both cultivated and wild ones collected from forests, fruits, etc) and livestock products (mainly cheese and butter). Free interaction with people from town as well as from villages come to this weekend market. Weekend market is from Thursday-Sunday( 4 days).
National Textile Museum which is a good place to see the art of traditional weaving being kept alive and preserved through exhibition and has a good collection of old textiles which are rich in colors and designs. You will also see people weaving with intricate designs.
Traditional Bhutanese paper making factory. The handmade paper making in Bhutan stemmed from the age old tradition originated in 8th century of Bhutanese history. The handmade paper constitutes as valuable National heritage of Bhutanese cultural identity and is preserved through all the ages. The Traditional paper is recognized and held high esteem both in home and outside world. Jungshi Paper Factory was established in November 1990 as an undertaking of the Royal Government of Bhutan. The unit now boasts as a major and sole dealer in handmade paper and its products.
Witness Archery game ( National Sport of Bhutan) at Changlimitahng Stadium.
Enjoy Traditional Bhutanese Lunch at Simply Bhutan – A living museum of rural life which provides visitors and tourists with fascinating insights into the Bhutanese material culture and way of life.
After lunch visit the following:
Takin Preserve, which houses the national animal the Takin that is only found in Bhutan. This is an extremely rare member of the goat family. Found in herds in the very high altitudes (13,125ft and over). They live on a diet of grass and bamboo. It can weigh as much as 550 pounds.
Tashichhoe Dzong, a fortress of the glorious religion. It was built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel and was reconstructed into present structure by the late King, His majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the year 1962-1969.It houses the secretariat building, the throne room and the office of the king, and the central monk body.
Kuenselphodrang where largest Buddha statue in the country is perched on the hillock overlooking the Thimphu valley and also if interested/if time permits, take a leisure walk through Kuenselphodrang Nature park and enjoy the nice view of the entire Thimphu valley below
In the evening visit Craft Bazaar where craftsmen and artisans from across the country display and sell their handicrafts and Government-run Handicrafts Emporium and local crafts shops, to browse through examples of Bhutan’s fine traditional arts. Here you can buy hand-woven textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and wood carvings, jewelry, and other interesting items made from local materials.
Also stroll through Thimphu town and you may visit local handicraft stores. Dinner and overnight at the same hotel in Thimphu.
Day 5: Thimphu-Paro and A Day Hike to Taktsang Ghoempa (Tiger’s Nest Monastery)
After breakfast,drive for about 1 hour to Paro and then hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. The walk up to the viewpoint will take about 1 – 1 ½ hrs depending on your fitness and from View Point you will enjoy a spectacular view of the monastery clinging to the side of the cliff. Stop for refreshment at the View Point Cafeteria. Then walk further up to the monastery which will take about 1 hour. It is said that in the 8th century Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress from eastern Bhutan to this place and meditated in a cave here for 3 months. The principal Lhakhang (monastery) of the present monastic complex dates from 1692. Taktsang was damaged severely by fire in 1998 but has now been fully restored to its former glory. After visiting the monastery, walk downhill back to the road on the way stop for lunch at the view point cafeteria and then walk further downhill to the road point.
In the evening you can relax in the traditional hotstone bath. Dinner and Overnight at a hotel in Paro.
Day 6: Departure from Paro
After breakfast, drive to the Paro airport and your Bhutan tour guide from Access Bhutan Tours will see you off at the Paro International Airport for your flight to your onward destinations.
End of the tour
| 5 Night 6 Day Tour Price
3 pax & above
Low Season:Dec,Jan, Feb,Jun, Jul & Aug
High Season:Mar,April, May,Sept,Oct & Nov
The above Bhutan tour package prices include the following:
- Bhutan Government Royalty of US$ 65/person/night
- FIT surcharges of US$40/person/night for a single traveler and US$30/person/night for a double
- Twin sharing hotel rooms at 3 star hotels
- All meals ( breakfast, lunch, dinner & light refreshments) with standard menu at 3 star hotels
- English speaking tour guide service
- All transfers and excursions by private vehicles
- All entrance fees to museums and monuments
- All internal taxes and fees
- Mineral drinking water
The above tour prices do not include the following:
- Single room supplement of US$40/room/night during low season and US$ 50/room/night during high season (optional)
- Visa fee of US$40/person (must be paid in advance with tour cost)
- Airfares (optional)
- Travel issurance (recommended)
- 4 star and 5 star accommodations and meals (optional)
- Other personal expenses like overseas calls, laundry,etc
- Bike hiring fee of US$30/bicycle/day
***Thank you & Tashi Delek***