Bhutan Biking – 8 Days

Bhutan Biking – 8 Days

Bhutan, small nation in south Asia that boasts for its nickname ‘the last Shangri-la’, is as adventurous for cycling experiences as it is for viewing its impeccable mountainous beauty. Himalayas, rich culture, natural beauty, unique
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US $2,250 PP
  • Trip Code: ATH3419
  • Country: Bhutan
  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Trip Level:
    Moderate
    This tour is rated moderate and is for all levels of cyclists in above average physical conditions. You need to be in good shape and reasonably fit. Moderate trips are ideal for cycling enthusiasts who enjoy nature and culture, as well as occasional climbs and mud. Some experience is recommended for the this biking trip. There are several climbs and drops in this trip as you soar through some ancient Nepalese villages, hilltops with stunning views of the Himalayas, religious sites and serene gardens. Moderate biking trips include a mixture of paved roads, jeep tracks and single tracks.
  • Activity: Mountain Biking
  • Starts at: Bhutan
  • Ends at: Bhutan
  • Trip Route:

    Paro–Thimpu–Punakha–Dochula–Paro

  • Best Season: 
March-May September-November

Trip Highlights

  • A Pleasant ride through the lush green forests, over the rolling hills, along creeks and pristine villages and ancient monasteries in the Land of Thunder
  • Cycling in major cities of Bhutan- Thimpu, Punakha, Dochula, Paro
  • Sightseeing and Riding excursion around Punakha
  • Sightseeing in Paro
  • Hiking to the Tigers Nest Monastery in Paro
  • Sightseeing around the Tigers Nest Monastery

Trip Information

Bhutan, small nation in south Asia that boasts for its nickname ‘the last Shangri-la’, is as adventurous for cycling experiences as it is for viewing its impeccable mountainous beauty.
Himalayas, rich culture, natural beauty, unique life styles of people: These are the ways this Himalayan kingdom is. Bhutan still is too little talked-about and shrouded in mystery, thus making this land a very less explored one, especially on a bicycle.

If you have ever dreamed of a pleasant ride through the lush green forests, over the rolling hills, along creeks and pristine villages and ancient monasteries, Bhutan, also known as ‘the Land of the Thunder Dragon’ is the place to be in. Ever since the government opened the country for tourists, mountain biking has slowly gained pace. Biking in Bhutan is a very rejuvenating experience.

Snow-capped mountains, emerald green landscapes, fascinating wildlife and gentle people all await you. Go experience Bhutan! It could be a once-in-a-lifetime chance for you to collect reminiscing moments cycling around the exotic locations of Thimpu, Punakha, Paro and lot more! Cycling- a great way to explore this land of the thunder dragon. You will be greatly amazed by all your cycling experiences.

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in Paro & Transfer to Thimpu in a private vehicle. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 2: Bike Checks & Warm up ride to Buddha Point, 15 kms. Afternoon sightseeing in Thimpu. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 3: Ride from Thimpu – Punakha, 72 Kms. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 4: Sightseeing & Riding Excursion around Punakha- 20 Kms. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 5: Ride from Punakha to Dochula, 55 Kms. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 6: Ride from Dochula to Paro- 63 kms & Sightseeing around Paro. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 7: Hike to the Tigers Nest Monastery & Sightseeing. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 8: Final Departure
Day 1: Arrive in Paro & Transfer to Thimpu in a private vehicle.

You can take flight to Paro from Bangkok, New Delhi, Kathmandu, Dhaka etc. We recommend you to fly from Bangkok because Druk air offer everyday flight from Bangkok – Paro – Bangkok whereas Druk air do not operate everyday flights from other sectors.

The flight to Bhutan offers scenic views of some of the highest peaks in the world. Paro is at an altitude of 2280m above sea level and this valley serves as an ideal area for rice, apple, wheat, potatoes and vegetable growing.

Our Bhutanese tour guide will meet you at Paro airport, traditionally welcomed with silk scarves and after completion of arrival formalities we take we take an hour long scenic drive to the capital (Thimpu) past rice fields, hamlets & wayside mountain villages, Brief stop at the confluence where Thimpu River meets the Paro river with the three styles of stupas commonly found in the Himalayas.

These kinds of monuments are built to ward off evil spirits believed to be haunting the places where rivers and spurs meet. These kinds of monuments are also used as trail markers. Most of these monuments are built by high monks or by layman contains holy Buddhist relics

After a brief rest at your hotel in Thimpu, we embark on a leisurely exploration / walking tour of the Thimpu Market Area. We will also take some moment to witness a game of the national pastime, archery- at the local archery range.Overnight in Hotel.
(Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 2: Bike Checks & Warm up ride to Buddha Point, 15 kms. Afternoon sightseeing in Thimpu.

In the morning , we visit the ,Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as Painting School) where students undertake a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan viz. Sculpture (both statues and masks) , Calligraphy , Painting (Mural ,Scroll and House) , Wood Crafts (Carving ,Wooden Bowl Making , Paper Crafts ,Carpentry and Furniture) ,Leather Craft , Casting , Embroidery , Weaving , Bamboo Crafts ,Pottery ,Gold & Silver Smithy , Black Smithy & Masonry.

Folk Heritage Museum,the museums, both of which opened in 2001, provide fascinating insights into Bhutanese material culture and way of life.

Visit the Institute of Traditional Medicine, where traditional medicine are manufactured and healing are practiced in accordance to ancient scriptures and traditions.

National Library, which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, some dating back several hundred years, as well as modern academic books mainly on Himalayan culture and religion. Bhutan – A visual odyssey conceived and printed by MIT, USA, the biggest book in the world is displayed here.

Bhutan Posts: Bhutan is much known for its colorful stamps on varying themes; the display gallery offers a good opportunity to pick up postcards and stamps. Depending on the factor of time and interest visit the adjoining Bhutan National Bank to observe the banking system.

Drive to the Thimpu viewpoint at Sangyegang, en route we visit the unique /highly endangered Takin (national animal) Preserve.

National Memorial Chorten: The building of this Thimpu landmark was envisaged by the third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, as a monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it is both a memorial to the Late King (“the Father of modern Bhutan”) and a monument to world peace. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.

(Open Fri – Sun) We visit the weekend farmers market in Thimpu where farmers & traders from all over the country converge each weekend to sell their products consisting of farm product & items of daily use. This experience will provide some insight into the Bhutanese culinary culture.

Later in the day, we take a leisurely stroll in Thimpu Bazaar (Market)

In the afternoon we take some time off to check our cycling /biking equipment , also test the bikes in preparation for the biking adventure across the country and also enjoy a test ride to the Buddha point , the site of the world’s biggest statue of Buddha (currently under construction and estimated to be complete in December 2012). Overnight at Hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 3: Ride from Thimpu to Punakha- 72 Kms

In the morning we start the scenic ride to Punakha over the Dochula pass (3050m). This pass offers a panoramic view of the eastern Himalayan ranges on the clear days. Stop briefly here to take in the view and admire the 108 stupas built to honor His Majesty the King, world peace and for the benefit of all living beings.

Enjoy an exciting downhill from the pass all the way till the alluvial Punakha Valley. En-route stop at the Royal Botanical Park and view the many rare species of flora and some fauna on display.
In case if there are any fruits in season we stop by the wayside farmers market at Lobesa to sample some fresh organic fruits.

In the afternoon enjoy a short walk (rating: easy with no gradient / 1 hour round trip with sightseeing) or bike ride to Chimmi Lhakang, a temple dedicated to the divine madman/god of fertility. Walk past villages and rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang-temple of the Divine Madman who is popularly known as Drukpa Kuenly. He inherited the Divine madman title since he revolted against the orthodox Buddhism in his time. He is revered as a symbol of fertility and most childless couples make visit to this temple to seek its blessing’s. Overnight at Hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 4: Sightseeing & Riding Excursion around Punakha- 20 Kms

In the morning we ride across the traditional footbridge that spans across the river into the castle of Punakha. Explore Punakha fortress/castle miraculously located between the two rivers, Pho Chhu and the mo Chhu (male and female rivers).

Explore and experience the architectural grandeur of the “castle of great happiness”. The Castle of great happiness is a massive stricture built on the junction of two river Pho Chhu (Male River) and Mochu(Female river).Punakha was the capital of Bhutan until 1955 and the Dzong serves as the winter residence of the central monk body. Bhutan`s first king was crowned in this Dzong in 1907. Damaged by four catastrophic fires and earthquakes and flood, the Dzong has been fully restored by the fourth king.

Enjoy an exciting ride across the longest suspension bridge in the Kingdom. Visit the Youth development funded souvenir production centre operated by the youth from disadvantaged communities.

Enjoy a Picnic lunch by the scenic and tranquil riverside of Punakha(Optional). In the afternoon, hike (1: 30 min round trip) to the glorious Khamsum Yulay Namgyal Temple located north of the valley, the viewing platform on the roof of this magnificent landmark offers picturesque view of the northern Bhutanese Himalayas and the panoramic valley of Punakha to the south or Ride to the northern reaches of Punakha valley across paddy fields and villages. Overnight at Hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 5: Ride from Punakha to Dochula- 57 Kms

In the morning we retrace the drive to the tranquil and picturesque Dochula Pass for the Overnight.

The ride today will be the toughest on the route esp. while climbing up to the Dochula Pass, our support vehicle / tour vehicle will also trail behind in case of any support requirement .

Rest & Relax in the pristine surroundings of the Dochula Pass. There will also be options available to visit the nearby temple.Overnight at Hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 6: Ride from Dochula to Paro- 73 kms & Sightseeing around Paro.

In the morning we leisurely take the scenic route across the Dochula Pass into Paro valley.
In the afternoon Biking exploration around Paro Valley

In Paro we explore the Paro Rimpung Dzong (fortress/castle) built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body and district administration. En route we take the traditional walk (15 mins) route across the 16th century cantilever bridge.

A walk through the bridge, over a stone cobbled path, offers an up close view of the architectural wonder of the Dzong as well as life around it.

Visit the National Museum Explore (former watch tower), established in 1968. It houses some of the finest specimens of arts including masterpieces of bronze and paintings. The museum with its extensive collections interprets history and culture of Bhutan through its exhibits.Evening at leisure or enjoy a stroll in town. Overnight at Hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 7 : Hike to the Tigers Nest Monastery & Sightseeing

Hiking excursion (2 hours on ascent and 1 hour on descent) to the tigers nest monastery. One of the most venerated places precariously perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. Guru Rinpoche arrived at this spot on a back of tigress and meditated here in a cave and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. This site has been recognized as the most spiritual of sites in Bhutan and many eminent saints have meditated in this area. Now it is visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their life time. The monastery defies both gravity and mind’s eye.Lunch and refreshments at the cafeteria which offers an imposing view of the cultural landmark of Tigers Nest.

In the evening we visit a nearby farmer’s house for a traditional feast and also to observe the traditional way of life and living. Overnight at Hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 8: Tranfer to Airport fro your final Departure.

We check in two hours prior to flight departure to ensure the best seats on board, best suited to take in the panoramic view of the Himalayas. We bid you goodbye and happy travels.
(Breakfast Included)

  • We do not have fixed departure date for Bhutan Biking. This trip can only be organized upon your request. We have price discounts according to the group size and number of pax. The bigger your group, the bigger your group discounts. A group booking of 11 or more people is subjected to a maximum discount. There is a free trip available to one person if your group is above 14. If your group is much larger please contact us to discuss about the price. There is also the option of private and tailor made journey best suited for you, your family and friends. The trip price according to the number of pax is well illustrated below:
    Group Size Price Per Person Remark
    1 pax US $2860
    2 pax US $2700
    3 pax-4 pax US $2600
    5 pax-7 pax US $2400
    8 pax-10 pax US $2300
    11 pax + US $2250 Complementary trip available only above 14 pax.
  • We understand that some clients want their adventure trek/trip to be a private affair, so that it would enable them to spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at there own Schedule. Considering this, Ace the Himalaya organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.
    • 12 minus seven =
  • You can also use this tour as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, we could add on more time exploring the Kathmandu Valley or relaxing in Pokhara, or add some wildlife safaris in Chitwan or Bardia National Parks. We can also adjust the trekking route and add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti, Trisuli or Bhote Koshi rivers. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from one of our travel consultants, please fill in our tailor-made request form.
    • thirteen − two =

Price Includes

  • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a private tourist vehicle.

  • Standard government-approved accommodation (in twin sharing rooms) for the duration of the tour.

  • Full-board meals - breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea & snacks - for the duration of your stay.

  • Drinking water for the duration of the tour.

  • Country presentation and tour Briefing on the evening of Day 01 with welcome drinks.

  • Private transportation and a designated driver within Bhutan. Toyota 4WD luggage vans and light trucks for group travel.

  • Monument and museums entrance fees at all sightseeing locations detailed in the itinerary.

  • Cultural afternoon/evening sessions with traditional mask and folk dances (with beverages). Only for group tours.

  • Local Bhutanese licensed English-speaking mountain biking guide(s). The number of guides and assistant guides is dictated by the group size.

  • Mountain bike for the number of days riding. The brands include Cube, Trek and Giant hardtail or full-suspension bikes, depending on your choice (We recommend to bring your own Bike).

  • The required number of local staff, porters and mules to carry your luggage in the biking trip.

  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.

  • Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag, sun hat and T-shirt – if you are flying to Paro from Kathmandu (yours to keep).

  • Bhutan visa fees and processing assistance.

  • Government royalty (35% of $200), which goes to the country's health and education projects.

  • All route access and monument entry permits and fees.

  • All government taxes, official expenses and tourist service charges.

Price Does not Include

  • International airfare and airport departure tax.

  • Your travel insurance (mandatory for the trip; should cover helicopter rescue charges)

  • All items of personal nature like drinks, laundry etc.

  • Biking attire and other personal gears.

  • Tips for biking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected)

  • Others expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section.

Please Note: Druk air flight costs are not included in the trip price. Druk air flights cost are different as per the flights sectors that you are taking. Druk air offer flights from following location. We recommend you to book your flight to Bangkok as they have every day flight to Paro and from Paro as well.

Please let us know which route is more convenient to you, the cost of the flights are as below. Please contact us for the up-to-date Druk air flight rate.

  • Bangkok – Paro – Bangkok = US$890
  • New Delhi – Paro- New Delhi = US$875
  • Calcutta – Paro- Calcutta = US$510
  • Kathmandu – Paro- Kathmandu = US$520
  • Bangkok – Paro – Kathmandu = US$ 860
  • Bangkok – Paro – New Delhi = US$ 875
 
 
 
 
 

All you need to bring for this biking trip is simply some comfortable clothes; there is no any requirement of special equipment on the tour. However for your ease, the following gives you the general idea about the personal items you need to manage for the trip. The personal items referred here are optional and depends upon your choice. The most important factor to be considered while choosing the equipment and your Bag-pack, is the time of the year you are travelling.

In a tour, the vehicle transfers all the heavy items and equipment. But the Personal belongings of the clients which are required at any moment like money, water bottle, camera, suns cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. It is therefore advisable that you pack the personal belongings into your daypack.

If you are flying Bhutan from kathmandu, we will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trip and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trip. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trip

Riding Kit

  • Helmet
  • Bike gloves x 3 pairs
  • Biking glasses
  • Padded cycling shorts (to last at least 5 rides)
  • Long-sleeved base layers
  • Short-sleeved and long-sleeved cycling tops
  • Biking socks (at least 5 pairs)
  • Hat and non-biking gloves
  • Head torch

If you’re bringing your own bike:

  • Brake pads specific to your bike x 2 sets
  • Rear mech hanger specific to your bike x 2
  • Bottle of dry lube
  • Four inner tubes, or spare bottle of fluid for
  • tubeless tyres (two for each tyre)
  • Quick link to suit your chain
  • For 29” wheels bring extra spare tubes; these are more difficult to find in Nepal

Please note: If you’re bringing your own bike, you must make sure that you have it professionally serviced before the trip, and ask your bike shop to use dry lube on your chain.

List of Recommended Equipment for the Biking Trip:

  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)
  • Daypack
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears (only if you are travelling in the cold season i.e January, February and December)
  • Goggles or sunglasses for sunbeam, dust and wind.
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it and is for cold season i.e January, February and December.(optional)
  • 1 pair warm gloves (This is required if your are travelling in cold season i.e January, February and December).
  • T-shirts (2).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket (preferable if you are travelling in rainy season from June to September.)
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis), 1 pair shorts.
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear/thermals (if you are traveling in winter January, February and December).
  • 2 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 1 pair light camping shoes or sneakers..
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous, but Important !

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer
  • 2 bandanas.

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you.

Here's a few answers to most common Questions asked by the customers.

To participate in our Bhutan Biking Trip, you need to be in good health and reasonably fit. Moderate trips are ideal for cycling enthusiasts who enjoy nature and culture, as well as occasional climbs and mud. Some experience is recommended for the this biking trip. There are several ups and downs in this trip as you soar through some the most ancient Bhutanese, popular hilltops with stunning views of the Himalayas, religious sites and serene gardens. Moderate biking trips include a mixture of paved roads, jeep tracks and single tracks.

Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying signboard with your name on it. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel

Hotels vary in style and quality. All Government approved hotels are clean and well maintained with hot and cool water, telephones with international dialing and fax facilities. We use three to four star hotels for this trip. All the meals and hot drinks are included in the trip price.

Most of the restaurants serve Bhutanese, Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine always plenty to choose from. Local Bhutanese food are spicy like the Indian food.

Ace the Himalaya is all about providing you with local insights, lifestyle as well as adventure. Using a variety of private transport is an integral part of our Himalayan tours, enhancing the experience!

We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups; whereas we use the best 4WD SUVs as our support vehicle. These vehicles are extremely sturdy, spacious and reliable and they make the journey as comfortable as possible. For larger groups, we also use supported trucks to carry your luggage.

The best time for Bhutan Biking Trip is between February to June and September and December.

Either hard-tail or full suspension mountain bikes will do fine. In some parts of the routes, you can take downhill shortcuts for which we strongly recommend full suspension bikes. (Your guide will let you know if there are any shortcuts you can take.)

All the brands we provide are properly serviced and fully functional standard hardtail rentals best suited for the trips. We provide full suspension bikes (if preferred by our clients) for an additional charge.

Trek: 3-, 4-, 6- and 8-series
Cube: Comp, LTD, CMPT, Reaction
Giant: ATX, Tralon
Other brands: Capic and V-Ket

Bikes are hired at the time of booking, and are included in the price. The frame size of the bike has to be matched with your height, and since there is a limited number of each size, we strongly suggest you provide us with this information well ahead. In case of any damage incurred to the bike or the equipments, the client will be liable to pay for the repair and/or replacement, depending on the nature of the damage.

We provide a helmet, a pump, a spare tube, a water bottle and a repair kit with a rental bike.

Cycle computer and a GPS unit for USD 2 and USD 5, respectively, per day per person.

You definitely can! It is highly recommended that you have your bike thoroughly serviced before coming on the trip. Spare parts are available in Kathmandu, but may not always be compatible with your bike.

Most airlines are quite used to people travelling with bikes, and if a bike is properly boxed and within the luggage allowance, it is a relatively hassle-free experience. On arrival at your destination you will be met by your leader, and you will just need a baggage trolley to take your bike as far as the transfer vehicle.

Make sure the bikes are properly packed. You may do it yourself (here’s a guide or if you’re not sure, you could have a local bike shop pack it for you).

We take every care to ensure your bike is well treated, but it is normal for a bike to sustain minor scratches, resulting during the daily ride as well as loading and unloading from support/transport vehicles.

Your bike is part of your baggage allowance on the plane, details of which are shown on your flight ticket, and maximum weights are usually between 20 and 25 kgs. A boxed bike weighs around 16 kg, so you need to pack carefully. Put heavy items in your hand baggage, wear your heavy/bulky jacket when you check in. Ace the Himalaya will not be liable for any excess baggage charges brought by the airline as a result of your exceeding the baggage allowance, whether you have a hire bike or take your own bike. In practice excess luggage charges are rare for those who pack sensibly, even if you are a little over the specified limit.

Few airlines impose specific standard bike carriage charges. All such charges are beyond our control, and to be paid by the client. Where we know of a bike carriage charge in advance, this will be added to the relevant trip notes. In the unlikely event of any of your luggage and or bike being misplaced or damaged while in the care of the airline, a Property Irregularity Report (PIR) must be filed with the appropriate airline on arrival. This is essential if you subsequently wish to make a claim against the airline or on your travel insurance. This must be done at the airport where your baggage arrived, or should have arrived.

The support vehicle (where available) and the guide will carry the required repair tools and spares. We do recommend you carry some basic tools and spares (like a puncture kit and Allen keys). Our guides are also qualified mechanics and have ample experience maintaining bikes on the trips.

Safety and comfort are what you’re looking for here. Here’s a quick list of what you’ll need for the trip:

· Cycling helmet (included with the bike rent)
·Touring shoes
· Cycling gloves
· Cycling shorts (1 to 3 pair)
· Socks – wool or synthetic (2 or 3 pair)
· Leg warmers or tights for riding
· Short-sleeved shirts (2)
· Light, long-sleeved shirt for layering and sun protection
· Windcheater, rain gear, jacket and pants
· Waterproof shoe covers

It is recommended that you carry a backpack with your valuables like camera and passport. Panniers are not suitable for the trips.

Yes. All the bikes are compatible with customized bike parts. The support team accompanying the group will be able help with any bike alterations or damage to the bike along the entire trip. Please inform us in advance if you plan to bring your own saddle and pedals.

No. The guide will carefully pace the ride to include rest and refreshment along the way. Where available, the support vehicle will accompany you and you can always hitch a ride if you need a break.

These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel. Remember to bring travel adapters!

Telephones and internet and international calls are readily available in most of the town for this trip

There are just a few ATM’s in Bhutan for credit card (Master card / Maestro) & only few establishments in Bhutan accept credit card payments hence US Dollars (cash or Amex travelers cheques) or Euros Cash  is suggested and convenient  to cover any personal expenses (eg. beverages , laundry ,phone bills , tipping , shopping etc) that  the Pax  may make in the Kingdom.    1US$ is equivalent to Nu. 55 & 1 Euro is equivalent to Nu.69 as of today (the day we are writing this text). NU= Ngultrum, the Bhutanese currency.

It depends on your spending habits. Generally, all the foods, accommodation and hot drinks are included in the price. You can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for chocolates and a few drinks during the trip.

We will handle the visa procedures for you. The Govt. will sanction the VISA only after the receipt of full payment in advance. The visa fee is included with our tour price. Actual Bhutan VISA will be stamped in your passport on arrival on Paro airport. Without visa clearance number, tourists cannot board the flight or enter the country.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs forwards a copy of this visa clearance to the concerned Druk Air stations and other entry points; we also fax a copy of the visa clearance document to our clients for their reference. While the actual visa is stamped on arrival, the initial visa clearance is also required at the time of issuing Druk Air Tickets.

All you need is to carry 2 copies of original passport-sized photographs, which are required on arrival in the country. Please e-mail us the clear color copy of the passport for the visa procedures.

Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us. Please find more information in the International Flight page.

Druk air is the only one airline to entre and exit Bhutan. We will book the Druk air flight to and from Bhutan and e-mail you the e-ticket.

Druk air flight cost is not included in the trip price. Druk air flights cost are different as per the flights sectors that you are taking. Druk air offer flights from following location. We recommend you to book your flight to Bangkok as they have every day flight to Paro and from Paro as well.

Please let us know which route is more convenient to you, the cost of the flights are as below. Please contact us for the up-to-date Druk air flight rate.

· Bangkok – Paro – Bangkok = US$890
· New Delhi – Paro- New Delhi = US$875
· Calcutta – Paro- Calcutta = US$510
· Kathmandu – Paro- Kathmandu = US$520
· Bangkok – Paro – Kathmandu = US$ 860
· Bangkok – Paro – New Delhi = US$ 875

This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters thanks for their help. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide.

The trip price included the drinking water for the all Bhutan trip. You don’t need to bring any bring purifying tablets/filter or pay for the water.

Our company insures all our staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters. Please browse though Company Information pages to view insurance details.

Here are some documents that you will need to carry with you:

· Valid Passport – must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour, keep a separate photocopy.
· Travel insurance, keep a separate photocopy
· Cash and Traveller’s Cheques, keep numbers and proof of purchase separately

· Flight tickets
· Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts.

No, because we can’t change your Druk air flight once it is booked.

Yes, there are a plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip. Please go through the trip extension page for more information. 

No vaccinations are compulsory fro travelling in Bhutan, but we do recommend you are covered for diphtheria TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus.

We also recommend:

· A dental check-up prior to travelling.
· That you know your blood group in case of emergency.

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Ace the Himalaya at the time of your booking.

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    The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

    NOTE: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.


    Please note that in this types of rides where you usually pedal along the whole trail without lift access or shuttle and don’t need any extraordinary equipment to complete the ride. This means bikes are light, not too much travel in the suspension, and usually hard-tails (only front suspension). The terrain can be fairly rough, but not extreme. These trips require more endurance as well as some skills, depending on the region we offer, so can be enjoyed by riders of all levels. Vehicle support is provided where possible to make your journey safe and stress-free.


    Book Bhutan Trip as early as possible
    Druk Air, Bhutan’s national airline is the only airline to entre and exit Bhutan. The Druk air flight tickets sold out two to eight months in advance. We recommend you reserve your Bhutan trip as early as possible, so we can secure these flights for you.

    What makes this trip different ?

    Ace the Himalaya works closely with and is one of the main supporters of local NGO Sambhav Nepal. We support them in a number of ways.

    Donation
    Ace the Himalaya donates up to 10% of its annual revenue to Sambhav Nepal’s projects which cover regular maintenance of school buildings, constructing toilets, rebuilding earthquake-affected houses and schools, and so on.

    Sponsorship
    One of the major activities of Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted with full collaboration with Ace the Himalaya and its sister organizations, Ace Holidays and Ace Xpeditions.

    Partnership (Volunteering Program)
    The Volunteering Program, devised by Ace the Himalaya and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capital for education, health and community development in the villages of northern Gorkha district, western Nepal.

    After the Earthquake of April 25, 2015, the Volunteering Program’s focus has been mobilizing the volunteers in various school and house rebuilding projects in the hard-hit Gorkha district.

    For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal’s website www.sambhavnepal.org