Bhutan Motorcycle Tour - 12 Days
Bhutan Motorcycle Tour – 12 Days

Bhutan Motorcycle Tour – 12 Days

Start your engines, shift your gears and ride beside the mountains inhaling pure Himalayan pine scented breeze in this 12 days motorcycle tour.
  • Trip Code: ATH26755
  • Country: Bhutan
  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Trip Level:
    Challenging
    This trip is rated challenging and is mainly for the riders who have lots of experience in motorcycle riding. You must be comfortable in each and every kind of roads. The roads might be paved, off-road or even through gravel or big stones. Although it is the engine that does the main work, you still have to be physically fit to handle the pressure of tough off-road as well as you should be able to tolerate higher altitudes as you might have to ascend above 5000m. This challenging trip will reward you with the most memorable motorcycling riding experience in the most difficult terrain plus with breathtaking views.
  • Max Altitude: 3,950 m / 12,959
  • Activity: Cultural Sightseeing, motorcycle riding and hiking
  • Starts at: Paro
  • Ends at: Paro
  • Trip Route:

    Paro-Haa Valley-Punakha-Bumthang-Gangtey-Thimphu-Paro.

  • Best Season: 
February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September and October

Trip Highlights

  • Cultural exploration of Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey and Paro
  • Biking to Panoramic Chelai La Pass, Douche La Pass, Pele La Pass, and Yotong La Pass
  • Explore Tang valley and Tiger Nest Monastery
  • Panoramic mountain scenery and valleys
  • Village exploration in Gangtey
  • Ancient Himalayan Monasteries
  • Pristine environment of Bhutan

Trip Information

The knees in the breeze, heightened senses, roar of the engine, shifting scenery, the in-control-feel and the wind behind our backs are a great way to enjoy the picturesque landscape, negotiate the mountainsides, ascend our lofty mountain passes and inhale that pure Himalayan pine scented breeze. That sounds great. We are talking about 12 days Bhutan Motorcycle tour.

Over the years, we have operated motorcycling trips for riders and adventure enthusiasts from overseas and they tell us that the minimal traffic, disciplined motorists, awe inspiring scenery, gentle curves and the open roads offer the ideal conditions for enjoying motorcycle tours in Bhutan.

Bhutan Motorcycle tour enables you to enjoy and experience the thrill of motorcycling infused with encounters with the last Himalayan kingdom’s vibrant culture, stunning landscape, intact environment and the friendly Bhutanese people. The route takes us from the alluvial agricultural lands of western Bhutan to the cultural heartland in central Bhutan.

Itinerary

  • Day 01 Arrive in Paro and Transfer to Hotel and Test Ride in the Evening. Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 02 – Ride to Haa valley via Chelai La Pass (3,950m) – 4 Hours. Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 03 – Ride to Punakha via Douche La Pass (3,100m) – 5 Hours. Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 04 – Ride to Trongsa via Pele La Pass (3300m) – 5 Hours. Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 05 – Morning Visit to Trongsa, Ride to Bumthang via Yutong La Pass (3495m) – 2 Hours and Sightseeing in Bumthang. Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 06 – Ride from Bumthang to Tang Valley – 3 Hours and Sightseeing in the Afternoon. Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 07 – Ride to Gangtey Valley across the Yotong La and Pele La Pass – 4 Hours. Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 08 – Ride from Gangtey Valley to Thimphu – 5 Hours. Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 09 – Sightseeing in and around Thimphu. Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 10 – Ride from Thimphu to Paro – 1.5 Hours and Sightseeing in Paro. Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 11 – Hike to Tiger Nest Monastery – 4 Hours. Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 12 – Transfer to International Airport for your Final Departure.
Day 01 – Arrive in Paro and Transfer to Hotel and Test Ride in the Evening.

We arrive in Paro in the morning. The afternoon will be left aside for briefing and getting to know your Royal Enfield motorcycle. We will also enjoy a short group ride together to northern Paro to get acquainted with the motorcycle and the Himalayan highways of Bhutan.

Overnight at a Hotel. No meals included.

Day 02 - Ride to Haa valley via Chelai La Pass (3,950m) – 4 Hours.

We ride to Haa valley today across Chelai La Pass (3950m) the highest motorable pass in western Bhutan, in Haa valley we will visit some farm houses, ancient temples and a good flat ride in the rustic valley before we ride back to Paro for the night.

Overnight at a Hotel. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 03 – Ride to Punakha via Dochula La Pass (3,100m) – 5 Hours.

Today we mount our steel horses early and ride to Punakha, the medieval capital of Bhutan. We will be riding across the Dochula Pass which offers panoramic view of the eastern Himalayas. From the pass we enjoy the winding descent to the subtropical Punakha valley. In route we will be visiting the “temple of fertility”. The afternoon will be left aside for the visit to the Punakha Dzong, the castle of great happiness. We will also enjoy a walk across the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan before we head to the hotel for rest and relaxation.

Overnight at a Hotel. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 04 – Ride to Trongsa via Pele La Pass (3300m) – 5 Hours.

This morning we ride across the Pele La Pass (3300m) to Trongsa, the central hub of the country. There will also be lots of opportunities for photography stops along the way as we now enter the more rural countryside of the country. We will also be taking rest stops at wayside markets, villages and scenic areas. With stops along the way we will be arriving in Trongsa in the afternoon.

Overnight at a Hotel. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 05 – Morning visit to Trongsa, Ride to Bumthang via Yotong La Pass (3495m) – 2 Hours and Sightseeing in Bumthang.

In the morning we will be visiting the impressive Trongsa Dzong which is a shining example of traditional architecture and craftsmanship.  We then saddle up and ride our Enfields across the Yotong la pass (3495m) to Bumthang, the cultural heartland of the country. We will be making plenty of stops along the way for photography, rest and relaxation.

We arrive in Jakhar, Bumthang in the early afternoon and visit the cultural sights of Tamshing, Kurjey and Jambay lhakhangs (temple/monastery).  Later in the evening we visit the local craft brewery for our tryst with the local wheat beer or apple juice and fresh cheese.

Overnight at a Hotel. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 06 – Ride from Bumthang to Tang Valley – 3 Hours and Sightseeing in the Afternoon.

We will be riding the backroads of Bumthang to Tang valley. The ride takes us across pristine forests and wayside settlements to the hidden mountain village of Tang. In Tang we will be visiting the manor house, museum and walk around the village before we head back to Jakhar. For those less inclined to ride today, there will also be options available for cultural sightseeing in the valley or relaxation at the hotel.

Overnight at a Hotel. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 07 – Ride to Gangtey Valley across the Yotong La and Pele La Pass – 4 Hours.

Today we retrace the ride across the Yotong La and Pele La Pass to Gangtey valley. Gangtey is also known as the valley of the cranes owing to the large number of endangered cranes which roost in the wetlands from November until April before traversing the Himalayas to the Tibetan plateau. In Gangtey we will visit the Gangtey monastery and also walk the nature trail before calling it a day.

Overnight at a Hotel. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 08 – Ride from Gangtey Valley to Thimphu – 5 Hours.

From Gangtey we ride to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Thimphu is an exciting blend of the traditional and contemporary and is the only capital city in the world devoid of traffic lights.  Upon arrival in Thimphu we check into the hotel for a moment of rest and relaxation. In the afternoon we visit the Buddha point, at 51m this is one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world. The vantage here offers panoramic views of the capital.

Overnight at a Hotel. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 09 – Sightseeing in and around Thimphu.

We enjoy a full day cultural sightseeing of the capital where we learn about the arts, crafts, spirituality, archery and other cultural and historical aspects of the country.

Overnight at a Hotel. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 10 – Ride from Thimphu to Paro – 1.5 Hours and Sightseeing in Paro.

We ride to Paro, the one hour ride is the final section of our adventure on the Bhutanese highway. We will be stopping by roadside café and cultural landmarks. We arrive in Paro in time for lunch in town. In the afternoon we ride the final throttle of our ride to the national museum, the fortress of Paro and the marketplace before heading to the hotel.

Overnight at a Hotel. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 11 – Hike to Tiger Nest Monastery – 4 Hours.

Hike to the Tiger Nest Monastery; this iconic cultural landmark is perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. Guru Rinpoche, the patron saint of Bhutan arrived at this cliff face on a back of tigress and meditated here in a cave, 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. We will have lunch and refreshments at the cafeteria which offers an imposing view of the cultural landmark of Tigers Nest before descending back into the valley. At a leisurely pace the hike takes 3 to 4 hours for the ascent and 1 hour for the descent.

Later in the afternoon/evening, we will also have adequate time for a leisurely stroll in the Paro market area before returning to the hotel for the night.

Overnight at a Hotel. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 12 – Transfer to International Airport for your Final Departure.

Your trip concludes – our airport representative will drop you to international airport for your flights departure from Paro. 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.

Breakfast included.

Price Includes

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

  • The Royal Enfield motorcycle for the number of days riding. We use Royal Enfield Thunderbird - 500cc and Royal Enfield Himalayan - 411cc. (You also have options available to bring along your own bikes)

  • 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.

  • Motorcycle mechanic all along the route.

  • Drinking water for the duration of the tour.

  • Country presentation and tour Briefing on the evening of Day1 with welcome drinks.

  • Licensed English-speaking Bhutanese tour guides.

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

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

  • Bhutan visa fees and processing assistance.

  • Government royalty (35% of trip price), which goes to the country’s health, environmental and education projects.

  • Route and monument access permits and fees.

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

Price Does not Include

  • International airfare and airport departure tax

  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation

  • Tips for guide and driver (Tipping is expected)

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

  • 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 routes are as below. Also contact us for the up-to-date Druk air flight rate.

 

Bangkok – Paro – Bangkok

New Delhi – Paro- New Delhi

Calcutta – Paro- Calcutta

Kathmandu – Paro- Kathmandu

Bangkok – Paro – Kathmandu

Bangkok – Paro – New Delhi

Bangkok – Paro – New Delhi

List of Recommended Equipment for the Trip

  • Daypack
  • Personal riding accessories /accessories if required for your own convenience
  • Down Jacket (Optional/You can rent one if you really need)
  • 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 you are travelling in cold season i.e. January, February and December).
  • T-shirts (3).
  • 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 trip. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)

 

Riding Kit:

  • Helmet ( available in Bhutan)
  • Riding gloves
  • Riding Suit
  • Long-sleeved base layers

Miscellaneous, But Important:

  • Passport
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in Paro 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.

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

Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying a sign board with your name on it at outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.

This is a moderate level trip and can be enjoyed by most people however a fair amount of fitness will be required so that you can enjoy the trip even more.

The hotels are of deluxe 3 star standard and are government approved. All accommodation we use are carefully selected based on our own experience, feedback from past guests, quality of accommodation/rooms/bathrooms, quality of meals/restaurant, convenient location/views, efficient services, traditional ambience/architecture and other facilities such as Wi-Fi access/room amenities/heating/in suite bathrooms/toilet, etc.

Most of the restaurants serve Bhutanese, Indian, and Chinese and Continental cuisine with plenty to choose from. If you have any special dietary requirements please advise us in advance so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September and October. The downhill on the bike rides gets cold in November, December and January

No problem at all because our restaurants and hotels will serve a variety of vegetarian and meat based meals. We always recommend our guests to enjoy vegetarian meals to avoid food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at the high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.

Yes, all the hotels we will be staying at has laundry facilities available. However, please be sure to check the delivery time before you handover your laundry.

There will be cold and hot shower facilities available 24X7 at all the hotels.

We will handle the visa procedures for you. The Government 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 Department of Immigration forwards a copy of this visa clearance to the concerned Druk Air stations and other entry points; we also email a copy of the visa clearance document for your 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 e-mail us a clear color copy of the passport (preferable in pdf or jpg) for the visa procedures.

You may choose book your own International flights or assign us. 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 airline to and from Bhutan. We can eBook 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 flight sectors are as below. Please contact us for the up-to-date Druk air flight rate.

  • Bangkok – Paro – Bangkok
  • New Delhi – Paro- New Delhi
  • Calcutta – Paro- Calcutta
  • Kathmandu – Paro- Kathmandu
  • Bangkok – Paro – Kathmandu
  • Bangkok – Paro – New Delhi

Yes, all the places we will stay have electrical sockets. The voltage rating in Bhutan is 220V+

Yes, credit cards are accepted at all the hotels however we suggest you to bring along some cash for expenses personal in nature such as shopping, bar bills etc.

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 beverages and a few drinks during the trip.

This is possible with prior notice as we will need to issue visas, permits and also update your flights.

Our Company insures all our field staff members.

Druk Air allows only up to 30 kgs of luggage per person on economy class and 40 kgs on business class, after which the excess baggage charge is USD 5 per kg.

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

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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