Multi Sport Trip
This trip is meant as an active vacation incorporating bike rides, walks and hikes and rafting that may have milage and altitudes you are not accustomed to.
Fear not – the flexibility in design, support and coverage by the team and vehicles can offer all sorts of options within the day. This includes the amount of time and the challenges you do or do not want to have in every activity.
Being a private trip we can best cater to each individual’s interests and physical levels. Distances and hours for activities are stated above to give an idea of what a full approach to the activities will take although many of the times listed include cultural tours and exploration.
Whether you are a biking fanatic or simply a recreational biker, coming from the higher Rocky Mountain elevations or sea level we can make the activities work in your favor with your health and enjoyment in mind.
- Bike quiet and remote roads and hike enchanting trails to cultural experiences unmatched anywhere.
- Relieve city stress through interactive cultural hikes and calm and peaceful nature treks
- Buddha Dordenma cultural hike, Thimphu
- Hike to Tiger’s Nest
- Rice paddies, Rural beauty, relaxing lifestyle in village homes
- Meaningful cultural exchange, traditional home cooked meals
- Colorful market, old customs, modern times
- Archery games
- Historical monuments, massive ancient forts
- Visit to the spiritual land of Bumthang
- Local connection and home stay experience
Paro, Thimphu and Punakha, Gangtey/Phobjikha, Bumthang and Haa
Paro International Airport. Paro, Bhutan
Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.
- English speaking Bhutanese guide
- All lodging in 3 stars traditional lodges
- Airport transfers
- Land transfers in a private vehicle
- Processing and purchase of Bhutanese visitor pass.
- Meals, tea, coffee, snacks and non alcoholic beverages
- Bottle water on the private vehicle, and in the hotels.
- All entrance fees for listed activities.
- Visa and permit processing
IncludedMulti Sport TripVisa and permit processingProcessing and purchase of Bhutanese visitor passLand transfers in private vehicleAirport transfersDedicated tour vehicle and driver3 Meals a Day (B/L/D)3 Star Accomodation (twin sharing)Government Royalty and TaxesEntry Fees for Parks and MonumentsDedicated English Speaking Guide
Not IncludedDomestic FlightFlights To and From BhutanTips for Guides and Drivers5 Star AccommodationTravel Insurance
Day 1: Arrive in Paro
After leaving Bangkok we land at Bhutan’s Paro International airport, via an Airbus A319, on an autumn morning surrounded by stunning mountain scenery. Once on the ground a short shuttle will take us to our location for a bike fitting, safety talk, lunch and the starting point of our first bike ride.
Warm up while riding on well paved gentle surfaces passing incredible views of national cultural sights like Paro Dzong(the ancient center of administration), the national museum perched on the hillside and through the town of Paro. Paralleling aside the crystal clear Paro Chhuu (river) and surrounded by rice paddies and mountain slopes, we peddle towards Drukgyal Dzong. Sitting at the head of the valley the fortress was built in 1644 by Zhabdrug Ngawang Namgyel to control the northern route to Tibet and ward off invasions. Although it burnt down in 1950 its ruins remain an imposing structure. After visiting the ruins we hop back on the bikes to the hotel.
- Duration: 2-3 hours riding gradual ascents & descents.
- Distance: 16 km - 23km
- Difficulty: Easy - Moderate.
Day 2: Tigers Nest Hike
Today we hike toward one of Bhutan’s most sacred places, the site of the cliffside monastery called Taksang or the Tiger’s Nest. This is the place everyone who comes to Bhutan visits as well as being an important pilgrimage destination for the locals. The temple complex virtually hangs on the mountainside ensuring that meditation is not distracted or disturbed. The trail is wide and rises slowly above the valley to the higher reaches of the mountain with spectacular views of the valley below. Reaching our destination which sits at 9,200 feet we enter the sacred and magical sanctuary as prayer flags rustle in the wind. A tour of the several chapels and stories of the past brings a full understanding of the importance of the Tiger’s Nest to our visit. After descending the mountain we return to the hotel for lunch followed by an afternoon of choices. Spa appointments, shopping in Paro or trying your hand at archery.
- Walking duration: 4-5 hours
- Distance: 6 km
- Difficulty: Moderate-Strenuous
Day 3: Bumthang, the spiritual heartland of Bhutan
This morning we take a 35 minute domestic flight to Bumthang situated in the middle of the country. Comprised of 4 valleys of beauty and serenity it is often referred to as the ‘Switzerland’ of Bhutan. As soon as you step off the plane you realize you are now in a very special part of Bhutan with a feeling of stepping back in time. Temples and monasteries dot the countryside and the town quietly hums with spiritual importance.
Bikes will take us along roads and trails to numerous temple sites and religious compounds including Jambay Lhakhang, Jakar Dzong, Wangdhichholing Palace, & the impressive Kurjay Lhakhang.
- Duration: 3 - 6 hours
- Distances: to be confirmed and there will be options.
- Difficulty: Easy
Day 4: Bumthang – Tang Valley
Today offers options of distances for biking and adds in a hiking portion to visit mystical and legendary sights in the remote Tang Valley.
Our bike ride to Tang Valley takes us through small villages and spiritual sights as we leave onevalley and enter another peddling our way to the end of the biking route. From there we hike into this historic valley to visit the ‘flaming lake’ and lunch at the Old Palace Museum. Life in this portion of the country is a little more primitive than in the bigger towns and is evident in the basic structures and simpler and basic approach to day to day activities. This valley is typical of what the majority of the country is really like.
- Duration: 5-6 hours
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Distance: 30 - 60 km
Day 5: Ride to Gangtey Valley
After two nights in the spiritual heartland it is time to start our journey west and explore the exquisite sweeping Phobjikha Valley. The little visited valley is home to the quaint rural settlement of Gangtey on the western slopes of the Black Mountains. The glacial valley is a designated conservation area and winter home of the endangered Black-necked cranes. The ride starts from a spectacular viewpoint at Tronsga Dzong looking towards Chendebji Chorten, a stupa built in the style of the Monkey Temple in Kathmandu. The route follows broad valleys to the base of Pele La (pass) where there is a good chance to see monkeys. Our destination is over the pass but the chance to jump in the van and shuttle on to the hotel is available.
- Duration: 6- 7 hours
- Difficulty: Moderate - Strenuous (with a shuttle over the pass).
Day 6: Gangtey to Punakha
From the top of Lawa La (pass) the bike ride starts its downward trend to the Punakha valley. Biking along ridges and through valleys dotted with forest and crystal clear streams the temperatures will get warmer and the vegetation more tropical as we descend. Punakha sits at 5000 feet and as we enter the valley you are greeted by the impressive Wangdi Dzong and the glaciated waters of the Punakha Chhu river. This is a beautiful place where rice crops can be grown twice a year and the lushness of the valley is an inviting lure.We bike along the river bank soaking in the new scenery and balmy temperatures as we make our way up the valley to the hotel.
- Duration: 3-6 hours
- Difficulty: Easy - Moderate
- Riding distance: 30km - 70km
Day 7: Rafting the Pho Chhu River
Beginning at the hotel parking lot the morning ride takes us once again to the banks of the river but heading toward the confluence of the Mo Chhu and the Po Chhu (mother and father river). After crossing a spectacular suspension bridge the route takes us up the Po Chhu to meet our rafting guides and inflatable rafts for a thrilling paddle to our lunch spot. Festive tents greet us for our catered lunch on a sand bar with views of the Punakha Dzong - one of Bhutans most revered and impressive structures.
After lunch we will tour the inside of the Punakha Dzong and witness where the Coronations and Royal weddings take place as well as home to hundreds of monks.
- Duration: 2 hours riding 1.5 hours rafting.
- Difficulty: Easy - Moderate
- Riding distance: 15 km
Day 8: Transfer to Thimphu via Dochula
Today we will transfer from Punakha to Thimphu via Dochu La (10,000 ft. pass) The top of the pass is capped with 108 religious Chortens to commemorate the stability and progress the King brought to the nation. Thousands of prayer flags flutter in the wind adding to the ambiance. From this point we hike through moss covered forest and rhododendron trees to Lungchu Zeka Monastery (Tiger temple) following the same pilgrimage route that the Queen Mother makes once a year. If weather permits, we will have a 360 degree view of the Bhutanese Himalayas. Following the ridge line we come to a nunnery dedicated to meditation where we will silently pass through the alleys and courtyards en route to the valley below. Arriving late afternoon in the heart of Thimphu, the countries capital, there may be some time before and after dinner for some shopping. We’ll gather for dinner and mark the final night for those choosing Option B’s itinerary.
- Duration: 4-5 hours hiking
- Difficulty: Moderate - Strenuous
Day 9: Thimphu Valley Exploration
Everyone drives up above Thimphu to share in the amazement of one of the largest Buddha statues in the world measuring 169 feet high and housing 100,000 smaller Buddhas inside. From here those that have a flight out of Paro will depart and the rest will begin biking. The bike ride takes us off the hillside the statue sits on and through the metropolis via back roads with views of the city, parliament, the Kings offices and two of the royal palaces. Arriving at the end of the valley we leave the bikes for a hike to Cheri Goempa. Built in 1620 it is considered one of the most sacred of places in Bhutan where the first monk body took residence. The forested hike may be shared with monkeys and wild goats and the ancient route through themonastery is purely medieval. Lunch is set up in the meadow below where you can also try your hand at the national sport of darts. Sitting next to the Wang Chhu, you may consider this the clearest river you have ever seen.
- Duration: 2 hours biking, 2 hours hiking
- Distance biking approx 22km
- Difficulty: Moderate
Day 10: Haa to Paro
This spectacular day of riding begins in the Haa Valley which only opened to visitors 4 years ago highlighting untouched forested hills, cultivated farms and extended views while riding on good surfaced roads. The headiness of the ride is derived from the sense that few before you have enjoyed this route. The day has a coupe of good climbs but lots of pleasurable downhills one of which is 7km long! Lunch is a picnic along the way before completing the ride past the confluence of two rivers and along the Paro Chhu back to the valley of our origin 10 days ago. There is time to take in the magnificent location of the hotel before the cocktail gathering and dinner that await our final night.
- Duration: 4-5 hours
- Biking distance: 48 km
Day 11: Departure
Alas, all good things must come to an end and our time in Bhutan is over. After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our departure flight. We hope you have enjoyed your visit, have found it rewarding, and leave with new found understanding.Tashi Delek !