Cycling In Bhutan
Cycling/Mountain biking in Bhutan, whilst relatively new to the Kingdom, is steadily gaining popularity amongst both local Bhutanese and visitors alike. The country’s topography makes for steep hill climbs, high passes and lower valley riding that can be combined with rewarding cultural sightseeing.
Cycling is therefore a very unique way of experiencing and interacting with the Kingdom, its people and its beautiful environment. Most biking trips will use a mix of well paved roads through to dirt farm access roads and occasional trails, while the more adventurous have the option of some challenging climbs with one in particular that is more than seven hours in which you peddle the pads over two miles (3,400 meters) above sea level. You are more than equally rewarded with an extraordinary view and a rare experience.
Riders should have an adequate level of fitness and stamina and be experienced in the required skills of cycling/mountain biking. All our small group mountain biking tours are fully supported by a support vehicle with mechanic which also allows the option to sit out a ride and take a break.
Bhutan’s roads & trails accommodate most types of frame styles: from MTB, Hybrid, and Road, depending on your cycling style and experience. The traffic is still relatively light and the experience very liberating and rewarding. This is the “Road Less Travelled.”
Biking trails mostly meander through small towns and villages in rural areas. It’s just you & your guide and companions, your bikes and the natural scenery, allowing you many opportunities for self reflection along with the absorbing, rich environment. Bring your own bike or we’ll provide one for you.
Opportunities for hikes and time to connect with the locals are also included into our mountain biking itineraries.
Description of Trails
Thimphu – Pangrizampa – Hongtsho
The Pangrizampa – Hongtsho trail starts from the Thimphu Town Square (known locally as the Clock Tower) and continues along the Thimphu-Dechencholing road until the Tango/Cheri junction and from here we follow the dirt road to Pangrizampa.
From Pangrizampa the biking ascends along the logging road until Taba Top at an average gradient of 11%. The logging road ends here. We continue biking descending to Hongtsho village, where there is an opportunity for a short hike to the nearby Lhakang (temple) and on back to Thimphu City to complete the loop. The trail falls between an altitude of 2,300 and 3,700m above sea level. The total length of trail loop is 46 km.
Khuruthang – Samdingkha – Punakha
Moutain Biking page still under construction……….more details to follow soon.