Non Race Day Biking Itinerary
The scenic beauty surrounding the rider in Bhutan is breathtakingly beautiful. The high mountains, deep mystic valleys, pristine forests combined with centuries old culture of Bhutan envelopes the biker wherever in the country. Be it ‘off road’ or ‘on’ road biking, it is a biker’s paradise.
On the road, with almost gentle gradient, one can reach as high 4000m or 13000ft starting from 2300m or 7500ft in a span of 2 hours. In these two hours, one would see settlements of temperate zone and meet the semi nomadic herders in their yak camp who live in alpine conditions. One would be able to climb from deep river valleys to high mountain passes and see perennially snow clad mountains after having gone through uninterrupted forest transgression – of from cool board leaved forest to the shrubs of tree line. And yes, in Bhutan when you are at 4000m, you have but reached the tree line. Though high, being located close to equator (latitude wise) helps (just 28 degrees North). Elsewhere, like in Europe for example, at the same altitude, one may be would be starting to use snow chains at any time of the year. And there is such a thing as snow chains for bike tires, you know.
And once you have left Thimphu, where most of the near 50,000 vehicles are found, you have the roads virtually to yourselves.
For ‘Off Road’ biking, there are paths that would take you through the woods, farmlands and centuries old monasteries and take you right off this world into another plane of existence. Breathing the clean mountain air, biking underneath the hanging mosses, listening to bird songs and stopping to chat with occasional monks would be typical. But one can do adventurous biking, if one wishes, finding difficult mountain paths or going along the sloping meadows of high passes.
So be it valley floor or high mountain passes, forest or meadows – the air, culture and scenic beauty with friendliness of people will leave one enchanted as the country is.
And best of all, the sport receives royal patronage and all the efforts for its development is spearheaded by the Royal family themselves.
This non race day itinerary is an alternative to taking on the full Tour of the Dragon race or Dragon’s Fury, where you can enjoy the 9 day itinerary participating in as much or as little cycling as you choose and have the option to be a spectator at the early morning start and then fly internally back to Thimphu to see the competitors cross the finish line.
Live The Adventure took the first UK rider to compete in the Tour of the Dragon Bike Race in 2014 and are the official marketing partners of the Bhutan Olympic Committee and accredited by the Tourism Council of Bhutan, ensuring the best possible rider experience in this magical kingdom.
Day 1 – Fly into Paro, Bhutan, and transfer to hotel where the rest of the day can be spent preparing the bikes and an option to take a ride up the secluded valley by our hotel.
Day 2 – Hike up to the famous Takstang Monastary before making our way to the capitol Thimphu (bike or vehicle options)
Day 3 – Drive / Bike over the Docha La pass with a 2000m descent down to the Punakha valley and our hotel.
Day 4 – Drive / Bike from Punakha to Phobjika, a stunning hidden valley area of Bhutan famous for its Black cranes.
Day 5 – Drive / Bike to Bumthang – the start location for the Tour Of The Dragon.
Day 6 – Rest Day and sightseeing in Bumthang with bike options for those that wish to ride this day. For race participants, the pre-race briefing will take place on this day.
Day 7 – Race day! Options to take part in the Tour Of The Dragon (268km) or the shorter race, Dragon’s Fury, (60km) or watch the excitment of the early race day start. Overnight in Bumthang.
Day 8 – Flight to Paro. Meet riders. Time at leisure. Overnight in Paro.
Day 9 – Depart Bhutan
Your passport must have at least six months valid duration at the time of travel. We will also need a copy of your passport for our files in the UK. We also advise you carry photo copies of your passport whilst travelling.
Your visa for entry into Bhutan will be arranged by ‘Live the Adventure’ Worldwide Travel. We will send you a copy of the visa form for you to fill out and return to us and we will then arrange your visa for you. Dependant on your travel arrangements and your itinerary, you may be required to apply for an Indian visa if you are entering India at any time in transit. This can be done via the Indian embassy.
For all up-to-date medical information please visit: http://www.masta-travel-health.com. This website will inform you which inoculations to you need for the countries you are travelling to, and all advice on medical kit you may want to take with you. Inoculations must be done at least 6 weeks prior to your trip departure.
Live the Adventure has a dedicated flight account manager at STA Travel who understands the intricacies of our travel itineraries. If you complete the form on our Check Flights page it will be sent to STA Travel and also to Live the Adventure. If you would prefer to talk through any details with Live the Adventure first i.e. before completing the STA Travel Flight Enquiry Form below, please call us on 01746 718 436. We are very happy to talk through and recommend arrival and departure scenarios to fit in with your choosen travel itineraries, as well as different flight options and stop overs before you confirm or book your international flights and help make your flight booking process as smooth and as hassle free as possible.
Once your flights are booked, we will also need a copy of all your flight information. Bhutan Entry Flight options: all entry into Bhutan is through Paro (PBH) airport. These flights are not included in the listed price and upon confirmation of your connecting international flights we will book these for you and in doing so arrange your entry visas into Bhutan. Current flight options fly in from Delhi, Bangkok, Kathmandu and Mumbai.
We have worked with many companies that supply insurance for our trips. Should you need any assistance with this we can put you in contact with them. We advise that you take your insurance out straight away so that if anything was to happen from now to the trip departure date then you will be able to claim. Your insurance must cover you for the whole of the trip and all the activities listed in your Trip Itinerary. We will need you to send us a full copy of your insurance policy before your trip departs.
Bhutan Cycling Holiday Costs
28 August – 5 September 2016: $4000.00 USD per person for 2016 (£2883.00 GBP as of 29.02.16)
Prices are quoted in US Dollars. When paying for your holiday you will be charged in Pounds Sterling (GBP) based on the rate of exchange on the day of purchase.
The Non Race Day Itinerary costs include:
All accommodation on twin/double occupancy basis and meals
Private land transport. FULL VEHICLE SUPPORT for race participants
Permits, fees and taxes for all itinerary destinations
Fully experienced and qualified cultural and activity guide
Internal Flight back to the finish line
The above costs do not include the following:
Costs for consumption of alcoholic beverages, sodas and bottled drinks which will have to be paid for individually
Hot stone bath option
Single room supplement charge of $400 per person.
Bikes are available to hire as part of this itinerary from $25.00 per day (specifications on request) or participants can choose to take their own (excess baggage allowance can be arranged).
Please contact us to check availability before completing this booking form. A 25% deposit is required with all bookings. Once we have received your completed booking form and deposit you will receive a full set of joining instructions including kit list.
Non Race Day Biking Itinerary
28 August - 5 September 2016
$4000.00 USD per person for 2016 (£2883.00 as of 29.02.16)
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