Cycle East – West Bhutan


Bhutan is a tiny and remote kingdom nestling in the Himalayas between its powerful neighbors, India and China.

Almost completely cut off for centuries, it has tried to let in some aspects of the outside world while fiercely guarding its ancient traditions.

The Bhutanese name for Bhutan, Druk Yul, means “Land of the Thunder Dragon” and it only began to open up to outsiders in the 1970s.

Bhutan offers thrillingly contrasting experiences for body and soul, often simultaneously. Strenuous climbs or sound healing, white-water rafting or hot-stone bathing, mountain biking or meditation – the choices are as varied as the terrain, and as certain to salve spirits and promote relaxation.

DAY 01. We started our early journey from Jaigoan to Paro by coaster bus. 165 kms

We start our journey after immigration climbing uphill and a few stops so that we get into Paro for lunch.

In the afternoon we have a sightseeing trip to Taktsang Monastery. This is one of the Buddhist world’s most venerated pilgrimage sites and is known as the 'Tiger’s Lair'. It is said that the Guru Rinpoche came to Taktsang on the back of a tigress and, whilst meditating in a cave, converted the Paro Valley to Buddhism. A number of temples have now been constructed on the site, and these occupy precarious positions, clinging to a black cliff high above the Paro Valley. The visit involves a two-hour climb on a steep footpath, but the views are well worth the effort. After spending some time at the monastery, we descend back to the road and drive to our hotel. We have some time before and after dinner to put our bikes together ahead of the start of our journey.

DAY 02 Cycle from Paro to Thimphu 56km

The ride is gradual along the river side of Pa Chhu (Paro River) with the view of typical Bhutanese infrastructures and prayer flags along the hillsides, this vista will be your constant companion until Thimphu. Paro to the checkpoint is about 25 km and from there you still have another 31 km to Thimphu city. It’s a busy checkpoint which controls all the vehicles moving out to Southern Bhutan. The place is beautifully marked with three different stupas from Nepal, Tibet and Bhutanese style. There is still a climb of 5% gradient with the same view along the river of Thimphu. The road is quiet with little traffic.  In between you will have few stops for photographs. After the long ride you will enter Thimphu city through a huge gateway. We will spend the nIght in our hotel in Thimphu,Total Distance 56 kms.

DAY 03. Cycle from Thimphu to Punakha 70km
After an early breakfast we will be pedaling over the pass of Dochula (3,015 meters) and cycling through the busy traffic of Thimphu for about 4 kms until we reach Semtokha. From there we begin to climb with the view of Semtokha fortress ahead and the road is fringed with gorgeous blue pine trees. The climb that follows is a brilliant 17 kilometers of amazing cycling to Dochula Pass. You will be rewarded with spectacular views of the mountains, hundreds of prayer flags and the 108 stupas of Druk Wangyal Lhakhang Monastery. You have well and truly arrived at the Dochula pass (3015 mts).  Lunch will be served. For every ascent there is a descent and after lunch we have an exhilarating descent of 36kms to Lobesa and on to Punakha where we will spend the night in our hotel.
DAY 04. Cycle from Punakha to Trongsa 137km

Today will be a tough day in the saddle and we have an awesome climb of over 3300 meters over the Pelela Pass. The first stage of our journey is 12km to Wangdue and then a further 10 km to Chhu Zomsa.This is where the climb commences. As you exert yourself cycling uphill you will see the vegetation changing, from broad leaf to conifers and then to alpine shrubs. The temperature drops as we climb higher and higher. Eventually we will go over the summit of the Pelela Pass and from there we descend all the way to Chendupji. The temperature warms up and from the sparse shrubs at the top of the pass we are now back amongst thick lush vegetation interspersed with waterfalls. We will continue cycling through Bjee Zam and onto Trongsa where we will spend the night in our hotel.

DAY 05. Cycle from Trongsa to Bumthang 66km

After yesterday's epic ride over the Pelela Pass we have some more fun in store with another big climb of 30 km to reach Yotongla pass. As ever in Bhutan, which lies on the southern slopes of the eastern Himalayas the views get better as you ascend higher. Once we reach the summit of Yotongla we will stop for a picnic lunch and then we have another superb descent of some 36 km cycling through blue pine forest, and fields of wheat to eventually reach Bumthang where we will spend the night in our hotel.

DAY 06. Rest Day AND Visits  to Kurjee Lakang, Jambay Lhakang, Jakar Dzong and many other places of interest.
DAY 07. Cycle from Bumthang Via Ura to Thrumshingla Park 90km

After a relaxing day in Bumthang we start with early breakfast and then we have another exhilarating cycle ride of 66 km up to Ura. The first 14km of the ride is a gradual ascent and the road really climbs upwards until we finally reach the Ura Pass at 3000m above sea-level. From the summit we have a brilliant 20km descent and then around 40 km of rolling terrain to reach the foot of the Thrumshingla pass. We will spend the night in a nearby hotel.

DAY 08. Cycle from Thrumshingla Pass to Mongar 88 km

Today promises to be full of fantastic views of the Himalayas. As our accommodation is at the foot of the Thrumshingla Pass we are well placed to commence our ride of 30 km uphill all the way to the summit, which lies at 3500 m above sea-level. As we ascend the weather will be cool, however once at the summit we have a now familiar descent, this time 30km of stunning downhill to reach Mongar where we will be spending the night.

DAY 09. Cycle from Mongar to Trashigang 71 km

We begin with a climb up to the summit of the Korila Pass and from there we descend for 21km into the heat of the Yadi Valley. From the village of Yadi we have a steady, undulating cycle ride into Trashigang which overlooks the Drangme Chhu River. We will be spending the evening at our hotel in Trashigang.

DAY 10. Cycle from Trashigang to Khaling 90km

We will depart from our hotel in Trashigang and stretch our legs with a ride to Kanglung and then ascend to the Yongphula Pass, we have a great descent from the summit and then some undulating terrain all the way to our hotel in Khaling.

DAY 11. Cycle from Khaling to Samdrup Jongkhar 89 km

Today's cycling will have a bitter-sweet feel as it is the last day on our bikes, the terrain is almost flat as we make our way through the forest and valleys to our final destination at Samdrup Dzonkhar where we will be spending the night in our hotel.

DAY 12. Drive to Guwahati Airport by Indian transportation

This morning we have a 3 hour drive to Guwahati, the capital of Assam



  1. Accommodation on twin sharing basis with breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  2. Airport pick up and drop
  3. Guided sightseeing tours with an English speaking guide.
  4. Private Transport 
  5. An English speaking guide throughout the tour.
  6. All applicable taxes SDF $ 1100 PER per person and INR 13200.00



  1. Airfares
  2. Travel & Medical Insurance
  3. Excess baggage, laundry, beverage, phone calls, and 
  4. Any other expenses that are not specified above. 
  5. Transportation from Samdrup Jongkhar to Guwahati.
  6. Monument fees to be paid directly.

Quick Facts



Quick facts :-

Duration :- 11 Nights 12 Days

Starts :- Jaigaon (phuntsholing)

Ends :- Samdrup Dzonkhar (Manas Wildlife sanctuary)

Level :- Active rider