Mountain Biking & Cycling
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.
Tour of the Dragon - Annual Bike Race
Tour of the Dragon is not a road bike race or a classic mountain bike race, nor is it a gravel grinder, because it doesn’t fit into any of the categories defined by the UCI. Since the distance of the race is 286km, we would categorize it as an ultra-marathon mountain bike race on roads that happen to be extremely challenging.
Tour of the Dragon starts in Bumthang and travels 268 km over 4 mountain passes before finishing in Thimphu. It’s one of the toughest one-day mountain bike races in the world.