Western Bhutan Mountain Biking Tour is a special way to learn insight into unparalleled Bhutan and its culture, nature, people, and way of life, all while enjoying the thrills of mountain biking. It is a unique MTB journey through the high forested mountain passes, sweeping descents, multiple villages and towns, and a patchwork of paddy fields on a combination of pavement, jeep tracks, and some of the most beautiful single tracks.
The vacation begins with an easy acclimatization ride in Paro Valley, continues to the capital city, and includes time to explore MTB tracks in the Thimphu valley while viewing the must-sees. You can enjoy the pure delight of mountain biking from a quiet picturesque to Punakha to hard encounters over mountain trails en route to Wangdue Phodrang and Gangtey Gompa. You can't help but be impressed by nature's exoticism as you approach lush pastures, gushing waterfalls, and sloping farms.
As you pedal across Bhutan, you are taken on a journey of self-discovery. Every turn of the wheel provides spectacular views of magnificent scenes and sights, fulfilling a cyclist's ideal. Along the pine forest, the fresh air combined with the sound of rustling leaves provides you with still another sense of tranquility. Outstanding scenery, plentiful fauna and plants, and highly devout and compassionate people make for an unforgettable biking tour.
Note that the itinerary can be customized to fit your riding style, talents, and endurance level, as well as the number of days you choose to spend in Bhutan.
Trip Highlights of Wester Bhutan Mountain Biking Trip
- Explore the numerous religious sites and beautiful surroundings
- Ride to the Taktsang Monastery Base Camp and trek to the monastery, perched on a rock with views of mist-shrouded mountains and dense trees
- Immerse oneself in the rich culture of the country
- Ride along the beautiful ridgelines surrounded by snow-capped peaks
- Unwind in a traditional hot stone bath after a week of non-stop pedaling
- Ride on one of the best MTB biking trails called the KC trail
Best Season for Western Bhutan Cycling
Biking in Bhutan can be done virtually any time of the year, however, the optimum seasons for bike and cycling vacations are spring and autumn/fall. The weather is typically clear in the spring (March-May). It is also the greatest time to visit for nature enthusiasts who want to witness nature's mysterious splendor. A wide range of flowers and plants bloom, making your trip an exotic one. Despite the frigid mornings and evenings, the weather becomes warm from September to November. The Black-Necked-Crane festival is held around this season. And the valley takes on a golden hue as the farmers prepare to harvest their rice crops in October.
Summer/monsoon and winter are also options but the cold and rain can ruin your trip. August will see you drenched in rain, since the Monsoon is in full swing this season, resulting in more treacherous trails. It will be too chilly to ride after December, with the possibility of snow.