• Cycling Sports Adventure in Bhutan, Bhutan Adventure
    Mountain Biking in Bhutan

    The Real Adventure in Bhutan Through the Pristine Environment

On - Road Biking in Bhutan

Riding a bicycle either for fun or for fitness has come very popular sports now in Bhutan. This is mainly due to improved in road conditions, construction and maintenance of high quality east west national HighWay and extended roads connecting major attractions and sightseeing.

The ride is totally on paved wider roads and highways. This sports activity is termed as most basic and fit for beginners, men and women, amateur and is awesome for all levels of riders.

The best part of this biking is it’s an old fashioned pedaling, a ride through the most spectacular landscape, rich vegetation and thick forest and snow capped mountains. Through this light and less intense ride, you will be also able to ride through various rural areas of Bhutan, villages and interact with locals.

Activity Focus:

  • Sports/Fitness
  • Connect to major cultural attractions of the regions
  • Visit to villages on the way to understand the rural life of Bhutan
  • Interaction with the local athletes
  • Through the natural vegetation, rich forest and spectacular view of the Himalayan ranges in the background.

Suitable for:

  • Single
  • Couple
  • Families
  • Groups


  • 3 Hours whole body massage at the end of the day
  • One time Hot Stone bath with natural herbs


Mountain Biking Routes

Route 1 - Dochula Pass - Punakha

Starting Point - 3100 m, End Point 1350 m, On the paved wide Thimphu Punakha HighWay, Distance - 43 KM

In the morning you will be driven to Dochula Pass (3100 m asl). Enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayan Mountain it’s the start point of you cycling adventure.

Refreshment will be served as you enjoy the spectacular view of the snow-capped mountains and 108 stupas of the Docula Pass showcasing Bhutanese art.

Your ride starts along the meandering road wide and comfortable for cycling, pass thorugh the Royal Botanical Park – a protected area known for 36 species of Rhododendron flowers, Magnolia and mixed vegetation of broad leafed forest and bamboo shrubs. 

The ride will end at Chimi Lhakhang after approximately 2 and half hours covering 43 kilo meters.

Chimi Lhakhang or the fertility temple is sits on the hilltop with the view of Lobesa village and Wangduephodrang. Listen to your guide as he/she narrates the life story and his crazy methods of teaching of Divine Mad Man, Lam Drukpa Kuenley. The temple is known for fertility wish grants for couples and there are true stories of how locals as well as tourist alike got conceived after the blessing from the temple.

Route 2 : Pelela Pass - Trongsa

Start Point - 3200 m, End Point - 2200 m, on the East West Paved Punakha - Trongsa HighWay, Enroute numerous rural villages

In car you will be driven till Pelela Pass at an aititude of 3200 m asl and start cycling down hill for about 4 and half hours till you reach Trongsa.

Enroute you will come across numerous beautiful villages like Rukubje, Chengebji etc… Stop over at Chendebji Stupa for tea or lunch and continue riding till the Trongsa View Point.

Overnight in hotel in Trongsa.

Route 3 : Yotongla - Chumey

Yotongla Pass is 3300m, Distance - 21 Km, End Point is 2650m, on the paved East West Highway

Early in the morning, visit Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa Ta Dzong and drive till Yontong La Pass at an altitude of 3,300 m asl.

Ride down hill about 2 hours covering almost 23 Km where you will reach Chumey Village

En-route stopover at Yathra Factory where you will see local weaving jackets and clothes from Yak wools.

From Chumey, drive to Bumthang and overnight stay at your hotel in Bumthang.

Route 4 : Detour in Bumthang

Bumthang is the spiritual heartland of Bhutan. You have so many things to see and almost all the major attractions in the area you can reach by bicycle.

Ride to popular monasteries of Jamba Lhakhang, Kichu and Tamshing Monastery. Its good time to visit villages, interact with locals and enjoy the beautiful landscape.

Overnight stay at your hotel in Bumthang

Route 5 : Yotongla - Trongsa & Pelela - Phobjikha

Start Point - 3,300 m, End Point - 2200m, Return Journey from Bumthang to Thimphu, On Bumthang - Thimphu West East HighWay

There are 3 section where you can ride and drive. First you start till Yotongla in car where you can ride your bicycle downhill till Trongsa. It’s a scenic and very beautiful ride where you will be gliding amongst the Himalayan Mountains and small streams till you reach the Trongsa Fortress.

Second, you will take the car and drive till Pelela Pass from there you will ride till you reach Phobjikha the most beautiful glacial valleys of Bhutan. It’s the winter roosting ground of Black Neck Cranes.

Overnight at your hotel in Phobjikha.

Route 6 : Lawala Pass - Lobesa, Dochula - Thimphu

First Stretch : Start Point - 3190m, End Point - 1350m, Distance 53 Km, 3.5 Km gentle climb, Second Stretch: Start Point -3100m End Point - 2220m, Distance -17 Km, Duration 1 Hour (Approx.)

Visit crane information centre and drive little Lawala Pass which is at the altitude of 3190 m asl. Alternatively you can hike on the Phobjikha nature trail and then drive to the pass. From there, ride on your bicycle till Lobesa market. This stretch includes 3.7 km up hill and total of 53 km.

Lunch at lobesa and continue your drive till Docula Pass where after that you will ride till Semtokha. It will take you around 1 hour ride covering 17 Km

Route 7 - Detour in Thimphu the Capital City of Bhutan

We have different cycling areas in Thimphu including around the giant Buddha that will take you around 1 hour, Changangkha to Giant Buddha Statue which takes around 3 hours, Thimphu city to Takin Reserve to Sangaygang and back which will take you around 2 hours.

Either you can prefer to come back to your hotel or continue from Sangaygang to Wangduetse and then to Zilukha Nunery centre.

Route 8 : Thimphu - Paro HighWay

Most Popular Cycling Route, Distance - 53 Km, Max 5 Hours Duration,

The most popular cycling route is Thimphu to Paro highway you can join some of the local cycle athletes.  The road is wide enough for a enjoyable ride along the Thimphu river for the first half of the journey and then along the Paro Chu during the second half.

Total distance to over is 53 Km and maximum duration to cover is 5 hours. Your ride will end at Paro Town where you car will pick you up and drive to your hotel.

Take your time and enjoy picnic lunch midway by the riverside.

Route 9 : Tiger's Nest Monastery - Paro

Start Point - 2900m, End 2300m,

Tigers nest monastery is located around 900 meters above the Paro valley on a precarious almost vertical mountain cliff, Taktsang Monastery and is truly a wonderful and spectacular sight in terms of its location, setting and history.

In the 8th Century this was one of the major sites where Guru Padmasambhava – the patron saint of Buddhism in Bhutan meditated with his consort Khandro Yeshey Tshogyal. It is believed that Guru flew on a female tigress in pursuit of a demon which he subdued at the current site of the Monastery. It is one of the holiest site in the Buddhist arena and the most important cultural icon in Bhutan.

You will need to push your bike to Taktsang Monastery and then ride down till Paro town.