Tergo Travels, Bhutan

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Spring in Bhutan starts from March onwards and you can enjoy this activity till end May. You will be accompanied by a vehicle and a bicycle guide. This tour gives you a mixture of cultural, historical and biking experience. You can bike all the way or take occasional breaks in the vehicle depending on your endurance.

Minimum 2 people maximum 6 people in a group

9 nights 10 days

US$  6,380 for 2 (twin sharing accommodation)

US$ 6,920 for 2 (separate accommodation)

Day 1                         Arrival at the Paro International Airport

Druk Air flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu or over the foothills, each flight is a mesmerizing feat and offers exciting descent into the Kingdom. On arrival at the airport you will be received by our representative and driver with a car. Paro is at an altitude of 2,350 m.

Visit the Ta Dzong

Located in a former tower (Ta Dzong means Watch Tower in Dzongkha) above the Rinpung Dzong, the museum displays artifacts from Bhutan’s history as well as examples of indigenous flora and fauna.

Visit the Rinpung Dzong

This fortress is also known as the “fortress of the heap of jewels”. It was built in 1646. The approach to this Dzong is through a traditional covered cantilever bridge. A walk through the bridge to the Dzong, over a stone inlaid path, offers a good view of the architectural wonder of the Dzong as well as life around it.

Visit the Kichu Lhakhang

This is one of the oldest monasteries built in the 7th century to subdue the ogress that lay across the whole of the Himalayas. There is another monastery which is said to be built on the same day called Jambay Monastery in Bumthang. It is believed that Kichu was built over her left foot.

Night halt in Paro

Day 2                         AM      Trek to the Tiger’s Nest (3 hours walk one way)

Constructed in 1692, Taktsang is one of Bhutan’s most famous monasteries.  It is perched on the mountainside at an elevation of 3,120 metres (10,200 feet).  Taktsang meaning “Tiger’s Nest” was named after the legend where Tibetan Buddhist saint Padmasambhava flew across the Himalayas on the back of a tigress before finally landing at the very spot that Taktsang was built.

PM                  Bike from Paro to Thimphu

The distance from Paro to Thimphu is 65 km and you will be biking at an altitude of 2,330 metres and above. No steep climbs are present on this route. Thimphu is at an altitude of 2,330 m.

Stroll in Thimphu town

Night halt in Thimphu

Day 3                                     Bike from Thimphu to Wangdue

Today you will be biking to Wangdue which is 70 km from Thimphu. You will first climb to a pass called Dochula (3,150 metres) which is 16 km from Thimphu.If the weather is clear you will get some spectacular views of the mountain ranges from Dochula. You will stop in Dochula for some refreshments and then continue downwards until you reach Wangdue (altitude is 1,200 m)

Brief stop at Dochula

La” means pass in Bhutanese.  The mountain pass of Dochula offers you a view of the chain of Himalayan Mountains ranges on a clear sunny day. The 108 chortens were built under the initiative of Her Majesty the Queen Mother to honor His Majesty the 4th King’s and his people for their victory in the war fought in the southern Bhutan in 2003 and for the benefit of all sentient beings. This pass is at a height of 3,150 metres and is the first pass in the western region.

Visit the Wangdue Dzong

The Wangdue Dzong sits atop a high ridge between 2 rivers, the Punatsang Chhu and the Dangchhu. Legend says while people were searching for a site for the Dzong, four ravens were seen flying in four directions. This was considered an auspicious sign representing the spread of Buddhism in four directions.

Visit the Punakha Dzong

Punakha Dzong was constructed in 1637-38. It is the winter home of Bhutan’s Central Monastic Body led by the Chief Abbot. Due to its location at the confluence of the Pho Chhu and the Mo Chhu in the Punakha-Wangdue valley, the Dzong is vulnerable to flash flooding caused by glacier lakes (GLOF). Flash flood damage to Punakha Dzong occurred in 1957.

Visit the Khamsum Yuellay Chorten

Khamsum Yulley Namgyal stands majestically on a strategic ridge above the Punakha valley. Built over a period of 9 years, it is a splendid example of Bhutan’s fine architectural and artistic traditions and the only one of its kind in the world. Built by Her Majesty the Queen Mother, this temple is dedicated for the well being of the kingdom and the benefit of all sentient beings.

Night halt in Wangdue

Day 4                                     Bike from Wangdue to Trongsa

Today is a long day of biking from Wangdue to Trongsa. There is a total of 129 km between Wangdue to Trongsa with a pass Pelala pass which is 3,430 m. A lot of uphill and downhill biking.

Enroute visit the Chendebji Chorten

Enroute to Paro is the Chendebji Chorten, patterned on Kathmandu’s Swayambhunath Stupa, with eyes painted at the four cardinal points. It was built in the 18th century by Lama Shida from Tibet, to cover the remains of an evil spirit that was subdued at this spot.

Night halt in Trongsa

Day 5                                     Bike from Trongsa to Bumthang

Since you did a lot of biking yesterday, today is a relatively easy 68 km from Trongsa to Bumthang. You will be doing a lot of uphill biking until you reach the Yotongla pass at 3,434 m and then downhill until you reach the beautiful valley of Gyetsa. After you bike on this flat valley for some time, you will again climb uphill until you come across another pass of Kikila at 2,870 m. Then it is downhill until Chamkhar town.

Bumthang is named after the “Bumpa” shaped valley. “Bumpa” is the holy vessel for water found on the alter and “Thang” means plain. Bumthang has many religious sites and is also considered the “Switzerland” of Bhutan given the landscapes. It is, because of this, the first Swiss assistance started in Bumthang. You also get to enjoy honey and cheese with apple juice processed in Bumthang (altitude 2,600 m)

PM                              Visit the Jakar Dzong

The Dzong is built on a ridge overlooking the valley. Inside the Dzong there still remains the tunnel which was used to fetch water during wars. Legends say that while performing a ritual before the Dzong was built, a white bird flew out of the site and landed on the place where the Dzong was built. Ja means bird and Kar means white.

Visit the Jampey Lhakhang

One of the oldest monasteries of Bhutan, this monastery hosts Guru Joyo Jampa, the future Buddha as its main statue. One of the most sacred festival, the Jampey Lhakhang Drup takes place here every year.

Visit the Kurjey Lhakhang

The name Kurjey translates as “Kur” meaning body and “Jey” meaning print. Guru Rimpoche, the Great Buddhist saint, left his body print on a rock inside this monastery. The big cypress tree is believed to be the walking stick of Guru Rimpoche. The Guru also created a water hole beside the temple which people frequent either for religious or medicinal purposes.

Night halt in Bumthang

Day 6                         Bike locally and sightseeing

Today is rest day with short biking aroung the valley.

Visit the Namkhe Nyingpo’s Dratsang

This religious institution is a place where monks study and religious ceremonies are preformed as well. This institution is owned and headed by one of the most revered lamas, Namkhe Nyonpo. You will get to see the daily lives of monks.

Visit the Membar Tsho (the burning lake)

This lake lies about 5 minutes from the road head and is about 20 minutes drive from the town. The famous treasure reveler, Terton Puma Lingpa, went into the lake with a burning lamp and came back with the burning lamp still burning when he discovered Guru Rimpoche’s hidden treasures.

Night halt in Bumthang

Day 7                                     Bike from Bumthang to Phobjikha

Today is another big day of biking from Bumthang to Phobjikha with a total distance of 188 km covering all 3 passes.

Phobjikha is a glacial valley. This place is one of the most important wildlife preserves in the country due to the Black Necked Cranes which migrate from Tibet to this place in the winter.

Night halt in Phobjikha

Day 8                                     Visit the Gangtey Goempa

This Nyingmapa monastery was built in 1613. The monastery is looked after by 100 or so lay monks. The monastery consists of the central temple, monks’ quarter, meditation centres, schools and a guest house

Bike from Phobjikha to Wangdue

Today is a relatively easy day with just over 55 km from Phobjikha to Wangdue. You can rest and recuperate in Wangdue.

Night halt in Wangdue

Day 9                                     Bike from Wangdue to Paro

Though the distance in km is not that much (40km), the ride uphill from Lobesa to Dochula is a killer.

Hot stone bath

Night halt in Paro

Day 10                       Departure