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Bhutan Multisport Tour

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Trip Highlights
  • Immersion into an ancient landscape where life's daily rituals remain sacred
  • Namgay, our local guide and longtime friend, opens doors normally closed to foreign travelers
  • Bike through Bhutan's culturally and scenically rich valleys - you'll be one of the few!
  • Hike to secluded Buddhist temples and monasteries, including the famed Tiger's Nest
  • Exchange ideas with Buddhist monks and receive a blessing

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Temples, Traditions & Sacred Peaks in a Himalayan Oasis

Nothing can prepare you for Bhutan. It's like nowhere else you've been. It has a magic about it that's indescribable. The quiet smiles. The natural rhythms of life. The temples that seem to challenge the heights of the Himalaya. The crisp air. The striking mountains always looming, protecting. It's a people rooted in history and yet changing with the times. It's not Shangri-La - it's more real than that. It's a country balancing the modern with the ancient. It's what you've pictured and what you couldn't have imagined. Let's tread gently and leave it just as we found it.

Straight Talk We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception. Read the Straight Talk

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We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodations

The accommodations on this trip are quite comfortable and are becoming more luxurious every year. Several new hotels are in various stages of completion, and we've taken advantage of them as they open their doors.

This Premiere Inn Trip includes two Casual Inn nights at Dhensa Boutique Resort, which just opened in 2014. While we expect great things from this beautiful hotel, it may take time for their amenities and services to be fully operating at a Premiere Inn level. We've chosen it because of its proximity to our favorite routes, its friendly (albeit unassuming) hospitality, strong cultural character and the tremendous view from the hotel's deck.

Many hotels and restaurants on our itinerary see few Western travelers and therefore lack many Western-style services. Note that the Bhutanese government oversees most hotels, making room availability subject to bureaucratic needs. The extra-firm twin beds, the ornate Bhutanese window coverings that keep guest rooms dark, the leisurely service found in neighborhood restaurants and the limited supply of beer can all be appreciated when you keep a sense of humor and see patience as a traveler's virtue.

Day 1 Namgay, former National Assembly member, our guide and longtime friend, opens doors normally closed to foreigners  Ride above Paro Dzong, a massive monastic fortress built to commemorate a 1644 victory over the Tibetans, then see what lies within  Peruse handicrafts in Paro's tiny traditional mercantile shops.

Days 2-3 Bike through Bhutan's culturally and scenically rich valleys - you'll be one of the few!  Dochu La pass dazzles with panoramas of snowcapped Himalayan peaks  Ethereal villages and rice paddies enliven your ride to Punakha Valley  Engage with monks in between their meditations Hike to Chorten Nebu, a remote 14th-century temple accessible only by foot and seldom visited by international travelers.

Days 4-5 Immersion into an ancient landscape where life's daily rituals remain sacred  Raft down Punakha's Mochu river on our way to the exquisite riverside Punakha Dzong, Bhutan's 300-year-old lofty winter capital Feast your eyes on vibrant Bhutanese painting, sculpture and textile arts in Thimphu, the capital city Curious about Buddhism and how it defines life here? Our historian will enlighten you  Tackle the steep but rewarding walk from Dodina village to Cheri Goemba Monastery.

Days 6-8 Hike to secluded Buddhist monasteries and temples, including the famed Tiger's Nest  Climb an ancient path to the Taktshang teahouse, situated at 9,200 feet and offering superb views of the valley and otherworldly Taktshang Monastery.

Premiere Inns*

Uma Paro
Uma Paro

Paro (1 night) An upscale hillside retreat with luxurious guest rooms; the main building was formerly a Bhutanese nobleman's home. (pool, spa)

Dhensa Boutique Resort
Dhensa Boutique Resort
* Casual Inn

Punakha (2 nights) Surrounded by thick pine forests in the heart of the Punakha Valley, this secluded contemporary hotel is perched above lush rice fields and the Punakha River. (spa)

Taj Tashi Hotel
Taj Tashi Hotel

Thimphu (2 nights) Designed in Bhutanese dzong architectural style, and just steps away from Thimphu's lively central square. (pool, spa)

Zhiwa Ling
Zhiwa Ling

Upper Paro Valley (2 nights) With impressive masonry and elaborate hand-carved cornices, this hotel is set on a verdant mountainside and combines Bhutanese hospitality with modern conveniences. (spa)

Guests Reviews About This Trip

This was without a doubt an exceptional adventure in a magical place.
Roberta Davis - Portland, OR
Namgay, our local guide, added immensely to everyone's experience. His forthcoming nature and his desire to share his country with us was very warming. He is a beautiful person and a remarkable human being. You are very very lucky to have him as your local guide.
Kathleen Volkmann - San Francisco, CA
Fabulous trip. This was more than a vacation; our Bhutan trip was an adventure, a cultural experience and a window on another world. It was made even more special by the other like-minded travelers, our superb Backroads leaders and our marvellous Bhutanese guide. Thank you so much!
Mark Madras - Toronto, ON

Trip Dates & Prices

Please click on a date below for specific pricing and possible itinerary variations.

2014 CLASSIC DATES
September
November
2015 CLASSIC DATES
March
April
September
October
November

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This Trip Is Rated Level 2-4

Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Day Activity EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 Walking/Hiking 3 500
2 Biking 19 0 27 0
Biking 29 500
3 Biking 11 500
Walking/Hiking 3 1400 6 1400
Other Punakha Dzong guided walk (1 hour)
4 Biking 11 0
Rafting On the Po Chhu River (2 hours)
5 Biking 5 1000
Biking 11 500
Walking/Hiking 2 800
6 Biking 25* 600 35 700 45 700
7 Biking 12 500
Walking/Hiking 3 1700 6 2200
8 Other Conclusion of the trip
 
note:

To make for the most comfortable ride to this particular trip, we've outfitted our titanium road bike with slightly wider tires. You'll appreciate this on those stretches of the route with hard-packed dirt (approximately 15% dirt and 85% paved).

* Includes a shuttle

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.

If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2014

8 - 9 guests from $6,898 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $5,998 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests from $6,598 pp dbl. occ.

2015

8 - 9 guests from $6,998 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $6,198 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests from $6,498 pp dbl. occ.
Internal flights from $1,040.

For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.

For 35 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the Bhutan tour experts. See our award-winning Asia & the Pacific multisport tours, Asia & the Pacific biking tours and Asia & the Pacific walking and hiking tours.

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