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Bhutan Multisport Tour
Bhutan Multisport Tour

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 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.

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've opened their doors.

This Premiere Inn Trip includes two Casual Inn nights at Dhensa Boutique Resort, which opened mid-2014. While we expect great things from this beautiful hotel, it may take a few seasons 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 Our Bhutanese guides and longtime friends open doors normally closed to foreigners  Hike 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 to Tango Goemba, a 17th-century 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.


Trip Highlights
  • Immersion into an ancient landscape where life's daily rituals remain sacred
  • Our Bhutanese guides and longtime friends open 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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Premiere Inns

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

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

Zhiwa Ling (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)


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 18* 1500 32* 1500
Biking 38* 900
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


2015 Dates & Pricing*

CLASSIC TRIPS
  • 3/22-29 Price: $6548 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1030 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $1040
  • 4/26-5/3 Price: $6198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1030 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $1040
  • 9/20-27 Price: $6198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1030 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $1040
  • 10/4-11 Price: $6198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1030 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $1040
  • 10/18-25 Price: $6198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1030 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $1040
  • 11/1-8 Price: $6548 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1030 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $1040

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

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)

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.

All Private Singles-Solos trips require a minimum of 16 guests.

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


Guest Trip Reviews

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

As always, the trip was well planned, well executed and enjoyable from start to finish. The guides were knowledgeable and fun, the group was awesome, and my long-awaited trip to the Land of the Thunder Dragon exceeded all expectations and then some.
Jody Rosenberg- New York, NY

This was a trip of a lifetime; the beautiful country of Bhutan, the hiking/biking adventure, the guides and the group with whom we traveled. I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to see Bhutan at this time, while it is unaffected. I was unprepared to fall so in love with the people and the land.
Deborah Graves - Tres Piedras, NM

What can I say? Backroads does such a great job, great guides, good itineraries. I am so pleased and will plan on many more similar trips!!! Bhutan is especially wonderful. I would think folks would be flocking to your door!
Leland Larson - Portland, OR

This was a life-changing experience. I expected beautiful scenery, but there was so much more.
Carol Melamed - Chevy Chase, MD

From the 5 Backroads trips I took during my three and a half months, I think this one and Patagonia were the most impressive ones. It was an amazing experience and I wanted to thank you all for making it a very special time. I think the biggest asset of Backroads are the "people" and everyone that I met was fully engaged in the company's philosophy.
Anika Christophe Torres - Hamburg, Germany