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Bhutan Multi-Adventure Tour

Bike
Walk/Hike
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Buddhist Temples, Tradition & Sacred Himalayan Peaks

From $6,698 - $7,248 pp dbl. occ. | 8 days / 7 nights

(+$1,240 to $1,340 for sgl. occ.)

Internal air: $950 to $1,040


Nothing can prepare you for Bhutan. It possesses an indescribable magic. The temples that seem to challenge the heights of the Himalaya. The people rooted in history and yet changing with the times. It's not Shangri-La—it's more real than that, balancing the modern with the ancient. It's what you've pictured and what you couldn't have imagined.

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Bhutan

Bangkok, Thailand

Bhutan Map

Highlights

  • Fly with us to an ancient landscape that's often been inaccessible to foreign travelers, where life's daily rituals remain sacred
  • Connect with Buddhist monks between their meditations to have a chat and exchange ideas, and even receive a blessing
  • Bike through Bhutan's culturally and scenically rich valleys—an off-the-beaten-path experience
  • Hike to secluded Buddhist temples and atmospheric monasteries, including the famed Tiger's Nest
Bhutan

Bangkok, Thailand

Bhutan Map

Itinerary

Day 1 Our Bhutanese guides open doors normally closed to foreigners | Hike above Paro to a seldom visited temple and behold fantastic views of Paro Dzong, a massive monastic fortress built to commemorate a 1644 victory over the Tibetans | Peruse handicrafts in Paro's tiny traditional shops.

Days 2-3 Pedal amid breathtaking valleys brimming with history and culture | Dochula 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 rarely visited by international travelers.

Days 4-5 Immerse yourself in an ancient landscape with daily rituals steeped in spirituality | Raft down Punakha's Po Chhu to 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? Our historian will enlighten you | Tackle the steep but stunning walk to Tango Goemba, a 17th-century monastery.

Days 6-8 Trek beneath a rainbow of prayer flags to otherworldly Taktsang Monastery, or Tiger's Nest, the holiest site in Bhutan | Climb an ancient path to the Taktsang teahouse, situated at 9,200 feet and offering superb views of the valley and cliff-hanging monastery.

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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2018 April
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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 the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $6,698 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $7,098 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $6,698 - $7,248 pp dbl. occ.
8 days / 7 nights

(+$1,240 to $1,340 for sgl. occ.)

Internal air: $950 to $1,040


Reviews

Premiere Hotels*

Le Meridien Paro
Le Méridien Paro, Riverfront

Paro (1 night)

Dhensa Boutique Resort
Dhensa Boutique Resort

Punakha (2 nights)

Taj Tashi
Taj Tashi

Thimphu (2 nights)

Zhiwa Ling Hotel
Zhiwa Ling

Upper Paro Valley (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-3

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Bhutan

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Premiere Hotels*

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Le Meridien Paro

Le Méridien Paro, Riverfront

Paro (1 night)

This upscale resort is nestled between the Himalayan foothills and Paro Chhu River. (pool, spa)

Dhensa Boutique Resort

Dhensa Boutique Resort

Punakha (2 nights)
* Casual Hotel

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

Taj Tashi

Thimphu (2 nights)

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

Zhiwa Ling Hotel

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)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-3

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 (drag to see full )

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 4 500
2 Biking 26 0 37 0
3 Walking/Hiking 6 1400
Other Punakha Dzong Guided Walk (1 Hour)
4 Biking 11 0
Rafting Rafting on the Po Chhu River (2 Hours)
5 Biking 5 1000
Biking 11 500
Walking/Hiking 2 800
6 Biking 22* 0 32 0
Biking 27* 0 40 0
7 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 shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Meals

All breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day’s ride is a bike that’s perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip or view our full bike fleet in further detail.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

For trips departing before 4/15/18, please see available bike options here.

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

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 trip includes two nights at a Casual Hotel, the relatively new Dhensa Boutique Resort. While we expect great things from this beautiful hotel, it may take a few seasons still for their amenities and services to be fully operating at a Premiere Hotel 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 deck.

Some hotels and restaurants on our itinerary see few Western travelers and therefore lack many Western-style services. 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.

Traveling in Bhutan

Your journey through Bhutan will be unlike any other travel experience. Bhutan is a remote corner of the world where ancient culture, traditions and religion are still the deep-rooted cornerstones of everyday life. That said, modern Bhutan is not always the Shangri-La depicted in glossy travel magazines. Rather, it's a developing country, where the scenes of poverty, trash and pollution can be jarring. And yet, the beauty of the people, the culture and the landscape shine through, making for an amazing exotic experience that's unforgettable and completely worthwhile. Though not a paradise, there simply isn't any other country like Bhutan. Our itineraries and Trip Leaders remove as many obstacles and inconveniences as possible, making your next extraordinary encounter always within reach. Of course, even all the efforts of our amazing leaders can't remove haze and noise from the air, or replace a poorly maintained road or trail, so it's a good idea to be aware of the ways that travel in Bhutan can be challenging. If you can be flexible and approach the region with a curious mind and good humor, you'll enjoy your trip to the fullest!

Why Travel with Backroads in Bhutan

We're Bhutanese Pioneers

When Backroads first came to Bhutan 20 years ago, we soon discovered that we were pioneering active travel in the remote Himalayan kingdom. No one else offered day hikes as the focal point for an itinerary. No one combined active adventures with cultural experiences, plus the best available accommodations. And when we figured out how to bike here, we were the first to do that as well. We're not sure of the perfect word in Dzongkha for innovator, but we're on it...

We Stand Behind Our Trips

Most companies' trips in Bhutan are run by local operators. At Backroads we manage our own trips; we would never subcontract your precious vacation to a third party. So as you enjoy the support of your seasoned Trip Leaders, along with our expert local guides and drivers, you have the confidence of knowing we're with you every step of the way.

We Invented the Multi-Adventure Trip

After more than 30 years of creating Backroads Multi-Adventures, our trip designers know how to blend the perfect balance of biking and hiking with other activities to showcase the best of a region. And then they arrange the seamless transitions that would be so hard to orchestrate on your own—adding dimensions to your trip that are exciting, inspiring and just plain fun.

The Best Leaders in Bhutan

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Bhutan, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

The Right Local Pairings

Our Trip Leaders combine deep local expertise with a firm grasp of North American expectations around quality of service. By the same token, we pair experienced Backroads leaders with local guides who know how to cater to your needs while cracking open the culture or natural history in ways that are meaningful, memorable and often magical.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Bhutan trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

Only the Best Hotels

On this trip featuring Premiere Hotels, you can count on the best lodgings Bhutan has to offer. In fact, the hotels we've chosen in this region have higher retail room rates than those offered by any other active travel company—even when their trips cost more.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Bhutan—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

Our Superb Bikes Included

A great bike is obviously critical for a great multi-adventure trip; you don't want to gamble on one that's been sourced locally to trim costs. This trip features our acclaimed Backroads Custom Titanium bikes, expertly tuned and fitted, and included in your trip price. Learn why our titanium bikes are ideal for most riders.

We Know Where We're Going

Tom Hale has been keeping Backroads on track, with one eye on the horizon, since 1979. His passion for active travel, and for ensuring the highest-quality travel experience, is evident in every detail we add to make a guest's trip unforgettable—and the fact he's right there in the office, making it happen. To hear Tom describe his vision, watch our video.  

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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 trip includes two nights at a Casual Hotel, the relatively new Dhensa Boutique Resort. While we expect great things from this beautiful hotel, it may take a few seasons still for their amenities and services to be fully operating at a Premiere Hotel 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 deck.

Some hotels and restaurants on our itinerary see few Western travelers and therefore lack many Western-style services. 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.

Traveling in Bhutan

Your journey through Bhutan will be unlike any other travel experience. Bhutan is a remote corner of the world where ancient culture, traditions and religion are still the deep-rooted cornerstones of everyday life. That said, modern Bhutan is not always the Shangri-La depicted in glossy travel magazines. Rather, it's a developing country, where the scenes of poverty, trash and pollution can be jarring. And yet, the beauty of the people, the culture and the landscape shine through, making for an amazing exotic experience that's unforgettable and completely worthwhile. Though not a paradise, there simply isn't any other country like Bhutan. Our itineraries and Trip Leaders remove as many obstacles and inconveniences as possible, making your next extraordinary encounter always within reach. Of course, even all the efforts of our amazing leaders can't remove haze and noise from the air, or replace a poorly maintained road or trail, so it's a good idea to be aware of the ways that travel in Bhutan can be challenging. If you can be flexible and approach the region with a curious mind and good humor, you'll enjoy your trip to the fullest!
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