Mountain biking in Bhutan is a whole new sport that is steadily gaining popularity amongst the Bhutanese and visitors alike. The country’s topography, especially in the western, central and eastern regions, are not the most cycle-friendly but that is precisely why mountain biking is gaining momentum amongst more and more visitors. The mode of transport itself calls for a certain intimacy seldom experienced in vehicles. With better roads replacing the old and the increasing number of off-road roads, biking is now becoming a very unique and original way of seeing and interacting with the country, people and the Bhutanese environment.
Most biking trips go through well paved roads while others trail on to dirt roads and trails. The traffic is still relatively very light and the experience very intimate. This is the “Road Less Travelled.” The more adventurous have the option of making side excursions for more “off-the-road” ventures if preferred. The surface accommodates most types of frame styles: from MTB, Hybrid, and Road, depending on your cycling style and experience. Biking trails mostly meander through small towns and villages and rural areas; it’s just you, your bike, the tour group and the agrarian and natural scenery.
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis (in standard hotels).
- All meals (buffet system /include evening tea/snacks per person each day).
- All hotel tax & service charges.
- Bhutan visa processing.
- Mountain Bikes
- All inland travel permits.
- Royal Government of Bhutan (RGOB) Royalties and taxes.
- Inland transfers: SUV Vehicles (Hyundai Tucson /Hyundai Santa Fe/ Toyota Sedans), Toyota Hiace, Toyota Coaster, Hyundai Motor Buses – based on group strength.
- Local sightseeing with entrance fees where applicable.
- Services of an English speaking local guide.
- Druk air fares and taxes.
- Travel & Medical insurance coverage.
- Communication charges, laundry, tips, porters at hotels.
- Other expenses of personal nature.
It is difficult to accurately generalize the climate of Bhutan due to its variations in elevations and seasons. Generally From June to September is the Monsoon season in Bhutan, with heavy rains and high humidity, it is the hottest in the south. During this period the temperatures can go up to 20 -25 °C during the day, and fall to 15-18 °C at night. From mid September to November is Autumn, basically sunny with some snow at higher altitudes. Late November to early March can be very cold across much of the country. Mid March to May is Spring and Mid April to June you will find beautiful flower blooming and pre monsoon showers starting in June.
Best times to visit Bhutan are March to Mid June and September to November when it's basically warm, dry and sunny. Temperatures are usually around 20 °C, however the nights can be relatively cool, so bring along some clothes.
Comfortable and warm clothing is recommended clothing and sturdy, soft-soled shoes are necessary for your Bhutan trip. Down jackets and woolen sweaters are advised all year round except for summer month; heavy cottons and lightweight woolens is appropriate in summer.
Huge temperature disparity from day to night is the case in Bhutan all year round due to altitudinal difference. Therefore layering system on clothing is suggested to better adapt to the changing conditions; you can start with thermal underwear and add to a shirt, pile jacket and windbreaker or parka as necessary. Make sure you are packed with below items before you set out for a Bhutan Trip:
- Back pack
- Woolen/Cotton trousers (warm clothes for mornings and evenings)
- Down jacket (wind stopper) - especially for higher altitudes
- T - shirts or long sleeved shirts (not sleeveless)
- Sandals or flip flops
- Sun hat
- Comfortable shoes (sneakers)
- Pairs of socks and vests
- Torch (flashlight)
- Sunglasses, spare glasses and contact lenses
- Sunscreen lotion
- Insect repellent cream and your personal medical kit
- Thermal underwear
- Sun cream and some lip protection - you will be outside a lot where strong sun and wind are quite usual.