Mountain Biking in Bhutan
Although a fairly new sport, mountain biking has caught the imagination of both Bhutanese and visitors. The rugged landscape and difficult terrains make mountain biking such a thrilling and challenging experience in Bhutan, unlike anywhere else!
Bhutan is a country of short distances but long journeys. And mountain biking is the best way to take in the rich biodiversity, culture and tradition. As you bike along Bhutan’s serpentine roads, cutting through deep forests, hills and cliffs, you will get to experience the raw beauty of this Himalayan kingdom.
The biking trails run through small towns and picturesque villages and rural areas and the pristine nature. There are also numerous opportunities for optional hikes with a bit of climbing thrown in.
Biking in Bhutan is considered a unique experience with the routes being less travelled. Although most biking trips go through smooth routes, there are also dusty trails, for more adrenaline rush. With the traffic relatively low in the small Himalayan nation, it can be, no doubt, a joyous ride.
If you are the adventurous type, you can opt for off-the-road ventures. Accommodating most types of surface frame styles like MTB, hybrid, and road, choices are aplenty depending on your cycling style and experiences. There are also some challenging climbs with that could last up to seven hours. The effort is truly rewarding. Riders are advised to have an adequate level of fitness and stamina and experienced enough in the art of mountain biking to experience biking in Bhutan. Tours are fully supported by a van following riders. The van allows riders the option to sit in and take a break.
Some of the trails include Thimphu – Pangrizampa – Hongtsho, Khuruthang – Samdingkha – Punakha and Jemina – Ta Dzong that lies 2,000 to 4,000 metres above the sea level.