The few who do visit this magical place find an ancient Buddhist culture thriving in a landscape of incredible natural beauty.
The mountains are magnificent, the countryside green, the pure air and unpolluted and the architecture striking. Our KTM adventure tour will show you an intimate insight into Bhutan's Buddhist culture and way of life.
The mountainous road are well maintained throughout Bhutan, reaching heights of 3200m /10496feet and offer the most stunning views of the Himalayan ranges. The rides is through various types of vegetation ranging from sub tropical to alpine vegetation, in the valleys passing through many villages of terraced rice fields and fairy tale rivers.
The ride will take you to interesting cultural sights of Western and central Bhutan, to the secluded locations of Zhemgang and southern districts of Sarpang and Tsirang. This is a new itinerary and not many people have traveled on this route - and not so on motorcycles. Come and enjoy this trip for a great lifelong memory. Jim will film the entire tour and all video will be available to riders.
2013 Brief Itinerary:
Saturday June 01:Paro Arrival/Tiger Nest Hike - Thimphu
Sunday June 02: Ride to Gantey
Monday June 03: Ride to Trongsa
Tuesday June 04: Ride to Zhemgang
Wednesday June 05: Ride to Sarpang
Thursday June 06: Ride to Phunakha
Friday June 07: Ride to Paro
Saturday June 08: Paro Haa Valley Loop
Sunday June 09: Outbound flight
Day1. Arrive Paro by Druk Air
The flight into Paro (2280m/ 7524ft) on Druk Air is spectacular. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks give way to the verdant greens of the Paro Valley. The first gift from Bhutan is the cool, clean fresh air as we step from the plane. After clearing customs and visa control we are met by our guide and then drive a short distance to your hotel.
Drive from your hotel till the base of the Taktsang monastery which hangs 900m above the valley floor and take a hike to this amazing monastery. This monastery has become a symbol of Bhutan and not visiting the monastery while in Bhutan would be a blasphemy. Many people from around the world infact come to Bhutan to visit the Taktsang monastery for religious reasons. This was the place where the great saint Guru Rimpoche meditated in the caves in this area. Guru Rimpoche is accredited to bringing the Tantric form of Buddhism to the entire eastern Himalayan region in the 8th century AD.
The hike will take appx. 3-4 hrs back and forth and commands great views of the valley once you are at the monastery or the viewpoint.
After the hike drive for 1hr to Thimphu the capital city of Bhutan.
Day2. Thimphu - Gangtey 160km/5 hours
After an early breakfast, take charge of your machines, have some riding around the Thimphu valley to get used to the traffic conditions.
You can then start for the Punakha valley and then unto the Phobjikha/Gangtey valley.
En route we’ll cross the Dochula Pass at an altitude of 3150mts. On a clear day the whole range of Eastern Himalayas can be seen from here, so fingers crossed!
We then descend down to the Punakha Valley at an altitude of 1350mts. The road has lots of sharp bends, but lots of breathtaking views of the mountains and valleys. The ride takes your further through the villages of Sha villages until you climb and enter the hidden valley of Phobjikha.
Day3. Gangtey - Trongsa 90km/4 hours
Ride around the Phobjikha valley and explore the villages before leaving for Trongsa, the ride takes you across the Pelila pass 3300mts/10824feet,
From Nobding the road ascends sharply to Pelela Pass before descending through pastureland at Sephu where we reach the historical Chendebji Chorten. You can stop by the stupa and have a coffee break at the cafeteria Chendebji, we’ll ride to Trongsa at an altitude of 2350mts/7708feet. While Punakha and Trongsa are at approx the same elevation, there are lots of bends, beautiful waterfalls and thick forest cover on the way. This part of the ride offers good view of the south Trongsa Valley and stunning views of the Trongsa Dzong.
Day4. Trongsa - Zhemgang 129km/5 hours
The ride today will take you on a southerly route towards the foothills and tropical jungles to the district of Zhemgang, one of the most remote districts in Bhutan.
We will ride through many interesting Kheng villages, the district of Zhemgang is one of the remote places in Bhutan but with very rich ecological diversity and rich flora, fauna and avifauna. We also come across some interesting waterfalls and wildlife enroute. The ride is one of the most beautiful all along the river side.
Due to its remoteness tourism has not been touched at all here hence we will need to camp on this route or stay a night at a very basic hotel or guest house.
Day5. Zhemgang - Sarpang 140 km/6 hours
The ride towards Geylegphug in Sarpang district is through the Manas National Park region. All along riding through rich bio diversity, you might be able to see golden langurs.
Before reaching Geylegphug, about 13 km short of the town, there is a hot spring, will be interesting to have a dip there as well.
Day6. Sarpang - Punakha 180km/6 hours
Today’s ride will be leaving the foothills and climbing to more temperate zones and crossing the beautiful villages of Tsirang, and again riding all along the river once you cross the town of Damphu. You will see the large hydro power plant construction as you approach Wangdue town.
Day7. Punakha - Paro 140km/3 hours
After doing some sightseeing like visiting the beautiful Punakha Dzong, ride back to Paro via Thimphu. You can do some shopping in Thimphu or visit some interesting sights before heading back to Paro for the night.
Day8. Paro - Haa Loop - Paro 140km/6 hours
We begin our ride today towards Chelila pass and into Haa and then back to Paro. Climb 35 km from Paro to the Chelila pass at near 4000m/13120feet.3 which is also the highest motor able road point in Bhutan. Weather permitting you have great views of Mt. Jhomolhari, Haa valley and rugged Himalayan landscape. Stop for lunch at Haa town and continue ride towards the confuence. You cross many villages like Karna, Jyenkana, Bitekha. The ride is beautiful with very less traffic and very scenic as you drive through pine forests. This is the end of the ride and tonight, our last dinner!
Paro - BKK, one last breakfast and inhale the air, you'll be back in Bangkok in a few hours. If you feel like staying longer or going overland to India, we can set this up as well.
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