BHUTAN: Thunder Dragon's Roar - Motorcycle tour

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01/01/2021 31/10/2022 1995 € 2825 € Per person "starting from" in low season

Thunder Dragon’s Roar- Motorcycle tour
Duration
: 10 Nights, 11 Days.
Route : Paro-Thimphu- Wangdue -Trongsa-Bumthang-Gangtey-Googona- Khotakha-Punakha-Haa-Paro.
Trip Style- Motorbike tour.
Maximum Elevation: 3988 m.
Date:  08/10/18 – 19/10/18.
Start/Finish: Paro/Paro.

Highlights:

●  Enjoy riding on different terrain, mixed of off-road and paved roads with less traffic, clean atmosphere and panoramic views from high-mountain passes.
●  Traverse beautiful landscapes and varied vegetation from alpine shrubs to temperate forests. Come across snow-capped mountains to low valleys.
●   See ancient Bhutanese Heritage, History, and sacred Buddhist sites.
●   Visit sacred temples, medieval fortresses (Dzongs), museums etc.
●   Experience local lifestyles of Bhutan up-close.
●   Be immersed in the grandeur of the Himalayas; enjoy the pristine nature.
●   Experience and be part of the unique living culture of Bhutan.

Trip Overview:
Day 1: Paro- Thimphu-Arrival
Distance: 47.6 Km.
Min. Altitude: 2195 m.
Max. Altitude: 3370m.

While flying into Bhutan, from the left hand side of the aircraft you can see the Majestic Himalayan Range with the Peaks of Mt.Everest, Mt.Kanchanganga, Mt.Jumolhari and Mt.Jichu Drake whereby the latter two Mountains are in Bhutan.On arrival at the Paro International Airport, we will be there to receive you all. We drive to Thimphu, the Capital City. Enroute we will visit Tachogang Temple on the way. It was built by Thangthong Gyelpo, The Iron bridge builder Saint. We can also see the ancient iron bridge there. If time permits, we will visit Memorial Stupa and Kuenselphodrang. At Kuenselphodrang we will see the tallest sitting Buddha statue in the world. 

Overnight in Thimphu

Day 2: Thimphu-Trongsa
Distance: 197km. 
Min. Altitude : 1387 m.
Max. Altitude: 3390 m.

Today we start our ride. We will ascend for 16 km to Dochula pass (3050m) and enjoy the panoramic view over the Himalayas. On a bright day we can have a spectacular view of all the major mountains of Bhutan.There are 108 stupas and a temple built by the Queen Mother for long life of His Majesty the fourth King and the well being of all the sentient beings.                                                                                                                                                Then Descend all the way to the Valley of Lobesa and ride through Wangdue. The Ride continues towards Trongsa, passing several beautiful villages of Rukubji, chendebji and Tangsibje. Visit Chendebji Stupa.

Overnight in Trongsa

Day 3:Trongsa - Bumthang
Distance:  110 Km. 
Min. Altitude: 2200 m.
Max. Altitude: 3400

Visit Trongsa Dzong and Trongsa Tower museum after breakfast and continue riding to Bumthang. It is a climb as the road climbs rapidly through a series of hairpins out of Trongsa for 49 Km to reach the Yutong La pass (3400m). After the pass descend to Chumey valley and then continue with a short climb to Kiki La, after which you arrive to the beautiful valley of Bumthang. Local sightseeing after lunch.

Overnight in Bumthang

Day 4: Bumthang Halt
Distance: 160km. 
Min. Altitude: 2800 m.
Max. Altitude: 3350 m.

Today we ride around the Bumthang Valley. We will visit foolowing sites:
- Jakar dzong
- Jampa Lhakhang
- Kurjey Lhakhang
- Choekor Village.

After lunch We will head towards Tang Village and visit the following sites:
- Mebar tso ( the burning lake)
- Pemacholing Nunerry
- Ugyen Cholling Palace Musuem

Overnight in Bumthang

Day 5: : Bumthang – Gangtey Valley
Distance: 210km. 
Min.  Altitude: 2800 m. 
Max. Altitude: 3425 m

Today we will head to Ura Village and head Gangtey Valley via Chumey Nangar. The ride comprise of cruising back through patchy mountains with hairpin loops and curves. After crossing Pele la pass, we turn towards Gangtey Valley. This breath-taking valley is marked by herds of yak that can be seen grazing around the meadows alongside the road. The valley is famous for being the winter home for the endangered Black necked cranes that fly all the way from Tibet. The ride here after the mountain road is a refreshing change and offers an indescribable experience.

Overnight in Gangtey Valley

Day 6: Gangtey Halt
Distance: 50km. 
Min. Altitude: 2830 m. 
Max. Altitude: 2830 m

Today we have an easy ride through the beautiful valleys of Phobjikha and Zee Zee on a Dirt Road. Phobjikha and Zee Zee are high altitude Villages inhabited by friendly highlanders called “Lagaps”. We will have a Picnic lunch. Towards afternoon we will visit the Gangteng monestary and interact with the monks. Gangteng Monestary is a very important seat of the Peling Tradition, a sect of Vajrayana Buddhism.

Overnight in Gangtey Valley

Day 7: Gangtey – Gogona- Khotakha- Punakha
Distance: 105 km. 
Min. Altitude: 2600 m. 
Max. Altitude: 3700 m

This is one of the highlights of the ride. Normal tourist do not travel this route. The road is rough and rocky and weaves through a mixed forest of juniper, bamboo, rhododendrons and magnolia. After crossing Tsele La Pass (3440m) we descend to beautiful Gogona Village. The road winds gently above the village, then a long gradual climbs to Shobju la pass (3410m). Riding down, we overlook the broad Khotakha Valley.  The village comprises of about 60 rustic houses.
We ride along the steep terraced wheat fields to a cluster of houses of Whachay village and eventually meet the paved road at Tikke Zampa Bridge. The ride continues to Punakha through the rice fields of Lobesa. Punakha is the Old capital of Bhutan and the winter residence of our Central Monk Body.

Overnight in Punakha Valley

Day : 8 Punakha – Haa
Distance: 195km. 
Min. Altitude: 1200 m. 
Max. Altitude: 3100 m

We will head back to Thimphu. Enroute, we have an option to visit Chimi Lhakhang if the group wishes. Chimi Lhakhang is known as The Fertility Temple, built in honor of a Naughty Siant, Drukpa Kunley. Many childless couples ( Bhutanese as well as Foreigners) have been blessed with babies( We can see a photo album of the couples and babies at the temple.
We will have our lunch in Thimphu. After, we will ride till Chunzom confluence and turn left towards Haa. Visit Dobji Dzong on the way. Haa valley is only recently opened to tourism and has remained beautifully quaint and untainted by the modern development.

Overnight in Gangtey Valley

Day 9: Haa – Paro
Distance: 160km Approx. 
Min. Altitude: 2200 m. 
Max. Altitude: 3988 m

After breakfast we go for Haa valley Sightseeing. We leave Haa valley and ride towards Paro via Chele La pass (3988m) This is the highest Altitude we will touch on this ride. If the sky is clear, we will have a spectacular view of Bhutan’s second highest peak, Mt. Jhomolhari (7314 m). We then descend through dense rhododendron forest, possibly sighting yak,s to Kila Goemba Nunnery. Kila Goemba is a serene retreat for 32 Anims (Buddhist nuns) who lead a undisturbed life of religious studies, prayer and meditation. We ride further down to Paro. Lunch at Paro. Afternoon we will ride to Dongkola Temple. Dongkola Temple is 18 km of Dirt road  (one way) from Shaba road point. It is located at an altitude of 3,370 m and is the only place from where we can have a spectacular view both Paro and Thimphu Valley.

Overnight in Paro

Day 10: Paro: Hike to Tiger’s Nest
Distance: 30km. 
Min. Altitude: 2200 m. 
Max. Altitude: 3120 m

No visit to Bhutan is truly complete without a trek to the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery. It is miraculously perched on the side of a sheer cliff 900 m above the floor of Paro valley.
Ride to the base of the Tiger’s Nest and begin your hike up hill. While this hike is a constant climb uphill, it takes only around 2 hours to get up and the views are well the worth.

Day 11: Depart Bhutan
Drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination. Our representative will then bid you farewell.

PRICES
LOW SEASON: January, February, June; July, August, December

Price per person (single individual): euro 2440
Price per person (Group of 2 people): euro 2335
Price per person (Group of 3 people) euro 1995


HIGH SEASON: March, April, May, September, October, November
Price per person (single individual): euro 2940
Price per person (Group of 2 people): euro 2835
Price per person (Group of 3 people) euro 2495

The price includes:
- accommodation for 10 nights 
- meals as scheduled
- English speaking guide for the whole tour
- Motorcycle rental
- car / minivan available for the whole tour
- support
- Bhutanese entry fee
- Motorcycle charge
- visa

The fee does not include
- Flights to Bhutan
- drinks, meals not mentioned
- tips (around USD 10 per day)
- currency adjustment
- everything not expressly specified in "the price includes"