Cycling in Bhutan

These days everyone in Bhutan is seen with a bicycle. Maybe it is a trend or an endeavor to stay healthy. Whatever the reason may be, Bhutan indeed provides the right recipe for a cyclist, with its very limited density of population, 70 percent of the country under forest areas, fresh mountain air, and clear blue skies. One cannot ask for a better location to go cycling.

Biking in Bhutan is an immensely enriching experience, allowing one to feel the way of life in Bhutan at one’s own pace. Even the towns can be fun given the limited parking space; however, the country sides are a gem. Areas around Paro, Thimphu and Punakha are highly recommendable because of its cycle-friendly routes and beautiful landscape amidst local villages; the cheila free wheel biking, in particular, is very famous. As you book your tour in Bhutan, a biking activity may be included in your itinerary at an additional cost.

Listed below is a synopsis of identified routes

District

Location

Distance (KM)

Altitude (M)

Remarks

Paro

Paro – Drugyel Dzong

26

2120-2210

Roundtrip

Thimphu

Thimphu – Pangri Zampa

28

2350-2420

Roundtrip

Punakha

Khuruthang – Tashithang

62

1240-1840

Round Trip

Wangdue Phodrang

Wangdue Phodrang – Phobjikha

64

1315-3360

One Way

Bumthang

Jakar – Tang

62

2580-2760

Round Trip

Haa

Chelila - Paro

35

2250-3810

One Way

Trashigang

Trashigang Phongme- Trashigang

70

1070-1870

Round Trip

Note: These are surveyed routes. Reconfirm all details and viability