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9 Day Guided Adventurous Motorcycle Tour in Bhutan and Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal; Paro - Thimphu - Punakha - Gangtey, Bhutan

Thrilling Bhutan and Nepal Motorcycle Tour

Trekking Trail Nepal invites you to an adventurous exploration of the beautiful kingdom of Bhutan on giant two-wheelers. Ride on your motorbike and set out on an exploration of different places around Bhutan. Riding the motorbike and accelerating through the fine Bhutanese roads with picturesque settings around will allow you to absorb more of the splendid beauty of the places throughout the tour. Even though the places that this trip takes you are same as on any other regular trip, motorbiking to those places will have you a completely different experience. This tour gives you a thrilling experience of adventure ride and insightful exploration of cultural, spiritual, and natural attractions in Bhutan.

Key information

  • Bike: rental bike (KTM or Royal Enfield)
  • Meals: breakfasts, lunches, and dinners

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Paro
  • Kyichu Lhakhang exploration
  • Kathmandu heritage sightseeing tour in Nepal
  • Experience the peaceful life and culture of Bhutan
  • Tiger’s Nest Monastery exploration hiking
  • Ride in Himalayas highways of Bhutan
  • Experience Buddhist spirituality
  • 8 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


6 riding days
Group size: Minimum of 6 participants
Airport transfer included: Tribhuvan International Airport
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Accommodation

During this tour, you will be accommodated at the standard hotels and resorts selected by Trekking Trail Nepal.

Program

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal

Motorbike tour in Bhutan starts after your arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal today. When you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), Trekking Trail Nepal will be there to pick you up and transfer you to a hotel. Once you reach and check into the hotel, you will have free time to relax so that you adjust yourself to Kathmandu atmosphere far away from your home. You can take some wanderings around. Trekking Trail Nepal will be giving you some guidance on how to do that if you feel the need of.

Day 2: Kathmandu city tour and sightseeing with welcome dinner and cultural show

It is a full exploration day in Kathmandu. Trekking Trail Nepal takes you for a cultural sightseeing tour of heritage monuments in Kathmandu valley. An in-depth, guided tour of Swoyambhunath, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath will give you an understanding of the rich cultural and historical heritage of Kathmandu valley. Once the tour finishes and you return back to the hotel, you will have a trip briefing meeting followed by a welcome dinner with cultural show.

Day 3: Fly to Paro, Bhutan, and ride to Thimphu (55 kilometers / 34 miles)

Today is the day you fly to Paro to enter the beautiful country of Bhutan. The trans-Himalayan flight will have an incredible chance to enjoy magnificent views of the gigantic Himalayan range. It’s a short flight of only one hour by either Druk Air or Bhutan Airlines.

Once you arrive in Paro and get all the immigration processes done, you come out of the airport and get to your motorbike. You get ready to experience the thrill of motorbiking on the Bhutanese road to Thimpu, the capital city of Bhutan, via Chuzom to see the confluence of two rivers - Thimpu and Paro river. You can also see beautiful stupas there.

Once you reach Thimpu and check in to the hotel, you go on motorbiking excursion of Thimpu surroundings. you visit Buddha Point also known as Kuensel Phodrang from where you can enjoy a spectacular view of Thimpu valley. Later, you also ride to Memorial Chhorten to see the devotion of people to the monument of peace; Takin preserves to explore the amazing national animal of Bhutan – Takin. You also ride to Craft bazar, Tashi Chhoe Dzong, etc. to explore the majestic charm of Thimpu.

  • Riding time: Approximately 1.5 hour

Day 4: Ride from Thimphu to Punakha and hiking excursion of Wangduephodrang

On the second day of your exciting motorbike tour in Bhutan, you are riding to Punakha. While riding to Punakha, you cross Dochula pass that stands at the elevation of 3,088 meters above sea level. When you are on the pass, you can enjoy spectacular views of beautiful mountains and surroundings. The view from here is simply breathtaking. Later, the ride takes you to explore majestic Punakha Dzong on the confluence of two rivers - Mochu and Phochu. You explore this beautiful former administrative center of Bhutan before heading towards Chimi Lhakhang.

The ride to Chimi Lhakhang takes you on top of a small hill. The place is an important center of faith. People believe that if any childless couple visits this place, they will be blessed with children soon in their life. After exploring the religious and cultural sites of the day, you ride back to hotel in Punakha and stay overnight there.

Day 5: Ride to Gangtey from Punakha

You ride onwards on your exciting motorbike tour in Bhutan towards Gangtey as your destination for the day. Riding through the highway that stretches along fascination landscape and surroundings take you to the spectacular valley of Gangtey.

Once you reach Gangtey, you go on exploring the wonders of the valley. You ride to Gangtey Gompa on a small hill. The monastery is the biggest monastery of the Nyingmapa sect of Buddhism here. You explore the spiritual and cultural riches of the monastery and the surroundings where the caretakers of the monastery called Gomchens live.

Later, you ride to explore Phobjikha valley to explore the black-necked cranes. Your overnight is at Gangtey today.

Day 6: Ride from Gangtey to Paro

After a beautiful day exploration and ride in Gangtey valley, you are riding back to Paro today. You ride back through the Dochula pass with the magnanimous views of the mountains and reach Paro. You will have time to explore Simtokha Dzong along the way. Enough breaks on the ride along the way let you immerse into the magnificence of wonders around.

After reaching Paro and checking in to the hotel, you ride to explore various attractions there including exploring Ta Dzong, the national museum. You can explore and learn about the antiques, art, textiles, and historic artifacts of Bhutan. You will still have time to explore Rinpung Dzong later before returning back to the hotel.

Day 7: Paro Excursion and hiking to Tiger Nest

You have a full day at Paro today to explore the Tiger’s Nest Monastery also called Paro Taktsang. You ride to the bottom of the hill where the monastery is situated and start the hike up towards the awesome Tiger’s Nest. Tiger’s Nest Monastery hangs on the cliff right above Paro valley. In the ancient time, Guru Rinpoche is believed have arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated. For Bhutanese people, this monastery is a must-visit place once in their lifetime.

After the Paro Taktsang exploration, you hike back and the motorbike tour in Bhutan continues back towards Paro. You visit Kyichu Lhakhang along the way. This place is the ancient most Buddhist shrine in Bhutan as this is the place where the Buddhism in Bhutan is believed to have been started from. Once you return back to your hotel in Paro, you will have free time to walk around and explore.

Day 8: Depart from Bhutan via Paro Airport (PBH) and overnight in Kathmandu.

Today is the last day in Bhutan on this trip. You drive to the Paro Airport (PBH) to board your flight back to Kathmandu. Another exciting trans-Himalayan flight takes you to Kathmandu, Nepal after the thrilling motorbiking tour in Bhutan. Once you reach Kathmandu and check in to the hotel, you will have free time to explore around on your own.

Day 9: End of Nepal and Bhutan motorbike tour

As the final day of the trip, it’s time to say goodbye. Trekking Trail Nepal will be at the hotel to see you off to the airport for your final departure flight as per your flight schedule. They heartily thank you for being on their motorbike tour in Bhutan. They also hope that the trip must have given you an awesome experience. They would like to hear from you and also welcome you back again to Nepal sometime for another adventure.

Notes

  • The itinerary is subject to change.
  • Normally on the motorbike tour of Bhutan with Trekking Trail Nepal contains 6 to 18 riders and 2 to 4 passengers. Passengers can also ride in the support jeep any time they wish. Trekking Trail Nepal join the group after the Nepal tour.
  • As is always the case when on motorbike tour as this naturally beautiful country without advanced tourist infrastructure. This may become necessary to alter Bhutan's motorbike tour program on the spot due to unforeseen circumstances.

Skill level

Advanced:

  • can ride for 5-6 hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Included excursions

  • Hiking in Tiger's Nest Monastery and Wangduephodrang
  • Sightseeing in Thimphu

Location

During this tour, you will explore the attractions in Paro, Thimpu, Punakha, and Gangtey. It is obvious that the tour is going to give you the best of Bhutan experience on the motorbike. Although the main focus of the trip is motorbiking tour in Bhutan, you start in Kathmandu, Nepal, with a full day of cultural sightseeing before flying to Bhutan and also come back to Kathmandu to finish the trip after motorbiking.

Food

You will be served breakfasts, lunches, and dinners during this tour. However, lunches in Nepal are not included.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During this tour, you will have free time to walk and explore around Kathmandu and Paro.

What's included

  • 300cc KTM Duke or 500cc Enfield Bullet motorcycle rental with E- Starter
  • Fuel, motor oil, and other lubricants for the bike
  • Experienced, professional English speaking guide for the entire tour
  • Fluent English speaking local Nepalese's guide for Nepal sightseeing
  • Support vehicle for baggage as well as spare parts and tools for the motorcycle
  • First-aid kit containing adequate stocks of the most needed medicines and supports
  • Local mechanic with a basic command of English in the support vehicle
  • Admission fees (except for camera and video)
  • Road and bridge tolls including local parking fees
  • Fees for temporary driving permission and special road permits
  • Hiking in Paro and Tiger's Nest and sightseeing in Thimphu
  • Roadmap and unique tour t-shirt
  • Bhutan visa fees
  • Airport transfer from Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) and to Paro Airport (PBH)
  • 8 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners (except lunches in Nepal)

What's not included

  • Drinks, soft drinks, and coffee breaks
  • Titbits and expenses of personal nature
  • The international flight to Bhutan and return to Nepal
  • Travel health and accident insurance
  • Holiday cancellation insurance
  • Optional activities
  • Personal motorbiking gears and motor riding gears
  • Personal expenses, tips, etc.

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Trekking Trail Nepal will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Tribhuvan International Airport Airport transfer included: Tribhuvan International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 10% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 10 days before arrival.
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 6 participants

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