Our on-road itineraries offer the least taxing but adventurous biking experience. You will generally ride the wide tarmac roads passing through forests, sheer mountain slopes and open valleys. On longer journeys you will climb some of Bhutan’s famed mountain passes that in the old days served as trade routes. You will enjoy the serene ride amid exotic flora and fauna. However, the perfect Bhutan-style off-road biking is that of trail biking or what is more commonly called ‘hike on a bike’.
It involves riding a well-worn hiking trail with fairly steep climbs and sharp descents in the forested paths, over dirt roads and farm roads, and other unpaved tracks.
Often they are broad and often narrow, passing through ravines and streams, old tracks used by mule caravan sand new man-made trails.
Although these trails often run through several villages and are close to towns, they are still rated as difficult or very difficult, and we therefore recommend these tours to professional mountain bikers or those who have had some experience in mountain biking. Bhutan also presents a perfect opportunity for freewheel downhill mountain biking but can be rather extreme experience for many. Given the vertiginous descents through sheer slopes of narrow mountain trails, downhill riding could come with many inherent risks.
Therefore, we strictly recommend this category to professional downhill riders only. Generally, we advise our guests to be mindful of the risks that come with biking in unfamiliar mountainous trails. We recommend a highly professional gear, including protective equipment and body armor.