Type of tour:Guided
Level:3
Duration:7 Nights
Distance:28 Miles/day average
Dates: Jun 2; Jul 2; Sep 30; Oct 28, 2014; Jun 8, Jul 6, Aug 10, Oct 12, 2015 (Additional dates available for private groups)
Tour price:US$2795
Start city:Paro, Bhutan
End city:Paro, Bhutan
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Multisport Adventure
Discover Bhutan

Tour Description: Guided

Discover the ancient kingdom of Bhutan by many modes. Mix a bit of scenic alpine cycling; a dash of cultural hiking; a splash of thrilling whitewater rafting and you have our Multisport Adventure - Discover Bhutan.

This unique country, thought to be the inspiration for Shangri-la, has managed to combine tourism with growth without sacrificing its soul. The ancient ways of life still prevail, men go to work dressed in traditional robes called gho and women in their wraparound kiras. Ancient architectural styles influence newer hotels and fresh mountain vegetables and chilis are combined with cheese for flavorful dishes that have been enjoyed through the centuries. 

Your journey begins with several days of bicycle touring, first exploring the seldom visited valleys north of Bhutan's capital city of Thimphu, where you visit the Gompas of Pangri, Tango and Cheri. Then bike up and over Dochula Pass, or take a shuttle, and ride down into the Punakha Valley. Explore the valley by bike, cycling to the spiritual capital at Punakha Dzong. Other than the optional climb, most of your bicycling is in valleys, with gently rolling hills and scenic landscapes.

Switching modes of travel, you spend a half day hiking in Punakha, ascending to a beautiful temple perched high above the valley floor. Then cool off in the afternoon with some whitewater rafting on the Pho Chu River, class 2 and 3 rapids, big enough to be fun, small enough for all to enjoy. Finish your adventure back in Paro with a hike to fabled Taktshang Goemba, better known to foreigners as Tigers Nest, a temple perched on a sheer cliff face, hundreds of feet above the valley floor. Unlike many other tours, you'll have special permits to hike to the actual monastery for a visit, not just view it from far away.

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