We recommend that you bring a mountain bike that you are familiar with, i.e. not too new. The bike should at least have front suspension, but full suspension is not a necessity either. As the trip crosses several high altitude passes, your bike should be suitable for sustained climbing. Tyres suitable for riding on hard packed, off road conditions, are recommended.
It is very important that your bike is in excellent running order before the trip. If you have servicing work done before leaving for Bhutan, make sure you have ridden your bike several times before departure, ensuring everything is working as it should be.
We will be carrying tools and some spare parts for roadside repairs. Do not expect to be able to purchase any bicycle products while in Bhutan. If you are bringing a mountain bike with 29 inch wheels, please let us know this when booking your trip.
Clothing & Equipment
A list detailing all the necessary clothing and equipment trip members need to bring will be sent to you upon receiving your booking confirmation. If you have any queries about items on the list please do ask, as we can help you source any items you are missing or needing to upgrade with our retail service.
Food & Lodging
Food will be of the highest standard possible, given the remoteness of the situation, but please rest assured that the standard of lodging in Bhutan is in fact very high. Breakfast and dinner will be buffet style meals in the Bhutanese lodges, and lunches will be taken in villages along the way or a daily packed lunch. Please inform us if you have any special dietary requirements.
As mentioned, the standard of the lodges and hotels that we will stay at is very good, for when travelling in this Himalayan Mountain Kingdom. Rooms will be on a twin or dormitory share basis, and you will not need to bring a sleeping bag as linen is supplied.
Travel to and from Bhutan
There is only one national airline for Bhutan, Druk Air. The airline operates two BAe146-100 series aeroplanes. There are generally only a couple of flights per day out of Bangkok and they are very strict about baggage allowances. We will need to limit the amount of baggage we can take to Bhutan and ideally you should travel with one robust bike bag/box, and one smaller travel duffel containing your personal gear. The airline allows 20kg/40lbs of baggage per person, so expect to pay some excess baggage in order to get your bike on to the same flight. Mountain bikes weigh on average 15kg/33lbs, so the excess baggage charge has been about US$100 per person per flight in the past. Please keep in mind that the extra effort to travel internationally with your bike will be rewarded by being able to mountain bike in Bhutan!