The Trip Notes provide detailed information and background for Adventure Consultants' Bhutan Mountain Bike Trek.
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Bhutan Mountain Bike Trek 2020 Trip Notes
Head Office Support Team
Running successful journeys and expeditions is more about experience, knowledge and strategic management than any other factors. As an organisation, we place a substantial amount of time and resources into ensuring our trips are well planned and supported. You can be assured that the AC staff will provide you with friendly advice and knowledgeable support throughout the planning stages of your trip and we will be there to provide backup while the trip is running.
Katie has been with Adventure Consultants since 2019 in the role of Client Liaison. Having spent many years working in the outdoor industry, Katie brings a wealth of experience to her role.
Trek team members will be provided with pre-trip medical advice and a medical questionnaire and asked to visit their family physician to receive a full medical examination. This information will be sighted only by the trek leader and our medical adviser and treated with full confidentiality.
Level of Experience Required
We are cycling in high and remote terrain at moderately high altitudes. It would be best to have a moderate level of fitness to enjoy the experience to its fullest. The trails are sometimes steep and a couple of the days are quite long but it is possible to ride in the accompanying tour bus when you run out of steam. Weather can deteriorate and rain, strong winds and even some snow are possible. However we are travelling at a mild time of the year in the fall to best appreciate the surroundings. See our Fitness Training Programs for information on how we can help you prepare for your trip.
Each of our trips is individually rated according to its physical and technical difficulty, displayed in the icons towards the top of each trip page. You can click on the accompanying question mark for additional descriptions and the full run-down of our grading system is available on our Difficulty Ratings page.
Food will be of the highest standard possible, given the remoteness of the situation. 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.
Rest assured that the standard of lodging in Bhutan is in fact very high. Rooms will be on a twin or dormitory share basis, and you will not need to bring a sleeping bag as linen is supplied.
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.
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!
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.