The Tour of the Dragon

Trip Facts

Trip Overview

The Tour of the Dragon is billed as one of the toughest one-day mountain bike races in the world. Starting in Bumthang in central Bhutan (2610 m) stretching over 268km it takes you over four mountain passes before finishing in Thimphu town square.

In celebration of Fourth Druk Gyalpo’s 60th Birth Anniversary, additional Nu. 60,000 will be awarded to the man and woman who break the existing record (men: 10:42, women: 14:43)

Following Bumthang chhu (river) for a couple of kilometers the riders climb through blue pine forest to Kiki La at 2870m, and then an easy ride down to Nangar. And more blue pine forests and agricultural land as you follow a gentle road through Chumey to Gaytsha (2950m).

The road then climbs past Bong Bridge through mixed conifer and rhododendron forests and pastures till you reach Yotongla at 3430m. From Yotongla it is a 29-km downhill ride to Trongsa.

From Trongsa(2150m), the road descends gently to the Bjee Zam bridge (1900m) and then climbs16 km through broadleaved and agricultural settlement. You pass Chendebji chorten and reach Chendebji village (2430m).

The road climbs through mixed conifer forests past Nikachu bridge at Chazam and Rukubji to the small settlement of Longte. By this time much of the trees have been replaced by pastures and agricultural fields. Through these pastures dominated by dwarf bamboo you reach Pelela (3430m). You then continue your long descent to Wangdue Phodrang.

From Wangdue Phodrang, you continue to Metshina, (1410m) and then to Dochula (3150m). After Dochula, it’s all downhill to Thimphu (2330 m). (265 words)

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Price Details

The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB), Tourism Business regulating agency of the Royal Government of Bhutan, fixes the Tourist Tariff rate. This rate is valid for all the inclusive tour packages. The tariffs for tourists visiting in a group of 3 persons or more are as follows:

Peak Season Rate: (March, April, May, September, October and November) Cultural Tour /Trekking – US$ 250/per person per night halt.

Low Season Rate:(January, February, June, July, August and December) Cultural Tour /Trekking- US$ 200/per person per night halt.

Price Inclusions

  • Bhutan Royalty ($65 per person per day).
  • Visa Fees ($40 per person).
  • All necessary permit fees.
  • All transfers and sightseeing with entrance fees.
  • All meals including evening tea.
  • All accommodation in our partner hotels, which are some of the best in the country on twin sharing basis.
  • All trekking equipments and logistics including cooks, camp personnel, horsemen and ponies.
  • English-speaking tour leader, guide and driver.
  • Trekking Insurance (Our value-added service).
  • Cultural Performance (our value-added service).

Price Exclusion

  • Airfare for flights into and out of Bhutan.
  • All personal expenses like laundry, telephone, tips, shopping expenses.
  • Meals and Beverages other than the ones mentioned above (see inclusions).
  • Spa Charges.
  • Travel and Medical insurance.

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