People Cycling Rides

Bhutan - Bike & Hike the Dragon Kingdom 2025.

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Ride Info
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Ride Leader
Thomas Ryan
Tour Dates
Start Location
Bangkok, Thailand (BKK)
End Location
Paro, Bhutan (PBH)
Cost (est.)
$5550 (USD + $150.00 ride fee)
$1665 (USD
Payment Due
Tour Company
Avg. Distance
35 mi / 56 km
Avg. Elevation
3084 ft / 940 m
Ride Description

This ride builds on the popular 2024 People Cycling trip, while exploring deeper and higher into the Himalayan paradise.  In James Hilton's novel, “Lost Horizon”, a magical utopia called Shangri-La was described as enduringly happy and isolated from the world.  For the lucky few visitors that join this ride in the Dragon Kingdom, it will be clear that 'Shangri La' is the tiny nation of Bhutan. The Kingdom of Bhutan (pop. 700,000), sits nestled between two giants — China to the North and India to the South — and remains the ultimate prize for the seasoned cyclist.

The concept of Gross National Happiness, is a defining principle of Bhutanese government, and puts the happiness of the people above all other considerations.  This idea has been copied by fortune 500 companies seeking to replicate the unique environment of one of the happiest nations in the world. The tiny mountain kingdom is rightly described as the Switzerland of Asia, with rugged and often breathtaking natural beauty rivalled only by a deep spirituality.  It’s no wonder that the tiny mystical nation is synonymous with dragons. In order to meet visa conditions, the adventure starts on Saturday October 25th 2025 in Bangkok (BKK), before flying together to Paro, and continuing for 11 days/ 10 nights. Our fully supported and guided adventure takes us on a journey through the culture, religion and nature of Bhutan, both by bike and on foot, cr… (Join People Cycling to read more)

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People Cycling's Ride Rating

People Cycling has four categories for our rides – Easy, Moderate, Difficult, and Challenging. It should be somewhat obvious what these categories mean, but please become familiar with the elevations and distances that define them:

Easy rides are under 30mi/48km in average distance and 1600ft/500m in average elevation
Moderate rides are over the Easy rating but under 50mi/80km and 2460ft/750m
Difficult rides are as over the Moderate rating but under 75mi/120km and 3280/1000m
Anything over the Difficult rating

NOTE: This is not a strict guideline. There could be rides that have a day or two where the average elevation or distance exceeds the values given above. These anomalies should be outlined in the ride description. It is recommended that you read it carefully.

About People Cycling

People Cycling is a bicycle touring club, which you can join for free. We offer Domestic and International Cycling Tours which are led by volunteer Ride Leaders. Our tours are made up of a small group of participants (typically 15-20 or so) who want to ride an average of 30 to 55 miles a day over a one or two week period in interesting regions of the world. Our tours range in price from frugal getaways to luxurious adventures. We travel road, gravel, or mountain bike styles, and all bicycle types – including e-bikes, recumbents, and tandems are typically allowed.

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