People Cycling Rides

Bhutan - Bike & Hike the Dragon Kingdom.

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Ride Info
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Ride Leader
Thomas Ryan
Tour Dates
Start Location
Bangkok, Thailand
End Location
Paro, Bhutan
Cost (est.)
$4450 (USD + $150.00 ride fee)
$1335 (USD
Payment Due
Tour Company
Avg. Distance
30 mi / 48 km
Avg. Elevation
2728 ft / 832 m
Ride Description

General Information & Ride Overview

In 1933, James Hilton published his beloved novel, “Lost Horizon”, about a magical, utopian land called Shangri-La, a mythical Himalayan utopia – an enduringly happy land, isolated from the world.  Today we call that place Bhutan. For the well traveled, seasoned cycle tourer, The tiny (pop. 700,000) Kingdom of Bhutan, nestled between two giants — China to the North and India to the South — remains the ultimate prize. Come join us as we seize that gem star.

From the concept of Gross National Happiness, a defining principle of government that puts the happiness of the people above all other considerations, to the unique architecture, and hardy Bhutanese people.  The tiny mountain kingdom is often described as the Switzerland of Asia, it's rugged and often breathtaking natural beauty, rivaled only by it’s deep spirituality.  It’s no wonder that the tiny mystical nation is synonymous with dragons. Starting on Tuesday October 25th in Bangkok (BKK) 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, by bike and on foot, crossing 4 high passes ( including the country's highest motorable road, now made accessible following a 3 year total renovation of the road system), traversing glacial rivers, passing through… (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.

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People Cycling is a recently launched cycling club, which you can join for free, and is led by volunteer ride leaders. We will be offering tours in the United States and overseas. Our tours are made up of a small group of participants (typically 20-30 or so) who want to ride 30 to 55 miles a day over a one or two week period in interesting regions of the world.

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