People Cycling Rides

Bhutan - Bike & Hike the Dragon Kingdom 2023.

This is a Approved Ride
Moderate
Ride Info
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Ride Leader
Thomas Ryan
Tour Dates
10/22/2023–11/1/2023
Start Location
Bangkok, Thailand
End Location
Paro, Bhutan
Cost (est.)
$4650 (USD + $150.00 ride fee)
Deposit
$1395 (USD
Payment Due
8/22/2023
Tour Company
WeAdventure
Avg. Distance
35 mi / 56 km
Avg. Elevation
3083 ft / 940 m
Ride Description

This ride builds on the popular 2022 PeopleCycling trip, seamlessly transitioning from cycling to hiking, incorporating local cuisine and culture 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 vistors 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 the happiest nation in the world.  From the unique architecture, and hardy Bhutanese people.  The tiny mountain kingdom is rightly described as the Switzerland of Asia, with rugged and often breathtaking natural beauty, rivaled 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 Sunday October 22nd in Bangkok (BKK), before flying together to Paro, and continuing for 11 days… (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
Easy rides are under 30mi/48km in average distance and 1600ft/500m in average elevation
Moderate
Moderate rides are over the Easy rating but under 50mi/80km and 2460ft/750m
Difficult
Difficult rides are as over the Moderate rating but under 75mi/120km and 3280/1000m
Challenging
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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