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)