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  • Reviewed August 2018
    Graham Brodie

    Brilliant biking in Bhutan.

    A wonderful trip through some amazing and unexpected countryside, with plenty of hills and friendly people, and a very rich culture.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Descending from misty heights of the Dochula pass into almost tropical conditions through the forests below.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We were very fortunate in almost having two leaders, a very new leader who worked hard to make our trip good, and we were accompanied by a senior Exodus guide on the trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We were concerned about altitude sickness on the trip, but the maximum ascent of 4000m didn't seem to cause a problem, there were plenty of "snack breaks" on the way up the climbs. We were also concerned about dogs, and potential "rabies" threat. There were many dogs but during the day they seem to be docile , sleeping and uninterested, but after dark, in both town and countryside, they seem to hoard and then yelp and bark all night long, so you'll need quality ear plugs!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The trip was pricey, but that's how the country raises money for its social and healthcare systems, and pretty much everything was include, we felt well looked after.
  • Reviewed May 2018
    Rosie Wych

    Bhutan

    Tremendous trip from start to finish. Fantastic country which was a privilege to visit.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    No one thing as many aspects were memorable - some major like the scenery, buildings etc but rounded off by the friendliness of the people, dogs, lack of traffic and for a vegetarian - wonderful food.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    All the Staff were great - it was a bonus to have both Valerie and the excellent Bhutanese leader - supported by the 2 drivers whose smiling support with endless tea and snacks along the way made cycling easy.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The cycling is hard work but can be done at an easy pace. The trip notes were being reviewed during the trip and will benefit from the update with accurate route details and other advice. Warm clothing certainly needed for long descents.Hotels were surprisingly good.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A very different type of Asia to the preconceived notion of poverty and squalor - brought home by passing through Kathmandu on the way home.
  • Reviewed November 2017
    Richard Christie

    Bhutan - a cycle to savour

    Great cycling through the beautiful Bhutanese countryside on quiet roads - both wide and narrow. Some ups, some undulations and some superb descents. Despite the advent of technological ‘innovation’ such as mobile phones and Wi-Fi, Bhutan still retains the quiet serenity I remember from my first visit 14 years ago. Interspersed with the cycling there are opportunities to experience some fantastic Dzongs (temples), wonder at superb views and marvel at the colourful festival dancing.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were many moments which will stay with me for a while: reaching the top of the Chele la (pass); walking round the immense Buddha statue on the hill overlooking Thimpu; the visit to the very impressive Punakha Dzong; the cycle out from the Gangtey Valley - site of the most memorable hotel on the trip; visiting the festival dancing at Chhumey; the cycle back from Chhumey to Bumthang. Not forgetting the walk up to the Tigers Nest!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our Bhutanese guide Sangay Dorji was excellent, demonstrating his immense knowledge of Bhutanese culture & history and ensuring we got the most of the trip. Being the first running of this trip he was assisted by additional staff from India, including Tapesh Choubisa as our cycling guide and Rajesh Razdan as head bike mechanic who were also very good.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do read the Trip Notes! As they indicate you cycle over some high passes and you need to be a bit flexible regarding where the cycling starts and ends each day to take account of the ongoing road improvements across the country and weather conditions. For example one of our days was cut short whilst we waited for a landslide to be cleared.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is not a cheap trip thanks to the cost of spending any time in Bhutan however the benefit is quiet roads, fantastic views and meeting wonderful friendly people along the way. Don’t delay going too long. On the plus side the local beer in Bhutan is half the price of beer in Kathmandu!
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