Experiencing the countries surrounded by the magnificent Himalayas is always a worthwhile experience. Bhutan, sacred lands isolated from the outside world by the rugged mountainous terrain, have become places that, just by hearing the name, everyone wants to temporarily ignore all the chaos of life to come here to immerse your soul in peace and happiness. If there are days when you just want to give up everything to find inner peace, remember that somewhere in the world, there are still countries like Bhutan that welcome you.
Arrival Siliguri Airport
Phuentsholing to Paro. Distance 165km (7-8 hours) Altitude 2280m above sea level
In Paro. Tiger’s Nest Hike. Altitude at Monastery 3000m > Today is one of the major highlights of the tour
Paro to Thimphu City via Haa valley. Distance 180 km. (6 hours). Altitude 2290m above sea level
Thimphu to Phobjikha via Dochula Pass (3140m ASL). Distance 136km (6 hours)
Visit Punakha Dzong, winter seat of the Je Khenpo and the Monk Body, remarkably located between the rivers of the Mo (Female) Chu and Pho (Male) Chu. After sightseeing continue towards Phobjikha Valley. Overnight in Phobjikha valley 2700m ASL.
Phobjikha to Trongsa via Pelela Pass 3390m ASL. Distance 120km. (4 hours).
The museum is equipped with state of the art technology and includes a media room where visitors can watch a documentary. The Ta Dzong was renovated and converted as a museum at a cost of Nu. 97 millions funds from the Austrian government. The museum is dedicated to the coronation and centenary celebrations.
Trongsa to Bumthang. Via Yotongla Pass 3425m ASL. Distance 68km. (2 hours)
In the evening we visit Jambay Lhakhang: one of the 108 monasteries built by King Songtsen Goenpo in the 8th century to subdue evil spirits in Himalayan region.
Bumthang to Mongar. Distance 193 km. (8 hours)
Road surprise for today is Namling Brak and Thrumshingla Pass (2nd the highest motor able pass in Bhutan) 3750m above sea level through Ura Valley. We will have some good tea and coffee breaks on the way.
Sarchu to Manali (230 kms - 10 hours)
Manali to Chandigarh (300 kms - 10 hours)
Trek Arvatal to Ghastali (3790mtr), Distance 15 km, 6 to 7 hr.
- Motorcycles up to 500cc (Royal Enfield Himalayan available at extra cost of USD300.00 for the entire trip)
- All accommodation in good listed hotels, camps or homestays on double/twin occupancy.
- Backup vehicle with mechanic.
- Highly experienced English and Hindi speaking tour guides
- Buffet Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner as specified in program
- Tea and snacks enroute.
- Bottled water (2L per person per day)
- International airfare and visa.
- Travel & personal Insurance
- Personal riding gear
- Items of personal nature
- Spare parts
- Good certified helmets, preferably full face. You may wear the full face helmet you use while riding in your country since comfort on these bumpy roads is important.
- Jacket and riding trousers with protection. Alternatively a good set of knee and elbow guards.
- Riding boots with protection. Alternatively, you may wear a good pair of high ankle boots with steel / composite toe protection.
- Riding gloves with protection.
- Good tint or clear glasses to wear in the helmet for protection against sun and dust.
All the above riding gear should preferably be waterproof in case the weather goes bad. It gets really cold when it rains or snows.
You may carry hydration packs, tank bags, GPS systems, etc as per your convenience.
Carry only essentials that you need for your use since the flight allowance from Leh to Delhi is only 15kg check in and 5kg hand luggage. Avoid paying excess baggage.
Essentials you should have
- Just enough clothes to last you for the trip since you will get laundry services in Leh directly.
- Warm wear – Pull overs, sweaters, thermal inners or anything else you feel is required by you in low temperatures.
- One pair of sandals, flip-flops or sneakers that you are comfortable with.
- Hiking pants / shorts or any other basic hiking gear you might want to carry.
- Enough underclothes and socks.
- Medicines if you are on a certain routine medication and any other medication you think you might need.
- Free luggage space if you intend to shop for memorabilia / souvenirs from the trip.
What is altitude sickness?
Altitude sickness usually affects us at altitudes higher than 2500 m (8000 ft) above mean sea level. The first feel of reduced oxygen in the air is by getting breathless during activities that would be commonplace to us at home. It is quite similar to a hangover – it causes headache, nausea, and fatigue. This is very common: some people are only slightly affected, others feel awful.
What causes altitude sickness?
Altitude sickness happens because there is less oxygen in the air that you breathe at high altitudes. It can happen to anyone. Even physically fit individuals are not protected Olympic athletes get altitude sickness too. Part of the mystery of acute mountain sickness is that it is difficult to predict who will be affected. There are many stories of fit and healthy people being badly limited by symptoms of acute mountain sickness, while their older companions have felt fine.
Altitude sickness prevention
Go up slowly, take it easy, and give your body time to get used to the altitude. The body has an amazing ability to acclimatize to altitude. Drink lots of water and eat light food.
Can I take drugs to prevent altitude sickness?
As with everything, many treatments and untested herbal remedies are claimed to prevent mountain sickness. These treatments can make AMS worse or have other dangerous side effects. Only one drug is currently known to prevent AMS and to be safe for this purpose: acetazolamide (diamox). It causes some minor side effects, such as tingling fingers and a funny taste in the mouth.