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Press Release Bhutan by Bike

April 2008 

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Explore Bhutan by Bike: Uma Paro introduces a Himalayan Mountain Bike Adventure

Bhutan is a mystical, still widely undiscovered country. If you want to really dig deep,

there are few better ways to explore than by bike. 

From 7th to 17th July 2008, Uma Paro (in conjunction with Kona Bikes) is offering a small

group biking adventure leading you through five different valleys. The route takes in

cultural road rides, remote off-road trails, huge freewheel descents and easy river side


Highlights will include the country’s first designated mountain biking trail in Punakha, a

descent from the kingdom’s highest road pass – Chele La, at 3810 metres – and the

magical Paro, Phobjikha, Punakha and Haa valleys.

We will stop at local markets, remote villages and monasteries, including Bhutan’s iconic

Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang).

The itinerary includes ten cycling tours, ranging from 10kms (as a warm-up) to 120kms a

day. This may appear short to some, but the mountain terrain and high altitude will

provide a challenge even to the experienced. 

A support vehicle will be accompanying the group on most days, taking us up to each

pass before we can enjoy delicious freewheels as we traverse the country, and offering a

ride do anyone in need of a rest.

You will be able to enjoy the luxury of Uma Paro for six nights. For the remaining four

nights, we have selected simple local hotels located en route.

This is an ideal opportunity for single travellers to join a small group (max. 12 people),

and our all-inclusive itinerary offers participants easy access, including the arrangement

of all visa formalities.

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Two experienced Uma Paro guides will be with the group at all times. One of them is

COMO Hotels and Resorts Activities Director, Phil Bowen, who personally researched the

itinerary, will accompany the adventure. This former pearl diver, rally driver, windsurfing

instructor, photographer, trekking and adventure guide and, of course, keen mountain

biker, has travelled the seven continents from Yemen to Antarctica.

‘Mountains and Monasteries – Bhutan by Bike’ is available from $3,946 (single occupancy,

full board). Complimentary equipment includes a Kona Cinder Cone 2008 mountain bike,

gloves and helmet. 

High res images can be downloaded on

Prices quoted in US dollars.



Jane Corbett-Jones

Tel : 0417 772783

Email : jane@uniquetourism.com


Uma Paro

PO Box 222



Tel: +975 (8)27 1597

Fax: +795 (8)27 1513

Email: res.paro@uma.como.bz

Website: www.uma.como.bz

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