Tour of The Dragon

5 Days

Every year in the fall the Tour of the Dragon race is organised. It’s challenging for all cyclers to cover a 255 km distance from Bumthang to Thimphu crossing 4 passes. The challenge is open to all the toughest one-day Bike challenges globally. Our guide provides essential information on the route, logistics, and the unique cultural experience accompanying this annual event. Join us for an unforgettable journey through Bhutan’s pristine valleys and challenging mountain passes, where the Tour of the Dragon becomes a celebration of both cycling prowess and the kingdom’s natural beauty.

His Royal Highness Prince Jigyel U. Wangchuck introduced the Tour of the Dragon. He is also the president of the Bhutan Olympic Committee and an all-around sportsman and keen biking enthusiast. Tour of the Dragon is one of the most challenging one-day events in the world, the race covers 268Km km of the Himalayan Landscape as it takes cyclists from eastern Bhutan to western Bhutan. The cyclist traverses indomitable mountains and travels through pristine, virgin mountains, over babbling streams and raging rivers. The elevation ranges from 1200- 3340m.

Who can Join the Tour of the Dragon?

All tourists genuinely interested in covering the 255 km Cycling tour from Bumthang to Paro can join. Locals from Bhutan will also participate in the program. The winners will receive a huge prize, and participants need to complete the race in a day. You must be fit to cover 255 km on a bicycle before you join the tour.

How to Participate in the Race?

If you are interested in joining the race, let us know and we will arrange the Visa. Once you finalize the Tour, they will announce the date for the race. This year, the tour date is fixed at 2nd September 2024.

Tour of the Dragon Itinerary Highlight

  • Day 1 Arrival at Paro International Airport and get acclimatised to Bhutan Weather.
  • Day 2 Paro to Bumthang by Flight. Flight Time 25 Minutes to Batpalathang airport.
  • Day 3 Bumthang to Thimphu Tour of the Dragon Starts. Distance 268 km | Cycling Time 15 Hours.
  • Day 4 Thimphu City Tour. Visit the Cycling trail at Kuenselphodrang.
  • Day 5 Thimphu to Paro and See Off

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Tour of the Dragon Itinerary

Arrival at Paro airport. Paro is a small airport in Bhutan and the only airport. Paro is a small town with a total area of 1285.5sq. Km, the region’s farm produces some of the finest Bhutan staple red rice. If time permits we will also visit Drugyel Dzong. Today we will take you to Paro town for an evening walk and acclimatize. OverNight at Hotel.

Your early morning flight to Bumthang from Paro is amazing. It’s 25 minutes flight covering western Bhutan. Our team from Tour Bhutan will receive you at Batpalathang airport and drive you to Hotel and get yourself relaxed. Bumthang is home to some of the Kingdom’s most ancient and precious Buddhist sites.

Your ByCycle will be carried and reach your destination on the same day. Our team will make everything ready before you begin your 235Km journey on a cycle.

The tour starts at 2 Am in the morning with many tourists and locals participating in the program. There will be a health team, Mechanics, and support staff to assist you on the way if in case you decide to stop the ride. Our Tour Bhutan staff will be there to serve you Lunch and refreshment on the way. The first person reaching the destination will be received by the president of Olympic. The ride also awards with certifucate and cash prize. Over night at Hotel.

Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan and is the largest city of Bhutan. It is situated in the western part of Bhutan and has a population of about 100000 people. The city is spread out longitudinally in a north-south direction on the west bank of the valley formed by the Thimphu river. The city contains all major government offices and 17th-century Dzongs which houses the office of Kings and ministers of Bhutan. Over Night at Hotel.

Your Adventure tour of Bhutan ends here with our guide seeing you off at the airport. The drive takes approximately 1 hour from Thimphu to reach Paro Airport.

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Inclusion / Exclusion


  • Bycycle Hiring Cost
  • Visa Processing Fees
  • Accommodation in 3 Star Hotel
  • Proffessional Cycling Guide
  • Mechanic for Cycles in Case of emergency
  • Health Team
  • Refreshment
  • Airport Pick and Drop
  • Transportation within the Country


  • Hotel Upgradation
  • Hotel Upgradation
  • Bills of personal nature
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Air Tickets


What are the hotels included in the Tour?

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Tour of The Dragon
From $1,140
/ Adult

Trip Info

  • Paro
  • Paro
  • 3-star Hotel approved by TCB
  • English speaking Guide with cycling professionals
  • The Tour of the Dragon takes place in the month of September every year.
  • You should have 100% Insurance for this adventure as it involves the race.
  • The Tour Begins from Bumthang and need to take your Cycle till Bumthang
  • We shall provide you with Vehicle to carry your Bycycle for the Trip with mechanic.