Epic 5-day bike and cycling tour in Bhutan
I would highly recommend Gawaling Tours and Treks for a bike tour. We booked a 5 day/4 night tour about two weeks in advance of our trip. Tshewang was incredibly fast to reply to our inquiries and answered all our question regarding booking and payment. The whole process was very professional and they accommodated our requests (and numerous date changes!). Our tour guide, Nala, was excellent and also a good bike rider! The route he planned was a good combination of challenge and fun. On the first day, my friend had a problem with her bicycle and Nala went to the bike shop and had it switched out for a new one. We had a support vehicle driven by Mr. Jigme which was a nice option and peace-of-mind if we got too fatigued while cycling. The accommodations that Gawaling arranged were very nice and had good food (we recommend trying the chili cheese dish). The whole booking process and trip itself was stress-free and my friend and I really enjoyed ourselves on this trip. I don’t really have any complaints, perhaps that there was a lot of downtime in the evenings after sightseeing (we are used to jam-packing our holidays so the time to relax was nice). I would highly recommend Gawaling for a bike tour!
Tip: We were previously traveling at high altitudes and are fairly fit and did not have any trouble acclimatizing to the elevation. I think the trip would have been less enjoyable if we’d had altitude problems. For example, our elevation was about 3.100m/10,200ft on the second day.