Tucked away amid the Himalayas, the land of the thunder dragon is full of misty valleys, dense forests, and picturesque pathways that open up onto breathtaking views of the snowcaps.

For those who enjoy the outdoors with a touch of active travel, then an Encounters Asia adventure journey through Bhutan is ideal.

If you’re a cyclist, then there is plenty of great biking country for you to explore in Bhutan.

Contact your Encounters Asia specialist to determine which areas would be right for you, depending on the level of bicycling that you’re comfortable with.

The region around Thimphu is relatively easy for cycling, as compared to Punakha where the hilly countryside can make biking tougher for those who are not experienced cyclists.

If you’re going cycling in Bhutan, we recommend March/April or October/November as the best times of year to avoid extreme cold, wind and rain.

If you’re an intermediate cyclist or hiker, then the Bumthang valley is wonderful.

Undulating countryside, abundant bird life and tiny hamlets en route create an extremely picturesque landscape. Bamboo and rhododendron forests give way to gorgeous views from the Phephe La mountain pass.

For those who prefer to do day hikes, there are some lovely trails in and around Paro and Punakha.

After a day spent out in the countryside, you can return to your hotel in the evening to unwind in luxury.

Tiger’s Nest from Paro and Chimi Lakhang from Punakha are a couple of terrific day-long excursions which add on a touch of culture as well.

More experienced trekkers and those who have a passion for wildlife won’t want to miss out on the Merak-Sakteng Trek. This trail takes you through the Brokpa tribal settlements in the east of Bhutan, which is also the native habitat for rare species like the Red Panda and Snow Leopard.

 If you’re an avid trekker and photographer, then this is a trek worth doing.

The period between September and May is the best time to go hiking or trekking in Bhutan.

Your Encounters Asia specialist can guide you on the best trails and routes, depending on your level of experience, fitness, comfort with altitude, and your interest. October to December is ideal because there is little rain and the sun shines brightly. January and February are crisp and cold, and woolies and winter gear are recommended.

Bhutan has six major rivers which are terrific for river-rafting. Ask our team to guide you on the best locations, depending on your level of experience.

These snow-fed rivers rush along through the mountainous landscape, making a rafting trip a fantastic adventure as well as very scenic. March/April and November/ December are the best times of year to go rafting in Bhutan.

The beauty of Bhutan is that one can easily combine one’s love for adventure and the outdoors, with a touch of culture as well.

As you hike through the countryside, pause at a local monastery or take a break and meditate as you soak in the serenity of the landscape. The Bhutanese are rugged mountain folk, and well acquainted with the outdoors.

Our expert guides and porters will assist you with all your needs throughout. At the end, wind up your trip with a few days at one of Bhutan’s luxurious retreats, where you can pamper yourself at the spa after a few hard days on the trail.

If you’re looking for the adventure of a lifetime, Bhutan has your name written all over it.