Tour of the Dragon covers 268km across four mountain passes ranging from 2000 to 3400 metres. The riders follow the Bumthang Chhu for a couple of kilometres and then climb through a blue pine forest to Kiki La at 2860m. Riders reach Yotongla located at 3400m, the highest point of the race which is then followed by 29km of going downhill till Trongsa. From Trongsa the road descends gently to Chendebji Chorten (2430m). From here, the road climbs through mixed conifer forests past Rukubji and Longtey villages and you reach Pele La (3300m). Descends to Wangdue (1200m) and then climbs to the final pass, Dochula 3150m from where it’s all downhill to the finish line at the Clock Tower Square in Thimphu.


  • Toughest one day mountain bike race in the world.
  • 268km race crosses four mountain passes ranging from 2000-3400m.
  • Visiting local Buddhist monasteries and Dzongs
  • Visit villages and interact with locals.
  • Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive Paro-Thimphu
  • Day 2: Thimphu-Punakha
  • Day 3: Punakha-Phobjikha
  • Day 4: Phobjikha-Bumthang
  • Day 5: Bumthang
  • Day 6: Tour of the Dragon
  • Day 7: Thimphu-Paro
  • Day 8: Tiger’s Nest Monastery
  • Day 9: Depart Paro