Bhutan Thunder Dragon Ride

Bhutan & India, Bike - Semi Slick, 12 days - from $4,500 (land only)

Bike - Semi Slick

(BHMB) Bhutan - Thunder Dragon Ride

The following is a basic checklist to help you with your packing. We recommend using the layering principle of clothing for predominantly cool climatic conditions and cold evenings. Good padded cycling shorts are essential.


Your bike MUST be at least a mid level Mountain Bike such as a Specialized Rockhopper Pro or a Trek 6500 Disc. Front suspension is recommended but not essential. It is vital that your bike is THOROUGHLY SERVICED and in perfect working condition before the trip.



Stiff-soled cycling shoes or SPD’s

Neoprene over shoes for extra warmth


Base-layer - short sleeve cycling top (x 2)

Mid-layer - long sleeved cycling top (x 2)

Outer layer - lightweight waterproof jacket

Warm Fleece jacket or jumper

Down Jacket (for evenings)

Daypack and contents

A cycling daypack (e.g. Camelbak) of at least 20 litres total capacity is recommended

Water bladder - min. 2 litres

Lightweight waterproof top


Puncture repair kit

Inner tube



Sun cream (inc total bloc for lips/nose)

Small roll of gaffer tape

Warm Fleece Jacket or Jumper

Lightweight loose trousers to wear over shorts for modesty

Basic First Aid Kit. Including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).


Regular biking gloves

Winter biking gloves or warm over-gloves


Padded cycling shorts (x 2)

Warm Cycling tights or tracksters


Eyewear - Biking glasses

Cycling helmet – mandatory

Fleece headband


Trek Bag Contents

Travel and post biking clothes for predominantly cold conditions

Training/Leisure shoes for apr├Ęs biking

Wash bag, towel, toiletries, including anti-bacterial handwash

Warm hat

Insect repellent (75 - 100% DEET)

Small padlock (to lock trek bag)

Sleeping bag liner (optional)


Mattresses are provided for the 2 nights camping on this trip, along with a sleeping bag, blankets and pillows. As there are always concerns with excess weight on the internal flights, you do not need to bring a sleeping bag for the camping. We do suggest that you bring a lightweight sleeping bag liner.


Please note: If you are hiring a bike you do not need to bring spares – just a pump, repair kit and a couple of standard 26 x 2 inch inner tubes with Presta valves.

You should bring the following with you as a minimum. Whilst not essential, it is a good idea that you familiarise yourself with how to carry out at least some basic repairs e.g. fixing a puncture, changing an inner tube. Naturally the bike guide will always be happy to assist with any repairs, but due to the often remote nature of our trips, being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and inconvenience waiting for assistance.


You will need fast rolling semi-slick or even slick tyres suitable for mostly dry tarmac conditions. Since the roads are rough in places, we suggest that you don’t opt for a very low volume tyre. Something around 1.9 inches in diameter will work well and provide a measure of comfort.


Plastic tyre levers

Small tube of grease

1 rear brake cable

1 rear gear cable

Spare set of brake blocks / disc pads (front and rear)

2 spare spokes for front and rear wheels

Spoke key

3 x inner tubes Spare chain links

Liquid chain lube (bottle not aerosol)

Multi-tool with Allen keys

Chain link extractor (if not on multi-tool)

2 x puncture repair kits

A rag and brush for cleaning bike and drive train.

Spares specific to your bike **

KE tools and spares

On all of our trips we carry a toolkit and a basic range of spares for emergencies. As bikes become increasingly part specific it is impossible to carry a comprehensive range of spares compatible with all makes and models of bike. ** Please ensure you bring any bike-specific spares, which might be needed - such as disc brake bleed kits (and appropriate fluid), shock pumps etc.

Energy Gels/Sports Drinks/Power Bars

Our back up vehicle will carry ample supplies of water, snacks and lunches but if you like a particular energy gel, sports drink or power bar we suggest you bring a selection of your preferred choice along.

Bike Hire

One option is that you take your own bike on this holiday. After all, it is the bike you know best. However, you can also hire a bike locally. Our local agent can provide imported Trek 4300 Disc bikes with Shimano Acera components, Hayes Dyno Sport hydraulic disc brakes, Suntour 100mm front suspension and Bontrager wheels and tyres. They are available in a range of frame sizes – 16.5, 17.5, 18 and 19.5 inches. See trip dossier for bike hire costs, which will be paid locally and which do not cover you if you lose the bike or damage it beyond 'fair wear and tear'. You may need to leave credit card details as security when you pick up the bike. If you want to hire a bike, please contact the KE office and we can reserve one on your behalf. We must stress that your hire contract will be with the local hire company and that KE cannot be held responsible for any issues arising from bike hire. If you do hire a bike, we recommend that you take your own shoes, pedals and possibly even your saddle, which will go a long way towards making it feel like your own bike. You will also need to take your own helmet, which must be worn at all times when riding.

Please do not hesitate to call us for further advice about what to bring or any other aspect of this trip. We are more than happy to offer you the benefit of our experience. Further helpful information can also be found in the ‘Your Bike’, ‘Baggage Allowances’, ‘Climate’ and ‘Travelling with Your Bike’ sections of the detailed trip dossier.

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