Heli-biking in Bhutan: A land beyond the sky
Mountains, monasteries and mystery; this wonderfully surprising country boasts an abundance of cultural jewels and pristine landscapes
WORD BY PELORUS
Bhutan is a mythical Kingdom on the eastern edge of the Himalayas; Monks can be found checking their smartphones after divination as ancient traditions and modern modes of life coalesce. This magical country is often praised for recognising the importance of environmental protection and cultural preservation, and measuring its worth by its citizen’s happiness.
But for this diverse country, things just got even more interesting with the emergence of a new, exhilarating experience that combines helicopter adventure with off-road biking.
Heli-biking adventures can be tailored to suit all interests, abilities and time constraints, providing a variety of guided experiences that encompass anything from winding down quiet country lanes to epic single-track challenges. Be the first to carve your own tracks down previously untouched terrain, through undulating grassy landscapes and past vibrant rhododendrons. This experience allows you to access the inaccessible, safe in the knowledge that at the end of an adrenaline fuelled day you will return to the comfort and serenity of your luxury accommodation.
Throughout Bhutan one can find stunning lodges perfectly situated in engaging and picturesque landscapes. From mountain retreats to boutique hotels nestled in dense woodland, each has their own character and charm making each stop on your journey through Bhutan an opportunity to experience new surroundings.
Beyond the biking, Bhutan offers a plethora of immersive experiences that can facilitate the requirements of any visitor; bask in scenic wonder with a hike to the sacred Buddhist temple of Paro Taktsang, otherwise known as the ‘Tiger’s Nest’, that artfully clings to the cliffside of Bhutan’s upper Paro Valley. Or, alongside a local expert learn the art of archery, the national sport of the Kingdom.
Allowing yourself time in this spiritual nation, with its rich cultural heritage and dramatic landscapes, is an exercise in escapism and exploration.