Cycling Sikkim's Tea Trails

Price from
US$ 2,250
Duration
11 Days / 10 Nights
Distance
315 km
Tour Code
IND-DSK
Next departure
24-Mar-2019
Number of Cycling Days8
Average Distance Per Day: 35
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150 Km
Average Climbing Per Day: 1265
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2,250 m
Total Cycling Distance315 kilometres
AccommodationIncluded
Bike HireMountain Bike: US$ 175
Single SupplementUS$ 610

All About this Tour

The dramatic terrain of Sikkim guarantees stunning vistas of snow-capped Himalayan peaks and challenging biking on roads lined with a wide variety of rhododendrons. This landlocked northern Indian state is bordered by Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan, and the influence is seen in the people, the majority of whom are ethnically Nepali, and the two predominant religions of Hinduism and Vajrayana Buddhism.

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Itinerary

Day 1

Meet at the airport to transfer to Gangtok for hotel check-in, dinner, and briefing.

Day 2

We take a short ride around Gangtok, visiting the orchid sanctuary and bike to Enchey Monastery. If time permits, there is also the Institute of Tibetology to visit.

Day 3

We cycle down to Rumtek Monastery, which dates back to the 16th century, and is currently the largest in Sikkim.

Day 4

We start with a marvellous downhill to Sirwani Bridge. Then we climb to Temi Tea Garden, with tea known for its taste and fragrant aroma.

Day 5

We climb up to Damthang then have a gradual downhill and uphill to picturesque Ravangala. This small town is located on a ridge and is often windy in the afternoons and cold in autumn.

Day 6

We freewheel down more than 1,500 m to Legship then cycle uphill to Ta-shiding, taking a break to visit a monastery and finish at Yuksam.

Day 7

Another up and down day as we ride through forests past Kanchenjunga Waterfall, villages, and rhododendrons to Pelling, where our hotel over-looks a steep valley.

Day 8

The best cycling day with mainly downhills on good tarmac roads. The descent isn't steep, so you can look around and enjoy the breath-taking landscape and stop and take photos.

Day 9

Explore Darjeeling! Take a ride on the toy train, visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, go shopping for tea, or visit the Tibetan Self Help Centre.

Day 10

We cycle from our hotel through an old residential area of Darjeeling, then cross the old Hill Cart Road and then take the Old Military Road. We meet up for our farewell dinner and celebrate all the hills we conquered.

Day 11

Transfer to Bagdogra airport for early afternoon flights.

Elevation Profiles

Day 2 - Gangtok Ride 20km. +649m / -646m.
Day 2 - Gangtok Ride 20km. +649m / -646m.

Reviews

This trip allowed us to experience local culture and meet people, led by the excellent guide Thinles, whose knowledge and enthusiasm energized us. On a bicycle we were able to cover a lot of distance and still be able to stop at a local market or witness local people in their daily activities. People were friendly and liked to talk with us. The compassion of Buddhism permeates the area. This was a hard ride with altitude and steep mountains, so few people will be able experience it, making it a rare adventure. Thinles gave us the opportunity to ride in the van when the difficulty was too much.

Kenneth LarsenNovember 2017

The Sikkim tour allowed us to experience a majestic and unspoilt area with warm friendly people, but nothing was flat. Our Guide Thinles was fabulous! He is real pro. He embodies what a guide should be. He was knowledgeable, a great communicator, and a thoughtful warm person. Also the driver Keran was exceptional. The two, along with a beautiful country made for a wonderful experience.

John Richard EwingApril 2017

This trip through the tea and spice plantations of Kerala was exhilarating, challenging and full of wonderful sights, tastes and experiences. Both our cycle guide and our driver were very helpful and conscientious, making sure we were well briefed and taken care of.

Barbara BrowneFebruary 2016

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