Snow capped mountains, steep valleys and Himalayan peaks give Sikkim a distinctive feel. Clean and green this is an area combining natural beauty with monasteries, temples and magnificent statues. Our adventure takes in the heart of Tibetan Buddhist culture, Cycling at altitude and stunning landscape with the beautiful Kanchenjunga
mountain range as your backdrop.
Departure Dates: 17 December 27 December 2017 8 April - 18 April 2018 6 May 16 May 2018 21 October 31 October 2018 18 November - 28 November 2018
Arrive before 2pm for the transfer to Gangtok. Get to know your fellow cyclists during the transfer and at the welcome dinner in Gangtok.
Your first cycle ride in India will be a warm up ride, taking you around Gangtok, where you'll stop off at the orchid sanctuary and Enchey monastery. Today's cycling is approximately 20km.
DAY 3Gangtok - Martam
The day will start with a descent to the historic Remtek Monastery. Built in the 16th century, it is the largest in Sikkim. Enjoy the history of this sacred place before continuing the ride into ...Show MoreMartam.
Today's cycling is approximately 38km.
DAY 4Martam - Temi Tea Garden
The descent continues, 24km and 1000m to be precise, leading you to the Sirwanr Bridge over the Teesta River. What goes down must come up, so it's time for a climb to the Temi Tea Garden. A true ...Show MoreIndian staple, this vibrant green area covers 435 acres. Temi Garden tea is renowned for it's scent and high quality so enjoy a cup on arrival.
Today's cycling approximately 50km.
DAY 5Temi - Ravangala
Today's route takes you along undulating roads and includes a climb to Damthang (2051m). From here there is a mixture of up and down riding through to Ravangala (2040m) a scenic mountain town wit...Show Moreh stunning views. This afternoon, you'll learn about the Indian heritage and culture enjoying magnificent statues and paintings at Buddha Peace Park.
Today's cycling is approximately 21km.
DAY 6Ravangala - Yuksom
It's time to leave Ravangala and freewheel down to Legship, then cycle uphill to Tashiding. You'll stop off at a 17th century monastery, host of the 'Bumchu' festival. Bumchu is an ancient annual...Show More festival where the amount of water in a barrel will determine how prosperous the year will be. Tonight's hotel in Yuksham has panoramic views of the Kanchenjunga mountains. Today's cycling is approximately 56km.
DAY 7Yuksom - Pelling
We cycle through forests, past hamlets and the Kanchenjunga waterfall. The continuous slopes will take us through luscious pine forests with wild flowers to Pelling (2080m). Soak in the towns bes...Show Moret asset, it's stunning views of the Kanchenjunga and other mountain ranges.
Today's cycling is approximately 35km.
DAY 8Pelling - Darjeeling
Prepare for some smooth, downhill cycling on tarmacked roads. With few hills and little gradient, it's perfect for you to fully immerse yourself in the amazing landscape, take a break and stop fo...Show Morer photos as you please.
Today's cycling is approximately 55km.
Today you have a well deserved rest day. There is plenty to do in Darjeeling, whether you choose to indulge in a spot of tea shopping or take a ride on a steam train. Discover the Tibetan Self He...Show Morelp Centre or Himalayan Mountaineering Institute.
DAY 10Darjeeling - Kurseong
The final day's cycling will begin in Toong Soong, a former residential area of Darjeeling. You'll be able to see Kalimpony across the valley. Cycle along Hill Cart Road and the Old Military Road...Show More. When you get back to the hotel, enjoy the tea bar and get ready for tonight's farewell dinner.
Today's cycling is approximately 40km.
After breakfast its time to depart for your onward travel after an amazing trip.
A window into the Himalayas, Sikkim's vibrant green mountains are the antithesis of India's cities. Tibetans and Hindus share this mystical land in one of the most remote communities in India. Get a feel for this off the beaten track destination by riding the tea plantations and foothills of the mountains.
April and May offer a beautiful spring climate to ride and it is considered high season. June to September are monsoon season but our favourite time to ride is October and November. The air is crisp and can be cold as you climb, but the views are sensational at this time.
You will be met and collected at Bagdogra Airport, just outside Sikkim, before being whisked away to the hotel in the city. On the final day of the holiday, you can join the transfer back to the airport or make separate arrangements to stay in Asia.
Your trip will include all meals which consist of fresh, local cuisine but arrangements can be made if you have any particular dietary requirements. Bottled water as well as local fruits and refreshments are provided on all cycling days.
The holiday is guided by English speaking, knowledgeable, friendly guides. Your ride will be followed by a support van equipped with plenty of refreshments as well as a comprehensive first-aid kit. Alternatively, if you would like to do this tour privately, this can be arranged, just ask our cycling experts.
You will have a well trained and knowledgeable guide who will carry a comprehensive first-aid kit. In the unlikely case of any medical emergency that requires a hospital, there is ground transportation on hand to provide assistance and a local speaking support team.
The bike you will hire will give you a comfortable ride as you cruise through south east Asia and it is equipped with water bottle holders and an area to keep a small day bag. If you would like to bring your own bike instead, please let our cycling experience team know.
The air conditioned support van will be equipped with essentials such as bottled mineral water and local fruit and snacks during each day's ride. The guide will have a travel set of bike tools for emergency repairs and the support van will be equipped with spare parts and other tools.
We consider travel insurance to be essential. Accordingly, it is a condition of making a booking through us that you have suitable insurance cover for the booking you have made and any activities which you expect to take part in. This insurance as a minimum should cover cancellation, baggage loss, accidents and health issues while you are away. We also recommend that you take your policy details with you when you travel. Please ask our cycling experience team if you would like us to arrange travel insurance for you.