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Mountain Biking Tour of Sikkim

Sikkim | India
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Top three reasons to go mountain biking in Sikkim

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    Discover Temi Tea Garden, one of the best tea gardens on Earth

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    Take a moment to appreciate Kanchenjunga, India’s highest mountain

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    Test your skills on the versatile terrain and miles of trails that Sikkim offers

While Sikkim may be the second smallest state in India, its rich biodiversity combined with the alpine and subtropical climates makes it one of the most breathtaking regions in the whole country. With that being said, you just know that mountain biking opportunities here are thick on the ground. As you pedal across wooded hills, valleys, and past expansive rice fields to reach picturesque villages and towns, the delightful scenery around you will wow all your senses. You’ll also be rewarded by the astounding views of the famous Temi Tea Garden, towering peaks touching the sky including Kanchenjunga (8,586 m/28,169 ft), and countless other geographical features. Before and after the biking tour of Sikkim, explore the state’s capital, Gangtok, and the city of Darjeeling in the state of West Bengal. Up your mountain biking game with an expert guide on Sikkim’s incredible terrain and admire India’s fascinating culture all at the same time.

Season

March through June and September through October

Nearest city

Your adventure begins in Delhi, India

Duration

11 days

Skill level

Beginner to advanced

Itineraries

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Mountain Biking Tour of Sikkim

11 days

Hop on a bike and pedal through India’s lovely state of Sikkim on a guided mountain biking tour! Revel in the views of diverse landscapes and snow-capped mountains while pushing the pedals on incredible terrain across wooded hills, valleys, and past stunning rice fields. Reach villages exuding the captivating Indian culture and before the biking portion, go on a sightseeing tour of Sikkim’s capital, Gangtok. Cap off this 11-day tour with a visit to Darjeeling in West Bengal.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Delhi

Your thrilling mountain biking tour of Sikkim starts today! You’ll arrive at the international airport in Delhi where your guiding service’s representative will transfer you to your hotel in Delhi. Today you can relax after a long flight and you’ll have some free time today before catching tomorrow’s flight to Bagdogra.
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals included: No meals on this day

Delhi, India

Day 2: Delhi – Bagdogra – Gangtok

You’ll be transferred from your hotel to the airport in Delhi in the morning to catch your flight to Bagdogra. Your guiding service will meet you at the airport in Bagdogra and transfer you to Gangtok, the capital and the largest populated place of Sikkim, where you’ll check into your hotel. Later on, you’ll start exploring this beautiful city and its local markets.
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

A street in Gangtok, Sikkim

Day 3: Sightseeing in Gangtok

After breakfast, you’ll head on a sightseeing tour of Gangtok, including the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, the Royal Chapel also known as Tsuklakhang Palace, and Enchey Monastery established in 1909. Today you’ll also be able to revel in the striking views of Mount Kanchenjunga (8,586 / 28,169 ft), the third highest mountain in the world and India’s highest peak!
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

Enchey Gompa in Gangtok, Sikkim

Day 4: Gangtok – Martam Village

Today is the first day of mountain biking! Ride along a magnificent valley before gradually rising to Rumtek. Enjoy expansive views of rice fields and charming hamlets along the way. You’ll also stop at Rumtek Monastery, the residence of the Karmapa Lama, the third highest monk in Tibetan Buddhism. After a brief ascent, you’ll continue riding on a rocky mountainside before you begin descending gently to the village of Martam.
Biking: 40 km (24.9 miles)
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

Mountain bikers in Sikkim

Day 5: Martam – Ravangla

This morning you’ll head on a biking route which will take you to Ravangla, a small tourist town. On your way you can discover Temi Tea Garden, the only tea garden in Sikkim and the one which is deemed to be one of the best both in India and the entire world. Pass through the quaint villages of Sirwani and Sang and admire the Temi Tea Gardens along the way. On your way to Ravangla, you’ll also pass by waterfalls and marvel at the incredible views of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Pandim (6,691 m / 21,952 ft), Mt. Siniolchu (6,888 m / 22,598 ft), and Mt. Kabru (7,412 m / 24,318 ft).
Biking: 35 km (21.8 miles)
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

Temi Tea Garden in Sikkim

Day 6: Ravangla – Yuksom

Today will be the most challenging day seeing as you’ll be biking for 50 km (31 miles). You’ll be riding from Ravangla to Yuksom, the first capital of Sikkim, passing by Tashiding Monastery, the holiest and most sacred monastery in Sikkim. Afterwards, you’ll travel through a bunch of tiny towns and rice fields, marvel at magnificent waterfalls and eventually arrive in Yuksom. Here you’ll check into a hotel and visit one of Sikkim’s oldest monasteries, Dubdi Monastery, which is located on a hill. After visiting the monastery, you’ll return back to the hotel.
Biking: 50 km (31 miles)
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

Dubdi Monastery in Sikkim

Day 7: Yuksom – Pelling

Today’s 35-kilometer (21.8-mile) journey takes you along the road, past small villages and rice fields on the other side of the stunning valley. Once you arrive in the small hill town of Pelling, you’ll check into your hotel.
Biking: 35 km (21.8 miles)
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

A mountain biker on a trail in Sikkim

Day 8: Pelling – Rinchenpong

This morning you’ll be pedaling to Pemayangtse Monastery, one of the oldest and most famous monasteries in Sikkim. In the afternoon, you’ll begin descending to the lovely village of Dentam before beginning a steady rise and then a downward ride to the town of Rinchenpong.
Biking: 40 km (24.9 miles)
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

A woman mountain biking in Sikkim

Day 9: Rinchenpong – Nayabazar – Darjeeling

Today you’ll be biking downhill and keep on riding your bike until you reach the town of Nayabazar, where your mountain biking adventure ends. You’ll leave your bike here and travel to Darjeeling in West Bengal, a city surrounded by green tea fields and jagged white Himalayan peaks.
Biking: 35 km (21.8 miles)
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

Mountain biker cycling across a bridge, Sikkim

Day 10: Sightseeing in Darjeeling

Today, you’ll have your breakfast and do some sightseeing in Darjeeling. This includes visiting Tiger Hill, a popular viewpoint offering panoramic views of Mount Everest and Mount Kanchenjunga. Make your way to the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) and museums. Tenzing Norgay, who conquered Mt. Everest together with Sir Edmund Hillary for the first time in 1953, was the first Director of Field Training of the HMI. One of the attractions is an exhibition of the climbing equipment. You’ll also visit zoological and tea gardens.
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

Tiger Hill, Darjeeling

Day 11: Darjeeling – Bagdogra – Delhi

This electrifying mountain biking and sightseeing tour of Sikkim has unfortunately come to an end. This morning you’ll travel from Darjeeling to the airport in Bagdogra, where you’ll catch your flight to Delhi and, from there, take your return flight back home. There’s no need to be sad since you’ve discovered and explored some of the finest landscapes in India and had a great time in the process!

Indira Gandhi International Airport in India
Things to know

Things to know

Covid measures in Sikkim, India

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity. 

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Sikkim, India, please refer to India’s Ministry of Health and Family WelfareIndia’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Government of Sikkim, and the U.S. Embassy & Consulates in India webpage.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

What’s included?

What you get on this adventure:

    • An experienced MTB guide with extensive local knowledge of the area
    • Full 10 days of mountain biking and sightseeing
    • Accommodation for 10 nights in 3* hotels
    • All breakfasts except for the first and the last day
    • 1 bike for each person
    • All ground services in an air-conditioned vehicle
    • Refreshments (tea, coffee, biscuits and sweets) during biking days
    • First aid kit
    • Taxes

What’s not included:

    • Transportation before and after the trip
    • Domestic flight (Delhi to Bagdogra & Bagdogra to Delhi)
    • All meals not included in the itinerary
    • Helmet
    • Rescue and evacuation services

How fit do I need to be?

For this multi-day guided mountain biking tour of Sikkim, you need to be very fit since you’ll be biking for multiple hours on end anywhere from 35-50 km (21.8-31 miles) depending on the day. On some occasions you’ll have to conquer some tough climbs, hilly ascents, and rocky mountain sides as you make your way higher into the mountains.

What if I’ve never mountain biked before?

Previous mountain biking experience is recommended, but not necessary since you will both cycle on flat roads and there will be some tough climbs and hilly ascents as you ascend higher into the mountains. Keep in mind you’ll have to bike on versatile terrain for up to 50 km (31 miles) in one day. A guide will explain the different mountain bike techniques and body positions to get you feeling comfortable on the trail. You will progress at a level that is consistent with your comfort.

What about required equipment?

Here’s what you’ll need:

    • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (40-50 L)
    • Helmet
    • Sun hat or scarf
    • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
    • Biking gloves — optional (but recommended)
    • Lightweight gloves
    • Comfortable riding or athletic clothing, preferably moisture wicking or synthetic material 
    • Sneakers or sport shoes and hiking shoes
    • Breathable outside layer or jacket
    • Underwear
    • T-shirts
    • Light- and expedition weight thermal tops
    • Fleece jacket or pullover
    • Fleece wind-stopper jacket — optional
    • Waterproof shell jacket (preferably breathable fabric)
    • Down vest and/or jacket — optional
    • Biking and hiking shorts
    • Lightweight cotton long pants
    • Light- and expedition weight thermal bottoms
    • Fleece or wool pants
    • Waterproof shell pants (preferably breathable fabric)
    • Thin, lightweight inner socks
    • Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries
    • Basic first aid kit
    • Water bottles
    • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
    • Sunglasses 
    • Small wash towel
    • Binoculars — optional
    • Compass — optional
    • Swiss knife — optional
    • Camera — optional (but recommended)

Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

Group sizes and age requirements

Group sizes and prices:

    • For this group adventure, the client-to-guide ratio is 15:1. Cost is per person and it doesn’t decrease as the group grows.
    • It takes a minimum of 6 people for this tour to operate. The maximum number of participants is 30.
    • If joining alone, you’ll be placed with peers that share a similar level of experience.

A mountain biking tour of Sikkim can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.

Min. age requirements:

    • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
    • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the tour on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian. 

If your group has riders under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

Deposit and cancellation policy

A 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies, and deposits are no longer refundable. The remaining 70% of the amount is paid at the latest 3 months (90 days) prior to departure.

All cancellation requests need to be sent in written mail. If you cancel your booking, the following cancellation fees will apply.

    • Cancellation 61 days or prior to departure, all deposits will be refunded after deduction of transaction fee and services booked in advance on a non-cancellable basis;
    • Between 31 and 60 days prior to departure, 75% of the total package amount will be deducted
    • 30 days or less prior to departure, there will be no refund and the full package amount will be forfeited.

If you leave a trip for any reason after it has commenced, your guiding service is not obliged to make any refunds for unused services. If you fail to join a tour according to tour booking dates or join it later or change departure date no refund will be made (in case of a group booking).

Getting there and meeting location

To get to your meeting point in Delhi, most people fly into Indira Gandhi International Airport about 50 minutes away from Delhi. From there, your guiding service will transfer you to your hotel in Delhi, where your adventure begins. On Day 2, you will take a flight to Bagdogra, from where you’ll be transferred to Gangtok in Sikkim. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group. 

At the end of your adventure, your guiding service will transfer you to the airport in Bagdogra, where you’ll board a flight for Delhi and, from there, take your flight back home.

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