Sikkim cycling tour, India

“Journey to the Indian Himalayas to test your mettle in the mountains and immerse yourself in local culture, along with a small group of likeminded travellers.”

Highlights

Bagdgora | Enchey Monastery | Gangtok | Institute of Tibetology | Rumtek Monastery | Temi Tea gardens | Ravangla | Yuksom | Norbogang lake | Pelling | Darjeeling

Description of Sikkim cycling tour, India

This Sikkim cycling tour takes you to a stunning region of the Indian Himalayas, described as one of the world’s last utopias by the legendary guru Padmasambhava. You’ll pass through a land of soaring peaks, valleys dusted with rhododendrons and ancient monasteries clinging to mountainsides. Not to mention dramatic views of Kangchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain (8598m), which will be visible for several days of your ride.

The trip kicks off at the state capital of Gangtok, which is a well known seat of Tibetan Buddhist culture and learning. Heading out on the road, you’ll ride through valleys and over passes with the dramatic Kangchenjunga mountain range as your background. The range contains five peaks, including Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world, which reaches heights of 8,586m. You’ll also visit Buddhist monasteries, taste tea in local plantations, and ride a toy train in Darjeeling, a one-time colonial hill station. Along the way there’s plenty of opportunity to interact with local people, through homestays, meals cooked in local eateries, or simple discussion as we pass through towns and villages.

You’ll need to be an experienced cyclist with a good level of fitness to participate in this trip. You’ll cover between 40km and 70km a day, and there are some climbs, steep descents and narrow roads reaching up to 3500m in altitude. We will climb up and down several valleys as we take the road from Gangtok to Darjeeling, with gradients varying between 8 and 12 percent. If you do need a break, the tour is fully supported with a van always close at hand.







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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Sikkim cycling tour, India

Environment

Our Eastern Himalayan tour does not allow us to indulge in any activities that involve animals. Each guest will be handed over a document of do's and dont's at the beginning of the tour which will have guidelines on how to travel responsibly and being sensitive to the environment we live in.

Sikkim is the first state in India to turn completely organic. On the day we cycle out to Rumtek, we stay at a homestay in place called Teen Taley. The family that runs this homestay have a cow shed and the manure from cow is used to grow vegetables and fruits which will be used to prepare food for the guests staying at their homestay. The bio-degradable waste generated on the tour by the group is also disposed off here to make compost in that garden.

As a rule, we are a strict NO to bottled water and all our guests are informed of this prior to the start of the tour. We insist that the guests carry their own water bottles which will be refilled by us with clean and hygienic RO purified drinking water.

This is a cycling tour, thereby keeping our guests transport emission low. We use only one support vehicle to reduce the carbon footprint. All guests will cycle from point A to point B and the support vehicle will have designated stop points to support the cyclists and load up if required.

Community

A key highlight on this tour are our local homestay / farm-stay accommodations and the conversations that you strike with the family will make to the best memories that you will take back.

On our Sikkim tour, we hire a local native sherpa community guide who has been trained by us to share all the local knowledge to our guests. This way we are not only getting authentic experience of the region, but also paying them a fair guide charge to support the local community.

We also visit the Institute of Tibetology where our local guide will walk you through the rich history of Tibetan studies, Buddhism, traditional art and detail the 11th and 12th Century palm leaf manuscripts which is preserved in the Museum.

We visit the oldest organic tea estate - the Temi Tea Garden where we get to see the tea leaves grown locally in the best weather conditions, handpicked by seasoned hands that pack a burst of flavour in every sip of tea you drink. A round of tea tasting always makes our guests want to pick up a few to take back home.

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