Sikkim, Darjeeling and Kalimpong, have many lovely biking routes. However with increasing vehicular traffic, most of them are not comfortable for biking. Our search for suitable biking trails, lead us to the Wilderness trails around the Samthar Plateau, in the Kalimpong Area. In Western Sikkim we discovered the Rinchenpong Ridge, the Kahlet valley and the Rangbung Khola valley.
This tour is a delightful bike & trek combination to remote Lepcha Valley, virgin forests, flora, rhododendron sanctuary, good snow views.
You will bike along routes with low traffic density, a variety of terrain – ridgeline and valley bottom trails, mostly moderate gradients, with some challenging sections, good tarmac surfaces combined with rough stony trails. There are lovely forests, scenic river valleys, grand views of the panorama of snows, Buddhist Gompas, tribal homesteads and interaction with a lovely and friendly people.
Whether it is on the trail, or at halts, we provide hospitality in the Indian traditions, at selected hotels, lodges and well-managed camps. We offer you Nature in Comfort and Adventure in Style.
13 Days Kalimpong and Sikkim Biking Adventure
08 days biking. Upto elevation of 2700 m. 02 days trekking upto 3050 m
Sightseeing and shopping at “Raj” hill stations of Kalimpong & Darjeeling
Day 01: Arrive Bagdogra airport. Transfer to hotel at Silguri, 13 kms. Set up bikes and overnight.
Day 02: Bike to Samthar plateau, 1400 m. Drive 51 Kms to Himalayan foothills. Bike 30 Kms along rough road. Ascent 900 m to 1650 m followed by descent to 1400 m. Negligible traffic. Good views and dense forests. Overnight at atmospheric Samthar Farm House, with parorama of snow views
Day 03: Full day nature & culture trek to remote valley with 100 years old Lepcha temple. Forests, farm- land, ethnic hamlets. Good views Return to Samthar Farm House for overnight.
Day 04: Bike 41 Kms to Gumpa Dara, 2000m.. 20 Kms Rough road, remainder tarmac. Steep ascents 1400 m to 2050 m followed by descent to 1500 m. Finally ascent to 2000m. Traffic: negligible to light. Dense forests. Good views. Buddhist temple. Overnight at guest house / in camp.
Day 05: Bike 43 Kms to Kalimpong. Tarmac surface, short ascent 2000 m followed by long descent to 1400 m. Light traffic increasing to moderate, closer to town. Forests, small bazaars and villages. Good views. Afternoon explore “Raj” hill station of Kalimpong. “ Raj” period buildings, orchid and flower nurseries and exotic shopping. Overnight at Hotel / home stay.
Day 06: Bike 69 Kms to sikkimese village of Biksthang Chuchen,1900 m.Drive 20 Kms to Sikkim entry check post at Malli.. Bike 69 Kms. Tarmac highway with light traffic. Forested river valley. Undulating gradient - 200 m to 300 m, followed by steep ascent to 1900. Overnight at Village Resort with enchanting views.
Day 07: Bike 66 Kms to Hillay, 2700 m. First drive 19 Kms to Rinchenpong. Visit Buddhist monastery. Bike to Hillay. Tarmac surface, light to negligable traffic. Descend from 1600 m to 1200 m followed by steady climb to 2700 m. Forests and farmlands, lovely river valley, picture post card villages, good views. Overnight in camp.
Day 08: Trek cum bike to Pelling. Start with 06 hours trek climbing upto 3050 m through Rhododendron sanctuary, and down to a river valley, at 1450 m. Thereafter bike 20 kms to Pelling. Fairly steep tarmac road with low traffic. Overnight at hotel
Day 09: Full day sightseeing Pamayangtse monastery and SangaCholing Monastery. Overnight at hotel at Pelling.
Day 10: Bike 52 Kms to Yoksom , 1780 m.. 13 Km of steep descent to Rimbi Valley followed by steady ascent of 21 Kms to Yoksom. On the way 09 kms (one way) detour to visit holy Khichepheri lake. Scenic valley, forests, waterfalls and farm land. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11: Bike 58 Kms to Naya Bazar and drive 21 kms to Darjeeling. Good tarmac surface with portions of dirt track, along river Valley. Moderate gradient. Light traffic. Take a short trekking detour to visit famous Tashiding Monastery. End of Biking. Drive last leg of 21 Kms steeply uphill to Darjeeling. Overnight at hotel
Day 12: Darjeeling sightseeing and shopping. Overnight at hotel
Day 13: Transfer to Bagdogra airport in 03 hrs for departure flight.