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Sikkim & W Bengal: Monastic Trail | CYCLE TOUR

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Of Mountains and Monastries

This cycling tour of Sikkim and West Bengal takes us through East, South and Western districts of Sikkim and the Darjeeling district of West Bengal. We will generally be in sub alpine rural himalayas, this provides us an excellent opportunity to observe life in these parts, interact with the locals and throughout be accompanied by amazing panoramas of the high himalayas. This tour takes you through most of the important locations of this region, including historic, religious and cultural sites.

ROUTE TOPOLOGY

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OVERVIEW
> Level: Tough
> Total Days: 9 to 14
> Max. Cycling distance: Upto 450Km
> Avg. Cycling Distance: 60 Km
> Terrain: 100% Hilly / Mountanious
> Altitude variation: 50 to 2200 mts

> Best Time: Sept/Oct - Mar/May
> Airport In: Bagdogra (W Bengal)
> Airport Out: Bagdogra (W Bengal) 
HIGHLIGHTS
> In the shadows of the high Eastern Himalayas.
> Explore the sub-alpine belt of rural Sikkim.
> Some of the most important monasteries of the state.
> Tea Plantations, River Valleys, Remote Villages
> Unsurpassed views of the Mighty Kanchenjunga massif.
INCLUSIONS
> All accommodation
> All Meals
> Refreshment and water throughout
> SUV backup throughout
> Guide (NOLS First aid qualified)
> Multi- geared cycles (Scott Aspect 660 / Trek 3700D) with helmets
> FA Kit
> Tools and spares
> Activities as mentioned in the itinerary
> All permits
ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS ON THIS TOUR
 > Accommodation: Tea bungalows, Farmsteads, Hotels & Eco Cottages 
 > Meals: As much as possibly we try cover all the local cuisines
 > Refreshments & Water: High energy snacks and Water during activities 

** Our Itineraries are quite unique hence we prefer not to put it up on the site. Please write in to us for the detailed itinerary and cost.

TOUR IMAGES

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Bikes

Scott 660 Aspect MTB Fork 80mm travel, Front Derailleur Shimano FD-TX50 / 34.9mm, Rear Derailleur Shimano Tourney RD-TX35 21 Speed (Upgraded), Shifters Shimano ST-EF 41 L / 7R EZ-ire plus (Upgraded), Brakeset Tektro SCM-02 mech. Disc 160F/160Rmm Rotor, Front Tyre 6 26×2.1 / 30TPI, Rear Tyre 6 26×2.1 / 30TPI, Weight 13.6 kg / 29.98 lbs

Terrain & Road Conditions

This tour takes you to some of the high roads of the eastern Himalayas, with a variety of road conditions. The road conditions change every year given the fickle nature of the mountains.

Backup

Sturdy SUV’s and sturdier driver will accompany you on every trip. the condition of roads do not allow for larger vehicles, however do our best to provide you the best in comfort in relation to the routes that we ply on. These vehicles are along right from your airport pick up to your drop back to the airport.

Permits

Indian nationals require a Inner Line Permit (ILP) whereas foreign nationals require Restricted Area Permits (RAP), both of which have a certain fees applicable.

Weather Pattern

Post monsoon months of September- October and pre monsoon months of March-April are very pleasant with blue skies and a fair days. Peak winters are from November to February with the mercury often coming down below 0 C.

Safety

We have a very experienced team which is also local. This reflects in the overall safety of our tours. Rest assured your guides know where extra attention is required and when. All our routes are well known to us, we know where the nearest medical facilities are, we know whom to contact if in case of an emergency, we know all the alternate routes in case of road blockages. We have CASEVAC protocols in place to streamline the process in case of emergencies. You can rest easy knowing that in the outdoors in general and this region in particular you are in safe hands with us.

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