The Monastic Trail

9 to 14 days

This Cycle tour takes you riding through the best of Sikkim and West Bengal

Tour 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.

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. Sikkim was its own mountain kingdom till 1975 and still retains a very distinctive personality. The meditative, mural-filled traditional monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism coexist with Hindu shrines of the ever-growing Nepali community, with both religions creating some astonishing latter-day megasculptures to adorn the skyline.

Hassle-free and warm-hearted, it's a state that's all too easy to fall in love with, explaining perhaps why permit regulations prevent foreigners staying too long or going too far. Clean, green and 'all organic' since 2016, Sikkim is mostly a maze of plunging, supersteep valleys thick with lush subtropical woodlands and rhododendron groves, rising in the north to the spectacular white-top peaks of the eastern Himalaya. When clouds clear, an ever-thrilling experience from many a ridge-top perch is spotting the world's third-highest mountain, Khangchendzonga (8598m), on the northwestern dawn horizon.

  • Level

  • 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)

  • 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

  • Meals
    As much as possibly we try cover all the local cuisines

  • Accommodation
    Tea bungalows, Farmsteads, Hotels & Eco Cottages

  • Refreshments
    High energy snacks and Water during activities

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  • Bikes

    Scott 660 Aspect MTB / Trek 3700 -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.

* 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.

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