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    Mountain biking in Sikkim is a quest for a clean and eco friendly ride, which offers exclusive natural beauty to bikers. Mountain Biking is a sport, which tantalizes and ethicizes to try out for yourself. Sikkim is extravagantly imparted with natural and cultural resources. It has a great prospective to grow into a full fledged eco-tourism destination. The rugged and dramatic terrain will offer you exciting biking trails to the adventure lovers. Avoid Biking in high traffic routes, and meander through the abundant landscape of countryside and dense forests on proper motorable roads. There is no heavy traffic on the way; the route is meandering through the lush countryside and forests. An outdoor fun mountain biking will bring you to the beauty of the countryside, flora and fauna and lifestyle of the Sikkimise people. A trek to Maenam peak (10,500 ft) imparts fascinating and awesome views of Himalayan Treks. No specific season for mountain biking, you can enjoy riding bikes in monsoon as many tourists have enjoyed the same in slushy dirt road. Grade of this eco ride is moderate.

    Major attractions:

    Nathula pass: 

    Nathula pass is located around 5kms from Sherthang, at an altitude of 14400 feet. 

    It is covered by snow for up to nine months of the year. Experience the fun and thrill together while Trekking in Sikkim. Nathula pass is the only place where you may spot Chinese soldiers across the international border.

    Tso-mgo Lake:

    It offers incomparable beauty, which is fed by melting snow. It is said that the lamas could forecast the future from the color of the lakes water. Please respect the sanctity of the lake. Enjoy the exceptional pleasure of riding the gaily caparisoned yaks here.

    Location 

    How to get there:  

    By Air: 

    The nearest Airport is Bagdogra which is near Siliguri in West Bengal. It lies 125 km away from Gangtok the capital of Sikkim. Bagdogra is connected with cities like Delhi and Kolkata. 

    By Road:

     Sikkim can be reached through northern areas of West Bengal. Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Siliguri are directly connected to Gangtok and other cities of the state. Avoid traveling during the monsoon seasons. Temporary problems may occur. 

    By Rail: 

    The nearest Railways Station is New Jalpaiguri (near Siliguri), which is linked with Gangtok. Gangtok has an extensive rail network with major Railway Stations in India, such as Kolkata, Delhi. It is also linked with the cities of Northeastern India like, Guwahati. 

    Other Info

    Places to visit nearby:

    Enchey Monastery:

    Enchey monastery ranges a forested ridge above Gangtok, offering a splendid view of the town. This 200 year old monastery has the special status in Sikkim.

    Rumtek Monastry:

    It is the international head quarters of the Karmay Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism.Rumtek monastery has murals Tibetan paitings, Thankas. The largest monastery sprawls over a wide area.

    Facts

    Prerequisites/ Facts/Suggestion: 

    A special permit is required in advance, as this area is being officially opened in due time.

    Normal or average fitness with experience is necessary for this ride.

    This tour is ideal for average bikers, as the altitude does not go across 3360 meters.

    The bikes and other gears are easy to get from tourism authorities of Sikkim. 

    All the waste should be disposed off away from the camping site.

    Do not drive too fast on cranky routes.

    You need to be careful, while roaming in the unfamiliar areas. 

    Best time to visit: 

    March to June & September to November

    Things to carry:

    Plastic boots and Crampons with front Points, Binoculars and camera, Mountaineering harness, Water, juices, snacks, Mountaineering ice-axe, Climbing sling and Medical kit,two locking carabiners, telescopic ski-sticks, Prussik loops, climbing helmet, woolen clothes, electric torch, a good compass, an extra pair of clothes.


Attractions

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Goecha La Trek

Goecha La is a high mountain pass in the Himalayan range. The trek starts at the sleepy little town of Yuksom in West Sikkim. The town is very pretty with lush green surroundings and a salubrious weather to go with it. You can shop for all supplies at Yuksom before beginning the trek as this is the only place where you will get to buy all your necessary items.

Furthermore, before trekking the Goecha La, you will have to do two things, first make an entry at the local police station and second pay the permit fees at the forest check post. Usually the agencies take care of all these hassles and you will not have to bother about them.


The first phase of the trek to Goecha La will take you from Yuksom to Sachen. Yuksom is situated at an altitude of 5,700 feet and Sachen is situated at an elevation of 7, 200 feet. The trekking trail passes through a route of immense natural beauty. You will come across lush green fields, valley of the Rathong River and thick forests. From Sachen you will need to climb ahead to Tshoka which is at an altitude of 9,650 feet.

This trek is quite enjoyable in the initial phase but becomes tryingly steep towards the later phase. On reaching Bakhim, you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Yuksom valley. As you trek on ahead, you pass through Dzongri and Phedang. You will also be able to enjoy the beauty of some of the densest rhododendron forests in India and get a breathtaking view of the highest mountains in the Himalayan range. You will pass through the beautiful Samiti Lake which will mesmerise you with its sparkling blue waters.

The entire journey from Yuksom to Goecha La is a treat to the eyes. Despite being a test of physical stamina, the route is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful routes that you can come across while trekking in the Himalayas.

Best Season: September- November & March-April
Difficulty Level: Moderate to Challenging
Max. Elevation: 5002 m
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