Sikkim Mountain biking is a quest for a clean and eco friendly ride. Sikkim Mountain biking 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 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 close to the beauty of the countryside, flora-fauna and lifestyle of the Sikkimise people. A trek to Maenam peak (10,500 ft) imparts fascinating and awesome views of Himalayas. No specific season for mountain biking, many enjoy riding bikes in monsoon while many others enjoy the same in slushy dirt roads. Grade of this eco ride is moderate.
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 water of the lake. Please respect the sanctity of the lake. Enjoy the exceptional pleasure of riding the gaily caparisoned yaks here.
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 such as 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.
By Rail: The nearest Railways Station is New Jalpaiguri (near Siliguri), which is linked with Gangtok. Gangtok has an extensive rail network with all major Railway Stations in India. It is also linked with the cities of Northeastern India like, Guwahati.
- A special permit is required in advance.
- Normal or average fitness with prior experiecne is necessary for this ride.
- This tour is ideal for average bikers, as the altitude does not go above 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.
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.
Other Attractions in the Vicinity
Enchey Monastery: Enchey monastery ranges a forested ridge above Gangtok, offering a splendid view of the town. This 200 year old monastery has a special status in Sikkim.
Rumtek Monastry: It is the international head quarters of the Karmay Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It has murals of Tibetan paitings, Thankas. The largest monastery sprawls over a wide area.