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  • The increasing popularity of Mountain Biking in Sikkim is a direct result of the discovery of Sikkim as untouched beauty. Sikkim has always been a preferred tourist destination for Indian travellers and foreign travellers. However, most parts of this state were unexplored for years. For last few years, however, because of the government’s initiatives and the adventure loving tourists, more and more of Sikkim has been discovered. 

    The mountain trails, the tough terrains, and the new places have turned Sikkim into a place where a lot of adventure awaits for the visitors. Mountain biking is one of those adventure sports that have found their place in the itinerary of people visiting Sikkim.  A thrilling Bike Ride in Sikkim is surely one of the best things to do for you if you like excitement. Mountain biking is a popular adventure sport around the world and recently it has become equally popular in India too. 

    Sikkim surely is one of the most preferred biking destinations in India because the geography offers a lot of variety. The mountains there are diverse in its difficulty of its biking trails. There are forest paths and dirt roads and steep slopes, all of which are perfect for the mountain bikers who love a good challenge. The state of Sikkim a lot of choices for the biker in you, and you shouldn’t miss the chance to take advantage of it.

    However, even if you aren’t an expert mountain biker, you can still enjoy the tours as there are easy trails too. You will not be disappointed.

  • Sikkim Mountain Biking Routes

  • 01Gangtok - Ranka - Martam (29 Kms)

    The mountain biking trip from Gangtok to Ranka is rather a simpler one. You will be riding mostly downhill throughout the journey. Stop at Rani Khola for rest and sightseeing. From there, the ride will be uphill up to Rumtek, where you should visit the Rumtek Monastery. This is a popular and historical tourist destination in Sikkim. Then the biking tour continues to the beautiful Martam Village, where you can rest overnight. It takes about a day to complete this tour and you can return to your place the next morning.  

    Best Time For the Tour: October to late November.

    Nearby Attractions: Rani Khola and Rumtek Monastery.


  • 02Yuksom-Kheochepari (25 kms)

    The Mountain Biking in Sikkim tour from Yuksom to Kheocheparimelli is one of the most beautiful ones you can find in Sikkim. Kheocheparimelli is a unique place. The biking tour starts from the morning and the first half of it is downhill. You can take breaks upon reaching the tourist attractions like Kangchendzonga National Park, Khecheopalri Lake, Dubdi Monastery, and more. The rest of the tour is a steep uphill ride which can often be tricky if you aren’t an experienced biker.

    Best Time For the Tour: October to late November.

    Nearby Attractions: Tashi Teenka, Kangchendzonga National Park, Dubdi Monastery, Tashiding Monastery, and Khecheopalri Lake.


  • 03Sirwani -Temi (27 kms)

    If you enjoy an uphill mountain biking ride then this tour is the one for you. Temi is located at a height of 5500 feet. The entire path from Sirwani to Temi is steep and it will surely offer you the excitement that you expect from a mountain biking adventure trip. Temi is the sole tea garden in Sikkim. You must visit the plantation upon reaching there. Temi has camping spots where you can spend the night.

    Best Time For the Tour: October to late November.

    Nearby Attractions: Banjhakri Water Falls, Hanuman Tok, MG Marg, Ranka Monastery, Buddha Park, and more.


  • 04Temi -Rabongla (26 kms)

    The first half of this Bike Ride in Sikkim is to Damthang, a small, beautiful town in South Sikkim. It is located at 7000 feet. However, the rise from Temi is gradual, so, you don’t have to put too much effort. Rabongla is located at 6500 feet. The path to Rabongla from Damthang is a gradual decline in parts but it is mostly plain. Once in Rabongla, you are free to explore this beautiful town and camp there for the night.

    Best Time For the Tour: October to late November.

    Nearby Attractions: Mane Choekhorling Gompa, Yungdrung Kundrakling, Palchen Choeling Monastery, Buddha Park, and more.


  • 05Pemayanstse-Rinchenpong (45 kms)

    You start the mountain biking tour with a descending ride from Pemayanstse to Dentam. From there, you turn to Rinchenpong and the ride becomes a gradual uphill one. However, after a few kilometres of riding the bike, you will notice that the road becomes rather straightforward. The entire 45 km mountain bike ride from Pemayanstse to Rinchenpong is a rather enjoyable one even if not too challenging. The setting is beautiful and you can surely enjoy cycling amid the greenery. You can stay at the Rinchenpong Village Resort overnight.

    Best Time For the Tour: October to late November.

    Nearby Attractions: Pemayangtse monastery, Kaluk Village, and more.


  • 06Maenam -Borong (12 kms)

    This Mountain Biking in Sikkim journey from Maenam to Borong has to be completed by foot. Borong is located at 6000 feet, so the path to there from Maenam will be a declining one. The 12 km journey by foot is rather easy because of the downhill movement. You can rest during your walk and take small detours to visit a few sightseeing destinations. Once you are in Borong, you can rest there at night and then continue your mountain biking tour from there next morning.

    Best Time For the Tour: October to late November.

    Nearby Attractions: Barely Bridge, Silver Falls, Garang Monastery, Fatak Village, and Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary.


  • 07Tashiding-Yuksom (32 kms)

    If you like the smell of cardamom then this particular trek will be the one to remember. The mountain biking trail from Tashiding to Yuksom is a rather easy one as it is almost completely levelled. However, that doesn’t make the ride any less enjoyable. The few kilometres ride through the cardamom field surely will refresh your mind. Add to that the stunning beauty of mountains and greenery that surrounds the area. The pleasant ride will make your trip even better.   

    Best Time For the Tour: October to late November.

    Nearby Attractions: Tashi Teenka, Kangchendzonga National Park, Dubdi Monastery, Tashiding Monastery, and Khecheopalri Lake.


  • 08Kheocheparimelli-Pemayangtse (33 kms)

    The steep downward ride is the challenger of this Bike Ride in Sikkim. Because of the vertical characteristic, the path here requires you to be at your best all the time. However, it’s also a fun ride for the same reason. If you like adventure sports then you surely will appreciate the thrill. Another great thing about this tour is the presence of green Himalaya around you. Filling your lungs with the fresh air will charge your mind. There are a few waterfalls on the way which you will surely appreciate.

    Best Time For the Tour: October to late November.

    Nearby Attractions: Pemayangtse monastery and more.


  • 09Rinchenpong to Jorethang (33 kms)

    The ride from Rinchenpong starts off really easy. The road at the beginning is rather plain and without challenges. You can enjoy the surrounding views of the mountains and enjoy the cool weather. Then it slowly becomes a downhill ride through the ancient villages of Western Sikkim. On your way, there are multiple tourist attractions, including the Rinchenpong Monastery and Green Lung Park. You can enjoy the break for a while and then continue your ride to Jorethang.

    Best Time For the Tour: October to late November.

    Nearby Attractions: Poison Lake, Rinchenpong Monastery, Green Lung Park, Kitam Bird Sanctuary, and more.


  • 10Rabongla- Maenam (14 kms)

    There are no villages on the route from Rabongla to Maenam, all that there is the wilderness. During your tour of Mountain Biking in Sikkim, you will need to trek this 14 km path, which will add a different kind of charm to your trip. One of the highlights of this trek is the view of the Maenam Peak, which is spectacular in itself. Once you reach Maenam, you can camp in there and spend the night in a tent. That’s surely an adventurous addition.  

    Best Time For the Tour: October to late November.

    Nearby Attractions: Buddha Park, Tashiding Monastery, Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary, and more.


  • 11Borong -Tashiding (39 kms)

    This Bike Ride in Sikkim starts on a level ground and it doesn’t change much until Ralang. You can visit the local monasteries there and then continue your journey. Your next destination is Rangit Valley and the path to there changes from uphill to downhill often. Once you reach there, you need to climb 13 km to Tashiding, which is rather challenging. There are guest houses there for an overnight stay for the travelers who don’t like tents.  

    Best Time For the Tour: October to late November.

    Nearby Attractions: Fatak Village, Silver Falls, Barely Bridge, Gerang Monastery, the view of Kanchenjungha, Tashiding Monastery, and more.


  • 12Martam-Sirwani (30 kms)

    The beginning of this tour of Mountain Biking in Sikkim stretches through beautiful rice fields and greenery. The long open fields bring you cool wind and the aroma of the fresh grasslands. After a while, you start to go downhill and it ends only in Sirwani. If you start your cycling tour early morning then you will reach your destination by afternoon. You can then spend the remaining of the day exploring the area and visit sightseeing attractions.

    Best Time For the Tour: October to late November.

    Nearby Attractions: Fambong Lho Wildlife Sanctuary, Temi Tea garden, Rumtek and Sang monasteries, and more.


  • Major Attractions in Sikkim

  • 13Nathula 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.
  • 14Rumtek 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.
  • 15Enchey 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.
  • 16Tso-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 Reach Sikkim

  • 17By 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.
  • 18By 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.
  • 19By 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.
  • Prerequisites/ Facts/Suggestion

    - 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
    - Medical kit
    - Two locking carabiners
    - Telescopic ski-sticks
    - Prussik loops
    - Climbing helmet
    - Woolen clothes
    - Electric torch
    - Compass
    - An extra pair of clothes.
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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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