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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.


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  • 03Yuksom-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.


  • 04Sirwani -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.


  • 05Temi -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.


  • 06Pemayanstse-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.


  • 07Maenam -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.


  • 08Tashiding-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.


  • 09Kheocheparimelli-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.


  • 10Rinchenpong 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.


  • 11Rabongla- 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.


  • 12Borong -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.


  • 13Martam-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

  • 14Nathula 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.
  • 15Rumtek 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.
  • 16Enchey 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.
  • 17Tso-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

  • 18By 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.
  • 19By 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.
  • 20By 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.

Attractions

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Yumthang Valley

Nested in the northern part of Sikkim, Yumthang Valley is also nicknamed as the 'valley of flowers' (not to be confused with the Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand). It is perched at a dizzying altitude of 3,500 meters, and unmistakably one of the most scenic places to visit in Lachung.

True to its assigned nickname, Yumthang valley fosters countless floral species which criss-cross all across its lush green carpet. The valley also houses the beautiful Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, hosting over 24 different species of rhododendrons! The verdant pasture that is Yumthang valley is lapped by mighty mountains on either side, and the freezing river Teesta forms a crystal ribbon through the forested beauty of the valley.

Location:
North Sikkim District, Gangtok, Sikkim 737120

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand
: 25 km


From gushing waterfalls to sprawling forests, from solitary monasteries to austere mountains, Gangtok offers a range of awe-inspiring things to do for visitors

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Chopta Valley

Another one of the most beautiful tourist places in Lachung, the stunning Chopta valley is wrapped up in North Sikkim. Sitting about 2 hours away from Lachung, and beautifully en route Gurudongmar Lake, Chopta valley reigns at a staggering 4,000 meters above sea level.

During summers, the entire valley is bathed in a stunning medley of colours due to the presence of beautiful alpine flowers that it is home to. Winters turn the entire place into a picturesque wonderland, layered by a thick carpet of snow.

The tree line begins to fade from here, and the dominion of shrubs is evident. Beyond the valley, the land becomes completely devoid of vegetation, and the lofty mountains begin to rise. The aroma of the flowers merges will the cool breeze from the mountains to render you truly speechless.

Location:
North Sikkim District, Sikkim

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
30 km

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Yumesamdong / Zero Point

Yumesamdong, otherwise known as Zero Point, is one of the most frequented tourist's places in Lachung. It is located about 15 km away from Yumthang and sits at a mind-numbing altitude of 4,724 meters. Zero point marks the edge of civilization, and the road comes to a dead end here.

The vicuna China border is just beyond Zero points, though no tourists are allowed there. Despite the treacherous roads, Yumesamdong brings you exceptional rewards! Treat your eyes to the confluence of three magnificent rivers, flanked on either side by enormous, snow-clad peaks.

While yaks often graze here, the land is nearly competent devoid of vegetation. The place sits beneath thick, powdery snow, and brings extremely cold weather conditions. But there’s a great respite in the form of Hot Springs by the river Sebu Chhu!

Location:
Sikkim 737120

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx. 50 km

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Bhim Nala Falls

Seated at a distance of about 13 km from Lachung, in the rustic hamlet of Khedum, experience a spellbinding blend of serenity and thrill at the Bhim Nala Falls! It has the privilege of being amongst the highest waterfalls in Sikkim.

Owing to its staggering height, the cascading waterfall seems like a three-step waterfall, the roaring of which can be felt even from afar. Housed in an envelope of verdant hills, the plummeting falls roar in a soothing lullaby to enchant you. Enjoy the moment by sipping hot tea, while the roaring falls lull your senses.

Fun fact -
Bhim Nala Falls is also known as Amitabh Bachchan Falls amongst the locals! 

Location:
Chungthang, Lachung, Sikkim 737120

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx. 15 km

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Naga Falls

About 21 km away from Bhim Nala Falls, the Naga Falls sits somewhere along the Gangtok - Chungthang road and is easily one of the most spectacular places to visit in Lachung. Another one of the tallest waterfalls in Sikkim, this multi-tiered cascade is veered a little ways off the beaten tracks and offers wonderful solitude and respite from the most popular sites in Lachung.

Early morning or evening spent here, amidst the wooded hills, listening to a beautiful medley of sounds that blend in with the tumultuous roar of the falls is an experience that lingers in the heart. Surrounded by the panorama of lofty mountain peaks, Naga Falls is an unmissable place to visit during your Sikkim trip.

Location:
North Sikkim District, Sikkim 737116

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand
: 35 km

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Chungthang

Sitting at a distance of about 100 km from Gangtok, Chungthang is a beautiful little town that falls en route Yumthang, by the conflux of the rivers Lachen and Lachung. Chungthang is also the birthplace for the river Teesta. The town brims with legends and tales of old, and there is also a stone with the imprinted footprints of Guru Padmasambhava.

The town also houses a little rock here, from where mineral water flows ceaselessly. Chungthang is a place where you’ll have to travel through to reach the higher alpine regions of Lachen and Lachung. Steeped in fascinating mythology, the town offers beautiful 180-degree views of the neighboring snow-capped peaks.

Location:
Chungthang Tehsil, North Sikkim District, Sikkim 737120

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx. 23 km

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Lachen

Nestled at an altitude of 2,750 meters, Lachen in North Sikkim is the base of Chopta Valley and Gurudongmar lake. Sitting about 27 km away from Chungthang, Lachen village is cradled by a beautiful mountain valley. ‘Lachen’ literally translates to mean ‘big pass’, and affords unmatched views of the mountain slopes that seem to seat the village in an embracing sprawl.

Lachen is one of the more shaded, unexplored parts of Sikkim, and reward you with unmatched mountain views, serenity, and peace. Housing, not more than 200 houses, the village is ideal for backpackers and adventurers looking to explore offbeat destinations. The village is also home to the Lachenpas, a Sikkimese community. Amongst the most offbeat places to visit in Lachung, Lachen warrants to be on the top of your Sikkim itinerary.

Location
: North Sikkim District, Sikkim

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx. 47 km

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Lachung Monastery

Cradled by beautiful apple orchards of the Lachen Valley, Lachung Monastery is an ancient Buddhist monastery. Crafted with brilliant architecture, the monastery is perched atop 2,750 meters, near the confluence of the rivers Lachen and Lachung, two of the several tributaries of the Teesta river.

The gompa is also the base for the Green Lake trek. The edifice was installed in 1806 by the Nyingmapa sect of Buddhism and harbors a majestic statue of Guru Padmasambhava. A prayer wheel stands guard near the entrance of the monastery, leading visitors to the resident Handloom and Handicraft Centre. The Lachung Monastery is one of the most tranquil places to visit in Lachung.

Location:
Lachung, Sikkim 737120

Timings
: 07:00 AM to 07:00 PM every day.

Entry charges:
Free

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx. 20 km

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Seven Sisters Waterfalls

Located somewhere along the Gangtok - Lachung highway, the Seven Sister Waterfalls, true to its name, is a harmonious array of seven different cascading falls. If a single raging waterfall leaves you speechless, imagine what a cluster of seven such waterfalls will do. Its mellifluous roar is audible, and plummeting silver streaks can be seen from far off.

The place springs to life fully during the monsoons, when the waters come raging down. Tumbling down from atop a lush green, wooded hill, the surrounding beauty of the waterfall enhances the beauty of it all. The place promises you an album full of wallpaper worthy photographs too! It is truly one of the most beautiful places to visit in Lachung.

Location:
National Highway, North Sikkim, Gangtok, Sikkim

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx. 85 km

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Mt. Katao

Housed in North Sikkim, nearly 28 km away from Lachung, the magnificent peak of Mt. Katao is an ideal spot for adventurers and trekkers alike. Though getting there requires a permit from the Indian army. The mountain trail is lined with majestic alpine forests of rhododendrons, poppies, and primulas, along with a few serene waterfalls. These trails climb up to sweeping views of the neighboring peaks. Mt. Katao is one of the most beautiful and offbeat tourist places in Lachung and unveils its grand beauty to the selected few who stumble there.

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx. 28 km

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Thangu

Reigning at an altitude of 13,500 ft., Thangu is a quaint, cozy little village that falls right en route Gurudongmar lake and Cho Lhamu lake. Come spring season, the entire village sits under a canopy of lush trees overlooking a colorful carpet that the flowers paint across the ground.

If you want to see snow, visit Thangu between the months of December and March, when a thick blanket of powdery snow covers the village. Thangu is also home to several beautiful hiking trails leading to Muguthang, Chopta Valley and more. One of the most shaded places to visit in Lachung, Thangu should definitely be on your Sikkim trip itinerary.

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Mangan

Nested in the laps of the Himalayas in North Sikkim, Mangan is one of the most scenic tourists' places in Lachung, and also the capital of North Sikkim. Generously endowed with countless natural bounties, the place is a tourist magnet, and lures herds of travelers, backpackers, and trekkers into its bounds every year.

Doused in an aura of Buddhism, Mangan is also a place to explore spirituality. The town is replete with fluttering Buddhist prayer flags, which somehow seem to magnify the charm of this lovely Buddhist village. Mangan is also hosting to a lovely three-day music festival, where various regional bands perform.

Location
: North Sikkim, Sikkim

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx. 52 km

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Phensang Monastery

Explore the realm of spirituality and bliss at Phensang Monastery, a Buddhist monastery perched over the slopes of Kabi - Phodong, and in the vicinity of the Seven Sisters Waterfall. Installed in the year 1721, the monastery was restored to its former glory in 1947 after being demolished by fire.

Heavy rains brought a similar tragedy upon the building, but it was again restored. The monastery presently houses nearly 300 Lamas (Buddhist monks). The enduring marvel of Phensang Monastery is one of the most fascinating places to visit in Lachung.

Location:
Phensang Monastery, Gangtok, Sikkim, 737101

Timings:
08:00 AM to 05:00 PM

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
89 km

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Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary

Cradled in Yumthang valley, the Shinga Rhododendron Sanctuary is flanked by the Chuba - Sagochen ranges on one side, and Chomzomei on the other. Celebrated largely for the stunning variety of blooming rhododendrons, the sanctuary stretches across a sweeping 43 sq.km., and is a canvas of rioting colours!

The snaking Yumthang Chu is the cherry on top of a grand view of the valley, which is also a popular choice for trekking enthusiasts and adventure seekers. It is also a great place for camping, provided you take measures to not leave any trails behind. Time the trip between April and July to witness the blossoming beauty of rhododendrons in all their glory.

Location:
Yumthang Valley, North Sikkim District, Gangtok, Sikkim 737120

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
25 km

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Green Lake

Yet another of the least explored places to visit in Lachung, the mesmerizing Green Lake rests at the base of Mt. Kanchenjunga, at an altitude of 1,437 m. Towered by Mt. Kanchenjunga along with several other peaks, and its trail movies past beautiful thick forests and meadows carpeted by rhododendrons, blue poppies, and primulas.

The expeditions to Mt. Everest before the war were done through this part of North Sikkim, the post which, the trail seems to have been forgotten. It remains shaded from the majority of tourists, saves an adventurous few. Time your visit to the lake anytime between March to May for pleasant weather and clear views of the mountain ranges that cast a lovely reflection in the turquoise green waters of the lake.

Location:
North Sikkim, Sikkim

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Gurudongmar Lake

One of the most beautiful, pristine lakes in Sikkim, Gurudongmar lake sits in close proximity to the Tibetan and Chinese border in the north. Nested amidst the mountains at 5,183 meters, the freezing alpine lake is amongst the major sources of the river Teesta. The lake takes its name after the eminent guru Padmasambhava, who is believed to have traversed this region during his visit to Tibet.

There’s even a temple of him near the lake. Flanked on one side by the incredible Kanchendzonga range, the lake freezes in the winter months, save a special spot that is said to have been blessed. The waters of the lake are believed to have been blessed by the gods and are revered all over by the Hindus.

Location:
North Sikkim, Sikkim

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx 115 km

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