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  • Trip introduction

    This is a 9-day cycling tour that takes you through the millennia-old silk route that connected major civilizations across the Himalayas.

    This 160 km ride begins at Aritar, goes right up through the India-Tibet border to Nathula Pass, and ends at Gangtok. The route offers you the thrill of high altitude cycling, and takes you to several heritage sites that give you an insight into the local culture.

    With breathtaking views of picturesque valleys and meadows, this is an easy trip with smooth roads and moderate gradients, and is perfect for people of all ages.

    IMPORTANT: This trip is only open to Indian nationals.

    Destination

    On the eastern front of Sikkim lies the less explored Silk Route which passes through one of the highest mountain passes, the Nathula pass (14,140 ft), of the Himalayas to Tibet (China).

    The route takes you through breathtaking landscapes, high altitude valleys and winding roads which present a kaleidoscope of mountain ranges and scenic valleys. Passing very close to the Chumbi valley (Tibet) and Bhutan, the route gives one the thrill of seeing quite a few picturesque hamlets on the other side of the international border. This route offers us a glimpse into the untouched beauty of Sikkim.

    Destination highlights

    Experience the thrill of cycling through the fabled Silk Route | Stop-by Nathula pass, standing tall at 4000 feet | Visit peaceful monasteries and explore Gangtok | Enjoy a relaxing massage at a spa in Gangtok | Take in the natural beauty of the landscape at Memencho lake

    Activity Details

    Off road

    Yes

    Yes

    4600 feet

    14140 feet

    158 kms

    30 kms

    Yes

    21/24 gear cycles 

    Day 3: Altitude climb - 3400 feet Day 4: Altitude climb - 3500 feet Day 5: Altitude climb - 2000 feet Day 6: Altitude climb – 640 feet, Descent – 1000 feet Day 7: Altitude descent - 7100 feet

    Yes

    Participants are encouraged to bring their own cycles. The cycles need to be packed in cycle bags and the transport logistics will be handled by the supplier.

    Trip details
  • Day 1: Arrival in Aritar

    Participants are received from the airport/railway station and are driven to Aritar. NOTE: Please ensure that you arrive in Bagdogra by 4 p.m. as it is a 4 hour drive to Aritar.

    Hotel/Homestays

    Stay in standard hotels or homestays on twin or triple share basis.

    Day 1 Milestone

    Bagdogra/New Jalpaiguri

    Aritar

    16:00 PM

    Food

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner | Snacks

    Veg|Non veg|Jain
    Day 2: Fitness check and local sightseeing
    Day 3: Cycle from Artitar to Phadamchen
    Day 4: Cycle from Phadamchen to Dhupidara
    Day 5: Dhupidara to Gnathang
    Day 6: Gnathang to Nathula Pass via Baba Mandir and then head to Memencho Lake
    Day 7: Memencho Lake to Gangtok
    Day 8: Enjoy a relaxing massage
    Day 9: Departure for Bagdogra
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  • Cancellation policy

    Cancellation charges are as follows:

    If cancellation is done 90 days prior to departure: 100% refund

    If cancellation is done between 90 and 45 days prior to departure: 85% refund

    If cancellation is done between 45 and 10 days prior to departure: 40% refund

    If cancellation is done between 10 and 0 days before departure: No refund

    Rules on trip

    This trip is only open to Indian citizens/nationals. No foreign nationals are allowed to participate in the trip.

    Since the route passes through a sensitive army zone, participants are requested to abide by the rules of the area including adhering to photography/videography restrictions.

    Participants are advised to follow the timelines and routes provided by the supplier and should not undertake any part of the ride unsupervised/without the knowledge of the staff.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    Participants will have to sign an indemnity bond before the commencement of the trip.

    Participant must have a valid Indian passport/driving license/voter ID.

    The supplier reserves the right to cancel any trip, including a guaranteed trip, at any time prior to departure due to terrorism, natural disasters, political instability or other external events which make it non-viable for them to operate the planned schedule.
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    • Tag Along Cycling Ride The Silk Sikkim Gangtok
    • Tag Along Cycling Ride The Silk Sikkim Gangtok
    • Tag Along Cycling Ride The Silk Sikkim Gangtok
    • Tag Along Cycling Ride The Silk Sikkim Gangtok
    • Tag Along Cycling Ride The Silk Sikkim Gangtok
    • Tag Along Cycling Ride The Silk Sikkim Gangtok
  • Includes / Excludes

    Includes

    • Pick up and drop from/to airport or railway station

    • 8 nights accommodation at standard homestays and hotels (on double or triple sharing)
    • Meals as specified
    • Refreshments for riders during the ride
    • Medical assistance on the trip (a team of a doctor and a nurse will be following the tour with the necessary medical supplies)
    • Provisions for cycle repair and maintenance
    • Back-up sweep vehicle
    • Bicycle maintenance during the tour
    • Photographers and videographers
    • Massage and lunch on the last day in Gangtok at Mayfair Spa and Resort
    • The team will have basic spares available and it is included in the trip cost.

    Excludes

    • Any service or costs not mentioned in the inclusions

    • If your bike needs special parts you will have to carry them along or it will be charged for.

    What to Wear

    What to Wear

    • Riding pants/shorts
    • Woollen scarves and socks
    • Woollen caps
    • Mittens/gloves
    • Feather jacket
    • Windproof jackets and pants
    • Not to wear - Expensive jewellery and gadgets

    What not to Wear

    • Loose clothing that will tangle around you while swimming
    • Restrictive clothing
    • Flip-flops

    Equipment / Gear

    We Provide

    • Cycle
    • Safety gear
    • Bicycle maintenance during the tour
    • Medical assistance
    • Photographers and videographers
    • Basic bike spares
    • Back-up vehicle

    You need to get

    • Head torch/torch
    • Toiletries
    • Sleeping bag

    Medical Kit

    • Please carry your specific personal or prescribed medication only.