If adventure is in your blood, this is the tour for you. If you believe that life is more about the journey and less about the destination, this is the tour for you. In 9 days you will crisscross the Darjeeling hills on a mountain bike. The tour uses international standard equipment and is one of our common programs for inbound travelers. This tour starts at Mirik in the western side of Darjeeling Hills and ends at Lava which is at the easternmost part of Darjeeling Himalaya.
Best time to visit
Anytime except the monsoon months (July - August).
Day 01 - Arrival at Siliguri. Rest and prepare for the tour. Overnight at Siliguri.
Day 02 - Start for Mirik (52 km) early in the day. The days biking involves climbing to an elevation of about 4900 ft through the winding ghat roads and lush green tea gardens on the rolling hill slopes. The first 30 kilometers is through the plains for you to acclimatize. You gain the elevation only in the last leg of today’s biking. Mirik is a small town centered around a lake. In the evening you may take a walk around the lake Samendu. Overnight: Mirik
Day 03 - Mirik - Darjeeling (50km, 6700 ft). The route goes via Nepal border town of Pasupati. You may take a break at Sukiapokhri and visit the Salamander project there. At Ghoom you reach the highest railway station in India at an altitude of 7407 feet. From here the last 10 km to Darjeeling involves downhill biking. The altitude gain during the day is mostly gradual. Overnight: Darjeeling
Day 04 – Today we take a break from biking and go for some walking instead. Get up early in the morning and trek for a couple of hours to reach the famous Tiger Hill (8500 ft) viewpoint for a beautiful view of the sunrise over Kanchenjunga. Walk back downhill to your hotel. After breakfast go for a walk around the town including Zoo, HMI, Darjeeling Mall, Botanical Garden etc. Overnight at Darjeeling.
Day 05 - Today you will bike to Tinchuley (32 km, 6000 ft). You will be passing through the Peshok Road during the first half of your journey. Till Ghoom you follow the same route as on the second day. From Ghoom the road goes through the misty pine forests. The route offers some of the best views in the region. From 6th mile village, you take a turn and drive through narrow less traveled trail till you reach Tinchuley. The name Tinchuley is composed of “tin” meaning three and “Chulah” meaning a hearth. This is a small village which WWF has promoted as an ideal eco-tourism destination. Overnight at Tinchuley.
Day 6 – Today you cycle to Kalimpong (4100 ft). The Kalimpong town is on the other side of River Tista. The distance is about 40 km. You have to bike downhill to reach Tista Bazar. Here you will cross river Tista and then bike through steep uphill road during the last 16 odd km. Overnight at Kalimpong.
Day 7 – Morning bike to Delo top viewpoint. From here you can get an excellent 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains as well as the Tista River. Spend some time at Delo and then start for Rishyop (8500 ft). The 4000 feet increase in elevation is mostly gradual and there is no major steep inclination. The last 3 km to Rishyap is through rocky terrain which might be difficult to ride and may require some walking. Overnight at Rishyap.
Day 8 - Today we will leave the hill and come down to Dooars plains. The destination is Mongpong, a nice forest bungalow on the banks of river Tista. You have to cycle a total distance of 70 km. But the first 35 km of it is downhill and the remaining part is through the plains. The distance can be covered by biking for about 5-6 hours approximately. In the evening enjoy a special dinner by Naturebeyond.
Day 9 - Return to Siliguri (25 km) after a couple of hours biking. Tour concludes at Siliguri
Special Notes for this package
This tour requires substantial physical activity. You are expected to be in reasonably good health and have previous experience of Biking.
You are assumed to have consulted your doctor about your physical suitability about this tour. Tourists with serious ailments are suggested not to take this tour.
Although there is no age limit specified for this tour, very young and very old people should use their own discretion before booking this tour.
The tariff mentioned is for Indian National only. Inbound visitors may ask for a special quote.