Cycling Tour in West Sikkim

Cycling Tour in West Sikkim

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Lachen is a small town at an elevation of 2,700 meters in North Sikkim. The name Lachen means big pass. Lachen is one of the popular tourist destinations in North Sikkim for Gurudongmar Lake and the Green lakes trek. The place is also well known for many species of birds like White capped water redstart, Green backed Tit, Plumbeous water redstart, Blue Whistling Thrush, Common Hoppoe, Verditer Flycatcher, Common Hill Partridge, Rufous –throated Hill partridge, Chestnut-breasted Hill Partridge, Indian Peafowl, Grey Peacock Pheasant, Common Quail, Himalayan Snowcock, Tibetan Snowcock, Chukar Partridge, Snow Partridge, Black Francolin, Swamp Francolin, Red Jungle fowl, Himalayan Monel, Satyr Tragopan, Kalij Pheasant, Tibetan Partridge, Blood Partridge and more and is about approximately 123 Km from Gangtok and around 6 to 7 hours’ drive. Lachen, quite close to the China border, serves as an excellent base for adventure lovers. The main source of livelihood is agriculture with people cultivating mostly potatoes, cabbage and green peas in the moderate summer months. Cattle herding and tourism are the other major occupations of the people here. Lachung is the highest inhabited Himalayan village in Sikkim and in winter months of January and February this village regularly receives snowfall. Lachen Village mostly has people from Bhutia community and the major religion is Buddhism. The Green Lake trek starts from here and following are some of the species of birds that one is able to see from here: Grey Bushchat, Blue-fronted Redstar, Whiskered Yuhnia, Large Niltava, Whiskered Yuhina, Striped Throated Yuhina, Dark-Throated Thrush, Grey Bushchat, White capped water redstart, Green backed Tit, Plumbeous water redstart, Blue Whistling Thrush, Common Hoppoe, Verditer Flycatcher, Common Hill Partridge, Rufous –throated Hill partridge, Chestnut-breasted Hill Partridge, Indian Peafowl, Grey Peacock Pheasant, Common Quail, Himalayan Snowcock, Tibetan Snowcock, Chukar Partridge, Snow Partridge, Black Francolin, Swamp Francolin, Red Jungle fowl, Himalayan Monel, Satyr Tragopan, Kalij Pheasant, Tibetan Partridge, Blood Partridge and more.

SHORT ITINERARY 

Day 01: pickup from (N J P) New Jalpaiguri railway station / Bagdogra Airport to Gangtok (1,650.mtrs) 125km appx. 3 to 4 hours) by drive overnight at hotel.

 

Day 02: Gangtok to Central Pandam (1,388 meters) 128 km/ 5 hours via Rumtek Monastery overnight at Tent camping/hotel.

 

Day 03: Central Pandam to Ravangla (2,130 meters) 60 km / 5 to 6 hours Via Temi tea Garden overnight at (Tent camping/hotel.

 

Day 04: Ravangla (2,130 meters) to Yuksom (1,750 meters) 58 km / 4 to 5 Via Tashiding hours overnight at (Tent camping/hotel).

 

Day 05: Yuksom Rest local excretion overnight at (Tent camping/hotel).

 

Day 06: Yuksom (1750 meters) to Pelling (1,950 meters) 57 km 4 to 5 hours via Khecheopalri Lake overnight at (Tent camping/hotel).

 

Day 07: Pelling (1,900 meters) to Uttarey (1,950 meters) 35 km / 4 hours via Singshore Bridge Asia’s 2nd highest Bridge. Overnight at (Tent camping/hotel).

 

Day 08: Uttarey (1,900 meters) to Rhinchenpong (1,700 meters) 40.km 3 to 4 hours overnight at hotel at Rinchenpong / Camping.

 

Day 09: Rhinchenpong (1,700 meters) to kalampong (1,250 meters) 78.km 4 to 5 hours Via Jourthang overnight at hotel.

 

Day 10: Leave Kalimpong for NJP/Bagdogra airport 95. Km 4 hours.

As planned.

DETAILS ITINERARY

Day 01: pickup from (N J P) New Jalpaiguri railway station / Bagdogra Airport to Gangtok (1,650.mtrs) 125km appx. 3 to 4 hours) by drive overnight at hotel.

The nearest airport from Bagdogra 125.km appx from Gangtok And nearest railway station from (NJP) 120.km appx this two are the stations as the confluence point of many destinations those people are travelling for Sikkim you will keep to National Highway NH31A the Sevoke road leads you Gangtok along with Teesta river through from Rampo police check post.

 Notice: At Rampo is the border between from West Bengal and Sikkim foreigners need an Inner Line Permit before entering Sikkim Our Guide and driver will help you get it takes more than half an hour after continuing drive to Gangtok Check-in hotel in evening free time.

Day 02: Gangtok to Central Pandam (1,388 meters) 128 km/ 5 hours via Rumtek Monastery overnight at Tent camping/hotel.

This day after breakfast ride towards to central pandam is about 5 to 6 hours. via Rumtek monastery, lunch at Rumtek monastery the trail is easy till to singtam bazer and after the road is gradually uphill around 52.km to reach at central Pandam there you will get beautiful homestay cover with orange tree overnight at homestay.

Day 03: Central Pandam to Ravangla (2,130 meters) 60 km / 5 to 6 hours Via Temi tea Garden overnight at (Tent camping/hotel.

The morning after breakfast same way back to Singtam Bazer after you will have to cross Tista river, a suspension bridge. then the road gradually easy towards to Ravangla via Temi Tea garden visit of Temi Tea Garden it is famous Tea garden of Sikkim it was established in 1969 here you offer majestic views of snow-capped mountains then the trail leads you Ravangal via Damthang and Buddha park overnight at Ravangla.

Day 04: Ravangla (2,130 meters) to Yuksom (1,750 meters) 58 km / 4 to 5 Via Tashiding hours overnight at (Tent camping/hotel).

After breakfast rice towards to Yuksom (1,850 meters) 58 km / 4 to 5 hours Via Tashiding monastery beaning the trail gradual descending towards from Tashiding suspension bridge ride around 1 hour. On the way you will visit Bon monastery it is a famous monastery in Sikkim. The Bon monastery was established in 1980 AD by the late Yung Dung Tsultrim. As per the facts, there are only two Bon monasteries in India; one in Himachal Pradesh and other in Sikkim. The monastery exhibits the fascinating paintings of Bon deities, Bon Demonical Buddha. The Bon monastery is located between to Kewzing and Ravangla inner route from Yuksam-Pelling road with impressive beautiful views of the mountain. after few minutes from Hingdam the road takes you from Tashiding side cross the at Tashiding suspension bridge then you will ride continue gradual ascend towards from Tashiding monastery visit monastery then you will take lunch at Tashidaing Bazer then ride continue to Yuksom overnight at hotel yuksom/ camping.

Day 05: Yuksom Rest local excretion overnight at (Tent camping/hotel).

This day after breakfast local excretion around Yuksom like Dubdi monastery it was the oldest monastery in Sikkim established in 1701 AD. The Kartok Monastery is located opposite to the Kartok Lake; is about 5 minutes from Yuksom bazar. Kartok Lake with natural beauty background and local people of Yuksom believed with Kortok Lake. also, the history of Buddhism Phuntsog Namgayl was blessed with the Holy water which turned into Kartok Lake. After lake visit. The Norbugang Coronation Throne is of great religious and cultural importance because where Phutsog Namgyal was crowned as the first Chogyal of Sikkim.

Day 06: Yuksom (1750 meters) to Pelling (1,950 meters) 57 km 4 to 5 hours via Khecheopalri Lake overnight at (Tent camping/hotel).

This day after breakfast ride towards to Pelling at an elevation of (2,100. meters) 55 km 4 to 5 hours via Khecheopalri Lake. The Khecheopalri Lake is about 26 km from Yuksom at an elevation of 1,800 meters from sea level it is regarded as one of the most sacred Lake in Sikkim. and one of the hottest tourist places for all the time. Many people come to over here for worship and offering. Khecheopalri Lake is sacred for both Buddhists and Hindus and is believed to be a wish-fulfilling lake. after Khecheopalri Lake towards to Pelling via Darab lunch at Darab after lunch an hours drive to reach to Pelling visit surrounding from Pelling Pemayangtse and Rabdentse ruins. Sangacholling monastery accompanies with impressive majestic views of the Mount Khangchendzonga 8,585 meters. The 3rd height peak of the worlds and height mountain in India and many tourists walk lonely and enjoy with local culture and nature overnight at Hotel at Pelling camping

Day 07: Pelling (1,900 meters) to Uttarey (1,950 meters) 35 km / 4 hours via Singshore Bridge Asia’s 2nd highest Bridge. Overnight at (Tent camping/hotel).

The morning after breakfast ride towards to Uttarey at an elevation of 1,950 meters) 35 km / 4 to 5 hours via Singshore Bridge the Asia 2nd highest Bridge on the way you will visit beautiful Changay waterfalls. Uttarey is a small typical Himalayan village and beautiful valley surrounded by undulating hills, waterfalls, streams and dense forest also close from Indo-Nepal border as well as you will visit beautiful monastery Tenzing Hillary park above from Uttarey village it is mostly inhabited by Limboo, Gurung Sherpa, Rai and Bhutia mix community the main occupation of the Uttarey village agriculture, mainly Potato’s, cabbage, green peas etc. Uttarey approximately 163 kilometres from Bagdogra airport and 158 kilometres from NJP Station Overnight at Hotel at Uttarey /Camping.

Day 08: Uttarey (1,900 meters) to Rhinchenpong (1,700 meters) 40.km 3 to 4 hours overnight at hotel at Rinchenpong / Camping.

This day very easy after breakfast same way back till from Dentam bazer which is the confluence way from many places after Dentam ride towards to Rhinchenpong at an elevation of 1,700 meters) 40 km / 3 ½ hours the Rhinchenpong is one of the famous tourist hot spots in west Sikkim here offer you oldest monastery beautiful village and majestic view of snow-capped mountains covered with ancient forests, the third highest peak of the world the Mount Khangchendzonga 8,585 meters and many more. Including the heart of the Himalayan range in northern India (State of Sikkim). Overnight hotel at Rinchenpong / Camping.

Day 09: Rhinchenpong (1,700 meters) to kalampong (1,250 meters) 78.km 4 to 5 hours Via Jourthang overnight at hotel.

This day having breakfast enjoying with impressive views of the snow-capped mountain then drive toward to Kalampong and easy ride till from Jourthand town enjoying lunch at Jourthang the ride towards to Kalampong at an elevation of 1,250 meters 78.km is about 4 to 5 hours via Jourthang south Sikkim overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Leave Kalimpong for NJP/Bagdogra airport 95. Km 4 hours.

As planned.

After having breakfast, we depart to NJP or Bagdogra Airport depending upon the guest mode of transportation to their respective homes. It is advisable to start early since it is a short drive. We suggest packing the luggage in advance before starting on your journey. The distance from NJP/ Bagdogra airport is 75 kilometres which ideally should not take more than 2 to 3 hours. Lunch can enjoy at the N J P/Bagdogra Airport.

How to Reach 

If you are Bird watching with Black yak expeditions

Arrive at (NJP) Railway Station, Siliguri or Bagdogra airport  on your own

Black Yak Expeditions will arrange pick-up vehicles from NJP railway station and Bagdogra airport to Gangtok hottest tourist destination of east Sikkim the base camp of your many points of like Tsomgo Lake, Nathula Pass, Lachen Lachung and excursions around Gangtok.

We provide luxury vehicles like INNOVA, ZXILO or normal vehicles like TATA SUMO GOULD, BOLERO, etc. And mini cab suitable for 2 or three families with light travel bags like Wagoner, Alto etc. We cannot arrange shared jeeps because it is not reliable. Above all, there are no direct shared jeeps to certain parts of Sikkim from pick up points. You have to break down your points while taking shared jeeps. For example, if you are travelling to Gangtok for Birding, trek and tour there are no direct shared jeeps from New Jalpaiguri Railway station NJP or Bagdogra Airport. First, you have to reach Siliguri junction from there you have to take a vehicle to Gangtok another challenging part that is all the regular shared jeeps that come to Siliguri from Gangtok Leave within 2:00 pm. So you have to be there within 1:00 or 2:00 an. Even after that, there is no 100% guaranteed that you will get the shared jeeps because it is pre-booked by locals by call and you should also keep one thing in mind that in tourist season most of the vehicles are pre-booked. So thinking about shared jeeps is not good in the first place.

Transport is arranged in a Tata Sumo (or similar vehicle). Each cab costs Rs. 5000/-

If you request pre-booking for pick up and drop along with trek or tour package then this statement does not apply to you since Black Yak Expedition will pay for the charges but in case if you have not asked for pick up and drop facilities than you should know that the transportation cost is additional, to be shared among the trekkers and paid directly to the drivers.On the day of pickup at least do your best to be present at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) or Bagdogra Airport within 9:00 Am or 10:00 Am. Incuse if we start late from this two points then we will reach certain birding base camps like Gangtok Yuksom very Late at night and that can cause great inconvenience to you as we have to begin the trek early next morning. 

It takes around 4 hours from New Jalpaiguri Railway station NJP or Bagdogra airport to Gangtok Expected arrival time is 4 hours appx. Due to the heavy traffic jams,sometimes it  may aso delay our travel on the route.

Getting Back:

Depart from Gangtok early morning.

Black yak expeditions we will arrange a reserved vehicle to drop trekkers to NJP railway station or Bagdogra airport.

The transportation cost from Gangtok to NJP/Bagdogra is additional, to be shared among trekkers and paid directly to the driver.

The approximate cost for a reserved vehicle is Rs. 5,000/-

Expected arrival time at NJP/Bagdogra is 4 hours pm. It is wise for you to book your train/flight tickets late in the evening to give you enough buffer time. Or Plan extra days in your itinerary to avoid busy schedule.

 

Please email us for the Best Costing and Availability. The Costing depends on Number of person and the minimum required number of person for the trek is 2 pax and maximum is 30 pax. The more the number of trekkers the better the Price. The given costing will be based on per head per day basis which will includes all the necessary facilities required during the trek from the point of start to the end. Please email us for the Brief Description of the Costing and the Facilities and services provided with it.

We have special costing for the bigger group, Student Group, Religious Group and Senior Citizens. The costing is based on the Requirements and demand of the group. Do email us [email protected] to know the special prices and services provided.

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