You will be met by our representative at the airport/railway station and begin drive to Siliguri Hotel.
The afternoon is free for you to get accustomed to your bike.
Breakfast at hotel and start our first day of riding with a transfer out of the busy city of Siliguri.
We follow the busy main highway out in the countryside to a point where a smaller back road leads off to towards Bangladesh.This is the real starting point of the tour! After setting up we head off south through a landscape of jute fields and rice paddies still farmed by ox-drawn carts. At one point in the ride you'll see a fence off to the right - this is the Bangladeshi border, the first neighbour of India that we will sight on the tour. We plan to ride 69km flat kilometres today.
Before reaching Cooch Bihar we will board our support vehicles to drive into the crazy traffic of this busy little city. Cooch Bihar was once the seat of colonial power in the region and the stunning palace here in a reminder of the city's former glory.
After breakfast start bike ride. Today we enter tea territory which will be your constant companion through the journey. Chalsa is another small town that sees few visitors but our hotel in the jungle is an ideal place to unwind the night.
Today is your chance to ride high up in the clean mountain area - quite a contrast from the humid
lowlands of the last few days. Starting at an elevation of 200m we will finish the day at 2000m - the
highest overnight stop of the tour. The plan for the day is to allow everyone to ride as far
as they like and then transfer up to Lava once they've had enough riding. This means that the
stronger riders can have a crack at completing the ride and those that want to relax can travel straight up to the hotel in Lava. Lava is a small mountain town, again with few visitors but with crisp clean mountain air.
After the hard work of yesterday, today is a relatively easy day that tends downhill to Kalimpong. But this is a mountaineous region and we start the day with a small climb out of town. There are plenty of stops along this route so we will take our time to enjoy the views, temples and villages.
Today's ride is one of extremes. Starting in Kalimpong we will descend 800m down into the valley of the Teesta River. The Teesta marks the border into Sikkim,and while only a state of India we must go through an immigration post and have our passports stamped - one for those who like to collect unusual stamps in their passports. The road then follows the Rongpo River before climbing up a huge incline. For this section we will jump into the support vehicles and drive up to the town of Sombarey. The afternoon ride starts here - a 36km ride on a little used poorly surfaced road. The road goes something like this...10km up, 6km down, 10km up,10km down! It is spectacular and despite being hard work, you'll never forget riding here. Being the largest town on this road Kaluk is not that big but it does have a comfortable hotel and a great view of the Himalaya.
Morning breakfast at hotel and then 68km to Yuksam is a touch easier but as always around here there are some big descents and climbs with most of the ride way up in the imposing mountains. Yuksom is the end of the road and the start of high altitude treks.
Day at your leisure to unwind among the mountains
The ride to Namchi is relatively easy as compared to some of the other days but the distance of the ride will make up for that. Set in a picturesque location, Namchi offers an unmatched view of the Khangchendzonga range and the Rangit valley.
Today’s ride is a cracker and fittingly full of sizeable ups and downs. Departing from Namchi a small incline brings us to the top of a 20km downhill that is the last downhill of the ride so enjoy it! From here we ride a beautiful road along the Rongpo River that dips and weaves along the banks of the river. Crossing out of Sikkim and back into Darjeeling (another stamp for the passport) comes the biggest, steepest and a very challanging climb of them all. The 18km from the Rongpo River to Darjeeling climbs nearly 1800m with some sections of the road climbing at inclines over 20% gradient! We will ride until we can ride no more and then climb into the support vehicles and sit back to relax while the jeeps struggle their way up to Darjeeling.
Day at Darjeeling to enjoy the town
A perfect ride to end the tour. Let yourself loose as you roll down to Siliguri via some beautiful tea estates and majestic mountains. Today we celebrate the end of an amazing journey
Check out from the hotel after breakfast and drive to Bagdogra airport or New Jalpaiguri Railway
Station in time for the onward connection.