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Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking is another adventure that has been recently introduced in Sikkim. Most of the roads in Sikkim are negotiable by mountain bikes. This sport is definitely poised to become popular in Sikkim in the near future. This sport is being promoted in most parts of North Sikkim & West Sikkim.  

The popular routes for Bikers starting from Gangtok are:
Phodong - Rangrang - Dikchu - Makha - Singtam or
Gangtok - Lingdum - Rumtek - Martam - Sang - Makha - Singtam - Singchuthang - Temi Tea Garden - Ravangla - Dentam - Sombarey.

Another popular desired route in East Sikkim is :
Gangtok - Bhusuk - Assam Lingzey - Pakyong - Rorathang - Rhenock - Rongli - Aritar. 

 

Trekking

The captivating landscape, with an incomparable diversity of flora and fauna, Eastern-Himalaya is a refreshing treat to the trekkers. Sikkim and Darjeeling is the ultimate destination for a trekking holiday, offering everything from easy and  short excursions to the long challenges of the snowy peaks, invoking visions of the spectacular Himalayas, the lush meadows, green woodland and fragrant orchards. Technical climbing experience is not necessary as most of the trek routes are between 6000 and 14,000 feet. Camping & trekking equipment is available on hire. The ideal time to go trekking is mid February to late May and between October and mid December.

Trekking Permits:
Foreigners have to obtain permits for trekking on most routes in Sikkim. Permits can be obtained from any of the following places: Delhi, Kolkata, Siliguri. Permit restrictions mean that trekkers can only follow well-beaten trails and within a limited period of time.

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Apart from being acclaimed as one of the best Hill Resorts, Darjeeling is also a veritable paradise for trekkers and adventure seekers. Trekking in Darjeeling is an experience which no lover of nature should miss. It takes one to places from where one can feel the proximity of the stars and is still in its primeval majesty. It brings one face to face with the snow-capped mountains with the sublime grandeur of the Himalayas. The region abounds in rhododendrons, magnolias, primulas, orchids and ferns of numerous varieties. About six hundred species of birds inhabit the emerald green forests on the slopes of the mountains.
There are different Routes for trekking and the right hand column above corresponds to some of the most popular and most rewarding treks in the region. So, make a choice & contact us .

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Sikkim has to offer a number of fascinating trekking routes to enterprising trek enthusiasts. The best time to trek in these parts of the Eastern Himalayas is between mid- February to May and again from October to December. The treks pass by beautiful gompas, simple but colorful hamlets and through so fascinating alpine forests full of a rich variety of flora and fauna. Yuksom is an ideal take-off point for trekking. This point is invariably used as a centre of climbing and trekking expeditions by the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling. The trek to Bakhim is an unforgettable B experience. Dzongri at an altitude of 3,962 meters, offers the visitor an excellent and unobstructed view of the Khangchendzonga Massif. It also provides a trekker with superb views of sunrise and sunset. 

White Water Rafting

White Water Rafting is an Adventure Hill Sport, which is relatively new in the Darjeeling Hills having introduced in 1991. Since then the sport has gained immense popularity all over the region. Graded on the international scale at Grade II, III & IV, the icy cold waters of the rugged Teesta with a series of rapids with varying intensity and character, extend a challenging invitation to one of the finest rafting stretches in the world. The turbulent waters of the Rangeet with its multidimensional rapids provide rafters of all age groups with a variation meant for professionals. The spectacular scenery confronting a rafter while one snakes down the mountain rivers make this experience a must for all lovers of adventure. Himalayan Passages, a travel section of Darjeelingnews.net, organizes this sport for fun and adventure at the river Teesta and Rangeet.Safety is the main concern at Himalayan Passages. We provide you with a team of well trained professionals; who are courteous and have fine reputation for safe river running. On the whole they are the best in the country. We set our safety standard at 100% as no adventure is fun without safety measures. Safety equipments like helmet, life jacket etc. will be provided. Mr. JD is one of the leading river rafting professionals who has led various river expeditions all over India and was the first professional to test the waters of river Teesta. He will guide you and make your rafting experience worth noting down in your diaries.

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Long Section Grade of Rapids Time (in Hrs.)
Bardang to 29th Mile II, III, IV 4 1/2
Rongpo to 29th Mile II, III, III+ 3 1/2
Medium Section
Bardang to Rongpo II, III, IV 2
Rongpo to Malli II, III, III+ 2 1/2
Short Section
Malli to 29th Mile I, II 1

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Grade of Rapids explained:

  • Easy Small Waves
  • Moderate difficulty to clear passage
  • Difficult high irregular waves, requires precise manouvering
  • Very difficult with powerful waves
  • Extremely difficult, experts only
  • Unrunnable

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Formalities:
All foreign clients are to carry their passport which will be required at the ‘Teesta Bridge’ while crossing and also enter details of the same on Bond Form.

Important:
Persons suffering from weak heart conditions, epilepsy, expecting mothers and those with serious ailments are not permitted to go rafting. Consumption of any intoxicant is not permitted. Age limit 14 years on all sections except the float trips, where it is relaxed to 10 years.
Non-swimmers are welcome but may be restricted to certain sections of the river, on the advice of the River Guide/Trip Leader.