Singalila Ridge All-Mountain Himalayan Epic Tour
Using the charming former British hill station of Darjeeling as our base we explore some of the most stunning mountain bike trails on the planet. We take on outrageous climbs and massive 20Km plus singletrack descents with Yaks and the world’s third highest mountain Kangchenjunga as our constant companions.
The trails zig-zag across the India and Nepal borders on sublime remote trails with knock out views of the highest mountains on earth including Everest. It’s adventure MTB all the way as we pass ancient monasteries, ride trails just opened up to mountain bikers and stay in some of the most remote villages in the world.
“Majestic scenery, panoramas of the world’s tallest mountains, remote villages, smiling hospitality..some of the wildest and most exciting riding on earth”
Mountain Bike Magazine: S.Africa Bucket List
Amazing trails including our favourite days riding of all time.
Outrageous panaromic view off the whole Himalaya
Momo, Thukpa, Gundruk, Thongpa and Yak’s Cheese.
Himalayan hospitality ride, smile, sing and repeat
Group Size: 4-8
Flights: In/Out Kolkotta
13 Day/12 Night
Singalila Ridge All-Mountain Himalayan Epic
Riding out from charming Darjeeling our Singalila Ridge MTB tour features everything you would expect from world class mountain biking, loads of grin factor fast flowing singletrack, massive climbs and even bigger descents, technical sections, drop offs, rock gardens and tea so good you will never want to leave. All set amongst breathtaking Himalayan scenery riding in the shadows of the highest mountains on earth.
DAY 1 Arrive Kolkotta. Transfer to day hotel. Meet up with group afternoon flight to Bagdogra and short transfer to Kurseong for overnight stay.
DAY 2 Kurseong Singletrack. Bike Set Up. Afternoon singletrack ride. Overnight stay in the delightful hill station of Kurseong, sample some of the world’s best teas. Overnight Kurseong. 20Km/3 Hour
DAY 3 Kurseong to Darjeeling. Forested national park trail makes for a great acclimatization ride to Darjeeling. Overnight stay Darjeeling. 50Km/5 Hour
DAY 4 Darjeeling to Tumling. Today things start to get tough. We cycle from Darjeeling through thick forests along quiet country roads to Manehbanjang where the climbing starts in earnest with a challenging 1000-meter plus ascent on jeep tracks and rocky bridleways to Tonglu. From Tonglu the trail descends along an outlandish 2 km stretch of singletrack to the picturesque village of Tumling in Nepal with astounding views over the Illam region of Nepal. Overnight stay Tumling. 35Km/6 Hour
DAY 5 Tumling to Sandakhpu. We tumble down from Tumling on the Nepali side of the ridge on the famed Norbuu Trail to Garibas. From Garibas it is climbing al the way as we ascend another 1000 meters to Sandakphu and our highest overnight stay at 3650 meters, here, as elsewhere on the trails the views of the full Kangchenjunga range and Everest are outstanding. 22Km/4 Hour
DAY 6 Sandakphu to Gorkhey. A Mountain Bike Kerala favourite ride. The trails follow the ridge as we ride above the tree line in the shadow of the mighty Himalaya. Yaks are a common sight here as the path weaves and undulates its way along the Singalila ridge with hair-raising descents followed by lung busting climbs. From the remote border outpost of Phalut the singletrack descent down to the Tolkien-esque village of Gorkhey has to be ridden to be believed. Overnight stay Gorkhey. 30Km/6 Hour
DAY 7 Gorkhey to Ramman. A chance to relax and wander around the extraordinary village of Gorkhey and trek across the border for a look at Sikkim. Afternoon two-hour singletrack ride through the Samandan forest before reappearing in civilization in the small village of Ramman for overnight stay. 10Km/2 Hour
DAY 8 Ramman to Sandakphu. From here it’s time to trek alongside the porters (or take on one of the most challenging climbs in the Himalaya) as they carry the bikes on the 1200 meter high gain climb through ancient forests to the tiny settlement of Molley. From Molley we hit the trails again as we climb steadily back up to the Singalila ridge as we reverse the trail back up to Sandakphu with another chance to soak in those Himalayan views. Overnight stay in Sandakphu. 32Km 6 Hour
DAY 9 Sandakphu to Rimbick. If you were wondering what yesterdays climb was all about today all is revealed. From Sandakphu it’s downhill all the way as the trail descends 1500 meters to the oxygen rich town of Rimbick along what could be the worlds finest 20 km of singletrack. Transfer to Darjeeling.30Km 4 Hour
DAY 10 Darjeeling. A well deserved rest day and free time to explore Darjeeling’s charms.
DAY 11 Darjeeling to Bunkalung. We ride the forested national park trail along the Darjeeling ridge back down to Kurseong before descending along outstanding Tea Estate singletrack down to the river Balason and the scenic village of Bunkalung. Short transfer to New Jalpaiguri and return overnight train to Calcutta. 40Km/4 Hour
DAY 12 Arrive Calcutta. Walking tour. Take in Kolkotta’s. wealth of historical impressive sights, sounds, food and street life. Overnight Kolkotta.
DAY 13 Transfer to airport for return flight home.
2019/20 Singalila Ridge (Kolkotta) 12 Night
2019 October 20th £1145/£1295* Available
2020 October 25th £1195/£1345* Available
SINGALILA RIDGE TOUR INFO
A warm mountain biker’s welcome to you all. We look forward to riding with you on one of our upcoming tours. Our Singalila Ridge Tour trails feature everything you would expect from world-class mountain biking, loads of grin factor fast flowing singletrack, massive climbs and even bigger descents, technical sections, drop offs and rock gardens all set amongst breathtaking Himalayan scenery.
Who should come?
Our MTB tours are designed by mountain bikers for mountain bikers so it is genuine trail riding. The riding will be tough with some carrying. Distances are rarely over 50 km a day but as we get to altitude; above 2500 meters; things get tougher and fitness plays an even greater part. The trails are technical in parts so experienced mountain bikers familiar with red and black trails will have loads to get their teeth into. However, if you have a more intermediate mountain biking experience, like a challenge and want to work on your skills we can build up your riding ability as the tour progresses
Our Singalila Ridge tours use Kolkotta/Calcutta airport for pick up and transfers. Emirates are usually the best with 30kg weight baggage allowance.
Packaged drinking water*
*If your flight arrives/departs on any other day except stated arrival/departure dates we can arrange for a cost-price pick up or drop.
Personal travel insurance
Snacks, soft drinks etc
You can apply for an E-Visa with a 60 day stay-limit
If you are visiting India for a longer duration then a 6 month tourist visa could be worth considering but they are more expensive.
Get in touch with your GP well in advance of your departure for latest information on vaccinations and any other medical considerations.
For riding above 3000m there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected..
For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries
You might want to consider bringing your own personalised 1st aid/medical kit to supplement our medical and 1st aid supplies.
Get insured. It is a condition of our trips that you are adequately insured. Policies must cover cycling. If your usual insurance doesn’t cover cycling then consider specialist coverage. We need a copy of your insurance ready for us on arrival or you can send us on a copy via e-mail prior to the trip.
All nights in the major towns like Kurseong, Darjeeling etc are in outstanding mid-range hotels and guesthouses. For nights spent on the Singalila Ridge, excellent teahouse accommodation is available with rooms simple yet clean and cosy having attached western toilet and hot water available in a bucket system. However, on some occasions, guests may be required to share a common toilet or washroom. All rooms are available on a single or double basis.
There is a wide and excellent choice of western and Indian dishes available in all the larger towns. Meals in the trekking huts/tea houses are excellent using whatever local produce is available that day so expect tasty and nutritious Nepalese delights like Momo, Thukpa and vegetable curries, rice, chapatti with occasional meat dishes.
We will have vehicle support on the majority of the tour for those who have had enough of the climbs can recover in the vehicles. The backup vehicles will carry all sleeping bags, evening clothes, rucksacks etc so you only need to carry your daypack. We will have porters and donkey caravans to transport your equipment in the more remote areas.
Days should be clear and sunny, near 20-25C; night times will be cool to cold with temperatures dropping to 3C and below. So bring those extra warm clothes.
Your bags need to be of the soft pack variety i.e. rucksack or sports bag to allow them to be easily carried by porters, donkeys etc. No hard cases, please. Your bike bags/boxes will not be travelling with us on the 5 days spent on the Singalila Ridge.
Bringing Your Own Bike/Bike Kit
As ever make sure your bikes are in tip-top condition before bringing them out. If you are unsure a part will survive the trip then replace or get it serviced by a bike shop. Performance bike parts are hard to obtain in India but we do have small stocks of spare parts.
Let us know in advance what bike you are bringing out and if there is anything specific to your bike that we might not have spares for.
Bringing your own bike then bring
Spare Mech Hanger
2 spare sets of brake pads
Hydration pack with space to store extra cycling layers.
A waterproof in case of showers.
If you have any doubt on what you need to bring out with you as spares then just let us know.
We have a range of great bikes available from Nukeproof so contact us now for details with bike hire from £250 for the full tour.
Please bring your own pedals and compatible shoes if you renting one of our bikes and are riding SPD. All bikes are supplied with saddles which might be a bit on the sporty side so it could be worth bringing your own if you have a comfortable saddle that your are used to. Please also bring your own ride kit/helmet/gloves etc.
We would recommend bringing both long sleeve and short sleeve tops, temps can vary day by day, We would also recommend shoes that you can also walk in so non-exposed cleats and non- aggressive tread patterns works best; so comfortable for photo stops, the odd walk out to view points and tackling the more tech sections if you don’t fancy riding them.
Kit to bring
Warm evening clothes, duvet jacket or heavy duty fleece.
Hydration packs should be of a large size to provide storage space for unneeded and extra clothing as temperatures can vary through the day.
Full finger riding gloves 2 pairs
Universal electric plug
Sleeping bag or sleeping bag inner
Good quality waterproof jacket
Mix of long sleeve and short sleeve riding tops in case of sunburn
Universal electric plug
High factor sun-cream
ATM’s are available in all our destinations. Visa is the most widely accepted. Food items, snacks, gift items are all well priced so expect to pay £5 for an evening meal or just over £2 for an alcoholic drink.
Airport exchange rates are usually very poor so if you are exchanging money here then just change small amounts. There are money changing facilities near to our arrival hotel in Kolkotta.
Our Mountain Bike Kerala do not expect tips but our riding guides, drivers and local staff would greatly appreciate them if the service is excellent. For a rough guide then consider from £50 to cover riding guides and back up team and £2 per day for hotels/trekking hut staff etc if the service and food has been great.
All days except for the 4 nights spent in trekking huts have phone and internet connectivity.
India’s Timezone: (GMT +05:30)
India’s Electricity: 230/240 volts AC, 50 Hz. 2 pin type.
There are recharging facilities at all the hotels and usually for short periods on nights spent in trekking huts. The electricity supply is not 100% reliable but it is usually only off for short periods of time. If you have camera/Gopro etc then consider bringing extra batteries or a power bank for charging.
We have a great range of MTB clothing available including long sleeve and short sleeve tops, t-shirts, buffs, shorts and socks all in our great looking shop. All our riding gear is designed and made by our in-house Greenfrogindia team and is available both on tour and from our online shop so you can buy anytime before or after the trip. Look out for these and our great range of cycle-recycle products including sleek looking wallets, passport holders, pouches and phone protectors made from reclaimed innertubes.