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