MOUNTAIN BIKING AND VILLAGE EXPLORATION TRAILS

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Amidst the grandeur of the mountain peaks, lush valleys, fast flowing rivers terraced hills, virgin forests and exotic flora, Darjeeling & Sikkim hills offer a rare and singular experience. the fascinating ethnic mix of the warm ,simple and friendly people, the cultural heritage, the religious diversity is an opportunity to explore life-styles of the Himalayas.

Our Mountain Biking journey passes through spectacular scenery, visits tribal hamlets, monasteries perched on the hill tops, virgin forests and the serene countryside. The “Raj” cities of Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kerseong as also lush green West Sikkim; Kewzing, Rabangla , Turuk & in the foothills of Doors staying in well selected homestay, Farm House, boutique hotels & Tea estates provides all the comforts and variety of experience.Throughout the tour, our support vehicle manned by our staff, is always there to look after the needs of our biker guests. 

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Tour S/05: 06 days Mountain biking Tour Doars- Lava- Samthar- Kalimpong
 
      
This biking circuit is located in the Doars foot hills and the Kalimpong Mountain region. The terrain comprises Rolling foothills covered with tea gardens, reserved forests, river Valleys, ethnic hamlets, small towns, with exotic bazaars, Buddhist Gompas and monasteries, and mountain terrain covered with forests and terraced cultivation. Away from crowds, it is composed of roads and trails, around picture post card countryside, framed by the panorama of snowcaps dominated by the mighty Khangchendzonga.
This is ideal countryside for mountain biking, and one of the few circuits in the Doars- Sikkim-Darjeeling Hills, which has nature trails with negligible traffic. We have selected undulating black topped roads, steep ascents through a series of hair pin bends, forest trails with rough stony surface, to give you a true Himalayan mountain biking experience. Short treks have been included to enable you to explore the hidden countryside.
For your overnights, we have selected a range of lodgings comprising home stays, heritage tea bungalows, village inn, and the atmospheric Samthar Farm House. Throughout the tour there is a chance to interact with the friendly population, and memorable photo opportunities. Whether it is on the trail, or at halts, we provide hospitality in the Indian traditions, with a variety of meals and refreshments.
 
Day 01: Arrive Bagdogra and transfer to Samsing, 600 m by car.
 
Arrival Bagdogra Airport. Recieved by Guide, with transport
Drive 74 Kms, in 3 hrs, along a National Highway, passing Mahananda Wild life sanctuary and the Doars tea growing region to the village of Samsing; which is tucked away in a picture post card valley. Overnight at a comfortable homestay.
 
Day 02: Cycling 24 Kms from Samsing, 600 m to Gorubathan, 417 m.
 
Early Morning : There is time to set up your bikes, and prepare for the cycling. The energetic can take an hour’s walk with your guide into the countryside. Enjoy the scenic beauty of forests, rivers and ethnic hamlets. Return to the house for breakfast.
Late morning start. Ride through reserved forests, with a sprinkling of forest villages in the Valley of the Neora River. The first 11 Kms is a undulating descent. upto the Neora river bridge, 400 m.. Thereafter take a 12 Kms ride on a forest trail through the heart of the forest, to reach the Gorubathan Highway. Here you will divert 3 kms for overnight at a Tea Estate Bungalow of the colonial era. Breathtaking views of tea bush covered slopes, the distant mountains and the plains of the Dooars. Time permitting tea factory tour and nature walk in the late afternoon. Overnight at Colonial Tea Bungalow
 
Day 03: Cycling 34 Kms from Gurubathan, 417 m to Lava, 2138 m. 34 Kms
 
  
A challenging day with an ascent of 1721 m, over a distance of 34 Kms. The ride is along a well maintained tarmac road with good surface. It is a scenic ride ascending, through a series of hairpin bends with easy gradient to Lava with breathtaking look back views of the plains. The road has light traffic. Vegetation is Wet Alpine with bio diverse forests, and tea plantations on the lower slopes.
Lava, is a small bazaar and village, at an altitude of 2100 m amidst forested hills famous for its Buddhist Monastery. Check in at a small family run hotel. In the evening visit the monastery at prayer time and explore the local bazaar. Overnight at your hotel.
 
Day 04: Cycling 49 Kms from Lava, 2138 m to Samthar, 1400 m.
 
 
Another challenging day, as you cycle for 49 Kms descending from 2138 m to 1280 m- with one sharp ascent enroute.
The road is single lane degraded black top, and portions are rough stone surface, with occasional pot holes. Throughout the ride is through deep forests. The population is sparse with few small villages. The ride terminates in the Samthar Valley; which has a greater density of population with open spaces and terraced cultivation. The traffic is light to negligible. At Samthar check in at the Samthar Farm House – an old Lepcha house built of stone and timber, converted for comfortable living, whilst maintaining its ambience. set up to provide hospitality skills and earning to the local community and to support the Awake & Shine primary school.
Scenic, tranquil and remote, the Samthar Valley, is located at an average elevation of 1400 Meters. The inhabitants are a blend of various ethnic groups-Lepchas, Bhutias and Nepali. It is an ideal place to peep into lifestyles of this fascinating hill community. It also has diverse flora, well-developed mountain agriculture, forests, river valleys, and offers one of the finest views of Mount Khangchendzonga and the panorama of snows .Overnight at the Samthar Farm House.
 
Day 05: Samthar Farm House: Trekking and cycling trip
 
 
Morning: Take a 4 hrs Nature and culture trek in the Samthar valley, and visit Awake & Shine School.
Afternoon: 16 Kms ,cycling trip in 03 hrs to Ponbu and back. The cycling is along a newly constructed paved road. It follows a ridge line with gradual ascents and descents. Change of elevation is never more than 100 m. Ponbu has panoramic views of the Teesta and Lish river valley, and brilliant sunset views on the snows.
Overnight, at the Samthar Farm house.
 
Day 06: Samthar Farm House – Kalimpong
 
 
Cycling 24 Kms to the Rilli river bridge The road is along a single lane black top except for the first 10 Kms which is degraded black top and stony surface. The scenery and views are spectacular, with forest and river valleys and broadside view of Kalimpong town and snow ranges ( in clear weather) . The area is sparsely populated and traffic on road is light to negligible. At the Rilli River transfer to car to drive to Kalimpong 10 Kms in 45 minutes.
In the evening walking exploration of fascinating bazaar, and short sightseeing tour. Overnight at hotel/homestay
 
Day 07: Depart for next destination
 
Depart for next destination Services included Accomodation and all meals Back up Jeep / pick up truck English speaking guide Activities as per itinerary.
 
Notes
1. No fixed departure tours are provided. We run only private trips.
2. Private biking group must bring own bikes with padded transportation bags, and be able to do their own maintenance.
3. Spare parts and bike shops are not available except at Siliguri.

Tour NE/24: 16 days Nagaland Mountain Biking Tribal Tour​

Version 1 : NE/24 : 16 days Mountain Biking Tour with short treks ( Excludes Mon)

Version 2: NE/24 A: 20 days Nagaland Mountain Biking Tour with Short Treks ( Includes Mon)

This tour is designed as a mountain biking exploration of tribal habitat of Zailangrong, Kuki, Angami, Sangtam, Yimchunger, Khiamniungans, Sumi, Chang, phom and Konyak tribes.
Nagaland offers one of the best mountain biking routes in North East India. Moderate elevation, not very steep, comparatively less traffic, good mountain scenery, hospitable people and ancient tribal culture.
The tour starts from Dimapur and takes us to Peren to start our south West to North East cycling traverse through Nagaland to Mon. Finally we end up amongst the tea gardens of Dibrugarh in Assam. Some short treks and driving sections are included. The tour is fully supported with back up vehicle.

Itinerary
Day 1. Arrive Dimapur
Arrive Dimapur Airport from Kolkata, or travel by road from Kaziranga, Assam. Upon arrival met by your Naga Guide, and take a 14 Kms car trip to Diezephe visiting the Craft village. Explore the village, meet the local craftsmen at work. Back to your hotel, to set up your mountasin bikes for the tour. Overnight Hotel.

Day 2. Drive cum bike Dimapur, 260 m to Peren, 1445 m. (60 Kms)

Drive cum bike to Peren, located close to the trijunction of Assam, Manipur and Nagaland. We will be ascending from 260 m to 1445 m, along a 84 kms mountain road. Biking distance is 60 Kms. Peren is the headquarters of the Zeliangrong and Kuki tribes. Upon arrival we shall be greeted and entertained to a cultural program. Overnight at Home stay / tents.

Day 3. Bike Peren to Benreu, 1950 m. (27 km)

Bike to Benreu village, Enroute stop at Pelekie village to see the traditional way of making salt. Resume biking to Benreu.
Upon arrival explore the village. See morung, (boys dormitory), visit some houses which are decorated with hunting trophies. Witness some indigenous games. Overnight Community Cottages.

Day 4. Trek Benreu – Mt. Pauna, 2460m. – Benreu

Day trek to Mt. Pauna, 2460 m. Likely to see wildlife, birds, herbal plants, and more, as Mt. Pauna is regarded as a nature museum. Enjoy the bounty of nature, picnic lunch. Trek back to Benreu village. Evening: Join a bonfire in one of the morung with locals where you will be served local brew.
Overnight at Community Cottages.

Day 5. Bike Benreu – Dzuleke – Khonoma (40 km.)
Bike to Khonoma. Stop at Dzuleke village, in a forest setting. Enjoy a traditional lunch. with a local family. As we bike we can see Mithun- the state animal leisurely grazing. Closer to Khonoma a chance to see the panorama of rice paddy fields cut in terraces leading to deep valleys. Overnight. Khonoma Home Stay.

Day 6. Trek Khonoma – Dzukou

Trek 08 kms to Dzukou valley via Siekhakie. Dzukue is located at an altitude of 2438 m Its Emerald green rolling hills are a visual delight.
The valley is fully covered with tough bamboo brush which from afar looks like a mown lawn. Serpentine streams flow through the valley.
In spring time, endemic species of rhododendrons bloom. Summer and monsoons are the time when hundreds of wild flowers bloom. Overnight at Dzukou in camp.

Day 7. Dzukou- Khonoma (8 km)

The return trek to Khonoma is through Huparathi and Dihujhu, we can expect to see or hear the Byths Tragopan the State bird.
In the evening we shall be entertained by some indigenous games kene, and be served local brew. Overnight. Khonoma. Home Stay.
Sibsagar Add-on : Extra one day on request.

Day 8. Explore Khonoma and bike to Kohima (20 km)

Morning we shall explore the village. On our village tour we shall come across ceremonial gates, age group houses, forts, cairn circle, meet local craftsmen- cane basket making, weaving etc.
Thereafter, we shall bike to Kohima (20km) we shall visit the State Museum, local market, war cemetery and more. Overnight. Kohima. Hotel.

Day 9. Kohima: Biking trip to Southern Angami tribal villages

We shall bike for more than 60km around Southern Angami villages like Viswema, Jakhma, Kigwema and Kisama. Peep into life style of the Angami Nagas. Overnight. Kohima. Hotel.

Day 10. Bike Kohima- Tuophema (62 km).
Bike to Tuophema village, enroute we stop at Nachama village to explore the village, and meet a family. Continue biking to Tuophema. We shall tour the village and in the evening the locals will perform cultural items .Overnight. Tuophema Community Cottage.

Day 11. Bike Tuophema – Wokha – Riphim village (55km)

We shall bike towards Wokha the headquarter of the Lotha Naga.
On the way we shall stop at Tseminyu village (Rengma Nagas), and Tsunglikha village Next explore Longsa Village (Lotha Naga) Continue biking to Riphim village. In the evening participate in a cultural program. Overnight Riphim Tourist Hut.

Day 12. Riphim: Day biking cum walking trip to surrounding villages

 

Bike and walk to Riphim village, Chungsu village, and Doyang hydro project. In the evening enloy a bonfire with the villagers. Overnight. Riphim. Tourist Hut.
Day 13. Bike Riphim – Longkhum (65km)
Bike to Longkhum village, which was known as the vanguard of the Ao Nagas during the head hunting days. Overnight. Longkhum. Home Stay.

Day 14. Bike Longkhum – Ungma – Mokukchung – Moponchuket (37km)

Bike to Ungma village, witness craft making, Meet old tattooed women, interact with them, have tea in their house. Continue biking to Mokokchung, the headquarters of the Ao Nagas, Visit the local market, and a privatly owned museum. At Moponchuket village, explore the village visit the village library and village mini museum, see the wooden pillars which tells a general life cycle of the Ao people.
Evening there will be local youths performing cultural presentation. Overnight. Moponchuket. Community Cottage.

Day 15. Bike Moponchuket – Chuchuyimlang (35 Kms)

Morning 3 kms nature walk to Chami village. Latter bike to Chuchuyimlang village Explore the village Evening a cultural presentation. Overnight. Chuchuyimlang. Tourist Hut/Home Stay.

Day 16. Drive Chuchuyimlang – Dibrugarh

Early morning drive to Dibrugarh to connect flight.
TOUR ENDS.
Extension to Mon
The tour can be extended from Mopungchuket to Mon from Day 15 to Day 20
See itinerary below

Day 15 : Drive Mopungchuket – Tuensang
Drive 107 Kms to reach Tuensang (1371 mt). home of the Chang Nagas. Enroute visit Longkhim Village (Sangtam Tribe) and some tribal houses.

Day 16 : Drive cum bike Tuensang – Mon

Drive Tuensang to Mon.(8-9 hrs due to rough road conditions). Enroute biking on forest road. At Mon Overnight at Govt guest house.
Mon -,The land of the Konyaks; well known for being former head hunters, it retains some of its traditional heritage.
It offers a good opportunity for finding semi-traditional villages and tattooed warriors in loincloths. The main attraction in Mon is the remote geographical location, and the chance it affords to get a glimpse tribal life style.

Day 17 : Mon: exploration of Konayak tribal villages

Biking trip to visit Konayak tribal villages of Mon, Chui, and Shangyu. Peep into lifestyles , see artisans and handicrafts and meet people. Overnight at Govt Guest house.

Day 18: Mon: Driving Trip to Shangnyu and Longwa

Drive to Longwa Village ( Konyak tribe) located astride the Indo- Myanmar border. It is a difficult drive on a bad road and involves fording a river enroute
at Longwa visit Angh’s house, explore the village and meet the locals.
The Angh’s house is bisected longitudinally by the border. Those sitting near the hearth will have half their body in Myanmar and the other half still in India. The Angh also has dozens of wives! And it is filled with trophies of various animal skulls. Return to Mon for Overnight at Government Guest house.

Day 19 : Mon – Dibrugarh

Biking trip to visit Konayak tribal villages of Mon, Chui, and Shangyu. Peep into lifestyles , see artisans and handicrafts and meet people. Overnight at Govt Guest house.

Day 20 : Departure from Dibrugarh

Transfer from hotel to the airport, for your departure. Fly from Mohanbari Airport to Kolkata, Guwahati or New Delhi.

TOUR ENDS.

 

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