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Mt. Everest Bike Rally
Oct. 16 - 23, 2014

From Darjeeling for 8 days trip.

Mirik Lake Resort is basecamp for the MT. EVEREST BIKE RALLY. Considered to be a cycling Mecca, this area offers some of the best mountain biking in the world. Riding your own bike on rural backroads dotted with monasteries, tea estates, and shopping markets is an unforgettable cultural experience. The real fun begins on single track through Sandakphu National Park when spectacular views of Everest, Kanchenjunga, and major peaks unfold around every turn. Lush jungle trails are soon replaced by long downhills on rural roads with fantastic views. 

 
In 1993, six mountain bike riders joined the Stage Race trip to survey the potential for cycling in Sandakphu National Park and Darjeeling area.

John Weissenrieder and Julia Ingersoll were professional riders with a wide range of experience. If we consider their fitness and skill as a 10 on a 1-10 grading level, we also had riders at the 2, 5, 7, and 9 levels. Since the route of this trip is absolute without recognizing male and female riders, there is just one scale. One non-professional rider actually rode the entire route of the trip so he would represent a 10 on the scale. John didn't ride the entire route but he could have, so he would be at least a 10. 

If Julia was the best female rider we can expect to join this trip, she would have been a 8 on this scale. For example, it took 7 hours (a 10 on the scale) for the first rider to reach Sandakphu from Maneybhanjyang. This section has steep uphills and rough cobblestones mixed with downhill trail. John and Julia took about 9-10 hours and John stayed with Julia. 

On the technical downhill section of the course, it took the first rider about 4 hours (a 10 on the scale) to reach Rimbik from Sandakphu via Molle Turn. It took John and Julia 2-3 hours longer to complete this section so we can assume the best female rider would compare at a 7 or 8 on the scale. These two sections of the Everest Bike Rally course are the most demanding in terms of skill and fitness of the entire trip. It is important to remember nobody was racing so the scale described is simply a way to generally compare male and female riders of a very high skill and fitness level with yourself. 

Mountain Bikes
: Bring your own bike, tools, spares, and be prepared to assemble and disassemble as necessary for transport by air, bus, jeep, and porter. Allow about $50. per flight for excess baggage cost of your bike on domestic air in India; excess baggage on international flights will vary. Indian tour operator is not responsible for damage to your mountain bike. 


Itinerary Summary

          Thursday October 16, 2014

MIRIK Trip starts on arrival Bagdogra Airport which serves Darjeeling area. All meals included until trip ends at Bagdogra. Mirik Lake Resort, located near Darjeeling.

 

Friday October 17, 2014

MIRIK Day trip to Darjeeling. Visit Himalayan museum, and markets. Ride famous Toy Train. Mirik Lake Resort. 

 
Saturday October 18, 2014

SANDAKPHU (11815 ft) 100 Mile Stage Race starts at Maneybhanjang. (6600 ft). Stages: 24, 20, 26, 13, 17 miles. Aid station and jeep support for 24 miles. Non runners walk 10 mi. Bungalows.

 
Sunday October 19, 2014

SANDAKPHU (11815 ft) Views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, & Kanchenjunga all day. Trails out to Molle & back. Total 20 miles. Non runners optionally walk 5 mi. Bungalows.

 
Monday October 20, 2014

RIMBIK (6350 ft) Everest Challenge Marathon Views of peaks and jungle. Route: Sandakphu- Phulet-Molle-Rmbik. 26.4 miles. Non runners walk 10 mile. Sherpa Lodge 

 
Tuesday October 21, 2014

PALMAJUA (6560 ft) Follow rural road 13 miles. Bus back to Rimbik. Non runners visit monastery & villages. Sherpa & Tenzing Lodge.

 
Wednesday October 22, 2014

MIRIK (5500 ft) Rural scenic road 17 miles to finish at Maneybhanjang. Bus to Mirik Resort. Awards dinner. Non runners walk 5-10 miles. 

 
Thursday October 23, 2014

TRIP ENDS Drive to Bagdogra Airport. Connection to Delhi. 

Detailed Itinerary


Stage Race (8 days trip) or Marathon (4 days trip)
Includes shared accommodations at Mirik Lake Resort, mountain huts at Sandakphu, lodges at Rimbik, all meals, transportation, aid stations, guides, porters, full Race support, and Bagdogra Airport transfers. 

Early Arrival at Mirik Lake Resort. .......... per pax per night on twin sharing basis and......... per pax per night on single room accommodation. Include meals, lodging, guided sightseeing. Early arrival allows extra time to acclimatize, recover from jet lag, visit tea estates, monasteries, and shopping markets. 

PRE & POST CULTURAL SIGHTSEEING EXTENSIONS

 

1.  GOLDEN TRIANGLE (DELHI/AGRA/JAIPUR)

2.  WILDLIFE / BUDDHIST SECTOR etc..

 

Itinerary and cost details contact:

Race Director 


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