Brief Description

The Guwahati - Tawang - Bum La Cycling Expedition begins from Bhalukpong on the Assam - Arunachal border and takes you through a tour of the western regions of Arunachal Pradesh. The first few days consist of gradual altitude gain through lush tropical and alpine forests along the Kameng river, a major tributary of the Brahmaputra. After crossing three passes - Nechiphu, Bomdila and the icy and treacherous Se La at 4200 m, you enter the Tawang region, home to the nomadic Monpa tribes with their unique culture and one of the richest biodiversity hotspots in India, populated with red pandas and snow leopards. From Tawang, we ride towards the Indo - China border on icy dirt roads passing dozens of alpine lakes to Bum La at 4600 m. This route also loosely follows the route taken by the Dalai Lama on his escape to India from Tibet, and is also the site of the 1962 Sino - Indian war. With it's blend of history, culture and a landscape that changes from tropical forests to harsh alpine terrain, this is the perfect way to explore the Western Arunachal region.

Why Bikat?

  • Special for this Expedition
    • Batch Size : Max 12
    • 1 Support Vehicle for every 6 participants
    • Dedicated Camping Vehicle
    • Brilliant condition Scott Aspect 950 / Giant Rincon Disc bikes on rent
    • Twin Sharing Tents/Guest house accommodation during the expedition
    • Twin Sharing Hotel Stay in Guwahati for 1 night
  • Learning Experience: We do not just focus on completing the trek but also help you develop basic trekking knowledge & skills like:
    • Morning Yoga & Evening stretching
    • Assembling & Disassembling an MTB
    • How to pitch and dismantle a camping tent and properly use a sleeping bag
    • How to do basic maintenance of an MTB
    • How to fix a flat MTB tyre
  • Loyalty Programs: Join Bikat community and enjoy benefits of our vouchers and referral programs.
  • Personalized attention: We have small batch size (max. 12) and to enable individual focus and monitoring.
  • Best Expedition Leaders: Our leaders are advanced mountaineering course qualified, specially trained in rescue procedures from NIM and certified first-aid responders. Even our local guides are certified, first-aid responders.
  • Safety norms: We have mapped every region with an emergency evacuation plan and safety protocols. We focus on acclimatization We carry an extensive first-aid kit including oxygen cylinders and high altitude medicines.

Itinerary

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1 Day 1
Arrival at Guwahati
2 Day 2
Guwahati to Bhalukpong (650 ft) - 240 km Drive
3 Day 3
Bhalukpong to Jamiri (4,265 ft) - 56 km
4 Day 4
Jamiri to Bomdila (8,040 ft) - 44 km
5 Day 5
Bomdila to Sangti (5,413 ft) - 47 km
6 Day 6
Dirang to Senge (9,515 ft) - 48 km
7 Day 7
Senge to Jang (7,875 ft) via Se La (13,780 ft) - 66 km
8 Day 8
Jang to Tawang (9,515 ft) - 40 km
9 Day 9
Tawang to Bum La (12,140 ft) - 37 km
10 Day 10
Tawang to Bomdila - 170 km Drive
11 Day 11
Bomdila to Guwahati - 340 km Drive

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

re you an avid biker or even a regular cyclist? If yes, then Guwahati - Tawang - Bum La Cycling Expedition is just the adrenaline boost for you. Guwahati - Tawang - Bum La Cycling expedition is an 11-day challenging expedition, consisting difficult terrains and uphill riding conditions. Factors like high altitude, difficult passes and hairpin bends make it completely different from cycling in plains. If you are a regular cyclist and have enough stamina to undertake this 11-day strenuous challenge, then give no second thoughts before signing up for this. This is a good alternative for people who have already done the Manali - Khardungla Cycling Expedition, or even those looking to prepare for the same.

About the Trek: Why should I go for this trek?

The Guwahati - Tawang - Bum La Cycling Expedition begins from Bhalukpong on the Assam - Arunachal border and takes you through a tour of the western regions of Arunachal Pradesh. The first few days consist of gradual altitude gain through lush tropical and alpine forests along the Kameng river, a major tributary of the Brahmaputra. After crossing three passes - Nechiphu, Bomdila and the icy and treacherous Se La at 4200 m, you enter the Tawang region, home to the nomadic Monpa tribes with their unique culture and one of the richest biodiversity hotspots in India, populated with red pandas and snow leopards. From Tawang, we ride towards the Indo - China border on icy dirt roads passing dozens of alpine lakes to Bum La at 4600 m. This route also loosely follows the route taken by the Dalai Lama on his escape to India from Tibet, and is also the site of the 1962 Sino - Indian war. With it's blend of history, culture and a landscape that changes from tropical forests to harsh alpine terrain, this is the perfect way to explore the Western Arunachal region.

Best Season: What are the best months to visit this trek?

Pre monsoon - Late March / Early April
Post monsoon - September, October

Connectivity: How to Reach the base of the trek & how to go back from the end point?

The base for the expedition is Guwahati, which is a major city connected daily by multiple flights and trains from Delhi and elsewhere.

Connectivity: What is the cellular network connectivity for this trek?

There is 4G connectivity for all major networks throughout the expedition, with some exceptions. Vodafone has the best coverage, followed by Airtel.

Packing List: What to pack

See the packing list for cycling expeditions here

Accommodation type: What will be the accommodation type in this trek?

The accommodation will be a mix of hotel/guesthouse stays and camping.

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Terms & Conditions

What's Included

  • Meals during the expedition ( Starting Lunch on Day 2)
  • Entry Fee,if any (Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
  • Camping Charges,if any (Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
  • Separate Camping Vehicle
  • One support vehicle per 6 Participants
  • Services of a certified expedition leader
  • Services of support team
  • Certified first aid support
  • Hotel/Camp stays (Day 1 - Day 10)

What's not Included

  • Bicycle Rent
  • Meals during Hotel Stays
  • Any Kind of Insurance
  • Any expense of personal nature
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusion list
  • Accommodation in Guwahati on Day 11

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