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The scenic beauty of Sikkim is breathtaking. You will witness the ways of the indigenous tribes that have made Sikkim their home and indulge in some activities that are off the beaten path. Dzongu is a reserve for the aborigines of Sikkim – The Lepcha – and being only recently opened to visitors, it is a great place to find untouched virgin forests and sparkling clear rivers! On a clear day, you will get beautiful views of the Kanchendzonga Range en route to Dzongu. Enjoy a freshly cooked meal by the riverside, snow, and wild rhododendron flowers in the protected area called the Yumthang Valley. Gangtok and Kalimpong are very old trading towns and were a part of the legendary Silk Route. Explore them on foot with a local guide and soak in their rich, historical past.

Please note: This trip can be done any time from end September to early June. The rhododendron flowering season is from mid-April to early June. The price will be based on the number of people traveling. We have a separate rate for children below 11 years. This trip is ideally for a group of friends or families for whom being outdoors in Nature the perfect calling.

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Itineraries

Day 1

Bagdogra Airport to Gangtok

Your driver will receive you at the airport and take you to Gangtok, to your hotel which is centrally located. Dinner will be arranged there. You can take a walk to the bazaar nearby to get a feel of the place. Driving time: 4.5 hours

Day 2

Gangtok local explorations

Take a walk (or if you prefer, a drive) up to the Palace Ridge Road via the Cottage Industries School where you can see how traditional wood carving, carpet weaving and textile weaving are done, and you can even buy some of the pieces as souvenirs. Move on to the Flower Exhibit Centre renowned for its cymbidium orchids. From there you can visit Tsuklakhang Royal Chapel in the Palace Compound, now home to over 70 young monks preparing for their higher education in Nyingma Buddhist studies. Next, take a tour of the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology and Dro-Drul Chorten via the Gangtok Ropeway. Lunch and dinner for this day are not included as we felt you might like to explore on your own and choose from the options available.

Day 3

Gangtok to Dzongu

In the morning, you will leave for Dzongu, North Sikkim. Portions of the road are in poor condition and the last 4 km is a jungle road. En route you can stop by the Himalayan Zoological Park. You get excellent views of the Kanchendzonga Range on a clear day. Lunch will be on the way and you will arrive at the resort by early evening. Once you get there, you can relax or take one of the easy hikes around the property. We recommend a hike to the local monastery of Hee Gyathang, which is about 30 minutes one way. Driving time: approximately 3-4 hours.

Day 4

Dzongu explorations

In the morning, you can go on an excursion to a nearby riverside. The route is good to walk in most parts and makes for an easy hike. We will arrange for a fresh cooked meal at the riverside with produce from the nearby farms and some foraging in the woods! Enjoy a warm picnic lunch while relaxing in this idyllic setting. En route, visit some interesting sites and learn more about the Lepcha way of life. Carry cash to make purchases. Good walking shoes, sun screen, shades and sun caps are recommended. The evening can be spent at leisure in the resort.

Day 5

Day of departure for Lachung

In the morning, you will leave for Lachung, stopping to see the scenery along the way. Post lunch, the host or staff from the home-stay will take you for a village walk, which is a great way for everyone to get acclimatized and ready for the long high altitude drives over the next few days. Driving time: approximately 3 hours

Day 6

Yumthang Valley/Zero Point

At 7:30 am, after an early breakfast, you will leave for Yumthang valley and Zero Point. Enjoy the snow and the wild rhododendron flowers of this beautiful high altitude valley. You will have time for a short walk before returning to a late lunch in Lachung. Driving time: approximately 1 hour You will then drive to the town of Mangan, where your accompanying guide will leave your group. This day has the most amount of driving as it's better for you to stay at Mangan, thereby cutting down the driving distance for the next day. Driving time is 2.45 – 3 hours

Day 8

Kalimpong

Take a guided walk through Kalimpong and its quirky past! We will have a local take you on this journey. It is a great way to understand the history of this old town. The details of the walk will be sent to you separately. Carry cash for shopping as the smaller stalls and shops won't accept cards. To further enhance the local flavour we have organised a traditional Nepalese lunch at an old tea planter's home. We will let you know the cost, and you can pay Neena, your hostess, directly. Spend the evening at leisure in the guesthouse. Dinner for this day is not included so that you can choose from the options provided.

Day 9

Kalimpong to Bagdogra Airport

Head to the airport after a late breakfast. Driving time: 3 hours

1. Stay at the given home-stay/resort. Accommodation is provided with breakfast.
2. Dinner on Day 1 and all major meals Day 3 to Day 6 at Dzongu, Lachung and Mangan.
4. Local guides where required and an accompanying guide for 5 days.
5. Transport via Toyota Innova
6. Permits

1. Snacks / beverages and major meals unless mentioned in inclusive
2. Any other activity not mentioned in the itinerary
3. Airfare
4. Tips, laundry, shopping money
5. Insurance

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Since it is a limited number of travellers and we do have fixed costs, there is a cancellation charge.

If you cancel your booking 45 days prior to departure date, you will be charged 40% of your total booking amount.
If you cancel your booking 10 days prior to departure date, a 60% fee will be deducted from your advance payment.
Cancellation with less than 10 days from date of departure will be charged at 100% of your total booking amount.

Costs have been calculated on 6-7 adults traveling on twin sharing basis and 6-8 children. It will change depending on the number of people travelling and mode of transport if you wish to change it.

Yes, we do. The additional cost includes expenditure incurred for permits and other paperwork that an Indian traveler does not require.

Yes, clients must be insured to cover the costs of medical emergencies/ expenses incurred due to weather conditions, prevailing road conditions, political situations, natural calamities, change in flight schedule, mechanical malfunction, or any such unanticipated events or any acts of God.

Most major restaurants, hotels and shops in Gangtok and Kalimpong accept credit cards but elsewhere you will need cash for transactions.

The weather will be pleasant during the day and cold at night. Carry at least one warm jacket and a scarf.

There might be a few mild showers so carry a waterproof jacket. Good, sturdy walking shoes are a must.

Carry sun cream, sun glasses, insect repellent, a cap and a pair of binoculars

A valid photo Id ( Passport with valid visa for foreign passport holders).

Carry cell phone and camera chargers. Some places you may not have access to Wifi.

Carry basic medicines and any medication that you might be using.

Yes. A good selection of locally sourced vegetables will be provided.

Sikkim is situated in the eastern Himalayan range and the roads are hilly. Parts of the roads are in poor condition and you might encounter road repair works during your trip.

Accommodations have been planned in a heritage home stay, a lovely forest lodge and in comfortable guesthouses.

Access to medical facilities is available in all locations.

Tips: Hotel staff for a 3 night stay: Rs 200 to Rs 250/-. Driver for a week Rs 1000 to Rs 1500/-.

Meals at a restaurant: for four: Rs 2500 to Rs 8000/-

The hills will be pleasant during the day and cold at night. Carry at least one warm jacket and a scarf.

No. Please carry your wifi hotspot or dongle.