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Sikkim Backpacking Tour

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Sikkim, is a mysterious hidden secret of the mighty Eastern Himalayan range tucked between Nepal, Bhutan and mainland India is a gateway to the Hidden caves of Mt.  Kanchanjunga. Besides the very intriguing mythological context, Sikkim has a rich,  unexplored, and untouched cultural context too!

Starting from lesser-known facts, Sikkim was an independent country, until it became the  22nd state of the North-Eastern border of India in May 1975. The state is a living example of overlapping cultures, lifestyles, and spiritual beliefs, thriving in peace, harmony, and love. It is shared by 3 major tribes – the Lepchas (the snowmen & Nature worshippers, original  Sikkimese tribe), Bhutias ( the Buddhist Tibetan tribe), and Nepalis (the Hindus).

We would be driving through different regions which have been home to these tribes respectively even before the merger to spend some time from our lives exchanging and sharing cultures,  lifestyles, cuisines, folklores, art & architecture. The trip offers a taste of a mountain city,  mountain countryside, a mountain town, and a village clubbed with a rich history and changing landscapes with great variations in altitude and kind-hearted people. It will leave you wanting to come back for more.

Trip Highlights

  • Camping experience in the jungles of Gangtok.
  • Authentic homestay experience with the local tribes of Sikkim.
  • A typical Tea garden farmhouse stays experience.
  • Guided village walks and monastery tours.
  • Picnics at the sandy beaches of North Sikkim.
  • Day hike/ Drive to the pristine hidden hot water springs.
  • Day tours to the high altitude marvels like – Nathula, Tsongmo Lake, Gurudongmar Lake, 
  • Zero-point and Yumthang valley.
  • Momo folding along with being a part of another cuisine making.
  • Last but not least – a true Himalayan living experience with Kanupriya Raniwala

Price

  • Triple Sharing - ₹ 24,999/-
  • Twin Sharing - ₹ 27,499/-

Tour Details

  • Tour Duration: 7 Nights/8 Days
  • Start and End Point: Bagdogra
  • Tour Dates: 25th Apr - 2nd May, 23rd - 30th May, 6th - 13th Jun

Sikkim Backpacking - An Overview

Day 1: Transfer from Bagdogra / NJP to Gangtok (East Sikkim). o/n Gangtok

Day 2: Nathula Pass (If permitted) & Tsongmo Lake / Changu Lake Day excursion & MG Marg stroll (East Sikkim) o/n Gangtok

Day 3: Drive to Lachen. (North Sikkim) o/n Lachen

Day 4: Gurudongmar Lake, Thangu Valley & head to Lachung (North Sikkim) o/n Lachung 

Day 5: Yumthang Valley of Flowers, Zero Point & head to Dzongu (North Sikkim o/n Dzongu 

Day 6: Mantam Lake, Lingthem Hot Water Springs & head to Temi Tea Estates (South Sikkim) o/n Temi 

Day 7: Temi Tea Factory, Ravangla Buddha Park & Momo making session o/n Temi

Day 8: Drop at Airport

Price Inclusions

  • All stays – authentic, experiential, houses which are older than our parents, whose owners have seen the changing winds of Sikkim. Accommodation would be on a double/triple sharing basis.
  • All transport – Xylo / Innova / Scorpio / Boloero from pick up to drop.
  • Meals – Breakfast & Dinner at stays only.
  • All permits for Nathula (if permitted), Changu Lake, New Baba Mandir, Lachen, 
  • Gurudongmar Lake, Lachung, Zero point, Yumthang valley & Dzongu.
  • Activities as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • An experienced Guide and his/her allowances.
  • Driver with his allowances, fuel costs.
  • Travel card to enter Sikkim.
  • An unforgettable trip in the North Eastern Himalayas!

Price Exclusions

  • Any meals that are not mentioned above.
  • Tea snacks etc on the route of the trip.
  • Any adventure activity fare or any sightseeing fare is not included in the cost.
  • Personal shopping.
  • Any alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Any personal medication.
  • Last but not least – negative vibes!

Pickup Point

Bagdogra Aiport.

Timings shall be communicated a day prior.

Type of Vehicle: Innova, Bolero, or any other similar or tempo traveler, depending on group size

Minimum 6 Travellers required for a trip to be confirmed.

 

 

Things to Carry

  • Trekking shoes: Carry Trekking shoes with good grip and ankle support. Do not carry sports shoes.
  • Sunglasses: Sunglasses are mandatory. There will be a lot of snow on the trek and can cause snow blindness.
  • Cap: At high altitude, the sun is extra harsh so carry a cap to protect yourself.
  • Waterproof hand gloves: Carry waterproof gloves and avoid woolen gloves as they will get wet if you touch snow.
  • Socks (3-4 pairs) and a pair of woolen socks: Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woolen socks for the night.
  • Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
  • Raincoat/Ponchos: At high altitudes, snowfall and rain are quite common and it’s mandatory to carry a poncho so that you don’t get wet. The trek will continue as planned even during rainfall. Your poncho should protect you from the rain. Carry a backpack cover for extra protection from rain for your belongings.
  • Documents – ID (Driver’s License, AADHAR Card, Voter ID or Passport and Photos
  • Day Pack ( Small Bag of 10 liters to carry necessary stuff for the day )
  • Powerbank
  • Dry Bags
  • Toiletries as required
    We encourage fellow travelers to be Backpackers and avoid carrying Suitcase and Trolleys

Sikkim Backpacking - A Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: From Plains to Mountains

Pick up from Bagdogra and drop to Gangtok (East Sikkim) | 145kms | 4-5hrs |

Gangtok, a small walkable city, buzzes with energy in the evenings. A walk on M.G. Marg, the Secretariat, Kazi Road, Tibet road would give a gist of this glittering mountain cityscape. A quick sneak peeks at the Lal bazaars before settling in the veranda of café’s watching the clouds on their mischievous routine traveling in and out of built spaces, with live music lingering in the background.

  • Meet your host & Guide – Kanupriya Raniwala (Instagram – @kanupriya_r & @travel.a.i.p), an architect & travel professional living in
  • Check-in your stay at Gangtok and warm yourselves up along with co-participants with an in-house bonfire.

Day 2: At the Border

Nathula Pass, Changu Lake, New Baba Mandir |130kms |

Soak yourself in the serene environment and rejuvenate your lungs with fresh air at the ‘Tsongmo Lake’ (‘Changu Lake’) en route to the rugged terrain of the Indo-China border. As you would drive up towards the border the landscape changes to dry sandy land. Amongst the tensions between the two nations, tourism has given a chance to feel the thrill of being at the borderline with China. Nathula pass (if permitted), was the entry from Tibet, China to India by the Old Southern Silk Route or the Tea Horse Route.

Overnight Stay at  Gangtok

Day 3: Scale the Uninhabited

 | 107 kms | 4-5hrs | 2700mts |

Welcome to North Sikkim!

North Sikkim is still left inhabited due to extreme temperatures and climates. Experience the tough mountain life surrounded by jaw-dropping landscapes. Lachen, North Sikkim – La Chen – “Big Pass” was a settlement on the trade route to Tibet historically. Also, it is the base for Gurudongmar Lake and several hikes around the region.

After breakfast, buckle up for an adventure! Start your drive from Gangtok to Lachen via Mangan (the last town in North Sikkim). North Sikkim is the land of Bhutias and Lepchas. Lepchas, the real Sikkimese tribe are nature worshippers and did not bother to interfere with any invasions. They further colonized with the ambitious Bhutias. One would find Lachenpas and Lachungpas here in the North.

  • On arriving, check into the most beautiful homestay and freshen up with some salt tea.
  • Head for a village walk around the town and experience art & architecture as old as 300 years!
  • Evening to

Overnight stay at Lachen

 Day 4: Gurudongmar Lake (18000 ft) and Lachung

Early in the morning depart for Gurudongmar Lake. Said to be the purest lakes in the world, the lake indeed overhauls your mind and the ability to process worldly affairs tranquilizing you into nature.. Believers come from far and about to circumambulate the Holy Lake and make wishes and carry some blessings. 

Drive back to Lachen for a quick grub and head to Lachung – “The Small Pass” |113kms|4 hrs|

Overnight stay at Lachung

Day 5: Yumthang Valley of Flowers, Zero Point, and Further drive to Dzongu the Lepcha Reserve

|51kms| 2 hrs|

 Nature has its own rules, shades, and colors. We would be nearing autumn and this beautiful valley will be shimmering in its deep turquoise blue waters. The trees covering the face of the mountains become a palate of arranging, yellow, red, and brown. Zero-point is the last resort covered with snow at the restricted area if India sharing borders with Tibet / China.

After taking pictures with your snowmen, we head back to Lachung for a quick grub and then further to the beautiful and untouched land of Lepchas – Dzongu!

Dzongu | 72kms | 3-4 hrs|, a triangular part covered with terraces of paddy fields in the Northeast bounded by River Teesta and River Tholung-chu and the mighty Kanchendzonga range in the West, the Lepcha reserve was formed to conserve the original tribe, its lifestyle, and culture. Lepcha tribe unlike other inhabitants are nature worshippers and live an eco-friendly living. They left worldly life and settled in higher and untouched mountains.

Get cozy at the homestay which has a very authentic traditional kitchen. warm yourselves up with Thongba alongside the fire.

Overnight Stay at Dzongu

Day 6: A Holi Dip at Linghtem Hot Water Springs and Further head to Temi Tea Estate

After breakfast, we all head to Mantam lake and the very auspicious Lingthem Hot water springs! A dip in these natural waters claims to purify your body and soul from any ailments. Also, these waters help get rid of fatigue and tiredness. The perfect peaceful getaway!

Mantam Lake – it is a natural collection of pure water after a massive landslide in the year 2016. An entire face of the mountain was washed down to the river. Now a white sand beach this place is the perfect spot for picnics, camping, and tenting. We will stop here for lunch and then head to Temi tea estates!

Temi Tea Estates | 77kms | 3-4 hrs | (South Sikkim)– These Tea Estates, is a government-owned and maintained tea estate which produces pure organic tea. We will be nestling in the Farm house with the Pradhan’s of Temi who have been in this part of Sikkim for over generations that they can even count!

After an organic plateful of Nepalese delicacies, we get ready for the momo folding experience. Make your own treats sent from heaven and savor their explosions in your mouth!

Overnight at Temi Tarku

Day 7: Sightseeing and A Lazy Day at the Farm
Waking up to a lazy morning, after breakfast we will be heading for a guided tour into the 

Temi Tea Factory jutted in the middle of an endless carpet of Tea shrubs further heading to

Ravangla Buddha Park! This massive park has a huge Buddha statue with an illustration of the life of Buddha. a peaceful and rejuvenating walk at the park, we head back to the farm by lunch! After an organic plateful of Nepalese delicacies, we get ready for some farm activities, where the evening will be followed by a momo folding experience. Make your own treats sent from heaven and savor their explosions in your mouth!

Making momos create this small picnic, everyone gets their hands dirty and creates memories that will never be forgotten. An evening to leisure and some good vibes!

Overnight stay at Temi Tarku

Day 8: Drop at Airport

Drop to Bagdogra/ N.j.p. after breakfast. Trip ends 

FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, Can I join?

The interesting thing about traveling alone is that you get to meet new people from  diverse backgrounds, and towards the end you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travelers are always welcome to join us on our trips. Read more about solo travelling here and get inspired! https://www.plantheunplanned.com/solo-yet-accompanied/ 

Is it safe for Women/Girls?

Safety and security is our priority at all times. Hence it is absolutely safe for women/girls to join us on our treks and travels. Our trek leaders accompany the team at all times, and our campsites are secured and safe for accomodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany on most of our treks.

 

What will be the group size?

Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.

We need at least 4 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.

How do I avail discounts? 

Details for availing  discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/

What is cancellation policy?

Here’s the cancellation policy for Himalayan Treks/Backpacking Trips/Road Trips

  • If you cancel before 30 days – 90% of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 20 -30 days – 75% % of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 15-19 days – 50%  will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 7-14 days – 25 % amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 0- 7 days before the departure date – No amount would be refunded.

Note: For All The Above Refund Cases Transaction Fees/Internet Handling Charges will be dedcuted from the overall amount and balance amount shall be refunded. You can transfer your ticket to anyone so that you could save your hard earned money

For other trips and travels with us, and detailed terms and conditions check the      following link : https://www.plantheunplanned.com/refund-cancellation-policy

For more queries please visit our Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQ's).

Notes

  • Consumption of alcohol, intoxicants, and smoking would not be tolerated during the entire course of the journey. Kindly co-operate with us to make the experience more fun.
  • Put Litter in its place, do not trash the mother earth.
  • In the case of traffic delays or breakdowns expect a few delays in reaching the destination.
  • All the meals will be Veg if included
  • Plan The Unplanned will not be responsible for any loss/ hamper of your possessions. We request you to be alert about whatever you carry.
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