Sikkim Village Walks

Shakti Sikkim Village Walks take you on a journey to the incredible landscape of the North East region. We’ll arrange visits to local schools, monasteries and markets to enable you to get a full understanding of the culture of each region, its people, religion and customs on our Sikkim Himalayan Holiday. Providing authentic experiences of local life, our walks are the perfect antidote to the frenetic world that most of us live in.

Shakti Sikkim

The Buddhist Kingdom of Sikkim shares borders with Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal and is nestled in the heart of India’s Eastern Himalayan
range. The thumb shaped state contains an environmental legacy of untouched but incredibly stunning and uniquely diverse
landscapes and a cultural mosaic under the looming presence of the world's third highest mountain, Kanchenjunga (8598m).
Sikkim is inhabited by numerous indigenous clans now following an almost spartan Buddhist way of life.

Village Experience

Shakti Sikkim Village Experience is unique journey, off the beaten path, allowing insight into the rural Village
life of Sikkim. Our village houses are built in the traditional way, maintaining the authenticity but the interior’s
have been spruced up to provide deep comfort. Activities include guided village walks through the day with
picnic lunches in beautiful locations organized by our team for you. Our itineraries are completely flexible and
tailor made to suit each guest individually.

Sample Journeys

The following journey is a samples of the possibilities. Every Shakti journey is private and will be tailored to individual requirements, preferences & time frame.

5 night / 6 Days package
for USD 3647 per person
on 2 Person travelling basis

Includes private accommodation in village houses on a fully inclusive basis including all
meals and beverages, all activities, an accompanying English
speaking guide, private chef, support guide and porters and car at disposal with
transfers between Bagdogra Airport and the village experience. Flights not included.

*Additional government taxes will apply

Sample Journey

01.

Shakti Sikkim Village Walk

Tariff & Information

The following itinerary is our classic Shakti Sikkim journey; Starting with 1 night at one of the village
houses, followed by 2 nights at the second village house and 2 nights at the third village
house. The walking can be tailored depending on a guests fitness levels.

Day 01

On arrival in Bagdogra you will be met and driven for 5 hours to the Rinchenpong area where
the Shakti Village walks are located. At an altitude of 6400ft, Rinchenpong is a pretty un-spoilt
Himalayan town. Our Sandyang Lee House offers fantastic views of the Kanchenjunga massif and is a
modern structure belonging to a local politician. In the early evening, you will be given an introductory
briefing of your tour by your Shakti guide.

Day 02

Rise early this morning and walk to Rinchenpong Monastery for early morning prayers. Then visit a family monastery which is around 200 years old
and follow the trail down via the Rinchenpong monastery, continuing through the
village of Bhasmay. Continue walking until you enter the village of Jowbari where you will be served lunch. As you
continue you will reach Bermiok monastery and then the charming village of Hee – your next village house.
Hee house belongs to a local family. The house is a small structure facing the owner’s fields and the mountains. It has two renovated bedrooms with en suite bathrooms.

Day 03

Explore the stunning village of Hee with your guide, try and catch glimpse of Mount Kanchenjunga in the
back drop! Passing through the houses of the different communities in the village- Gurung, Nepali and Bhutia
families, you will walk through the Cardamom hills and arrive at Chaaya Tal where you will stop for lunch.
After lunch, visit Yuma Samyo Mangheem (Limboo Temple) and other local attractions with your private guide.

Day 04

This morning if the weather is clear, you can wake up early to view the sun rising with Kanchenjunga in
the background. Today you will walk uphill through the Red Panda wildlife sanctuary till your trail reaches
a stream, follow the path ahead for two hours and you will reach your village house at Radhu Khandu. The house
at Radhu Khandu is a charming traditional Sikkimese house with two en suite bedrooms. The
location is sublime and there is nothing better than having tea in the sit out room which has amazing views of the area.

Day 05

Explore the laid back village of Khandu, walk through the cardamom fields and take a tea break at one of the
local houses owned by a retired school teacher whose life long experiences become a point of great conversation.
Then you will follow a path which leads to the beautiful 150 years old monastery and follow a path to the rhododendron
ridge for a delicious picnic lunch. Walk back to your village house. Enjoy your farewell drinks and dinner at the house tonight.

Day 06

After breakfast, you will walk back down to the road head (around twenty minutes).
From here you will be driven for about 5 hours to the Bagdogra Airport for your onward flight to Delhi.

Introduction

Information

Early October – Early December / Early February – Late April

Sikkim is best visited just after the monsoon between early October and early December when the
vegetation is lush, the days are crisp and clear and one has the best chance of seeing the mountains. January
is cold, damp and prone to cloudy days and as such we close Shakti Sikkim for this month. Early February to
late April are warmer and dryer months with the weather and visibility being almost as good as October to
early December. March is ideal for those interested in flora and fauna.

  • A two hour flight from Delhi to Bagdogra, followed by a five hour (123 km) drive to the Rinchenpong region.
  • A fifty minute flight from Kolkata to Bagdogra, followed by a five hour drive to the Rinchenpong region.
  • Drive approximately 3 ½ hours from Darjeeling to Rinchenpong
  • Drive approximately 2 hours from Pelling to Rinchenpong
  • Drive approximately 6 hours from Gangtok to Rinchenpong