Shakti Sikkim Village Walk

IndiaCulture, Hike & Trek, Mountains

Located in the North East of India, the Buddhist Kingdom of Sikkim shares borders with Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal and is nestled in the heart of India’s Eastern Himalayan range. Sikkim has a uniquely diverse landscapes and a cultural mosaic under the looming presence of the world’s third highest mountain, Kanchenjunga (8,598m).

The Shakti Sikkim Village Walk is quite simply the most authentic way to unravel the wonders of this unspoilt, rural and naturally breathtaking corner of India's Himalayan region.

Note Shakti Sikkim is operational from Oct 01 - Apr 20*

*The closing date can change from year to year depending on weather.

Please note that Shakti Sikkim will remain closed from Dec 20 to Jan 15, depending on weather conditions. If you do have an enquiry, however, please get in touch with us and we will revert back accordingly.

8 Days
From SGD 6,687Per Person

Tour Itinerary

Upon arrival, meet/greet by guide and transfer to hotel.

Overnight in Premier Room in Oberoi Grand Calcutta.

This morning we fly to Bagdogra arriving at 12.50 hours.

Meet/greet by guide/driver and driven 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 Sangdyang Lee House, offers fantastic views of the Kanchenjunga massif and is a modern structure belonging to a local politician. We chose this particular house because there are only a few old structures around (in a region that bears the full brunt of the monsoon between June and September), but also because it has a stunning location and is very comfortable (with three en-suite bedrooms) and first and foremost has a wonderfully welcoming and interactive family.

In the early evening, you will be given an introductory briefing of your tour by your Shakti guide. This will be followed by drinks and snacks around the fire, under the stars and then a delicious dinner.

Overnight: Shakti Village House at Sandyang Lee - Fully Inclusive
Distance: 127km
Altitude: 1950m

After breakfast, your guide will present you with an option of walking down to the Sandyang Lee village nearby. This gradual walk of around 4-5 hours will give you a glimpse of the local lifestyle practiced here and an interesting rendezvous at the typical mountain village market in Rinchenpong. Later, visit a local school (carol academy) in the area (please note that this may change depending on school holidays and Sundays). The walk can be shortened depending on how you are feeling.

You then enter the village of Hatti Dunga, where you will be served a delicious picnic lunch. After lunch cross an old traditional Lepcha house which is 150 years old. You will then return to the house for a leisurely evening and an in-house dinner prepared by the Shakti chef.

Overnight: Sangdyang Lee Village House - Fully Inclusive
Distance: 11.6km

Distance 11.6 km

For those who wish to, rise up early this morning and walk to the Rinchenpong Monastery where you can participate in the early morning prayers. After the prayers you will walk back to Sandyang Lee for breakfast.

After breakfast, walk uphill (268 stairs) and come across a family monastery which is around 200 years old. You can enjoy the 360˚ view of the stunning mountains on a clear day. You will then follow the trail down via the Rinchenpong monastery again with stunning mountain views continuing through the charming village of Bhasmay.

Continue walking to arrive at Kaluk village which is a small Himalayan town where you begin to climb uphill for approximately half an hour. You will reach the highest hillock in the area, where you will be walking along the ridge with the mountains running parallel to you. You will then enter the village of  Jowbari, where you will be served a delicious picnic lunch.

As you continue you will reach Bermiok monastery, and then Dunga Dara, and continue to the charming village of Hee – your next village house.

Overnight: Shakti Village House at Hee - Fully Inclusive
Distance: 15 km
Altitude: 2100m

This morning if the weather is clear, your guide will wake you at dawn to view the Pemayangste Hill and the great Himalayan range. The sight of the sun rising with Kanchenjunga in the background is truly unforgettable. Enjoy the stunning view with a hot cup of tea.

After breakfast, you will start your walk with a gentle climb uphill walking through the Red Panda wildlife sanctuary till your trail reaches a stream. Following the stream you will reach a path which is one of the oldest trade routes ever established in this part of the mountains. After walking along this path for two hours you will reach your village house Radhu Khandu.

The house at Radhu Kandu is a charming traditional Sikkimese house with two bedrooms and outside toilets and showers (built by Shakti), the family are fantastic (the owner being a particular character), the location is sublime and there is nothing better than having tea in the sit out room which has 270° views of the area.

Overnight: Shakti Village House at Radhu Khandu - Fully Inclusive
Distance: 10km
Altitude: 1960m

This day’s walk begins after breakfast and if possible the owner of the house will accompany you through the laid back village of Khandu. Carrying on further through the cardamom fields, you will then 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. Later 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.

Later walk back to your village house and have a special last evening with your Shakti team!

Overnight: Shakti Village House at Radhu Khandu - Fully Inclusive
Distance: 12km

Day 07 / Radhu Khandu – Bagdogra - Kolkata

After breakfast, you will walk back down to the road head (around 20 minutes).

From here you will be driven for about 5 hours to the Bagdogra Airport for your flight to Calcutta.

On arrival in Calcutta, we will be met and driven to our hotel.
We will have the rest of this day at leisure.

Overnight in Premier Room in Oberoi Grand Calcutta.

The morning is at your own leisure until the transfer to the airport for your departure flight to Singapore.

Tour Cost

Price per person in SGD dollars

  • SGD 6,687 ~ Adult Twin

Notes

  • There is no single supplement on the village walks
  • We reserve the right to change the order in which you walk the houses

Validity

  • Oct 01, 2016 – Apr 20, 2017

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Inclusions

  • Return 'N' class airfare between Singapore and Calcutta on Singapore Airlines: SIN/CCU/SIN
  • Return domestic economy-class airfare on domestic airline: CCU/IXB/CCU
  • All airport and land transfers as indicated in itinerary
  • 02 nights pre/post tour accommodation in Twin-share Premier Room at the Oberoi Grand Calcutta Houses with breakfast
  • 05 nights accommodation in Village Houses on a fully inclusive (twin/double share) basis, including all meals, all drinks
    • The Village Houses will always be PRIVATE, i.e. just for your party
  • All meals as indicated in itinerary
  • An accompanying English-speaking guide, cook, support guide and porters
  • All trekking arrangements including permits and fees, guide, porters and cook

Exclusions

  • India Visa, and visa application fee
  • All airport taxes, war risk insurance, fuel surcharges
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips & gratuities to guide and driver
  • Expenses of a personal nature, e.g. phone calls, Internet access, laundry, soft/hard beverages, etc.
  • Any other items not specified above in Inclusions

Notes

  • There is no single supplement on the village walks
  • We reserve the right to change the order in which you walk the houses

About Shakti Sikkim

The Shakti Sikkim Village Experience is quite simply the most authentic way to unravel the wonders of this unspoilt, rural and naturally breathtaking corner of India’s Himalayan region.

Located in the heart of rural Sikkim, these village houses offer the best chance to get off the beaten track in this wonderful part of India and interact with the thoroughly welcoming local communities who live in this region.

The concept of the Village Walks is to facilitate an authentic ’underfoot’ experience and provide a ’snapshot’ of rural life in the Himalayan Mountains of Sikkim. The walks traverse the terraced foothills with overnight ’home stays’ in various villages. As an honoured guest, the locals are keen to share their way of life with you so you can encounter life as it is. Accommodation is basic, although clean and comfortable, but does not detract from the authenticity of the experience. Any shortcomings are more than compensated for by the genuine warmth of your hosts.

There are 3 houses in total, all of which can accommodate 4-6 people at any one time. They all have ensuite western bathrooms and are carefully furnished by the Shakti team who have delicately blended the charm of a local village house experience with the needs and desires of a western guest. The villages are within a day’s walk from each other (although there is a short drive involved from Sangdyang Lee to Hee).

The houses are simple, but this is more than made up for by the warmth of the local community and the chance to mingle in villages that few tourists ever come to visit. As with all Shakti walks, you are fully escorted by a team who are always there to make sure your experience more than matches your expectations, including a guide, sherpas and a chef. The walks are on a fully inclusive basis meaning all your meals and alcohol are included. It is highly recommended that you try the locally brewed wine, known as Shin-Lee, Ghaar/Raksi and Thongba.

The village houses are located in Yangsum, Sangdyang and Hee – all of which are away from the main roads in quiet and peaceful locations. The Shakti Sikkim Village Walks will expose you to more dramatic snow capped mountains than the walks in Uttaranchal, and also let you witness the prevalent Tibetan Buddhism which thrives in this area – morning prayers at Rinchenpong Monastery are a real highlight. Along the way you will no doubt catch sight of Khachenjunga, the third highest mountain in world, and other amazing mountain vistas (weather permitting). But above all, it is the simple interaction with the local communities that will really make this trip so memorable, and by getting into the heart of this superb part of India you will find out how truly mesmerising Sikkim actually is, that for too.

Located in the North East of India, the Buddhist Kingdom of Sikkim shares borders with Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal and is nestled in the heart of India’s Eastern Himalayan range. Sikkim has a uniquely diverse landscapes and a cultural mosaic under the looming presence of the world’s third highest mountain, Kanchenjunga (8,598m).

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