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Sikkim / Darjeeling Package Tour from Bhutan -8 Days

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One of the most popular tourist destinations in northeastern India includes Darjeeling and Sikkim. This place has some beautiful attractions to those who want to spend quality time in Hill station surrounded by nature.

Trip Duration : 8 Days
Max Altitude : 5400m
Group Size : 2 - 15
Best Time for Visit : All round the year
DIFFICULTY : Easy
TRANSPORTATION : Flights/ comfortable rides

Trip Overview

One of the most popular tourist destinations in northeastern India includes Darjeeling and Sikkim. This place has some beautiful attractions to those who want to spend quality time in Hill station surrounded by nature. Darjeeling Sikkim Tour can boast so many wonderful destinations where one can get incredible experiences as well as exploration. The realistic landscape, tea plantation, perpetual weather, waterfalls and an incredible view of the Himalayas make this place more favoured. Likewise, there is an endless attractive place that offers the scenery of Mountain ranges and an unbelievable array of Flora and Fauna. On the other hand, there are century-old monasteries and Gompas which add extra pleasure to your Journey. Eventually, you will explore the typical life of people living in Darjeeling and Sikkim during this package. Exploring these sensations of Darjeeling and Sikkim is the experience of a lifetime.

 

Darjeeling

 

The stunning Darjeeling is one of the most beautiful hill stations located in West Bengal, India at an altitude of 2050m. Darjeeling is popular for its Tea plantation and produces the finest tea leaves in the country. Spread over a steep mountain ridge, Darjeeling is a delight for every kind of Tourist. This town is popular as the Queen of Hill station. Thus, from children to elderly people consider Darjeeling as an attractive place for their holidays. On the other hand, Sikkim is the next popular state in northeast India for visitors bordered by 3 different countries Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. Sikkim is famous for gleaming waterfalls, alpine meadows, vivid landscapes and the forests. Besides, Sikkim is home to over two hundred monasteries with Tibetian style Buddhist gompas. Additionally, Sikkim offers you the most stunning view of the third highest peak in the world Mt. Kanchenjunga.

The fabulous Darjeeling Sikkim Tour begins with your arrival in Phuentsholing. It is the border town in Bhutan.so, if you are travelling from Bhutan then Phuentsholing is the easiest place for you to meet our representative. From Phuentsholing, we will drive for nearly 6 hours to reach Kalimpong from where our real journey begins. Spending the night in Kalimpong, early morning we will set out to Gangtok, capital of Sikkim. In Gangtok, you can explore places such as Tsomgo Lake, Tashi viewpoint, Ranaka Monastery, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology and Dordul Chorten stupa. Furthermore, we will visit Pelling for Pemayangtse Monastery and Rabdentse Palace Ruins. Finally, Darjeeling will be our last destination where we will visit Happy Valley Estate, Tiger Hill along with the Toy train station.

On the other hand,  the culture and tradition of this place make it worth visiting. Therefore, they welcome the travellers by the cultural dance that apparently brings the spirit of celebration.

SHORT ITINERARY

Day 01 :

Arrival

Day 02 :

Kalimpong sightseeing

Day 03 :

Gangtok Sightseeing

Day 04 :

Tsomgo lake

Day 05 :

Gangtok to Pelling

Day 06 :

Pelling- Darjeeling

Day 07 :

Darjeeling Sightseeing

Day 08 :

Departure

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Note: BD Plan, BL Plan, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch content will appear here. Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter.

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01 Arrival

The tour begins with your arrival to Phuentsholing. If you are travelling from Bhutan then  Phuentsholing is the best place for you to meet our representative. Our Airport representative will meet you at Phuentsholing and transfer you to the hotel in Kalimpong. The distance from Phuentsholing to Kalimpong is about 174 km. It takes you about 6 hours to reach Kalimpong from Phuentsholing. In the evening you can spend your time exploring the street in Kalimpong. Overnight at a hotel in Kalimpong.

Day 02 Kalimpong sightseeing

The very first thing we will do today is visiting Deolo Hill for the great panoramic view of Kalimpong. It is located at an elevation of 2000m and thus, provides the best view for Sunrise and Sunset. On the other hand, you can take a peek into the Buddhist Culture at Zang Dog Palri Fo Brang Gompa. It reflects the Buddhist art and culture. Similarly, you can take a quick look at one of the oldest monasteries, Thongsa Gompa. If you want to explore more of Kalimpong you can visit Teesta Bazar and explore the handicrafts and Knacks. After sightseeing at Kalimpong, we will take a lunch break and drive for Gangtok. The drive is 3 hours long covering 75km of the total distance. Check-in at the hotel in Gangtok.

Day 03 Gangtok Sightseeing

Gangtok has a lot to offer to the visitors. Today we will spend our day exploring the capital of Sikkim, Gangtok. Early morning, we will start sightseeing in Gangtok by visiting Tashi Viewpoint which is 8 km from Gangtok. Tashi Viewpoint serves as an amazing place from where one can perceive the glimpse of Mt Kanchenjunga and Siniolchu Range. We will have our breakfast at this viewpoint enjoying the mighty scenario. Then after Tashi, we will make our way to Ranaka Monastery, 20 km from Gangtok. Ranaka is also named as Lindum Monastery. The monastery covers a large area and provides a tremendous scenic view. Our next visit in Gangtok includes Banjhakri falls which are on the way to Ranaka monastery. The waterfalls from a rocky height of about 40 feet with the beautifully landscaped gardens around the falls.

Similarly, we will enjoy some adventurous ropeway ride on the way. After lunch, we will visit the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology and Dordul Chorten stupa. Moreover, we can enjoy our evening visiting the flower exhibition show. Overnight at the hotel in Gangtok.

Day 04 Tsomgo lake

Today we will explore the Glacial lake in the East Sikkim district, India. It is 40km from the capital at an elevation of 3753m. Early in the morning, upon our breakfast, we will visit Tsomgo Lake. The lake is surrounded by the steep snow-covered mountains during winter. Whereas, during the summer, the snow melts and converts into the source of the lake. It is an oval-shaped lake covering 60.5 acres of total land area.  The lake gets crowded during Guru Purnima as Jhakris of Sikkim assemble at the lake area during this time. It is a sacred lake for Sikimmise people. However, It is like a fairytale lake with icy blue water reflecting the magnificent peaks of the Himalayas. Yakes rides are offered at the side of the lake. There is a small Shiva Temple by the side of the lake.

On the other hand, you can visit Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary situated next to the area adjoining Tsomgo. It is 31 km east of Gangtok which covers 31 sq km of total area. Overnight at a hotel in Gangtok

Day 05 Gangtok to Pelling

Today we will be escorted to Pelling from Gangtok. Pelling is 126km from Gangtok and the drive will be about 6 hours long. Pelling is the small town in the northeastern part of Sikkim at an altitude of 2150m. There are several places in Pelling that make it worth exploring. Likewise, we can visit Pemayangtse monastery which was built in 1705. The monastery is a three-storied structure with paintings on its walls as well as a statue of Saint Rinpoche. Besides, the next popular tourist destination in Pelling is Rabdentse Palace Ruins. It was the second capital of the former Sikkim from 1670 to 1814. Similarly, Pelling offers us the view of stunning Kanchenjunga, waterfalls, rock Garden along with local monasteries. Pelling also gives you the slightest taste of Buddhist culture and tradition along with the life of the locals around.o Overnight at Pelling

Day 06 Pelling- Darjeeling

Early morning after breakfast, we will make our way to another popular tourist destination, Darjeeling. The drive from Pelling is 3 hours long covering 72km of the total distance. You can cherish the usual charms of Darjeeling as well as Pelling in the way. On your way to Darjeeling, you can stop at some of the places like Rimbi waterfalls and Hydro project along with Khecheopalri Lake. Rimbi waterfall is formed over the Rimbi river, which is 12 km from Pelling. There is also the oldest hydropower station situated near the Rimbi falls. Similarly, you can make a stop at Khecheopalri Lake, which is revered by both Hindus and Buddhists for its mythical associations. The coast of the river is connected with powerful figures such as Guru Padmasambhava, Lord Shiva, and Goddess tara. You will then arrive in Darjeeling. Overnight at Darjeeling.

Day 07 Darjeeling Sightseeing

Today we will be spending our day in Darjeeling. It is a state of west Bengal at an altitude of 2000m. It is mostly popular for its Tea garden, the views of the Himalayas along with the Himalayan Railways. We will start our sightseeing in Darjeeling by visiting Tiger Hill at an altitude of 2590m. From the viewpoint of Tiger Hill, we can enjoy the astonishing view of Mt. Kanchenjunga. Similarly, we can’t miss the joyride to the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Toy train. It runs between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling. It was constructed between 1879 and 1881 and is 88-km long in distance. On our return, we will take a sop at Ghoom Monastery at an elevation of 8000 feet. It is the oldest Tibetan monastery with a 15-foot high statue of Maitreyi Buddha. Therefore, Darjeeling has a lot to offer to tourists.

Day 08 Departure

Today we will be bidding farewell to our Darjeeling Sikkim tour. Our representative will drop you at Phuentsholing (Bhutan-Border)and wish you your safe and happy journey.

Trip Info

Short Description Mode Of The Packages: What Are Included In The Packages

 

Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast at 2 to 3 stars level, Twin sharing comfortable and clean private room in trekking, both ways domestic flight tickets from KTM/Lukla/KTM, necessary permits, all the ground transportation by tourist vehicles, an experienced guide and porter and all the necessary permits.

TREKKING EQUIPMENTS, GEARS & SOME MEDICINES

  We do recommend following equipment's for trekking and Hiking in Nepal.

Head

  • Sun hat
  • Scarf
  • Light balaclava
  • Warm wool hat
  • UV protection one Sunglasses
  • Head torch with extra batteries.

Upper Part Of The Body Upper

  • Tshirts
  • Shirts
  • Sleeveless or body warmer type fleece.
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Thermal Vest
  • Down Jacket
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Pullover
  • Sports bras (women)
  • Waterproof outer jacket
  • Rain Coat
  • Hand wear
  • Fleece gloves.
  • Warms mittens or gloves.

Lower Body

  • Long Under Wear
  • Short Under Wear
  • Lightweight Cotton Long Pants
  • Warm Trousers
  • Tracksuit pants
  • Lightweight thermal trouser
  • Fleece pants
  • Cotton paints

Footwear

  • Thin inner socks
  • Thick warm wool hiking socks
  • Walking boots with ankle support
  • Trainers or trail shoes
  • Gaiters
  • Micro spikes

Electronics

  • Camera and Accessories
  • Phone
  • Power Bank
  • Solar Panel
  • Travel Adapter

Miscellaneous

  • Book
  • Playing Cards/Games
  • Journal and Pen
  • Snacks and Specialist Food

Hygiene & First Aid

  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellent
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wet Wipes
  • Pocket Hand Warmers
  • Moisturizing skin cream and Lip balm
  • Toiletries
  • Water purifier
  • First Aid

Trek Essentials

  • Passport and Copy
  • Travel Insurance Details
  • Trekking Permit(s)
  • Waterproof Document Wallet
  • Cash

Recommended Medications

  • Guide will take a group first aid kit but please bring personal medications and other items you might use regularly such as
  • Any personal medications
  • Malaria prophylactic tablets
  • Blister treatment
  • Rehydration powder
  • Analgesics (Paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin)
  • Plasters and zinc oxide tape
  • Throat lozenges
  • Diamox

Other Equipment

  • Duffel Bag or Suitcase
  • Day pack
  • Sleeping bag
  • Water bottle
  • Trekking poles
  • Towel

FAQ

Q. Do you provide any gears for trekking?

A. Yes, we do provide roughly 65 liters one duffel bag, sleeping bag and down jacket to use for trekking without extra charge, if you do not have.

Q. Can I rent or buy gears in Kathmandu?

A. You can buy or rent trekking boots and rest of the gears, you need to need to buy.

Q. How much weight does porter carries?

A. We do provide one porter between 2 trekkers. One porter carries 25 to 30 kg respectively.

Q. How much weight does airplane allow to Lukla?

A. Twin Otter and Dornier planes are the primary mode of transport to and from the airstrip at Lukla. It allows 15kg per passenger, including had bag.

Q. Can I take some more gears for paying extra charge?

A. It is hard but some time, they do allow 2 to 3 kg with paying extra charge US$ 2 per kg

Q. When Should I pack my gears?

A. You will have pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu that night you pack trekking gears.

Q. What equipment should I carry at Daypack?

A. Most of our day packs have a capacity of roughly 20 to 24 liters. You need to carry only day use things like water bottle, light jackets, some extra shocks, sun hat, sunglasses, raincoat, light glove, scarf, toilet paper, and small towel, camera, some personal medical, Sunscreen, Passport, money, camera, trekking poles and some snacks. Rest of the gears will be carried by porter.

Q. Can I store suitcase and other unnecessary gears in hotel in Kathmandu or at your office?

A. Yes, you can store either at the hotel in Kathmandu or at our office without extra charge.

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Reviews

EXCELLENT rating
Based on 26 reviews
Unique path trekking company has excellent staff on ground to make the trekking experience very enjoyable and memorable. The guide and porters go out of their way to make each and every member of the team feel safe and secured. Mr Babu the founder owner of the company is very responsive and is able to assist every member of the team with their individual needs. I would recommend engaging Unique Path for Himalaya trekking.
Sandeep Dasgupta
Sandeep Dasgupta
2023-09-30
I like trekking with Unique Path, the guides of this company many times made my way comfortable and safe. I traveled with them to Lobuche, Mera, Island and other places solo and in the groups with my friends. Unique Path is a reliable partner and I plan to trek with them again in Langtang region this autumn.
Andrey Oktyabrev
Andrey Oktyabrev
2023-05-29
I have used Unique Path three times and each time the team were all helpful, friendly and informative. Every aspect of our trip to Nepal was taken care of - Pick up at the airport to take us to our hotel. Next day the excitement of getting our trekking details and depending on the trip setting out with our guide and porter. My husband and I prefer to hike on our own, so we did no group options. Our itinerary was always followed exactly. When I go hiking in Nepal this company is my first point of contact. They are a great team and are totally recommended by me and my husband.
Sylvia Schillings
Sylvia Schillings
2023-05-29
Unique Path is a great choice for anyone who wants to explore the Himalayas. My wife and I made several treks with Unique Path to Manaslu, Kangchenjunga, Tilicho Lake, and Mustang. It goes without saying, that the scenery in Nepal is stunning. Lots of opportunity to learn about the culture and religion and traditions of Nepal. The people we met along the way were engaging and wonderful. Unique Path's staff was fantastic throughout all the trips. They were very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. They arranged everything from transportation to accommodation to food. They also provided all the necessary equipment and guidance and handled all the permit applications. I highly recommend Unique Path trekking to anyone who loves adventure and nature. These were once-in-a-lifetime experiences that I will never forget. I am available as a reference. David
DaveBessie Parsnick
DaveBessie Parsnick
2023-05-22
I have yet to conclude this trip due to the Pandemic but Babu's response and tour guide plan has been exemplary - I cannot wait to make the trip!
Rachel Glaysher
Rachel Glaysher
2023-05-19
Myself and 2 buddies hired Unique Path Trekking to coordinate an EBC trek back in 2014. We couldn't have been more happy with the results...Everything went flawlessly and we had the adventure of a lifetime. Babu and his staff / guides / porters were top-notch and I highly recommend them to anyone who may be reading this.
Marc Ferrari
Marc Ferrari
2023-05-18
As with all treks, there will be unforeseen circumstances and you’re always beholden to nature. So you want a guide and an agency that is not only experienced enough but also sensitive and quick to changes on ground. I am very grateful for the deep experience that our guide, Dambar had. He made us feel safe and constantly had everything under control despite the weather and some early sickness some of us had. Coupled with his sharp wit and deep knowledge, this became such an enjoyable climb that was filled with priceless stories that I can’t wait to tell the kids about. The porters too were a lively bunch that ultimately became friends and we shared lots of fun moments on the mountain together. Babu ensured that our arrivals, arrangements and any administrative hassles were smooth and out of our minds so we could focus on the climb ahead. Thank you Unique Path trekking & expedition. Highly recommended for anyone who wants a great time while knowing you’re in safe hands!
Josiah Ng
Josiah Ng
2023-05-16
We were very fortunate to have Unique Path Trekking for our EBC with 3 Himalaya passes expedition, we were so happy/satisfied with Unique Path trekking. Babu ( owner of Unique Path Trekking) is so kind, knowledgeable and mellow personality so does their staff ( all guides and porters ). We had great time during this expedition in terms of lodging/food. We had large group ( ~ 18 ppl ) and believe or not no one had any single complain of food. Their guides and porters are so knowledgeable, smart, humorous made our entire expedition lots of fun. They take care of us with positive attitudes with smiley face in entire trip. I definitely recommend Unique Path Trekking for any expedition in Himalaya ( we're looking forward to go with them in Annapurna expedition in near future ). You will very glad/happy if you choose Unique Path and Trekking.
Umesh Patel
Umesh Patel
2023-05-16
Babu and his group are exceptional We have done 2 trips organized by Babu We went to Everest base camp and recently to chitwan, Pokara and part of Annapurna cercuit Their guides are very good We will definitely use Babu and his guides again
Guru Motgi
Guru Motgi
2023-05-06
I just returned from a wonderful hike to Everest base camp with helicopter return. I was traveling solo am so grateful to Manager Babu and guide Suresh for looking after me. It is a trip I will remember the rest of my life. We started with a half day tour of Kathmandu and then flew to lukla on the next day to begin the trek. All the arrangements were made ahead of time and the folks unique path team constantly got on the phone to make sure the logistics went smoothly. Suresh kept a moderate pace and a great sense of humor. We made good time throughout the hikes and always got to the lodges on time and in daylight with energy left for the next day. The weather also cooperated this March and we had beautiful sunny skies and gorgeous Mountain View’s throughout the trek. I really could not ask for anything more and would very much recommend unique path
Janice Cheng
Janice Cheng
2023-05-06
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