- Enjoy the exciting trekking in the stunning setting of the Himalayan foothills
- Experience Indian village life, hospitality and authentic culture
- Enjoy traditional food and drinks
- Your contribution goes to the local communities and schools
- Duration: 2 days
- Maximum group size is 6 people with a minimum of 2
This trek gives you an insight into local village life while trekking through the beautiful environment of Darjeeling.
The first day you will be picked up from your hotel in Kalimpong at 8 am (we can arrange your pick up from Bagdogra Airport/NJP Train station and accommodation in Kalimpong if you wish). We will then drive you to the first village, Kashyem. After a savory breakfast, we will explore the surroundings of the village and then trek along a hillside path to the village of Baranumber. This is a stunningly beautiful Himalayan stroll, on fairly level terrain with views down into the Rangpo valley. Baranumber stretches up the hill and contains some 98 households. The villagers are mostly field workers of the Quinine plantation and the hillside is terraced with small plots growing many kinds of crops. You will sleep at a local family’s house and learn about their culture and traditions. You even can learn to make traditional Nepali food. Eating and drinking will be sitting on the floor in the true Nepali style (unless you wish to sit at a table).
On day two, after having breakfast, we will take the high road to Sillary village. We will pass the Sillery forest to a viewpoint overlooking the confluence of the Teesta and Rangpo rivers. You will have a stunning view of Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world. The morning ends with a stroll down to the village of Sillery, virtually hidden on the upper slopes. Here we will enjoy a typical Nepali lunch, relax and chat. In the afternoon, we will walk up to Damsang Fort, a ruined 17th Lepcha walled palace after which you descend, have a cup of tea at a local handmade paper co-operative and then return back to your hotel in Kalimpong at around 3.30 pm.
What to bring
- A pair of hiking trousers and walking boots, the trekking on the tour is easy to medium level
- A small backpack to carry your essentials
- A bottle of water (boiled water is provided at each village stop throughout the tour, and all food and drink are included in the price)
- A warm jumper for the evening – the villages can be cool from October to February
- A rain jacket especially if you come from April to September
- A sense of adventure!
- English-speaking guide (hands on)
- All meals
- Administration costs
- Contribution to the village & school development fund