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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 and 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 on 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, the 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

Raniwala

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Innova, Bolero, or any other similar or tempo traveler, depending on group size

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Accommodation would be on a double/triple sharing basis

Breakfast, Dinner

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, and 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 cafés watching the clouds on their mischievous routine travelling 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.

Nathula Pass Changu Lake New Baba Mandir |130kms |

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Accommodation would be on a double/triple sharing basis

Breakfast, Dinner

Visit the tranquil Tsongmo Lake (also known as ‘changu lake’) on your way to the rough terrain of the Indo-China border to soak up the tranquil environment and replenish your lungs with fresh air. The attractiveness of this area lies in the fact that it is possible to cross into the Trans Himalayas from above the tree line in a matter of hours. Despite the tense relations between the two countries, tourists can now experience the excitement of visiting the border with China. On request, tourists will be taken to Nathu-la, a high-altitude pass used during the Silk Road’s heyday to facilitate trade between Tibet and India. After that, go for a short hike around Hangu Lake to get some exercise, breathe in some fresh air, and become used to the altitude. (The Nathula Pass is available for an additional $3,500-$5,000, paid in cash to the driver in advance). Gangtok o/n

Overnight Stay at  Gangtok

Welcome to North Sikkim!

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Accommodation would be on a double/triple sharing basis

Breakfast, Dinner

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 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 to a village walk around the town and experience art & architecture as old as 300 years!
  • Evening to

Overnight stay at Lachen

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Accommodation would be on a double/triple sharing basis

Breakfast, Dinner

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

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Innova, Bolero, or any other similar or tempo traveler, depending on group size

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Accommodation would be on a double/triple sharing basis

Breakfast, Dinner

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

|51kms| 2 hrs|

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Accommodation would be on a double/triple sharing basis

Breakfast, Dinner

Nature has its own rules, shades, and colours. 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 shares 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 cosy at the homestay which has a very authentic traditional kitchen. warm yourselves up with Thongba alongside the fire.

Overnight Stay at Dzongu

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Innova, Bolero, or any other similar or tempo traveler, depending on group size

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Accommodation would be on a double/triple sharing basis

Breakfast, Dinner

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

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

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Breakfast

We go home with memories and bid adieu to the team. We head back to our respective hometowns/cities. 

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What’s life without adventure? Isn’t the real purpose of life to travel, to experience new places, and witness the sunrise from new mountaintops? This thought is what united Jatin and Tarun over a cup of chai, in spite of being from two unrelated backgrounds (CA and IT). They knew each other since the time Jatin was helping Tarun learn the ways of the wilderness through weekend treks and outings with another traveling group. Their love for traveling and trekking together motivated them to start something of their own. Thus was born “Plan The Unplanned”, where travel goals come true. Under the Companies Act, Plan The Unplanned is incorporated as Unplanned Journeys Private Limited They started their journey on unsteady ground, much like any other company, but they shared an infatuation for travel and adventure with their customers, which amplified their determination, and thus, Plan the Unplanned family keeps getting bigger every day! Just about any travel idea can come alive with Plan The Unplanned…treks, adventure activities like rock climbing, kayaking, rafting, backpacking trips across the country, cultural outings, photo walks; everything that fellow travelers need, to explore the great outdoors together. Well now that the wanderlust has kicked in and you can already see a vacation in your nearest future, here’s what we have to offer!

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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!

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!

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



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