Itinerary – 9 Days
Day 1 — Kaluk
From the city of Siliguri, follow the trails of Teesta and later Rangeet to the valleys of West Sikkim. Reach Kaluk via Jorethang before lunch, if you can start early. Surrounded by green slopes, Kaluk is a small town with few family run stays and a tiny market. In the evening, just have a walk there. When it’s dark, you can enjoy the views of Pelling sparkling like a necklace in the opposite hill. Night stay at Kaluk.
Day 2 — Another day at Kaluk
Woke up with the spectacular views of Kanchenjunga. Early risers can have a walk in the town, and walk to a small temple located a hill-top. After breakfast, start your journey towards Rinchenpong. From Rinchenpong market are, walk uphill to reach Poison lake, Rinchenpong monastery. The Rheesum monastery, which has more rewarding views, is a steep forest trail ahead. Have your lunch at Rinchenpong. There are few other sites you can visit after lunch. Come back to Kaluk in the evening.
Day 3 — Hee
Pack you bag for your next destination at Hee – a tiny hamlet with spectacular views of Kanchenjunga range. The route goes through beautiful Sikkimese villages in the Bermiok and Dentam Valley. The Kanchenjunga trek start point Uttare is not far from here if you have your lunch on the way. In the route, stop at the Sinshore Bridge – one of the engineering marvels of our country. Come back to the homestay at Hee for the night stay.
Day 4 — Darap
After breakfast, start for Darap, an equally beautiful village near Pelling. It’ll not take more than 3 hours to reach there. Have you lunch at Darap and have a relaxed evening. We highly recommend Darap instead of Pelling as a stay point, as the later is increasingly becoming a crowded city.
Day 5 — Another day at Darap
After breakfast, start for a day visit to Pelling and surrounding places of tourist attraction including Pemiangtse monastery, Rhabdantse ruins, Rimbi waterfalls, Rimbi rock garden, one hanging bridge, Khecheopalri lake, and Kanchenjungha waterfalls.
Day 6 — Yuksom
Start relaxed for Yuksom – your next stay point. Yuksom is a little picturesque village, popular among trekkers as the hub of Goechela Djongri trek circuit. There are few sites including Norbugang Coronation throne, helipad ground and the Kartheke Lake around Yuksom. Night stay at Yuksom.
Day 7 — Ravangla
In the morning, trek to the Dubdi monastery which will take less than two hours. After breakfast, leave from Yuksom to reach Ravangla by evening. On the way, have your lunch and enjoy marvelous terrain of West Sikkim. Night stay at Ravangla.
Day 8 — Another night at Ravangla or at Temi
Ravangla is a small beautiful hamlet with peaceful surrounding. Temi Tea garden is another option to stay for this night. Spend a relaxing day, the trip is ending tomorrow.
Day 9 — Trip Ends
Leave early or relaxed depending on your train/flight schedule. Have a nice journey.
We work with a variety of hotels, B&Bs and Homestays at Sikkim. They differ in the tariff, plan and services. We’ll recommend you the best which fits your budget and requirement.
Include twin-sharing accommodation. We also provide transport in this sector.
Exclude food bill, entry fees, extra bed charge
October to May. In December and January, it is chilling cold there, and the highest chance for a clear sky. Flowers blossom in the valley from mid-March to end of May. Avoid the rainy season, but the route remains open around the year.
Foreign nationals can visit this route with Inner Line Permit issued by the Sikkimese government/tourism offices. Indian national should carry a proof their nationality with them.
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Photo Credit: Soumya Mukherjee,Matthieu Aubry, Sukanto Debnath, plynoi, spo0nman.