Sikkim Tour - Budget Package

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Sikkim Tour - Budget Package

Sikkim Tour - Budget Package

Official Adventure Partner

Departure Date & Time

24/03/2024 12:00 pm

Return Date & Time

29/03/2024 7:00 pm

Ministry of Tourism Logo

Approved Adventure Tour Operator

Pick-Up Points
(click here to view)

Multiple Points in Bangalore

Sikkim Tour Package Overview

Sikkim will take you to all the natural wonders as the high mountain passes, pristine glaciers, ice-cold rivers, hot springs in contrast to that, alpine lakes, and a lot more.

Monks on Wheels in association with Muddie Trails takes you to the stunningly beautiful state of Sikkim nestled in the Himalayas known for its eco-friendly and sustainable tourism policies, making it an ideal destination for nature lovers and adventurers seeking an authentic Himalayan experience.

In this backpacking trip, we will cover all the attractions in Sikkim, both East and North, and will also be visiting the capital city of Sikkim, Gangtok.

Our journey will start in the East, with a visit to the top attraction there, like the Tsomgo Lake, which is a natural wonder that changes its color with the seasons, the Baba Mandir and the ghost story associated with it, and the Indo- China border post, the NathuLa Pass.

When we move to the north, we will be visiting the dreamy Gurudongmar Lake, which in winter remains frozen and in summers enchants us with its amazing beauty. This lake is one of the lakes that is situated at such a high altitude that is open to visitors.

The Lachung village, where we will be staying is a picturesque village by the mountains, blessed with mighty waterfalls, orchards of apricot and apple, and many handicraft centers.

We will also be visiting the “valley of flowers” in Yumthang, which is a part of the Lachung valley. Located by the banks of the Lachung river, a tributary of the main river that originates from Sikkim, Teesta, the valley is also abundant with many species of Rhododendron flowers. Hot springs that are said to have medicinal properties are also among the main attractions of Sikkim.

Sikkim is the perfect blend of nature and beauty, and the intervention of humans has only made it more beautiful. The scenic bridges adorned with colorful prayer flags, monasteries, and temples, everything is balanced and closely knit with nature, which will bring peace to our minds. 

So, what are you waiting for? Join us on this soul-soothing backpacking trip into nature.

  

Highlights of the Sikkim Trip:

  1. Gurudongmar Glacier Lake
  2. Yumthang – Valley of Flowers
  3. Lachen – mini Switzerland
  4. Lachung Valley
  5. Free-flowing Teesta River
  6. Butterfly Falls, Bhim Nala Falls
  7. Nathu La Pass, Baba Mandir
  8. Changu Lake
  9. Rumtek Monastery
  10. Gangtok MG Road stroll

Short Itinerary

Day 1:

  1. Travelers arriving by flight will be picked up and accompanied by our team from Bagdogra Airport around noon.
  2. And those arriving by train will also be picked up from the New Jalpaiguri railway station (NJP) by 12: 30 PM.
  3. We will start our trip with our journey towards Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim, through curvy roads made astonishingly beautiful by the Teesta river flowing parallelly. 
  4. It will take us about 5 hours to reach our destination which covers a distance of 200 Km. We will be stopping in between for lunch also.
  5. We will reach our guest house late in the evening and get checked in. There you can take a walk on Gangtok’s mall road, the MG Marg. You could shop and grab dinner there and try out the tasty momos and chow there.
  6. We will rest for a good day tomorrow.

 

Day 2:

  1. Our day will begin early, and we will have our breakfast at the guest house.
  2. We will start the day with a trip to Tsomgo Lake, which is oval in shape and a delight to the eyes. The lake is also called Changu Lake and is a place that welcomes varieties of migratory birds and has Yaks and Red Pandas as well.
  3. We will then head to the Baba Mandir, which is situated at an altitude of 13,000 feet. The place has an intriguing ghost story revolving around Baba Harbhajan Singh, who was an Army personnel in the 1960s.
  4. Then we will further go upwards to an altitude of 14,100 feet to the Nathula Pass on the Indo- China border. We will require a pre-approved special permit to get to the pass.
  5. This pass has an important role in the strategic actions of the Indian Army, which is one of the few Himalayan border posts that are open to visitors.
  6. We will head back to our guest house after spending enough time at the border.
  7. After our social gathering and dinner, we will rest for the night.

 

Day 3:

  1. We will have a sumptuous breakfast at the guest house and check out from there.
  2. Today we will be going to North Sikkim, to the snow-covered mountains, transparent lakes, mighty waterfalls, and the ever-confusing hot springs.
  3. On the way, we will pass the Butterfly waterfalls and Bhim Nala falls, where we could take as many pictures as we want.
  4. Our lunch will be at a village named Chungthan which is situated at the meeting point of the two rivers, Lachen and Lachung.
  5. Then we will head towards the Lachun village, a true beauty! This pretty village lies close to Kanchenjunga, the third-highest peak in the world.
  6. The views from the village are so perfect that you will always behold them in your eyes. We will take walks, capturing all the views we could take.
  7. We will stay at the Lachen guest house, where we will have dinner and rest.

 

Day 4:

  1. We will begin our day at 4 AM to visit the Gurungdongmar lake, a lake located at an elevation of 17,800 feet, which makes it one of the highest lakes in the country and globally. Since the area is highly protected, you can spot Army vehicles now and then on the way. We will have our breakfast in between the journey.
  2. The journey is not going to be an easy one. Since by then, we will be several thousand feet above sea level, oxygen levels will be low, making it uncomfortable for us in the beginning. But you will get used to it soon. The curvy roads that we have to take also will affect our bodies.
  3. Even though the journey is tiring, the spectacular views at the top will make all your exhaustion vanish in an instant.
  4. We will spend ample time by the lake, enjoy the scenery and take a lot of pictures before returning to the place from where we started today. We will have lunch before getting on the journey back to Lachen and Chungthang village.
  5. We will head towards the Lachung valley shortly after lunch.
  6. Take a rest at the guest house afterward.

 

Day 5:

  1. Our day will start early with breakfast.
  2. The first destination of the day will be Yumthang valley, which is just 1.5 hours away from Lachung. The elevation of the valley is 11,800 feet.
  3. The picturesque valley of Yumthang is also known as the “Valley of Flowers” and is located by the Lachung river. The views of the valley are going to be something that you could look forward to, a scenery surrounded by snow-capped mountains on all sides.
  4. Here, we can also find hot springs that stay at 50 to 60 degrees even in extreme winters when all the surrounding freezes. The medicinal hot springs of Yumthang are also rich in Sulphur and other mineral contents. Across the Lachung river, we can find a colorful walking bridge, made vibrant by the many numbers of prayer flags tied on them. It is on either side of this bridge where the hot springs are located.
  5. For lunch, we will try the local foods at the Yumthang market.
  6. When we continue upwards from Yumthang, we will reach a place called Zero Point, further from which civilians can’t drive on. We will need a special permit to visit this place located at 14,500 feet above sea level.
  7. After that, we will start our journey back to Gangtok late in the afternoon. 
  8. We will check in to the guest house in Gangtok and gather together for the final time before our trip ends.
  9. After dinner, we can rest.

 

Day 6:

  1. After having breakfast, we will check out from the guest house.
  2. The destination for the day and the last site for visiting on this trip will be the Rumtek Monastery, which is located 24 Km from Gangtok. The monastery stands as the epitome of Tibetan monastic art and the Buddhist way of life. Calm and tranquil air surrounds this Buddhist pilgrimage, making it an important attraction in Sikkim.
  3. After having a good time at Rumtek, we will head back to where our journey started and wave goodbye to the Himalayas.
  4. You could catch flights that will depart after 6 PM, as we will reach West Bengal in a few hours, including a lunch break.

Note: 

If you need assistance booking your flights, our team is happy to help.

Price Includes

  1. Travel (Bagdogra to Bagdogra)
  2. Stay for 5 nights
  3. 5 Breakfasts
  4. 5 Dinners
  5. Specia permit charges at multiple locations
  6. Trip Captain (within Sikkim)
  7. Airport pickup and drop (fixed timings)
  8. Once in a lifetime experience visiting all places mentioned in Highlights section

Price Excludes

  1. Lunches
  2. Any additional snacks, drinks ordered at the stays
  3. Any kind of activities other than mentioned above
  4. Any kind of insurance, shopping, party, medical expenses
  5. Any misc. expenses that are not in inclusions above
  6. Any extra cost arising due to any change in the itinerary/stay/route on account of bad weather, traffic-congestion, landslides/roadblocks, natural calamities, political disturbances and/or any other factors beyond our control.

Sikkim Tour Package Photos

Pricing Details

Price for Per Person: 25690/-  (inclusive of GST)

Advisory

Travel:

  • Trip starting/ending point: Siliguri (West Bengal)
  • Pick up and drop at Bagdogra Airport, NJP Railway station
  • Innova, Xylo or similar tourist vehicle (6 days journey)
  • Start time: First day, 12 PM (afternoon)
  • End time: Sixth day, 7 PM
  • You can book flights to/from Bagdogra based on the above timings.
  • Note: There is no night journey on this trip. All travel is during day time.

Stay:

  • Comfortable, standard guest houses / hotels.
  • 2 or 3 sharing rooms.
  • Gangtok 3 nights.
  • Lachen 1 night.
  • Lachung 1 night.

Food:

  • Breakfasts & Dinners included.
  • Lunches are self-sponsored as we will be outside at that time.
  • How much you have to spend for good food?
    200 – 250 per meal

Misc. info:

  • Batch size: 5 to 10
  • Trek Difficulty: No trekking
  • Max altitude: Gurudongmar at 17,800 feet above Sea level
  • Climate:
    Very cold at Lachen, Lachung
    Cold at Gangtok

What’s next after booking your trip:

  • Organizers will get in touch with you, or vice versa. After the confirmation, you may book your flights up and down.
  • A Whatsapp group will be created for all the registered folks 5 days before the event
  • You may discuss many things in the group and get prepared for the trip

Special Notes:

  • Expect seasonal variations in Sikkim depending on the month we are travelling
  • Travelers are expected to come with open heart by appreciating complexities of mother nature based on seasonal variations, monthly or even daily weather conditions.
  • There is no luxury involved in any part of this trip. This is a backpacking trip with basic facilities.

Seasonal Variations:

  • Mid Mar to June: Summers are pleasant in Sikkim which pull tourists in good numbers.
  • Jul to mid Sept (monsoons): The rains hit the eastern Himalayas starting from mid June. Journey would be tough during this time. We usually avoid traveling to Sikkim in rains.
  • Mid Sept to Nov (Post monsoon): Another good season to travel before extreme winter sets in. One can expect high tourist footfall in these months.
  • Dec to mid Mar: Temperatures will drop below 0 degrees towards the end of the year with the onset of snow fall covering the entire valley. It will be very difficult to travel and important roads will be closed by Indian Army.

Things to Carry

Things to pack for Sikkim Trip:

  1. Toiletries, moisturizer, light towel, lip balm, wet wipes, toothbrush, toothpaste etc.
  2. A lightweight large Backpack for the entire trip (50-60 liters). Strictly no trolleys. Remember this is a Backpacking trip.
  3. A small backpack for basic items (to carry valuables, water bottle, snacks, etc. for outdoor activities).
  4. Photo identity proof with address (Aadhar/Passport/Voter ID).
  5. 2 Passport size color photographs (important for permit).
  6. Thermal inners and warm clothes (cold climate).
  7. A rainproof jacket with a hood (to protect from cold winds, sudden rain).
  8. Thick socks, track pants, full sleeve t-shirts (to keep your body warm).
  9. Cap/Hat/Sunglasses (to protect from harmful sun rays).
  10. Sunscreen (SPF 50 or more).
  11. Power bank, charger, camera, binoculars (if you wish to).
  12. Hand sanitizer and liquid hand wash for outdoors.
  13. Proper water bottle for your trip. You may fill at our stays.
  14. Disposable garbage covers (to separate used/unused clothes).
  15. Water-resistant good grip shoes for travel, extra slippers to use at stays.
  16. Personal medications, any drugs that you may feel necessary (remember ghat roads, cold climate), basic first aid kit.
  17. No need to carry snacks/chocolates. You may buy at local shops to support local people in Sikkim.

COVID Safety & Guidelines

Double dose vaccination of COVID-19 or RTPCR Test report of COVID-19 less than 72 hours is mandatory for all participants.

General FAQs

Partial payment is an advance paid to block your slot for a particular event. Remaining amount of the event to be paid online/cash on the day of the trip.

Monks on Wheels will be arranging an Non – AC tempo traveller or a mini bus depending on the group size.

The transport will be arranged from Bengaluru.

Our trips would get confirmed 2-3 days before the event date and you’ll be added to the trip’s WhatsApp group where you’ll receive further necessary information.

Once your registration is confirmed, Monks on Wheels shall provide the exact location of our venue 2-3 days before the event.

Monks on Wheels do not restrict on the age as each individual has their own capabilities. But we would strongly recommend you to contact us so that our travel expert can give you a better idea of the trip.

These are group events open to all categories of people.

Yes, It is completely safe for women travelers. Monks on Wheels events are done keeping certain standards and safety measures. We will always send a minimum of two trip organizers for all our events. For better understanding on how we manage trips, read these reviews by our solo women travelers.
Review link: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Monksonwheels/reviews/

Monks on Wheels usually have more women travelers joining our trips. However, sometimes the ratio will be almost equal.

Yes, Monks on Wheels has women trek leads.

Monks on Wheels keeps certain quality standards where we provide venues like home stays or campsites that are good and hygienic with neat and clean washrooms. And yes, we always provide separate accommodation for men and women.

Refund & Cancellation Policy

For cancellation done by the customer: 1. 80% refund if a cancellation request is sent 30 days before the trip start date. 2. 50% refund if a cancellation request is sent between 30 to 15 days before the trip start date. 3. An email has to be sent to [email protected] to raise a cancellation request. 4. No refund within 15 days of the event start time whatever is the reason (Health, COVID, Accident, Family crisis, Office issue, or anything else). 5. No refund during/after the event. 6. No refund on the partial payment (advance) done to block your seat for the trip. For cancellation due external forces: Monks on Wheels may have to cancel the event in case of external factors that are beyond our control like Natural Disasters, Extreme Weather Conditions, Red Alerts, Political Disturbances, Bandh/Curfews, Local Issues, Road Blocks, Train cancellations, Covid-19 or any other disease outbreaks etc. In these scenarios: 1. No Refund is allowed. 2. 100% trip amount can be used for any other new trip of the same weekend or future weekends. The difference amount will be collected from you or paid back according to the new trip cost. 3. Once you confirm your participation on the new trip, all the above Cancellation policies will apply for the same.

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Official Adventure Partner

Departure
Date & Time

24/03/2024 12:00 pm

Return
Date & Time

29/03/2024 7:00 pm

Ministry of Tourism Logo

Approved adventure tour operator

Pick-Up Points
(click here to view)

Multiple Points in Bangalore

Sikkim Tour Package Overview

Sikkim will take you to all the natural wonders as the high mountain passes, pristine glaciers, ice-cold rivers, hot springs in contrast to that, alpine lakes, and a lot more.

Monks on Wheels in association with Muddie Trails takes you to the stunningly beautiful state of Sikkim nestled in the Himalayas known for its eco-friendly and sustainable tourism policies, making it an ideal destination for nature lovers and adventurers seeking an authentic Himalayan experience.

In this backpacking trip, we will cover all the attractions in Sikkim, both East and North, and will also be visiting the capital city of Sikkim, Gangtok.

Our journey will start in the East, with a visit to the top attraction there, like the Tsomgo Lake, which is a natural wonder that changes its color with the seasons, the Baba Mandir and the ghost story associated with it, and the Indo- China border post, the NathuLa Pass.

When we move to the north, we will be visiting the dreamy Gurudongmar Lake, which in winter remains frozen and in summers enchants us with its amazing beauty. This lake is one of the lakes that is situated at such a high altitude that is open to visitors.

The Lachung village, where we will be staying is a picturesque village by the mountains, blessed with mighty waterfalls, orchards of apricot and apple, and many handicraft centers.

We will also be visiting the “valley of flowers” in Yumthang, which is a part of the Lachung valley. Located by the banks of the Lachung river, a tributary of the main river that originates from Sikkim, Teesta, the valley is also abundant with many species of Rhododendron flowers. Hot springs that are said to have medicinal properties are also among the main attractions of Sikkim.

Sikkim is the perfect blend of nature and beauty, and the intervention of humans has only made it more beautiful. The scenic bridges adorned with colorful prayer flags, monasteries, and temples, everything is balanced and closely knit with nature, which will bring peace to our minds. 

So, what are you waiting for? Join us on this soul-soothing backpacking trip into nature.

  

Highlights of the Sikkim Trip:

  1. Gurudongmar Glacier Lake
  2. Yumthang – Valley of Flowers
  3. Lachen – mini Switzerland
  4. Lachung Valley
  5. Free-flowing Teesta River
  6. Butterfly Falls, Bhim Nala Falls
  7. Nathu La Pass, Baba Mandir
  8. Changu Lake
  9. Rumtek Monastery
  10. Gangtok MG Road stroll

Short Itinerary

Day 1:

  1. Travelers arriving by flight will be picked up and accompanied by our team from Bagdogra Airport around noon.
  2. And those arriving by train will also be picked up from the New Jalpaiguri railway station (NJP) by 12: 30 PM.
  3. We will start our trip with our journey towards Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim, through curvy roads made astonishingly beautiful by the Teesta river flowing parallelly. 
  4. It will take us about 5 hours to reach our destination which covers a distance of 200 Km. We will be stopping in between for lunch also.
  5. We will reach our guest house late in the evening and get checked in. There you can take a walk on Gangtok’s mall road, the MG Marg. You could shop and grab dinner there and try out the tasty momos and chow there.
  6. We will rest for a good day tomorrow.

 

Day 2:

  1. Our day will begin early, and we will have our breakfast at the guest house.
  2. We will start the day with a trip to Tsomgo Lake, which is oval in shape and a delight to the eyes. The lake is also called Changu Lake and is a place that welcomes varieties of migratory birds and has Yaks and Red Pandas as well.
  3. We will then head to the Baba Mandir, which is situated at an altitude of 13,000 feet. The place has an intriguing ghost story revolving around Baba Harbhajan Singh, who was an Army personnel in the 1960s.
  4. Then we will further go upwards to an altitude of 14,100 feet to the Nathula Pass on the Indo- China border. We will require a pre-approved special permit to get to the pass.
  5. This pass has an important role in the strategic actions of the Indian Army, which is one of the few Himalayan border posts that are open to visitors.
  6. We will head back to our guest house after spending enough time at the border.
  7. After our social gathering and dinner, we will rest for the night.

 

Day 3:

  1. We will have a sumptuous breakfast at the guest house and check out from there.
  2. Today we will be going to North Sikkim, to the snow-covered mountains, transparent lakes, mighty waterfalls, and the ever-confusing hot springs.
  3. On the way, we will pass the Butterfly waterfalls and Bhim Nala falls, where we could take as many pictures as we want.
  4. Our lunch will be at a village named Chungthan which is situated at the meeting point of the two rivers, Lachen and Lachung.
  5. Then we will head towards the Lachun village, a true beauty! This pretty village lies close to Kanchenjunga, the third-highest peak in the world.
  6. The views from the village are so perfect that you will always behold them in your eyes. We will take walks, capturing all the views we could take.
  7. We will stay at the Lachen guest house, where we will have dinner and rest.

 

Day 4:

  1. We will begin our day at 4 AM to visit the Gurungdongmar lake, a lake located at an elevation of 17,800 feet, which makes it one of the highest lakes in the country and globally. Since the area is highly protected, you can spot Army vehicles now and then on the way. We will have our breakfast in between the journey.
  2. The journey is not going to be an easy one. Since by then, we will be several thousand feet above sea level, oxygen levels will be low, making it uncomfortable for us in the beginning. But you will get used to it soon. The curvy roads that we have to take also will affect our bodies.
  3. Even though the journey is tiring, the spectacular views at the top will make all your exhaustion vanish in an instant.
  4. We will spend ample time by the lake, enjoy the scenery and take a lot of pictures before returning to the place from where we started today. We will have lunch before getting on the journey back to Lachen and Chungthang village.
  5. We will head towards the Lachung valley shortly after lunch.
  6. Take a rest at the guest house afterward.

 

Day 5:

  1. Our day will start early with breakfast.
  2. The first destination of the day will be Yumthang valley, which is just 1.5 hours away from Lachung. The elevation of the valley is 11,800 feet.
  3. The picturesque valley of Yumthang is also known as the “Valley of Flowers” and is located by the Lachung river. The views of the valley are going to be something that you could look forward to, a scenery surrounded by snow-capped mountains on all sides.
  4. Here, we can also find hot springs that stay at 50 to 60 degrees even in extreme winters when all the surrounding freezes. The medicinal hot springs of Yumthang are also rich in Sulphur and other mineral contents. Across the Lachung river, we can find a colorful walking bridge, made vibrant by the many numbers of prayer flags tied on them. It is on either side of this bridge where the hot springs are located.
  5. For lunch, we will try the local foods at the Yumthang market.
  6. When we continue upwards from Yumthang, we will reach a place called Zero Point, further from which civilians can’t drive on. We will need a special permit to visit this place located at 14,500 feet above sea level.
  7. After that, we will start our journey back to Gangtok late in the afternoon. 
  8. We will check in to the guest house in Gangtok and gather together for the final time before our trip ends.
  9. After dinner, we can rest.

 

Day 6:

  1. After having breakfast, we will check out from the guest house.
  2. The destination for the day and the last site for visiting on this trip will be the Rumtek Monastery, which is located 24 Km from Gangtok. The monastery stands as the epitome of Tibetan monastic art and the Buddhist way of life. Calm and tranquil air surrounds this Buddhist pilgrimage, making it an important attraction in Sikkim.
  3. After having a good time at Rumtek, we will head back to where our journey started and wave goodbye to the Himalayas.
  4. You could catch flights that will depart after 6 PM, as we will reach West Bengal in a few hours, including a lunch break.

Note: 

If you need assistance booking your flights, our team is happy to help.

Price Includes

  1. Travel (Bagdogra to Bagdogra)
  2. Stay for 5 nights
  3. 5 Breakfasts
  4. 5 Dinners
  5. Specia permit charges at multiple locations
  6. Trip Captain (within Sikkim)
  7. Airport pickup and drop (fixed timings)
  8. Once in a lifetime experience visiting all places mentioned in Highlights section

Price Excludes

  1. Lunches
  2. Any additional snacks, drinks ordered at the stays
  3. Any kind of activities other than mentioned above
  4. Any kind of insurance, shopping, party, medical expenses
  5. Any misc. expenses that are not in inclusions above
  6. Any extra cost arising due to any change in the itinerary/stay/route on account of bad weather, traffic-congestion, landslides/roadblocks, natural calamities, political disturbances and/or any other factors beyond our control.

Sikkim Tour Package Photos

Pricing Details

Price for Per Person: 25690/-  (inclusive of GST)

Advisory

Travel:

  • Trip starting/ending point: Siliguri (West Bengal)
  • Pick up and drop at Bagdogra Airport, NJP Railway station
  • Innova, Xylo or similar tourist vehicle (6 days journey)
  • Start time: First day, 12 PM (afternoon)
  • End time: Sixth day, 7 PM
  • You can book flights to/from Bagdogra based on the above timings.
  • Note: There is no night journey on this trip. All travel is during day time.

Stay:

  • Comfortable, standard guest houses / hotels.
  • 2 or 3 sharing rooms.
  • Gangtok 3 nights.
  • Lachen 1 night.
  • Lachung 1 night.

Food:

  • Breakfasts & Dinners included.
  • Lunches are self-sponsored as we will be outside at that time.
  • How much you have to spend for good food?
    200 – 250 per meal

Misc. info:

  • Batch size: 5 to 10
  • Trek Difficulty: No trekking
  • Max altitude: Gurudongmar at 17,800 feet above Sea level
  • Climate:
    Very cold at Lachen, Lachung
    Cold at Gangtok

What’s next after booking your trip:

  • Organizers will get in touch with you, or vice versa. After the confirmation, you may book your flights up and down.
  • A Whatsapp group will be created for all the registered folks 5 days before the event
  • You may discuss many things in the group and get prepared for the trip

Special Notes:

  • Expect seasonal variations in Sikkim depending on the month we are travelling
  • Travelers are expected to come with open heart by appreciating complexities of mother nature based on seasonal variations, monthly or even daily weather conditions.
  • There is no luxury involved in any part of this trip. This is a backpacking trip with basic facilities.

Seasonal Variations:

  • Mid Mar to June: Summers are pleasant in Sikkim which pull tourists in good numbers.
  • Jul to mid Sept (monsoons): The rains hit the eastern Himalayas starting from mid June. Journey would be tough during this time. We usually avoid traveling to Sikkim in rains.
  • Mid Sept to Nov (Post monsoon): Another good season to travel before extreme winter sets in. One can expect high tourist footfall in these months.
  • Dec to mid Mar: Temperatures will drop below 0 degrees towards the end of the year with the onset of snow fall covering the entire valley. It will be very difficult to travel and important roads will be closed by Indian Army.

COVID Safety & Guidelines

Double dose vaccination of COVID-19 or RTPCR Test report of COVID-19 less than 72 hours is mandatory for all participants.

General FAQs

Partial payment is an advance paid to block your slot for a particular event. Remaining amount of the event to be paid online/cash on the day of the trip.

Monks on Wheels will be arranging an Non – AC tempo traveller or a mini bus depending on the group size.

The transport will be arranged from Bengaluru.

Our trips would get confirmed 2-3 days before the event date and you’ll be added to the trip’s WhatsApp group where you’ll receive further necessary information.

Once your registration is confirmed, Monks on Wheels shall provide the exact location of our venue 2-3 days before the event.

Monks on Wheels do not restrict on the age as each individual has their own capabilities. But we would strongly recommend you to contact us so that our travel expert can give you a better idea of the trip.

These are group events open to all categories of people.

Yes, It is completely safe for women travelers. Monks on Wheels events are done keeping certain standards and safety measures. We will always send a minimum of two trip organizers for all our events. For better understanding on how we manage trips, read these reviews by our solo women travelers.
Review link: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Monksonwheels/reviews/

Monks on Wheels usually have more women travelers joining our trips. However, sometimes the ratio will be almost equal.

Yes, Monks on Wheels has women trek leads.

Monks on Wheels keeps certain quality standards where we provide venues like home stays or campsites that are good and hygienic with neat and clean washrooms. And yes, we always provide separate accommodation for men and women.

Refund & Cancellation Policy

For cancellation done by the customer: 1. 80% refund if a cancellation request is sent 30 days before the trip start date. 2. 50% refund if a cancellation request is sent between 30 to 15 days before the trip start date. 3. An email has to be sent to [email protected] to raise a cancellation request. 4. No refund within 15 days of the event start time whatever is the reason (Health, COVID, Accident, Family crisis, Office issue, or anything else). 5. No refund during/after the event. 6. No refund on the partial payment (advance) done to block your seat for the trip. For cancellation due external forces: Monks on Wheels may have to cancel the event in case of external factors that are beyond our control like Natural Disasters, Extreme Weather Conditions, Red Alerts, Political Disturbances, Bandh/Curfews, Local Issues, Road Blocks, Train cancellations, Covid-19 or any other disease outbreaks etc. In these scenarios: 1. No Refund is allowed. 2. 100% trip amount can be used for any other new trip of the same weekend or future weekends. The difference amount will be collected from you or paid back according to the new trip cost. 3. Once you confirm your participation on the new trip, all the above Cancellation policies will apply for the same.

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24/03/2024 12:00 pm

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29/03/2024 7:00 pm

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Sikkim Tour Package Overview

Sikkim will take you to all the natural wonders as the high mountain passes, pristine glaciers, ice-cold rivers, hot springs in contrast to that, alpine lakes, and a lot more.

Monks on Wheels in association with Muddie Trails takes you to the stunningly beautiful state of Sikkim nestled in the Himalayas known for its eco-friendly and sustainable tourism policies, making it an ideal destination for nature lovers and adventurers seeking an authentic Himalayan experience.

In this backpacking trip, we will cover all the attractions in Sikkim, both East and North, and will also be visiting the capital city of Sikkim, Gangtok.

Our journey will start in the East, with a visit to the top attraction there, like the Tsomgo Lake, which is a natural wonder that changes its color with the seasons, the Baba Mandir and the ghost story associated with it, and the Indo- China border post, the NathuLa Pass.

When we move to the north, we will be visiting the dreamy Gurudongmar Lake, which in winter remains frozen and in summers enchants us with its amazing beauty. This lake is one of the lakes that is situated at such a high altitude that is open to visitors.

The Lachung village, where we will be staying is a picturesque village by the mountains, blessed with mighty waterfalls, orchards of apricot and apple, and many handicraft centers.

We will also be visiting the “valley of flowers” in Yumthang, which is a part of the Lachung valley. Located by the banks of the Lachung river, a tributary of the main river that originates from Sikkim, Teesta, the valley is also abundant with many species of Rhododendron flowers. Hot springs that are said to have medicinal properties are also among the main attractions of Sikkim.

Sikkim is the perfect blend of nature and beauty, and the intervention of humans has only made it more beautiful. The scenic bridges adorned with colorful prayer flags, monasteries, and temples, everything is balanced and closely knit with nature, which will bring peace to our minds. 

So, what are you waiting for? Join us on this soul-soothing backpacking trip into nature.

  

Highlights of the Sikkim Trip:

  1. Gurudongmar Glacier Lake
  2. Yumthang – Valley of Flowers
  3. Lachen – mini Switzerland
  4. Lachung Valley
  5. Free-flowing Teesta River
  6. Butterfly Falls, Bhim Nala Falls
  7. Nathu La Pass, Baba Mandir
  8. Changu Lake
  9. Rumtek Monastery
  10. Gangtok MG Road stroll

Short Itinerary

Day 1:

  1. Travelers arriving by flight will be picked up and accompanied by our team from Bagdogra Airport around noon.
  2. And those arriving by train will also be picked up from the New Jalpaiguri railway station (NJP) by 12: 30 PM.
  3. We will start our trip with our journey towards Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim, through curvy roads made astonishingly beautiful by the Teesta river flowing parallelly. 
  4. It will take us about 5 hours to reach our destination which covers a distance of 200 Km. We will be stopping in between for lunch also.
  5. We will reach our guest house late in the evening and get checked in. There you can take a walk on Gangtok’s mall road, the MG Marg. You could shop and grab dinner there and try out the tasty momos and chow there.
  6. We will rest for a good day tomorrow.

 

Day 2:

  1. Our day will begin early, and we will have our breakfast at the guest house.
  2. We will start the day with a trip to Tsomgo Lake, which is oval in shape and a delight to the eyes. The lake is also called Changu Lake and is a place that welcomes varieties of migratory birds and has Yaks and Red Pandas as well.
  3. We will then head to the Baba Mandir, which is situated at an altitude of 13,000 feet. The place has an intriguing ghost story revolving around Baba Harbhajan Singh, who was an Army personnel in the 1960s.
  4. Then we will further go upwards to an altitude of 14,100 feet to the Nathula Pass on the Indo- China border. We will require a pre-approved special permit to get to the pass.
  5. This pass has an important role in the strategic actions of the Indian Army, which is one of the few Himalayan border posts that are open to visitors.
  6. We will head back to our guest house after spending enough time at the border.
  7. After our social gathering and dinner, we will rest for the night.

 

Day 3:

  1. We will have a sumptuous breakfast at the guest house and check out from there.
  2. Today we will be going to North Sikkim, to the snow-covered mountains, transparent lakes, mighty waterfalls, and the ever-confusing hot springs.
  3. On the way, we will pass the Butterfly waterfalls and Bhim Nala falls, where we could take as many pictures as we want.
  4. Our lunch will be at a village named Chungthan which is situated at the meeting point of the two rivers, Lachen and Lachung.
  5. Then we will head towards the Lachun village, a true beauty! This pretty village lies close to Kanchenjunga, the third-highest peak in the world.
  6. The views from the village are so perfect that you will always behold them in your eyes. We will take walks, capturing all the views we could take.
  7. We will stay at the Lachen guest house, where we will have dinner and rest.

 

Day 4:

  1. We will begin our day at 4 AM to visit the Gurungdongmar lake, a lake located at an elevation of 17,800 feet, which makes it one of the highest lakes in the country and globally. Since the area is highly protected, you can spot Army vehicles now and then on the way. We will have our breakfast in between the journey.
  2. The journey is not going to be an easy one. Since by then, we will be several thousand feet above sea level, oxygen levels will be low, making it uncomfortable for us in the beginning. But you will get used to it soon. The curvy roads that we have to take also will affect our bodies.
  3. Even though the journey is tiring, the spectacular views at the top will make all your exhaustion vanish in an instant.
  4. We will spend ample time by the lake, enjoy the scenery and take a lot of pictures before returning to the place from where we started today. We will have lunch before getting on the journey back to Lachen and Chungthang village.
  5. We will head towards the Lachung valley shortly after lunch.
  6. Take a rest at the guest house afterward.

 

Day 5:

  1. Our day will start early with breakfast.
  2. The first destination of the day will be Yumthang valley, which is just 1.5 hours away from Lachung. The elevation of the valley is 11,800 feet.
  3. The picturesque valley of Yumthang is also known as the “Valley of Flowers” and is located by the Lachung river. The views of the valley are going to be something that you could look forward to, a scenery surrounded by snow-capped mountains on all sides.
  4. Here, we can also find hot springs that stay at 50 to 60 degrees even in extreme winters when all the surrounding freezes. The medicinal hot springs of Yumthang are also rich in Sulphur and other mineral contents. Across the Lachung river, we can find a colorful walking bridge, made vibrant by the many numbers of prayer flags tied on them. It is on either side of this bridge where the hot springs are located.
  5. For lunch, we will try the local foods at the Yumthang market.
  6. When we continue upwards from Yumthang, we will reach a place called Zero Point, further from which civilians can’t drive on. We will need a special permit to visit this place located at 14,500 feet above sea level.
  7. After that, we will start our journey back to Gangtok late in the afternoon. 
  8. We will check in to the guest house in Gangtok and gather together for the final time before our trip ends.
  9. After dinner, we can rest.

 

Day 6:

  1. After having breakfast, we will check out from the guest house.
  2. The destination for the day and the last site for visiting on this trip will be the Rumtek Monastery, which is located 24 Km from Gangtok. The monastery stands as the epitome of Tibetan monastic art and the Buddhist way of life. Calm and tranquil air surrounds this Buddhist pilgrimage, making it an important attraction in Sikkim.
  3. After having a good time at Rumtek, we will head back to where our journey started and wave goodbye to the Himalayas.
  4. You could catch flights that will depart after 6 PM, as we will reach West Bengal in a few hours, including a lunch break.

Note: 

If you need assistance booking your flights, our team is happy to help.

Price Includes

  1. Travel (Bagdogra to Bagdogra)
  2. Stay for 5 nights
  3. 5 Breakfasts
  4. 5 Dinners
  5. Specia permit charges at multiple locations
  6. Trip Captain (within Sikkim)
  7. Airport pickup and drop (fixed timings)
  8. Once in a lifetime experience visiting all places mentioned in Highlights section

Price Excludes

  1. Lunches
  2. Any additional snacks, drinks ordered at the stays
  3. Any kind of activities other than mentioned above
  4. Any kind of insurance, shopping, party, medical expenses
  5. Any misc. expenses that are not in inclusions above
  6. Any extra cost arising due to any change in the itinerary/stay/route on account of bad weather, traffic-congestion, landslides/roadblocks, natural calamities, political disturbances and/or any other factors beyond our control.

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Pricing Details

Price for Per Person: 25690/-  (inclusive of GST)

Advisory

Travel:

  • Trip starting/ending point: Siliguri (West Bengal)
  • Pick up and drop at Bagdogra Airport, NJP Railway station
  • Innova, Xylo or similar tourist vehicle (6 days journey)
  • Start time: First day, 12 PM (afternoon)
  • End time: Sixth day, 7 PM
  • You can book flights to/from Bagdogra based on the above timings.
  • Note: There is no night journey on this trip. All travel is during day time.

Stay:

  • Comfortable, standard guest houses / hotels.
  • 2 or 3 sharing rooms.
  • Gangtok 3 nights.
  • Lachen 1 night.
  • Lachung 1 night.

Food:

  • Breakfasts & Dinners included.
  • Lunches are self-sponsored as we will be outside at that time.
  • How much you have to spend for good food?
    200 – 250 per meal

Misc. info:

  • Batch size: 5 to 10
  • Trek Difficulty: No trekking
  • Max altitude: Gurudongmar at 17,800 feet above Sea level
  • Climate:
    Very cold at Lachen, Lachung
    Cold at Gangtok

What’s next after booking your trip:

  • Organizers will get in touch with you, or vice versa. After the confirmation, you may book your flights up and down.
  • A Whatsapp group will be created for all the registered folks 5 days before the event
  • You may discuss many things in the group and get prepared for the trip

Special Notes:

  • Expect seasonal variations in Sikkim depending on the month we are travelling
  • Travelers are expected to come with open heart by appreciating complexities of mother nature based on seasonal variations, monthly or even daily weather conditions.
  • There is no luxury involved in any part of this trip. This is a backpacking trip with basic facilities.

Seasonal Variations:

  • Mid Mar to June: Summers are pleasant in Sikkim which pull tourists in good numbers.
  • Jul to mid Sept (monsoons): The rains hit the eastern Himalayas starting from mid June. Journey would be tough during this time. We usually avoid traveling to Sikkim in rains.
  • Mid Sept to Nov (Post monsoon): Another good season to travel before extreme winter sets in. One can expect high tourist footfall in these months.
  • Dec to mid Mar: Temperatures will drop below 0 degrees towards the end of the year with the onset of snow fall covering the entire valley. It will be very difficult to travel and important roads will be closed by Indian Army.

COVID Safety & Guidelines

Double dose vaccination of COVID-19 or RTPCR Test report of COVID-19 less than 72 hours is mandatory for all participants.

General FAQs

Partial payment is an advance paid to block your slot for a particular event. Remaining amount of the event to be paid online/cash on the day of the trip.

Monks on Wheels will be arranging an Non – AC tempo traveller or a mini bus depending on the group size.

The transport will be arranged from Bengaluru.

Our trips would get confirmed 2-3 days before the event date and you’ll be added to the trip’s WhatsApp group where you’ll receive further necessary information.

Once your registration is confirmed, Monks on Wheels shall provide the exact location of our venue 2-3 days before the event.

Monks on Wheels do not restrict on the age as each individual has their own capabilities. But we would strongly recommend you to contact us so that our travel expert can give you a better idea of the trip.

These are group events open to all categories of people.

Yes, It is completely safe for women travelers. Monks on Wheels events are done keeping certain standards and safety measures. We will always send a minimum of two trip organizers for all our events. For better understanding on how we manage trips, read these reviews by our solo women travelers.
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Monks on Wheels usually have more women travelers joining our trips. However, sometimes the ratio will be almost equal.

Yes, Monks on Wheels has women trek leads.

Monks on Wheels keeps certain quality standards where we provide venues like home stays or campsites that are good and hygienic with neat and clean washrooms. And yes, we always provide separate accommodation for men and women.

Refund Policy

For cancellation done by the customer: 1. 80% refund if a cancellation request is sent 30 days before the trip start date. 2. 50% refund if a cancellation request is sent between 30 to 15 days before the trip start date. 3. An email has to be sent to [email protected] to raise a cancellation request. 4. No refund within 15 days of the event start time whatever is the reason (Health, COVID, Accident, Family crisis, Office issue, or anything else). 5. No refund during/after the event. 6. No refund on the partial payment (advance) done to block your seat for the trip. For cancellation due external forces: Monks on Wheels may have to cancel the event in case of external factors that are beyond our control like Natural Disasters, Extreme Weather Conditions, Red Alerts, Political Disturbances, Bandh/Curfews, Local Issues, Road Blocks, Train cancellations, Covid-19 or any other disease outbreaks etc. In these scenarios: 1. No Refund is allowed. 2. 100% trip amount can be used for any other new trip of the same weekend or future weekends. The difference amount will be collected from you or paid back according to the new trip cost. 3. Once you confirm your participation on the new trip, all the above Cancellation policies will apply for the same.

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