The north of Sikkim is the least populated region and the culture of the Bhutias and Lepchas is still lived quite authentically here. The Bhutias and Lepchas are proud of their culture and Buddhist ceremonies play a very important role in people’s lives. On the way north, weather permitting, we visit the famous Tashi viewpoint, from where we can enjoy a particularly beautiful view of the 8,000-metre Kangchendzönga and the Siniolchu and Narsing mountains. At Kabi we stop at the historically important village of Lungchok. The monoliths placed here by the indigenous people mark the brotherhood covenant that the Lepchas made with the Bhutias who immigrated from Tibet in the 15th century. Every year, this sacred place serves the Lepchas as a venue for shamanistic rituals in honor of the medicinal herbs. The journey then continues past the impressive “Seven Sisters” waterfall to the village of Tumlong. On a clear day, we have a magnificent view of the surrounding mountains as far as the 7000-metre Jomolhari, which lies on the border with Bhutan. On the way, we make a stop at the monasteries of Labrang and Phodong.
The tour continues to the village of Rang, where we have lunch. On the onward journey, we pass in front of the bridge over the Tista River. Here we are in a region that can only be visited with a special permit. From here we continue on an adventurous, bumpy road. The bridge to the village of Tingvong was buried by a rockslide in 2016. Since 2018, the village has been accessible again without a boat via the new pedestrian bridge. We leave our vehicle in front of the bridge and are picked up on the other bank by a local jeep cab. During a half-hour drive, we are taken to the family home where we are staying today.
Overnight stay in the easy family house in Tingvong (1450 meters). (F,M,A)
Drive time 4 h, hike 1 – 2 h