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Tour description

Your diverse cultural and hiking tour first takes you from the flatlands of West Bengal to the little-known northern mountains of this Indian state. Against the ever-impressive backdrop of the Himalayas, you will meet mountain farmers from various tribes and gain an insight into the simple way of life of the people. Optional hikes through the cultural landscape, can be individually adapted to suit your travel time and interests. In the small monastery town of Lava, you will visit the magnificently designed Buddhist temple and finally immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of the colorful, exotic markets in the small trading town of Kalimpong.

Then we will continue up north to the state of Sikkim. Terraced rice fields, bamboo groves and dense jungle dominate the steep mountain slopes. Here, the Tibetan cultural heritage is not only preserved in numerous Buddhist temples, monasteries and shrines, which play an important role in people’s daily lives. Streets are lined with fluttering prayer flags and the ceremonies of monks and shamans are of great importance. Experience such a prayer ceremony and learn a lot about the history of the former kingdom.

In the wild North Sikkim, not far from the border of Tibet, you will experience a firework of colors during the spring months in the high valley of Yumthang (3,700 m above sea level) when the various rhododendron species bloom. Yaks graze on the banks of the river, which winds its wild and romantic way through the wide valley surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Traditional houses made of rammed earth and wood as well as lonely temples dot the largely untouched mountain landscape. In the valley of Lachen you will encounter completely different vegetation. From the lush green mountain forests in the southern part of the Lachen valley, you will reach the subalpine zone after a few kilometers. Further north, sea buckthorn and rustic, lichen-covered fir forests dominate. Finally, we will reach the last settlement before the Tibetan border at almost 4,000 m above sea level and undertake a short hike into a remote, wild and romantic high valley.

You will will be able to immerse yourself in the Tibetan Buddhist heritage of Sikkim and experience the historic west and south as the tour progresses. Among other things, you will have the opportunity to visit a typical Bhutia mountain village as a guest and visit secluded monasteries and active monastic schools.

Finally, you will visit the tea town of Darjeeling and experience the flair of the colonial era at the Heritage Hotel Windamere and the luxurious Glenburn Tea Estate. Discover the exotic local market, learn about the first ascent of Mt. Everest at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, taste various excellent teas and stroll through the extensive tea gardens. Indulge in more than just culinary delights and treat yourself to a relaxing massage at the end.

We are happy to customize your tour to your needs.
Combine your tour with other destinations or activities. Contact us – we will be happy to help you.


  • Authentic culture and almost untouched nature of the northern peoples of India
  • Relaxing hikes and interesting sightseeing in Lava, Kalimpong, Lachen and many more
  • Buddhist monastery culture and Tibetan heritage
  • The tasteful heritage of the British colonial rulers – the tea culture of Darjeeling


  • Day 1-4: Arrival in the rural region of Kalimpong from Bagdogra airport. Hikes in the rural, lower mountain region (approx. 1,200 m above sea level) through remote villages and hamlets. Visit a village school and the town of Kalimpong with its sights.
  • Day 5-17: Continued journey on to Sikkim (east, north, south & west)
  • Day 18-20: Journey to Darjeeling with activities and sightseeing in and around the tea city of Darjeeling.
  • Day 21: Return journey to Bagdogra airport, return flight to Delhi or Kolkata; connecting programs “Bhutan”, a destination in “Northeast India” or city tour “Delhi” or “Kolkata”.


  • All hikes and excursions on this tour can be adapted to suit your interests and physical fitness
  • Combine this travel module, for example with the “Goechela Trekking to Khangchendzonga”

Best time to travel

You can travel to this region all year round and tailor your travel window to suit your personal interests. In springtime, the blossoms of the awakening nature are intoxicating. In autumn, the climatic conditions are ideal for hiking and the harvest season brings many colorful, religious events. In winter, the Buddhist New Year is celebrated with its many ceremonies and the climate at lower altitudes is very pleasant for hiking. During the monsoon season in summer, the humidity is quite high overall, but the north is largely spared from heavy rainfall.

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