Day 1: Bagdogra to Aritar
Pick up from Bagdogra Airport and drive to Aritar. O/n at a Homestay in Aritar
Day 2: Hike to Pangolakha Sanctuary
After breakfast we embark on a beautiful day hike to Pangolakha Wildlife Sanctuary. The wildlife sanctuary is linked to the forests of Bhutan and Neora Valley National Park of West Bengal making it a bio diversity hotspot. Our route will pass through dense temperate where we will be able to spot different species of birds such as Laughing Thrush, Minla, Pheasant, Finch, Yuhina and many more. A 3- 4 hour hike from Aritar will bring us to our destination – Phusrey Lake which is considered holy by the locals. On our way back we visit the village Mankhim. O/n at a Homestay in Aritar
Day 3: Aritar- Phadamchen
After breakfast at homestay depart for Phadamchen . The first part of the route we cover on foot, walking downhill from Aritar village to Rongli via the old horse trail used by traders when the trade route between India and Tibet was open. At present many sections of the route have merged with the existing road. En route interact with local villagers whose families had worked as traders during old days to learn more through their experiences. From here we drive to Padamchen passing through the scenic villages of Dalapchand, Rongli and Lingtam.
Phadamchen village lies on the foothills of Eastern Himalayas, surrounded by dense temperate forest. These forests are home to many birds such as Laughing Thrushes, Fulvettas, Honey Buzzards, Steppe Eagles, Babblers, and Tits. A clear day presents an opportunity to view hill slopes of Kalimpong, Pedong, Regu, Pakyong & Gangtok. O/n at a Homestay in Padamchen .
Day 4: Phadamchen to Nathang
Today we drive up the famous winding roads of the Silk route to Nathang valley, via the hamlets of Zuluk & Lungthung- Dhupi Dara. Morning stop over at Thambi view point from where we catch a magnificent sunrise unfold over the Kangchenjunga range.
Arrive at Nathang in the afternoon and have lunch at our homestay. After lunch we hike across Alpine terrain to the Eagle Nest bunker. Gnathang valley is a high altitude plateau is located at an altitude of 13,500 feet above sea level and flanked by mountains on all sides. O/n at a Homestay in Nathang
Day 5: Nathang to Gangtok
A scenic drive awaits us today as we drive to Kupuk, a small settlement close to Jelepla pass. On reaching Kupup walk to the nearby Elephant Lake, absorbing the serenity this place offers. Continue our drive to Tsomgo lake via Baba Mandir & Mememcho lake. By early evening we reach the capital city of Gangtok. O/n at Mintokling Guesthouse or similar
Day 6: Gangtok
This morning we visit the Rumtek monastery, the seat of the Karmapa . This magnanimous monastery houses a monastic school, a huge library and two big temples containing many rare artefacts and scriptures of the Karma Kagyu sect of Buddhism. On the way back visit the Tibetology museum to acquaint yourself with Buddhism and its advent into Sikkim.
In the evening stroll through Lal Bazaar – the lively fresh market where we can get many interesting ingredients. Those who want to buy souvenirs can explore shops would M.G. Road. Later in the evening we visit a local pub, happlity ending our offbeat tour of Sikkim. O/n at Mintokling Guesthouse or similar
Day 7: Gangtok- to Bagdogra
Drop to Bagdogra Airport. Participants are suggested to book flights departing after 2.30 pm