Sikkim Backpacking Trip with Pelling, Ravangla (6D/5N)

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  • 6 Days 5 Nights
  • Group Size: Minimum 3, Maximum 20
  • Difficulty : Easy
  • Starting/End Location : Bagdogra/NJP

Overview

Hello travelers!

Sikkim is gifted with stunning natural wonders like high mountain passes, numerous glaciers, alpine lakes, chilling cold rivers, hot water springs and rich culture.

As part of this backpacking trip, we will cover places in East, North & West Sikkim where popular tourist attractions are located.

We will start the trip with attractions if East like Tsomgo Lake which is known for seasonal change in the colour of its water, Baba Mandir which has an interesting “Ghost” story behind it, and the NathuLa Pass  which is a Indo-China border post.

Second in line is North Sikkim towards Lachung valley, a scenic mountain route with gushing waterfalls, apple & apricot orchards and stunning landscapes. Part of Lachung valley is Yumthang, known as Valley of Flowers, that is home to numerous species of Rhododendron flowers on the banks of river Lachung which is a tributary of Teesta, the main river originating from Sikkim. It’s also home to hot water springs believed to be having medicinal properties.

We will end the trip by vising places in West Sikkim like Ravangla & Pelling. Ravangla is a quiet town surrounded by Himalayan peaks where a giant statue of Buddha sits peacefully. This place called Buddha park which is a blend of spirituality and nature, also offers a museum with paintings and writings on the life of Buddha. Pelling, lying at the foothills of Mt.Khangchendzonga offers breathtaking views of world’s 3rd highest mountain. It has interesting places like ancient Pemayangtse Monastery, Rabdentse Ruins and local flea markets where one can buy traditional handicrafts and souvenirs.

The monasteries, temples, bridges hoisted with colorful Buddhist prayer flags, and the unmatched beauty of Sikkim will give an opportunity to spend blissful time amidst mother nature, detox and unwind.

A trip to Sikkim is a blend of innumerable view points, glittering sights of Himalayan peaks, ice cold climate, a bit of culture and a sense of rejuvenation and peace.

Why wait!

Highlights of the trip:

  • Yumthang – Valley of Flowers
  • Lachung Valley
  • Free flowing Teesta River
  • Butterfly Falls, Bhim Nala Falls
  • Nathu La Pass, Baba Mandir
  • Changu Lake
  • How Water Springs
  • Pelling – Foothills of Mt. Kanchenjunga
  • Pemayangtse Monastery
  • Pelling Sky Walk (Glass Bridge)
  • Rabdentse Ruins
  • Ravangla – Buddha Park
  • Gangtok MG Road stroll

Inclusions

  • Travel for 6 Days (Bagdogra to Bagdogra)
  • Stay for 5 nights (2 and 3 sharing rooms)
  • 5 Breakfasts
  • 2 Dinners (Pelling, Lachung)
  • Inner Line Permit (ILP) charges
  • Airport pickup and drop (fixed timings)
  • Trip Guide (for groups above 5 members)
  • Once in a lifetime experience visiting all places mentioned in Highlights section

Exclusions

  • Meals not mentioned in Inclusions
  • Any kind of activities, rides, entry tickets, shopping or misc. expenses other than mentioned in Inclusions
  • 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.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Bagdogra to Gangtok

  • Travelers coming by Flight will get picked at Bagdogra Airport at around 1 PM in the afternoon followed by New Jalpaiguri (NJP) railway station around 01:15 PM.
  • We will start our journey towards the capital city of Sikkim – Gangtok along the curvy road that runs parallel to the free flowing Teesta river originating from the glaciers of Sikkim.
  • It’s a drive of 200 Km that usually takes 5 hours along with a Lunch stop.
  • Check into the guest house by late evening and take a walk on the famous MG marg – the mall road of Gangtok. You can try tasty momos or chow for Dinner and shop for items needed for the trip.
  • Good night.

Day 2 - Day trip to Tsomgo Lake, Baba Mandir, Nathula Pass

  • Start the day early with Breakfast
  • Go on a day trip towards picturesque oval-shaped Tsomgo Lake (also called Changu Lake) which is famous for sturdy Yaks, Red Panda and various migratory Birds.
  • Continue journey to Baba Mandir at an elevation of 13,000 feet. There is an interesting “Ghost” story of Baba Harbhajan Singh who served Indian Army during the 1960s.
  • We will then head to Nathula Pass on the Indo-China border at an elevation of 14,100 feet, which needs a special permit (we would have pre-applied beforehand).
  • Nathu La is strategically important for the Indian Army, and is one of the very few Himalayan border posts open for visitors like us.
  • Head back to the guest house by late evening.
  • Dinner with social gathering and take good rest for the night.

Day 3 - Lachung valley Trip

  • Today we will start our journey towards high altitude North Sikkim famous for snow capped mountains, pristine lakes, gushing water falls and natural hot springs.
  • Take a pit stop at Butterfly waterfalls and Bhim Nala falls, click lots of selfies.
  • Stop for Lunch at beautiful Chungthang village at the confluence of Lachen and Lachung rivers.
  • We will continue our journey to the next destination Lachung Valley.
  • Rest for the night at Lachung guest house.

Day 4 - Yumthang Valley, back to Gangtok

  • Start the day very early around 4 AM.
  • We will head towards Yumthang valley, situated at an elevation of 11800 feet, a 1.5 hour drive from Lachung.
  • Yumthang which is known as ‘Valley of Flowers” is located in the valley by the Lachung river. It is a picture perfect setting surrounded by snow-clad mountains on all sides.
  • Give a visit to natural Yumthang hot springs which are known for their medicinal properties because of rich Sulphur and other mineral content. There is a beautiful walking bridge filled with colorful prayer flags across the river Lachung. Hot springs are located at the other side of the bridge. The temperature of hot water springs varies between 50 to 60 degrees celsius even in freezing winter times. Truly a little wonder of mother nature.
  • We will try local food for Lunch.
  • Start return journey towards Gangtok by late afternoon.
  • Check into Gangtok guest house, Dinner and rest.

Day 5 - Ravalgla & Pelling

  • Check out of the Gangtok stay after a heavy Breakfast.
  • Start journey towards a peaceful village named Ravangla that has a Buddha Park where a giant statue of Buddha sits amidst the backdrop of Himalayas.
  • Take a stroll in the park, visit Museum, temple & spend some quality time meditating at this serene setting.
  • After Lunch, continue our journey to one of the most picturesque towns of Sikkim, Pelling that is located at the foothills of World’s 3rd highest peak – the mighty Kanchenjunga!
  • We will visit interesting places in Pelling like ancient Pemayangtse Monastery, Rabdentse Ruins and local flea market where one can buy traditional handicrafts and souvenirs.
  • Dinner and rest at Pelling guest house.

Day 6 - Pelling Sky Walk, Airport Drop

  • Early morning we will visit the stunning Sky walk of Pelling that is also called a Glass Bridge. Sky walk is a well-maintained & famous place in Pelling with all safety measures. On a clear day, one can get to view magnificence of mighty Kanchenjunga.
  • Note: Sometimes we will visit Sky Walk a day before itself, especially where there are afternoon flights to catch from Bagdogra Airport.
  • Check out of Pelling stay after Breakfast. 
  • We will then bid adieu to the Himalayas of Sikkim and head back towards planes of West Bengal where we started our journey 6 days back.
  • It’s a 5 hour journey including a Lunch stop, so it’s safe to book flight after 5:50 PM.
  • Note: Our team can assist you in booking your flight tickets (sometimes at discounted rates).

What to Expect

About Trip:

This is a No-luxury, shared-model trip.
It involves standard/comfort local stays & travel.
It best suits for people who wish to socialize and prefer group travel.
If you wish to have privacy & luxury, then check out our Private Trips.
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Travel:
  • Trip starting/ending point: Bagdogra Airport (Siliguri)
  • Pick up and drop at Bagdogra Airport, NJP Railway station
  • Innova, Xylo, Hatchback or similar tourist vehicle (6 days journey)
  • Start time: First day, 12:45 PM (afternoon)
  • End time: Sixth day, 5:50 PM (evening)
  • 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.
Flight tickets:
  • Our team can assist you in booking your flight tickets through a third party agent without any extra fees.
  • Sometimes, there is a chance to get cheaper rates than online portals.

Stay:
  • Comfortable, standard guest houses / hotels.
  • 2 or 3 sharing rooms.
  • Gangtok 3 nights.
  • Lachung 1 night.
  • Pelling 1 night.
  • Contact Booking Team on 9880539183 if you wish to see stay pictures.

Food:
  • All 5 Breakfasts & 2 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: 4 to 10
  • Trek Difficulty: No trekking
  • Max altitude: Lachung at 12000 feet above Sea level
  • Climate:
    Very cold at Lachung
    Cold at Gangtok, Pelling, other places.

Booking Procedure:

There are 2 ways of booking this trip

  • Directly book through Book Now option.
    > Full payment.
  • Book with Partial Payment
    > Booking amount of  INR 10000 shall be made.
    > Send screenshot to Booking Team on 9880539183. An e-mail confirmation will be sent after acknowledgement.
    > Remaining trip amount shall be paid 1 month before trip start date.
    > Booking amount is non-refundable if cancelled later or failed to pay balance amount on time.
  • Note: Within 1 month, ONLY full payment option is applicable.

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 Dec (Post monsoon): Another good season to travel before extreme winter sets in. One can expect high tourist footfall in these months.
  • Jan 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 could be blocked.

FAQ

Things to carry

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

What's next after booking your trip?

  • Organizers will get in touch with you, or vice versa.
  • Once minimum number of people book this trip (at least 4 members), Organizing team will give a green signal to book your flights.
  • A Whatsapp group will be created for all the registered folks 5 days before the event.

Terms & Conditions

  • The itinerary is fixed. No special requests to change itinerary/schedule shall be entertained. Travellers are not allowed to advice/instruct the Organizers (Driver or Trip Leader or Operations Manager) to change the itinerary.
  • Cooperate with the Organizers in following the schedule set for the day (especially getting up and getting ready in the morning). This will ensure travellers won’t miss out on the real fun part that is traveling and visiting all places in itinerary.
  • Every traveler is responsible for his/her for your own safety. Do not indulge in any illegal or silly activity that causes harm to self or fellow travelers.
  • Do not wander into the forest away from the designated trail for treks. There may be snakes, scorpions, and dangerous animals.
  • Unexpected situations: In rare scenarios, we might not be able to cover all the places mentioned in the itinerary because of unpredictable reasons like bad weather, landslides, wild animal presence, abrupt blocking of sites by the police/forest/local authorities, delay in travel because of an issue with our group itself, traffic conditions, etc. In most cases, if the time permits, the Organizers will take travelers to an alternative place. But in some cases, we may have to skip places altogether.
  • No alcohol & smoking during travel, treks, and other outdoor activities. There would be a separate window and space (usually at night) to have these at the stays for interested people.
  • Travelers are expected to respect each other and help one another. Avoid discussing sensitive matters like sex, politics, and religion/caste/race.
  • Using foul or abusive language, eve-teasing, arguing with fellow travelers/Organizers, and/or involving in the physical assault will not be accepted and will stand a chance of being deserted by the group then and there.
  • Every traveler is expected to digitally fill & submit a liability/waiver form given by the Organizers before the trip. This liability form will discharge Muddie Trails of any unexpected incident like injury/death/theft etc.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation by Traveler

  • 80% refund if a cancellation request is sent 30 days before the trip start date.
  • 50% refund if a cancellation request is sent between 30 to 15 days before the trip start date.
  • An email has to be sent to muddietrails@gmail.com to raise a cancellation request.
  • No refund within 15 days of the event start time whatever is the reason (Health, COVID, Accident, Family crisis, Office issue, or anything else).
  • No refund during/after the event.
  • No refund on the partial payment (advance) done to block your seat for the trip.

Cancellation by Muddie Trails

Muddie Trails may decide to cancel the event if there are less than 3 travelers signed up for the trip/trek.

What if we don’t get the minimum number of people for the trip?
We have 2 options in this case:
Option 1: Complete refund.
Option 2: Switch to any other long trip of the same dates or future dates. The difference amount will be collected from you or paid back according to the new trip cost.

Note: We do not recommend to book flight tickets until the trip is confirmed with atleast 3 travelers signed up.


Cancellation due to external factors

Muddie Trails 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:

  • No Refund is allowed.
  • 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.
  • Once you confirm your participation on the new trip, all the above Cancellation policies will apply for the same.
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