“A stunning 5-day guided walking and cultural tour through the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas, staying in local villages”
Expect warm and cosy rooms in the authentic Sikkimese homes. Shakti has made small touches to the furnishings, as well as building Western loos and bathrooms (not always ensuite), but otherwise they are the genuine article. The roofs and courtyards are slated; floors and walls are made of wooden panelling, with dhurries (Indian rugs) on top.
The first place, Yangsum Farm, is a lovely homestay with 5 wooden panelled rooms. All are ensuite, with clean, functional bathrooms. The wonderful views look out across the Himalayan range of Kanchenjunga.
The village houses at Sandyang Lee and Hee both have 2 rooms, sleeping 4 in total. Again, they are wood-panelled, with 2 local string beds (charpoy) with mattresses. An outside bathroom, with a Western toilet and bucket showers (hot and cold water is supplied), serves both rooms. Views here are of the mighty snow-capped Himalayas, including the awe-inspiring Kanchenjunga; Hee is at a higher altitude than Sandyang Lee, so the vistas are if anything even more spectacular.
The sheets, pillows, linen, blankets, and towels are supplied by Shakti, including Sikkimese textile duvets. A homely feeling is created with rugs on the floor and a bedside table with lamps. Guests must leave their shoes outside the rooms on the shoe rack supplied - the flooring in the rooms is carpeted. Shakti asks that you remember local people are hosting you as their guest and to respect this in your behaviour and comments.
The food is local Sikkimese food, which is not too spicy and consists of momos (which can be either vegetarian or with meat), noodles, beef and pork curries, spinach, rice and ciapatti (Indian bread). For breakfast you get fruit and muesli, with eggs and toast.
The lunches are packed and are mezze style. Expect to sample the local drink, tongba, which is fermented millet served in a bamboo container.
Meals are prepared and served by each house owner. Wood fires are used for cooking, an authentic and traditional method. All cooking and preparation uses sanitised/purified water for hygiene. Let Shakti know if you have any specific allergies or food dislikes.
Alcohol will be served at each village house and is inclusive in the rate - there's a generic selection of Indian spirits, beer and soft drinks. You may prefer to bring your own choice of alcohol.
Children above the age of 5 are accepted on the hikes, though we think they're more suitable for over 8s with a strong sense of adventure. Children under 12 sharing their parents' room receive a 50% discount. There are no babysitting facilities along the route, but extra bedding can be arranged and special dishes cooked with advance notice.
Teens (over 12)
Extra Beds Available