- duration 20 days
- tour type Group
- age requirement 18+ years old
- max group size 16
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Experience the famous hill stations of Sikkim and tea plantations of Darjeeling
- Absorb diverse Buddhist traditions with visits to Rumtek Monastery and Takstang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery
- Trek through forests and over passes to experience the stunning mountain views in Sikkim
- Journey between India and Bhutan to appreciate the beautiful villages and landscapes of the region
A spectacular trek in the Kanchenjunga region of Sikkim combined with a cultural tour in Bhutan. This is an exhilarating itinerary combining a spectacular trek in Sikkim with a journey to the Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan. Our introductory trek follows trails through magnificent rhododendron forest (in full bloom in May) to verdant yak grazing pastures where we camp beneath the magnificent backdrop of Kanchenjunga. In between we visit the renowned hill station of Darjeeling, the thriving capital of Gangtok and the legendary town of Kalimpong. Travelling to Bhutan we have opportunities for day walks to visit the ancient dzongs (forts) and Buddhist monasteries in the Paro and Thimphu valleys to appreciate the rich cultural heritage of the kingdom.
We enjoyed to see many wildlife and plants throughout the tour.
Tortuguero, Arenal, and Monteverde, each place varies of their weather, landscape, animals, and plants. So it is interesting to see these diferences.”
Day 1 : Arrive Kathmandu
Day 2 : Fly Bhadrapur, drive to Darjeeling
Day 3 : In Darjeeling
Day 4 : Drive to Yuksom (approx. 6hrs.)
Day 5 : Commence trek to Bakhim (Walk approx. 6-7hrs.)
Day 6 : Bakhim to Pethang camp (Walk approx. 5-6hrs.)
Day 7 : Pethang to Dzongri (Walk approx. 3hrs.)
Day 8 : At Dzongri
Day 9 : Dzongri to Thansing (Walk approx. 4hrs.)
Day 10 : Thansing to Tsoka village (Walk approx. 5-6hrs.)
Day 11 : Tsoska to Yuksom (Walk approx. 5-6hrs.)
Day 12 : Drive to Gangtok (drive approx. 6hrs.)
Day 13 : In Gangtok
Day 14 : Drive to Kalimpong (approx. 6hrs)
Day 15 : Drive to Phuentsholing (Bhutan) (6-7hrs.)
Day 16 : Drive to Thimphu (6-7hrs.)
Day 17 : In Thimphu
Day 18 : Drive to Paro (1-1/2hrs.)
Day 19 : In Paro
Day 20 : Trip concludes in Paro
- Good quality accommodation in Kathmandu/Darjeeling/Gangtok/Kalimpong/Thimphu/Paro
- 19 breakfasts, 18 lunches and 18 dinners
- Internal flight Kathmandu/Bhadrapur approx US$130
- Airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 20
- Private transportation
- Expert bilingual guide
- Group medical kit
- The use of a World Expeditions trek pack which includes a quality sleeping bag, down or fibre fill jacket and insulated mat (valued at over US$500)
- All group camping equipment
- All park entrance fees and trekking permits
- Porters to carry 20kg of personal equipment
- Sightseeing and site entry fees as listed
- Souvenir World Expeditions kit bag
- Bhutan Government visa and sustainability fees
- International flights
- Bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks
- Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc.
- Airport and departure taxes
- Travel Insurance
- visas (excluding Bhutan)
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Sikkim Bhutan Trek tour. You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 69 days of departure.Payment
For any tour departures within 30 August 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 30 August 2021, a deposit is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 69 days before trip departure.Travel Insurance
Sikkim Bhutan Trek tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this Sikkim Bhutan Trek tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.For Solo Travelers
A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.COVID-19 Safety Measures
This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:
- Smaller group sizes have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19 and to ensure that the tour complies with local authorities’ guidelines.
- Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this trip. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
- A multitude of COVID-19 distancing measures have been implemented on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
- This tour has obtained a COVID-19 CLEAN accreditation from Quality Tourism Australia.
How much money do I need to bring with me?
Your personal budget obviously depends on your spending habits and what is included in your trip cost. If accommodation is included, but meals are not, we would suggest that you bring around 30 USD per day per person for meals. Having a hot shower or charging your device sometimes costs extra. There are also sometimes small crafts/souvenirs to buy along the trekking route which you may want to bring extra money for. Also, consider whether you would be staying in Kathmandu or Pokhara before or after your trek.
Is quarantine in Nepal in effect for arriving visitors?
In response to the current Covid situation, rules for arriving visitors may change frequently and sometimes without notice. Please check the government travel pages and advisories of your home country and the official website of the Nepal Tourism board here.
- What happens if someone gets altitude sickness, does the rest of the group continue on?
- How does it work with a porter?
Is a visa on arrival available?
Typically, yes. However, in response to the current Covid situation, rules for arriving visitors may change frequently and sometimes without notice. It may be necessary to obtain a tourist visa in your own country before travel. For updated information on visas, please check the Nepal Tourism Board and the Government of Nepal Immigration websites.