FAQs

Ashmita Trek and Tours is an Organisation of experienced, hard working and dedicated company. was formed up in 2007 by Mr. Subash Tamang who is in second generation of the business that was started in 1980 by his father. But being an adventurous and enterprising character all his life, Subash honed his skills as a Mountain trekking and Cultural tour guide between 1998 and 2007. During this period he spent much of his time in Darjeeling, Bhutan,Nepal and Sikkim areas. He organizes great tours and treks in Darjeeling and Sikkim areas through his small team of skilled guides. He has gained more than 15 years experience in tourism.

Darjeeling is called “Queen of Hills” located near the Majestic Himalayas in North East corner of India, one of the beautiful districts of West Bengal. Darjeeling is one of the most magnificent hill resorts in the world with Mt. Kanchendzonga over the azure sky.The place is heaven cover flaming red rhododendrons, the sparkling white magnolias, the miles if undulating hill sides covered with emerald green tea bushes, the exotic forests of silver fir- All under the blanket of a brilliant azure sky dappled with specks of clouds.

We recommend the best season to visit Darjeeling is after the monsoon season, from September until mid-December (before the winter sets in). Mid-February to May are also preferred months for visitors. During these two periods, the clouds and rains disappear and the entire Himalayan range is visible.

Autumn (Sep-Nov):

This is the best time to visit Darjeeling Himalayas and pick tourist season. The weather is pleasant with clear blue sky.One can truly enjoy the scenic view of natural glamour during this season. This is also the season to celebrate some of the local cultural festivals of Darjeeling like Dashain and Diwali.

Spring (Mar-May):
The temperature is mildly warm in Darjeeling with plenty of opportunity to enjoy the Himalayas range It is also the best season for blooming flowers like varities of  Rhododendron and magnolia can be seen blossoming decorating the entire region.

Winter (Dec-Feb):

During the winter season in Darjeeling the weather is cold and the sky is clear with occasional snowfall in the higher elevations above 2500miters. This season is also available for those who have keen interest to enjoy snow fall and extreme cold.

Monsoon (Jun-Aug):

This is the time of monsoon in Darjeeling faces rainy season time .The weather is hot and wet It rains almost every day with occasional thunderstorm in the evening.

All of our team including tours and trekking are guided and driven by local, multilingual guides; ensuring the best possible knowledge of the area including history, culture and heritage sites. All of our guides are fully trained, holding guiding licenses and have experience in dealing with both European and Asian clients. Our clients often praise our tour and trekking guides as being one of the highlights of their holiday tour in Darjeeling, Sikkim, and Nepal. We love all of our clients; from the nature lovers, to families, to every other walk of life. Our deep experience allows us to adapt to the wishes and needs of our clients to provide a memorable trekking and tour adventure. 

All of our efforts serve one single purpose: to make our clients happy! 
Excellent service with more than eight years of experience in India including the Sikkim, Darjeeling and Nepalese areas. Customized and tailored holiday plans -- tours and treks as per your specifications and holiday needs.

Depends on the season of course and generally it's comfortable tours/treks. Please ask for more details based on the tour of your preference. You could be trekking in a T-shirt or with a wind breaker, but mostly the days are fine and the evenings the temperature will be cool to chilly. For Darjeeling it is just perfect for most of the time. If you are doing treks above 3000miters in winter then it could get -10 degree Celsius at the most.

Anyone in reasonably good health can join our trips. Many activities on tour are optional, so you can choose them according to your fitness level. Most National Parks offer a variety of hiking trails that suit all levels of adventure and fitness. Many other activities do not require previous experience and are not fitness related. 

The average group size is around 10-12 passengers with a maximum of 13. The minimum number of travellers on any trip is around 4-5 although this is not common. 

Depending on what sort of tour/treks you are taking. Mostly tours featured in this site are easy so simple healthy people can enjoy a tour in Darjeeling, Sikkim, Nepal, and Bhutan. For trekking you must be fit enough to trek about 6 -7 hours a day. We have given grading for all the tours/treks featured in this site so please look at the grading system for more details.

Depends on where you trekking in Darjeeling All the trekkers have to stay in Tea houses and private lodges. And Sikkim at tent.

Tea houses are the combination of guest house, restaurant and social hang out. We encourage all trekkers along the treks to try our tea house treks. Our many years of experience along these routes have helped us find the friendliest, cleanest, and most enjoyable tea houses with the best views. Most tea houses have running water.

Generally treks done in remote areas in the forests so do not expect showers. Most of tea houses and private lodges will provide you hot water in bucket and most bathrooms are shared.

Almost every tea house serves the traditional Nepali meal Dal Bhat (rice and curried lentils). All tea houses we stay at have a variety of different foods on the menu including noodles, rice, potatoes, vegetables and soup. Some have Nepali versions of western food such as pizza and Finger Chips. The choice is yours. Sodas and beer are available at most of the tea houses and of course Nepali milk tea is served everywhere.

All tea houses have boiled water for trekkers. Your guide will provide you with all the water you need during your trek. We discourage the purchase of bottled water while on the trail. The plastic bottles are difficult to dispose off and have become an environmental problem.

There are two good options for having proper drinking water during your trek. You can bring water purification tablets or fill your bottle for a nominal fee from the recognized and regulated "pure water" stations along the trek. As a last alternative you can also purchase bottled water at the lodges but this is not recommended. It is very important that you drink at least 3 litters of pure water daily during the trekking. 

On treks staying overnight in lodges you will just need a waterproof rucksack or day-pack with change of clothes, towel and toiletries. We suggest you limit the weight to 7-10kgs. On camping treks our porters carry all camping and cooking equipment plus the extra or heavy gear your need to bring but you should be able to carry 13-15Kgs.

It is not very good trekking during the monsoon season which starts from June to August except treks in the Himalayan rain shadow like Sikkim Gochala, Dzongri, Sigalila and Darjeeling Singalila-Phalut trek. But you can do it lower altitude trek like Darjeeling Tonglu and tumbling trek which is 2night 3days or 1night 2days.

Yes, we requre to our client both travel medical and travel insurance.

All tour and treks in Darjeeling and Sikkim demand a sufficient level of fitness, therefore you should check with your doctor concerning your health and fitness before beginning your journey. Please inform Ashmita Trek and Tours of any pre-existing medical conditions or disabilities.

The altitude sickness will get normally from 3000 meters above. Normally below three 3000 meters will not have altitude related problems usually for people for stable health. But above it can cause altitude related sickness. If you have a health condition which might cause problems please consult a doctor on the advisability of doing the trek.

Equipment List

Backpack : a backpack with multiple-compartments will surely help you to keep your personal belongings safe and organized a good quality haversack as to make all things to fit in one it must be comfortable while walking with it.

Clothing : The trek routes go from low to high altitudes. We suggest you bring. A sweater, T- shirt, A fleece jacket, Good trousers, several pairs of socks, a water proof jacket, light wind-proof/water-proof jacket , long sleeve shirts, woollen cap and hand gloves.

Hiking Shoes : make sure you choose the right footwear that is lightweight and durable and has complete grip. Sun Protection Cream and A water bottle

First Aid : to heal minor injuries, cuts, or burns, carry your own small first aid kit with basic medicines and bandages.

Flashlights : A frontal lamp or an electric torch.

A good Sleeping Bag (-10C)
A walking stick optional

You can say thanks by tipping the guides and porters it’s not mandatory but expected always appreciated. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately guides will divide tips.

After choosing the trip you wish to join, the first step is to send us email at subashtrek@gmail.com to conform the available and 15% ofdiposite has to be made in order to conform the rasovation ,all ditils will be emailed to you to maked esy for you to book. and next step we will advaice you to book plain ticket to Asia and get rady for the on advanture in the himalyas of a life time.

Ashmita Trek & Tours is located on Nehru Road (the main commercial road that leads to Chowrasta Mall), and next to Keventer's Restaurant.- a prime commercial location. Darjeeling. It is in 10 min driving distance from the Darjeeling man railway station.

Experience is not the requirement for short hiking. Sound health and physical condition is enough for it but for long trek Regulus recommends you to get good practice of hiking and work out at your home. 

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