Darjeeling Gorkhey Timburey Home Stay Trek (Village to Village)

  • Duration5 Days
  • DestinationIndia
  • Difficulty LevelEasy
  • Max Altitude3,700mt

About Trip

For the most authentic cultural experience in northeast India, take our Homestay Trek in Darjeeling(Village to Village). Live the life of local villagers and gain knowledge about their lifestyle, while enjoying the pristine beauty of the rolling green hills and massive mountain peaks.

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy the village lifestyle. Time moves slower, and there is no rush to be anywhere. The anxieties and worries that you carry with you will disappear each day on the trail. Realize that the trivial problems of everyday life are quite small in the grand scheme of your lifetime. You will become present on the trail and feel a sense of inner peace. By the end of the Homestay Trek in Darjeeling (Village to Village), you might just want to stay!

Before the homestay trek begins, we have a full day of cultural exploration in Darjeeling.There is so much to see in Darjeeling, that one day simply is not enough, but we see as much as we can. Check out the Toy Train, an UNESCO World Heritage site. Also, one cannot leave Darjeeling without tasting its famous tea from one of the many tea plantations. After sipping an energizing cup of tea, it’s time to check out some of the elaborate monasteries and temples in the city.

The following day, we leave for the trek. Traverse through hills and forests, staying in village upon village. Each night you will stay in a rural accommodation. The facilities are simple, yet comfortable and home-like. Eat the local cuisine, which is often more hygienic and organic than food in the cities. Learn how to make some of the foods in the process! Experience the peaceful environment and lovely Nepalese and Sikkamese hospitality. Learn about their history, culture, customs, food, and festivals while staying with them. In fact, if you would like to schedule your trek during one of the exciting festivals, we can arrange for that! Just let us know. You can read books about these local ethnic groups, but to actually live with them is a much more authentic experience. The connections you make will last a lifetime!

Few treks connect you this well with the local people, facilitating a learning experience between both groups. It is truly a once in a lifetime experience. The snapshots of the natural landscapes and wildlife will be remembered, but it is the genuine moments that you share with the Sherpa, Rai, Tamang, Dukpa people that are most cherished.

It is possible to do the Homestay Trek in Darjeeling(Village to Village) throughout the year. The best times, though, are spring (March to May) and fall (September to November). In the springtime, the colorful flowers are blooming. During the fall, the skies are usually clearer. Ashmita Trek and Tours arranges the trek with full management, including transportation, meals, etc. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions!

Highlights

  • Wonderful opportunity to explore the local culture.
  • Visit Darjeeling  Zoo, one of the best zoos in the world to receive the prestigious International award "The Earth Heroes" 2014 out of over 300 zoos worldwide.
  • Experience the popular UNESCO heritage Toy Train Joyride in Darjeeling.
  • Homestay with a local family in a traditional village.
  • Experience our local culture and tradition.
  • View of beautiful terrace fields during your hike.
  • Rivers, springs and waterfalls along the hike.
  • Trek to neighboring hilltop villages.

Itinerary

Expand all +Collapse all -

Spend your perfect holidays in Darjeeling Himalaya.Our Airport representative will receive you at the Bagdogra. International Airport.From the Airport you will be transferred to your hotel in a private tourist vehicle.Overnight stay at the hotel.

    After your breakfast you will be briefed by your tour guide about the tour. Later enjoy World Heritage steam Toy Train ride for 2 hours and enjoy guided sightseeing tours to famous Himalayan Zoological parkn Himalayan mountaineering Institute and Everest Museum, Tea garden and Tibetan refugee self help center. Back to the otel, the evening is free to explore around the famous Chaurasta mall road. Overnight stay at the hotel.

      Our trek starts with a drive (2 hours) by jeep to a small village of Manaybhanjyang that lies just outside the Singalila National Park. Manaybhanjyang having an altitude of 2134 meters also known as village of tribe people between India and Nepal border is the place where wen have to show passport and visa in immigration office i.e. for International clients.We start the trek through a forest trail of patches of oak and rododendron leading to Tumling which takes about 5-6 hrs walk . From here there are particularly good views of Darjeeling town which spreads over the ridge immediately opposite and 1000 metres below us on one hand and wide views of the entire Kangchenjunga range on the other. We will stay at Shikhar lodge run by a friendly local Gurung family. Overnight stay at Sikhar lodge.

        After your breakfast we will start our trek from Tumling to Phedikhola via Gairibas. On our way we find a dense forest covered with rhododendron, oak and magnolia trees. We also can experience magnificent views of small streams on our way. The people here reside in the areas near the end of a river or khola (in Nepali language) so this place derives the name “Phedikhola”. The settlement in Phedikhola comprises of only 5 to 10 households where Dukpa community resides. While visiting the village we can explore the unique culture of these tribal people. Overnight stay will be at one of the homestays.

          After your breakfast we trek from Phedikhola to Upper Sepi via Namla forest through a fascinating valley with waterfalls and springs. There is a holy cave in Namla (name of a place) where Buddhists worship. The people here are from Rai and Sherpa communities. We will take our lunch in Namla.

            Want to read it later?

            Download this trip's brochure & start trip planning offline.

            What's Included

            • Airport and hotel pickup & drop by a private tourist vehicle.
            • Accommodation 3night in Darjeeling with family home stay fefore and fater trek wit breakfast and dinner.
            • Accommodation during your trek in local family homes with Nepali local food for your stay in the village.(breakfast -Lunch and dinner)
            • Guided city tours in Darjeeling by private tourist vehicle.
            • Licensed English speaking guide.
            • Local staff / porter to carry your luggage during the trek (one porter for every two guests).
            • Sightseeing /mountain entrance fees in Darjeeling.
            • All our government taxes; vat and tourist service charge.
            • Official expenses.
            • Farewell dinner in typical restaurant.
            • Travel insurance and Medical travel insurance which covers emergency.
            • Indian Visa and international /domestic Air Fare.
            • Alcoholic beverages & cold drinks.
            • Personal trekking equipments.
            • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).

            FAQs

            At the homestay you will be served with rice, chapatti, gundruk and sinki soup, dal (lentil soup), curries made out of locally grown organic vegetables etc. for your breakfast, lunch and dinner accordingly.

            NOTE: In Nepalese culture the people offer food to the guests in order to show respect as they are considered as Gods.  But if any other local villager other than the host of the homestay you are staying in offers you food then please do not accept it as it may not have been prepared hygienically.

            While you are on trek you will be staying with the local families in shared rooms. The rooms are clean with simple beds. It is preferable to take your sleeping bags with you even though quilts and blankets are provided in the local houses.do not expect luxury like TV, geyser 

            The toilets in the village areas are not English toilets but the Indian ones like squat toilets on the ground made up of ceramic. We do not get toilet papers in these remote regions so you will have to carry your own stock of toilet papers.

            In some of the villages there are no attached bathrooms for bathing. They will have bathrooms outside of their homes. You will be provided with hot water if you require for bathing. The laundry is done manually  so you will have to wash your clothes on your own with soap and water.

            Customer Reviews

            • A

              Andrew Otis - August 28, 2018

              We did a trek of different villages in the shadow of Sandakphu in the Singalila Forest - a 4 night, 5 day journey starting in Mane Bhanjang and ending in the forests near Rammam. Our guide, Pemba, was a gracious host and always willing to answer our questions. Highlights of the trek included learning how to cook momos, and especially the parts of the trek that were deep in the forest, away from people. From start to finish Ashmita Trek and Tours delivered, and delivered well.

              Reviewed At 22 11 2018

              [email protected]

            • T

              The Green Berlin - May 14, 2015

              My friend and me went on a four and a half day Village trekking tour with Ashmita Trek Darjeeling and it was really the experience and trip we hoped for! Our guide Tshering and the organizer Subash the Owner made this trip really easy going for us, by providing excellent information about the area, organizing comfortable guest houses and pik-up services and really caring about our satisfaction. 
              I recommend Ashmita Trek and Tours to everyone seeking an uncomplicated and good service when trekking in Darjeeling or Sikkim.
              Grade: A***

            • J

              John L - May 10, 2015

              Our small family group stayed in Darjeeling for sightseeing and visiting nearby locations significant to our past family history in the area.the proprietor Subash was amazing. He arranged everything we needed, and met with us frequently to ensure that the customised activities and day trips went perfectly. All of the drivers and vehicles he arranged were excellent. There was a severe storm on our first night in Darjeeling which severely disrupted power supplies and communications, but Subash ensured that our stay was perfect despite these obstacles. We highly recommend Ashmita Trek and Tours.

            • B

              Beecoy - March 27, 2015

              We did the Sandakphu trail and loved it. Our guide was great and everything was planned out. The homestays we stayed at were wonderful people and the accommodations were very clean. Definitely a cultural experience. I want to use this tour company again in the future. 

              They are also very accommodating. We had planned for a five day trek but the day before my friend had an allergic reaction and Subash worked out a 3 day trail we could do and still make it to the top!

              Thanque from Rebecca 

              Email  - [email protected]

            • T

              Tim R - March 22, 2015

              ime was limited in Darjeeling, but Subash and his staff were able to put together a bespoke itinerary that met all of our requirements. The trek itself was amazing, as was the level of attention to detail that Pemba and his colleagues displayed at all times on the trek.A couple of trekkers that we met along the way who were using alternative companies actually commented to us how knowledgeable and helpful Pemba was in comparison to their own guides. The surprises and extra touches became a consistent feature of our stay in Darjeeling and were much appreciated

            Trip Advisor