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!
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 hododendron 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 Sikhar 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.
Gorkhey is an elegant valley situated in the border and there we find an eco village. The valley is surrounded by a thick pine forest and a small river known as Gorkhey in between Sikkim and West Bengal which separates these two states. The people here mostly depend on agriculture and some of the villagers run homestays. Ovenight stay at a local homestay.
After breakfast trekking via Samandin to Ramam is about 5 hours. It's a picture postcard place. Resume trekking via Samandin. We will stay at Timburey, a very small village. We will stay overnight at Saumbu home stay that is run by a friendly local tribe (Tamang) family.
After your breakfast the trek starts from Timburey to Rimbeek via Srikhola village which is almost level walk for the first 10 km. and then reaches Rimbeek. We will take lunch at Rimbeek and later we meet with vehicles and drive to Darjeeling (4 hours drive). After that you will have a free day to explore the city on your own or go shopping for souvenirs. In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner at a traditional restaurant. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Depending upon our next destination, today we will be escorted from Darjeeling to either Bhadrapur Airport in Nepal or Bagdogra Airport or Phuntsholing border of Bhutan or New Jalpaiguri Rail Station in India onward your destination.
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
Andrew Otis, Sri Lanka
Two star catogery hotel in Darjeeling with breakfast plan.
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.
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.
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.