Old Silk Route Sikkim Tour

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The old Silk Route is an ancient hilly-road that went through Lhasa in Tibet via the Jelep La Pass to India. A part of this territory is now in East Sikkim and West Bengal. The old Silk route is the rare confluence of natural beauty and history of human civilization.

This Old Route Sikkim trip starts from Sillery Gaon, which is a small village near Pedong in Kalimpong district of West Bengal. Located at an altitude of 6,000 fts, this place provides an immaculate view of the Khangchendzonga and its mountain ranges.

While here, you can go to Tinchuley view point which is a steep uphill hike and voila; you have a panoramic view of Mt. Khangchendzonga from this point. You can even see Nathula and Jelep La pass from up here. Damsang fort is an old ruined fort where you can hike to and it serves as a great place for bird watching during summer and spring months. From Ramitey view point, you can easily spot the 14 bends of the Teesta River and also see the confluence point of Reshi and Teesta river. 

Located at the edge of the Himalayas, Aritar is a town which is located in the Eastern part of Sikkim. It's an offbeat destination in Sikkim, but it has some hidden gems such as Aritar Lake, Lampokhari lake and Aritar Gompa. The journey to the “old silk route” starts from Aritar.

Zuluk is a small village located at an altitude of 10,000 fts in the Eastern Sikkim district flanked by the Lesser Himalayas. It is one of the most offbeat and upcoming tourist destinations in the state of Sikkim. There are 32 hair pins, famously known as the zigzag road of Sikkim. There are several viewpoints from where you can see the entire Sikkim Silk Route.

On the way from Zuluk to Gangtok, visit Thambi View Point, Lungthong, Kalipokhri Lake, Old Baba Mandir, Nathang Valley, Menmecho Lake, Elephant Lake or Hati Lake, Kupup, Jelep-la.

Changu/Tsomgo Lake is a glacial lake in the East Sikkim district around 40kms from the capital Gangtok. It is one of the highest glacial lakes in the world with a height of almost 3,753 mts. This lake remains frozen for almost throughout the year. You can enjoy a Yak ride while here and there is also a Shiva Temple which is located here which is considered sacred by the locals. You can also try out a local cable car ride here which will offer you a panoramic view of the lake and surroundings from a vantage point.

 “Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir” is a temple made to honour Late Indian Soldier Harbhajan Singh. He was martyred in 1968 near Nathula, which is near Eastern Sikkim. There are many legends about him, some of which state that his soul protects the Indian army contingent near the place and warns them about impending danger. There is a holy shrine which draws many people and people get their wishes granted here.

Short Itinerary

Day 1 : Bagdogra (IXB) / New Jalpaiguri (NJP) – Sillery Gaon

Day 2 : Sillery Gaon

Day 3 : Sillery Gaon to Aritar

Day 4 : Aritar to Zuluk

Day 5 : Zuluk to Gangtok

Day 6 : Gangtok to Bagdogra (IXB) / New Jalpaiguri (NJP)

Price (Bagdogra Airport to Bagdogra Airport)


6 Members - Per Person Cost 19400
4 Members - Per Person Cost 25800
2 Members - Per Person Cost 30500

Itinerary (Bagdogra Airport to Bagdogra Airport)

  • 1

    Day 1 : Bagdogra (IXB) / New Jalpaiguri (NJP) – Sillery Gaon

    After arrival at IXB/NJP meet our representative and transfer to Sillery Gaon. The distance between Siliguri to Sillery Gaon is 98 kms and it takes about 4.5 hours.

    Sillery Gaon, situated at an altitude of 6000 ft. above the sea level is a small and beautiful village perched in the Himalaya. Sillery Gaon is only 04 km from Pedong and 33 km from Kalimpong. It is a magical place to spend the time in leisure.

    Overnight in Sillery Gaon

  • 2

    Day 2 : Sillery Gaon

    Day free for relax and enjoy the beauty of the mighty Kanchenjunga. The changing colours of magical Kanchenjunga is simply mesmerizing.

    Tinchuley view point, Ramitey and Damsang Fort are worth visiting.

    Overnight in Sillery Gaon

  • 3

    Day 3 : Sillery Gaon to Aritar

    After breakfast transfer to Aritar. The distance between Sillery Gaon to Aritar is 51 Km. Afternoon free in Aritar or visit some beautiful places in Aritar which can be worth visiting.

    Lampokhri, Aritar Monastery, Dak Bungalow, Parbateswar Shivalaya Mandir, Mankhim, Changey Water Falls, Helipad etc can be visited in Aritar and surroundings.

    Overnight in Aritar.

  • 4

    Day 4 : Aritar to Zuluk

    Morning after breakfast proceed to Zuluk. Before that all the permit proceedings have to be finished.

    The distance between Aritar to Dzuluk is 42 kms and time takenis 2 hours. Zuluk or Duluk is situated at an altitude of 10,000 ft of sea level and has a primitive charm, it is an abode of peace.

    Zuluk perched on the rugged terrain of the lower Himalayas in East Sikkim is a hamlet close to Indo-China border,  located on the famous Old-Silk-Route. Zuluk is a relatively new offbeat destination of Sikkim . On the way to Dzuluk some places like Rongli, Lingtam and Padamchen are worth visit. Evening free for individual activity and leisure.

    Overnight in Zuluk.

  • 5

    Day 5 : Zuluk to Gangtok

    Very early morning visit Sunrise point, called Ganek in Zuluk.

    After breakfast proceed to Gangtok. The distance between Dzuluk to Gangtok is 161 kms and it takes about 5 hours. On the way visit Thambi View Point, Lungthang, Kalipokhri Lake, Old Baba Mandir, Nathang Valley, Tukla Valley, Menmecho Lake, elephant Lake or Hati Lake, Kupup, Jelep-la, New Baba Mandir, Tsongo Lake or Changu Lake.

    Overnight in Gangtok.

  • 6

    Day 6 : Gangtok to Bagdogra (IXB) / New Jalpaiguri (NJP)

    After breakfast departure for Bagdogra Airport or New Jalpaiguri Railway Station.

    Tour End

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Inclusions

Accommodation as mentioned above, inclusive of all taxes

Meal Plan: CP Plan (Breakfast Only) & All Meals in Silk Route

A vehicle as per Itinerary (Wegon-R / Innova / Xylo / Sumo)

Toll taxes

Parking

Fuel charges 

Driver Allowences

Sightseeing as per Itinerary

Exclusions

5% GST

Train or Airfare

Personal Expenses like Entry charges, Telephone, Fax, Internet, Laundry, etc.

Any Extra Meals.

Any extra excursions or sightseeing apart from the tour itinerary.

Any entry fees for the museum, park, Jeep safari or anything else.

Room Heater Charges.

Insurance.

Anything which is not included in the inclusion.

Expenses caused by factors beyond our control like rail and flight delays, roadblocks, vehicle mal-functions, political disturbances etc.

We shall not be responsible for any delays & alterations in the programme or expenses incurred – directly or indirectly – due to natural hazards, flight cancellations, weather, sickness, landslides, political closures (Strike, Hartal, Bandh) or any untoward incidents.

Cancellation Policy

No cancellations will be taken over call or whatsapp msg. Please reply to the email of payment receipt that you have received at the time of booking.

 Free Cancellation upto 60 days before the departure date. Land Package only, flights as per the operator's cancellation policy

 59 Days to 45 days of Departure date. 10% of total Trip cost.

 44 Days to 30 Days of Departure date. 25% of the total trip cost

 29 Days to 15 Days of Departure date. 50% of the total trip cost.

 15 Days to 8 Days of Departure date. 75% of the total trip cost.

 7 Days to Trip Departure date. 100% of the total trip cost.

 No Show . No refund.

Incase of government orders, harsh weather conditions , protests , landslides or any other unforseen circumstances , we work out the best possible alternate plans or trips/treks. At times even even certain activities are cancelled , the organization provides the best alternate but no refunds are provided.

 If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), JustWravel will issue a trek voucher for the full amount and if possible will provide an alternate trek. The voucher can be redeemed upto same amount for the same trek or another trek in the next 365 days from the trek departure date.

 If a trek or trip cannot be completed due to natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.). No refund would be provided.

Any extra expense coming due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), Will be beared by customer. Company will not be liable.

 Cancellations policy will differ during the peak season and popular places.

Things To Pack

Down Jacket (Main jacket)

Raincoat/ Poncho

Inner Layer

Tshirt or Fleece

Track Pant

Extra pair of Socks

Woolen Cap

Rucksack (At least 40L)

Mufflers/ Neck Warmer

Extra pair of Clothes

Undergarments

Slippers

Power Bank

Sunscreen Lotion

Sunglasses

Torch

Water Bottle

Tissue Roll

Hand Sanitizer

Personal Toiletries

Medicines

First Aid Kit

*Add extra thermal layers and sweater during the winter season

FAQs

Q. What will be the group size?

Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.

We need at least 6 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.

Q. Who all will go along with us on the trip/trek?

All our treks are led by professional trek leaders who are certifie, mountaineers. Apart from them, there will be one local guide, cook, helper, porters and other staff.

All our trips are led by professional trip coordinators who have a good experience in leading groups.

Q. I am the only girl in the group, is it safe to travel/trek solo?

Yes definitely it is, the safety of girls is most important for us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for trips/treks. They are honest and reliable but we also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.

Q. What are the things that we need to carry on the trek/trip?

Once you confirm the trip/trek and done with the booking, we will send you the packing list according to the trip/trek.

Q. What type of ground transportation will be used on the trip?

We hire taxis such as Innova, Tempo Traveller, Bolero, Tata Sumo, etc. from our vendors.

Q. I cannot carry my rucksack/bag on the trek, can I offload it?

We always recommend that you carry your rucksack during the trek because it helps in maintaining your body posture. In case if you cannot, then we can provide you a mule/porter to carry your rucksack. You will have to tell us at least 1 week before the trek. The charges for offloading would be INR 300 per person per day.

Q. Which shoes should I buy?

Shoes are your lifeline on the trek. It is highly advisable to buy trekking shoes of a good and known brand. You can consider companies like Quechua, Columbia, etc. A waterproof shoes with ankle support will work good.

Q. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?

During the treks, separate toilet tents will be set up on each campsite.

Q. What will be the type of accommodation?

It depends on the tour. If it is a trek then you will be staying in dome tents or if it is a road trip the the accommodation can be in hotel/alpine tent/dome tent/home stay.

Q. Will you provide sleeping bags and mattresses?

Yes, we will provide sleeping bags and mattresses during the trek. Our sleeping bags can withstand temperature as low as -10 degree.

Q. How many trekkers will be in one tent?

It totally depends on group dynamics. If there is a couple, we can give them a separate tent or if there are odd number of people, then there would be triple sharing.

Q. How can I book a trek/trip with you?

After selecting the trip/trek, you can book by clicking on the book now button or you can contact us and we will guide you in booking.

Q. What type of food is served during the trek?

We provide nutritious and healthy food during the treks. We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs.

Q. How to get safe drinking water on the trek?

Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purpose, we sometimes boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking.

In case you find any clean water on the trek, always fill your water where the water is running not where the water is stable or is in rest.

Q. Can we change the itinerary?

Yes, you can give suggestions. We will look into that and if we find it feasible then we will apply it.

Q. Can you customize the trip/trek?

Yes, we can customize any trip/trek as per your needs and as per the feasibility.

Q. Will doctor accompany us on the trek?

No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wildlife First Aid course and they always carry first aid kit and oxygen cylinders on high altitude treks.

Q. Do you prefer I should bring some medicines with me?

Yes it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trek.

Q. Diamox is advisable or not?

Well, it totally depends on person to person. Usually, there are no side effects of Diamox but if you are having any prior medical conditions then it is better to consult your doctor.

Our itinerary is designed in a way that we take sufficient time to get acclimatized. In case if you are having problem on the trek then tell your trek leader about your condition as soon as possible.

Q. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?

It depends on the difficulty level of the trek. Minimum age for eligibility is 14 years.

Q. What will we do if it rains?

If it starts raining slowly while trekking then we will continue our trek as per the plan. Your poncho will keep you dry. In case if it is raining heavily then we will try to find any shelter and wait for the rain to stop or slow. If it rains at the campsite then there would not be any problem because all our living tents, kitchen tents and toilet tents are waterproof. You will stay dry inside.

Q. Why is the trekking pole necessary?

Differs from person to person. If you think that it would help you maintaining balance while trekking then do bring the pole. Some people think that trekking pole disturbs the walking rhythm. So it’s upto you.

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