Old Silk Route Sikkim

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Description

The Silk Road or Silk Route was an ancient network of trade routes that were for centuries central to cultural interaction through regions of the Asian continent connecting the East and West and stretching from the Korean peninsula and Japan to the Mediterranean Sea.

While the term is of modern coinage, the Silk Road derives its name from the lucrative trade in silk (and horses) carried out along its length.

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)

Itinerary ()

  • 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

Inclusions

ALL TRANSFERS & SIGHTSEEING AS SPECIFIED BY NON AC SUMO OR SIMILAR VEHICLE

ACCOMMODATION IN GUEST HOUSE/HOMESTAY IN SILK ROUTE IN DOUBLE/TRIPLE SHARING BASIS

SIGHTSEEING AS SPECIFIED

MEALS – ALL MEALS IN SILKROUTE & ONLY BREAKFAST IN GANGTOK

DRIVER’s ALLOWANCE

TOLL & PARKING CHARGES

ENTRY FEES TO SILK ROUTE

AIRPORT/RAILWAY STATION ARRIVAL ASSISTANCE

Exclusions

ADDITIONAL MEALS, FOOD OR BEVERAGES

ENTRY FEES DURING SIGHTSEEING

UPGRADATION/ALTERATION OF SERVICES

INSURANCE DURING THE TOUR

RAIL/AIR FARE

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

ANY EXPENSES OF PERSONAL NATURE

COST FOR EVACUATION DURING EMERGENCY

FEES FOR GUIDE/TOUR EXECUTIVE

Cancellation Policy

Booking amount is non-refundable.

No refund of total trip amount will be provided on cancellation, 10 days prior to departure date.

50% of total trip amount can be refunded on cancellation between 11-20 days prior to scheduled departure date.

90% of total trip amount can be refunded on cancellation between 21-90 days prior to scheduled departure date.

100% of total trip amount can be refunded on cancellation, 90+ days prior to scheduled departure date.

For Cancellations/ Refund Request , kindly reply to the confirmation mail and get in touch with the Team. All cancellations will be considered only after the mail has been received.

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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