March 8 – 21, 2023
Visit Sikkim – India
Delhi- Taj Mahal- Sikkim
Fully Guided Exclusive trip from Ireland.
The Himalayas is one of the world’s greatest hiking destinations. It is a land of snow peaks and fluttering prayer flags, yak, goats caravans, and epic mountain adventures. But also it offers unique cultural experiences and eye-opening views about human livelihood.
The First 2 days of this Tour take you to the Capital city of India and then the historical Taj Mahal, the history of the 17th-century Mughal empire, Hindu traditions, temples, and just colourful streets of the busiest city in the world.
Then for the rest of your 9 days, you will enter one of the peaceful states of India in the Himalayan, called Sikkim. Sikkim means (peaceful land). Rhododendrons valleys, waterfalls, colourful monasteries, multicultural society, view of stunning “Kanchenjunga” the 3rd highest peak in the world. And of course friendly and happy people. During those 8 days, we will hike village to village in the foothills of the Himalayas, staying in local houses with high standard hospitality, learning culture, and connecting with locals. Sikkim is the safest state in India and has very low crime, about safety there is no fear. This will be an epic experience for many people. End of the trip we will allow everyone to experience market shopping in Gangtok and in Delhi freely.
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Your trip will start today. Arriving In Delhi and transfer to Hotel and rest, evening tour briefing by your trip leader.
Your trip will be led by your group leader from Ireland, if you are from another country other than Ireland you have to arrange your own flight to reach New Delhi and meet the group.
Travel to Agra City experiences the Mughal architecture. Situated 124 miles (200 kilometres) from New Delhi, Agra sits within day-trip distance of the Indian capital, and a full-day tour to the impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit Taj Mahal and nearby Agra Fort transportation by air-conditioned private vehicle. Evening explores Agra city by walking and spending the night in a hotel.
Early morning around 5 am we will visit the UNESCO–listed Taj Mahal is one of the most famous buildings in the world. Though you’ve almost certainly seen the white marble wonder in photos, the structure’s symmetry, scope, and obsessive detail can be appreciated only in person. Early morning is the best time to visit to avoid crowds and the heat. After the Agra visit, we will start our journey back to Delhi, on the way we will stop in Mathura town Dotted with temples and beautiful religious structures, Mathura is one of India’s most popular and serene spiritual destinations as it is considered the birthplace of Lord Krishna. Mathura has a rich history that can be seen through the architecture and vast array of art on offer. ( Mathura is optional) We arrive in Delhi and spend the night.
Day for flight to the Himalayas. We will take an early flight to Pakyong Airport from Delhi. You get a stunning view of the Himalayan range from the flight. On arrival, we will have all jeeps lined up to pick us up at Airport. Today will be an epic day with a flight and a jeep ride, but I will make sure it will be easy and safe. After a crowded city tour today you will sleep in the Himalayas with the view of the 3rd highest mountain in the world. We spent the night in Pelling. (The Kanchenjunga range is directly visible from most parts of Pelling. Prepare a cup of hot tea and snacks, play your favourite playlist on loop, and soak in the sight of the snow-laden Kanchenjunga peak standing strong at the backdrop of this quaint little village. If you are a sunrise lover, there is no better time to catch sight of this mighty mountain than when the sun makes its way to the top, painting the mountain in several layers of gold. Hopefully, next morning will be bright and sunny.)
Wake up on the top of a hill called Pelling with the view of mighty Kanchenjunga, slow start with breakfast, and plan our easy hike for the rest of the afternoon to Uttray village, near Nepal Border. On your way you will pass Sensor bridge, said to be the second-highest bridge in Asia. The height of Uttarey is about 6600ft. Uttarey is famous for its tranquillity and natural beauty. The place provides a beautiful view of the Himalayan mountains and is yet relatively less travelled by tourists. This allows a more serene atmosphere to be enjoyed. During winter the mountains around here are covered with snow allowing heavenly views. The Kagyu Gumpha (Gumpha is the local monastery) in Uttarey is a highly revered place of worship for the locals and a good place for sightseeing. The monastery is set amidst dense forests. The wall paintings in the monastery might be of interest to you. The Dental peak and the river are also visible from the monastery. Other important tourist spots around Uttare include the Mainbus Waterfall and the ChewyAbhang Pass. This pass is about 10 km from Uttarey and is the gateway to Nepal. Easy walk following the motor road and some path, today’s walk will be around 3-4 hours. Spent the night in Uttery village, Homestay.
Today we will walk from Uttray to martin village, passing many waterfalls, farmlands, small villages, and monasteries, it will be a 4-5 hours easy hike. Tonight we will be staying at Homestay run by a family. We will take a village tour in the afternoon to connect with locals. We can see how they live themselves sufficiently. Growing their own food and produce milk and butter. It is like 50 years back in Irish life. Staying at Eco resort.
Today we aim to walk from Martam to Soreng, this will be up to a 22 km hike, pretty long but easy. Really exciting hike, we will be witnessing a remote part of the Himalayas, more authentic life, mountains views, and visiting Palyul Dechen Gaweling Monastery. Evening we will reach the village of Soreng. Soreng is known for its largest production of vegetables, oranges, and flowers. The inhabitants are mostly dependent on agriculture, floriculture, and tourism for their livelihood and are mostly Nepali.
Today we challenge ourselves for another 18 km hike 6 hours through the village motorable road and forest trails. Our highest altitude on this trip will be 2900mtr and today we will be reaching an altitude of 2900mtr. Barsey is located at an altitude of 10,000ft, Barsey is renowned for its Rhododendron Sanctuary. The sanctuary falls in the Singalila Range and is a starting point to the Singalila Ridge trek route. Lying at an elevation of 2900 mt. The Sanctuary boasts over 40 varieties of Rhododendron and during full bloom in April, the whole sanctuary looks colourful. Evening we will go back to Soreng village for our night’s stay.
Today is our last day of village hike, we will be heading to Rinchenpong village, which has a magnificent command over the mountain views, sunrise and sunset, flora and fauna, village tourism, historical sites, and heritage of Resume Monastery, rich forests, and ample area for short treks. At an altitude of about 5576ft, the place is famous for its beautiful view of the Kanchenjunga range of mountains.
Today we are travelling from West Sikkim to East Sikkim Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim. On the way, we will stop for lunch at Ravangla town, and also take a short hike to view one of the highest Buddha stupas in the Himalayas, featuring a 130-foot (40 m) high statue of the Buddha as its centrepiece.
Night stay at Gangtok.
If the weather is clear we will take an early morning trip to the Tashi viewpoint to witness Mount Kanchenjunga at sunrise. We will be back for breakfast at the hotel and in the afternoon we take a city tour on foot. One of the safest places to hike freely.
Today is the day for goodbye from Sikkim and we drive to the airport and fly back to Delhi. After arrival in Delhi check in to the hotel and in the evening free for shopping and market. Delhi is famous for spices, garments, jewellery, and food.
Day 13th Departure to Ireland.
This trip is available for groups only, please book in advance.
- This trip is a fixed departure and the cost includes an international flight.
- If travel restrictions are not lifted by march we will postpone this tour for another date.
- People must apply for Indian visas online and are required to buy personal travel insurance before departure.
- If for any reason the trip gets cancelled you will get a full refund, or postpone without extra charge.
- Once you book the trip you will receive all information regarding the packing list, and travel details 2 months before departure.
- The trip is fully guided from Ireland and returns.
- A minimum deposit of 100 Euro is required to confirm the place.
- Rest of the payment you can pay in instalments or pay the whole till the month before departure.
- Personal insurance
- Personal shopping
- Personal food or alcohol
- Personal telephones bills
- Anything which is not mentioned in the itinerary will cost extra.
- If you have any other interests during travelling please discuss them with your travelling group leader.
See what people are saying about us!
"I went to India and Ladakh with Namaste Nomad two years ago. I absolutely loved it, particularly the Himalayas. I therefore challenged myself to trek to Everest Base Camp with them. I did this last year and I can truthfully say that it was one of the most wonderful things I have ever done in my life. I am in my sixties, but the care and attention given me made everything not only manageable but immensely enjoyable. I've now signed up to climb Island Peak with Mohan and the team - my first serious Himalayan mountain. It's a prospect that fills me with a mixture of great excitement and a healthy dose of fear - but I know that I am in the safest of hands. Mohan and the team are watching you every step of the way. Safety is their number one priority, but they manage to make every trek great fun too. Bring it on!
Malachy DTruly a high-point of my life
"Did the errigal sunrise hike. We didnt see the sun because of the mist and the Rain, but is was still a very beautiful trip to the top. Had a great guide (Malachy thanks again) and the trip was well organized by Mohan.
Tim SterkenErrigal sunrise hike
"This was the second trip I booked with Namaste Nomad. The first was hiking to Everest Base Camp which was a phenomenal trip! I placed a deposit on Bhutan before I left Nepal due to the shear genuineness of Mohan. He is very thorough in ensuring a safe and successful trip. In Bhutan he was open to group needs and used this information to organize alternative to the original plans. The group I was with had great communication between so that we could make choices that benefitted all of us. If you are thinking of traveling abroad and you love realism in your travels this is the company to book with. You will get the chance to see everyday life in your travels vs sitting on a tour bus skipping the realities of life outside.
N2teleTraveling with your eyes open, Bhutan!
"It truly was the greatest experience I've ever had. Going into the Trip I Didn't known anyone, Leaving we were the best of friends. The Shepherds knew exactly what they were doing and Also Great fun. Accommodation was brilliant And the views breath taking. The Main man Mohan, Always with a smile on his face, Made sure that every one of us went up and came down safely. I'll be doing more treks with Namaste Nomad in the future for sure!!
Padraig BOnce in a Life Time Experience
"October 2016 Everest Base Camp... I went with Namaste Nomad having looked at other companies based in Ireland doing the same trek. Mohan was always available to answer questions. He himself has trekked to EBC lots of times which is reflected in his knowledge and experience. He employs Sherpa's (and pays them a fair wage !) whom are also very experienced trekkers and some have summited Everest !! they are very in-tuned into the needs (inc health needs, signs & symptoms of altitude sickness), informing us of the different peaks and opening to talking about their experiences summiting mount Everest. The weather was not in our favour for part of the trek. One morning...at 4am the cloud finally lifted; Mohan came and woke us all to share our first glance of mount Everest it was amazing. It is a well worn track to EBC and the key is to take it slowly and enjoy...live in the moment! Mohan always ensured we ate well, drank plenty of clean water & paid attention to everyone on the trek to ensure we remained healthy & safe in order to reach EBC. Mohan had arrange some touristy stuff in Kathmandu before our departure to Lukla...which was great and an opportunity to meet and get to know the group. I would recommend Mohan and his company Namaste Nomad !! I have subsequently booked a trip to Bhutan with Namaste Nomad :)
annekavanagh30Trek to Everest Base Camp
"I recently traveled to Nepal with Namaste Nomad to climb Mera Peak. This trip was an absolute amazing life experience for me. Mohan arranged everything from flights to accommodation to food and everything in between. His local knowledge was invaluable especially in Kathmandu where he even got our money changed to ensure we received the best rate. The trek itself could not have been better for acclimatisation. It’s a slightly longer route than some but gives you the best chance of summiting. Our 2 Sherpas could not have done more. They treated us like family and not just clients. They did everything they could to give us the best chance at summiting .. which the whole group did. I would definitely use NN for an future treks in the Himalayas. 10 out of 10!!
Cathy ReavyMera Peak
"Thank you, Namaste Nomad and Mohan, for an epic trekking experience of a lifetime to the Everest Base Camp (EBC). The planning process was straightforward with timely and accurate communication from Mohan. He was quick to answer our questions which inspired great confidence in the company. We knew that we were in good hands. Mohan and his team made every effort to ensure that we were all safe and that everyone achieved their goals of reaching EBC. He documented the trip along the way and posted photos and stories on social media, which was comforting, enjoyable, and informative for family and friends at home. The food is clean, healthy and delicious, and was carefully prepared to provide perfect fuel for our bodies throughout the trek. The company is also very eco-friendly as they bring all plastics and rubbish down the mountain for recycling. While we were enjoying the amazing Himalayas of Nepal, Mohan and his team expertly handled the daily logistics of travel and lodging. Mohan’s familiarity with the region and its ever-changing weather patterns paid off as he was able to adjust our daily treks to maximize the experience and breath-taking views of the Himalayas. He always had a Plan B! And, a big shout-out to the Sherpas who are all skillful climbers and very friendly. The company provides duffle bags for the trekkers which helps ensure that the Sherpas only carry up to 48.5 lbs. each! Namaste Nomad truly cares about their clients and ensures that they get the most out of world-class trek. Highly recommended!
LARK131Trek of a Lifetime
"I have achieved my goals of adventure eye opening experience of pure amazing life's memories that were very special for me personally. Sometimes in life l realise ed to crab life opportunity with both hands life is short . Travelling is my passion and adventure is dream . Married to the mountains lol There is no other feeling to compare the sense of accomplishment where your own feet has taken yourself one step at a time to the summit and importantly back home safe again. Never give up on your dreams . I can't wait to begin my next adventure I have now travelled a few times with this group and will again travel to island peck 6000mtrs to see again some very good friends l have made from previous trips All ways felt very well looked after never had any worries at all . Safe and sound at all times . Food accommodation l never had any issues Enjoying the whole experience Can't wait For this adventure to start. Namaste Josephine
SeoasimhinIsland peck Nepal india
"I love traveling with Nameste Nomad! This is my fourth trip with Mohan and Nameste Nomad, the reasons I keep coming back are; 1. Affordable- they are half price of most guide companies! 2. Ecologically friendly- when trekking in Nepal we take boiled water over plastic bottles, He asks that people think of their impact as travelers, leaving only footsteps not trash. 3. Quality- from transport to hotels we stayed in high quality hotels and comfortable transportation. 4. Personal touch- the guides where fantastic in looking after all sorts of details and needs. Each trip I have learned new words to use in the countries I’ve been in. 5. Humane travel- Nameste Nomad asks you to participate in the local culture by trying and eating the locally. As in Nepal you will be asked eat Vegetarian since that is the local norm. 6. As a small organization I have had the privilege to travel with the owner, Mohan on multiple trips. 7. Local impact- since I have traveled multiple times with Nameste Nomad, I have had the privilege to see Mohan do charity work while trekking. We have fed small children as we hiked and have stayed at off the beaten path locations to provide a more equitable impact in the mountains of Nepal. One group raised money to aid a village women’s group. Two years later I visited to see the final work that the money did. 8.safety- All guides with Nameste Nomad have had training in first-aid. In Nepal most of his guides have mountain rescue skills from working on Mt. Everest. 9.Multi-National groups. As an American, it is refreshing to travel with persons from all over Europe and Australia. Each time I’ve been on a trip I have met new friends. 10. Experience-each trip has been filled with wonder and delights; from my co-travelers to the knowledge of the guides. I have nothing but great memories and new friends!
N2teleAnnapurna basecamp trek
"This was my first time on a hike abroad thumbs up to mohan for his attention to detail, the trip was well planned and organized the views where amazing . Thanks mohan for some great memories I can't wait for my next trip.
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