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
"I travelled to Nepal with Namaste Nomad in March 2018 to trek in Langtang Valley. There were eleven in the group, along with Mohan, our guide. We spent a few days in Kathmandu to acclimatise. We visited three Unesco Heritage sites in the city. Then the trek began- an eight hour bus journey to the start of our adventure.. We trekked for eight days in the are which had been devastated by the earthquake in 2015. The trek was exhilarating, sometimes challenging- Mohan reminded us that we were in the Himalayas- always an adventure! He knew what we needed/wanted before we did! The team of sherpas and trainees were really excellent- they sorted our luggage every day... even checking under the beds in case we left anything behind; they cooked our delicious meals & served us- some of us are still dreaming of Dhal Bhat😋! They were at our side before we knew we needed a hand up or down loose rock🙄! After seven days trekking we returned to Kathmandu to wind down. It was a great experience, made special by the attention to detail of Mohan- a birthday party 🎉, a St Patrick's Day celebration to name a few. What a trip! I recommend Namaste Nomad unreservedly & will travel with Mohan again!
Grace MLangtang Valley Trek
"I had the most amazing experience walking up to EBC and Kala Pattar with Namaste Nomad. Words cannot describe the views and euphoria. The trip couldn't have been any better from beginning to end. We were thoroughly spoilt and taken care of to the highest standards by Dawa our guide and Sudip his assistant. They were both very accommodating, flexible, helpful, polite, knowledgeable and fun to be around. Our porters were efficient and helped ease our pain! The team offered us excellent advice at all times. In preparation for our trip Ashim and his team briefed us at our hotel and answered all of our questions. I would not hesitate in recommending your highly professional team to any friend or family member (RJ from Southampton UK)
_rakheejethwaEverest base camp
"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!
"I first heard of Mohan and Namaste Nomad 2 years ago and since then I have been on 3 amazing trips with them. The first one was in March 2018 when I went to Langtang in Nepal. My first time there I was excited but more than a little apprehensive. I needn’t have worried. Mohan and his team of sherpas were absolutely wonderful. Everything was taken care of, tickets, transfers, all accommodation, most meals, money exchange and advice on where and what to eat and drink. We had been told that it would be completely vegetarian and dairy free on the trek. I had no problem at all with the vegetarian part of it but thought the dairy free might be tough. It wasn’t at all. We ate the most delicious food all prepared by our sherpas using fresh mostly locally sourced ingredients. The dal boat was to die for. We were constantly reminded to drink water, use sunscreen, wear a hat etc. The scenery in langtang was spectacular, towering snow capped mountains and deep valleys with raging rivers. It was an area which had been badly hit by the recent earthquake and there were sad reminders of the damage which had been done. Overall a very good and memorable experience. June 2018 I headed off to the Picos in Spain with Mohan again. For anyone who might be reluctant to travel too far , but wants amazing scenery I would totally recommend the Picos. Somewhat similar to the Himalayas I thought, one area known as the gorge stood out for me anyway. It was breathtaking. We stayed in the most beautiful little villages, ate delicious food and drank lovely local wine. Just a little as we had to remember we were walking in the morning! In April of this year I went back again to Nepal this time to do Annapurna base camp ( usually just known as ABC). A totally different area but no less lovely. It had a lot of forest and was very fertile. As well as being our guide Mohan was a great source of information about the local people and their way of life. I never stopped asking questions!. Again great walking , lots of steps this time but we kept going and finally on Easter Sunday morning at around 8 local time we arrived into ABC. We were told that the morning was the time to see it at its best . The rising sun in such a blue sky , the snow capped Annapurna range all combined to made it such a highlight. It was so well worth it. I think the fact that I did 3 trips with mohan and his team in such a short space of time says it all and I’m certainly not finished yet. For anyone who wants a trek with a difference but at a good price I don’t think you could do much better.
Roisin McDaidMy treks with Namaste Nomad
"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
"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
"What can I say about Namaste Nomads, just Excellent. From start to finish, everyone that we dealt with were helpful, professional, caring and accommodating in what we wanted for our adventure. Itinerary changes were no problems. The advice we were given before we flew out to Kathmandu and all through the trek were invaluble in making the trek a success. We were picked up at the airport and taken to our hotel and met by Ashim who checked us in and explained about the rest of the trip. We met our guide Dawa (5 times Everest summitier). So much experience from all the Namaste Nomad staff. The trek was fantastic and Dawa (guide) and Sudip (sherpa) looked after us throughout. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Their advise from what to eat and how to cope with the altitude was invaluble. The porters who carried our bags were efficient and our bags were always at the lodge well before we arrived. When we got to EBC a change to the itinerary was discussed with us. Dawa suggested we climb Kala Patthar that afternoon and see the sunset over Everest rather than seeing the sunrise early in the morning. What a brilliant suggestion as we saw Everest on fire. If you want to do trek in Nepal then check these people out. I would not hesitate to go with them again. Already planning a trip in 2020 with them.
KaushalEverest Base Camp Trek
"My serious walking career began at the age of 60, when I trekked with Mohan of Namaste Nomad in Ladakh. Since then I have gone back to the Himalayas with him every year: Everest Base Camp, Langtang, Island Peak... Each year I've thought it was as high as I could go, and each year I've come away wanting more. This time I hoped to attain the summit of my ambitions - to climb a 6500 metre mountain, Mera Peak, at the age of 65. Mera, known as the highest trekking peak in the world, was hard. It was steep. It was exhausting. It was wonderful. With the help of Mohan's right-hand-man, Dawa, and Nerbu, a younger sherpa; in the company of three other incredibly supportive Irish trekkers; with the amazing aid of our porters; and with the help, in my case, of copious amounts of oxygen (!), I made it to the very top. Mohan and Dawa always believed in me and did everything in their power to get me to the top. I am immensely proud to have done this, and immensely grateful to Namaste Nomad for giving me the opportunity. Seize the day, people. You are capable of so much more than you think.
Malachy D65@65: Mera Peak
"I travelled with a group from Ireland to Nepal where we started our joureny to Everest Basecamp. This trek was very special to me as I was doing it for charity in memory of my late brother who was a keen hillwalker. Our group was made up of 9 people from Ireland, Scotland and USA. Such a fantastic group it turned out to be. We all supported each other and made new friends, having alot of fun along the way. Oh From start to finish Mohan our leader, did everything in his power to ensure that our trek was 100% successful. The trip was very challenging but very rewarding. He supported us all even when we were struggling and was there at our beck and call at all times. I would like to give a special mention to the 3 sherpas who accompanied us during our trek, Tshering, Pimba and Paldene. Such fantastic support to all of us and true gentlemen. I would highly recommend this group for anybody contemplating a similar experience.
Kieran McCli to kTrek to Everest Basecamp 20th September 2019