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Samthar Tours

Scenic, tranquil and remote, the Samthar Valley, just 42 Kms from Kalimpong is surrounded by mountain streams, terraced cultivation and forests. It offers one of the finest views of Mount Khangchendzonga and the panorama of snows.

A holiday at Samthar is about just relaxing, watching the clouds drift by, and the hill folks lead their leisurely life. Take in the sunrise and sunset views, and marvel at the bright starlit sky, while you listen to the silence.

For the energetic, the surrounding area is ideal for a walking holiday, and for mountain biking. The views are great, and the photo opportunities are many. These tours offer a unique, active, interactive, and fulfilling holiday; which is truly a journey of discovery. Away from crowds, you can visit ethnic villages inhabited by friendly Lepcha, and Nepali families.

The itineraries provide for a wide range of activities in and around the village. These include Nature & Culture walks, treks to adjoining areas, camping, interaction with people to learn about the seasonal agriculture cycle, religious beliefs and cultural customs, learning from local artisans, cooking and tailoring lessons, traditional bee keeping,  brewing millet beer, learning about Shamans and participation in .village chores – ploughing, sowing, and harvesting, collection of firewood and fodder and more. These authentic experiences provide an opportunity of two way learning and friendship. Earnings go directly to the community members.

We have several one – day easy to moderate hikes available. The choice enables all age groups to enjoy the countryside. Guests not desirous of walking can drive cum walk, to some of the outlying areas using a combination of jeep trails and walking trails.

A visit to the innovative Awake and shine rural model primary school with its happy children is a treat.

Package tours for 2, 3, and 4 night stay are available. We will be happy to tailor a holiday just for you.

Tour packages based at Samthar Farm house

SWH /01: 02 nights Samthar farm house package

Day 01 : drive Bagdogra to Samthar via Ponbu
or
Drive cum trek Kalimpong to Samthar. Overnight at Samthar Farm house

Day 02: Walking exploration of Samthar Valley and visit Awake & Shine School,. Overnight at Samthar Farm House

Early morning sunrise views ,Weather permitting, you see the entire panorama of snows. After breakfast,take awalking tour of the valley . Terraced cultivation, forests, ethnic homestads and visit Awake & Shine School. Overnight at The samthar Farm House.

Day 03 : Trek to Teesta Dam and drive to to Darjeeling or Kalimpong. Alternativly drive to Kalimpong or to Bagdogra

 

SWH/02: 03 nights Samthar farm house package

Day 01 : drive Bagdogra to Samthar via Ponbu
or
Drive cum trek Kalimpong to Samthar. Overnight at Samthar Farm house.

Day 02 : Walking exploration of Samthar Valley and visit Awake & Shine School,.

Early morning sunrise views ,Weather permitting, you see the entire panorama of snows – Khangchenganga group of peaks, Simvo, Siniolchu, Lama Anden, Chomoyomo, and Paunhari, and then in an easterly arc the passes of Chola, Natula, and Jalepla, leading into Tibet.

After breakfast, Walking exploration of Samthar Valley and visit Awake & Shine School

Overnight at The samthar Farm House.

Day 03 : Trek to Lower Samthar Valley.

Day trek to the Lower Samthar valley. Visit  terraced farm land growing paddy, millet, buck wheat, maize, vegetables and oranges,. forests dotted with homesteads. Mountain streams.Visit households, meet the people and enjoy a local meal. Return to the Samthar farm House by a different route. The overall walking time is about 4-5 hrs.

Overnight at the Samthar farm house.

Day 04 : Trek to Teesta Dam and drive to to Darjeeling or Kalimpong

Alternativly drive back to Kalimpong or Bagdogra.

 

SWH/03:  04 nights Samthar farm House combined with Village home stay package

Day 01: drive Bagdogra to Samthar via Ponbu

or
Drive cum trek Kalimpong to Samthar
Overnight at Samthar Farm house.

Day 02 : Explore Samthar Valley Lepcha Village and Trek to Nepali Village, and visit Awake & Shine School.

Early morning sunrise views ,Weather permitting, you see the entire panorama of snows – Khangchenganga group of peaks, Simvo, Siniolchu, Lama Anden, Chomoyomo, and Paunhari, and then in an easterly arc the passes of Chola, Natula, and Jalepla, leading into Tibet.

After breakfast, Walking exploration of Lepcha Village. Trek to Nepali village and  visit Awake & Shine School.

Overnight at Nepali family home stay at Gairigaon

Day 03 : Trek to Lower Samthar Valley.

Day trek to the Lower Samthar valley. Visit  terraced farm land growing paddy, millet, buck wheat, maize, vegetables and oranges,. forests dotted with homesteads. Mountain streams.Visit households, meet the people and enjoy a local meal. Return to the your village homestay. The overall walking time is about 4-5 hrs.

Overnight at Nepali family home stay at Gairigaon

Day 04 : Trek to Lepcha valley and Yang Gompa.

Day trek to Suruk Christian Mission and village. Continue to 100 years old Yang Gompa and villages around. Trek back to samthar Farm House by a different route.

Overnight at Samthar Farm House

Day 05 : Trek to Teesta Dam and drive to Darjeeling or Kalimpong

Alternativly drive back to Kalimpong or to Bagdogra

 

Package price per person

Pax 02 nights 03 Nights 04 Nights
02-03 USD 190.00/ INR 11400 USD 255/INR 15300 USD 300/INR 18000
04 USD 160.00/ INR   9600 USD 300/INR 18000 USD 260/INR 15600

 

Services included

  • Dbl Room with Western style tiled attached toilet & bath
  • All meals. Boiled & filtered drinking water
  • Car with driver as per itinerary
  • English speaking guide
  • One porter per head for carriage of personal baggage where required

Services Not included

  • Personal expenses
  • Laundry
  • Phones & Internet
  • Mineral water
  • Medical expenses
  • Tips

Value Tour packages based at village Home stays

S/5  A: 02 nights  Village Home stay  Package

Day 01: Drive Kalimpong to Samthar by shared village Taxi.  Arrive by 1630 hrs. Overnight at Charles Lepcha’s homestay

Day 02: Explore Lepcha and Nepali village and visit Awake & Shine School,. Overnight at Nepali family home stay at Gairigaon

Day 03: Early morning drive Samthar to Kalimpong by shared village taxi. Arrive by 1000 hrs

 

S/5  B: 03 Nights  Village Home stay  Package

Day 01: Drive  Kalimpong to Samthar by shared village taxi. Arrive by 12630 hrs. Overnight Charles lepcha homestay

Day 02: Lepcha village exploration, and trek to Gairigaon Nepali Village, Overnight at Nepali family home stay at Gairigaon

Day 03: Explore Nepali village and visit Awake & Shine School. Trek to lower samthar Valley. Overnight at Nepali family home stay at Gairigaon

Day 04:  Drive to Kalimpong by shared  village taxi Arrive by 1000 hrs

 

S/5 C: 04 nights Village Home  Package

Day 01: Drive Kalimpong to Samthar by shared village taxi. Overnight Charles Lepcha homestay

Day 02: Lepcha village exploration, and trek to Hunga Dara. Overnight Charles Lepcha homestay

Day 03: Trek to Lower samthar Valley and Gairigaon Nepali Village. Overnight at Overnight at Nepali family home stay at Gairigaon

Day 04: Explore Nepali village and visit Awake & Shine School, and trek to  Yang Gompa. Overnight at Overnight at Nepali family home stay at Gairigaon

Day 05: Drive to Kalimpong by shared village taxi. Arrive by 1000 hrs       

 

Extensions

Days can be increased or decreased on request: Minimum stay is 02 nights

Package Price per person 

Package Single 02 pax
02 nights INR 5500 / USD   90 INR 3450/ USD  60
03 nights INR 8250 / USD  135 INR 5175/ USD  90
04 nights INR 10000/ USD 180 INR 7200 /USD 120

 

Included in the price

  • Dbl Room with Western style toilet & bath
  • All meals. Boiled & filtered drinking water
  • Transfer by Shared village taxi from Kalimpong to Samthar and back
  • English speaking guide

Not included in the price

  • Personal expenses
  • Bar expenses
  • Laundry
  • Phones & Internet
  • Mineral water
  • Medical expenses
  • Tips
  • Learning activities

“It was the end of a most happy home stay. Even writing a diary such as this canot capture the multitude of little things that warmed my heart and made me happy. It was a most memorable visit made wonderful by so many special people. It was very sad to say goodbye to Charles (Lepcha host) I had tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat as I departed ”

Robyn Wardill
Australia

To book home stays or tours contact  Gurudongma Tours & Treks gurudongma@gmail.com, gurudongma@outlook.com

Our Address: Project Awake and Shine
Samthar Farm House, Basti and Post Office Samthar, Kalimpong,
Dist Darjeeling, West Bengal, India - 734301
Mobile: +91-94340-47372,E-mail : awakeandshineschool@yahoo.com, gurudongma@outlook.com, gurudongma@gmail.com
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