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Shakti Sikkim Village Walks offer travellers the chance to explore the untouched landscapes of the Indian Himalayas, while being immersed in rural village life. The enchanting Buddhist Kingdom of Sikkim is located between Bhutan and Nepal and the fact that it remains something of a secret simply adds to its charm.
Returning to the house, drinks and snacks will be enjoyed by the fire, beneath a starry sky, serving as a relaxing introduction to this rich adventure.
For those early birds, guests can arise before breakfast and participate in prayers at the Rinchenpong Monastery. Following this, there is an uphill climb to a 200 year old monastery, which overlooks the surrounding mountains. Wandering through the picturesque village of Bhasmay to Kaluk village, you will walk along the ridge of the area's highest hillock. After a delicious picnic in Jowbari, travel onwards to the Bermiok monastery, before reaching your next house in the village of Hee.
Set against the impressive backdrop of the world's third highest mountain, Mount Kanchenjunga, the idyllic village of Hee is home to a plethora of different communities. Walking past their houses, visitors will have the opportunity to meet some of the local families. Onwards through the Cardamom hills, you will arrive at the tranquil lake of Chaaya Tal for a delicious picnic and leisurely walk. A visit to the holy Yuma Samyo Mangheem (Limboo Temple) is a must, before returning to your Shakti house for a restful evening.
Awake at dawn to get the best views of Pemayangste Hill and the vast Himalayas, while watching the sun rise over Kanchenjunga and sipping a mug of steaming tea. Following this impressive spectacle, pay a visit to the Red Panda wildlife sanctuary before walking a path alongside a peaceful stream. This trail is an old trade route and its winding ways will lead you to the next village house in Radhu Khandu.
Here you will discover a medley of cardamom fields, ancient monasteries and the beautiful rhododendron ridge. Stopping for a tea break in the home of a retired school teacher, guests will get a fascinating insight into local village life.
Most of the Shakti guides were born in Sikkim and the owner went to school in the region, where his love of walking grew and in time inspired him to set up Shakti.
Frances, Original Traveller