Fri, 27 Oct|
Embark on a captivating journey that transcends time and transports you to the enchanting world of the Lepchas, the oldest inhabitants of the Kalimpong region.
Time & Location
27 Oct, 4:00 pm – 31 Oct, 10:00 am
Moonbeam Farmstay, Sombaria, Hat, Gorubathan, Nim Khasmahal, West Bengal 735231, India
Embark on an unforgettable journey curated by Muhaan and Moonbeam Farmstay to unravel the hidden narratives of the Lepcha people, the original inhabitants of Kalimpong. In the company of expert guides, you'll venture into remote and picturesque villages, where the allure of Lepcha culture comes to life. Your days will be filled with treks to ancient forts, captivating forest hikes, and engaging interactions with local cultural experts. Immerse yourself in the heart of Lepcha traditions, from cultural performances to shared stories by the bonfire. Accommodations in welcoming homestays and delectable Lepcha cuisine add layers of authenticity to this immersive experience. Join us on the Lepcha Trails and become part of the enduring legacy of Kalimpong's enigmatic Lepcha culture, where meaningful explorations await.
Day 1 27th Oct
1:00 - 2:00 PM: Arrival at Gorubathan.
2:00 - 3:00 PM: Transfer from Gorubathan to Tunglabung.
3:30 - 3:30 PM: Welcome to Moonbeam Farmstay, where you'll meet your hosts, Farden Lepcha and his family, who will be your companions for the next two days.
4:30 - 5:30 PM: Embark on a brief village trail to acquaint yourself with Tunglabung and explore Farden's tea plantations.
6:00 - 7:00 PM: Experience a warm welcome session hosted by the Moonbeam team and community members. Get introduced to the exciting program ahead.
8:00 - 9:00 PM: Dinner.
Day 2 28th Oct
8:00 - 9:00 AM: Savor a hearty breakfast.
9:00 - 10:00 AM: Embark on a picturesque downhill hike from Tunglabung to the Chel River.
10:00 - 10:30 AM: Set off on a scenic drive to Dhip Dara.
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM: Embark on a trek to Dalim Fort, a historical gem believed to have been constructed by the last Lepcha King, Gaeboo Achyok, in the 17th century.
1:00 - 1:30 PM: Immerse yourself in a captivating session on the history of Dalim Fort, Gaeboo Achyok, and the enthralling tales that surround it.
1:30 - 2:30 PM: Enjoy a delightful outdoor lunch amidst nature's beauty.
3:30 - 4:00 PM: Return to Tunglabung.
6:00 - 7:00 PM: Gather around the bonfire for an enchanting storytelling session with Lepcha Elders, who will share ancient tales and legends passed down through generations.
8:00 - 9:00 PM: Dinner.
Day 3 29th Oct
8:00 - 9:00 AM: Breakfast.
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Embark on a captivating forest hike to Lungsel, accompanied by a Lepcha guide who will share insights into the local flora and fauna, as well as traditional medicinal plants
1:00 - 2:00 PM: Arrive at your Homestay in Lungsel and indulge in a delightful lunch.
3:30 - 4:30 PM: Be part of a heartfelt welcome ceremony featuring a Lepcha cultural performance by students from Pano Gyabo Achyok Lepcha Primary School. Dive into the historical significance of Lungsel.
6:00 - 7:00 PM: Engage in an enlightening session with your host, Hen Tshering Lepcha, a passionate cultural conservationist and Lepcha folk musician, who works diligently to preserve their culture and language as a cultural teacher at Pano Gyabo Achyok Lepcha Primary School.
8:00 - 9:00 PM: Dinner
Day 4 30th oct
8:00 - 9:00 AM: Breakfast.
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Embark on a village hike through Doring and engage in insightful interactions with the medicine men of Lungsel. Learn more about the lifestyle of the lepchas by close interactions with the people of Lungsel.
1:00 - 2:00 PM: Lunch.
2:00 - 4:00 PM: Embark on a village hike to Chyakhum Dara through Mandir Dara, a sacred place for the Lepchas believed to be the birthplace of Pano Gyabo Achyok.
4:00 - 5:00 PM: Relish evening snacks in a local home.
6:00 - 8:00 PM: Continue your village hike to Chyakhum Dara through Mandir Dara, a sacred place for the Lepchas believed to be the birthplace of Pano Gyabo Achyok. Experience the spirituality and folklore surrounding this site.
4.00 - 5.00 - Evening snacks in a local home
6.00- 8.00 p.m- Conclude your day with a memorable bonfire session filled with reflections on your cultural journey.
Day 5 31st oct
8:00 - 9:00 AM: Enjoy a final breakfast.
9:00 AM: Depart for Odlabari, carrying with you not only cherished memories but also a deeper understanding of the vibrant Lepcha culture and heritage.
Comfortable accommodation in local homestays.
Three meals a day, along with snacks, featuring traditional Lepcha cuisine.
Guided activities as outlined in the itinerary.
Transportation for pickups and drop-offs as per the itinerary.
Cultural activities as mentioned in the package.
Personal expenses, souvenirs, and additional snacks or beverages.
Optional activities are not specified in the itinerary.
Travel insurance (health and trip cancellation).
Tipping for guides, hosts, and service staff.
Transportation costs to reach the initial meeting point at Gorubathan.
Things to remember:
Remote Locations: Tunglabung and Lungsel are remote areas with limited facilities like ATMs and advanced medical services. Carry extra cash and any necessary medications.
Cultural Respect: Embrace cultural sensitivity during the program and avoid any misuse of shared knowledge or traditions.
Accommodation: Rooms will be double sharing; please adjust accordingly.
Dietary Preferences/Allergies: Inform us of any dietary preferences or allergies in advance, and we'll do our best to accommodate them.
Medical Information: Share any medical conditions or requirements you have for better support.
Trekking: Be prepared for moderate treks; some trekking experience is helpful.
Packing Essentials: Bring trekking shoes, suitable clothing, a reusable water bottle, insect repellent, and sunscreen.
Leave No Trace: Respect the environment and local communities by adhering to a "Leave No Trace" policy.
+₹299.98 service fee
Inclusions Comfortable accommodation in local homestays. Three meals a day, along with snacks, featuring traditional Lepcha cuisine. Guided activities as outlined in the itinerary. Transportation for pickups and drop-offs as per the itinerary. Cultural activities as mentioned in the package. Exclusion Personal expenses, souvenirs, and additional snacks or beverages. Optional activities are not specified in the itinerary. Travel insurance (health and trip cancellation). Alcoholic beverages.
+₹299.98 service fee0