Walking the Hills of Sikkim & Darjeeling

Join Lincoln and Kabir for two weeks in North East India in October 2023.

Sikkim and the Darjeeling hills are lands of soaring Himalayan peaks and stunning views, quaint farming villages and lively market towns. Traditional lifestyles and livelihoods are widespread. Unusually for India, population density is low and protected forest coverage is high. This makes it something of an outlier in a country which is seeing rapid population growth and urban development.

Accompanied by Lincoln Harris and guided by North East India native Kabir Pradhan, we explore this unique region on foot, with day walks through a variety of landscapes including forests, pastoral land and farming hamlets. Each night we return to comfortable accommodation, ranging from heritage hotels to farmstays and tea planters’ bungalows. Along the way we learn about the numerous ethnic groups who call this region of India home, including Tibetans, Nepalis, Bengalis, Lepchas and Bhotias. 

We travel in November, when flowers are in full bloom, the air is clearest and mountain views at their best. With favourable conditions we are afforded regular views of the main Himalayan range, including of Khangchendzonga, the third highest mountain in the world (as above, seen from Darjeeling). As is always the case with our hosted tours, there is good food, unique accommodation and the company of like-minded travellers. The tour runs for 14 days and is limited to 12 people.

View the full itinerary here.