Drive cum trek Kalimpong to Samthar
Overnight at Samthar Farm house.
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, your local guide will take you by village paths for a exploration of the upper valley, with its mixed Christian Lepcha and Hindu Nepali hamlets. Pass through forests, terraced cultivation and homesteads.. Meet people in their homes and fields, visit Awake & Shine Primary School and get a glimpse of rural lifestyles. Overnight at Nepali family homestay at Gairi Gaon village.
Day trek to the Lower samthar valley. A steep descent through terraced farm land and forests dotted with homesteads. Mountain streams flow down to the valley to join the Samthar River. Valley is located on a shelf spread out just above the Samthar River. It is a mixed community of Lepchas and Nepalis who are mainly agriculturist growing paddy, millet, buck wheat, maize, vegetables and oranges.
You have a chance to visit households, meet the people and enjoy a local meal. In the afternoon take a steep trail to climb out of the valley and 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 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.
Alternativly drive back to Kalimpong or to Bagdogra.