Hike to David Neel’s Cave - North Sikkim

PRICE: Starts at ₹ 14,000/- for 2 pax
4 days, 3 nights

  • Meet & greet on arrival.
  • All applicable transfers & sightseeing as per the itinerary, (vehicle will not be on disposal).
  • Only dinner on day 1, all meals on days 2 & 3 and only breakfast on day 4.
  • Guides/ Escort Charges.
  • All applicable Permits.
  • GST @ 5 % or as applicable.
  • Sightseeing entry fees, any up-gradation charges.
  • Cost for service not mentioned under the “cost includes” heads.
  • Cost for airfare, train fare or any other internal fare.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, soft drinks, mineral water, porter, tip etc.
  • Difference in cost arising due to extra usage of vehicle other than what is mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Bagdogra (IXB)
  • N.J.P. (New Jalpaiguri)
  • S.N.T. (Sikkim Nationalised Transport)

DAY 1:


  • Arrive at Bagdogra/NJP, travel to Lachen and reach by late afternoon/early evening,
  • Check-in to Homestay and freshen up and interact with your host.
  • It is recommended to have early dinner and retire for the night.
  • Overnight stay in homestay.

DAY 2:


  • After breakfast walk up to the 160 year old Lachen Monastery which was built by Karchen Dorjie Drak in 1858. The monastery has a small casket containing a flat stone bearing the amazing footprint of the Kham Gomchen who stayed at the Thangu Monastery along with a stone shaped like a ‘Tshebum’ or vase of longevity which is kept at the Altar.

It is said that one day when the third Lachen Gomchen Rinpoche was meditating at Deuthang hermitage, he told his pupil lama Samdup that he would find something floating down the river flowing nearby the next day and he should bring it to the hermitage. Early next morning he went down to the river and started looking around. About midday he saw a stone shaped like vase floating down the river. He grabbed it and took it to his master. The master said that it is a Ter (religious artifact) and directed him to keep it in the Monastery, now called the Tshebum or the Vase of longevity.

There is a Namo Lakhang which was built by Dzongchen Sungrap Gyatso Rinpoche some time in 1890’s near the monastery one can visit the Lakhang or prayer hall.

  • Post lunch start hike on the Bird trail which would start from near the monastery and goes above the Lachen village. Some of the common birds which could be seen are Blood Pheasants, Kalij Pheasants, Satyr Tragopan, Accentor, Finches
  • in the evening return back and overnight at Homestay.

DAY 3:


  • After breakfast, take packed lunch and start the drive towards Kalep Village. The drive is approx. 1 ½ to 2 hours (30 Kms ). You will cross the Zema Chu River which originates from the Zemu Glacier the largest glacier of Mount Khangchendzongna.
  • Start hike after reaching Kalep village towards Deuthang, the trail will pass through forest of cedars and pines. You will reach the twin caves of Deuthang, the Deuthang Ney and the Samten Ney. From here you will get beautiful views of Kalep village in the valley below and the Lachen Chu river.
  • After lunch start hiking back to Kalep village to drive back to Lachen.
  • In the evening spend time with your host family, if interested you can try to learn the art of Momo making.

Alexendra David-Neel was one of the most famous French explorer cum spiritualist and the first women from the western world to have set foot into Tibet. On her second visit to Sikkim in 1914 she met Gomchen Rinpoche of Lachen Nawang Kunzang at the Lachen monastery with whom she retreated to the caves above Deuthang to study and meditate for two years while the Rinpoche meditated for 13 years. 

DAY 4:


  • After breakfast travel towards next destination. 
  • You should make a stop at the Rabum Angora Farm.
  • Your trip concludes. Head back home with lots of pictures and awesome memories.
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