Duration : Full day
Difficulty : Gentle to moderate/tough
This can be adjusted to suit each guest. All the walking is downhill. The duration of the walk can range from 1.5 hours to 4 hours, and the level of difficulty can range from moderate to tough, depending on the route one takes. Guests may also drive the entire route, stopping along the way for short walks at various points of interest.
Our experienced guide-cum-naturalist will lead you through the Bora Gaon Village and into the Simbong Tea Division, past the Sim Jhora (stream and waterfall), and finally into the Simbong Forest area. You can follow the main forest track, or break off at various points to take shortcuts through the forest. Enjoy the spectacular views of Sikkim (including Namchi Baazar and Manjitar Village), the hill station of Kalimpong, and the River Rungeet, which flows through the valley below. You will gradually descend from a height of around 3000 feet, down to the river, which lies at around 800 feet. Our forests contain a rich diversity of birds, butterflies, flora and plant life, as well as animals typical to this habitat. Refreshments will be provided along the way, and a jeep is never far away, should you feel tired and wish to drive down the rest of the way.
Once down at The Glenburn Campsite, on the banks of the River Rungeet, guests have a choice of the following activities:
- Paddling in rock pools
- Bird watching
- Beach activities (croquet, beach cricket and other games)
- Relaxing on the sandy beaches and rocks by the river
- Short walks along the river (including to the suspension bridge to Manjitar Village)
Lunch is served according to each guest's preference, either as a sit-down meal by the cabin, or picnic-style on the river's beaches and rocks. A barbeque is a popular option too.
In the afternoon, guests have a choice of further river/beach activities before we drive back up to the bungalow. They may also try the hike to the Manjitar suspension Bridge after lunch.
There is also a barbeque/bonfire option in the evening, and then guests have the option to spend the night at The Glenburn Lodge, our log cabin at the Campsite.