While staying at Chalamthang, you can enjoy a whole lot of activities starting from angling, vegetable picking to trekking and forest picnics. Here are few things you try at Chalamthang:
We have selected some secluded spots within the surrounding forests of Chalamthang, where we pitch the tents for the forest picnics. Our local cooks and helpers would reach the spot in the early hours and keep everything ready for you. Your group can enjoy the village walk and reach the spot to find everything arranged. You can do some river fishing and then ask your cook to fry up the catch.
Chalamthang is idle for forest trekking. The two most popular treks – Maenam la and Tendong Hill trek – are arranged from Chalamthang. Guides, porters, tents, permits and everything is arranged by us. Tendong Hill is an extinct volcano and the trail passes through deep forests teeming with local birds and animals. There is a watch tower at the top from where you can catch a panoramic view of Mt. Kanchenjungha and parts of West and South Sikkim. Meanam Hill trek is equally famous to birdwatchers. The watch tower at Maenam Hill top also enjoys the magnificent views of Mt. Kanchenjungha. Both these treks can be done in a day but it is advisable to stay overnight at the respective hilltops for the heavenly early-morning view of the mountains. we can arrange for tents or you can stay in the trekker’s huts located on the hill top.
Chalamthang is surrounded by forests on one side and farmlands on the other. You can take long village walks through the surrounding villages and see the traditional village life unfolding before you. Our local guide can also take you through the forests to some caves or the riverside.
Kaleej Khola is just two kilometers from Chalamthang through the forests and you can practice your angling skills here. We have the basic fishing equipment for the guests to enjoy local fishing but professionals should carry their gear. Local cold water fish like Asala, Buduna, Chirkey, Bhitti are found in plenty but rare species like Goonch have also been spotted in Kalej Khola in the past.
Located at an altitude of 3500 feet at the foothills of the Maenam Hills, Chalamthang falls on the seasonal migratory route of the Himalayan birds. The usual birds to be spotted are Woodpeckers, Warblers, Magpies, Finches, Sunbirds, Flycatchers, Robins, Eagles, Patridges and many more.
The residents of Chalamthang and its surrounding villages come from different communities like Chettris, Bharmans, Karmis and Subbas. This makes Chalamthang a melting-pot for indigenous cultures and guests can surely enjoy the cultural programs organised by these different communities like Chaburny dance and Maruni dance.
The crackling sound of wood fire and the roasted chicken served with local drinks like Thumba under the starlit sky would make your evenings most memorable. The silence of the surrounding forests and the chill in the mountain wind would accompany you.
Kaleej Khola and River Teesta is just 2 kilometers from Chalamthang through the forests and you can practice your angling skills here. We have the basic fishing equipment for the guests to enjoy local fishing but professionals should carry their gear. Local cold water fish like Asala, Buduna, Chirkey, Bhitti are found in plenty but rare species like Goonch have also been spotted in River Teesta in the past.
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