Into the Himalayas

Mountain treks and high tea


£3,162 (US$4,279)

per person, including flights and transfers

(based on two people sharing)

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  • Stay in the best Mr & Mrs Smith luxury and boutique hotels and enjoy an utterly unique experience
  • A tale of two cities exploring Old and New Delhi
  • Mountaintop village stays in Sandyang Lee, Hee-Gyathang and Radhu Khandu
  • Spot playful red pandas in the wild
  • Trek along one of the Himalayas’ oldest trade routes
  • Tours of the tea factory and plantations at Glenburn


Just your cup of chai

Take the literal high road on this unique trip, where you’ll fly from Delhi to the uppermost corners of the Himalayas. Stay in rustic lodges as you trek into the mountains.

Even in North India's remote mountainous regions, Smith are working their magic; this lofty adventure can be fully customised.
As soon as you touch down in Delhi, you’ll be met by your private, English-speaking chauffeur who'll take you to New Delhi where your stay awaits…

1 Hour

Days 1–2: Delhi

Delhi's dizzyingly different halves – its groomed and gracious new quarters and its vivacious old town – make it a destination that always surprises.


The Lodhi


Modern Mughal


Serene South Delhi


Lodhi Deluxe Room

Your Deluxe Room at the Lodhi is sleek and modern in shades of cream and sea blue. The hotel's shell is clean-lined and modern, with some delicate jaali-style screens to nod to the locality, but inside every comfort is considered.

Smith Extra

A jet lag or foot massage each for two guests on arrival

Day 1

Delhi is a delirious whirl of colour and noise – it can be a little overwhelming for first-time visitors. Keep things chilled on your first day in the city; venture out to Connaught Place and the Lodhi Gardens, or stay in your sleek hideaway.

Day 2

Zip through the centuries in double-quick time with a personal tour of Old and New Delhi, led by a local guide.

Private city tour of Old and New Delhi

Prepare for a winding maze of narrow lanes and thronged bazaars in the Old Town, which takes in the Red Fort and the minaret-studded Jama Masjid mosque. New Delhi is an exercise in formal splendour, wide boulevards and grand, Lutyens-designed architecture. You’ll see the Parliament Building; presidential home, Rashtrapati Bhawan; the 13th-century Qutab Minar; and Humayun’s Tomb – the inspiration for the Taj Mahal. You’ll top your tour with a trip to the Gurdwara, a Sikh Temple where visitors and locals alike roll their sleeves up in the community kitchen.
After a short flight from Delhi to Bagdogra, you'll be driven to Rinchenpong, an unspoilt Himalayan town, set a dizzying 6,400 feet above sea level.

6.5 Hours

Days 3–6: Shakti Sikkim Village Walk

Your Shakti Sikkim Village Walk is an expedition through the Himalayas' undiscovered bits. Go up and up to Rinchenpong, a Himalayan town nestled in the mountains at 64,000 feet. Here, you’ll begin your village-hopping adventure in the hands of a knowledgeable Shakti guide, who’ll escort you on daily treks, each ending at a cosy village lodge for a welcoming supper (courtesy of your private chef) and a good night’s sleep.


Village people


Land of snow leopards


Village House

Shakti Sikkim Village Walk's lodgings don't have the burnished bells and whistles of the Lodhi, but they're charming nonetheless. These rustic homesteads are decorated using natural materials, pops of colour and local textiles. Interiors may be low-key, but the mountain views are all-in.

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A book about the Himalayas

Day 3

Shakti plots out a route with stops at petite mountainside villages. When the car pulls up at a house in Sandyang Lee, you'll be warmly welcomed by its owners, a local politician and his family. They'll host you for the night in simple, colourfully furnished rooms with unparalleled views of the Kanchenjunga massif.

Day 4

Wake up to an early start and hearty breakfast – you’ll need both to climb the 268 steps down to the Rinchenpong monastery, the town of Bhasmay and on to the Kaluk village. Walk for another 30 minutes along a mountain ridge to arrive at Jowbari in time for a picnic lunch. After a rest, re-tighten your laces and set off for Bermiok monastery, Dunga Dara and the village of Hee-Gyathang, where you’ll stay for one night.

Day 5

Walk uphill through the red panda wildlife sanctuary, then set out for a two-hour ramble along one of the oldest trade routes in the Himalayas, finally reaching Radhu Khandu – your home for the next two nights. You’ll be welcomed to a traditional Sikkimese house with two bedrooms and alfresco bathrooms, plus panoramic views of the mountains. Here, you’ll have a chef-prepared lunch before trekking to the abandoned caves at Bhalukhop (a two-hour walk).

Day 6

The next day’s walk begins after breakfast, when the owners of the house will take you to Khandu, a 150-year-old monastery and on to the rhododendron ridge for a picnic lunch. That evening, you’ll have farewell drinks and dinner with your hosts.
After breakfast you'll take a 20-minute trek to a waiting driver and car, who'll then take you to top-drawer tea estate in the Darjeeling District.

2.5 Hours

Days 7–9: Darjeeling District

Darjeeling may lie in the Lesser Himalayas, but its attitude is very much 'more'. It's a heady blend of soaring slopes, lush greenery and a few decent cuppas.


Steeped in history


Plantation amid the peaks



Boutique hotel Glenburn Tea Estate is perched on high, above the glittering River Rungeet. This Scottish-founded stay (now owned by an Indian family) is famous for its tea production, Glenburn’s collection of peach bungalows is surrounded on all sides by verdant plantations.

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A packet of Glenburn’s house tea for each guest

Days 7–9

You're left to luxuriate on the high plateau at scenic stay Glenburn Tea Estates. After hearty Himalayan hikes, sit back and admire the evergreen peaks while sipping a cup of the house-blend tea, retire to the treatment room for some pampering, or indulge in a generous Indian feast.
Your private driver will take you to Bagdogra Airport; from there, you’ll catch a short domestic flight back to Delhi.

4 Hours

Days 10-11: Delhi

Before you fly home, you'll have one more whirl around Delhi as you fly back for a one-night stay.


The Lodhi


Modern Mughal


Serene South Delhi


Lodhi Deluxe Room

You’ll head back to sleek stay the Lodhi for one more night.

Smith Extra

A jet lag or foot massage each for two guests on arrival

Day 10

Once you arrive, you’ll have the remainder of the day in Delhi to spend at your leisure.

Day 11

After one last luxurious breakfast in your city stay, you'll be driven to Delhi's airport for your flight home or on to your next destination.
You’ll take a chauffeured car from you from your city stay back to Delhi airport for your flight home.

1 Hour

When to go

Spring is the balmiest season for long treks, as it’s sunny but not too hot (the temperatures drop the higher you climb). By March, warm spells will have thawed out icy mountain routes and greenery begins to grow from between the foothills’ rocks.

Getting there

Most international carriers fly direct to Delhi’s main hub, Indira Gandhi Airport. Our Smith24 team can help with booking flights to and from Delhi on request; these are not included in this package. During your trip, you’ll either be getting from A to B on foot, or by a private, air-conditioned, chauffeur-driven minivan. Neither international nor internal flights are included in the package rates.

Packing tips

Strap on your heavy-duty hiking boots, load a water bottle, cap and sunglasses into your daypack, and bring waterproofs and warm layers for high-altitude treks.


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What's included
The package includes all accommodation in Mr & Mrs Smith boutique hotels; and all applicable taxes.
What's not included
International flights and car hire, visa fees, airport taxes or insurance. Any items which are not mentioned as included in the itinerary. Any increase in government taxes. For the Timeless Tuscany package, car hire is included, but guests will be responsible for drop-off fees if delivered to a different end point than Florence Airport, refuelling charges, delivery and collection, extra insurance, additional driver costs, admin fees, tax and parking.
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