A tiny charming village, Dorjeeling is just across a few mountains from the Mechuka Town. The village is beautiful with few houses and a Gompa of it’s own. Unending plains with horses running freely is a sight to see. Millet and vegetables are abundantly grown here.
The charming Village of Dorjeeling
There are two ways to reach this village:
1.By road: After leaving the Mechuka Town and crossing the Bumjipanga bridge turn Right and drive till you see the village.
2.Hiking the Mountains of Dorjeeling.
Hike to cross the Mountains between Dorjeeling Village and Mechuka Town.
Duration: 1/2 Day
Most of the local people consider hiking the mountains of Dorjeeling to go from Mechuka to Dorjeeling and vice-versa.
Ascending the Mountains of Dorjeeling
It mostly takes 30-60 minutes depending the amount you rest in between.
From Mechuka Town: The hike starts from the Bumjipanga bridge where you will take the little road up the mountains.
From Dorjeeling Village: The hike starts from a Hanging Bridge and taking the well marked road up the mountains.
The view of Dorjeeling Village from above
As you climb the first mountain you will be baffled to see an entire bowl shape area in between the mountains. You will find forests and ponds on the way.
Trail marks with beautiful golden grasses
Many locals will be seen coming from the market to their homes in the evening. As you reach the last mountain of the hike from Dorjeeling Village you will get glimpses of Mechuka Town from high above. It’s very beautiful from above and a hike to cross to these mountains is great way to know the place.
The town of Mechuka from Dorjeeling mountains
Note: The trail marks for this hike is same from Mechuka Town and Dorjeeling Village.
Another way to reach Dorjeeling Village is by road
Tips for the Hike:
1. Carry water to keep yourself hydrated.
2. Wear warm clothes.
3. In summer, wear raincoats or waterproof jackets.
4. In summer, carry a pinch of salt or a lighter to keep out the leeches.
5. Wear comfortable shoes (the hike get very steep in some places).
One of the major tourist attraction in Mechuka is the old Gompa, Samden Yangcha Monastery which is even older than the famous Tawang Monastery.
The Yargyap Chu river flowing through the plains
The Samden Yangcha Monastery was built 400 years, in the 16th century. The Monastery is about 14 kms from the Town of Mechuka. It is located in the small village of Segong.
The rear view of the Monastery
The village of Segong
The Monastery sits atop the mountains and can be seen before entering the village. One can take an SUV from the town and ride to the top of the mountains. Or one can trek from the Iron bridge at the foothills of the mountains to enjoy the beautiful pine vegetation and the seclusion. It’s totally isolated and very peaceful.
Samden Yangcha Monastery
After walking for an hour, you will finally see the rear view of the Monastery. When you reach the Monastery the views are breathtaking. You can see the town of Mechuka with river Yargyap Chu flowing through. You can also see the entire route of Mechuka to Segong village, on the right.
Beautiful statues inside the Monastery
Inside the Monastery many beautiful statues of Guru Padmasambhava can be seen. The two storied Monastery also has many ancient evil mythological statues. You can light incense sticks and donate some money in the donation box.
The quarters of the Monks
The entire Monastery has one care taker. You can also see the quarters of Monks on the left side of the Monastery, where the Monks stays on religious days to perform rituals or to come pray in the Monastery.
Note: No other people or any tourists are allowed to go inside the quarters. It’s strictly prohibited.
1. Carry water.
2. There is only one shop in the entire village of Segong, you can buy snacks and water from the shop.
This Trek is the easiest one among the other treks one can do in Mechuka. It’s more of sightseeing and trekking.
If you need a guide, Mr Gebu Sona can provide a guide for a day. It will cost around 1000 rs.
The trek starts from the Bumjipanga bridge near the Yargyapchu Homestay located on the river bank.
The Bumjipanga Bridge
It takes about 3 hours to climb to the top of the Dorjeeling Mountain and two hours to return. One specialty of this trek is the Huge “MENCHUKA” sign that is inscribed at the top. The sign is made of concrete and painted in white to be visible from anywhere.
The Huge Sign seen from the Town
You can see this sign anywhere from the town. So it’s necessary to check this one out up close.
Views in Summer and Autumn
The sceneries are beautiful throughout the year. You can get a 360 view of the Mechuka Town. It’s very beautiful from up there. Green in summer, golden in autumn and white in winter, this trek doesn’t disappoint.
View of the Town in Summer
The Letter A of the Sign
In summer, the grasses will be waist length and it is necessary to carry things like salt, lighter to get rid of the leeches which one will find in every step.
One should also carry warm clothes and raincoats as it rains in Summer.
In autumn, the grasses will dry up giving the mountains a virtually barren look. You can trek up to the mountains without any worry of rain and leeches. In this time of year the town glitters from above.
The view of the Town in Autumn
The temperature is pleasantly warm during the day time but warm clothes are a must.
In winter, it will be covered in snow. Usually the treks are closed during winter due to snow. If you insist, the guide can manage something.
Note: It’s not possible to camp, as the mountains are very steep and there is no nearby water source.
Price: 3500 per person (includes tents, Food and Porters)
The trek to Rinjinling Mountain is an easy one where you can spend mostly 2 days and 1 night. The destination sits atop a mountain surrounded by beautiful sceneries from all side. You will enter the Dorjeeling Village first and start the trek from there.
Mr. Gebu Sona, owner of Gayboo’s Traditional Lodge and Homestay himself is a guide but he also has other guides under him who takes tourists in these treks.
You must discuss the terms and conditions, including prices for tent, food and porters before going on this trek. Once you have discussed all the things mentioned above, leave everything to Mr. Gebu Sona to make your trek comfortable and fun.
If you take a guide from GTL Homestay, Mr. Gebu Sona will make the arrangements to drive you and the other trekkers to the Dorjeeling Village by road. A pit stop at a house in Dorjeeling, owned by a close friend of Mr. Gebu Sona, where you can get ready for your trek and that’s the start of your walking route.
The trek start by walking past the beautiful village of Dorjeeling. In summer, it will be filled with millet fields and a wonderland in winter with beautiful golden grasses, dried wooden fences with little green vegetation.
The beautiful village of Dorjeeling
As you walk a good 2 kms of the plains, you will finally reach the foothills of the mountains and will need to climb the mountains for 2 hours till you reach your destination.
The view of Dorjeeling village halfway through the climb
As you ascend, you will first get the views of the Dorjeeling village, it’s little fields and streams. By the time you will reach your destination you will see the mesmerizing views surrounded from all sides. The Mechuka Town in front of you, the Dorjeeling Village to your right, the snow peaked (winter) or foggy mountains (summer) to your left and an undulating mountains and forests on your back.
View from Rinjinling: A beautiful Sunset
After taking in the mesmerizing views, the guide and helpers will set up your tent and you can rest for a while. There are little shed houses on the back of the mountain. One is closer to our mountain and is owned by the old gentleman whose house you made a pit stop. The guide and porters will make lunch in the old gentleman’s house and bring back to you, or you can accompany them to the house and have lunch there, if you are not exhausted.
Lunch in this Little Wooden Shed House
After having lunch, you can come back to your tent, the guide will make a bonfire and you can just chill or roast potatoes, meat anything you like. The helpers will do anything you ask them. When evening falls, the helpers will go back to the house to make dinner, you can sit near the fire or accompany with them. It’s all your wish. You can just listen to songs, drink wine, tell your stories, get friendly with your group or play games with your friends.
Night Scenes In Rinjinling
You can star gaze too for endless hours if you are lucky to have a full moon night. Otherwise it will be foggy or dark depending on the weather.
After having dinner, brought back from the house, you can go back to your tent and have a good night sleep or you can continue with your stories.
Early morning, get out of your tent and have a look around, you will find the morning sun rays hitting you first when the Mechuka town is still sleepy and under the fog. It’s like starring a sea of fog and it’s utterly beautiful. It’s the best thing you will see in your whole day.
The beautiful Village of Dorjeeling from Rinjinling
You can take photographs of the foggy town, the rising sun or stare at it till the fog disappears and you can finally see the Town again. It will leave you speechless.
Before and After Photos of The Mechuka Town from Rinjinling covered with Fog
After having tea, the helpers will pack up and it will be time to bid this gorgeous place good bye.
While returning, you can have breakfast back in the Dorjeeling house, ghee chai (tea) is a specialty, you might even get lucky with Chaang (traditional Memba wine).
This trek is perfect and worth going as you get to see Mechuka all in it’s glory, glittering like jewels. The beauty that it beholds can’t be express with words, one has to indulge in going on this trek to see for themselves.
If you have all the things needed for a trek, like your own tent, food but just need a guide, you can hire a guide from Mr. Gebu Sona or ask around in the town. It’s great as it will cut down the prices to a thousand bucks.
Making your own food won’t be a problem as there is plenty of space to make a fire right near your tent and prepare your own food.
Carry a torch light/chargeable lamp and plenty of water with you as you have to climb a mountain to get to the nearest stream.