12 Km
Trail Length
2280 m/7480 ft
Highest Point

Mulkharka Lake Trek:

Mulkharka Trek is a pristine low altitude homestay trek in Kalimpong with fantastic views of Kanchejungha. It sits right at the border of Sikkim and West Bengal in the lower reaches of the North East Himalayas. The trail covers some of the scenic villages at the edge of the Neora Valley National Park.

kancheunjungha-reflection-on-mulkharka-lakeKanchenjungha reflection on Mulkharka lake
Reflection of Kanchenjungha on Mulkharka lake
Malkharka trail on the edge of the Neora valley
Kanchenjunga (left) and other mountains seen from the Mulkharka trail

The trek starts from Lingsey, a small, secluded village, a few kilometres ahead of Rhenock township in Sikkim. From Lingsey, the route ahead is steep but short. It is approximately 8 km from Lingsey to Mulkharka village and a couple of more to the Mulkharka lake. It’s a family-friendly, sweet village walk, often forested. Additionally, it produces some stunning mountain and valley views.

Trail map to reach Mulkharka lake
Easy hiking trail
Trail remains evergreen
Thick vegetation enroute

On our way to Mulkharka, we’ll cross other pristine villages like Jhusing, Tagathang, Khopi etc. Jhusing is the smallest of these villages. Surely trekkers in pursuit of solitude will adore this place. Tagathang was previously known as the cardamom village of the region. But due to a deadly disease all the cardamom farms suffered quite a bit and they are still recovering from that. Local farmers are hopeful that within a few years Tagathang will be able to regain its reputation. It is also famous for its medicinal honey. There are some particular species of bees which thrive at the altitude of Tagathang. These bees collect and store honey from specific plants which has medicinal values. Up at Mulkharka people tried to harvest these bees but with very little success.

Khopi village enroute
Trail inside cardamom plantation

Our destination Mulkharka, is a relatively new settlement in comparison to other villages on the trail. As a matter of fact, for ages the grounds of Mulkharka has served as the grazing place for cattle of those villages. In the mid 90s some villagers started organic farming around Mulkharka and started settling down there since then.

From the heights of Mulkharka the views of the South – East face of Kanchenjungha opens up. In the Mulkharka lake the reflection of Kanchenjungha is a sight to behold and coveted among visitors.

A view from Mulkharka village
Kanchenjunga from Mulkharka lake

Season and time to visit:

Best time to visit is between November and February (autumn and winter) , when the weather usually remains clear. From April to September often the weather remains cloudy or rainy.

Suggested itinerary for Mulkharka Lake trek:

Day 1: Drive from NJP or Bagdogra to Lingsay village (~880 m / 2890 ft). Shorter route enters into Sikkim and takes Teesta, Melli, Rangpo, Rhenock route to Lingshey in Kalimpong district (West Bengal). Approx 115 km – 5 to 6 hours.  The longer route (which is entirely inside West Bengal and doesn’t enter amd leave Sikkim) is through crossing coronation bridge on Teesta River, then via Lava, Pedong, Kagey to Lighshey village ~160 km – 8 to 9 hours – Homestay
Day 2: Trek to Tagathang (~1520 m / 4990 ft) via Jhusing (~1320 m / 4330 ft) – ~4 km – 1-2 hrs – Homestay. After lunch we will explore Tagathang village.
Day 3: Trek to Mulkharka village (~2050 m /6725 ft) – ~6 km – 2 to 3 hrs – Homestay – Post lunch visit the organic farm in the village.
Day 4: Early morning hike to Mulkharka Lake (~2280 m / 7480 ft) . Post breakfast drive to NJP to Bagdogra via Tista, Melli, Rangpo, Rhenock – ~125 km – 5 to 6 hours or  via Kagey, Pedong, Lava ~170 km – 8 to 9 hours. Else you may continue with your travel plan in Darjeeling, Kalimpong or Sikkim etc.


  • You need to arrive at NJP station, Bagdogra airport or Siliguri city, latest by 10 am on Day 1. While returning, you will reach NJP or Bagdogra by noon or early afternoon, as per the above itinerary.
  • You can reach from or return to Darjeeling to trek base and endpoints in an hour or so.te

Duration: 3  days of trekking. NJP/Bagdogra to NJP round trip in 4 days.

Prerequisite: Easy walk for all nature lovers.

Grade: Easy

Physicality: 3/10

Trail Length: 12 Km

Highest Point: Mulkharka Lake ~ 2280 m/7480 ft

Seasons: October to March

Further Option: 

Access: Trek starting and end points are at Lingsay and Mulkharka village resspectively, Kalimpong district, West Bengal.

Rail station: New Jalpaiguri (STN Code: NJP)

Airport: Bagdogra (Code: IXB)


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  • You need to reach NJP/Bagdogra on Day 1 morning (latest by 10 am) or the previous night. Return to NJP on Day 5 evening by 6 pm. Arrange your tickets for inward journey and return accordingly.
DEPARTURE LOCATION New Jalpaiguri railway station (NJP)/Bagdogra airport
REPORTING TIME 10:00 am for a prompt departure to Majua (Day 1)
RETURN TIME Approximately 4:00 pm (Day 4)

How to reach Ravangla (The trek base):

Depending upon the trek members we will arrange a pickup and drop from NJP/Bagdogra/Siliguri to trek base and return. We will arrange the pick up and drop, you pay directly to the driver.

Typically a Tata Sumo/Mahindra Maxx/Bolero charges ₹ 4500 one side which can accommodate 5 to 6 people. This is NOT included in the TREK FEE and to be payable directly to the driver/owner.

Nearest Rail station: New Jalpaiguri (Station Code: NJP)

Nearest Airport: Bagdogra (Airport Code: IXB)

For the treks in Sikkim and Darjeeling , one has to reach the city of Siliguri (considered the corridor to the North-East) in West Bengal.

The nearest Railway Station is New Jalpaiguri (NJP), 5 Km from Siliguri and the airport Bagdogra is 10 Km.

You can fly or by train reach Siliguri from Kolkata ( good for the trekkers coming from South/central or Western India) or Delhi as per your convenience from any part within India.

Direct flights are available from New Delhi, Kolkata and Bangalore. All the flights to Bagdogra reaches late in the morning or early afternoon. It becomes difficult to reach the trek base like Yuksom/Hilley/Uttarey on the same day unless a car is booked (takes around 8 hours to reach). One can stay the night in Siliguri and start the travel to the trek base next morning. It is better to reach Siliguri by flight/train to Kolkata and then take an overnight train to NJP unless you are coming from northern India.

From Kolkata to Siliguri:

1) By train:

There are several overnight trains running between Kolkata (Howrah or Sealdah) to NJP. Day trains are also available.

From airport (Dumdum, CCU) , Sealdah railway station is 15 Km and may take 1 to 2 hours depending upon the time you travel. Howrah is 17 Km and may take up to 2 hours during the heavy traffic in the rush hours. Howrah and Sealdah are only 5 Km apart, though it may take an hour to travel. Pre Paid taxi booths are available.

DARJEELING MAIL – Train No. – 12343 (Very good option to reach NJP in the morning. Starts around 10 pm in the night and reaches NJP 8 am in the morning.)
PADATIK EXPRESS – Train No. – 12377 (Very good option to reach NJP in the morning. Starts around 11 pm in the night and reaches NJP 9 am in the morning.)
KANCHANKANYA EXPRESS – Train No. – 13149 (Starts at 8:30 pm in the evening and reaches NJP 7:30 am in the morning)
SHATABDI EXPRESS – Train No. – 12041 (Day train, starts 2:15 pm in the afternoon and reaches NP at 10:20 pm in the night. There are hotels/lodges outside the railway station at a walking distance of 5 minutes. Otherwise book an auto rickshaw/taxi to Siliguri, which takes around 15 minutes. There are several hotels around Siliguri Junction/Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminus/S.N.T (Sikkim Nationalised Transport stand).

There are other trains also of which some run daily and some on particular days of week.

Avoid booking wait listed (WL) tickets in AC classes (1A/2A/3A) or Chair Car (CC). Book Sleeper class (SL)/Second Sitting class (2S) tickets which have normally more seats/berths and hence much better chance to get confirmed.

2) By flight:

From Kolkata(CCU)  take a flight to Bagdogra (IXB). From airport book a taxi to reach Siliguri which is 10 Km away.

From Delhi to Siliguri:

1) By Train:

Following trains are good to reach NJP and run daily.

DIBRUGARH RAJDHANI – Train No. 12424 (arrives NJP late in the morning @ 10:45 am)
NORTH EAST EXP – Train No. 12506 (arrives NJP @ 8:20 am in the morning)
BRAHMAPUTRA MAIL – Train No. 12424 (arrives NJP at 5 am in the morning. But this train runs late frequently.

Always avoid booking wait listed (WL) tickets in AC classes (1A/2A/3A) or Chair Car (CC). Book Sleeper class (SL)/Second Sitting class (2S) tickets which have normally more seats/berth and hence much better chance to get confirmed.

2) By flight:

From Delhi (DEL) take a flight to Bagdogra (IXB). From airport book a taxi to reach Siliguri which is 10 Km away.

For night stay in NJP/SIliguri:

Trekkers reaching on the previous day before the journey to the actual trek base need to stay the night in Siliguri/NJP. There are several options in Siliguri for spending a night while staying in Standard or Budget accommodation. It is better to reach to the centre of Siliguri called Siliguri Junction (adjacent to Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminus and Sikkim Nationalised Transport/S.N.T Bus terminus). It takes 30 minutes from Bagdogra or 15 minutes from NJP. There are hotels 5 minutes walking from NJP also.

Return from NJP/Bagdogra:

Normally you reach NJP/Bagdogra from any trek base  by 6 pm in the evening. You can take any train after 7 pm. Accordingly arrange your homeward journey.

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  TREK FEE: 14,500 per person (Lingsay to Mulkharka) + 5% GST  

The above cost is for a minimum of 2 persons. For 4 persons and above the TREK FEE will be ₹ 12000 + 4% GST per person.


4 night’s accommodation in a homestay or lodge on a twin sharing basis as per the itinerary.

All meals during the trek (from Day 1 dinner to Day 4 breakfast, B, L, D)

Excellent Trekking Guide, who will be a local to this particular area having sound knowledge of the trekking trails around. He will be able to communicate in simple English. Cost covers his food and accommodationn during the trek.

Tea tasting and visit to the tea processing factory/unit at Mim Tea garden.

Any permit fee, forest levy required for the trek.

 Basic Medical & First Aid kit.


Transportation from NJP/Bagdogra to trek base and return. One way Tata Sumo fare is approximately ₹ 5000. We may arrange, you pay directly to the driver in cash.

We assume that you will carry your personal Rucksack/Backpack with all your personal belongings. If you want to offload your Rucksack and be carried by Porter then you need to pay separately.

Any tips or gratuity to the HT support staff or guide.

Anything that is NOT mentioned in the “Inclusions” or personal in nature.


  • We assume that you have read and understood our “Terms & Conditions” (https://himalayatrekker.com/terms-and-conditions) before Booking a trek/tour.
  • To reserve your place in a scheduled Fixed Departure trek or a Customised/Private trek pay 25% of the TREK/TOUR FEE as the initial “Booking Deposit”. You can pay by Net banking/Draft/Cheque/Credit/Debit/AMEX cards. This will ensure your participation in the desired trek and we will reserve your place in the scheduled date. You need to pay the remaining amount at least 15 days before Trek Starting Date.
  • If you book a Trek/Tour before 14 days or less from Trek/Tour Starting Date, you need to pay the full TREK/TOUR FEE.


  • “Booking Amount” i.e.25% of the TREK/TOUR FEE is Non-Refundable at any stage.
  • If in case you are not able to make it due to unavoidable reason(s), we provide you avery flexible choice of Shifting to another trek within next one year. One year is counted from the starting date of the trek/tour you booked initially with us.
  • In case you postpone your trip you need to informminimum of 15 days before the trek/tour starting date. (Though we suggest to inform us earlier if known)
  • In case you postpone a trek/tour before 15 days of the scheduled Trek/Tour Starting date or prior, you may shift to another group of the same trek/tour scheduled in the same season or within next one year. You may shift to another suitable route also. For changing any, you need our approval first. Your request must be in written communication through your registered email with us.
  • If you cancel/postpone a trek/tour from14 days to 8 days before tour starting date, your Booking Amount is Non-Refundable. We will not take any request of shifting dates. We will charge 50% of the amount as Cancellation Charges and process refund of remaining 50%. You may also shift to another group within next year but 25% Booking Amount will be deemed as Cancellation Charge and the rest amount will be transferred to the shifted group.
  • If you cancel a trek/tour 7 days (i.e. a week) before Trek/Tour Starting Date or later, there will be NO REFUND.
  • In case of any unforeseen incident including but not limited to natural calamities like flood, earthquake, landslide, forest fire or any political unrest, if we are compelled to cancel the trek/trip, you will be entitled to redeem the full amount for the same/similar kind of trek/trip within next one year.

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