We are happy to introduce you to this fascinating Himalayan State. On our Treks and Travels through Sikkim you will explore Buddhist villages, see Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world, visit old monasteries and observe a variety of birds, butterflies and orchids. In our programs we place importance on culture, nature, as well contact with the indigenous population.
M16735 was founded in April 1999 by Topgay Takapa and Helen Kaempf, a sikkimese-swiss couple. In Topgay's homeland M16735 organizes cultural treks and travels. In addition in the year 2001 the opening of the Bamboo Resort. Nestled between paddy fields and bamboo groves The Bamboo Resort is a guest house, cultural- and health center with organic farm.
1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?
Since 1999 and it started when I moved to India.
2. What is your company's mission?
To provide culturally authentic tours and treks throughout India and the himalayan regions; to do so in a socially and environmentally responsible manner; to provide a place of calm and beauty.
3. What does your company specialize in?
Journeys of all kinds throughout India, Mongolia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet. Specialization: Sikkim, Bhutan and the entire Northeast of India. Theme-journeys with focus on mediation, yoga but also on trekking and expeditions.
4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?
Myself: Helen Kämpf, born and raised in Switzerland, have a business school degree from Switzerland and a BA in International Studies of the School for International Training, Vermont, USA. Studied languages and can speak English, German, Spanish, French and Nepali. Did a practicum in Ladakh and have work and travel experience throught the USA, Central America, Asia and Europe.
5. What is your most popular travel package and why?
Our cultural tours with optional village-trekking and integrated homestays in Sikkim and Bhutan. Because it is authentic, unique and our guides passionate about the cause.
6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?
To the Owner: I wanted to thank you so much for a wonderful stay. I was with the Amrita Dance Creations group that stayed from Nov 17 - Nov 29th. The entire staff was so lovely and attentive, the food was AMAZING, our guide for several outings, Kalden, was wonderful, the herbal bath was out of this world...in short it was very perfect in every way. I wrote and expressed my appreciation in the guest book, and to the staff as we left, but it didn't feel like I had said thank you enough! Now that I am home, the more I remember our time there, the more amazing and wonderful it seems. So, please feel free to convey again my heartfelt thank you to all the staff, Mr Basinet, Babito, the cook, Suresh(sp?), the gardner, the grocery delivery man, whoever else I am leaving out...what a wonderful thing you all have created up there on the side of the hill in the Sikkim paradise. Thank you again. Regards, Jennifer Bruch