About the Director

We are a small cafe situated at the Hooker Road, near Governor’s Palace in Darjeeling, known popularly among all our patrons as ‘Hot Stimulating Cafe’. What struck Mr. Rumba K for venturing into the trekking business is better known to the Lord but the grapevine has it that the lure of the mountains and the frequent disappearance from the home had to be some how validated before his muse.

Rumba K, a colourful character with a distinctive mustache and flashing smile is a man of great many skills. He is a cook of excellence and the travellers all over the world including the Lonely Planet would swear by his momos. His tea is addictive and the pickle paste something to kill for. But the man likes wandering in the wilderness of the Eastern Himalayas, mingling his blood with the icy dew drops. “I am inspired by this mountains, they arouse me, make me aware of my being…..”, he smiles and promptly adds, “being in the mountains is the greatest just because it is there, ahhhh, it is better than everything!” So he is a philosopher too! ” No, he replies, it is the mountains that makes every one a philosopher. I am a road philosopher, Bob Dylan, mixed into Carlo Zarri, mixed into Tenzing Norgay… or perhaps a singing minstrel working on his guitar with stemming momos perched on the mystical slopes of Sandakphu.”

“I am not your guide instead I am your friend in travel. If you are interested in sharing my bit of joy and pain, I can take you along with me on a journey to the Heavens, to the great mountains of Kanchenjunga and to the holy Mayal Lyang, the Lepcha Shangri La. I am not a traveling agency either, I don’t have all the facilities, that what have already been offered by the Lord himself, but I have the key… to the unknown, to the gateway to the heavens.”

Well a statement like that may or may not bring in the hording millions marching with him to Sandakphu, Phalut or Dzongri but it would certainly bring in the brave and the adventurous, who are truly interested in challenging themselves and witnessing the real wild, the real Himalayas.


Rumba K.


7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Steven Bach  |  April 20, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    Good to know about your trekking gig, I always enjoyed Hot Stimulating Cafe momos and Rumba K’s eccentricity. The next time I am in Darjeeling I will certainly be in touch with you.


  • 2. Rosh and Josh  |  June 28, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    We have had the pleasure of experiencing both the cafe and the Sandakphu trek with Mr Rumba.
    Mr Rumba’s local knowledge and sense of humour left us in fits of laughter, Thanks again Mr R.


  • 3. rumba k  |  June 29, 2008 at 11:41 am

    Sir, its not a gig but the xperience n to get nirvana in one lifetime.Rumbak.

  • 4. Yonden  |  August 12, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    I went throguh your itinearay which I had prepared and still I ahve originals with me as it is but I dnot mind, I had prepared this detailed itinerary for my own trvavel agency.
    I am glad you did it.

  • 5. rumba k  |  August 13, 2008 at 11:53 am

    Dear ,thanks for ur ocean of understandiing but what matters is who hatch first.

  • 6. Shri Sadhu Dharmavira  |  October 18, 2008 at 8:22 am

    Very good to hear of your new venture, I still make momos like you and Lily instructed me. My blessings to you both, see you soon in DJ

  • 7. martijnrosenstok  |  December 9, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Hot Stimulating Treks n tours. More than the name promises

    Or at least you would not expect the hot and the stimulating to come from this source.. Rumba will take you into the nearby mountains, the foothills of Kanchenzunga with its majestic peaks clearly visible during the trek. The Bamboo forests with the promise of a Panda and the brisk air, the friendly locals and the incredible elevation and angle at which we attack the mountain are what we expected to be hot and stimulating during this trip. Take Rumba up on his promise and you will have an unforgettable time. From his good humour, unconventional breakfast and tea stops, to the wonderful places we slept, Rumba made our stay on the mountain fantastic like no other trek has been. We felt at home where we stopped, made friends among the locals, had conversations we didn’t understand and drank the most wonderful hot stimulating local beer from a bamboo stem cup!

    Love Grietje & Martijn


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