DARJELLING SINGALILA TREK

Itinerary

Day 01: Delhi Bagdogra – Darjeeling (72 km/ 3 hr)

Early morning you’ll board the 2-hour flight from Delhi to Bagdogra (access is also possible form Kolkata). Assistance on arrival at Bagdogra airport and drive to Darjeeling , a drive of about 4 hrs. Check in at hotel for overnight.

Day 02: At Darjeeling

Darjeeling. Early morning walk upto the observatory Hill where there is a Temple of  Mahakala but both the Hindu priests and Buddhists monk preside over the ceremonies within the same enclosure which is quite unique.   After breakfast joy ride on the Toy Train to Ghoom. The toy train is part of the World Heritage Site and the train still runs on the steam engines that are over 100 years old . The ride to Ghoom station is about an hour .  Visit the Ghoom monastary – Yiga Choling . This is supposed to be the oldest monastary in Darjeeling built by a Mongolian monk in 1850. The monastary houses a big statue of Maitreya, the future Buddha along with some rare works of Buddhist art.
From Ghoom take the Aloobari village route and walk towards the town of Darjeeling which is about 1.30 hrs walk.

Later drive to Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Tibetan Centre. The HMI mountaineering museum is quite an interesting place as it has on display the entire history of mountaineering in the Himalaya and Mt. Everest in particular. It was after the first summit of Everest by Tenzing and Hillary that this institute was established. There is also a Zoological Park near the HMI which is quite interesting with the Snow Leopard, Red Panda , Himalayan Black bears and other Himalayan Species being kept there.

Day 03 Darjeeling – Dhotrey; TREK Dhotrey - Tonglu (driving 47 km/ 2.30 hrs; walking 6 km/ 3 hr)

Our trek starts with a drive (2.30 hour) by jeep to the village of Dhotrey. Trek through the forest by a fairly easy first day to the ridge of Tonglu where we camp for the night. From here there are particularly good views of Darjeeling town spread over the ridge immediately opposite and 1000 metres below us on one hand and wide views of the entire Kangchenjunga range on the other. Overnight Camp or Lodge

Day 04 TREKKING Tonglu – Kalipokhri (13 km/approx. 5 hr)

After breakfast and time for photographs, we have a short, easy walk to Gairibans, which translates as the village amongst the bamboo thickets. The initial level walk takes us past a long Mani wall to the Nepalese border post in the large village of Jaubari – one of the few border crossings in this part of the world where we are actually waved on without any formalities. After a tea break, we take a downhill trail back into the Indian side reaching Gairibans . From here we trek uphill for another 2/3 hrs to reach Kalipokhri where we camp for the night. Or Lodge

Day 5 TREKKING Kalipokhri - Sandakphu ( 6 km/ 3-4 hr)

Morning continue trek walking on gentle slope passing through sparse Rhododendron forest and local hamlets to Bikhebhanjyan or valley of poison (The most common poisonous plant found here is Aconite which is considered quite a potent poison). From here steep two hours climb will take you to Sandakphu top (3636 mts). Arrive Sandakphu highest point of Singalila which commands breath taking view of mountains and the surrounding hills.

Overnight at tented accommodation.

At an altitude of over 3600 metres, Sandakphu commands views of Kangchenjunga, Jannu, Makalu, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and a number of high peaks in Sikkim and Bhutan like Chomolhari.

Overnight Camp or lodge

Day 6 TREKKING Sandapkphu – Sabargram (14 km/ 6 hr)

We wake up early to walk to a platform overlooking Sandakphu with grand views all around. Today is a longer day but is generally easy walking on the most spectacular section of the Singalila ridge. The undulating ridge trail runs north to the junction of Sikkim, Nepal and India. There are superb views of the Himalaya throughout the day and a walk along the Singalila Ridge is hard to beat for the sheer grandness of its views and the vastness of the surrounding landscapes with a series of ridges fading away to the Arun Valley in the west, the mountains of Sikkim and Bhutan to the north and east and the enormous bulk of Kangchenjunga directly ahead. We camp at Sabargram. Overnight Camp.

Day 7 TREKKING Sabargram – Samanden (22 kms/ 6-7 hr)

We stay on the ridge for the first part of today’s walk but then descend through rhododendron and magnolia forest to reach our campsite at Samanden, a beautiful campsite near a very small village in front of forest. (6-7 hours walking). Overnight Camp.

Day 8 TREKKING Samanden - Rimbick (24 km/ 6-7 hr)

A downhill trail takes us to the floor of the Sri Khola valley before climbing through thick forests of the Singalila National Park to the roadhead of Rimbick. A fascinating day as it offers another opportunity to experience a walk through untouched parts of the eastern Himalayas followed by a section through a couple of orderly hillside villages allowing us to see the local lifestyle from close hand. We will stay at the Hotel Sherpa, as there is no proper campsite available. This lodge is run by a friendly Sherpa family and has the bonus of plenty of chilled beer. (6 to 7 hours walking). Overnight Hotel Sherpa.

Day 9 Rimbik- Darjeeling ( 80 kms / 4 hrs driving)

After breakfast start drive to Darjeeling which takes about 4 hrs. On arrival check into hotel for overnight.

Day 10: Darjeeling- Bagdogra.

Drive to the airport at Bagdogra for onward flight.

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