Darjeeling internationally acclaimed as one of the best hill resorts is also a veritable paradise for trekkers and adventure seekers. The Himalayas in all their glory provide an imposing backdrop as trekkers wend their way through dense forests and picturesque landscapes punctuated with lush green valleys, meadows, tiny villages and hamlets. Darjeeling Trekking is an experience which no lover of nature should miss. It takes one to places where nature is yet in her primeval majesty. All these make the Singalila trek a most popular and rewarding experience. The great Singalila range, which separates West Bengal from the Himalayan mountain range in the west. The trail covers Maneybhanjyang, Tonglu, Sandakphu and finally ends in Phalut. The adventure holiday in Darjeeling becomes livelier when the trekking trail reaches Gairibas; continuing towards Kalipokhri one has to encounter swamp leeches that inhabits between the Gairibas and Kalipokhri trail.
A perfect blend of nature and harmony, Darjeeling is undoubtedly a place. It brings one face to face with the sublime grandeur of the Himalayas. Along with the breathtaking view of Kanchenjunga and Everest, trekkers get an opportunity to catch a glimpse of awe-inspiring 8 thousanders like Mt. Makalu and Mt. Lhotse. The region abounds in rhododendrons, magnolias, primulas, orchids and ferns of numerous varieties. About six hundred different species of birds inhabit the emerald green forests on the slopes of the mountains. Thus the trail provides great opportunity for birding along with enthralling trekking experience. Here are two major seasons for trekking holiday in Darjeeling, one beginning in March and closing in the first week of June. During this season, adventure on the trekking routes in Darjeeling is combined with occasional showers and a splendid flora show. Another season for trekking begins in October and concludes in November, with trekkers enjoying the aftermath of heavy monsoon and the beginning of harsh winters.
|Day 01:||ARRIVAL MANYBHANJANG|
|Day 02:||MANYBHANJANG – TONGLU|
|Day 03:||TONGLU – SANDAKPHU VIA KALIPOKHRI AND BHIKEYBHANJ|
|Day 04:||SANDAKPHU – PHALUT|
|Day 05:||PHALUT – RAMMAM|
|Day 06:||RAMMAM – RIMBIK|
|Day 07:||LEAVE RIMBIK|
DAY – 1 ARRIVAL MANYBHANJANG
Drive along the track of the famous Toy Train on an interesting and eye-catching route, viewing hillsides and valleys dotted with tea gardens, waterfalls and little towns of Kurseong, Sonada and Ghoom. Ghoom, at 2440 meters, boasts one of the highest railway stations in the world. From here we go to Manybhanjang. Located at 2134 mtrs, it is a small village inhabited by Buddhist Sherpas. Upon arrival, you can relax or explore the town.
DAY – 2 MANYBHANJANG – TONGLU
Wake up to your first day of trekking. From Manybhanjang to Tonglu is an 11 km walk ranging from the moderate to the tough. You will pass through dense forests in which bloom exotic wild flowers. Look for exotic orchids on top of tall trees or on mossy rock ledges. Tonglu- at 3070 meters provides a gorgeous view of the majestic Kanchenjunga on one side and the towns of Darjeeling & Kurseong dotting the landscape on the other.
DAY – 3 TONGLU – SANDAKPHU VIA KALIPOKHRI AND BHIKEYBHANJ
After an early breakfast, we leave Tonglu for Kalipokhri, walking along the ridge through bamboo glades, farm lands and the village of Gairibas. Kalipokhri has dark Crystal Lake surrounded by large pine trees. A further walk of 04 kms is Bhikeybhanj at 3060 mtrs. The steep ascent to Sandakphu is dotted with rhododendrons growing in wild abandon. At 3636 meters, Sandakphu is the highest point in the Singalila range and offers an imposing view of some of the highest mountains in the world- Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, & Lhotse- all above 8000 mtrs.
DAY – 4 SANDAKPHU – PHALUT
You leave Sandakphu for Phalut in the morning. Phalut is located at the junction of Nepal, Sikkim & West Bengal. Your walk will, to some extent, be downhill.
DAY – 5 PHALUT – RAMMAM
You traverse rugged terrain before coming to the spectacularly picturesque village of Samanden, better known as The Lost Valley. The well terraced flat land with green vegetation is in complete contrast to the bright yellow flowers of the mustard plants which dot the landscape. From Samanden, a short walk will bring you to Rammam- your camp for the night.
DAY – 6 RAMMAM – RIMBIK
The first half of your 19 km trek to Rimbik is through forests where a variety of orchids and wild flowers are found. You can catch a glimpse of some species of rare & exotic birds. The aroma of thukpas, momos, & other exotic Tibetan dishes welcome you in Rimbik- a small town at 2268 mtrs. You call it a day at Rimbik.
DAY – 7 / 8 LEAVE RIMBIK
Transfer to the point for your onward connection (after breakfast). NOTE :PLEASE ADD 2 DAYS MORE TO JOIN THE TREK FROM KAThMANDU
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis in listed Hotels in Darjeeling
- Daily breakfast in the hotel in Darjeeling
- All ground transfers and sightseeing by Private Car in Darjeeling
- English speaking local guides
- Sightseeing admission fees
Price does not Includes:
- Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, tipping, laundry, phone etc.
- All Lunches and dinners.
- Extra expenses due to nature and unforeseen events such as flight delay, cancellation, trip interruption due to inclement weather, civil unrest etc.
- Emergency medical transportation.
- Travel insurance.
- International air fares.
- International fares are quoted separately.