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Trek Darjeeling and the Singalila Ridge

Hike the Himalayas and see four of the five highest peaks in the world including Mount Everest.

  • India
  • March—May, September—December
  • Bagdogra Airport, Baghdogra. Check flights

Explore the mighty Himalayas, stay in local teahouses and experience the city of Darjeeling, as you trek to the 3,636 metre summit of Sandakphu, the highest point in West Bengal, with an incredible view of four of the highest peaks on the planet.

Your hassle-free adventure includes

  • 8 nights accommodation in hotels, local lodges and teahouses

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner each day

  • Experienced, English speaking guide and local porters

  • Airport pickup, drop off and local transportation

  • All mountain permits, local taxes and national park entrance fees

  • Monument entry fees during the Darjeeling sightseeing tour

Perfect for

Active travellers who want a whole new perspective on the world and a chance to see four of its highest peaks in one single sweeping view.

Need To Know

No previous trekking experience is needed, however tours and treks in the Himalayas are demanding and require a level of fitness sufficient for several days trekking, much of it uphill. You should be generally fit and well and used to being active for up to six hours at a time. It’s a good idea to prepare for a long hiking trip like this with plenty of walking before departure.

The following are not included in the trip price: - Flights - Travel Insurance (necessary) - Tips for your guides and porters (optional) - Porter (Rs. 6300 per porter for 6 days) - Snacks and drinks between meals - Indian visa - Personal clothing (sleeping bags and trekking poles are available to hire) - Personal expenses such as laundry, shopping, extra porters and drinks

This trip will run with a minimum of 2 people, and a maximum of 12. The guest to guide ratio will be maximum 6:1.

Please note, if there are not 2 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled, or if you would like to go alone, you can pay the cost for two people.

Absolutely! It’s a great way to meet people and make friends. The minimum group size for our treks is two people so you’ll share the trip with other like-minded travellers.

Please note, if there are not 2 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled, or if you would like to go alone, you can pay the cost for two people.

Your pack should include: - Hiking boots - Backpack - Sleeping bag - Walking socks - Waterproof trousers - Windproof and waterproof coat - Sun hat - Sunscreen - Extra toilet paper - Water bottles - Personal clothing and toiletries

You may rent sleeping bags, trekking poles, coats and more from us for a small hire fee.

Please note: Satellite phones and GPS devices are illegal to bring into the National Park due to the nearby international borders.

Start point?
The closest airport to Darjeeling is Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri. Your local host will meet you there upon your arrival.

End point?
After the trek, you’ll be returned to Bagdogra Airport, or New Jalpaiguri Railway Station, depending on your next destination, in time for onward travel.

Getting there and away?
Bagdogra Airport can be reached via Delhi and Mumbai if you are travelling internationally, or if you are already in India there is a wide choice of domestic flights. Your local host will be in contact before your trip to confirm your arrival details and arrange to meet you at the airport.

Yes, children are from the age of 12 are welcomed to join this trip, however only if you are booking as a private group.

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The best time to visit Darjeeling is after the monsoon season from September until mid-December, when the weather is dry but before the winter sets in. The weather is pleasant with clear blue skies and you can make the most of the spectacular views, as well as possibly seeing some of the local festivals such as Dashain and Diwali.

Mid-February to May (Spring) are also good months to travel. The temperature is mild in Darjeeling with plenty of clear skies and little rain. It is also the best season to see the many flowers blossoming, such as Rhododendron and Magnolia.

During the winter season in Darjeeling the weather is cold and the sky is clear, with occasional snowfall at the higher elevations above 2500 metres. You can still hike in this season as long as you come prepared with suitable clothing and are ready for colder temperatures.

During the monsoon season (June 15-September 15), the national park is closed and the trek does not operate.

You may feel the effects of altitude sickness once you travel over 3000 metres. Common effects are feeling more tired than usual, shortness of breath and loss of appetite. Altitude affects everyone differently, and if you have any concerns or pre-existing medical conditions then speak to your GP before you travel.

Under 3000 metres you’re unlikely to feel the effects of altitude.

Tipping is not compulsory, but is expected and very much appreciated for the hard-working guides and porters. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, the guides will divide the tips equally. The recommended amount to tip is around 5% of the overall cost of the trip, or around USD$5 per day for solo travellers, USD$10 for couples or pairs.

Location

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Considered one of the best destinations for hiking and trekking in India and home to red panda and black bear, the Singalila National Park is a diverse landscape of rhododendron, bamboo and magnolia covered hills, barren yet beautiful highlands and towering mountain peaks. Crossing it is the Singalila Ridge Trek, an alpine hike that passes through mountain villages, alpine meadows, dense forests and little visited Himalaya viewpoints, including the 3,636 metre summit of Sandakphu.

Once a retreat for the British and Indian elite, the former hill station of Darjeeling is famous for the tea grown on the surrounding slopes and is filled with colonial architecture and ancient Buddhist monasteries.

Start point

After confirming your arrival time in advance with your local host, you’ll be met by your guide at Bagdogra Airport, near Siliguri.

Finish point

After the trek, you’ll be returned to Bagdogra Airport, or New Jalpaiguri Railway Station, depending on your next destination, in time for onward travel.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrive in Darjeeling

Meet your guide at Bagdogra Airport and drive for around four hours to Darjeeling, passing Assam tea plantations and little villages along the way.

Get your first glimpse of the towering Himalayas as you climb into and through the cloud layer.

Relax at your guesthouse and prepare for the start of the trek tomorrow.

Day 2: Maneybhanjyang to Tumling

After fuelling up with a good breakfast, drive by jeep to the quaint village of Maneybhanjyang, where the adventure really begins.

Follow a mountain trail through a forest lined with colourful oak and rhododendron trees, to the town of Tumling, 2,940 metres up in the Himalayas.

Take in the incredible views over the city of Darjeeling and the distant Kanchenjunga range, before spending the night in a family owned mountain lodge.

Total distance hiked: 5 hours/11km

Day 3: Kalapokhr, the Valley of Poison and Sandakphu Ridge

Rise early for an unforgettable view of the sun rising over the surrounding mountains.

Return to Tumling for breakfast and then continue along the trail, passing through a bamboo forest, fields of crops and little villages, before stopping for lunch in Kalapokhri.

Hike into the ominously named, yet enchantingly lovely, Bikhebhanjyang, or Valley of Poison.

Climb up the steep rise to Sandakphu Ridge and enjoy one of the greatest mountain views in the region, including Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Mount Everest.

Check into a lodge run by a friendly Sherpa family, your home for the night.

Total distance hiked: 7 hours/19km

Day 4: Big views and a remote destination

Wake up to another Himalayan sunrise, this time over a panorama even greater than yesterday’s.

Continue along the trail as you wind further into the Himalayas, with plenty of stops to rest and take photographs.

Stop at the isolated Phalut trekker’s hut, where you’ll stay tonight with no one else around for as far as the eye can see.

Total distance hiked: 7 hours/21km

Day 5: Valleys, forests and a family run guesthouse

Step out of the hut as the sun rises and start your day with a view of the cloud filled valley below.

Break camp and descend through a lush rhododendron and magnolia forest full of singing birds.

Continue to the small town of Gorkhey where you’ll stay tonight in a family-owned guesthouse.

Total distance hiked: 5 hours/14km

Day 6: Home Stay and cook dinner with a local family

After breakfast, hike through the village of Samandin to the junction of two streams, the Gorkhey and Khola – a sight so perfect, it should be on a postcard.

Continue hiking to Timburey where you’ll stay tonight with a local Tamang family and learn about their culture and lifestyle whilst cooking dinner alongside them.

Total distance hiked: 6 hours/13km

Day 7: The final day of hiking

Enjoy breakfast in Timburey and then hike along the relatively flat trail, stopping for tea or a snack in Srikhola village.

Continue on to the town of Rimbeek in time for lunch, where a driver will be waiting to take you back to Darjeeling.

Rest, refresh, and wander around town before spending the night in a small hotel.

Total distance hiked: 10km + 4 hour drive

Day 8: Explore the city

Experience life in Darjeeling on a day of sightseeing.

Visit Observatory Hill, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and the famous Everest Museum.

Take the UNESCO protected Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, known affectionately as the Toy Train, - a narrow gauge railroad that runs between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling.

Spend some time at the Padam Naidu Zoological Park, home to rare Red Panda and Royal Bengal Tigers, then enjoy a great brew at the Happy Valley Tea Garden.

Finish the evening with a wander around the city’s main marketplace.

Day 9: Farewell to Darjeeling

Enjoy a final meal in Darjeeling before being driven back to Bagdogra airport where your adventure will end.

Accommodation

In Darjeeling, before and after the trek, you will stay in a centrally located 2-star hotel - simple but clean and comfortable with breakfast provided. Upgrade options are available - please enquire at time of booking.

Throughout the trek you’ll sleep in simple, yet comfortable teahouses, with basic facilities. All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) are provided. The food is simple, yet hearty and delicious, and often includes fresh ingredients from the local area.

In Timburey, you’ll stay in a typical homestay and live like the locals. You’ll learn how to cook typical local cuisine and enjoy it with the Tamang family that runs the homestay.

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Dates & Prices

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Airport Transfers
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Single Supplement (Private Guide) Payable Before Departure
Single Supplement (Private Guide) $990.00

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