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Darjeeling With Singalila Trek And Sikkim.

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Destinations : Darjeeling, Sikkim, Kalimpong,Delhi

The Singalila Ridge Trek is world-renowned. Take this unique opportunity to see four of the world’s five highest peaks; Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and Lhotse. Beside these enjoy exhilarating views of many of the other peaks of Nepal, Sikkim, Tibet and Bhutan. It is an ethereal experience to walk through the flowering rhododendron forests, interspersed with giant magnolias, spruce and a wide range of rare orchids. There are over 600 varieties of orchids, the largest concentration in any single geographical area in the world. The perfect time to see them in bloom is in spring when the valley comes alive. The trek route also passes through the Singalila National Park which has many fascinating and rare animals including Red Pandas and Pangolins.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRIP

  • Views of Everest, Makalu, Lhotse and Kanchenjunga .
  • Tea Gardens.
  • Toy Train Ride.
  • Village Life .

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SINGALILA TREK

Day 01:Arrival at Delhi and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day to relax and recover from the journey.
Day 02: Delhi – Bagdogra – Darjeeling (2050m) (90 km, 3-4 hr drive).
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A morning transfer to Delhi airport for the flight to Bagdogra. Our team will meet you at Bagdogra airport where you continue by road to Darjeeling. The drive is made more interesting as we deviate from the commercial main road and drive through small villages to reach the Darjeeling – Kurseong road. The picturesque drive continues alongside the famous heritage Darjeeling Railway track through forests and tea estates and over a 2200m pass at Ghoom towards our destination, Darjeeling. Check into your hotel late afternoon and relax.

Day 03: In Darjeeling .
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After a scrumptious breakfast we head towards the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and zoo. Later, you get a chance to see Tibetan elders display their skills in weaving carpets, tailoring and wood carving at the Tibetan Help Self Centre. A quick stop at the Tea Factory is planned en-route to your return to Darjeeling.

Day 04: Drive to Dhoodray (2300m) Trek to Tonglu (3020m) (3-4 hr walk) .
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A lovely morning train ride takes you to Ghoom, then by car to Manibhanjang, an important village on the Nepal border and a passport checking centre. The road journey continues to Dhoodray where you will meet our trekking crew. Get warmed up now as you start trekking through the forest to reach Tonglu. Tents will have already been set up and a hot cup of tea awaits you as a reward for the effort. If the weather permits, sunset is a perfect picture moment here.

Day 05: Tonglu – Kalapokhri (3185m) (6-7 hr walk) via Garibas (2620m) (3 hrs walk) .
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Wake up early, 5am, to catch beautiful views of Kanchenjunga. After breakfast, we start on a fairly easy downhill trek to reach Tumling, another border village. The trek now takes us through the Kanchenjunga Wild Life Sanctuary. If we’re lucky we may get a distant glimpse of Everest. Passing through Jaubari Nepali village and the little settlement at Garibas, a further uphill trek through bamboo glades and rhododendron and magnolia forests brings us to Kaya Katta, a small two-house village in Nepal. Finally we follow the main motorable road to reach Kal Pokhri Lake which is merely 5 minutes away from our camp. Overnight in tents.

Day 06: Kala Pokhri – Sandakhphu (3636m) (4-5 hr walk).
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Depart at 8 am after breakfast and a walk on a wide rough trail passing through a small Nepalese village brings us to Bikibhanjang. From here, the mainly-uphill walk is gorgeous, through bamboo glades and rhododendron and magnolia forests towards the crest of the Singalila ridge. Sandakhphu is a popular stop with accommodation options for trekkers. If the weather gods are kind, you may see all the famous mountain ranges from here including Everest, Kanchenjunga and many more. Time to savour the view before continuing the trek to reach our camp for the evening, with enviable views from the campsite. Overnight in tents.

Day 07: Sandakhphu – Sabargram (3585m) (4-5 hr walk) .
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The trek today takes us to a low-altitude point (200m down) near a doksa (where Nepali shepherds stay with their animals during summer). On the way, you are treated to views of Cho Oyu in the west and Everest, Lhotsa, Makalu, Pandim and of course Kanchenjunga. From the doksa, an hour’s uphill walk through the forest brings you to our camp in Sabargram. The location has been handpicked for its gorgeous views. Overnight in tents.

Day 08: Sabargram – Samadan (2500m) via Phalut (3600m) (7-8 hr walk) .
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Rise early to catch spectacular views of the sunrise over the high peaks. Set off after breakfast towards Phalut trekkers hut. This stretch is the last opportunity to get a glimpse of the Everest. From Phalut, the trail is narrow and mostly downhill. Lunch is served at an open field en-route. After lunch, the trail increasingly narrows and descends gradually to reach the village of Sri Khola. Cross a river over a narrow bridge and you arrive at Samdan Village, our campsite for the night. Surrounded by coniferous trees the village is exceptionally beautiful. An opportunity here to interact with locals and get an insight into their lives. Overnight in tents.

Day 09: Samadan – Rimbik (2280m) (6-7 hr walk) .
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The trek starts off by crossing a river to reach Rammam School, which offers a nice view into Sikkim. Continue downhill through cultivated fields, small hamlets and coniferous and rhododendron forests to reach the suspension bridge over Sri Khola River and onward towards Rimbek. This is our last day with the pony-men and we bid the rest of the trekking staff adieu. Overnight at the lodge.

Day 10: Rimbek – Darjeeling (2030m) (80 km, 4 hr drive).
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After breakfast, drive to Darjeeling crossing the Ghoom Railway Station. A leisurely afternoon walk is planned through the old part of Darjeeling. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11: Darjeeling – Gangtok (1780) (120 km, 5 hr drive) .
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Enjoy a delicious breakfast before the drive to Gangtok, passing through picturesque tea gardens and villages. The journey follows the River Teesta and crosses the border into Sikkim at Rangpo. Overnight at the hotel in Gangtok.

Day 12:In Gangtok.
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A morning visit to Rumtek Monastery is planned for today. Located on a hill 24 km away facing Gangtok, the original Rumtek Monastery was built by the fourth Chogyal. It was damaged by an earthquake and has since been rebuilt by the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa. It is the largest in Sikkim and represents the best of Tibetan architecture. It is also a treasure trove of some of the most unique religious objects found anywhere, besides being a world-renowned centre of Kagyu teachings. Rumtek monastery is the seat of the Kargyupa sect of Buddhism and similar to the Kagyu headquarters in Tsurphu. A visit to the Institute of Tibetology, the Handicrafts Centre and Flower Show in Gangtok are also planned for the day. Enjoy an afternoon walk through the Spice Market in Gangtok. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13: Drive to Kalimpong (4 hr drive) .
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A morning departure passing through Rangpo again, an uphill road brings you to the hill station of Kalimpong. Time to visit Dr. Graham`s home, Lord Krishna`s temple and a small monastery above Kalimpong (Dorpin Hills). Overnight at the hotel .

Day 14 : Drive to New Jalpaiguri (3 hr drive, 70 km) and take the overnight train to Kolkata .
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After a free morning we leave in the afternoon for the drive to the railway station at Jalpaiguri, passing through small villages and through a coronation bridge connecting Bhutan and Assam on the way. In Jalpaiguri you will board the overnight train to Kolkata departing NJP at 21:00 hrs and reaching Kolkata at 06:30 hrs.

Day 15 : Arrive Kolkata .
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Arrive at Sealdah Station and transfer to your hotel. For the rest of the day you can choose any of the optional sightseeing tours.

Day 16 : Depart for home.
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Early morning transfer to the airport for your flight back home.