13 days | From £1,374 | Guided Group Departures
- One of India's classic Himalayan treks
- Explore the old British Hill Station of Darjeeling, 'The Queen of the Hills'
- Views across Nepal to Everest, Makalu and Lhotse
Combining wonderful trekking with diverse culture and fascinating history, this adventure is ideal for regular hill walkers seeking their first Himalayan trekking adventure or as an easier walking experience in the Himalayas. From Delhi you travel up to the famous old British Hill Station of Darjeeling, 'The Queen of the Hills'.
There is time to explore Darjeeling before a stunning trek along the India/Nepal border on the broad, undulating Singalila Ridge with stunning views of mighty Kangchenjunga.
Over into Nepal there are distant views of the Kangshung face of Everest, Makalu and Lhotse, as well as extensive views into both Sikkim and Bhutan. Descending through traditional hill villages you return to Darjeeling to reflect on this very special trek before flying back to bustling Delhi.
- Day 1. Depart UK
- Depart the UK on an overnight flight to Delhi.
- Day 2. Arrive Delhi
- Arrive Delhi and transfer to the group hotel near the airport for a pre-trek meeting. Relax and explore the surrounding area.
- Day 3. Fly to Bagdogra; transfer to Darjeeling
- Take a spectacular flight along the Himalaya to Bagdogra, where you'll be met and transferred to Darjeeling. From the flat plains of the West Bengali tea plantations and rice paddies, the road rises into the Himalayan foothills, criss crossing the tracks of the famous Himalayan Toy Railway. Darjeeling ?Queen of Hills? sits atop a long ridge and commands wonderful views of Kangchenjunga and beyond.
- Day 4. A free day to explore Darjeeling
- Today is free to explore the sights and sounds of Darjeeling. Sights in and around Darjeeling include the Buddhist Monastery at Ghoom and the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, the Tibetan Refugee Centre and the local zoo, where snow leopards and red pandas can be seen.
- Day 5. First day of trekking on the Singalila Ridge, ascend to camp at Tonglu
- Drive through the surrounding hills to Dhodray from where the trek up to the Singalila Ridge begins. Head up through forests of rhododendrons along a broad path revealing impressive views of mighty Kangchenjunga from open meadowland as you mostly ascend. Camp should be reached by late afternoon, allowing plenty of time to rest and admire the views from this dramatic location.
- Day 6. Watch the sunrise on Kangchenjunga; into Nepal, then to camp by Kolpokhari
- It?s highly recommended to wake early and see your first mountain sunrise across to Kangchenjunga. Start today with a short descent into Nepal, passing through a small Nepalese village along the way. You then ascend once more up towards the Singalila Ridge to reach camp by Kalpokhari (The Black Lake).
- Day 7. Ascend to the main ridge and follow a trail to camp at Sandakphu
- Ascend from camp for the first part of the day's walking, followed by the undulating plateau-like Singalila Ridge towards the area known as Sandakphu. On your left, clear days will reveal views over into Nepal with views of Everest and Lhotse, as well as Makalu. Ahead of you on your main horizon the imposing massif of Kangchenjunga and the satellite peak of Jannu begin to loom larger and there are also views to your right into Sikkim and Bhutan. After reaching camp, relax and adjust to the higher altitude. The amazing panorama is certainly worth absorbing and if conditions are right, it?s worthwhile seeking out a suitable vantage point to witness the sunset, which can be truly outstanding.
- Day 8. A great day trekking along the ridge
- A relatively easy walk takes you along perhaps the finest section of the Singalila Ridge. There are small ascents and descents throughout the course of today?s trek, with Himalayan panoramas to make any effort worthwhile. Camp tonight will be at Sabargram or nearby.
- Day 9. An easy ascent of Singalila Peak
- Ascend to the summit point often referred to as Singalila Peak, which affords spectacular 360º panoramic views of a considerable amount of the Himalayas and is close to where the borders of Sikkim, Nepal and West Bengal meet. Heading back towards Phalut the trail then descends the eastern flank of the Singalila Ridge as you begin to then head down through forest, to ultimately reach the tiny settlement of Samaden, which translates as the Lost Valley.
- Day 10. Pass through Tamang, Rais and Sherpa villages en route to a lodge at Rimbik
- Your final day of trekking is mostly downhill and in contrast to the wilder, higher sections of the Singalila Ridge, as you descend the temperatures become noticeably warmer again, and the landscapes more rural. Along the way you pass through cheerful villages of Tamang, Rais and Sherpa. Crossing the Siri Khola River you?ll eventually reach the roadhead village of Rimbik, your overnight stop.
- Day 11. Drive to Darjeeling; rest of the day at leisure
- Drive back to Darjeeling, where the rest of the afternoon is free for you to relax or do some final souvenir hunting.
- Day 12. Fly to Delhi, dayrooms at hotel, transfer to airport for an early morning departure
- Drive out of the Himalaya and back down to Bagdogra Airport to take the flight to Delhi. From the airport you'll be transferred to a centrally-located hotel, where some dayrooms are available to freshen up. In the late evening you'll be transferred to Delhi International Airport.
- Day 13. Depart Delhi, arrive UK
- Depart Delhi, usually in the early hours of the morning, and arrive back in the UK the same day.
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- Trip grade: B/C - Moderate/demanding
- Duration: 13 days
- Tour code: TSIN
- GROUP SIZE : 4 - 12 (Max)
- Max Altitude: 3,690m
- Accommodation: Hotels x 4, Lodge x 1, camping x 5
- Meals: 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 8 evening meals inc
- Departs: March, April, May, September, October, November
- Deposit: Please note the deposit required for this trip is £500
- OVERSEAS JOINING POINT : Delhi
- IMPORTANT : Make sure your chosen holiday is guaranteed to run before you purchase your air tickets and make any other travel arrangements