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Tour type: Daily Tour
Duration: 14 Days
Maximum number of people: Unlimited
Location: SIKKIM, GANGTOK, KALIMPONG, RUMTEK MONASTERY
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The Singalila Ridge is an excellent moderate to strenuous trek. The trek was often used by officers of the British Raj. In the summer, they escaped the heat of the plains by retiring to Darjeeling and the mountains beyond. The itinerary visits some of the most interesting towns in West Bengal, including historic Darjeeling, and walks up to the point on the map where Nepal, Sikkim and West Bengal meet. The itinerary is very varied – including visits and a good look around Kalimpong, Gangtok and Darjeeling.

Duration: 14 Days
Type of Trek: Moderate-strenuous
Best time: March-May/ October-November

Tour Program

Our Local representative will greet you at the international airport and help you transfer to your hotel.
You can either rest or venture out into the city for a taste of the heat, dust sights and sounds of teeming India. Delhi has endless sightseeing possibilities. Some of the best places to visit are the Red Fort, the Lodi Tombs and Lodi Gardens, Tibet House, India Gate and the Old Observatory. Delhi basically is 12 cities all merged into one and laced together by the new city of the British Raj, Overnight at Hotel.
After catching the 3-hour morning flight to Bagdogra, we will be met and driven to Kalimpong. The drive takes two or three hours, first through a few tea plantations and jungle and thereafter up into the foothills above the Indian plains. Overnight at the Himalaya View Hotel.
The morning will be spent sightseeing in the town and visiting the main monasteries, before being driven to Gangtok. Again, this is approximately a 3-hour drive, spectacular in places. Watch out for the amusing road signs! On arrival in Gangtok you will be transferred to the Netuk House Hotel or Nork Hill Hotel
You should visit the local handicrafts centre, the Institute of Tibetology, the local town markets of Gangtok, and the Orchidarium. In the afternoon, you drive to Rumtek monastery. It is only an hour’s drive away and affords excellent views of Gangtok from the opposite hillside. Overnight at the Martham Village Resort. This is a very pleasant spot and consists of a number of thatched cottages dotted over a hillside next to a village.
Again, you will enjoy a very scenic drive that may take six or seven hours. Sikkim is nearly all deep gorges with heavily-forested mountainsides with twisting rivers in the bottom of the gorges. There are steep patches of terracing and on clear days there are excellent views of Kangchenjunga. After arriving in Darjeeling, you will be transferred to the New Elgin Hotel.
After a drive of about 1 1/2 hrs you begin the trek. The trail passes through evergreen forest and bamboo glades, across farmland and pastures and past small villages until you reach Meghma, a total of around 18km. From here there is a panoramic view of the Himalaya to the north. Camp overnight
You begin by trekking 4 kms to KalIpokhari. This is a crystal lake, surrounded by pine trees. You then ascend for about another 4 kms as far as Bikhebhanjang (10,977ft/3,346m). You will now reach the magnolia and rhododendron forests around Sandakphu, from where you will get a magnificent view of some of the world's highest mountains, including Everest, Kangchenjunga and Makalu. Camp overnight.
Although this is a fairly short trek, there is no point rushing to the top! Today can be spent exploring, looking at the view, or simply relaxing, getting used to the height and enjoying the peaceful mountain and forest surroundings, before the walk up to the viewpoint at Phalut in two days time. Camp overnight.
5-6 hrs. 14km. The trail follows along the Singalila Ridge through chestnut, oak and silver fir, with commanding views of the Himalaya all along the route. Molley is a small village in the alpine-like forest. Camp overnight
This is a fairly easy walk to the tri-junction of Sikkim, Nepal and Bengal. This is the main and best viewpoint for the spread of mountains to the north. The afternoon is free to explore or just gaze at the mountains. Camp overnight.
This is a gentle walk through a hidden valley, passing through the villages of Gorkhey and Samaden en route. This is an easy descent, with the weather getting warmer with the decrease in altitude. There should be orchids and a full range of flowers in view, especially during the spring. Camp overnight
For the first 9 km or so this is along fairly level paths until Sirkhola, a well-known bird-watching centre. From here the path begins a gentle gradient down to Rimbick, the largest town in the area. It is possible to see Darjeeling from the town. Camp overnight.
It is a fairly long drive back to Darjeeling and you will arrive after a lunch stop at Sukhia. The rest of the day is free to relax, though there is no need to rush out and look around as you have another two days to explore this fascinating town. Overnight at the Windamere Hotel.

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