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Singalila Ridge Trek
In Darjeeling Hills
Season: March To May & October To December.
Duration: 6 Days Touring & 7 Days Trekking
Highest Point: 3636 Meters approx.
Start your trip with arrival at Delhi, proceed for a combined full day sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi. A two hours flight from Delhi brings you to Bagdogra, which recently got a new airport terminal building at otherwise army controlled airstrip, your first encounter with the sky high Himalayan peaks as far as Nepal might well be from the window of your aircraft, on a clear day, the views are breath taking, we suggest you to try to secure a window seat on left wing of the aircraft. Arrive at Bagdogra and drive to Darjeeling, (2134 Mts.), or Dorjey Ling the land of Thunderbolt. From Darjeeling we will be driven to trek head to begin our Singalila Ridge Trek. The ridge itself is an imposing Himalayan divide between Sikkim (including the Darjeeling hills) and Nepal. To the west of the Ridge are great views of the mighty peaks of Nepal including Everest (8848 Mts.), Lhotse (8516 Mts.), Nuptse (7855 Mts.), Makalu (8156 Mts.) and the rest of their overwhelming fraternity.
A little known fact is that one of the first probing sightings of Everest, done by the Survey of India, in their attempt to discover the highest peak in the world, were from Sandakphu and Phalut, located on the Singalila Ridge. Another attraction is the views of awesome Kangchendzonga (8585 Mts.) massif, the third highest Mountain in the world. The Singalila Ridge trek offers spectacular views of this gigantic snow clad miracle. Kangchendzonga holds immense fascination for mountaineers, being as it is, a sort of benchmark in mountaineering challenge. Little wonder then, that for many years, the Survey of India thought Kangchendzonga was the highest peak in the world! Running to the north east of the massif are the magnificent 7,000 m plus peaks, the Kokthang, Rahtong, Kabru, culminating in the beautiful and sacred peak of Pandim, which rises The allure of mountain lovers for this region has many enigmatic reasons, with the Singalila Ridge being just one of them. Nowhere else in the world, do such steep heights crowd up a square kilometre, with unobstructed views. Essentially it results in the richest flora and fauna possible in the mountains. With over 600 varieties of orchids, trekking trails passing through variegated tree cover, literally bursting with rhododendrons, magnolias and primulas (Spring Season), under the umbrage of great peaks, rising to touch the blue skies, this trek is a real encounter with Himalayan giants.
Day 1: Arrive Delhi/Kolkatta, Day 2: Delhi/Kolkatta, Day 3: Fly to Bagdogra and drive to Darjeeling, Day 4: Darjeeling, Day 5: Darjeeling-Rimbick, Days 6 To 11 Trekking,
Day 12: Drive to Darjeeling, Day 13: Darjeeling-Bagdogra and Fly to Delhi/Kolkatta – Homeward.
Detailed Itinerary –
Day 01, Saturday: Arrive Delhi
Arrive at New Delhi’s international airport a SITA World Travel representative will be waiting for you outside the EXIT gate of arrival terminal, holding a SITA placard. Met upon arrival and transfer to your hotel for overnight stay.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02, Sunday: Delhi
After a buffet breakfast at your hotel, proceed for a full day sight seeing of Old and New Delhi.
Overnight at Hotel
Day 03: Monday, Delhi-Bagdogra (Flight 9W 601 D: 1005 A: 1200)
Bagdogra-Darjeeling (Drive 82 Kms, 3 Hours)
After a buffet breakfast, you will be transferred to domestic airport to board the flight 9W 601 for Bagdogra. Met upon arrival at Bagdogra airport and proceed for a drive to Darjeeling, a three hours drive uphill through tea gardens and small towns. We will occasionally meet the famous Darjeeling toy train, huffing and puffing across the road Rest of the evening will be at leisure.
Overnight at Hotel
Day 04: Tuesday, Darjeeling:
Early morning visit Tiger Hill for fabulous sunrise views of Mt. Kangchenzonga (8585 Mts.), the third highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest and a host of other Himalayan giants are also seen on the horizon. On our drive back to the hotel we will stop at Ghoom, a Tibetan-Buddhist monastery. After breakfast we shall visit the old botanical gardens to see their collection of rare orchids and other plants. After lunch visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, the Tibetan Refugee Camp and the local market. Overnight at Hotel
Day 05, Wednesday: Darjeeling – Lodhoma Khola (1089 Mts.)
Drive 3 Hours
Lodhoma Khola - Rimbick (2331 Mts.)
Trek - 7 Kms - 3 Hours
After a buffet breakfast at your hotel and packed picnic lunch proceed for a three hours drive to the trek head at Lodhoma Khola at a altitude of 1089 Mts., here we will distribute the your personal luggage to be carried by Porters OR Dzo’s a genetic crossbreeds of a Yak with Cow who can survive at lower altitudes, Yaks find it difficult to life at a altitude lower then 3500 Mts. After load distribution we will begin the trekking to reach Rimbick, the trail ascend gradually but almost continuously ad-mist small villages till Rimbick a small important town and quiet busy during the main market day i.e. Tuesday, Rimbick, a Lepcha word means "Ling-gip" i.e. place where the swing is….., is situated at an altitude of 2,331 metres. Overnight in Tents
Day 06, Thursday: Rimbick – Ramam (Trekking 19 Kms 7-8 Hours)
We start trekking early in the morning, to Ramam, the trail till Siri Khola dips gradually and from ascends gradually through small villages and cultivated Potato fields, prime crop for this mountainous region. The views of Darjeeling are superb from Ramam, especially in the night when whole town is illuminated. This area primarily consists of Sherpas, legendry mountainous folks who many years ago migrated from Nepal. But a great legend attracts many curious visitors and Lepcha pilgrims to a near by quiet village of Samanden. Here it is said that many years back the Legendary Himalayan Ape "Yeti" fought with a Lepcha hunter for supremacy of the hunting grounds and due to equal strength they both came upon a solution of making a treaty. So in the quiet woods there is and erected stone as a symbol of friendship between the Lepcha hunter and Yeti. Overnight in Tents
Day 07, Friday: Ramam – Molle 3535 Mts.
(Trekking 15 Kms, 7-8 Hours)
The trail from Molle ascends gradually through dense Rhododendrons and Pine forests. Molle is situated at an altitude of 3,535 meters or 11,811 feet high and the vegetation here changes as we gradually go down. The vegetation here is of the alpine class-an undulating ripple of dwarf rhododendron bushes and shrubs of poisonous aconite. One can view Mt. Kangchendzonga Massive from Molle.
Overnight in Tents
Day 08, Saturday: Molle – Phalut 3560 Mts.
(Trekking 08 Kms, 3-4 Hours)
From Molle we take a gradual uphill half-day's walk to Phalut, which forms the junction of Nepal, Sikkim and West Bengal and is one of the beautiful areas to visit. Phalut is a Lepcha word, which means Summit. The terrain here is bare and Tree less and from here it is only 48 Km crow's fly to Kangchendzonga
Overnight in Tents
Day 09, Sunday: Phalut – Sandakphu 3636 Mts.
(Trekking 21 Kms 8-9 Hours)
Will backtrack the route until Molle, the trail to Sandakphu bifurcates from Molle, today we will be doing some exciting ridge walking with Nepal mountains on right side and Darjeeling hills on the other. Sandakphu is a window to one of the finest views of the snowy mountains from the mighty Everest in Nepal, to the revered Kangchendzonga in Sikkim and the legendary Chomolhari in Bhutan. From here Everest is 144 km crow's fly. Once we settle down, evenings can be spent walking around the vantage points to observe the famous, splendid sunset.
Overnights in Tents
Day 10, Monday: Sandakphu – Gairibans 2621 Mts.
(Trekking 12 Kms 4-5 Hours)
Early in the morning we wake up to see the magnificent sunrise, From Sandakphu, the wild elemental grandeur of the snows begins to assert itself, till the climax is reached at sunrise, when it soaks the snow-laden peaks in crimson and mauve, orange and gold, a Kangchendzonga and Everest are seen in all their glory against the background of an azure sky speckled with lazily floating, fleecy clouds. The whole snowy range of Bhutan, Sikkim and Nepal, about 320 Km in length, a wonderful square mass of mountains looking like a wall of snow, is visible, but the gigantic height and breadth of towering Kangchendzonga massive, with its attendant peaks, Kabru, Joponu, and Pandim dominates the scene; Everest, (8,848 meters/29,028 ft) graceful and majestic, 160 Kms soars above, peeping shyly from the northern horizon with Lhotse (8,516 meters or 27,824 ft) on the left.
After breakfast proceed for a gradual down hill trek through beautiful Rhododendron forest here one can see different varieties of this flower. The length of trees starts increasing as the altitude dips, this area is also has a little habitation of shy Red Pandas.
Overnight in Tents
Day 11, Tuesday: Gairibans – Tonglu 3087 Mts.
(Trekking 09 Kms 4-5 Hours)
A gradual ascent passing through the forest consisting of little Rhododendron trees, the views of Mt. Everest and the Kangchendzonga massive are commanding from Tonglu.
Overnight in Tents
Day 12, Wednesday: Tonglu – Maneybhanjang, 2134 Mts.
(Trekking 11 Kms 4-5 Hours)
Maneybhanjang – Darjeeling
(Drive 26 Kms 2 Hours)
A steep downhill trek to Maneybhanjang passing through a couple of villages, namely Megma and Chitrey, worth visiting is the Buddhist monastery at Chitrey of Druk Kargugpa sect and is Meditation centre. We end our trek here and say good-bye to our porters, Dzo mans, cooks and kitchen staff. Here we will board the mechanised transport, which will be waiting for us, to reach Darjeeling approximately a couple of hours drive.
Day 13, Thursday: Darjeeling-Bagdogra (Drive) 80 Kms, 3-4 Hours
Bagdogra –Delhi (Flight) 9W 602 D: 1235 A: 1640
In time transfer to Bagdogra airport to board flight 9W 602 for New Delhi . On arrival transfer to hotel, rooms will be held for day use only (1600-2200). Later on departure transfer to International airport to board flight for onward destination.
Overnight at the hotel
End of Tour