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trek Darjeeling

itinerary

DAY 1

Depart London

We depart on our overnight flight to India.

 

Meals: In flight

DAY 2

Darjeeling

On arrival into Delhi we transfer on to our domestic flight to Bagdogra where we are met on arrival and transferred 4hrs to Darjeeling for our overnight stay. En route we will stop at Kurseong, where we will have the chance to taste our first cup of Darjeeling Tea. Tonight we are at 2134m altitude and enjoy a welcome meal of typical Darjeeling delights. 

 

Meals: L,D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 3

Tonglu Ridge - 3070m

We leave our hotel early and transfer 1½ hrs to Maneybhanjang at 1972m where our challenge begins. Our first day of trekking is a tough one as we climb a mighty 1500m (more than the height of Ben Nevis!) onto the Singalila Ridge for spectacular mountain views. We then continue at a steady pace to the magnificent Tonglu Ridge, reaching our camp for the night in the village of Tonglu.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent   Distance: 11 km

DAY 4

Kal Pokhri - 3081m

Today we wake early to watch the sunrise over the panorama of the Singalila and Chola ranges. Tumling is our destination for breakfast, after which we trek through the beautiful Singalila National Park with its mature forests, cascading streams and colourful wild flowers. We descend at a leisurely pace to Garibas before climbing gradually back up to Kal Pokhri 3032m. We spend the evening under canvas relaxing under the stars at camp.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent   Distance: 13 km

DAY 5

Sandakphu - 3636m

We have another hard day of trekking today as we climb to Sandakphu, but the challenge is well worth it as we are rewarded with remarkable panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks. After passing through villages, we head back up into the woodland and into low bush forest. We soon rejoin the main Rimbick-Sandakphu trail and from here onwards the ascent is gradual and the trail widens out making it a pleasant climb to our campsite in time to watch the sunset over this breathtaking mountain scenery.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent   Distance: 16 km

DAY 6

Sabargram - 3600m

Due to the undulating terrain today, there is no let up on our weary legs as the trail winds through rich flora and fauna with a picturesque backdrop of snow covered peaks. After lunch we have a 200m climb over 4 kilometres to Sabargram and our campsite for the night. 

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent   Distance: 15 km 

DAY 7

Sammanden - 2380m

After a hearty breakfast, we descend through the forest towards the village of Gorkhey. In springtime there is a riot of colours from the rhododendrons, magnolias and other wild flowers on display. From here we climb gradually to Sammanden, where we enjoy a well-earned rest and an early night after another long day of trekking.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent   Distance: 17 km 

DAY 8

Rimbick - 2500m

And so to our final day, we wake early to watch a truly unforgettable sight, the sunrise above four of the highest mountains in the world. Today’s trail takes us to the village of Rammam winding through forest, flowering trees and orchids, stopping for lunch by a fast-flowing stream. We continue to the small bazaar town of Rimbick where we transfer 3 hours to Darjeeling and our comfortable hotel. 

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Hotel   Distance: 16 km 

DAY 9

Darjeeling

Today we have a free day and for those that wish a ride on Darjeeling’s famous toy train. After lunch we hope to be able to visit the Himalayan Mountain Institute and the rest of the afternoon free to relax a little, walk around town and shop for last minute souvenirs at the colourful bazaar. This evening we celebrate our achievements with a wonderful celebratory dinner and partying late into the night. 

 

Meals: B,D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 10

Delhi

We have a full day of travelling today as we transfer back to the airport and board our flight to Delhi.  

 

Meals: B   Accom: Hotel

DAY 11

Arrive UK

This morning after breakfast we transfer to Delhi International Airport for our return flight back to the UK. 

 

Meals: B

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