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Darjeeling Singalila Ridge Trek

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  • Mesmerizing view from Sandakphu of Mount Everest (8848 meters), Kanchenjunga (8586 meters)
  • Momo making lesson with a local family in Timburey
  • Seeing some of the countless species that inhabit Singalila National Park
  • Exciting cultural tour in Darjeeling
Welcome to the ultimate trek in Darjeeling – the Darjeeling Singalila Ridge Trek! Just two hours from the city, the wonderful path begins. Though not a far drive from the city, the trail seems like it is in the middle of nowhere, as you traverse from ridge to ridge. The scenic Singalila Ridge connects the grand Himalaya of Nepal to India. The highlight of the trek is walking this ridge to Sandakphu (3636 meters/11,929 feet), the highest point in West Bengal, where you get jaw-dropping views of the highest peaks on the planet.

Rise from your peaceful slumber at Sandakphu and make a short climb to a viewpoint. From here, see Mount Everest (8848 meters), Kanchenjunga (8586 meters), Lhotse (8516 meters), and Makalu (8481 meters) in all their glory. It is truly one of the best, if not the best mountain view in India. Where else can you see 4 of the 5 highest peaks in the world in one sweeping view?

Singalila National Park is one of India’s best trekking destinations, without a doubt. The landscape, wildlife, people, and every other bit of the experience make Singalila unique and lovable. The trail begins from Maneybhanjyang on the outskirts of Singalila National Park. Hike over and around the verdant, forested hills before arriving at the barren meadows of Tumling and Kalapokhri. Then, we make a final ascent to Sandakphu. The mountains give a true sense of perspective and we feel humbled just to be in their presence. Take some moments to just admire them and take some photos, though photos cannot do this view justice.

The splendor does not stop. From Sandakphu to Phalut, the mountains remain with us. In fact, the view from Phalut is nearly as mesmerizing as the day before. The barren open area gives way to an exposed viewpoint of the majestic snow-capped peaks. In Phalut, we stay in a trekker’s hut, face-to-face with the grand Himalayas. From Phalut, we trek through the picturesque scenery of Gorkhey and Timburey before getting a ride back to Darjeeling. In Darjeeling, we take you on an awesome day tour of the city’s cultural attractions and top it off with a delicious dinner.

Every night on the trek (except at Phalut), we stay in teahouses owned by local families. This is one of the most memorable parts of the trek. Learn about the culture and individual families that run the lodges. At the homestay in Timburey, learn how to make momos and other traditional local favorites!

It is possible to do the Darjeeling Singalila Ridge Trek Trek throughout the year. The best times, though, are spring (March to May) and fall (September to November). In the springtime, the colorful flowers are blooming. During the fall, the skies are usually clearer. Ashmita Trek and Tours arranges the trek with full management, including transportation, meals, etc. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions!
customer reviews
4.6 - Excellent Based on 5 reviews
INCREDIBLE
Katie At
5 - Excellent
“Sangay and Champa did an excellent job as guides! They were extremely knowledgable and took excellent care of us during our journey. All hiking abilities were accommodated. We got to see Everest on a clear day and even saw a red panda!!”
It was fantastic !
Sven Hoffmann From Germany At
5 - Excellent
“I know Ashmita for almost 10 years now. I guess i was one of the first customer and know Subash`s Family really well. The Trips are fantastic, thank you so much Subash !!!”
Adventure with kids
Jacqui From Australia At
4 - Very Good
“Our family hiked the Singalila Ridge in March/April 2017. Our kids were 13, 11 and 8. We started the trek in rain and mist so thick we could barely see a few metres in front of us. We felt very intrepid wandering off into the clouds and were so thankful to have our guide. The mist and cloud lifted, though we had some fiercely windy nights. The scenery and the people were amazing.”
Life changing experience
Andre At
5 - Excellent
“This was a beautiful trek and I'm thankful I had the opportunity to experience it. I don't know if I'll ever have the chance again to go trekking through the Himalayas, so I'm thankful for Ashmita Trek and Tours for giving me the positive experience during this once-in-a-lifetime journey.”
4 hours 2 Star Hotel at Dekeling Hotel and Resort, Hotel Nirvana, or Nowang Home stay
We welcome you at Bagdogra Airport near Siliguri and bring you to Darjeeling. Drive past Assam tea plantations and little villages along the way. Admire the rolling hills as we rise above the clouds through the brilliant green landscape. Lying on top of a ridge, Darjeeling faces the Himalaya and is a popular destination for Westerners and Indians alike. Overnight at a hotel in Darjeeling.
7 hours Eco lodge
The adventure begins! A two-hour jeep ride takes us to the quiant village of Maneybhanjyang, just outside Singalila National Park. Stop by the office and take care of visa/passport formalities, before trekking through the forested trail. The path leads through colourful oak and rhododendron trees. The uphill hike leads us to Tumling after 5-6 hours. Here, we have stunning views the Kanchenjunga range in the distance, and the city of Darjeeling beneath us. Overnight at the Shikhar Lodge, run by a friendly Gurung family.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7 hours Eco lodge
Rise out of bed before the sun rises for a magical view of the Singalila and Chola ranges of Kanchenjunga from Tumling Top. Seeing the sunlight illuminate these peaks is an unforgettable sight. Hike down to Tumling for breakfast and then head to Sandakphu after passing Gairibas and Kalapokhri. The route leads through bamboo and mixed forests, and fields of crops, admiring the little villages along the way. The trail is continuously uphill to Kalapokhri, where we eat lunch. After a rest, hike on an even trail to Bikhebhanjyang (or ‘Valley of Poison’). From here, it’s a steep climb over 4 kilometers to Sandakphu. On this ridge, you will see one of the greatest mountain views in the region. See Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, and other majestic peaks. Overnight at Sunrise Lodge, owned by a friendly Sherpa family.
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  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7 hours Sleeping huts
Like the previous day, we recommend waking up for the surreal sunrise over the Himalayas. We climb up a little bit to a perfect viewpoint. Today’s view is even more fabulous than the previous, simply because the panorama is so vast. Head back down for breakfast and resume trekking towards Phalut to continue the circuit. It’s already been an awesome trek and there is more to come! After about 4 hours, we come across a stone house on top of a ridge. Near here is Phalut trekker’s hut, where we stay for the night. Because of the remoteness of this area, there are no guest houses or homestays. Anyways, the place has an amazing view!
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5 hours Guest house
Stepping out of the hut as the sun rises, you are reminded of what a gorgeous place we are in. The valley below us is filled with clouds, while the mountain peaks shine in the distance. Upon leaving last night’s “campsite,” we temporarily say goodbye to the awesome views of Kanchenjunga and the eastern Himalaya. Head down through lush rhododendron and magnolia forests, finding peace with the singing birds. Eventually, we reach Gorkhey and stay at a pleasant, family-owned guest house.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6 hours Homestay
After breakfast, begin today’s journey. We hike through a village called Samandin and and after about 5 hours, we reach Ramam. Here, the trail reaches a junction of two streams called Gorkhey Khola – a sight so perfect, it could be on a postcard. Keep going to Timburey, where we stay at Saumbu Homestay, run by a local Tamang family. During dinner, learn about the culture and lifestyle of locals while cooking food with them – a valuable experience!
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7 hours 2 Star Hotel at Dekeling Hotel and Resort/Hotel Nirvana,/Nowang Home stay
The last day of the trek does not disappoint. We have breakfast in Timburey and start the hike towards Rimbeek. It is a relatively flat trail for about 10 kilometers. On the way, pass through Srikhola village and stop for a tea or snack if you’d like. When we reach Rimbeek, we have lunch and meet the driver to take us to Darjeeling. In the evening, rest, refresh, and wander around if you would like. Overnight in hotel.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Lunch
7 hours 2 Star Hotel at Dekeling Hotel and Resort/Hotel Nirvana,/Nowang Home stay
After the trek, one must experience the novelties of Darjeeling. After breakfast, begin a fun day of sightseeing. We visit Observatory Hill, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and the famous Everest Museum. Of course, we visit the Toy Train, an UNESCO World Heritage site. Another famous spot is the Padam Naidu Zoological Park, where you’ll see the rare Red Panda, as well as the Himalayan Black Bear and Royal Bengal Tiger. In the afternoon, see the Tibetan Self Help Center and the nearby Happy Valley Tea Garden to taste Darjeeling’s world famous tea. Later, we can visit Dali Gompa/Monastery (also known as the Druk Thupten Sangag Choeling Monastery). If the timing is right, sit in the monastery and listen to the monks as they pray. In the evening, wander around the main marketplace. Overnight in hotel.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Dinner
4 hours
Enjoy your last meal in Darjeeling before our team transfers you to Bagdogra airport or NJP Train station for your next destination. Thank you for taking the Darjeeling Singalila Ridge Trek with Ashmita Trek & Tours! We look forward to seeing you again.
Meals
  • Breakfast
what’s included
  • All the airport transfers including pick up and drop off to Hotel.
  • 3 (Three night) hotel in Darjeeling before trek and after trek including breakfast.
  • Sightseeing tour in Darjeeling as per the itinerary.
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses (during the trek.)
  • All necessary paper work and permits in Mountain and National park entrance and permit fees.
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek and any hot drinks like tea or coffee.
  • Helpful and friendly local mountain guides (licence holders).
  • All necessary transports with friendly local driver.
  • Farewell dinner with Company Representative.
  • Group Medical kit box.
Optional Addons (Available during check-out)
  • Porter
what's excluded
  • Items such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected).
  • Your Travel / medical insurance Insurance which covers, medical, emergency evacuation, lost, theft expenses.
  • Personal trekking Equipments.
  • Visa fee for India
  • International airfare
  • Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary
  • Porter (Rs. 6300 per porter for 6 days)
  • Any other expenses not mention above as included in the price
Tour details
Availability Every Mon
Duration 9 days
Tour Type Private Tour
Minimum Participants 2 people
Age Requirement 20 - 50
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English, hindi & nepalese
Maximum altitude 3636 meters
Trek difficulty Medium
Meeting/Start Point Pick-up at your hotel or location in Darjeeling, India
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