Darjeeling Singalila Ridge Trek

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4.9 Based on 17 Reviews
  • duration 9 days
  • tour type Private
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 20-50 yrs
  • max group size 20
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Maximum altitude 3636 meters
  • Tour Code BM-4115
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  • Starts Darjeeling, India
  • Ends Darjeeling, India
  • +5
HIGHLIGHTS
  • 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!
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Welcome to Bagdogra Airport and transfer to Darjeeling
  • Day 2: Drive to Maneybhanjyang (2134m), trek to Tumling(2940m)
  • Day 3: Trek from Tumling to Sandakphu (3636m) via Kalapokhri
  • Day 4: Trek from Sandakphu to Phalut (3600m)
  • Day 5: Trek from Phalut to Gorkhey (2143m)
  • Day 6: Trek from Gokhey to Timburey (1800m)
  • Day 7: Trek from Timburey to Rimbeek, drive to Darjeeling.
  • Day 8: Explore Darjeeling Local Culture Tour
  • Day 9: Farewell from Darjeeling!
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
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
4.9 - Excellent
Based on 17 reviews
  • Elly Crowell
  • From USA
  • On May 10 2022
5 - Excellent
Off-beat Sandakphu & Phalut Trek
We had the best time on our trek with this local travel expert! It was a last minute decision for my friend and I to do the 6 day / 5 night trip while already in Darjeeling, so we didn’t have much time for preparation. The team... Read more
  • Anna
  • From England
  • On Oct 26 2019
5 - Excellent
Unforgettable
This was unforgettable trekking :) We spent couple of days in beautiful mountains, among the nature, with great guide Pemba who took care of us and who made us feel save in the mountains. We saw the most beautiful sunrise, we... Read more
  • Tony O
  • From Ireland
  • On Oct 24 2019
5 - Excellent
Commendable
We have just just returned home after doing the amazing 6 day Singalila ridge trek! Wow, what a fantastic experience, we were so lucky with the weather and got to enjoy incredible views of Everest and Kanchengunga. The trek was a... Read more
  • Peter Allison
  • From Australia
  • On Oct 08 2019
5 - Excellent
Highly recommended
We just finished the Darjeeling Singalila Ridge trek. We had an excellent guide, Pemba. He has the widest knowledge about the geography, the plants, everything. He took care of all our needs during the trek. We highly recommend... Read more
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CANCELLATION

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Other Practical InformationImportant note : important information for our valuable clients not allowed to carry any kind of satellite phone & GPRS Map due to the border security to Protected and Restricted Area in part of Sikkim and Darjeeling Himalaya.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
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    As of February 2022, countries like Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia are officially open for vaccinated tourists without the need for quarantine. Meanwhile, India and Indonesia are two of the countries that may require you to quarantine for up to a week on arrival. However, Japan, Vietnam, and Myanmar are yet to open their doors to visitors.

     

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