Darjeeling, Sikkim & the Singalila Ridge

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5.0 Based on 12 Reviews
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  • duration 15 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
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  • Starts New Delhi, India
  • Ends Kolkata, India
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Classic camping trek through rhododendron forests to the Singalila Ridge 
  • See four of the five highest peaks on Earth: Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu
  • Visit Rumtek and Ghoom Monasteries
  • Explore Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim
The tour Darjeeling, Sikkim & The Singalila Ridge starts from New Delhi and ends in Kolkata. It is a trekking trip that takes 15 days taking you through Siliguri, Sandakphu, Rimbik and 7 other destinations in India. Darjeeling, Sikkim & The Singalila Ridge is a guided small group tour that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Tucked away in a corner of the beautiful Indian Himalayan mountains are Sikkim and Darjeeling. In recent years Sikkim has become more accessible for those looking to explore its unique beauty.  Journey from the plains of India to Gantok, the capital of Sikkim and on to the delightful Martam village.  From here we travel through beautiful tea plantations to Darjeeling, with its colonial hill station and UNESCO World Heritage 'toy train'. Trekking up to and along the Singalila ridge, which divides India and Nepal, we move through thick forests of rhododendron and are rewarded with views of the great Himalayan peaks.  Kanchenjunga the third highest peak in the world dominates the horizon, and on a clear day we will see the majesty of Makalu, Lhotse and Everest.  
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
5 - Excellent
Based on 12 reviews
Freezing but worth it
4 - Very Good
“Having completed the Annapurna circuit two years ago I was looking for more Himalayan trekking but somewhere different. The views of Kanchenjunga in the sunrise and sunset are breathtaking and (weather permitting) you see Everest too! An excellent trip with a good mix between trekking and cultural exploration”
Superb from start to finish
5 - Excellent
“This was truly a wonderful 2 weeks. From Delhi to Calcutta, the ridge, the people and those others on the trek made this a trip to remember.”
Sikkim and Singalina Ridge
5 - Excellent
“I'd never been trekking before, and in many ways I wasn't looking forward to this holiday much, but I absolutely loved it, especially the trekking. What really surprised me was the quality of the support from the pony men, guides, and especially the cook, or cooks. The quality of the food was very impressive even when it was being carried about a campsite in a hail storm. I would recommend this trip to everyone.”
On top of the world
5 - Excellent
“A fantastic trip which left our group under India's spell and eager to return for more. This was despite disappointing weather. We experienced mega thunder storms, gales, a hail storm and far more than our fair share of mist and fog. The toilet tent blew down one night in a gale. It could have been a disaster, yet all of our group managed to leave with entirely positive impressions. This was down to a) One day of clear bright sunshine when all the mountains appeared as if by magic; b) a fantastic sense of camaraderie between group members, the guides, cooks and pony men, c) delicious food, d) friendly local people and a great introduction to the culture; e) lovely characterful hotels that felt palatial after sleeping in a cold, damp tent for a week. A lot of people seem to think a trip to India is as good as a crash diet - but not if you go on this trip! Anyone would have thought that the delicious, varied, piping hot and beautifully presented meals had been prepared in a plush kitchen rather than a windswept tent in the middle of nowhere! They even managed a perfectly iced birthday cake baked over a camping stove at 3500m. Exodus seems to have chosen the accommodation particularly well on this trip. The Himalayan Hotel in Kalimpong was a firm favourite, but the Netuk House in Gangtok was also gorgeous and the Sherpa Lodge in Rimbik at the end of the trek (described as basic in the trip notes) is a delightful place in flower filled gardens with comfy rooms with pretty quilts on the beds, en-suite bathrooms and real toilets. The Hilton could not have felt finer. The walking is not too difficult and the paths are good with plenty of interesting flowers and bird life even if you can't see the mountains. The altitude is not too bad. It's a good combination of feeling that you've done something without feeling too stretched and exhausted.”
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Start Delhi
  • Day 2: Fly to Bagdogra; drive to Gangtok
  • Day 3: Drive to pretty  Martam village visiting the Rumtek Monastery en route
  • Day 4: Sightseeing the pretty village of Martam  
  • Day 5: Drive to the famous hill station of Darjeeling
  • Day 6: Take a toy train ride, travel on to Rimbik the gateway to our trek and follow a short trail to our first campsite 
  • Day 7: Trek through beautiful forest, descend to Gurdum Khola then up to Gurdum village
  • Day 8: Final ascent through forest to the Singalila Ridge the highest point of our trek
  • Day 9: Trekking along the Singalila Ridge taking in the Himalayan panoramas, including Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Everest and Lhotse
  • Day 10: Trek further along the Singalila Ridge with breathtaking views of Kanchenjunga on a clear day
  • Day 11: Trek through a collection of small settlements inhabited by different cultures to Rimbik a large Sherpa village
  • Day 12: Drive to Darjeeling visiting a tea estate en route to learn how this popular drink is produced
  • Day 13: Morning to continue exploring Darjeeling then drive to Siliguri where we catch the overnight train to Calcutta
  • Day 14: Arrive Calcutta; free time to explore
  • Day 15: End Calcutta
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • 7 nights hotels (all en suite), 1 night basic hotel/guest house, 1 night sleeper train and 5 nights full-service camping , All accommodation 
Meals
  • All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 10 dinners
Transport
  • All transport and listed activities
  • (if booking incl. flights)
Others
  • 6 days point-to-point walking with full porterage, plus 1 day walk
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader and staff. Min age 16 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 3660m, average 3,300m
  • Between 4 and 6 hours walking per day on average
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Sikkim & trekking permits
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Any international flights to New Delhi and from Kolkata are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Darjeeling, Sikkim & the Singalila Ridge tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Darjeeling, Sikkim & the Singalila Ridge tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 13 August 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 13 August 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 61 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Darjeeling, Sikkim & the Singalila Ridge tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Darjeeling, Sikkim & the Singalila Ridge tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • An average group size of maximum 10 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19. Local authority requirements will furthermore be followed.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this package tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
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