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Darjeeling Singalila Ridge
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Darjeeling Singalila trekking range was put into the trekking map in the early 20th century. The traditional Singalila Ridge trek begins from a trekking off point called Mana Bhanjang on the Darjeeling - Rimbik road and ends at Phalut. The British had built bungalows at Jorpokhari, Tanglu, Sandakpu (one of the world's best spot for sunrise or sunset view in the vicinity of Mt. Kanchenjunga) and Phalut. Sandakpu is the best place to see the breathtaking view of mountains. To the west, you see Lhotse (8,501 m), Everest (8,848 m), Makalu (8,475 m), Jannu (7,710 m). Along the Ridge, facing North, are very clear views of Kokthang (6,147 m), Rathong (6,679 m), Kabru South (7,317 m), Talung (7,349 m) and the gigantic Kangchenjunga (8,586 m). To the east, is a breathtaking sight of the beautiful Pandim (6,691 m), presiding over the forested ridges of Sikkim. From Phalut, we continue to trek down to Rimbik, halting at the charming village of Raman. Finally trek ends at Kalimpong, former gateway to Tibet.

This trek brings you into the lap of nature with its 139 varieties of rhododendrons, magnolias, orchids, bamboo and other rare high altitude plants and vegetation.

Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu. Meet & transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley.
Day 03: Fly Kathmandu / Bhadrapur. Drive to Darjeeling.
Day 04: Half day sightseeing tour of Darjeeling.
Day 05: Morning sunrise tour to Tiger Hill.
Day 06: Drive to Mane Bhanjyang and trek to Tonglu.(3020m)
Day 07: Trek to Kal Pokhari.
Day 08: Trek to Sandakphu (3636m)
Day 09: Trek to Phalut 3,540m 5-6 hrs.
Day 10: Trek Raman 2,300m 4-5 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Rimbick 1,900m 4-5 hrs.
Day 12: Drive to Kalimpong 1,200m 4-5 hrs journey.
Day 13: Drive to Bhadrapur and fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 14: At leisure in Kathmandu for independent activities.
Day 15: Transfer to airport for departure.
Day 01:

Arrive at Kathmandu. Meet & transfer to Hotel.

  On arrival in Kathmandu Airport our HimEx staff will receive and transfer you to the Hotel, our guide will brief you regarding your trip in Nepal and of India.
   
Day 02:

Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley.

  After breakfast proceed to Sightseeing Tour of Pashupati and Bouddhanath.  Pashupatinath Temple is situated 5 km east of Kathmandu, the temple of Lord Shiva, Pathupatinath with two tiered golden roof and silver doors is considered one of the holiest shrines of Hindus. The stupa of Boudhanath lays 8 kms east of Kathmandu. This ancient colossal stupa is one of the biggest in the world and the center of Buddhism in the world. It was listed in the UNESCO Heritage Monument in 1979.
   
Day 03:

Fly Kathmandu / Bhadrapur, drive to Darjeeling.

  As per the domestic flight time our staff will transfer you to the airport for the scenic flight towards the eastern town of Bhadrapur close to the border of India, on reaching our staff will transfer you on a vehicle for the drive to Darjeeling, on reaching at Kakarbita the frontier town of Nepal, with some visa and passport formalities, then cross the border after 20 minutes in the India border another visa formalities to be completed then the scenic driving journey will take you to the Queen of the Hills to Darjeeling with lot of zig-zag turns with view of Kanchenjunga in the distance following the lush green tea gardens most of the way to Darjeeling.
   
Day 04:

Half day sightseeing tour of Darjeeling.

  Visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Tea Plantation. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute established by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa provides basic training to climbers for mountaineering. Tea Gardens of Darjeeling are world famous and many of the gardens are more than 100 years old established by British.  Tibetan Refuge Centre is to be visited for handicraft and enjoy Toy Train enlisted in the list of World Heritage.
   
Day 05: Sightseeing Tour of Darjeeling
 

Morning sunrise tour to Tiger Hill and visit the famous Ghoom monastery that enshrines an image of the Maitreya Buddha (the coming Buddha) on the way back and return to Hotel, afternoon at leisure for independent activities.
   
Day 06:

Drive to Mane Bhanjyang and trek to Tonglu. (3,020m) 4-5 hrs.

  The trail overlooks the Bengali plain south, and we have tantalising glimpses of Kanchenjunga ahead, as we zigzag through rhododendrons.
   
 Day 07:

Trek to Kal Pokhari 3,340m. 5-6 hrs.

   Taking a mossy paved path, that snakes through a succession of forests and hamlets, giving way, from time to time, to spectacular mountain sceneries.
   
 Day 08:

Trek to Sandakphu. (3,636m) 3-4 hrs.

   Steadily climbing to join the ridge trail towards Kalpokhari, afterwards start a long and steep climb onto the Singalila ridge that leads to Sandakphu. A remarkable 360 ° view from the top.
   
 Day 09:

Trek to Phalut.

   We walk to a prominent viewpoint for the magnificent sunrise over the Kanchenjunga, Jannu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyo. Throughout the day, there are ever-changing views: yak herds, silvery pine forests, tiny lakes ringed with grass, and the snow-capped Himalayan range in the background.
   
 Day 10:

Trek Raman.

   A pleasant descent through the woods takes us to Gorkhey (2500m) then we climb up towards Raman.
   
 Day 11:

Trek to Rimbick.

   We pass through numerous villages and cross the Sri Khola over a remarkable suspension bridge.
   
 Day 12:

Drive to Kalimpong.

   Kalimpong – is a sleepy little town situated at the altitude of 1,200m, some 50 km east of Darjeeling. Kalimpong is famous for flower nurseries. There are monasteries and Nepalese Buddhist temple also to be visited with magnificent views of the hills.
   
Day 13: Drive to Bhadrapur and fly back to Kathmandu.
   Morning drive towards Nepal border and reach at Kakravita from here a short ride to Bhadrapur airport for the flight to Kathmandu.
   
  Day 14: At leisure in Kathmandu for independent activities.
   In Kathmandu a free day for individual activities guided tour on request at places of interest.
   
 Day 15:

Transfer to airport for departure.

   As per the flight time our staff will transfer you to the International Airport for the flight back home or to respective port of call.
Price includes following services:
 1.  Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Kathmandu on Bed & Breakfast basis and Hotel in Darjeeling & Kalimpong on full board basis
 2.  Airport transfers in Kathmandu and Bhadrapur.
 3.  Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu and Darjeeling with applicable entrance fees.
 4.  Internal flight Kathmandu / Bhadrapur / Kathmandu.
 5.  Local transportation as per itinerary by private vehicle.
 6.  Trekking & camping arrangement backed by crew on full board basis.
 7.  Applicable Permit & Entry Fees.
 8.  Insurance for crew.
 
Our price does not include followings:
 1.  International flights to / from Kathmandu.
 2.  India entry visa fees.
 3.  Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
 4.  Rescue evacuation in case of emergency.
 5.  Personal clothing and personal trekking gear including sleeping bag & down jacket.
 6.  Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
 7.  Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
 8.  Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.
Extensions

If you are not tied up with time limitations, or have more time before or after your main trip with us, you can join / take following extension trips to make your holiday even interesting. According to extra time you have, you can choose a visit to National Parks for jungle safari viewing rare animals, migrant birds and exotic reptiles or enjoy the whitewater rafting or take a cultural tour of Kathmandu, Pokhara, Nagarkot or even make a quick visit to neighboring countries of Tibet – Roof of the world, India – The country of wonders, Bhutan – The Dragon Kingdom. We can add these extensions before or after your holiday according to the flights that you have booked / can book. Beside these, if you even want just stay in Kathmandu for relax or any independent activities, we can book extra nights at the Hotel. You can book these extensions together with your main trip booking.


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Pokhara:
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Nagarkot:

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Bhutan:

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Mount Everest Flight:
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Bungy Jumping:

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Hotels:

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Hotel Malla:
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Hotel Marshyangdi:

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Trip Facts
  • Trip Name : Darjeeling Singalila Ridge
  • Trip Duration : 11 Days
  • Trip Grade : Moderate/Adventurous
  • Trip Date :
  • Activity : Trek and Walks
  • Highest Altitude : 3636 m
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