Singalila Ridge Trek
An easy but rewarding trek which offers spectacular views of the big mountains including Everest and Kanchenjunga. This trek traverses along the Singalila ridge which forms the international border line between India and Nepal. It offers a good distant view of Mt. Everest (8850 m) accompanied by Lhotse (8501m) and Makalu (8475m) and a close view of Kanchenjunga (8586m).
Kanchenjunga along with the surrounding ranges closely resembles a person sleeping and hence the view from Sandakphu is popularly called ‘The Sleeping Buddha’. The Singalila ridge is actually an extension of one of the ridges that sweep down from the high snows of Kanchenjunga itself and the trek along this ridge is renowned as being one of the most scenically rewarding in the entire Himalayas. This area is also culturally diverse, with Tibetan, Mongolian, and Indians intermixed with immigrant Nepalese.
Buddhism is the most popular religion and during the course of our trip there’s immense chance of interaction with the warm locals at Trekker’s Hut that dot this trail.
Day 01: Delhi to Bagdogra
Upon your arrival at Delhi airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Epic Adventures. After picking up your luggage look for our representative with an Epic Adventures display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to your hotel. Overnight at hotel. Included meals:
Day 02: Bagdogra to Darjeeling (2134m)
After arriving at Bagdogra airport we drive 3-4 hrs through the tea estates to Darjeeling. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03: Drive Darjeeling to Dhotrey (2460m) and trek to Tonglu (3070m) 2.5 hr drive and 3 hrs trek
After an early breakfast, we drive for 2.5 hrs to Dhotrey our start point of the trek. The walk starts from Dhotrey and snakes through beautiful forest trail up to Tonglu (3070m), located in dense forest overlooking the entire Darjeeling hills. Overnight Trekker’s-Hut.
Day 04: Trek to Kalapokhri (3108m) 6 hrs trek
From Tonglu we continue along the rhododendron covered ridges and descend to Jaubari, just inside the Nepal border, to gain our first uninterrupted views of the eastern Himalaya. From Jaubari descend to Gairibas (2620m) before a long, gradual ascent to the small lake and settlement at Kalapokhri. Overnight Trekker’s Hut.
Day 05: Trek to Sandakphu (3636m) 3 hrs trek
From Kalapokhri it is a 3 hour steep walk up to the ridge and the trekkers’ huts at Sandakphu, the highest point on our trek.. Overnight Trekker’s Hut.
Day 06: Trek to Gurdum (2400m) 3-4 hrs
We wake up early in the morning to catch a glimpse of one of the most beautiful sights in the Himalaya, all the big mountains in one giant arc covering 3 countries – Bhutan Nepal & India. After a relaxed breakfast we walk down through dense Himalayan forests till Gurdum. Overnight Trekker’s Hut.
Day 07: Trek to Sepi (2280m) 3 hrs and drive 4.5 hrs to Darjeeling
It is a short downhill walk till Sirikhola (a big tributary of the Teesta River), cross the beautiful bridge across it and walk 2 kms on a rough Jeep track to reach Sepi where our vehicles would be waiting for us. Drive to Darjeeling. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08: Drive to Bagdogra 3 hrs
Drive 3 hrs from Darjeeling to either Bagdogra Airport and fly back to Delhi.
Day 09: Farewell Friend
We are saying good bye as our journey in India comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organise the photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight a representative from Epic Adventures will take you to the airport. Included meals:B