This walking and discovery tour offers spectacular views of the Himalaya’s and the surrounding landscapes, plus a chance to learn about the fascinating history and local culture in the famous hill stations dotted around this region.
This truly excellent holiday combines wonderful trekking, history, fascinating and diverse culture, plus some sightseeing, making it ideal for regular hill walkers seeking their first Himalayan trekking adventure, or as an easier walking experience in the Himalayas.
Explore Darjeeling - the ‘Queen of the Hills’ - and the surrounding towns. During your trek you will be passing through forests of woodland and rhododendron, You’ll be walking along the border between India and Nepal, and your left leg will be technically 15 minutes behind your right leg, due to the time difference between the two countries! A highlight of the trek though is reaching the high point at Sandakhpu (3,636 metres) where mighty Kangchenjunga dominates the whole horizon, presenting the possibility of an absolutely breathtaking sunset and sunrise.
Depart the UK on an overnight flight to Delhi.
On arrival in Delhi you will be met and transferred to your overnight accommodation.
You will be transferred to Delhi Airport for a flight to Bagdogra, and then onward by road to Darjeeling, taking approximately three hours. The rest of the day has been left free for you to enjoy at your leisure.
Enjoy a full day sightseeing in Darjeeling, ’Queen of the Hills’, including an early morning visit to Tiger Hill to watch the sunrise (approximately 4am). Then take the Toy Train from Darjeeling to Ghoom and back, with visits to Ghoom Monastery, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Tenzing Rock, Tibetan Refugee Centre, Tea Garden and Japanese Temple.
You will be transferred to Manebhanjang for the start of your trek, where the trail will take you along the Nepalese border and through rhododendron forest.
Take some time to enjoy the mountain views before you start the day's walk. Trekking through the Singalila National Park today, you might get the chance to views some of the natural wildlife.
Today you trek towards the highest point of the Singalila Ridge at Sandakphu (3,636 metres), with stunning views over the mountain range. On clear days you may get a glimpse of Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga, among others.
An early morning wake up call gives you the chance to witness the sunrise over the cloud and mountains. After breakfast you will start the gentle descent through cardamom plantations and past traditional villages on your way down to Rimbik
Today you will transfer from Rimbik to Kalimpong; the road follows the river, with scenic views all the way to your destination.
Today you can enjoy visiting some of Kalimpong's famous sites including Deolo Hills, Dr. Grahams Home, Flower Nurseries, Jang-Dog-Palrifro-Brang Gompa, Mangal Dham, Tibetan Church and Durbin Dara Hills.
Today you will transfer by road to Pelling (2,160 metres), a beautiful hill resort surrounded by the snowcapped mountain range. Afternoon at leisure.
This morning you will visit Pemayanstse Monastery and Rabdandtse, the ruins of the old capital, before continuing to towards Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim.
This morning enjoy a city tour of Gangtok including Rumtek Monastery, Do-Dul Chorten, the Institute of Tibetology and the flower show. Afternoon at leisure.
Today you will transfer back to Bagdogra for your domestic flight to Delhi.
You will be transferred from your hotel to Delhi Airport in time for your return flight to the UK.
Price and Other Information
- Duration and price excluding international flights: 14 days from £1,749 per person
- Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 15 days from £2,549 per person
- Single room supplement: From £400
- Walking grade: Demanding
- Guiding: Guided Group Private-Guided
- Max alt: 3,636m
- Group size: 4-12
When to go: View Dates & Prices
- Hotel x 9, basic lodge / camp x 4
- 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 7 dinners
- Experienced English speaking guide
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