Darjeeling Singalila Ridge Trek

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Annapurna Encounter offers a classic trekking in the Far North East of India in Darjeeling Singalila ridge trekking around Kanchenjunga Himalaya on the old route to Nepal and Sikkim. Starting this fabulous trip with a scenic flight to the low area of south east Nepal Terai at Bhadrapur and then an interesting drive to Darjeeling hill town famous for Teas, Timber and Tourism located in the shade of world’s 3rd highest Mt. Kanchenjunga.

Visiting interesting places in Darjeeling also known as “Queen of Hills” with another good drive on the hilly road to Tiger Hill to view stunning sunrise over Mt. Everest and Makalu in Nepal can be seen in the distance, and then reaching at Mani-Bhanjyang that borders India / Nepal to start this fabulous trekking beneath the towering and massive Mt. Kanchenjunga Himalaya range.

From Mani-Bhanjyang Singalila Ridge trek begins on the Darjeeling – Rimbik road and ends at Phalut. The British had built bungalows at Jorepokhari, Tanglu, Sandakpu (probably world’s best place for sunrise view in the closeness of Mt. Kanchenjunga) and Phalut.

Sandakpu is also an excellent hill ridge for breathtaking panorama of mountains with world’s highest Mt. Lhotse 8,501 m, Mt. Everest 8,848 m, Mt. Makalu 8,475 m, Mt. 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 massive Mt. Kangchenjunga at 8,586 m. Towards east view of beautiful Pandim peak 6,691 m, presiding over the forested ridges of Sikkim.

After a grand time trekking around Darjeeling Singalila Ridge visiting nice villages of Phalut and Raman, and then completing this enjoyable scenic trek at Rimbick with a visit of another main town of Darjeeling at Kalimpong famous for orchid farming with its 139 varieties of rhododendrons, magnolias, orchids, bamboo and other rare high altitude plants and vegetation.

After Kalimpong back to warmer area on the flat land of Terai of India and then entering back to Nepal side in Bhadrapur for sweeping scenic flight back to Kathmandu, after an excellent and remarkable trip to Darjeeling Singalila Ridge Trek with Annapurna Encounter.

Trip Facts

  • Trip Mode : Hotel and camping
  • Total Trip : 13/14 days
  • Higest Point : 3,636 meters at Sandakphu hill top
  • Trip Grade : Moderate to high hills
  • Season : March to June & September to November
  • Trekking : 06/07 days

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour and preparation for trek.
Day 03: Fly to Bhadrapur and drive to Darjeeling and transfer to hotel.
Day 04: Sightseeing tour in Darjeeling 1,890 meters.
Day 05: Drive to Tiger Hill for sunrise and trek to Tonglu 3,020 m -04 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Kal Pokhari 3,145 m - 06 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Sandakphu 3,636 m - 04 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Phalut 2,850 m - 06 hrs.
Day 09: Trek Raman 2,610 m- 05 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Rimbick 1,560m - 05 hrs.
Day 11: Drive to Kalimpong 1,245 meters - 05 hrs.
Day 12: Drive to Bhadrapur - 04 hrs and fly to Kathmandu 45 mins.
Day 13: In Kathmandu free day for shopping souvenirs.
Day 14: International departure to respective countries.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu international airport our AE staff will receive with a transfer to hotel in the hub of Kathmandu around Thamel area, an interesting place with shops, stores, international standard restaurants. Our guide will meet and inform you with details of the hotels and of Sikkim and Darjeeling trek & tour.

Day 02: In Kathmandu sightseeing and preparation.
Morning sightseeing tour at places of interest with world heritage sites of Kathmandu best places of Pashupatinath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa and Kathmandu old palace square (Durbar), afternoon at leisure preparation for the trip to Darjeeling and Sikkim.

Day 03: Fly to Bhadrapur and drive to Darjeeling and transfer to hotel.
Morning transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for flight to Bhadrapur with super panorama of snow capped mountain range including Mt. Everest and Mt. Kanchenjunga during 45 minutes flight, on reaching Bhadrapur town located South East of Nepal in sub-tropical climatic zone close to India North East border.

From here on leaving Nepal to enter Indian soil with an interesting drive towards Darjeeling, the road climbs on the green hills with sea of tea plantations driving on the zig-zag and winding road passing many villages and towns and finally reaching the famed hill station in Darjeeling known as “Queen of the Hills.”
Here transfer to respective nice hotels with evening dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day 04: Sightseeing tour in Darjeeling 1,890 meters.
Morning a short drive with a tour of major places of Darjeeling visit the famous Zoological Park where you can watch the rare Red Panda, Snow Leopards and other Himalayan wild cats and other mammals, from here a short walk to Mountaineering Institute with much information of Himalaya and of early expeditions to Mt. Everest and Kanchenjunga, where late Tenzing Norgay Sherpa (the 1st summiteers on Mt. Everest in May 29th 1953 with Sir Edmund Hillary)

was the chairperson of this institute. After a wonderful time visit the local busy bazaar where you will see many Darjeeling people of Nepali origin with same language and culture as in Nepal. From the market with interesting time return back to hotel preparation for the next trip to Sikkim and the trek around Kanchenjunga.

Day 05: Drive to Tiger Hill for sunrise and trek to Tonglu 3,020 m -04 hrs.
Waking up early morning for an hour drive to Tiger Hill famous for sunrise views over Eastern Himalaya chain of mountains from Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Everest to Makalu range, this hill top at 3,160 meters high offering panoramic views of mountains with stunning sunrise, this hill is densely forested with rhododendron, magnolia, birch, pines and oak trees. After catching an awesome views drive to Mani Bhanjyang with tour of famous Ghoom monastery that enshrines an image of the Maitreya Buddha (the future Buddha), drive continues close to Nepal North East border with Darjeeling at Mani-Bhanjyang town, from here with a steep climb through several scattered farm villages and forested area to reach our first overnight camp at Tonglu with wonderful view of Mt. Kanchenjunga and adjoining peaks.

Day 06: Trek to Kal Pokhari 3,145 m - 06 hrs.
After the first day trekking, morning walk leads on a mossy paved path that snakes through a succession of forests and hamlets, giving way, from time to time, to spectacular mountain sceneries and with short descends and gradual winding trail passing village of Ramdhura right at the border of Nepal / India and then route climb for an hour to reach at Kal Pokhari village which lies close to Nepal border also.

Day 07: Trek to Sandakphu 3,636 m - 04 hrs.
Today, walk leads to the highest point of this trek and with half day as well, starting with steady climb to join the ridge trail above Kalpokhari, and then walk continues with a long and steep climb onto the Singalila ridge that leads to Sandakphu hill top at 3,636 meters the highest spot of this trip with remarkable 360 ° view from the top of world’s highest Mt. Lhotse 8,501 m, Mt. Everest 8,848 m, Mt. Makalu 8,475 m, Mt. 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 massive Mt. Kangchenjunga at 8,586 m. Towards east, view of beautiful Pandim peak 6,691 m, presiding over the forested ridges of Sikkim.

Day 08: Trek to Phalut 2,850 m - 06 hrs.
Morning with another striking sunrise views over Mt. Kanchenjunga, Jannu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyo. After a remarkable and enjoyable time at Sandkphu continue walk on the Singalila ridge, countering the hills with lovely forest area and throughout the day views of mountains and coming towards herd of yaks grazing on pasture with silver pine forests, tiny lakes ringed with grass, and the snow-capped Himalayan range in the background and finally reaching to camp at Phalut a small herders place with incredible views of surrounding landscapes and snow clad peaks.

Day 09: Trek Raman 2,610 m- 05 hrs.
From this tranquil, isolated campsite morning walk continues with constant views of mountains on the winding ridge line into beautiful forested area and then a gradual downhill into woods brings at Gorkhey 2,500 meters a small farm village for lunch and from here continue trek to reach the Singalila ridge top with a steep climb to reach Raman village for overnight stop.

Day 10: Trek to Rimbick 1,560m - 05 hrs.
From here onwards for few hours the views are hidden, as the morning and the last walk of this trip, follows in a forested gorge area and walking towards warmer area as the altitude decreases following more farm lands and rural villages and crossing Sri Khola over a remarkable suspension bridge to reach at Rimbick with many Sherpa and Tamang people living in this pretty village, here at Rimbick inside nice lodges for overnight.

Day 11: Drive to Kalimpong 1,245 meters - 05 hrs.
From Rimbick, morning drive to another charming place of Darjeeling zone to Kalimpong town, the drive leads near Teesta Bridge. From the bridge following the River Teesta for a short while then the road branches off on the winding uphill for an hour to Kalimpong, in Kalimpong overnight in one of the most convenient accommodation at Hotel Himalayan, located on a magnificent spot. Hotel Himalayan still retains the touch of heritage from the British Raj.

Day 12: Drive to Bhadrapur-04 hrs and fly to Kathmandu 45 mins.
Today an end at Indian soil leaving for Kathmandu, from Kalimpong drive is pleasant reaching subtropical area on the low lands, on arrival at the border of Indian side, check in at Indian Immigration, then a short drive to Nepal frontier at Kakarvita for another Government immigration formalities. From here an hour drive to Bhadrapur for the flight back to Kathmandu, arriving at Kathmandu domestic terminal transfer back to respective hotels after an enjoyable and remarkable trip to Darjeeling Singalila Ridge Trek.

Day 13: In Kathmandu free day for shopping souvenirs.
A free day in Kathmandu with morning guided sightseeing tour (on request) at places of interest. Kathmandu city and the surrounding valley steeped with history, culture. Kathmandu is full of World Heritage Sites with old Temples, Monasteries, Stupas, Royal Courtyard and Palaces, afternoon free at leisure for souvenirs shopping.

Day 14: International departure for home ward bound.
Last day in Nepal with memorable moment and awesome experience and good time with Annapurna Encounter services, as per the international flight time our AE staff will transfer you to airport for the flight back home or to respective countries.

on the remote Far North East of India / Nepal Himalaya region in Darjeeling
trekking around world’s 3rd highest Mt. Kanchenjunga bordering Nepal
alluring scenery of beautiful hill country in peaceful environment
amazing views of 5 snow peaks of Kanchenjunga mountains
pristine forests of rhododendron and pine trees enriched with flora and fauna
visiting rural farm villages of Singalila ridge with rich culture and tradition.