Darjeeling to Maneybhanjyang – 2134 m Drive from Darjeeling to Maneybhanjyang is about 26 kms which takes about 2-3 hours.
Maneybhanjyang to Tonglu –3070 m Follow a steep climb for about 3 hrs to Meghma which is a small hamlet with few houses, a small monastery and an impressive stupa. The climb to Tonglu is another 2 kms and is one of the peaks of the Singalila range, which falls on the West of Darjeeling town. A great view of the Nepalese valleys and the plains of North Bengal with snow fed Teesta on the east, the Koshi on the West can be view from here.
Tonglu to Sandhakphu – 3636 mtrs The trail from Tonglu to Gairibhas is downhill through bamboo groves and from Ghairibhas to Kalipokhri is a continuous climb through rhododendron forest for about 6 kms. From Kalipokhri to Bikhaybhanyang or Valley of Poison ( Aconites grow in abundance here) the road descends and then a steep climb for about 4 kms reaches us at Sandakphu. Sandakphu commands one of the most spectacular views of the Kabru 7338 m, Kumbhkarna 7710 mtrs, Pandim 6691 mtrs and the towering Khangchendzonga 8598 mtrs , which is the most prominent of all. Far off to the west, among a group of other snowy mountain raising from graceful peaks of the Everest group can be seen.
Sandakphu to Phalut – 3606m Phalut is one of loftiest peak in the Singalila Range and the trail from Sandakphu is the most spectacular with burned silver-fir forest making the most beautiful sight and the view of Everest group on the left and Khangchendzonga range right ahead. A magnificent view of the snowy range is obtained from the Phalut summit at a much closer range.
Phalut to Ramman – 2560m The trail descends the ridge through virgin forest of chestnut, pines till it reaches the meeting of two streams calley Gorkhey Khola , a tributary of Ramman river. After a rest, climb upto Samandin, a lovely plateau. From here, descend to a small stream and then climb for about 2hours to reach Ramman.
Ramman to Rimbick – 2286m From Ramman, the trail is almost a walk for the first 9 kms till we descend to Srikhola. Rest at the stream and then walk to Rimbick which is a small village.
Rimbick to Darjeeling Drive from Rimbick to Darjeeling for about 4 hours passing through Maneybhanjyang.
Day for Excursion and Acclimitization.
On day 6 of Kalindikhal Trek, after breakfast. Decend to Nandanvan (4337 M). Traverse along the Gangotri & Chaturangi glaciers. This trek combines the experience of mountain & rock climbing besides boulder hopping and glacier traversing. Break for a quick brunch at the junction of the two glaciers. Overnight in tents.
After breakfast, trekking for 4-5 hours walking over ridge and along to Chaturangi glacier and cross to Bhagirathi glacier Dinner and overnight in camp.
After breakfast trekking for 4-5 hours along to Chaturangi glacier and crossing on the way Satopanth glacier and nice to see Satopanth peak (7075 m). Overnight in tents.
Morning after breakfast, start 10 kms trek to Sweta Glacier with packed lunch. It will take about 5 hrs. Dinner and overnight in camp. Camping on glacier.
After breakfast trekking for 5-6 hours to kalindi base (5650 m), from this camping sight you can see Kalindi khal from very close and the advantage of making camping here in the morning it's easy to cross steeper pass. Overnight in tents.
Morning after breakfast cross Kalindi pass (5960 mts), then trek down to Rajparav (4910 mts) 12 kms. It will take about 4 hrs. Dinner and overnight in camp.
On day 10 of Kalindikhal Trek, Morning after breakfast, start 13 kms trek to Arwatal (3910 mts) with packed lunch. It will take about 6 hrs. Dinner and overnight in camp.
Morning after breakfast start 16 kms trek to Ghastoli (3796 mts) with packed lunch. It will take about 7 hrs. Dinner and overnight in camp.
Morning after breakfast start 16 kms trek to Badrinath, situated on the bank of Alaknanda, standing like twin sentinels over the valley are the Nar and Naryana peaks, and in the distance soars the resplendent Neelkanth peak. A 7 hrs walk brings you to Mana Village, the last village before the border, where you break for lunch. Later a 2 kms walk brings us to town of Badrinath. On arrival check into hotel. Afternoon visit the temple of Badrinath. Return to hotel for Dinner & Overnight.
On day 13 of Kalindikhal Trek, drive down 298 kms (7/8 hrs) to reach Rishikesh late afternoon. Lunch enroute in local restrauant. Later on arrival check into hotel. Rishikesh Situated on the right bank of river Ganga and surrounded on three sides by Himalayan ranges, known from medieval time as celestial abode, is a great pilgrimage centre of India, It has been the abode of saints and sages from where they sojourn before undertaking the arduous pilgrimage that lay ahead on the distant Himalayan peaks.This gateway to the kingdom of Gods and pilgrimage to Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri is culstered with Ashram, Tourist Rest House and Dharamsalas. The Yoga centres of Rishikesh have enchanced the significance of the place, home and world wide tourist from all over the world visit this place to have lessons in Yoga and Meditation.
Morning after breakfast, proceed for half a day city tour, visiting the Ashrams, Laxman Jhoola (ancient rope bridge), temples, before returning to hotel for lunch. After lunch time free till departure transfer to Haridwar Railway Station to connect superfast experess train for Delhi. Later on arrival at 2210 hrs transfer to International airport to connect flight for onward destination.
Mr Sanjit Subba
Tukvar 4th Division, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India - 734101
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