Arrive Bagdogra airport and transfer to Darjeeling. A charming 4-hour journey, through Assam tea plantations and tiny villages takes us to Darjeeling. Built on top of a ridge, Darjeeling faces the Himalaya and is a popular destination for Westerners and Bengalis alike. Overnight in Darjeeling (2130m).
We could take an early trip to Tiger Hill to see the sunrise. Afterwards we visit the famous Ghoom monastery that enshrines an image of the Maitreya Buddha (the coming Buddha). Later on we can visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and tea plantations. Overnight in Darjeeling.
Early morning drive from Darjeeling to trek point. The trail overlooks the Bengali plain south, and we have tantalising glimpses of Kanchenjunga ahead, as we zigzag through Rhododendrons.
We take a mossy paved path, that snakes through a succession of forests and hamlets, giving way, from time to time, to spectacular mountain sceneries.
We steadily climb to join the Ridge Trail towards Kalpokhari. Afterwards we start a long and steep climb onto the Singalila Ridge that leads us to Sandakphu. A remarkable 360° view from the top.
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 everchanging views: yak herds, silvery pine forests, tiny lakes ringed with grass, and the snow-capped Himalayan range in the background.
A pleasant descent through the woods takes us to Gorkhey (2500m) then we climb up towards Raman.
After Breakfast Transport to Darjeeling (Hotel Stay Over Night).
Departure to Bagdogra / Bhadrapur Airport Drop.
Mr Subash Tamang
1A Neru Road Opposite Gleners, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India