Darjeeling & Sikkim Trekking Tour
Day 01: Bagdogra - Darjeeling (2130m) By Car.
On arrival at Bagdogra airport meet our representative 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.
Day 02: Visit Darjeeling.
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.
Day 03: Darjeeling - Manay Bhanjang (2134m/1:30 hrs drive) - Tonglu (3070m)
Early morning drive from Darjeeling to Manay Bhanjang. The trail overlooks the Bengali plain south, and we have tantalising glimpses of Kanchenjunga ahead, as we zigzag through rhododendrons. Overnight in trekkers hut.
Day 04: Tonglu - Garibas (2620m) In 4h.
In the morning after breakfast trek towards Garibas through the Rhododendron and birch forest. One can have a spectacular mountain sceneries on the way. Overnight in trekkers hut.
Day 05: Garibas - Sandakphu (3640m) In 4h
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. Overnight in trekkers hut.
Day 06: Sandakphu - Phalut (3600m) In 6h.
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 ever-changing views: yak herds, silvery pine forests, tiny lakes ringed with grass, and the snow-capped Himalayan range in the background. Overnight in trekkers hut.
Day 07: Phalut - Raman (2560m) In 5h.
A pleasant descent through the woods takes us to Gorkhey (2500m) then we climb up towards Raman.
Day 08: Raman - Rimbik (2280m) In 4h.
We pass through numerous villages and cross the Sri Khola over a remarkable suspension bridge.
Day 09: Rimbik - Pelling by car (9h).
After an early breakfast drive to Pelling by Car. On arrival check in to hotel. Overnight stay in Pelling.
Day 10: Pelling - Pemayangtse - Yuksam by Car (2h).
2.5 km from Pelling, we will visit the Pemayangtse monastery. Perched at 2800m, it is one of the oldest and most impressive Gompas in Sikkim. Later drive to Yuksom. On arrival check in to hotel. Overnight stay in Yuksom.
Day 11: Yuksam - Tashiding - Martam by Car (6h).
En route, we visit the Tashiding monastery, one of the most isolated in Sikkim, perched on the top of a hill set between two rivers. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 12: Martam - Gangtok by car.
We visit the Rumtek monastery, reputed for its religious Tibetan art. Visitors are welcome to attend prayers. On arrival at Gangtok check in to hotel. Overnight stay.
Day 13: Visit Gangtok.
We will enjoy a visit of the amazing Orchid Sanctuary, where we can see a few of the 454 orchid species listed in Sikkim. To complete the day we will visit the Enchey and Do Drul monasteries, and the Tibetology Institute, which houses one of the richest collections of Thangkas and religious works in the world.
Day 14: Gangtok - Bagdogra (by car)
In the morning after breakfast drive to Bagdogra airport and from here catch a flight for onward destination.