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Internationale groepsreis Darjeeling, Sikkim & the Singalila Ridge

A classic Northern India trek, from tea hills to Himalayan vistas
15 dagen vanaf € 1.965,- (excl. vlucht)

Food

  • All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 10 dinners are included. You should allow around INR5000 (approx. £60/US$75) for the additional meals and drinks. Mineral water, soft and alcoholic drinks are not included and are widely available. Soft drinks are generally cheap, but beers can approach Western prices. Whilst camping we have a cook and assistants who will prepare simple but plentiful nutritious food. Breakfasts will be porridge, cereals, eggs and toast with plenty of tea, coffee or hot chocolate. Lunches will usually be a picnic lunch with soup, various kinds of local breads, cheese, eggs, tinned fish and meat and fruit where available. There will be afternoon tea and biscuits on arrival at camp followed later by dinner which is usually soup, a pasta, rice or potato based main course with fresh vegetables, followed by dessert, tea, coffee or hot chocolate. You will be provided with safe boiled drinking water whilst on trek. *Drinking Water* Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity. We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in India  During the trek the cooks will collect and boil drinking water from the mountain streams and fill up your water bottles for you, but you may need to collect water during the day and may wish to use your own water purification treatment as well. We also suggest that you may like to bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar) with you and use a SteriPEN to treat any non-boiled water. A SteriPEN is a handheld UV water purifier – small, lightweight and battery powered so easy to pack for a trek. It’s quick to use, far more effective than purification tablets, and the water is ready immediately. It’s fine to use a SteriPEN on non-boiled water so long as it isn’t cloudy or full of sediment (which is uncommon in these regions). SteriPENs are widely stocked on Amazon, outdoor shops and other online retailers; look for the latest models but avoid USB charging ones. Models which take lithium batteries are best as they last longer, especially in cold conditions. Using a SteriPEN means you won’t leave behind a single plastic bottle – and you can keep it for future trips.

Activities

  • Walking & Trekking
  • Point-to-Point
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15 dagen vanaf € 1.965,-

Route 15 daagse rondreis Darjeeling, Sikkim & the Singalila Ridge

Tucked away in a corner of the beautiful Indian Himalayan mountains are Sikkim and Darjeeling. In recent years Sikkim has become more accessible for those looking to explore its unique beauty.  Journey from the plains of India to Gantok, the capital of Sikkim and on to the delightful Martem village.  From here we travel through beautiful tea plantations to Darjeeling, with its colonial hill station and UNESCO World Heritage 'toy train'. Trekking up to and along the Singalila ridge, which divides India and Nepal, we move through thick forests of rhododendron and are rewarded with views of the great Himalayan peaks.  Kanchenjunga the third highest peak in the world dominates the horizon, and on a clear day we will see the majesty of Makalu, Lhotse and Everest.   

  1. Dag 1 - Start Delhi
  2. Dag 2 - Fly to Bagdogra; drive to Gangtok
  3. Dag 3 - Drive to pretty  Martem village visiting the Rumtek Monastery en route
  4. Dag 4 - Sightseeing the pretty village of Martem  
  5. Dag 5 - Drive to the famous hill station of Darjeeling
  6. Dag 6 - Take a toy train ride, travel on to Rimbik the gateway to our trek and follow a short trail to our first campsite 
  7. Dag 7 - Trek through beautiful forest, descend to Gurdum Khola then up to Gurdum village
  8. Dag 8 - Final ascent through forest to the Singalila Ridge the highest point of our trek
  9. Dag 9 - Trekking along the Singalila Ridge taking in the Himalayan panoramas, including Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Everest and Lhotse
  10. Dag 10 - Trek further along the Singalila Ridge with breathtaking views of Kanchenjunga on a clear day
  11. Dag 11 - Trek through a collection of small settlements inhabited by different cultures to Rimbik a large Sherpa village
  12. Dag 12 - Drive to Darjeeling visiting a tea estate en route to learn how this popular drink is produced
  13. Dag 13 - Morning to continue exploring Darjeeling then drive to Siliguri where we catch the overnight train to Calcutta
  14. Dag 14 - Arrive Calcutta; free time to explore
  15. Dag 15 - End Calcutta
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