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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

The rarely visited land of Sikkim has in recent years become more accessible to those looking to explore its unique beauty. Journey from the plains of India to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, from where we head east through remote Sikkimese villages and beautiful tea plantations with magnificent mountain views. Visiting ancient monasteries we come to the start of our trek at Uttarey. The trek passes through thick forests of rhododendron and bamboo in the Kanchenjunga National Park and the Barsay Rhododendron Sanctuary. The high points of the trek, Phoktey Dhara and Singalila Peak, unveil views of the great Himalayan peaks; Kanchenjunga dominates the horizon, and on a clear day Makalu, Lhotse and Everest can be seen. After the trek, we leave Sikkim for Darjeeling, which with its colonial hill station and famous ‘toy train’, is an iconic destination.

  1. Dag 1 - Start Delhi
  2. Dag 2 - Fly to Bagdogra; drive to Gangtok
  3. Dag 3 - Drive to Martem village (1,400m), visiting Rumtek Monastery en route
  4. Dag 4 - Sightseeing in Martem; optional daywalk to Tinjure Danda  
  5. Dag 5 - Drive to Pelling (1,920m) via Temi Tea Estate and Ravangla
  6. Dag 6 - Drive to Uttarey; afternoon walk to visit a Sherpa or Lepcha village, or visit the Tenzing Hillary Park
  7. Dag 7 - Trek through forest, ascending to Chittrey
  8. Dag 8 - Steep climb to Chewabhanjyang; optional afternoon walk to Majordhara for views of Kanchenjunga (the world's third highest mountain)
  9. Dag 9 - Magnificent trek to Kalijar; walk up Singalila Peak and Phoktay Dara with fine Himalayan panoramas, including Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Everest and Lhotse
  10. Dag 10 - Trek through forests of rhododendron, magnolia and dwarf bamboo to Barsey Hilley.
  11. Dag 11 - Trek through forests of rhododendron and dwarf bamboo to Barsey (2,850m)
  12. Dag 12 - Trek to Hilley; drive to Darjeeling
  13. Dag 13 - Morning to explore Darjeeling, with the opportunity to visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute or ride the 'toy train' if it is running. Drive to Siliguri, overnight train to Calcutta
  14. Dag 14 - Arrive Calcutta; free time to explore
  15. Dag 15 - End Calcutta
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