Darjeeling is not only acclaimed as one of the best hill stations, but also as the veritable paradise for the trekkers and adventure seekers. Trekking in Darjeeling is such an experience which should not be missed by any nature lover. It brings one face to face to the snow-capped mountains with the sublime grandeur of the Himalayas. More than 600 species of birds inhabit the emerald green forests, on the slopes of the mountains. When it comes to trekking around Darjeeling, it’s a sport for everyone and there is no need to be a professional climber to enjoy the magnificent grandeur of the Himalayas. In this trek, one can explore the beautiful terrain of Darjeeling and adjoining hills overlooking the majestic heights of Kanchenjunga. It climbs up through the forest of rhododendrons, magnolias, spruce and other trees of sub alpines and more than 600 varieties of orchids-the largest to be found in one geographical area in the world.
On the other hand-Sikkim, the small beautiful kingdom is situated in the eastern Himalayas. Sikkim is termed as the Switzerland of the east, a heavenly paradise on earth. It is the land of peace and tranquility and an ideal destination for trekking. Variation in altitude ranging from 200 to 8586 meters (height of Khangchenjunga), provides an opportunity to visitors to experience crossing over from sub-tropical to temperate zones, followed by alpine and high-altitude areas in a short span of time. Trekking in Sikkim has its own charm. Trails run though rich biodiversity and rich cultural life of Sikkim’s people. The treks pass by beautiful gompas, simple yet colourful hamlets and through fascinating alpine forests full of a rich variety of flora and fauna. Yuksom is an ideal take-off point for trekking. This point is invariably used as a centre of climbing and trekking expeditions by the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling. The trek to Bakhim is an unforgettable experience. Dzongri at an altitude of 3,962 meters offers the visitor an excellent and unobstructed view of the Khangchenjunga Massif. It also provides a trekker with superb views of sunrise and sunset.
Important Note :
Your safety is of paramount importance to us at Alpine Club of Himalaya. We have the absolute authority to cancel the trip or change the itinerary, when deemed necessary or when we have reason to believe your safety is at stake. Weather conditions, the health condition of a group member, natural disasters, and such, can contribute to changes in the itinerary when traveling in remote mountainous regions. In these extreme situations, we kindly request that you offer your full co-operation to the trusted leader of the group appointed by Alpine Club of Himalaya. However, we assure you that we will make every effort to keep to the above itinerary.
Day 1 Arrival KATHMANDU (1300m/4265ft)
Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport where you will be warmly welcomed by our representative and check in to the hotel. Meals: Welcome Dinner
Day 2 Flight to BHADRAPUR; Drive to DARJEELING
We take a flight to Bhadrapur which takes around one and half hour and a drive of 4 hrs takes us to Darjeeling that is 140km away from Bhadrapur. Built on top of a ridge, Darjeeling faces the Himalaya and is a popular destination for thousands of tourists. Meals: Breakfast
Day 3 DARJEELING
We start our tour early morning to Tiger Hills to view sunrise over Kanchenjunga Peak. The view is spectacular on a clear weather day. Later, we visit Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park (Closed on Thursday) to see some rare collection of high altitude Himalayan species like Snow leopard, clouded Leopard, Siberian Tiger, Red Panda and many rare mammal and birds in the nature surroundings.
This is followed by sightseeing covering Padmaja and Zoological Garden, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Tibetan Refugee Self-help Center and visit to all the local market (City Life). We can also enjoy the historical Toy Train ride, provided the train is running for the day. On the way back, we visit Ghoom Monastery and Batasia Loop. Meals: Breakfast
Day 4 Drive to PELLING
Today we drive to Pelling in West Sikkim. The exciting journey runs through the winding road cutting across the valleys, hills and villages and follows the course of Tista River and then beautiful Rangit River till Legship. From Legship the road takes a steep turn through Geyzing. The view of the entire surrounding widens as we proceed towards Pelling through the clouds and forests. We can stop a while on the way to enjoy the scenic beauty and take some photographs. Pelling is a small tourist hub in the West Sikkim hills known for serene holy lakes, old Monasteries and pristine landscape. It sprawled at 6100ft (1830m) offers one of the most amazing views of Kunchenzungha Range.
Pelling is famous for the magnificent view of the snow-capped mountains of Khangchendzonga. High above the forest covered hills, in an amphitheatre of cloud, snow and rock, the entire route from Yuksam over Dzongri La to the Rathong Glacier can be seen. Meals: Breakfast
Day 5 PELLING
Today we go to the famous and one of the most important monasteries in Sikkim- the Pemayangtse Monastery 2.5 km from Pelling; this is one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim and surely the most sacred of them. Pemayangtse Monastery is a tri-level building filled with some magnificent artifacts of great historical value on each of the floors. The third floor of the monastery contains what would be the most fascinating of the lot – a seven-tiered painted wooden structure of Guru Rinpoche’s abode, Zandog palri, done up with dragons, rainbows and an entire ensemble of all the Bodhisattvas.
This is followed by the visit to legendary Lake at Khecheopalri (25kms). The Holy lake is surrounded by dense forests and is believed to have the power of wish fulfilling. Although the lake is surrounded by rich forests even a single leaf is not seen floating at the middle water. Legend has it that the birds pick up the leaves that float on the holy lake. It is also a prominent place for the bird watchers. Also we visit Kunchenjungha Falls and Rimbi Falls two magnificent perennial waterfalls on the way – the must see place for tourists.
On the way, we visit the Tashiding monastery, one of the most isolated in Sikkim, perched on the top of a hill set between two rivers.We visit the Rumtek monastery, reputed for its religious Tibetan art. Visitors are welcome to attend prayers. Meals: Breakfast
Day 6 Drive to GANGTOK
After Breakfast, we drive to Gangtok, the “Lofty Hill”. The 125km drive finally takes us to the capital of Sikkim, a unique hill resort of northeast India and undoubtedly one of the most often-visited ones. Perched on the ridge of a hill at an altitude of 1700 meter, Gangtok is famous for its scenic beauty and spectacular views of the Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world. Officially the population of Gangtok is around 50,000 but actually the number is at least double that figure. The principle language in Gangtok as in other parts of the region is Nepali. But Hindi, English, Bengali and Tibetan are also spoken and understood by a large part of the population. This hill resort is 110 km from Siliguri and well connected with other major places of the region. Meals: Breakfast
Day 7 GANGTOK
This is a day excursion to Tshongo Lake -situated at a height of 3,780 meters. With an average depth of 50 ft. the cool water of the Lake is perfectly attuned with the scenic beauty around. Later we will be visiting Government Institute of Cottage Industry, Orchid House, Sikkim Research Institute of Tibetology, Dodurl Chorten, Rumtek Monastery, Botanical Garden, and Santi View Point. Another must see place here is Ganesh Tok. This temple of Hindu god Ganesha is situated near the Sikkim Government nursery in East Sikkim and is situated on a small hillock on the Gangtok-Nathula Road. Meals: Breakfast
Day 8 Drive to KALIMPONG
We depart Gangtok early morning and head to our new destination. After a 2 hour drive, we arrive at Kalimpong. At an altitude of 1250m, this tranquil hill station is located on top of a ridge on the east of river Tista. Kalimpong offers many good treks for the adventures. The travel attraction of this place also includes monasteries, orchid-nurseries and overall, the exquisite view over the surrounding countryside. Kalimpong is famous for its indigenous handicraft. The artisans here produce Tibetan and Bhutanese handicraft and jewelry that are admired very much. If we want to go for a shopping-spree for crafts during the tour, Kalimpong is the place. The shops at Kalimpong sell traditional handicrafts such as woodcarvings, copperware like feng-sui bells, tapestry bags, scrolls, paintings and Tibetan jewelry. The town and its surrounding area were ruled by Bhutan for about a century and a half before it was annexed by the British in 1965. Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Day 9 Fly back HOME or extend your HOLIDAYS
The tour ends on this day. After breakfast we drop you at airport for your further destination or you can consult us if you want to extend your holidays to Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. Meals: Breakfast
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