From Darjeeling to Bhutan
- Adventure trekking in the Eastern Himalaya in India and Bhutan
- A combination of the Singalila Ridge and Chomolhari treks
- Charming hotels in Darjeeling and Kalimpong
- Bhutan`s mystical Paro Valley
- Great views of Everest, Makalu, Kangchenjunga, and Chomolhari
East of Kangchenjunga, the Himalayan ranges extend through the former kingdom of Sikkim into the adjacent territory of Bhutan. Home to some of the world's finest mountain scenery, this fascinating region is the focus of a splendid 3-week trekking holiday which combines two short treks and the chance to visit many historic towns, temples and monasteries. From the spectacularly located hill-station of Darjeeling, the holiday begins with the superb 6 day trek along the Singalila Ridge which offers tremendous views of Everest, Makalu and Kangchenjunga. We then travel to the atmospheric bazaar town of Kalimpong, before crossing the border into Bhutan. Linking together these two treks involves a fascinating 2-day road journey through West Bengal and the south-western corner of Bhutan that are definitely 'off the map' as far as most travellers are concerned. This road journey is an integral and important element of this unique holiday. After a day's sightseeing in the capital Thimpu we travel to the enchantingly peaceful Paro Valley, where we begin the delightful 5-day trek to Chomolhari base camp and the dramatic mountain scenery of west Bhutan. This is a wonderfully varied adventure holiday in a part of the world that is as fascinating as it is relatively little-visited.
Is this holiday for you?
This India and Bhutan adventure holiday is a combination of two unique and exciting treks, and aims to give a comprehensive taste of the available trekking in the Eastern Himalaya plus an insight into the culture of its Buddhist peoples. The conditions, which we encounter on the treks will range from easy trails, sometimes in forest, to occasional steep ascents and magnificent walks along scenic ridges. Conditions underfoot are notoriously changeable and can be tricky in Bhutan, as the country sits at the milder and wetter end of the Himalayan chain. We have graded this trek at the lower end of our MODERATE scale. It should be noted that trekking at altitudes above 3000 metres does make greater demands on the body than walking at low elevations, and is of itself challenging even for fit hikers. You will need to ensure you are physically prepared for the trek and you should be comfortable with walking for 4 to 6 hours each day over several days. These two classic treks should be within the capabilities of fit and active hikers