Singalila Ridge - One of India's Finest Treks
India, Trek & Walk, 13 days - from £1,195 (land only) - from €1,435 (land only) - from $1,970 (land only)
- A splendid trekking holiday along the India / Nepal border
- Ideal for first time trekkers to the Himalaya
- Views of Kangchenjunga and Everest
- Superb combination of trekking, culture and sightseeing
- Extensions available to the Taj Mahal and Agra
Close to the former hill-station of Darjeeling, the Singalila Ridge Trek runs north towards the towering presence of Kangchenjunga (8586m), the world's third highest peak. Forming a natural border between Nepal and India, this ridge is the setting for one of the most scenically rewarding trekking holidays in the entire Himalayas, with views of Kangchenjunga and more distant views of both Makalu and Everest. After sightseeing in Darjeeling, we complete a delightful 7-day walk by way of the ridge-top settlements of Sandakphu and Phalut. We trek to the high point of the ridge at Singalila Peak (3695m), then descend to spend 2 nights in colourful Kalimpong, an important bazaar town for traders from Sikkim, Bhutan, Tibet and the plains of Bengal. This is an extraordinary trekking holiday, which manages to effectively combine a short but very special trek with a memorable cultural experience.
Is this holiday for you?
This is an excellent and popular short trekking holiday, combined with a tour of the important and picturesque towns of Darjeeling and Kalimpong. The trekking conditions are very easy, following good trails at all times. A jeep road runs beside our route for the first 2 days of the walk on the Singalila Ridge and we will be following this, with numerous stepped sections which cut off the largest of the zig-zags taken by the jeep track. On the upper sections of the ridge we follow an undulating trail which is never very steep. The altitudes attained on this holiday are not extreme and the group will already be reasonably well used to the altitude prior to setting off on trek.