School Trek - India's Singalila Ridge
- A great first-time trek for a school group, on easy trails
- A community project day at a local school in Darjeeling
- Visit Darjeeling, Pelling and Kalimpong
- Spectacular views of Kangchenjunga, Makalu, Everest and Lhotse
- Visit the tea plantations in Darjeeling
A varied and challenging School Adventure to the Indian region of Sikkim and its famous Singalila Ridge. In common with the neighbouring countries of Nepal and Bhutan, the landscape of this northerly projection of India is extremely varied: ranging from intensively farmed valleys in the south, through a higher alpine environment, to the high Himalayan peaks in the north of the territory. This part of India is one of the least-visited of all the Himalayan lands and remains pristine and unspoiled. It receives a great deal of rainfall during the summer monsoon and boasts particularly lush and varied vegetation, especially at lower altitudes. Sikkim is also culturally diverse, with Tibetan, Mongolian (Lepcha) and Indian peoples intermixed with immigrant Nepalese. Buddhism is one of the most important religions and there is the opportunity to visit several important Buddhist monasteries during the course of the trip. The jewel in Sikkim's crown is surely Kangchenjunga (8586m.), the world's third highest peak, which lies on the western edge of the state. The trekking element of this trip is the splendid 7-day walk along the famous Singalila Ridge, a prominent spur of high ground that forms the border between India and Nepal. The trek along this ridge is renowned as being one of the most scenically rewarding in the entire Himalaya, with views of Kangchenjunga, Makalu, Everest, Lhotse and a host of other peaks in the eastern Himalaya. With visits to the fascinating Indian towns of Darjeeling and Kalimpong and with the opportunity to take part in a community project, this is an excellent adventure fopr any school. This tried and tested KE Schools itinerary can be adjusted to better fit the needs of your group - please call and speak to a KE School Groups Coordinator or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Is this holiday for you?
This is a popular short trek, combined with a tour of some of the area's important towns, including Darjeeling, Pelling and Kalimpong. The trekking conditions are relatively easy, following good trails at all times. A jeep road runs beside our route for the first two 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. The altitudes attained on this trip are not extreme and, having spent a couple of days in Darjeeling, the group will already be reasonably well acclimatised prior to setting off on trek. We recommended a minimum age of 14 yrs for this trip.