School Trek - India's Singalila Ridge
India, School Expeditions, 13 days - from £1,495 (land only) - from €2,020 (land only) - from $2,495 (land only)
Day 1: Arriving in Delhi we are met by the KE schools Leader or a KE representative who will organise the transfer to the group hotel in the city. After lunch we have a sightseeing tour of the city.
Day 2: We return to the airport, this time going to the domestic terminal for the onward flight across the country to Bagdogra in the east. Arriving in Bagdogra we meet our local guide and drive to Darjeeling (2500m) where we check in to our hotel.
Day 3: This is a day set aside for participation in a Community Project arranged by KE. Other options for today include visits to the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, a tea plantation or a ride on the narrow gauge railway.
Day 4: Leaving Darjeeling, we drive to Dhodray to begin our trek through rhododendron forest towards the crest of the Singalila Ridge. Our camp at Tonglu (2900m) offers good views of Kangchenjunga.
Day 5: The Singalila Ridge is also the natural border between India and Nepal and our trail croses frequently from one country to the other. Today we trek via the Nepalese village of Jaubari, to our second night's camp at Kalpokhari in India.
Day 6: A short morning's walk to the ridge-top settlement of Sandakphu (3636m), where we set up camp and have the afternoon free to relax and enjoy the panoramic views.
Day 7: After watching the sun rise over Kangchenjunga and the distant Everest group, today we hike along the broad ridge-top to our next camp at Sabargram (3425m).
Day 8: We trek northwards to the high point of the ridge at 'Singalila Peak' (3695m) for the best views of Kangchenjunga. Returning as far as Phalut, we then drop steeply down off the ridge to Samadeen Village.
Day 9: Our final day of trekking through rich farmland, takes us to Ramman and onwards to the large village of Rimbik, where we make our final night's camp.
Day 10: After saying goodbye to most of our crew, we set off on the fascinating drive across country to our hotel in the major Himalayan bazaar town of Kalimpong.
Day 11: A free day in Kalimpong, which for centuries has been an important market town for traders from as far afield as Tibet and Bhutan. We spend a second night at our hotel in the town.
Day 12: After breakfast we drive out of the foothills Bagdogra where we catch a flight back across the country to Delhi. Arriving here we transfer to our hotel the the rest of the day is available for sightseeing or hunting for souvenirs in the bazaars.
Day 13: We transfer to the International Airport to check in for the homeward flight.
Learning Outside the Classroom
If you have a particular part of your curriculum that needs fulfilling whilst you are away, we are more than happy to work this into your itinerary. Incorporating learning objectives into your School Group Adventure allows the pupils to engage with the learning process. If you send us your list of criteria, we will write the programme for you.