A short trip from Darjeeling that is quite an adventure. The Singalila National Park is dominated by the mountain range of the same name that marks the border with Nepal. Its highest peak is the Sandakphu and we reach it by Jeep on a quite complicated track that will take us on a round trip through an area with spectacular scenery and nature.
2 days / 1 nights
Origin and ending point in Darjeeling
Highest altitude 3636m
Local guide English-speaking
Meals and overnight in lodge
Transfers in private vehicle (Maximum 4 passengers per jeep)
This itinerary takes you to Maneybhanjang (1930m) from Darjeeling by road vehicle on about 1.30h. Once in Maneybhanjang, we will take one of the old jeeps that do different services along the tortuous tracks of the area.
The state of the track is variable and depends on the weather conditions of the season. We must not forget that this area is under the influence of the monsoon every year and this implies that the rains damage and modify the layout of the tracks year after year. This will make the route in a jeep a little adventure, but the landscape and the surroundings are worth it. From dense forests of rhododendrons to subalpine areas, with an impressive natural richness, being the habitat of a great number of animals and infinity of plants and flowers. It’s one of the places with more density of orchids in the world.
The track gains altitude along the border with Nepal during the entire route. We will pass by different places where we can make stops, such as the Chitray or Meghma Monasteries, the Tonglu summit, or the Kalipokhari village, with its small lake full of prayer flags.
Our first day’s destination is the Sandakphu which, at 3636 metres, is the highest peak in all West Bengal. The views from here over the Himalayas are spectacular, with the Everest, the Lothse, the somewhat blurred Cho-Oyu, the Makalu and the whole Kanchenjunga massif just to the north, which is also known as the “Sleeping Buddha”.
At the top of the Sandakphu there is a series of lodges where we will spend the night.
On our second day, it’s nice to get up very early, with the first lights of dawn, watching the summits gradually turning colour. There are some small hills around where you can have a comfortable view point and keep in mind that it can get quite “cool”.
Once we have had breakfast, we will start our return route, which follows the same uphill path, to Maneybhanjang where our vehicle will be waiting to take us to Darjeeling.
Drive to Maneybhanjang. Jeep to Sandakphu
Jeep back to Maneybhanjang. Drive to Darjjeling
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