An affordable trek for everyone, with spectacular nature and no less spectacular views of the highest peaks of the Himalayas such as Everest, Makalu and Kanchenjunga. With the addition of Darjeeling, surrounded by its famous tea plantations and with a British colonial past still present in its atmosphere.
10 days / 9 nights in Darjeeling
6 days’ trek
Low hardness and no difficults
Highest altitude 3636m
Highest altitude overnight 3636m
Local mountain guide English-speaking
Meals and overnight in lodges during the trek
Accommodation in hotel in Darjeeling
Transfers in private vehicle
If you ask what Darjeeling is, most will answer that it is a tea. And it is true, Darjeeling tea is one of the best known in the Western world, mainly through its marketing by the British. And naturally, its name comes from the area where it is produced.
Darjeeling hills are occupied by tea plantations. Darjeeling produces different varieties of black tea which are still treated and fermented by the traditional method and most, if not all, meet organic production standards, without chemicals or pesticides. The conditions in Darjeeling are perfect for an aromatic tea due to the type of soil and the amount of rain. Tea production is the primary economy of the valley and tea tourism has been growing and developing in recent years.
Darjeeling is in the northwest of West Bengal, bordering Nepal and southern Sikkim. However, its terrain and population are much more closely related to that of its northern neighbour. With a mixed population of Nepalese, Tibetans, Bhutias and from other origins, and with Bengali and Nepali (as in Sikkim) as its official language, Darjeeling is now an autonomous region within the state of West Bengal. However, the question of becoming a state of one’s own or joining Sikkim is always on the table, especially given the difference, both geographically and culturally, with the rest of the state.
In any case, we are in a territory of spectacular and green nature, fully mountainous terrain with deep valleys and mighty rivers, with altitudes above 2000 meters and the Kanchenjunga always in the horizon. This orography and its altitude propitiate a fresh climate all year round, which made the British choose Darjeeling as the preferred place for summer, building residences for officers, army dependencies and sanatoriums for the military. Darjeeling still retains that British colonial air in its buildings and structure, with an atmosphere a bit of the past. The city has many attractions for tourism, from the tea fields to the Ghoom Monastery, among which the “Toy Train”, a small impossible engineering train declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, stands out.
The Sandakphu Trek is an affordable trek for everyone. It stands out above all for its views of the Himalayas’ highest mountains, such as Everest, Makalu and the omnipresent Kanchenjunga. It is a trek where nature surrounds you, with valuable forests and alpine terrain in the higher areas. It is the habitat of a big number of animals and infinity of plants and flowers, being one of the places with more density of orchids in the world. The trek itinerary, which forms a curve from south to north, runs along the border with Nepal along the ridge of the Singalila mountains and a large part of it runs within the National Park of the same name.
Part of the route is a rough-road that can be used by off-road vehicles, and the trek combines sections on the track with others following a footpath.
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