This trek takes you into the pristine wilderness of Sikkim, through lush valleys, fast flowing rivers, terraced hills, high alpine lakes and glaciers, and snow covered peaks around Mt. Kanchendzonga. Kanchendzonga at 8534 m, is the third highest mountain in the world. According to the Sikkimese belief it is the repository of minerals, grains, salt, weapons and Holy Scriptures, thus its meaning the Five Treasures of the Great Snows.

From Singalila ridge, you can see 3 of the world’s highest mountains viz. Everest, Kanchendzonga and Lhotse. Along with the breathtaking views of the Himalayas, this adventure also gives you a total experience of Sikkim’s diversities in terms of culture, traditions and religion as well as an exploration of Flora and Fauna, thus it is called the Jewel of the Himalayas.

Highlights:

  • Sightseeing in and around Darjeeling (the R&R centre during the British Raj)
  • Sightseeing in and around Sikkim
  • Views of 4 of the world’s highest mountains- Everest, Kanchendzonga, Lhotse and Makalu
  • Rich flora and fauna of Sikkim
View from Phalut- Singalila trek
View from Phalut- Singalila trek

Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive Bagdogra/ meet representative and drive to Darjeeling O/N hotel
Day 02: Sightseeing around Darjeeling (2134 m) O/N hotel
Day 03: Drive Darjeeling – Maneybhanjang (2000 m) – Tumling (3000 m) 40 kms – 1  1/2 hrs drive
Day 04: Trek Tumling- Kalpokhari (3100 m)- 5 hrs walk
Day 05: Trek Kalpokhari – Sandakphu (3640 m)- 3 hrs walk
Day 06: Trek Sandakphu- Phault (3000 m)- 6 -7 hrs walk
Day 07: Trek Phalut – Rammam (2560 m)- 7-8 hrs walk
Day 08: Trek Rammam – Rimbik (2286 m)- 5 hrs walk
Day 09: Drive Rimbick – Yoksum (1780 m)- 124 Kms- 6 hrs drive
Day 10: Trek Yoksum – Bakhim, (2800 m)- 7 hrs walk
Day 11: Trek Bakhim – Dzongri (4030 m)- 5-6 hrs walk
Day 12: Trek Dzongri – Thangsing (3850 m)- 4 hrs walk
Day 13: Trek Thangsing – Lamini (4000 m)- 3 hrs walk
Day 14: Trek Lamini – Goechala (4950 m)- Thangsing- 8 hrs walk.
Day 15: Trek Thangsing – Tsoka (3005 m)- 5 hrs walk
Day 16: Trek Tsoka – Yoksum- 6 hrs walk
Day 17: Drive Yuksum – Gangtok (1800 m)- 123 kms- 5 hrs drive
Day 18: Sightseeing around Gangtok
Day 19: Drive Gangtok- Bagdogra-124 kms 5 hrs drive

Kanchendzonga from Goecha la
Kanchendzonga from Goecha la

About Sikkim:

Sikkim, an Indian state situated in the Eastern Himalayas, spreads below Mt. Kanchendzonga (8534m), the third highest mountain in the world. It shares its borders with Tibet in the North and East, Nepal in the West and Bhutan in the Southeast, and is connected to the Indian plains to south.

The landscape varies from low warm tropical rain forests in the bottom of the valleys to cold alpine tundra in the high mountains. Sikkim lies close to Bay of Bengal, from where it receives heavy monsoon rains (approx. 325 cm annually), making it the wettest region of the Himalayas. This diverse landscape and heavy rainfall has given Sikkim, an incredible wealth of Flora and Fauna, making it a Naturalist Paradise.

There are more than 4000 species of plants in Sikkim, including 660 species of orchids, 35 species of rhododendron and 20 species of bamboo. The animal and bird life is correspondingly rich with 6000 species of birds, 631 species of butterflies, 81 species of mammals and 40 species of reptiles.

Along with the magnificent mountains and rich wealth of Flora and Fauna, Sikkim is also famous for its rich culture and traditions. There are many monasteries where traditional and ancient rituals are practiced in an atmosphere of peace and serenity. The people of Sikkim are predominantly of Nepalese origin, along with the Bhotias (Tibetan origin) and the aboriginal Lepchas who constitutes the minorities. The majority practices Hinduism and Buddhism. Christianity has a small number of adherents.

Sikkim at a glance

Longitude: 88 E
Latitude: 27 N
Population: 406457
Capitol: Gangtok
Area: 7096 sq. km.

Darjeeling

Toy train in Darjeeling

For all our trips to Sikkim and Bhutan, we use Darjeeling as a staging point. Darjeeling, a picturesque town, is situated along a 2100 m ridge from where you can see most part of Northern Sikkim, with Kanchendzonga as a backdrop. Darjeeling was once a part of neighbouring Sikkim until 1835 when the Chogyal deeded it to the Governor General of India, which was then under the British Raj. The British in turn established Darjeeling into a hill station as an R&R centre for the troops and as a resort for the Raj to escape the heat of the Indian plains. Today it is a busy business hub with uncountable hotels and shops. A little outside the main town still sees narrow lanes with the Victorian bungalows, stately boarding schools, English botanical gardens, yawning mansions, and the famous Toy train which is a World Heritage- reminiscing the era of the British Raj.

Darjeeling has fascinating mixtures of culture, including Hindu, Buddhist and the remnants of the Raj in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Darjeeling in the evening
Darjeeling in the evening

About India

India, officially Republic of India, is the seventh largest country in the world by area. It also has the second largest population in the world with over a billion people, and prides in being the largest democracy on Earth. It is an extremely diverse country, with vast differences in geography, climate, culture, language and ethnicity across its expanse.

The earliest archaeological traces are from 7000 BC in Mehrgarh, which grew to be the “Indus Valley Civilization”, which is one of the earliest civilizations in the world. By 3300 BC, this civilization had well-planned towns and well-laid roads.

India’s culture and heritage are a rich combination of the past and the present. It offers the visitor a view of fascinating religions and ethnography, a vast variety of languages with more than 438 living languages, and monuments that have been present for thousands of years.

From the tallest mountain range in the world, Himalaya, to sun washed beaches, dense sub-tropical jungles to deserts, tranquil temples and rich architectural ancient monuments to frenetic bazaars, lantern lit villages to software supreme cities, India has it all. There’s simply no other word that captures the enigma that is in India. With an ability to aspire, frustrate, thrill and confound all at once, India presents an extraordinary spectrum of encounters for the traveler. India also boasts on having one of the wildest and largest culinary varieties in the world, each region presenting their own specialty. This is one country that will definitely jostle your entire being. It’s a place that fires the imagination and stirs the soul like nowhere else on earth.

India at a glance:

Area: 3,287,590 Sq Kms
Population: 1.2 billion
Capital city: New Delhi

Price includes:

•All internal transportation, in private vehicle.
•Services of English-speaking guide,
•porter’s and sherpa’s assistance
•Accommodation on full board, in top end hotels on twin share basis for 2 nights in Darjeeling and 2 nights in Gangtok.
•Welcome dinner.
•Full day sightseeing in Darjeeling with lunch.
•Full day sight seeing in Gangtok.
•Use of a personal trek pack consisting of a duffel bag, T-shirt, down jacket, rainponcho, sleeping bag and inner liners for the sleeping bag.
•All camping and kitchen facilities.
•All meals in Hotel while in Darjeeling and Gangtok and all meals on trek.
•Boiled and treated water 4 times a day.
•All accommodations in tents on twin share, while on trek.
•All trekking permits and National Park fees as applicable
•Staff insurance, tourist service fee and all taxes applicable as per state law.

Price excludes:

•Personal accident and rescue insurance. You must provide your own rescue insurance
•Mineral water, beer, soft drinks and extra tea/coffee outside of normal meal times
•Private room accommodation in unless a single supplements is paid.
•Optional tips to guides, porter
•International airport departure taxes
•Visa costs.

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Grading

Our grading system for trekking:

There are many different factors that contribute to the difficulty of a particular trip
Our grading are based on various factors such as length of trek and walking day, trail conditions, maximum altitude and average altitude, elevation gain/loss per day, prevailing weather conditions, temperature range, remoteness and general level of comfort.
Although we have tried to make our grading system as clear as possible, it cannot take into account your personal interests, abilities or experience. If you have any questions about the nature of a particular trip or its suitability for you, please contact us at info@hionlifeadventures.com

Grade A: Leisure

These adventure tours are our least demanding trips suitable for people with a basic level of fitness and good health. These trips may involve long drives usually on private transport. Sightseeing trips are conducted on foot. The itinerary may also take you to remote places with basic lodging facilities and may also involve a day or two of hiking. We expect you to carry a small back pack weighing about 4 to 5 kgs.
Recommended preparation: Walking on undulating terrain for an hour, for at least 2-3 months prior to departure.

Grade B: Easy to moderate

These adventures involve trekking between 7 to 10 days in remote areas where facilities are often basic. These trips involve some camping or basic lodging. The trekking days are often between 3 to 6 hours of walking each day on good trails with plenty of time for sightseeing. The itineraries often include 1 or 2 rest days. The trails are generally well defined and relatively easy, but it doesn’t mean it will be a walk in the park. In the Himalayas, flat trail are extremely rare sights, so there will be plenty of ascents and descents on rocky terrains and often on stony steps. The altitudes are moderate and rarely go above 3800m. The average daily ascents and descents will be about 300m to 400m with perhaps an odd day ascending/ descending about 800m. There are no extremes of weather and the daytime temperatures generally do not get lower than 5C with exceptional cases during bad weather when it can get down to 0C.

Recommended preparation: Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure.

Grade C: Moderate

These treks are slightly more difficult. Our moderate treks are between 11 to 15 days in remote areas with camping or basic lodging. The trekking days are often between 4 to 7 hours of walking each day on good trails with plenty of time for sightseeing. The itineraries often include 1 or 2 rest days. The trails are generally well defined but with plenty of ascents and descents on rocky terrains and often on stony steps. The altitudes are moderate and rarely go above 4500m. The average daily ascents and descents will be about 300m to 500m with occasional harder days ascending/ descending about 800m. There are no extremes of weather and the daytime temperatures generally do not get lower than 5C with exceptional cases during bad weather when it can get down to -5C.

Recommended preparation: Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure.

Grade D: Challenging

These adventures are more challenging and remote and with altitudes up to 5600m. Our challenging treks are between 13 to 24 days in remote areas with camping or basic lodging. The trekking days are often between 5 to 7 hours of walking each day with some days involving crossing a pass with up to 10 hours walking. Generally the trails are well defined, but there will be days which involve climbing steep rocky terrains at high altitudes and crossing icy and rocky glaciers in harsh weather conditions.
The average daily ascents and descents will be about 300m to 500m with a few harder days ascending/ descending about 1000m. The itineraries often include rest days after such big ascents.
Temperatures can get below Zero in the daytime at high altitudes and can fall down to -10C at night.

Recommended preparation: Stamina is essential, as walking days are long. We recommend previous trekking experience, preferably at altitude. Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure. Cycling is recommended. Long day hikes on weekends with a daypack in variable weather conditions is also recommended.

 

 

Booking terms and conditions

What are the booking procedures, terms and conditions?

The following procedures, terms and conditions apply if you are joining one of our trip.

Booking:

At the bottom of each tour/trek/ expedition page that you wish to participate, you can click the link to book that trip and you will come to a page with instructions on how to book a trip with us. We will then send you an invoice for deposit payment of 250 USD, which is non-refundable. Once we receive this payment we will send you a confirmation on your reservation of the trip.

Balance Payments:

The balance payment is to be made at least 45 days prior to departure, payable by bank account transfer. If the balance is not paid when due, Hi On Life Adventures reserves the right to regard the reservation as canceled.

Cancellations & Refunds:

In case you should cancel your reservation, the following cancellation charges apply:

Days prior to trip Start date                      Cancellation Fee

31-45 days                                                              50% of trip price
16-30 days                                                              75% of trip price
0-15 days                                                                 100% of trip price

Exceptions to these policies cannot be made for any reason. However, if you wish to transfer from one trip to another, we are happy to assist you at no extra charge, provided that it is done before 60 days prior to the trip start date. Thereafter, our cancellation policy applies. Hi On Life Adventures reserves the right to cancel a trip for any reason. In such an instance, we will refund all payments received, which will be regarded as full settlement.

 

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Quick Facts

Destination:
 India
Trip Code:
 HOD-ST
Trip Grade:
 C- moderate
Duration:
 19 days
Trek Distance:
 160 Kms approx.
Starting Elevation:
 2100 m
Peak Elevation:
 4950 m
Accommodations:
 Camping
Best Season:
 Mar/ Apr & Oct/ Nov

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If you have extra days in Nepal, you can book an extension.

Available Extensions

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Grade: A- Leisure

Duration: 7 days

Pokhara & Bandipur

Grade: A- Leisure

Duration: As per package

Chitwan Jungle Safari

Grade: A- Leisure

Duration: According to package

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