Darjeeling Singalila Ridge is the high point hill region of West Bengal which is situated in western part of Darjeeling. There are 2 highest peaks of West Bengal, Sandakphu and Phalut from where everyone can enjoy stunning views of the third Highest Mountain peak in the world Mount Kanchenjunga, Makalu and the first Highest in the world Mount Everest peaks at 8,848 meters above sea level.
The Jeep ride through the Singalila national park :
Singalila National Park is a popular turisum destination for tourists from all over the world for its magnificent flora and fauna. It is famous for its red panda. Animals such as panther, barking deer ,bear and different types of leopards are found here. Different beautiful himalayan birds too can be seen in this area.
We at Ashmita Trek and Tours offers tours to the Darjeeling Singalila jeep safari and we have 5 days trip itinerary that includes your arrival and departure days to and from Darjeeling. optional if guest want to ad more days we can customize your trip to 6 days and 7 days tour according to your convenience.The trip Itinerary has been given below.
Welcome on arrival at NJP railway station/airport, our representative will pick you and transfer to Lepchajagat homestay in a distance of about 3/4hours at an altitude of 6,956 ft (i.e. 2123 meters). Lepchajagat is a small tribal village and is all about dense forested area full of pine, oak and rhododendron trees. You can see magnificent views of Kanchenjunga peaks. You will have overnight stay at Lepchajagat.
After your breakfast we take a drive through Manaybhanjyang which is in India and Nepal border where the international clients have to show their passport and visa (in the immigration office), later we have a journey to Tumling by 4-wheel drive vehicle (old British Landrovers), through the beautiful landscapes of Buddhist monastery, local village, rhododendron forest land and reach your destination for the day – Tumling. Your overnight stay will be in a comfortable private lodge at Tumling at an altitude of 6,956 ft ( 2123 meters).
Early wake-up for a sunrise view from Tumling top. Weather permitting you will get fabulous views of both Singalila and Chola Ranges of Mount Kanchenjunga. Return to Tumling for breakfast and after breakfast take the trail through the Singalila National Park – via Gairibas - Kalapokhari to Sandakphu. The trail leads one through bamboo glades and farmlands with quaint little villages inhabited by warm and friendly people. It is a continuous climb through the rhododendron forests, the distance from Tumling to Sandakphu is 21km . Overnight stay at a comfortable private lodge(Sunrise Guest House) in Sandakphu which is the highest point of your region (altitude of 3,636mt and 11,929ft).
Morning sunrise call to watch the pink, red and finally golden glow of sunlight as it inches its way east to west across the face of the Himalayas which offers the majestic views of the world's four of the tallest mountains. Some of the greatest peaks include the Mt Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Chomolhari, Pandim, Three Sisters, Kumbhakarna etc. Resume jeep safari from Sandakphu to Phalut at 3600 meters. It is one of the loftiest peaks in the Singalila Range and is situated at 80 kms . The stretch from Sandakphu to Phalut is the most spectacular of the trip. The burned silver fir forest makes most of the beautiful sight, a drive of 2-3 hrs from Sandakphu, you will come across a stone house with blown off roof top on a small ridge. We continue our drive to Phalut (altitude of 11,929 ft). Phalut is also in the border of Nepal, Sikkim and West Bengal. Overnight stay at Phalut at trekker hut.
After your breakfast take a drive from Phalut to train station /airport or Darjeeling onward your destination.
I would like to convey our deepest appreciation to Mr Subash Tamang and our guide Binod for their wonderful support and guidance in planning and executing our trip to Lepchajagat and Tumling. I was very much impressed with the care ensured to a 75 years old person (myself) and 70 years old lady (my wife) . My wife was suffering from knee problem bur Binod ensured all care and attention but for which she could not have completed the trip. Also I was deeply impressed with Mr Tamang's advise not to go to Sandakfu if we have any back problem - since the last 10 KM or so is very very bumpy. Most of the tour operators are mostly interested in the pkg cost and not likely to give such advise. To sum up - I can recommebd Asmita Tek and Tours for any trip .
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Bijan Bandyopadhyay, India
About the travels :
A very good travels where they welcomed us warmly, explained us our package. They equipped us with everything whichever is required before the trip started. They gave good advices before the trip started. Eventhough we travelled in 3 vehicles in a chain, they had good communication with each other. We were not dropped anywhere to wait for the other. We were given in the next driver's hand before the earlier driver left. The trip was totally well organized.
About the guide :
The guide(Dipu Lepcha) arranged from the travels was so flexible and comfortable with us. He explained every places on our trip. He explained all the risks and perks at every place. He was so good at hospitality. Also he was so patient with my parents. His communication and language was also good and comfortable as we are Tamizh people. He even helped us with our personal needs after the trip which he don't even need to do.
About the Singalila Jeep Driver :
It may sound surprising or lame but believe me. Only the people who has gone through the Singalila forest will know this. There are no roads at all literally. But our driver (Tashir Tamong) made it so safe and great. He is the most skillful driver I have ever seen. He drived through all the cliffs and ridges without any fear. He was also so much humorous and patient and gentle. Totally we enjoyed to our best in our 4 day jeep safari with Ashmita Treks and Tours. At first we thought the package was overpriced. But at the end of the trip, we justified it was worth the price.
As an older person who is not at all used to high altitudes, the thought of trekking caused me some concern, but I did want to see the mountains, especially Kanchenjunga so my companions and I decided on a 3 day jeep trek on the Singalila Ridge with Ashmita. Our driver skillfuly negotiated the rough road with ease in his 1954 Land Rover and Pemba was a brilliant guide, very attentive and informative. We were extremely lucky to have a beautiful clear morning at Sandakphu and on the road to Phalut we had breath-taking views of the Sleeping Buddha. Subash also arranged transport for us through Sikkim in a comfortable car with a very professional and knowledgeable driver, Neema. We were very well looked after throughout and felt complete confidence in the team.
Lilian P, Australia
Subash and the Ashmita team accommodated me on a last minute trip to Darjeeling and up to Sandakphu. With limited time available (alas...) I was worried that this trip wouldn't be a possibility. But the team was super helpful and ultimately provided a great experience.
Highly recommend - only regret is I wasn't able to spend more time in this beautiful area!
Indranil Dan, India
Recently came back from a 2 nights-3 days trek with Ashmita Trek and Tours. We actually booked via e-mail after communicating directly with the owner, Subash. After my first e-mail exchanges with Subash, I decided to stop checking anywhere else and settled on his company. Why? Subash's e-mail responses were straight forward, prompt and very informative. We were also on a very tight schedule and Subash designed an itinerary tailored to our needs. This is truly one of Ashimita's strong points: the adaptability and customization of its services. It is one thing to chase after the lower price possible on the market, but it is another to find a company that is truly there to listen to and satisfy your needs.
The trek itself was MAGNIFICENT. We had booked to start our trek at Gairibas and make our way to Phalut. This meant that we hired a jeep for the distance between Darjeeling and Gairibas as well as for the return from Phalut. Every aspect of the trek was perfect - from our guide who was always so friendly and ready to help, to the drivers who ensured a safe journey on the bumpy roads, to the lodges which while minimal, more than satisfied our needs for food and sleep.
The highlight of the trek was the view of the Himalaya and Mount Everest. No words can explain the feeling of standing in front of this natural wonder. It is a must see for anyone traveling to the Darjeeling region.
Finally, I want to highlight the wonderful human being that is the owner, Subash. Upon returning to Darjeeling on the last day of our trek, Subash made it a point to meet with us in Darjeeling to show us around town (the tea estate, the main market, etc.) He even invited us for beer and food later in the evening. This gave us the opportunity to learn more about the man behind this company. He is a generous, kind and funny man as well as a loving father. It was wonderful getting to know his life story as well as his reasons/sources of motivation behind Ashmita Trek and Tours. Subash is not in the business solely for the money; he is here to provide for his children and ensure their future. It truly is a wonderful thing.
I could not recommend this company enough to anyone traveling to Darjeeling. Please, make it a point to communicate with Subash by e-mail or in person if you decide to trek around the area. You will not be disappointed.
Thank you Subash for everything!
Cool Canadian, Canada
You want to live an experience of homely coziness at an altitude 3636 mts above sea level? The pathway runs through Ashmita Trek and Tours. Right from the inception of our journey with them to Sandakphu jeep safari tours , they have taken cared of our requirements in meticulous details. Spanning from their warm welcome with an individual sash for all we four travelers, to their bosom guide who went out of his way to meet up every requirements of us, be it the experiences of their traditional dishes, or the blissful nooks around, be it a memorable trek through Nepal or a marked car-drive along with its competing driver, they have served us all without a hint of hesitance. Provision of hot bags, sleeping bags, time to time classy foods as well as cozy rooms to fall back on at the days end, they endeavored to make our journey as luxurious as it could have been made. They maintained a very friendly atmosphere for us. So far so we don't expect anything more in such a cost. Thanks a lot Mr. Subhash (Entrepreneur of Ashmita Trek and Tours) for such an experience.
Abhishek C, India