Trekking in Darjeeling is world famous and it is truly an amazing place for doing magnificent activities like trekking ,rock climbing, hiking etc.and Everyone loves to go on a Himalayan trek when the temperatures are optimal during summer. But the monsoon trektoo is not as bad as people think.The trails are less crowded , the villages are full of life and the valleys are in bloom. You can enjoy the immaculate and lush green scenery of the mountainous region.
We here in Ashmita Trek and Tours organize lower altitude trek as the Singalila National Park is closed during the monsoon season from 16th June onwards 15th of September on account of heavy rainfall. This season is also the breeding season for animals.We do trek on the foothills of the Singalila National Park.
When trekking in forests in the lower altitudes one can expect a dense build up of fog and clouds. The rain however occurs at night leaving the sky clear by the morning and one can witness the spectacular views of mountains and sunrise.The trekkers enjoy monsoon trekking for slightly different reasons like agricultural activities, luxuriant vegetation available during the monsoon and a cooler climate. You can meet with the local people to explore their culture too.
We welcome you at Bagdogra Airport near Siliguri and bring you to Darjeeling. Drive past Assam tea plantations and little villages along the way. Admire the rolling hills as we rise above the clouds through the brilliant green landscape. Lying on top of a ridge, Darjeeling faces the Himalaya and is a popular destination for Westerners and Indians alike. Overnight at a hotel in Darjeeling.
Our trek starts with a drive (2 hrs hour) by jeep to a small village of Manaybhanjyang that lies just outside the Singalila National Park . Manaybhanjyang which has an altitude of 2134 meters also known as village of tribe people between India and Nepal border where we have to entry a pasport and visa for international client
We start the trek through a forest trail of patches of oak and rhododendron forest leading to tumling which takes about 5-6 hrs walk . From here there are particularly good views of Darjeeling town spread over the ridge immediately opposite and 1000 metres below us on one hand and wide views of the entire Kangchenjunga range on the other we will stay at the Sikhar lodge this lodge is run by a friendly local Gurung Family Overnight stay at Sikhar lodge.
After your breakfast we will start our trek from Tumling to Phedikhola via Gairibas. On our way we find a dense forest covered with rhododendron, oak and magnolia trees. We also can experience magnificent views of small streams . The people reside at the bottom of the river or khola so it derieves the name Phedikhola. The settlement in Phedikhola comprises of only 5 to 10 households where Dukpa community reside. While visiting the village we can explore the culture of these tribal people.Overnight stay will be at one of the Homestays .
After your breakfast we trek from Phedikhola to Upper Sepi via Namla forest through a fascinating valley with waterfalls and springs. There is a holy cave in Namla (name of a place) where Buddhist communities worship. The people here are from Rai and Sherpa communities. We will take our lunch in Namla.Overnight Stay Upper Sepi.
Gorkhey is an elegant valley situated in the border and there we find an eco village. The valley is surrounded by thick pine forest and a small river known as Gorkehy in between Sikkim and West Bengal which separates these two states . The people here mostly depend on agriculture and some of the villagers run homestays. Ovenight stay a local homestay Gorkhey.
After breakfast trekking via Samandin to Ramam about 5 hours. It's a picture postcard place. Resume trekking via Samandin. We will stay at Timburey, a very small village. We will stay overnight at Saumbu home stay that is run by a friendly local tribe (Tamang) family.
After your breakfast the trek starts from Timburey to Rimbeek via Srikhola village which is almost level walk for the first 10 km. and then reaches Rimbik. We will take lunch at Rimbeek and later we meet with vehicles and drive to Darjeeling (4 hours drive). Overnight stay at your Hotel in Darjeeling .
Enjoy your last meal in Darjeeling before our team transfers you to Bagdogra airport or NJP Train station for your next destination. Thank you for taking the Darjeeling trekking with Ashmita Trek & Tours! We look forward to seeing you again.
Accommodation in 2 star hotel in Darjeeling after and before trek with breakast Plan.
All necessary paper work and permit in Mountain and National park entrance Permit fees.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during your trek.
Any hot drinks like tea coffee during your trek.
Accommodation during the trek at guest house/lodge/family home stay
Local English speaking mountain guide Licensed and trained tour guide
All necessary Transport with friendly local driver.
Trekking pole if client required.
All Local Tax.
Air and fair.
Personal nature of expenses such as laundry, telephone call, battery recharge, shopping, laundry, extra porters, beverages etc.
Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)
Your travel insurance
Insurance which covers, medical, emergency evacuation, lost, theft expenses.
Clients Personal gear and expenses for the trek.
Additional costs or delays caused by management out of control like landscape, bad weather condition, in case of itinerary modification with a view to safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability raises strike, moment etc.
Dear Guest we provide you standard good 2 star family run home stay or hotel in Darjeeling – before and after your trek - While you are on trek you will be staying with the local families in shared rooms. The rooms are clean with simple beds. It is preferable to take your sleeping bags with you even though quilts and blankets are provided in the local houses.
At the homestay you will be served rice,chapatti, gudruk and sinki soup, dal (lentil soup), curries made out of locally grown organic vegetables etc. for your breakfast, lunch and dinner accordingly.
NOTE : In Nepalese culture the people offer food to the guests in order to show respect as they are considered as Gods. But if any other local villager other than the host of the homestay you are staying in offers you food then please do not accept it as it may not have been prepared hygienically.
TOILET FACILITIES :
The toilets in the village areas are not English toilets but the Indian ones like squat toilets on the ground made up of ceramic. We do not get toilet papers in these remote regions so you will have to carry your own stock of toilet papers.
BATHING & LAUNDRY :
In some of the villages there are no attached bathrooms for bathing. They will have bathrooms outside of their homes. If you require hot water for bathing then you will be provided with it. The laundry is done manually so you will have to wash your clothes on your own with soap and water.
RECOMMENDED GEARS FOR MONSOON TREK :
Good walking shoes.
Water bottle (at least 1 litre).
Whistle (in case you get lost).
A section of rope (6 m).
Waterproof your phone, wallet, money etc (ziplock or dry bag).