- Classic trek along the Singalila Ridge
- See 4 of the 5 highest peaks on earth
- Drive through jungles and tea plantations to Darjeeling
Until recently the tiny independent state of Sikkim received very few western visitors except intrepid 19th century explorers.
In 1975 this mountain kingdom voted to become part of India and since then has gradually opened up, allowing visitors to explore the spectacular countryside, the varied flora and fauna and the beautiful monasteries where Tibetan Buddhism is practised.
We journey high into the cool climes of the Himalaya to the colonial hill station of Darjeeling, surrounded by tea plantations and served by the famous 'toy train'.
The trek along the Singalila Ridge, through forests of rhododendron and magnolia, offers spectacular views of great Himalayan peaks. Kanchenjunga dominates the horizon, but on a clear day Makalu, Lhotse and Everest can all be seen - 4 of the 5 highest peaks on Earth!
What makes this trip responsible?
We ask that you use environmentally sound practices whilst in India so please try not to buy mineral water. You will be provided with boiled drinking water on trek but it is also advisable to bring purification tablets/liquid such as Biox Aqua to treat water. Burnable rubbish will be burnt on trek and we ask each trekker to keep a rubbish bag for non-burnable rubbish to take back to Calcutta or UK. Please note that many Indians are still traditional in the way they dress so out of respect for the country we ask you to dress conservatively – no sleeveless tops. Although shorts are acceptable on trek only they should be very modest and reach the knees and for women a skirt or trousers are preferable. Monasteries and temples are places of worship, please be respectful when visiting and whilst taking photographs. Your leader will brief you on appropriate local behaviour.
Staff member writes about Darjeeling, Sikkim & The Singalila Ridge...
Andrea Beech, Exodus’ Sales Consultant, writes about Darjeeling, Sikkim & The Singalila Ridge and drinking High Tea in India (August 2013).
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Views whilst walking the Singalila Ridge