Best Treks in Darjeeling
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Planning Your Darjeeling Day Hiking or multi-day adventure: Researching the best hiking trails in Darjeeling

Before embarking on your day hiking adventure in Darjeeling, it is important to research and choose the best hiking trails that suit your skill level and preferences. Some popular hiking trails in the region include the Sandakphu Trek, the Singalila Ridge Trek, the Dhottrey-Tongloo-Tumling Trek, and the Tiger Hill Trek. These trails offer breathtaking views of the Himalayas and lush green landscapes, making them perfect for a day hike or a few-day trek.

The Best Trek Packages in Darjeeling for you to Explore

Can’t spare too much time and have just a few days or a long weekend for a trekking trip in Darjeeling? Then you should check out these treks. The USP of these trekking routes in Darjeeling are the vistas of some of the world’s highest mountain ranges and the opportunity to straddle the porous India-Nepal border and stay in cozy tea houses.

Darjeeling provides the best four-six-day treks, from short mountain treks to day hiking around Darjeeling. Additionally, Singalila National Park, an hour’s drive from Darjeeling, provides the hiker with multiple choices, from one-day hikes to four to six days of the best treks in Darjeeling for one to savor.

Two of the best five- and six-day trek packages in Darjeeling with views of the four highest mountains in the world.

Darjeeling Singalila Ridge Trek
The Best Trekking Route in Darjeeling from Sandakphu to Phalut with the Kanchenjunga Range in the foreground

Singalila Ridge, within reach of Darjeeling, is best known for four to six days of trekking in Darjeeling for an adventurer who has the time and the inclination to discover the hills of Darjeeling. Among the couple of hiking trails in Darjeeling, the five-day Sandakphu Gurdum Trek and the six-day Sandakphu Phalut Trek are the two best trekking routes in Darjeeling for you to choose from.

Singalila Ridge, which boasts of hosting the best treks in Darjeeling, forms the backbone of Singalila National Park. So, when you get to hike on the spine of the Singalila Ridge, you get to explore the best trekking routes and destinations in Darjeeling.

Five-Day Sandakphu Gurdum Trek 

Darjeeling Singalila Ridge Trek
View of the Kanchenjunga Range from Sandakphu

The Sandakphu Gurdum Trek is the most-admired short, moderate, and best trekking route in Darjeeling, with views of the four highest peaks in the world. This short trek takes five days to complete from start to finish. So, get your dose of adventure without needing too much time or experience, and immerse yourself completely in the beauty of the Himalayas in Darjeeling.

Sandakphu (3636 m) is the highest point on this trek, but do not worry as this is a moderate trek in Darjeeling. The trek route takes you through Singalila National Park, lined with rhododendrons and pine trees, to Sandakphu, the highest point in Darjeeling.

From April to June, the Sandakphu Gurdum trek route looks spectacular in red, pink, and white from the floral extravaganza.

Brief Itinerary for the Five-Day Sandakphu Gurdum Trek

Day 1: Arrive at Bagdogra Airport or New Jalpaiguri Rail Station. Meet your guide and transfer to Darjeeling. Overnight Hotel.

Day 2: Acclimatization Day in Darjeeling. Walking tour of Darjeeling. Overnight Hotel.

Day 3: Drive Darjeeling to Manebhanjyang (26 km/1 hour). Start the trek to Tongloo/Tumling (3001 m/13 km).

Day 4: Trek Tongloo/Tumling to Kalipokhari (15 km/3001 m).

Day 5: Trek to Sandakphu (6 km/3636 m).

Day 6: Trek to Gurdum/Timburey (10 km/2543 m).

Day 7: Trek to Rimbik (15 km). Trek Ends. Drive back to Darjeeling (3 hours).

Day 8: Drive to Bagdogra Airport or New Jalpaiguri Rail Station for the final departure.

How much does the Sandakphu-Gurdum Trek cost?

Cost for this trek in Darjeeling: US$650 per person.

We will need a minimum of two people to run this trek in Darjeeling successfully.

What is included and excluded in the cost?

TREK COST INCLUDES:

  • Hotel accommodation: twin share, including breakfasts in the Standard Hotel.
  • All road transport is as per itinerary by car or Jeep.
  • Service of an English-speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees to monuments visited.
  • All permits for Darjeeling.

DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Sleeping bag; personal clothing or equipment.
  • Lunches and dinners during the hotel stay in Sikkim and Darjeeling.
  • Bottled or alcoholic drinks.
  • Tips, client insurance, and evacuation costs.
  • Any expenses of a personal nature.

For detailed day-to-day itinerary and other information: click here

Sandakphu-Phalut Trek 

Sandakphu Phalut Trek
Everest Range as seen from the Phalut view point

Considered the best trekking route in the Indian Himalayas, especially during spring, the Sandakphu Phalut Trek is an 81-kilometer hike in Darjeeling that takes six to seven days to traverse across the Singalila Ridge.

Brief Itinerary for Nine-Day Sandakphu Phalut Trek in Darjeeling

Day 1: Arrive at Bagdogra Airport. Meet your guide and drive to Darjeeling. Overnight Hotel.

Day 2: Acclimatization Day in Darjeeling. Overnight Hotel in Darjeeling.

Day 3: Drive Darjeeling to Manebhanjyang (26 km/1 hour). Start the trek to Tongloo/Tumling (3001 m/13 km).

Day 4: Trek Tongloo/Tumling to Kalipokhari (15 km/3001 m).

Day 5: Trek to Sandakphu (6 km/3636 m).

Day 6: Trek to Phalut (22 km/3586 m).

Day 7: Trek to Ramam (21 km/2243 m).

Day 8: Trek to Timburey (12 km/2100 m).

Day 9: Trek to Rimbik (15 km/2100 m). Drive back to Darjeeling. Overnight Hotel in Darjeeling.

Day 10: Drive back to Bagdogra Airport or New Jalpaiguri Rail Station for final departure. End of the Trek and Tour of Darjeeling

How much does this trek cost?

Cost: US$790 per person.

We will need a minimum of two persons to run this trek in Darjeeling successfully.

What is included and excluded in the cost?

TREK COST INCLUDES:

  • Hotel accommodation: twin share, including breakfasts in the Standard Hotel.
  • All road transport is as per itinerary by car or Jeep.
  • Service of an English-speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees to monuments visited.
  • All permits for Darjeeling.

DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Sleeping bag; personal clothing or equipment.
  • Lunches and dinners during the hotel stay in Sikkim and Darjeeling.
  • Bottled or alcoholic drinks.
  • Tips, client insurance, and evacuation costs.
  • Any expenses of a personal nature.

For someone short on time or on a budget trip, a day walk to the tea gardens is also a convenient way to discover the Darjeeling Hills. A day hike in Darjeeling is also possible, along with a visit to the tea garden and the local historical monuments and monasteries around Darjeeling. We offer complete and customized packages for guided one-day trekking and hiking in Darjeeling.

For more details, contact us for more information. You can also call us or WhatsApp us (0091-9933975902), and we will get back to you with all the details.

Here are some of the best guided one-day treks around Darjeeling with lunch and transport:

Darjeeling-Dhottrey-Tumling-Manebhanjyang Circuit:

Distance Covered:

  • Dhotrey to Tongloo to Tumling: 8 km.
  • Tumling to Manebhanjyang: 12 km.
  • Manebhanjyang to Darjeeling: 1 Hour Drive
Darjeeling Day Hiking
Kanchenjunga Range and the Tongloo Trekkers Hut on the one-day trek in Darjeeling

The Darjeeling Dhottrey Tumling Manebhanjyang Circuit, with 20 km of total trekking in one day, is the best route for day trekking in Darjeeling.  A day hike in Darjeeling through the lush green forest of Singalila National Park with wonderful mountain views definitely makes this one-day trek in Darjeeling something that you can undertake over a weekend.

A trek to Tumling on the periphery of Singalila National Park is the best route for a one-day trek in Darjeeling—a perfect day hike in Darjeeling for those short on time. A scenic day hike in Darjeeling starts from Dhotrey (2 hours drive from Darjeeling) and gently goes through the Singalila National Park to reach Tongloo and then Tumling along the India-Nepal border. A trek that can be described as the perfect route for day hiking in Darjeeling covers a total distance of  20 km. You also have the option of staying overnight in one of those simple but quaint tea houses in Tumling or Tongloo, overlooking the Kanchenjunga Range.

One Day Treks in Darjeeling
Tumling Village on the Singalila Ridge on the Nepal side of the One Day Trail

Trek to Chatakpur: Best place to trek to for day hiking in Darjeeling  

Chatakpur, a sublime small village in the middle of Senchal National Park surrounded by conical-shaped pine and fur trees abounding with birds and other wildlife, is definitely among the best trekking routes in Darjeeling for a day hike. The one-day hike to Chatakpur in Darjeeling passes through Aloobari, a quaint little village on the outskirts of the main town, and slowly follows the road to Jorebungalow. From Jorebungalow, the road proceeds towards the 3rd. mile for 2 km, then turns left on a wide, rough road towards Chatakpur.

Chatakpur is a small eco-village developed by the Forest Department in the middle of Senchal National Park, abounding with different varieties of birds and wildlife. From Chatakpur, you can get a bird’s-eye view of the Kanchenjunga Range. The trek to Chatakpur is, in fact, among the best one-day trekking routes in Darjeeling.

Darjeeling to Tiger Hill Trek

Tiger Hill, which falls inside Senchal National Park, is yet another best trekking destination for a day trek in Darjeeling. Due to its proximity to Darjeeling, a day trek to Tiger Hill and back is quite popular among hikers with limited time. Hikers on this day trek in Darjeeling usually start the hike to Tiger Hill early in the morning to catch the first rays of the sun on the Everest and Kanchenjunga Range and then return to Darjeeling.

How much do these day hikes in Darjeeling cost?

Cost: Do contact us or WhatsApp us for more details. (We will need a minimum of two people to run these day treks in Darjeeling successfully.).

What does the cost for these day treks include?

  • All road transport, as per itinerary, by car or Jeep
  • Lunch
  • Evening Tea
  • Service of an English-speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees to Singalila National Park
  • All permits for Darjeeling.

The cost does not include:

  • Personal clothing/equipment.
  • The hotel stays in Darjeeling.
  • Bottled or alcoholic drinks.
  • Tips, client insurance, and evacuation costs.
  • Any expenses of a personal nature.

Packing essentials for a day hike in the Himalayas

When preparing for your day hike in Darjeeling, it is crucial to pack essentials to ensure a safe and comfortable journey. Some essential items to pack include a sturdy pair of hiking boots, a backpack with water and snacks, a first aid kit, a map or GPS device, a flashlight, and appropriate clothing for the weather conditions. It is also important to pack sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to protect yourself from the strong Himalayan sun.

Choosing the right time of year for hiking in Darjeeling

The best time to go hiking in Darjeeling is during the spring and autumn months, when the weather is pleasant and the skies are clear. The months of March to May and September to November are considered ideal for hiking in the Himalayas, as the temperatures are moderate and the views are spectacular.

It is important to avoid hiking during the monsoon season, as the Singalila National Park will remain closed to outsiders from June 15th to September 15th every year.

By choosing the right time of year for your hiking adventure, you can make the most of your experience in Darjeeling. A trek in December is also possible, from day treks to multi-day treks in Darjeeling, but you may experience snowfall and minus-degree temperatures.

Note: The above-given itinerary is a sample, intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule. Numerous factors, such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of the participants, etc., may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the trail. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participant’s safety, comfort, and general well-being.

Please note: We can also help you customize your trek and tour itineraries as per your needs.

(All relevant Terms and Conditions apply.)

COSTS : Do write to us for Costs and other Informations

TOUR COST INCLUDES:

  • Hotel accommodation: twin share, including breakfasts in the Standard Hotel.
  • All road transport is as per itinerary by car or Jeep.
  • Service of an English-speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees to monuments visited.
  • All permits for Darjeeling.

DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Sleeping bag; personal clothing or equipment.
  • Lunches and dinners during hotel stays in Sikkim and Darjeeling.
  • Bottled or alcoholic drinks.
  • Tips, client insurance, and evacuation costs.
  • Any expenses of a personal nature.

(All relevant Terms and Conditions apply.)

 

 

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