5 ways to have the best Darjeeling trekking trip
Tierra brings you the perfect Darjeeling and Eastern Himalayas trip. This short trip combines the best of Darjeeling town, the Tea gardens and one of the best short treks in the world.
5 ways to have the best Darjeeling trekking trip.
A) See the best of Darjeeling Town
The must see attractions in Darjeeling involve the mall , the Himalayan zoo and the mountaineering institute. You can also take a short train ride on the toy train to Batasia Loop.
B) Visit a tea estate
A visit to the tea estates is a must. The best options include the Makaibari tea estate in Kurseong (26 kms from Darjeeling), the Jayashree tea estate and the Glenburn Tea estate ( 20 kms from Darjeeling)
c) Enjoy great food.
Darjeeling has great eating options including breakfast at Keventers, Posh dining at Gelnary’s and Tibetian and Chinese options at Dekevas and Kunga.
d) Go on one of the best short treks in the world
The short trek from Dhotre to Tumling and Tonglu is one of the best short treks in the world with extraordinary views of the Kanchenzongpa range and Mt Everest.
e) Wake up to extraordinary mountain views with a hot cup of Chai
The PWD accommodation in Tonglu gives you perhaps the best breakfast view option in the world. On a clear day wake up to the most amazing sunrise vistas of the Eastern Himalayas
The perfect Darjeeling Itinerary:
Arrive at Bagdogra airport by 1200 hrs.( suggested flight: Indigo 6E-503 departing Kolkata at 1040 hrs and arriving IXB at 1145 Hrs) and drive to Darjeeling ( 2134 Mtrs) which is a 3.5 hrs drive with a stop at Kurseong to have the famous Darjeeling tea. Arrive at Darjeeling by early evening and spend the rest of evening walking the mall with dinner at Glenary’s.
Spend the day visiting the Himalayan zoo and the Mountaineering institute. Lunch at the traditional Tibetan restaurant. In the afternoon visit a tea estate for a “Chai with a view”
Evening in Darjeeling
After breakfast, drive to Dhotre(2700 Mtrs) which is a 2 hours drive and meet our porters and then start a trek to Tumling(2970 Mtrs) which is 6 kms walk through the deep forest and reach Tumling by Lunch time. Tumling is in Nepal in the Ilam district and commands a breathtaking view of Mt khangchendzonga( the third highest peak of the world) along with its family.We stay the night at Tumling and enjoy the hospitality of Mrs. Nila Gurung who is also listed in the Lonely planet for her services.
We wake up early in the morning to catch the sunrise and after breakfast trek to the Everest view point which is a 1.5 hrs walk and watch three eight thousanders of the world that is Mt Everest, Mt makalu and Mt Lhotse. We come back to Tumling and after lunch trek to Tonglu the top most point of that region at 3100 Mtrs. Enjoy a beautiful sunset from Tonglu and stay at the PWD Bunglow which is just on the edge and you can see the mountain view straight from your rooms.
Get up early morning to see the most beautiful sunrise with the mountains receiving the first light.After breakfast trek down to Dhotre which is 5 kms and take a car to Rimbick(2268 Mtrs). Rimbick is a beautiful settlement bordering Sikkim and we can take a hot shower and enjoy a nice camp fire in the evening along with some music.
Start early morning for Bagdogra which will be a 6 hrs drive with breakfast on the way and take a flight from Bagdogra to Kolkata/ Delhi / Mumbai.
This tour will cost INR 24,500.00 per person for 6 persons traveling which will include the following
-All transfers in Toyota Innova or Xylo ( Bagdogra to Darjeeling, Darjeeling to Dhotre, Dhotre to Rimbick and Rimbick to Bagdogra )
-All accommodation on twin sharing basis
Darjeeling: Sushma Villas ( Apartment Option) or Hotel Viceroy
Tumling: Shikhar Lodge
Tonglu: PWD banglow
Rimbick: Hotel Sherpa
Upgrade options in Darjeeling:
a) Mayfair resorts.
b) Glenburn Tea Estate
-All meals on demand ( morning tea+Breakfast+Lunch+evening snacks+Dinner)
-All transit meals
-Mineral water for the whole tour
-Porters for carrying luggage
-Services of an experienced mountaineer for the whole tour