Day 1: Arrival in India. You will be meet at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Spend the afternoon and evening relaxing in your hotel room or taking in the sights of Delhi. Overnight Hotel.
Day 2: Delhi - Darjeeling (2134 m), 5 hrs. After breakfast transfer to the airport for the 90 minute flight to Bagdogra. We try to get seats on the left hand side for great views of the Himalayas. We drive for 3.5 hours up hill to Darjeeling through tea plantations, villages and thick jungle. Overnight hotel in Darjeeling, the famous hill station.
Day 3: Darjeeling. Rest up and sightseeing in Darjeeling. Explore the sights of Darjeeling including visits to the mountain zoo, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Tibetan market. Overnight Hotel.
Day 4: Darjeeling - Jaubari (2750 m), 6-7 hrs. Start early and drive one hour to Manibhanjan. From Manibhanjan we trek up hill through dense forest to reach Tonglu. We make a stop en route to visit a Buddhist temple. From Tonglu we walk a further 2 hours to each Jaubari. Overnight home-stay.
Day 5: Jaubari - Sandakphu (3580 m), 6-7 hrs. We start the day by walking down to Gairbas (2620). From Gairbas there is a long and gradual ascent to Sandakphu via Kalpokhri. This is the first day one gets great views of Khangchendzonga and the Himalaya. Overnight home-stay.
Day 6: Sandakphu - Phalut (3600 m), 6-7 hrs. We wake up early to see the sunrise and touch the giant Himalayan peaks, a photographers dream. Spend up to an hour marveling at this sight followed by breakfast. From Sandakphu we hike through mixed terrain of forest and open mountain slopes before reaching Phalut. Overnight home-stay.
Day 7: Phalut - Ramam (2560 m), 5-6 hrs. Another early start at Phalut for more great views, one stands above the clouds yet under the mountains. It is the perfect place to experience the might of the Himalayas. After breakfast we descend through mixed forest to the Raman river. A beautiful suspension bridge awaits us as we cross the river and continue to Ramam village. The views from the ridge are replaced by thick jungle and terraced farms as we travel through more fertile land. Overnight home-stay.
Day 8: Ramam - Rimbik (2280 m), 5-6 hrs. We stay with the river for a further 10km before crossing by suspension bridge at Shirokhola. From there its a short walk through more villages to reach Rimbik. Overnight hotel.
Day 9: Rimbik - Darjeeling (2134 m), 5 hrs. We drive to Darjeeling through the intricate and beautiful valleys around Darjeeling, with free afternoon in Darjeeling for some last minute shopping at the Tibetan market. Overnight hotel.
Day 10: Darjeeling - Delhi, 6 hrs. Drive for three hours back to Bagdogra stopping half way to visit a tea estate. Fly to Delhi. Transfer to the Hotel.
Day 11: Departure. After breakfast depart to the international airport for your flight home. End of the service.
Note: We can organize sightseeing in Delhi, or a visit to the Taj Mahal at the start or end of this trip. We can also tailor this trip with a rafting expedition or wildlife safari.
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