This is a must-do, bucket-list trek that offers the most stupendous and celestial view of Kanchenjunga (8,586m), the world’s third highest mountain as it forms ‘The Sleeping Buddha’, revered by locals; The profile of a man’s head on the left and towards the centre, his folded hands on this chest.
From Delhi we fly to Bagdogra and drive into the hills to Darjeeling, a hilly town famous for its tea and its ‘toy train’ as the narrow gauge railway is called. A two-night stay gives us an opportunity to enjoy the local sights before we drive to the trail head at Dhotrey. Gradually, we ascend past the dramatic landscapes of Singalila Ridge. Trekking high above the valleys through forests of rhododendron and magnolia, we are treated to a spectacular Himalayan panorama at Sandakphu (3,636m), the highest trek; point where Kanchenjunga (8,586m) awaits. Further ahead, lay three more of the world’s five highest mountains: Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,512m) and Makalu (8,462m). We pass through friendly villages, experiencing the life and culture of local people, following ancient paths on this beautiful circular trek. Descending through Samaden and Rimbick, large Sherpa settlements, we travel by road to Kalimpong and its bustling bazars where our trek ends.