On day 6 we will leave early and head up the initial stage of the Singalila mountain ridge, a popular trekking route, which usually takes 5 days to cover on foot. As we only have 3, we have opted for a combination of a jeep / trek ascent, which will allow us to cover greater distances and offer us more photographic opportunities. The journey will begin with a 1h 15 mins drive from Darjeeling to Manebhanjan, where we will transfer to a 4WD jeep. There is no denying the ride, along a gravel track, will be a bumpy one, but if the clouds are kind to us, the views of the Himalayas will be worth it. From our ultimate destination, Sandakphu*, which sits at an altitude of 3658 metres above sea level, it is possible to see four out of the five highest peaks in the world (Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and Lhotse). The full journey to Sandakphu without stopping, takes approximately 4.5 hours. The first hamlet we will come to is Chitre (2542 metres), which comes with its own monastery. From here we will journey onto Lama Dhura, inhabited mainly by Tibetan families, followed by Meghma on the Indo-Nepal border. Then it's Tumling (2926 metres), which is mid – way and a popular overnight stop for trekkers. At this poin we will enter the Singalila National Park, leading us to the final leg of our ascent. Depending on our arrival time at Sandakphu, we will either have a stroll around and capture the outlook as the light fades or check into our lodgings for the night. It is important to note that whilst on the Singalila ridge accommodation is very basic, regardless of which booking rate you are on.
*Our intention is to stay overnight at Sanakphu, but if there are any unavoidable circumstances or extreme weather conditions we will drop our stay to the lower altitude hamlet of Tumling (which still has great sunrise views).