A perfect blend of nature and harmony, Darjeeling is undoubtedly a place to be at. The sprawling tea estates and the rolling lofty mountains dotted with red roof houses exemplify the beauty of Darjeeling. Along with being a resplendent option for summer vacations in India, Darjeeling is also an apt destination for adventure activities like trekking. The alpine mountains and the lesser explored regions draw attention of many adventure enthusiasts from all across the globe. Trekking in Darjeeling is one experience that no thrill-seeker would want to miss out on. The panoramic view of the Mt. Everest and Mt. Kanchenjunga is what makes trekking in Darjeeling an unforgettable experience.
One of the major treks in North Bengal is Sandakphu. The trail of Sandakphu abounds in rhododendrons, primulas, magnolias, orchids and a variety of ferns. There are also about 600 species of birds inhabiting on the slopes of the mountains. Thus the trail provides great opportunity for birding along with enthralling trekking experience. Along with the breathtaking view of Kanchenjunga and Everest, trekkers get an opportunity to catch a glimpse of awe-inspiring 8thousanders like Mt. Makalu and Mt. Lhotse.
The trek is the part of the great Singalila range, which separates West Bengal from the Himalayan mountain range in the west. The trail covers Maneybhanjyang, Tonglu, Sandakphu and finally ends in Phalut. The adventure holiday in Darjeeling becomes livelier when the trekking trail reaches Gairibas; continuing towards Kalipokhri one has to encounter swamp leeches that inhabits between the Gairibas and Kalipokhri trail. The rare species of Red Panda can also be seen on the Sandakphu-Phalut trek. Thus one can be guaranteed of tremendous adventure with a rendezvous with rare and special.
There are two major seasons for trekking holiday in Darjeeling, one beginning in March and closing in the first week of June. During this season, adventure on the trekking routes in Darjeeling is combined with occasional showers and a splendid flora show. Another season for trekking begins in October and concludes in November, with trekkers enjoying the aftermath of heavy monsoon and the beginning of harsh winters.