Darjeeling – Tonglu – Tumling Trek

This is one of the most highlighted treks in the western Himalaya who have keen interest to do Singalila ridge trek within a short time where the Indian and Nepal Himalaya meet.

If you have limited time and wanted to hike to see the natural beautiful green parts of Darjeeling we offer you the short hiking trip to Darjeeling – Tumling – Tonglu Trek which covers more places within a short period.

These trek cover local culture, tradition, Mountain views and world heritage sites Situated at an altitude of 2050M up to 3070M is very interested and significant located between India Nepal border, Southeast in Darjeeling District.

Tumling is a tiny village or a hamlet in the eastern Himalayas, located at an altitude of 9,600ft and on the way to the popular trekkers’ destination Sandakphu. From Manebhanjan where the trek or the Jeep safari starts, Tumling is at a distance of about 13kms. As you approach Tumling, you will notice small cottages and huts from a distance. There are probably only 10 to 12 Nepali families who live here. There are also few private lodges and huts that have come up here to cater to tourists & trekkers heading towards Sandakphu.

Right at the center of Tumling, there is a lovely viewpoint which is more like an open field. From the edge of this area, you get magnificent views of the Kanchenjunga snow peaks. On the far left is the Sandakphu peak. There is a signboard here pointing towards the Singalila National Park ahead. Entry to the park is about 1km from Tumling.  Tumling actually is part of Nepal although there is no restriction to visit the place for Indians or even foreigners with Indian visa. In fact, the border between India and Nepal in this part is quite blurred and it’s kind of a freeway for all. You won’t know when you are crossing the border.  During winter (December through February) there can be heavy snowing in Tumling and it gets covered with thick snow. While trekking is possible during winter (requires adequate trekking & snow gears), vehicles may not be able to ply beyond Tumling as the roads can get blocked. The viewing area in Tumling is just a small elevated land with a couple of concrete benches which have not been maintained for years. Often cattle like cows, ships etc are left loose by the villages for grazing. Sometimes several goats or even roosters would be sitting on the benches instead of human beings. But on a clear day, the view around is awesome. Kanchenjunga snow peaks appear to be at a stone’s throw distance. Many Buddhist prayer flags are hoisted at the viewing area that flutters in passing breeze. The locals believe that fluttering of the prayer flags brings in purity and holiness to the area. During peak winter the view area gets completely snow covered. Close to the viewing area, you will see the trekking trail of Tonglu coming from a higher altitude and merging at Tumling. This gravel road is used both by trekkers and 4-wheel drive vehicles.

What you can expect besides the views of mountains is a mesmerizing view of a valley from above the mountain which is absolutely breathtaking. You can also explore the culture and tradition of the local people. If the weather permits then one can witness the landscapes of two different countries (India and Nepal) from the border, where at one side we see a beautiful forest area and at the other side there are village settlements.

Trip Highlights

  • Explore local culture, tradition, food with a Buddhist monastery
  • Stunning views of the Himalayas including ranges of Everest and Kanchenjunga (on a clear day)
  • Hiking thought Singalila National park
  • Hiking at between India and Nepal border
  • Hiking through a rhododendron forest
  • Views of Darjeeling and Nepal valley

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TRIP SUMMARY

Destination Darjeeling
Trek Level Easy-Moderate
Accommodation Lodge
Duration 2 Days
Max Altitude 3070m
Best Season All year round

INCLUDED:

  • Experienced English speaking guide.
  • Transport to and from Darjeeling
  • All necessary paperwork and permit in Mountain and National park (entrance and  permit fees)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation during the trek at guest house/lodge or family homestay
  • Bed Tea
  • Evening Tea
  • Hot water for drinking
  • Our guide will carry a comprehensive medical kit including high altitude sickness tablets

EXCLUDED:

  • Flights
  • Medical examination (if required) and vaccination costs
  • Visa costs
  • Personal expenditure i.e. soft drinks/beer on trek, extra snacks for the trek etc
  • Meals in Darjeeling before or after the trek
  • Travel insurance

Day 1: Darjeeling – Tumling via Tonglu: 

Drive from Darjeeling to Dhotrey (2Hr) drive. From where it is a pleasant 7km walk on an undulating path and through stunted rhododendron forests passing meadows and meeting villagers with glimpses of Kanchenjunga all along the way to Tumling (2070m) which looks across to Darjeeling with views of Kanchenjunga.

 

Day 2: Tumling – Meghma – Chitrey

Early wake-up for a sunrise view from Tumling Top. Weather permitting you will get fabulous views of both Singalila and Chola ranges and of Mount Kanchenjunga. Return to Tumling for breakfast and after breakfast take the trail through the Singalila National Park – via Gairibas and later trek to Tumling via Jaubari. After your lunch at Tumling it is all downhill trek towards Chitrey. You will pass by small villages along the way like Meghma (about 4kms from Tumling) and Lamhaydhura (further 3kms). Your final destination is Chitrey which is another 3kms away. At Chitrey we meet our driver then return to Darjeeling.

Trek & Service Ends. 

 

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