Duration: 2 Nights & 3 Days
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Closest Rail Station: NJP/Siliguri Junction
Closest Airport: Bagdogra
Best Season: March-June for Rhododendron, October-January for clear view
Day 1: NJP/Bagdogra to Dhotrey
Day 2: Dhotrey to Tonglu trek and back to Dhotrey
Day 3: Dhotrey to NJP/Bagdogra
Day 1: Drive from NJP/Bagdogra to Dhotrey
Distance: 105 Km
Duration: 5 hours
Altitude: 8,500 ft
Time: 10 A.M
Your journey with us starts upon reaching the frontier town of Siliguri. Depending upon your mode of arrival, pick up will be arranged from Bagdogra, NJP or Siliguri Junction.
The road takes you through the bustling town of Siliguri initially, but soon you would be journeying through the tea gardens and lush forests. The ascent starts from after reaching the beautiful lake of Mirik. From there to Dhotrey, it’s a constant meandering journey through beautiful tea gardens and mountain forests. On the way to Dhotrey, you will cross the hilly settlements of Sukhia Pokhari and Maneybhanjan. Apart from these, its just you and the tranquil nature for company as you reach the beautiful base camp of Dhotrey. Nestled within a thick pine forest, Dhotrey is truly a sight to behold. If you are lucky, you will get your first glimpse of Kanchenjungha from here itself. Have an early dinner and call it a day as you need ample rest before your trek tomorrow.
Day 2: Dhotrey to Tumling/Tonglu Day Hike
Distance: 6 Kms
Duration: 3 Hours
Altitude: 10,000 ft
Time: 8 A.M
After an early breakfast you will set out out for your hike to Tonglu/Tumling. It will be relaxed climb of about 1,500 ft. From Dhotrey its initially a gentle climb. You will walk through rich forests of Pine and Coniferous and some occasional appearances of Rhododendron as you slowly gain the altitude. The forest is rich in flora and fauna and you will have multiple sightings of numerous birds. At the halfway point, you will find a beautiful resting stop comprised of a flat land, with mountain views all around and a peak of the Dhotrey village down below. From there it’s a bit of a steep climb till you reach Tonglu. From there its just a km of flat walk to reach Tumling. Once reaching there a hot lunch will be waiting for you. After that you can relax a while, taking in the breathtaking views all around. But as all good things must end we will have to leave behind the surreal vista to descend back to our homestay at Dhotrey which will be our night stay.
Day 3: Drive to NJP/Bagdogra
Distance: 105 Kms
Duration: 5 Hours.
Altitude: 400 ft
Time: 9 A.M
Today you say goodbye to the beautiful hamlet Dhotrey, as you drive down towards NJP. Post breakfast your journey takes you along the mountain paths back to the chaotic city life. You will pass through the settlements of Maneybhanjan, Sukhiapokhri etc, after which the familiar tea garden vista will greet you. You will be able to attend a tea testing at the Gopal Dhara tea garden on the way. Where from you can source some authentic Darjeeling tea for yourself. Finally, your journey will come full circle at NJP, from where you can depart for your onward destination with fond memories from the trip.
Sandakphu is accessible to the roadhead through Dhotrey. Dhotrey is easily accessible via motorable road from the town of Siliguri. Siliguri is very well connected throughout the country via rail. The two major rail stations are NJP and Siliguri Junction. Siliguri also has an airport of its own. Bagdogra airport connects Siliguri with the rest of the country and is at a distance of 12 kms from the Town Centre.
Rs 5,000/- per head for a group of 8.
All meals from day 1 Lunch to Day 3 Breakfast.
Experienced Guide and other support staff.
All equipment like, tents, sleeping bags etc.
All trek permits.
Transport to and from the station/airport.
Food during transit.
Any personal expenses.
Singalila National Park Entry Fees.
Anything not mentioned in inclusions.
Apart from these, trekkers can also carry some dry fruits/trail mix/chocolates or light snacks.