Trekking in the Darjeeling Himalayas is an experience that can never be paralleled. The charms of the Himalayas along with its mysteries gradually unfold as trekkers traverse through the dense forests and verdant landscape, through miles of green-carpeted meadows and sleepy hamlets.
The Singalila trek will enable you to discover the sublime Himalayan interiors unmarred by mankind. The trek starts after a drive from Darjeeling to Maneybhanjang. The ascent to Tonglu offers a breathtaking mountain view of the incomparable Kanchendzonga and its neighboring peaks. Then the route takes you to Garibas, Kalphokri and Sandakphu (3636 meters). Here at Sandakphu, the four of the world’s highest mountains (Everest, Kanchendzonga, Makalu and Lhotse) all 8000 meters high towering over you at an incredibly close distance presents you with a sight you will never forget. Further walk to Phalut and the final descend to Rimbik via Ghorkey culminates the enchanting trek.
The trekking season begins at the end of March and closes around mid June. The flowers in full bloom adequately compensate the summer haze. The second season begins around the last week of September and lasts until the first week of December.
The main seasons are :
Spring (Feb-March end) is one of the blissful seasons one can imagine. The temperature is slightly warmer than the winters, with a maximum temperature of 18-degree Celsius. This season is best suited to those who wish to explore.
Summer (April – May end) with cool winds, bright blue sky and a majestic view of mount Kanchenjunga, a certain thrill entices the visitors in the spell of the warm sunshine. The maximum temperature is between 20 -24 degrees Celsius (approx.). This season is best suited for holidays, honeymoon, leisure trips etc.
Monsoons (July – Mid Sept) with misty weather it experiences one of the heaviest rainfalls in the whole of the Indian sub continent. This season is not suitable for travelling.
Autumn (Mid Sept – Oct end) is perhaps the best time of the year to visit, with Hindu festivals taking place and having the best temperature reading. During this time, all the streets and houses are lit up in the spiritual glow of the diyos (Oil lamps). The temperature is in between 10 to 20 degrees Celsius.
Winter (Dec – Mid Feb) is cold with frequent hailstorms and occasional snowfall. This season is ideal for those who wish to experience typical chill of this snowy paradise.
Rainfall The precipitation during the southwest monsoons constitutes about eighty percent of the annual rainfall. July being the wettest month and there are about 120 days of rainfall.
Temperature The highest ever temperature witnessed in Darjeeling town was 26.7 degree Celsius i.e. 80.1 degree Fahrenheit on 23rd August 1957. The lowest ever temperature recorded in the district was minus 5 degree Celsius i.e. 23 degree Fahrenheit on 11th February 1905.
Humidity During the rainy season the humidity is up to 90 to 95 percent. During March – April the humidity is up to 40 to 45 percent.
Climatically the condition of Darjeeling is well compared to that of the United Kingdom.